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FVSU-USDA 'StrikeForce' to Meet to Improve Rural Conditions in Georgia

FVSU-USDA 'StrikeForce' to Meet to Improve Rural Conditions in Georgia
An informational meeting at Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center recently tackled the issue of persistent poverty in rural Georgia.  On May 23, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program hosted the U.S. Department of Agriculture Georgia StrikeForce Initiative informational meeting. The USDA Georgia StrikeForce Initiative is a program that aims to increase resources in rural communities by providing technical assistance to Georgia’s 60 StrikeForce counties, or counties with consistent poverty.

Emergency Room to Close for Six Hours Tuesday

Emergency Room to Close for Six Hours Tuesday

The Peach County Emergency Room plans to close for six hours Tuesday.

According to a release, the closure allows the Peach Regional Medical Center to transition to their new hospital, the Medical Center of Peach County.

The ER will be closed from 6 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, July 16.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Soggy Ducks

PHOTO OF THE DAY: Soggy Ducks

Even the ducks are sick of the rain!

Doraine says they're much happier today!

Share your "sick of the rain" photos with us by emailing whereyoulive@13wmaz.com 

Nigerian Lawmakers Seek Fort Valley University for Agriculture Advice

Nigerian Lawmakers Seek Fort Valley University for Agriculture Advice

Nigerian political officials searching for methods to improve food production are seeking solutions from Fort Valley State University.

As a part of an eight-day U.S. tour, political officials representing the Cross River State located in Nigeria will visit campus June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The tour will begin at the C.W. Pettigrew Farm and Community Life Center. During their visit, officials are scheduled to listen to a presentation about the role and impact of the Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) program. They will also tour FVSU’s College of Agriculture facilities.

James Hill, FVSU’s 1890 land-grant university liaison for the SARE program, said the purpose of the visit is to expose the officials to the SARE program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture funded program that offers grants and provides education.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Crawford County's minority population has reached 26.7 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. Peach County's is 55 percent. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Construction Completed at New Peach Hospital

Construction at the new Peach County Hospital is completed and the new building is full of new medical tools for staff. It won't open its doors for patients until July, but 13WMAZ got a sneak peek of the new hospital.

Some of the new features that will be used to treat Peach County patients include a state-of-the-art operating room suite, 25-bed private hospital rooms, and a larger emergency room.

"We have equipped the hospital with really state-of-the-art technology, some equipment and services that they just didn't have in the current hospital, so our ability to serve the needs of Peach County residents has greatly increased," said Elbert McQueen, the Vice President of Regional Development for Central Georgia Health System.

The project cost $20 million according to McQueen. Nancy Peed, the CEO of the new hospital, said this project was years in the making.

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently held fundraisers in branches across the mid-state in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Robins Federal Credit Union branches in Baldwin, Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach Counties created teams, raised funds and participated in their county’s Relay for Life events. Over 100 employees participated in the events in their respective counties, and $51,319.02 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Our staff really enjoys the three month fundraising drive each year. It allows them to work together, and have fun while doing something great in our community.  We value our partnership with the American Cancer Society, and could not be more pleased with the result of this year’s fundraising drives” says John Rhea, President/CEO.