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Jones Elementary Students Experience Farm Life

Jones Elementary Students Experience Farm Life

Pre-K and kindergarten students at Jones Elementary School took part recently in Farm Day.

Guests Naomi Davis of Davis Farms in Roberta and Amy Bean of The Little Farm in Gray shared stories with students about life on a farm. Students had the opportunity to partake in a semi-farm experience with baby chicks, and fruit and vegetable planting.

Central Georgians Talk Preventive Breast Exams

We hear all the statistics about the likelihood of you or someone you know being diagnosed.

When Angelina Jolie's announcement made worldwide news, 13WMAZ's Judy Le went out in Central Georgia to put the statistics in terms of real mothers, sisters, daughters and friends.

One in eight women has a chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

"I had an aunt who had breast cancer and who died when I was 11," says Marsha Gainey of Macon.

"My great great grandmother had it and it's crap. It's not good at all," says Macy Schack of Byron.

It's the most common cancer among women in the United States. 

Here are some ways to take control of the disease before it takes control of you.

If you're in your early 20's, start examining your breasts yourself to find lumps.

In your 30's, get clinical breast exams every three years and your doctor's advice.

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

Presciption-Drug Take-Back Program is Saturday

People in Central  Georgia can to dispose of unwanted prescription medication during Saturday's national prescription drug take-back day.
    
Saturday, April 27, there will be several locations taking your unwanted and unused prescription drugs to safely dispose of them.

Cleaning out medicine cabinets and securing medications will reduce the chance of someone abusing prescription medication that is not intended for them, and will protect surplus drugs from theft.

Take-Back events will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in Macon, Forsyth, Eastman and Eatonton .

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Metro Macon Gained 500 Jobs in February

Metro Macon Gained 500 Jobs in February

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Hancock-Putnam
Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski
Twiggs
Sandersville
Milledgeville
Peach-Crawford
Gray-Jones
Forsyth-Monroe
Dublin
Perry 
Warner Robins
Macon
R
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These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Exercise 
    Photography 
    Scrapbooking 
    Hunting 
    Fishing 
    Couponing 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion

 

  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.