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Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?


In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Grant to Bring More Nutritious Food to Peach County Schools

Grant to Bring More Nutritious Food to Peach County Schools

A newly-awarded grant is expected to help local produce land in the Peach County lunch program.

According to a news release, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded a $99,992 grant to Community Health Works to serve Peach County.

CHW's Farm to School Childhood Obesity program will offer Peach County Schools more locally-grown, nutritious food items to students K-12.

CHW projects that the Peach County Farm to School Program will reach about 4,000 students in an area that serves 73 percent of meals free or at a reduced rate.

Santa's Snow Day for Hope

Santa's Snow Day for Hope


Fort Valley, Georgia -Several local fans of the Macon-based charity Jay’s HOPE, which offers support to mid-state families battling childhood cancer, will come together next weekend to create a snowy, Christmas wonderland for about 100 lucky children.

The group plans to raise about $4000, and all proceeds will go directly to Jay’s HOPE.

A flyer about the event circulated on facebook over two weeks ago, and all available slots were quickly filled along with a waiting list that is still growing. Those lucky enough to secure a time slot will spend about an hour at Pineola Farms in Fort Valley. The activities will include real snow and a snowball fight, photographs with Santa in his toyshop, hot chocolate, a candy bar, fun props in a family photo booth, face painting, ornament painting, cookie decorating, letters to Santa, and a hayride.

Jay’s Hope families will have their turn with Santa first beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

Report: Peach Regional Medical Center's Economical Impact $3.8 Million

Report: Peach Regional Medical Center's Economical Impact $3.8 Million

The Peach Regional Medical Center announces that its construction's economical impact  should generate an estimated $3.8 million for the local economy.

RELATED | Peach County 'Tops Off' New Hospital

According to a Central Georgia Health System news release, the estimated local economic impact comes in a report from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.

Upon the expected completion in the summer of 2013, Peach County will have a modern 25-bed hospital.

The new facility will be 68,000 square feet. That's about 15,000 square feet larger than the current Peach Regional Medical Center facility in Fort Valley.


Concussions: The Hard-Hitting Facts

In many sports, the harder the hit, the louder the fans yell, but sometimes the outcome of a big blow isn't something to cheer about, like a concussion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one out of every ten athletes in a contact sport will get a concussion each season.

They also estimate that 3.8 million concussions happen each year in the United States with around 70% of them going undiagnosed.

When many people think of concussions, football automatically comes to mind, but women's soccer is the second leading sport for the brain injury.

When the brain moves around inside your head and hits the walls of your skull, that's when a concussion can happen.

It doesn't always take a big blow to do the trick either. Purdue University researchers found that a series of smaller hits can have the same result.

And most happen without the athlete ever losing consciousness.

Same Race New Place Race for the Cure

Same Race New Place Race for the Cure

 Walk. Run. Donate. Organize. Volunteer. Save a life. Byron is so proud to announce that this years Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held right here in Byron! The race is October 27th @ North Peach Park and will begin at 9:00 a.m. although races and survivors can start showing up at 7:00am. For more information or how to register for this wonderful cause visit there website at www.komencentralga.org or contact them by phone at 877-465-6636. Breast Cancer Survivors and Kids 10 & under register for FREE!

Crawford Middle Holds 5K to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

Crawford Middle Holds 5K to Cure Juvenile Diabetes


--Sponsored by Crawford County Middle School Student Council

Saturday, October 20, 2012 @ 2:30 P.M.

Crawford County Middle School

401 Lowe Road, Roberta, GA  31078

Registration begins at 1:00 P.M. on site

Pre-Register by calling Amy Yaughn @478-836-3181

E-mail:  ayaughn@crawford.k12.ga.us

Make checks payable to CCMS and mail to:  CCMS 401 Lower Road, Roberta, GA  31078

$5.00 per person; $20.00 for a team of $10.  Please order your t-shirt upon registration ($8.00 per shirt)