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Rising Pop Star Meiko Proud of Her Central Ga. Roots

 

Meiko (pronounced Mee-ko) is a Roberta-native whose second major label record release, “The Bright Side," is getting a lot of attention. The album, on Meiko's Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group label, blends a folk-pop approach with fluid interjections of electronic beats. You may have already experienced Meiko's music in shows like "Grey's Anatomy," "One Tree Hill" and "Pretty Little Liars."

13WMAZ’s Jacqueline Harnevious caught up with Meiko by phone to talk about music and her roots in Central Georgia.

Senator Cecil Staton Earns Perfect Score and A+ from Georgia Chamber

Senator Cecil Staton Earns Perfect Score and A+ from Georgia Chamber

 

ATLANTA – Sen. Cecil Staton (R- Macon) has received the highest ranking given on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber’s legislative scorecard recognizes legislators that were most supportive of the business community during the 2012 Legislative Session.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized by the Georgia Chamber for my efforts to enact pro-business legislation aimed at strengthening Georgia’s private sector and our economy,” said Sen. Staton. “Serving as a member of the Senate Rules, Senate Appropriations, Senate Finance and Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committees, as well as Majority Whip, it was a privilege to work with legislators and interested stakeholders to make Georgia a better place to live, work and do business.”

Job Opening in Fort Valley

Job Opening in Fort Valley

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

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    Job Title:    Welder/Shop Laborer
    Location:    Fort Valley GA
    Pay:          $9.00 per Hour
    Education:  12 Years
    Job Number:GA8021827
    Must have 6 (six) months welding experience; must have stick and mig welding experience; must be able to read blue prints and measure (including fractions).

FVSU's King Inks Three-Year Deal with Oakland Raiders

FVSU's King Inks Three-Year Deal with Oakland Raiders

 

After the 2012 National Football League Draft concluded, there was a mad dash to begin signing undrafted free agents.  No sooner had the draft ended than the Oakland Raiders put pen to paper to sign Fort Valley State University (FVSU) punter Marquette King.  King, a First Team All-SIAC member and recently voted the 2011 FVSU Wildcats Most Valuable Player signed a three-year deal with Raiders.

Damond Talbot of SB Nation “Mocking the Draft” site had this to say about King:

“The reason they were so impressed was because he was constantly booming 70 and 80 yard punts on the sidelines of the practice, which were recorded at over 5.6 seconds hang time. That is a pretty amazing statistic..."

Job Opening in Byron

Job Opening in Byron

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

  • Job Title:    Automotive Technician
    Location:    Byron GA
    Pay:          Depends On Experience
    Education:  12 Years
    Job Number:GA8052349
    12 months experience repairing automobiles; minimum age of 21, high school diploma or GED; must have own tools.

Job Opening in Fort Valley

Job Opening in Fort Valley

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

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    Job Title:    Maintenance Worker

    Location:    Fort Valley GA

    Pay:          N/A

    Education:  Some College

    Job Number:GA8018282

    Thirty-six months general maintenance experience; must have Technical College certificate in Maintenance; must have knowledge of heating/air conditioning, carpentry, painting, electrical, and grounds maintenance; valid driver's license.

'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'

'Robins Air Force Base: Middle Georgia's Economic Livelihood'

 

By: Sen. Cecil Staton

ATLANTA (April 16, 2012) – If you are a resident of Middle Georgia, then you are probably aware of the encroachment problem surrounding Robins Air Force Base. This is an issue that if not fixed could potentially have a negative impact on one of the state’s largest job producers.

Located in the heart of Middle Georgia, the region’s local economy is largely dependent on the fate of Robins Air Force Base and its ability to maintain and attract future military operations. As most residents of middle Georgians can attest, Robins Air Force Base is a welcome presence in the community and is responsible for pumping billions of dollars into the local economy. 

In response to the growing national debt crisis, the U.S. Department of Defense has already begun implementing significant cuts to the nation’s defense budget and has even mentioned the possibility of another round of BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure). Previously, these tough decisions have come at a high cost to local communities that thrive off the business and jobs created as a result of military installations around the country.

As we move forward, it is imperative for state and local officials as well as the residents of Bibb and Houston Counties to unite together behind resolving the ongoing encroachment issues located just north of the base’s runway. If these issues are not resolved expediently, it could have tremendous regional implications for Middle Georgia when heading into the next round of BRAC assessments.

One of the major components in determining a military base’s viability is its ability to carry out military operations and training in a safe and efficient manner. With that in mind, local and state officials are moving to purchase parcels of land surrounding the base’s encroachment zone in an effort to ensure public safety and address concerns over the noise associated with military activity. In addition, the purchase of this land will further secure the base’s national competitiveness and overall viability by opening up land for potential use in future military operations.

Residential areas located close to military installments are at greater risk for potential crashes and may pose a significant threat to public safety. These risks were highlighted recently when an aircraft used in military maneuvers and training crashed into a local apartment complex near a military base in Virginia. Although these incidents are few and far between, we must take pre-emptive steps to prevent the threat of similar incidents happening here and purchase the nearby homes and land that limit the base’s long-term growth.  

Recognizing the need to protect the future viability of Robin’s Air Force Base, Governor Deal and members of the local delegation appropriated approximately $7.5 million to alleviate these encroachment issues. This will also help provide civilians near the base with fair market value on their homes and incentivizes more residents to move out of the base’s encroachment zone.

I have been extremely pleased at the combined effort of both state and local officials as we move forward with this process.  I would also like to commend Major General Robert McMahon for his 34 years of dedicated service to the United States military. Earlier this session, Major General Robert McMahon was recognized with Senate Resolution 1682, recognizing his service to the nation as well as to the residents of Middle Georgia. Major General Robert McMahon has played a critical role in providing outstanding leadership at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and led the efforts to deal with the encroachment issue around Robins Air Force Base.

The bottom line is simple – saving Robins Air Force Base is vital to ensuring the future economic growth and development of Middle Georgia.  We must act now. And your local delegation is taking the lead!