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Fort Valley Riders to Compete in Georgia National Rodeo

Fort Valley Riders to Compete in Georgia National Rodeo

The Georgia National Rodeo returns to the Perry National Fairgrounds and Agricenter Thursday through Saturday.

Watch Georgians compete in bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.

Cowboys and cowgirls will hail from Aragon, Waycross, Greenville, Folkston, Norman Park, Tifton, Summerville, Claxton, Fort Valley, Lafayette, Dalton, Rome, Resaca, Ranger, Boston, and Lawrenceville.

You can purchase tickets online, at the box office or by calling 478-987-3247.

American Legion Holds Oratorical Contest

American Legion Holds Oratorical Contest

The American Legion holds an Oratorical Contest Thursday.

The contest beings at 6 p.m. at the home post on Highway 49. The public is invited.

 

Peach Co. Golf Team to Wash Cars as Fundraiser

Peach Co. Golf Team to Wash Cars as Fundraiser

The Peach County Golf Team will be at Byron Family Healthcare washing cars this Saturday, Feb. 16th, from 9 a.m. -1 pm.

Leaf Driver Ready for New Charging Stations

Leaf Driver Ready for New Charging Stations

Bob Babyok of Warner Robins is the proud owner of a Nissan Leaf.

"It's like driving an iPod," he says.  The Leaf is a 100% electric car.  Babyok leases it for about $140 per month, including electricity.  He says enjoys being able to commute gas free.

"Normally, I would anticipate here in Warner Robins maybe 80 miles to a charge. My commute's about 40 so I only technically need to charge up every other night."

But traveling outside his commute is a different story.  In order to go for Atlanta for example, he had to charge up at home in Warner Robins, top off in Macon at the Bibb County Courthouse, home of the region's only charging station, again in Griffin, before reaching Atlanta.

Now, a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will place 100 more charging station across the Middle Georgia Clear Air Coalition's seven county region, which includes Bibb, Houston, Peach, Monroe, Twiggs, Crawford, and Jones Counties.

Crawford, Peach County Jobless Rate Released

Crawford, Peach County Jobless Rate Released

The jobless rate for Peach County in December 2012 was 10.6 percent.

Crawford County's jobless rate was 9.3 percent.

According to a state news release, unemployment rose to 9.2 percent from November's 8.7 percent rate, but it was down from December 2011 when the rate was 9.5 percent.

Officials claim the rise comes from a combination of factors, including a "slight increase" in new layoffs and a reduction in the area work force.

The uptick reflects a similar statewide trend. However, the jobless rate across Georgia only rose one-tenth of percentage point while metro Macon's rate jumped five-tenths of a percentage point.

RELATED | Unemployment in Georgia Rises in December 2012

I-75 Lane Closes for Guardrail Repair

I-75 Lane Closes for Guardrail Repair

An I-75 northbound lane will be closed for guardrail repairs this week in Peach County.

According to the Department of Transportation news release, that's near mile markers 148, 149 and 151.  on Tuesday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

See the full schedule, released by the GDOT.

 

Saturday, December 15

I-75 SB at mile marker 146, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., left lane and shoulder, near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Sunday, December 16

I-75 SB at mile marker 146, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., left lane and shoulder, near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Monday, December 17

I-75 NB between mile markers 146 and 147, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Tuesday, December 18