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Hundreds of teens participate in safe driving camp

 

 

Every year, thousands of teenage drivers are injured or killed in car accidents.

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100 teens to attend safe driving camp

100 teens to attend safe driving camp

About 100 teens are attending a safe driving camp Saturday.

Students from ages 15 to 17 will learn basic vehicle maintenance, skid recovery, defensive driving techniques and see presentations on distracted driving and drugs that can affect driving, according to a release.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Forsyth Police Department  and the Georgia Public Safety Training Center hold the event. This is the seventh year the three agencies have hosted the driving camp.

Change in Monroe County Middle Schools restroom policy

Change in Monroe County Middle Schools restroom policy

As Monroe County Middle schools start back on Thursday, a new restroom policy starts as well.

In the welcome back letter sent out by Principal Dr. Yarber, a section marked "Change is Good with Restroom Safety" explains the policy.

It states:

Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

(WXIA-TV) -- Tenth District Rep. Paul Broun (R) is co-sponsoring a bill introduced Monday on Capitol Hill by Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry (R), that would legalize a form of medical marijuana nationwide.

One Georgia mom who moved her daughter to Colorado for marijuana treatments said that the bill is a step in the right direction, and hopes it will be revised to help even more children.

Her daughter, Haleigh Cox, just turned five years old and is almost seizure-free.

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Monroe Co. man killed on four-wheeler

Monroe Co. man killed on four-wheeler

A Monroe County man died Sunday after his four-wheeler went into the ditch.

According to a news release, Andrew Rochester was driving his ATV along Riverbend Road, lost control and ran off the roadway into the ditch.

Officials say he wasn't wearing a helmet.

Public input wanted in Georgia's deer management plan

Public input wanted in Georgia's deer management plan

Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants your input in how the state manages the white-tailed deer population.

According to a release, the meetings include an overview of stakeholder recommendations and proposed actions to take for deer management including: population density, seasons and bag limits, hunting methods, hunter access, urban deer management, education and outreach.

You can attend a meeting at Monroe County Library on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

Unemployment rates up in Metro Macon, Middle Georgia region

Unemployment rates up in Metro Macon, Middle Georgia region

Metro Macon's unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June, up from 7.9 percent in May.

The rate was 9.4 percent in June 2013, according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release.

The unemployment rate for the Middle Georgia region increased also to 8.3 percent in June, the news release states. It was 7.9 percent in May, but it was 9.4 percent in June 2013.