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Girl Scout Alumnae Reunion in Central Georgia

Girl Scout Alumnae Reunion in Central Georgia

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will hold a reunion on May 4 from 1-6 pm at Camp Martha Johnson in Lizella.  Alumnae will enjoy revisiting camp, renewing friendships, and helping to create a digital archive, according to a news release. 

The event is free. Donations for camp upkeep will be accepted. 

For more information, call Kathy Cranford at 478-747-3170.

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.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Receives Reaccreditation

Monroe County Sheriff's Office Receives Reaccreditation

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office earned its sixth accreditation award Saturday.

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office received its sixth accreditation award from CALEA (The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies) Saturday, March 23, 2013 at CALEA's conference in North Charleston, South Carolina. The Monroe County Sheriff's Office received its first accreditation award in 1997. CALEA assessors reviewed the agency, its policies, procedures and practices during an on-site held in January 2013. Those assessors sent their findings to the Commission for review.

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
Warner Robins
obins AFB

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: 
    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.

Monroe County Hospital Board Member Receives Prestigious Georgia Award

Monroe County Hospital Board Member Receives Prestigious Georgia Award


Aretha Neal, long-time member of the Board of Trustees for Monroe County Hospital in Forsyth, was presented with one of the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) highest honors, the Distinguished Service Award. Neal, who received the award at the association’s annual convention Feb. 13 in Atlanta, was recognized for her nearly three decades of contributions to the well-being of her community and the preservation of the local health care delivery system.

Neal served continuously on the board from 1984 until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2012.

As a long-time board member, Neal has mentored the professional growth of many other members and four different hospital administrators. A number of hospital and health personnel also look to her as a role model and advisor.


Forsyth Native Joins Local Law Firm

Forsyth Native Joins Local Law Firm

Forsyth native Benjamin Vaughn joins Michael Dillon in a law firm now known as Dillon and Vaughn, P.C. Attorneys at Law.

They'll have an open house Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for Central Georgians for a meet and greet.

According to a news release, their office is located in downtown Forsyth.

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Michael A. Dillon is proud to welcome Forsyth-native Benjamin A. Vaughn into his law practice.  Together, they go into this new year as Dillon and Vaughn, P.C. Attorneys at Law. 


Monroe County Jobless Rate Released

Monroe County Jobless Rate Released

The jobless rate for Monroe County was 8.8 percent in December 2012.

That's compared to Georgia's unemployment rate of 8.8 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