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New Regional Education Foundation Elects Its First Officers

The Robins Regional Educational Foundation has elected its first officers. The Foundation is a brand new not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization formed to help promote and advance education at all levels throughout the Robins Region. Its establishment was a major goal of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, which was chaired last year by Dee Dee Côté and is being led this year by Justin Ritchie. While the Foundation is a separate corporate entity from the Chamber and will have its own leadership and autonomy, the two organizations are expected to cooperate on a number of projects designed to enhance and promote education in the Robins Region.

393 Members of Flint Energies Still Without Power

WARNER ROBINS/REYNOLDS/UPATOI – There are currently 393 Flint Energies members at 40 separate locations without power this morning.  All of the outages are in rural counties west of I-75. Flint Energies, the not for profit electric cooperative, is estimating full power restoration by Wednesday afternoon.

“After beginning work around 2 am on Tuesday morning, we had seven crews work all night in this area,” said Sr. Vice President Jimmy Autry. “All total, 10,012 members experienced power outages at some point due to this storm. Approximately 8900 members was the maximum number of member out of power at any one time.”

All totalled, Flint crews responded to power outages in 218 unique and separate locations due to trees down, power line down, or other issues. There were power outages scattered across the entire 17-county service area from Columbus to Warner Robins.

8767 Flint Energies Members are Out of Power at 3 am

8767 Flint Energies Members Out of Power

            WARNER ROBINS/REYNOLDS/UPATOI – Due to the overnight thunderstorms and wind, there are currently 8767 Flint Energiesmembers without power this morning.  The largest outages are listed here:

            Flint has already processed 947 member phone calls this morning. All restoration crews have reported to work, according to Sr. Vice President Jimmy Autry. Flint members with Internet service can follow the restoration at www.flintoutages.com which shows the outages in real time. Those reporting power outages should call 1-888-354-6836.

Robins Federal Credit Union Acquires Park Community Credit Union's Middle Georgia Assets

Robins Federal Credit Union Acquires Park Community Credit Union's Middle Georgia Assets

Effective April 1, Robins Federal Credit Union has acquired the assets and accounts of Park Community Credit Union in Middle Georgia. Robins Federal will open its 19th branch location at 2930 Riverside Drive, formerly Park Community Credit Union, and it will be a full service branch with drive-thru ATM services.

“This additional location will provide us with another opportunity to serve the residents of Bibb County and the surrounding areas. We are glad to continue to be a part of the Macon community, and look forward to building new relationships,” said John Rhea, President and CEO of Robins Federal Credit Union.

Branch hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (drive-thru only).

Warner Robins' Unemployment Rate Unchanged in February

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Warner Robins area remained unchanged at 7.8 percent in February, from a revised 7.8 percent in January.

The jobless rate in the metro Warner Robins area in February 2010 was 8.0 percent. 

 The area added 100 jobs in February and there were fewer layoffs in construction, retail trade, and administrative and support services.  

 Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 10.2 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point, from a revised 10.3 percent in January. The state’s jobless rate was also 10.3 percent in February 2010.

February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.

Northside MS FBLA Speaks at Local Optimist Club

Northside MS FBLA Speaks at Local Optimist Club

Northside Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members recently spoke at an International City Optimist Club meeting.  Students spoke on the topics:

--“What is FBLA?”

--“What are the benefits we gain from being involved?” and

--Northside Middle’s involvement with FBLA – community service, competition and conferences, fundraising and social enrichment.

The FBLA members are pictured with Optimist Club members and their FBLA adviser, Janet Richmond. 

They are also pictured with Mr. Tom Walmer, Optimist Club member and Houston County Board of Education Chairman. 

From left to right,  the students are: Tyler Freeman, Zorion Marshall, Chera Jones, Sean St. Peter, Christina Walters, Samantha Thornell and Zoe Carrick.

Cooley Appointed to Flint Energies Board of Directors

REYNOLDS –Leighton Cooley of Roberta, Georgia has been appointed by the Flint Energies Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created by Robert L. Dickey III of Musella, who resigned upon being elected to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives.  Cooley will represent Area V, Post 1 – Crawford, Monroe & Upson counties.

Cooley is a fourth generation family farmer in Crawford County. Along with his father, they raise chickens, cattle and hay. He is a member of the Crawford County Farm Bureau, where he serves as Vice President. In 2008, Cooley served as Chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee and has just completed representing Georgia on the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee of the American Farm Bureau.  He is also active in the Roberta Evangelistic Church, serving as Youth Director and in support of the music program.