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10th Annual Houston-Peach Legislative Appreciation Reception


The Peach County, Perry Area & Robins Regional Chambers of Commerce will jointly host an informal reception for the 2011 Houston & Peach County Legislative Delegation on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Go Fish Education Center, located at 1255 Perry Parkway in Perry, GA.  

Honored delegates include:  Senator Ross Tolleson (20), Senator Cecil Staton (18), Senator Robert Brown (26), Representative Larry O’Neal (146), Representative Willie Talton (145) and Representative Buddy Harden (147) from Houston County; as well as Senator George Hooks (14), Representative Robert Dickey (136) and Representative James Lynmore (135) from Peach County.

The reception will present an ideal opportunity for the constituents of Houston and Peach Counties to meet and greet the local delegates.  It will also provide attendees with an opportunity to communicate and network with area business and community leaders.

For Some, Happiness Can Come in a Cup

I admit: I love coffee. Maybe you do, too. So, I thought I'd assist all of our wallets with this little piece of information/happiness.

Today, May 6, starts Happy Hour at Starbucks. 

That means from 3-5 p.m., you can get half-priced frappucinos. 

The Happy Hour is daily through May 15.

Now that is what I classify as good news. 

Chamber Hosts a Ribbon Cutting for Marco’s Pizza, Hwy 96

Chamber Hosts a Ribbon Cutting for Marco’s Pizza, Hwy 96

The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Marco’s Pizza, located on highway 96, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

Marco’s Pizza is the fastest growing pizza franchise in the nation and has recently become one of the top pizza franchises in the nation.

Located locally at 405 GA Highway 96, Suite 800, Marco’s Pizza #8066 is co-owned by Rick Poston and Woody Johnson.  Marco’s offers carry-out, delivery and dine-in.

Marco’s makes authentic Italian pizzas focusing on three key areas: dough, sauce and cheese.  Dough is made fresh daily in each store; a proprietary sauce recipe that blends imported spices and three types of vine-ripened tomatoes; and an exclusive blend of three fresh cheeses (never frozen, unlike many pizza chains).  The menu includes pizza, subs, salads, cinna-squares, wings and signature Cheezybread.

Chamber Awards Robins Announces March Small Business of the Month

Chamber Awards Robins Announces March Small Business of the Month


WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Small Business of the Month Committee of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Robins Eye Care, located at 334 Margie Drive, with the Small Business of the Month Award for March 2011.


Robins Eye Care (REC), a comprehensive eye care practice, was established in September 2005 in Magnolia Plaza on Watson Blvd.  They moved to their new location at 334 Margie Drive in 2008. 


“Dr. Anitha Kannan and her staff were friendly and fast,” said one patient.  “I called for an appointment and was able to be seen the same day and received my glasses the same day!  The doctor was knowledgeable and personable too.”


Unemployment Rates Decline Warner Robins

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Warner Robins area decreased to 7.4 percent in March, down three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 7.7 percent in February. The jobless rate in the metro Warner Robins area in March a year ago was 7.5 percent.

The rate decreased because there were 200 new jobs in Warner Robins in March, mostly in the service-related industries, and there were fewer layoffs in manufacturing and retail trade.        

“The unemployment rate decreased in Warner Robins, as well as in all of the state’s other 24 local areas,” said Butler. “This is encouraging, and hopefully indicates that a modest recovery may be building throughout the state.”

The lowest rate, at 7.3 percent was in metro Athens, while the highest rate, at 11.7 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia – Altamaha region around Dublin.

Centerville Students Win Region Stock Market Game

Centerville Elementary fifth-graders in Paula Peavy’s class for gifted students learned about economics by participating in the Georgia Council on Economic Education (GCEE) Stock Market Game. 

That's according to a Houston County Board of Education news release.

One of her teams qualified as a regional winner.  On May 3, the children and Peavy will attend a luncheon to be recognized.  Team members are:  Jake Maddox, Logan Cowperthwaite and William Catey.

Save a Cup for Earth Day, Get Free Coffee

Conserve. Get free coffee.

In honor of Earth Day today, you can bring your travel mug to Starbuck's and get a free cup of coffee.

On any day though, you can bring your travel mug or tumbler to Starbuck's and receive 10 cents off your purchase, or you can order your drink "for here" and drink out of a non-paper cup.

Starbuck's Earth Day article says that 1.2 million people participated last year. That's a lot of saved paper cups! And that's just one day.

What if we used our travel mugs every day?