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Warner Robins City Hall Closed

Warner Robins mayor Chuck Shaheen tells 13WMAZ the city hall building will be closed until further notice due to a broken air conditioning unit.

The AC unit broke sometime Thursday. The building will reopen after crews repair the unit. Shaheen expects that to be as early as Monday.

 He said, "This is another reason nearly $5 million has been allocated to upgrade the facility that was built in 1972."

Power Back On for Most in Central Ga.

Georgia Power says most of the people left in the dark after Thursday night's storms should have power again.

Pop-up storms around Central Georgia left more than two thousand homes in East Macon without power as of 10 p.m. Thursday.

According to Georgia Power media relations, most of the outages were in the area of Shurling Drive.

Staff report several snapped power lines in the area.

Flint EMC reported some outages as well.  642 of their customers were in Fort Valley, and 8 are in Warner Robins. Power has been restored to most of those customers.

Anyone needing to report a power outage to Georgia Power is asked to call 1-888-660-5890.  Flint EMC customers can call 1-888-354-6836.

Viewers have shared pictures of downed trees and toppled yard fences in Bibb and Jones Counties, and structural damage at a gas station near Gray.

Houston County Unemployment Rate Hits 8.1 Percent

Houston County Unemployment Rate Hits 8.1 Percent

ATLANTA - Metro Warner Robins' jobless rate rose to 8.1 percent in June, compared to May's 7.4 percent. In June 2011, the rate was 8.2 percent.

Metro Macon's unemployment rate hit 10.1 percent in June. 

That's up from 9.4 percent in May. 

The rate was 10.6 percent in June 2011.

The rate increased because 758 new job seekers entered the labor force, but were unable to find work, pushing unemployment up 883.  

Metro Athens and metro Gainesville had the lowest area jobless rates at 7.5 percent, while metro Dalton had the highest at 12.3 percent. Athens has had the lowest area rate, or tied for the lowest, each month since December 2009. Dalton has had the highest area rate since August 2011.

Meanwhile, Georgia's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 9.0 percent in June, up from 8.9 percent in May, the first increase in almost a year. 

Job Opening in Warner Robins

Job Opening in Warner Robins

Each Thursday, a representative from the Georgia Department of Labor visits 13WMAZ and discusses the current job market, listing several open jobs in the Central Georgia area. We air this segment at 5 p.m. We showcase other available jobs on the Thursday morning show as well. We update the jobs listed here each week.

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. You can also check out other jobs on the Georgia Department of Labor's website.

WRALL Boys Win Big

Chase Padgett and Leyton Pinkney hammered home runs to power WRALL past Columbus Northern 8-0 Wednesday night in the State 11-12 Little League Tournament at Murphy-Candler Little League in Atlanta.

WRALL has outscored their four opponents 55-3 in the first four games of the tournament.

They play Toccoa Thursday night at 6 PM in the tournament semi-finals.

The Championship game is Friday night at 7 PM at Murphy-Candler Little League.

The winner of the state tournament advances to the Southeastern Regional Tournament in Warner Robins beginning August 3. 

 

Southeast Regional Field Ready for Little League Softball

While players, parents, umpires and coaches gathered for a special dinner at the Museum of Aviation Wednesday night, the diamond they would play on Thursday was getting some finishing touches.

The grass at the Souteastern Regional field comes from Tifton.  It is a fine Bermuda that the crews keep nicely trimmed.

"It's very very tolerant.  It just needs constant mowing because it does grow very rapidly," explained Southeastern Regional Director Jenn Colvin.  "The way the grass blades are, the top part maintains the green color."

The grass will get its first test Thursday at 10 a.m. when South Carolina takes on West Virginia.

Georgia will hit the field for the first time on Thursday at 7 p.m. against North Carolina.

Blizzards to Blow in Money for Children's Hospitals

The Children's Miracle Network hopes donations will pour in on Thursday for the seventh annual Miracle Treat Day.

"On Miracle Treat Day, Dairy Queen donates a portion of the proceeds from all Blizzard sales to the Children's Hospital in the market they are working in," says Kathy Tolbert with the Children's Hospital in Macon.

Dairy Queens throughout the United States and Canada will help make life a little sweeter for those kids.

Tolbert says, "It's something they get excited about every year. The staff, the nurses, the physicians look forward to it every year. It's a fun event for the community and for the kids at our hospital."

Over $15,000 in donations piled up last year, and they hope at least $1,000 more than that will sprinkle in with this year's event.

All of the money raised in central Georgia will help the Children's Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon buy equipment and start new projects.