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Warner Robins Anchor Glass Plant Laying Off 40

A Warner Robins factory says it's laying 40 people off.

The Anchor Glass Container Corp. plant on Booth Road says they're idling one of its glass-making machines for all of 2012.

That's about 9 percent of the 443 people who work there, according to the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce.

 

A news release says they're making that change "to better align its manufacturing capacity with its customer needs."

The Tampa-based company referred further questions to General Council Jim Warner, who could not be reached for comment.

Paul John Knowles Linked to Ima Jean Sanders Murder

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Thursday DNA evidence has solved a 37-year-old disappearance in Middle Georgia.

The agency is adding 13-year-old Ima Jean Sanders to the list of victims murdered in 1974 by serial killer Paul John Knowles.

According to a GBI news release, Sanders disappeared from Warner Robins in August 1974.

Knowles, a 29-year-old Florida parolee, went on a cross-country killing spree in the spring, summer and fall of that year.

During that time, Knowles often stopped by Macon to visit a girlfriend and he killed some of his 18 known victims in Middle Georgia.

Knowles himself was killed during an escape attempt in December 1974.

A few weeks earlier, Knowles was captured near Atlanta after he wrecked his car trying to avoid a roadblock.

Officials brought him to the Bibb County jail where federal, state and local investigators tried to pry information from him about the people he killed.

Jobless Rates Drop for Metro Macon and Houston County

The job market is looking brighter in Central Georgia this holiday season, with unemployment numbers dropping in metro Macon and Houston County.

A Georgia Department of Labor news release says the unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point in November to 9.4 percent.  In October, it sat at ten percent.  One year ago, the jobless rate was 10.3 percent. 

The Macon figure includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, and Twiggs counties. 

The release shows a similar pattern in Houston County, where the jobless rate declined five-tenths of a percentage point in November.  It's now at 7.2 percent, compared to a year ago, when it was 7.8 percent. 

MAP: Unemployment Rates by County

Great Southern Shootout Scores from Wednesday

Great Southern Shootout - Wednesday Scores

Northside  30

Howard  26

 

Northeast 47

Bradwell Institute 44

 

Central 35

Taylor County 53

 

Rutland 18

Dougherty 47

 

Marion County 39

Westside 51

Warner Robins Trailer Park Owes City $157,000

 

Houston Co. and Dublin Take Bear Brawl Titles

Boys:

Dublin 90, Carver-Columbus 83 (Trey Rozier Tournament MVP)

Girls:

Houston Co. 70, Warner Robins 62 (Justice Wright Tournament MVP)

Warner Robins Council Votes In Favor of Pay Scale

Monday night, Warner Robins City Council unanimously agreed to implement a pay scale recommended by the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government. That's according to council members John Williams and Bob Wilbanks.

Williams said employees will also get a 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase in January. That item was already in this year's budget.

Council members did not set a date or timeline to implement the pay scale.

They also did not have a firm estimate on the cost of starting the pay scale. Wilbanks said representatives from the Carl Vinson Institute will need to do more work, to figure out how to roll employee benefits into the cost of the plan. He said estimates range between $900,000 and $1.5 million.

Williams said there was disagreement among the mayor and council members on implementing the plan prior to tonight's meeting, but they were "able to compromise and work it out."