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Houston County Ranks Better Than Georgia Average in Unemployment

Houston County Ranks Better Than Georgia Average in Unemployment

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rates in Houston County is 7.4 percent for May.

That's below Georgia's overall unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

Metro Macon rose to 9.4 percent in May, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in April, a Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

The rate was 10.1 percent in May 2011. 

Overall, Georgia's unemployment rate remained unchanged from April to May in 2011 and is down from May 2010, where the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.

Chamber to Host Information Session on T-SPLOST

Chamber to Host Information Session on T-SPLOST

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber will host an information session regarding the proposed 2012 T-SPLOST.  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Chamber; 1228 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins.

The meeting is an information only session which will allow business and community members in the Robins Region to make an informed decision when the time comes to vote for the proposed 2012 T-SPLOST.

 “We coordinated this fact-based information session because we felt that it was important for voters to have an opportunity to learn facts about the T-SPLOST in order to make the best informed decision they can on July 31,” said Chamber President & CEO, Morgan Law.

Presenters will include a representative from the Georgia Department of Transportation and a representative from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.  This event is free and open to the public.

Local Teacher Named Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence

Local Teacher Named Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence

 

HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – Huntington Middle School science teacher Gwen McDade was honored as a Georgia Finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching 2011, for grades 7-12.  The award was presented jointly by the Georgia Department of Education and the National Science Foundation at the 2012 Georgia Science Teachers Association Awards Program held Feb. 17 at the Georgia Aquarium. 

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is the highest recognition that a Kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.  Established by Congress in 1983, the award recognizes teachers who develop and implement a high-quality instructional program rich in content to enhance student learning.

HCBOE Appoints New Principal of Warner Robins Middle School

HCBOE Appoints New Principal of Warner Robins Middle School

 

Houston County, GA – The Houston County Board of Education appointed Brett Wallace as principal of Warner Robins Middle School at the June 12, 2012, Board meeting.  He currently serves as an assistant principal at Warner Robins High School. 

"I am humbled to be selected and very excited to join the proud Warrior family,” said Wallace.  “Warner Robins Middle has established itself as a top performing school with a tradition of excellence.  I look forward to continuing that tradition with input from all of our stakeholders."

Wallace has worked in the Houston County School System since August 2004, beginning as a teacher and coach at Houston County High.  After 10 years in the classroom, he was selected as an administrator for Warner Robins High School in 2005.

New Board Members Selected for Robins Regional Educational Foundation

New Board Members Selected for Robins Regional Educational Foundation

WARNER ROBINS, GA – The Robins Regional Educational Foundation has selected five new board members.  Now in its second year, the Foundation is a 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.  While the Foundation is a separate corporate entity from the Chamber and has its own leadership and autonomy, the two organizations collaborate on a number of projects designed to enhance and promote education in the Robins Region.

The new officers are:  Bill Craig, local real estate agent; Ed Dyson, former educator and high school principal; Gary McLure, banker for SunMark Community Bank; Conrad Nix, former educator and high school football coach; and Patti Stonehouse, retired businesswoman.

Senator Staton Earns Perfect Score, A+ from Americans for Prosperity

Senator Staton Earns Perfect Score, A+ from Americans for Prosperity

 

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), one of Georgia’s most influential conservative grassroots organizations, has awarded Sen. Cecil Staton a perfect score and an A+ Rating on its 2011- 2012 General Assembly Score Card. The scorecard recognizes elected officials on both the state and national level who are dedicated to fulfilling Americans for Prosperity’s core values: economic freedom and limited government. 

Warner Robins Woman Sings on Chattanooga Movie Set

Lisa Hiland of Warner Robins, got the moment of a lifetime: the chance to sing on a movie set.

She sang the National Anthem on the Chattanooga set for "42" at the end of May.

Being part of a musical family and singing for most of her life, she says she was more excited than nervous about the opportunity.

She posted a video of her singing the National Anthem as part of a competition on Facebook. Hiland won by getting the most "likes" out of the videos in the competition.

Hiland says the most exciting part about the shoot was getting to dress in 1940s style.