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Leaf Driver Ready for New Charging Stations

Leaf Driver Ready for New Charging Stations

Bob Babyok of Warner Robins is the proud owner of a Nissan Leaf.

"It's like driving an iPod," he says.  The Leaf is a 100% electric car.  Babyok leases it for about $140 per month, including electricity.  He says enjoys being able to commute gas free.

"Normally, I would anticipate here in Warner Robins maybe 80 miles to a charge. My commute's about 40 so I only technically need to charge up every other night."

But traveling outside his commute is a different story.  In order to go for Atlanta for example, he had to charge up at home in Warner Robins, top off in Macon at the Bibb County Courthouse, home of the region's only charging station, again in Griffin, before reaching Atlanta.

Now, a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will place 100 more charging station across the Middle Georgia Clear Air Coalition's seven county region, which includes Bibb, Houston, Peach, Monroe, Twiggs, Crawford, and Jones Counties.

Houston County Jobless Rate Released

Houston County Jobless Rate Released

The jobless rate for Houston County in December 2012 was 7.4 percent.

That's 1.4 percent lower than the state's unemployment rate of 8.8 percent

According to a state news release, unemployment rose to 9.2 percent from November's 8.7 percent rate, but it was down from December 2011 when the rate was 9.5 percent.

Officials claim the rise comes from a combination of factors, including a "slight increase" in new layoffs and a reduction in the area work force.

The uptick reflects a similar statewide trend. However, the jobless rate across Georgia only rose one-tenth of percentage point while metro Macon's rate jumped five-tenths of a percentage point.

RELATED | Unemployment in Georgia Rises in December 2012

Kroger to Open New Fuel Center on Russell Parkway

Kroger to Open New Fuel Center on Russell Parkway

Kroger has plans to open its fuel center on Russell Parkway this week.

They plan to open on Wednesday, January 23, according to a news release.

The gas station opens in front of the Kroger near Goodwill, near the Moody Road and Russell Parkway intersection.

Chamber Awards Goo-Goo Car Wash As Small Business of the Month

Chamber Awards Goo-Goo Car Wash As Small Business of the Month

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Small Business of the Month Committee of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Goo-Goo Car Wash with the Small Business of the Month Award for the month of November.  The award, sponsored by Qualified Staffing of Georgia, recognizes the quality service of the recipient and their positive impact on the community.

“Goo-Goo 3-Minute Express Wash is a great business and is very deserving of the Small Business of the Month award,” said Andrea Griner, an employee of the Houston County Development Authority and a patron of Goo-Goo Car Wash.  “I have always been pleased by the attentive service, great wash job and ease and speed in getting in and out.”

I-75 Lane Closes for Guardrail Repair

I-75 Lane Closes for Guardrail Repair

An I-75 northbound lane will be closed for guardrail repairs this week in Peach County.

According to the Department of Transportation news release, that's near mile markers 148, 149 and 151.  on Tuesday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly.

See the full schedule, released by the GDOT.

 

Saturday, December 15

I-75 SB at mile marker 146, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., left lane and shoulder, near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Sunday, December 16

I-75 SB at mile marker 146, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., left lane and shoulder, near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Monday, December 17

I-75 NB between mile markers 146 and 147, 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., near Exit 146 (SR 247 Connector/Centerville Road)

Tuesday, December 18

Overnight Detour Scheduled Near Robins AFB This Week

Overnight Detour Scheduled Near Robins AFB This Week

Georgia Department of Transportation crews are expected to mill and pave ruts in the intersection of Watson Blvd. (SR 247 Connector) and SR 247.

According to a GDOT news release, that roadwork is slated to take place near Robins AFB from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 28-30.

Drivers will be rerouted nightly onto South Davis Dr. and Russell Parkway to avoid the work zone.

Cold-War Era Missiles Get New Paint at Museum of Aviation

Cold-War Era Missiles Get New Paint at Museum of Aviation

 Warner Robins GA -- The missiles guarding the front lawn of the Museum of Aviation are receiving a new paint job.  The two missiles, a Matador and a Mace, were developed after World War II as “pilotless bombers” and sent overseas to West Germany, Korea and Taiwan.  The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base had worldwide logistics management responsibility for the missiles throughout their service life.