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Georgia Power Customers to See Rate Hike

Georgia Power customers will see their power bills heat up in 2011.

The Georgia Public Service Commission Tuesday approved an agreement to adjust the company's base rates beginning January 1, 2011.

A news release says the average customer will see about an $11 increase in their monthly bill.

Typical residential customers will see a $15 increase on their monthly bills by 2013. The commission also voted to allow Georgia Power to levy additional charges on its customers next year to repay the financing costs of expanding a nuclear power plant in eastern Georgia.

Georgia Power asked in July for one of its largest rate increases in recent history.

The commission held a round of hearings in Atlanta, as well as one in Macon, for public input.

Outgoing Commissioner Robert Baker voted against the rate hike, saying the company's profit margins were too high given the ongoing economic slump.  

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OCMA Kidz Visit Wrightsville Manor

OCMA Kidz Visit Wrightsville Manor

The Oconee Community Mentoring Association mentees (OCMA Kidz) visited Wrightsville manor this week to meet the residents.

OCMA President Chris Johnson says the kids sang Christmas carols for the residents and staff and also thanks Wrightsville Manor for having them.

Comedian James Gregory to Perform in Dublin

Comedian James Gregory to Perform in Dublin

Comedian James Gregory will perform at Theatre Dublin.

Gregory will perform on Jan. 7.

According to his website, Gregory has been live on over 200 radio shows, including Rick and Bubba and has been live on stage with people like Kenny Chesney and Reba McEntire.

For ticket information, call 478-272-7000.

Perdue Says He's Handing Off a Balanced Budget

Gov. Sonny Perdue told 13WMAZ in a farewell interview that he is presenting incoming Gov. Nathan Deal with a "functionally-balanced budget" for the remainder of this fiscal year.

Perdue contrasted this with when he succeeded Gov. Roy Barnes. Perdue said he inherited a budget shortfall in the hundreds of millions.

Perdue spoke at length about the coming Congressional redistricting, when Georgia will gain another seat in the House of Representatives.

He criticized what he called "partisan political gerrymandering" and urged the Legislature "not to overreach."

He urged legislators to draw Congressional districts that are "fair, contiguous, concise and compact" with people of common goals, so they can elect someone who represents the views of the district.

Perdue noted that he had proposed that redistricting be turned over to an independent commission but that the legislature rejected the idea.



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Dublin Resident Donates to Museum of Aviation

Dublin Resident Donates to Museum of Aviation

Bob Walker from Dublin, Ga. and Rick Drury, Museum of Aviation Foundation Vice Chairman, recognize Walker’s recent $5,000 donation to the Museum of Aviation Foundation Capital Campaign, a museum release says.

Walker is a member of the Museum of Aviation Foundation Board of Directors and also a member of the Dublin-Laurens Chambers of Commerce and Development Authority.

State Court Strikes Blow Against Plant Washington

Owners of the proposed Plant Washington near Sandersville said Friday they're not giving up after a state court threw out the air- quality permit for the coal-fired power plant.

The ruling by Administrative Law Judge Ronit Walker on Thursday said the state-issued permit violated Clean Air Act safeguards designed to limit harmful air pollution.

The owners say they will decide within two weeks whether to appeal the judge's ruling or apply for a modified air-quality permit.

"There are many who would have liked to see this decision as a bullet to the head of the project," Dean Alford, a project spokesman said Friday. "Instead, we think we simply have stubbed our toe."

The judge said the plant owners did not promise the maximum-possible reduction of carbon monoxide and particulate matter capable with its anti-pollution technology.

Zoe Myers Concert Scheduled for Sunday

Zoe Myers Holiday Concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.

The concert will take place at the Dublin Mall.

For more information about the artist, visit www.zoemyersmusic.com