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Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Pollen Count 'High' in the Macon Area

Some mixed news for allergy sufferers:

While the tree pollen count is still high at 1420, that's down from last Wednesday's 3,600 count, according to Dr. Plaxico's Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Macon.

Weeds and grass pollen count is now in the moderate range. That count is up from last week when the weed pollen was absent and the grass count was observed as low.

Laurens County Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Laurens County Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Laurens County jobless rate in February was 10.8 percent compared to Georgia's 8.6 percent and metro Macon's nine percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

RELATED | Macon's Unemployment Up in January 2013

Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Hancock-Putnam
Bleckley-Dodge-Pulaski
Twiggs
Sandersville
Milledgeville
Peach-Crawford
Gray-Jones
Forsyth-Monroe
Dublin
Perry 
Warner Robins
Macon
R
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These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Exercise 
    Photography 
    Scrapbooking 
    Hunting 
    Fishing 
    Couponing 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion

 

  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.

Red Cross Struggling in Rural Counties

They're often the first people to respond when disaster strikes, providing food, shelter, and aid to victims and first responders.

But in Middle Georgia, American Red Cross leaders say they're desperate for help.

In fact, Peggy Bentz, who works at the Dublin branch says thirteen of their counties - Baldwin, Bleckley, Hancock, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Taylor, Telfair, Treutlen, Twiggs, Washington, and Wilkinson have zero volunteers.

Even Bibb County only has two, as does Crawford. Wilcox, Pulaski, Dodge, Wilcox, Jasper, and Johnson each only have one.

That means when fires or other disasters happen in those counties, instead having someone that can quickly get to the scene, they have to rely on the volunteers from Laurens County, which depending on the location, could take hours.

Healthy Choices Coming to Cracker Barrel

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. hopes that lightening up its menu will help fatten its bottom line.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain is testing several new menu items that contain fewer calories that comparable items. The goal: To attract health-conscious diners who otherwise bypass the chain famous for its traditional fare of fried chicken, sugar-cured ham, cornbread and other Southern staples.

Cracker Barrel said the new menu category, called Wholesome Fixin's, will feature breakfast meals with fewer than 500 calories and lunch/dinner meals with fewer than 600 calories. Pamela Smith, a registered dietitian, nutritional author and consultant based in Orlando, Fla., developed the menu. 

Laurens County Restaurant Ratings

Laurens County Restaurant Ratings

See how restaurants and other organizations in your area rate with the Georgia Department of Health since January 25.

  • 100-Betty's Cooking
  • 96-Subway Restaurant, Central Dr East
  • 94-Little Tokyo Steak-Sushi
  • 94-Michael's Deli & Seafood
  • 92-D & VB
  • 87-Cloverleaf Restaurant
  • 87-Starbucks in Kroger
  • 85-The Sweet Shoppe
  • 83-Waffle House, Veterans Blvd
  • 81-Huddle House
  • 80-C.F. Wu's Asian Cuisine
  • 77-Minute Grill
  • 73-Deano's Italian

City Collects Over 41 Tons of Recyclables in January

City Collects Over 41 Tons of Recyclables in January

The City of Dublin collected over 41 tons of recyclable materials in January.

That was announced on the City of Dublin's Facebook page.

RELATED | Dublin Starts Free Recycling Program

RELATED | Dublin Residents Recycle 49 Tons in November

They also offer tips on how to get involved: