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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Shoe Plant Moves to Hazlehurst

HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) - Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state.

The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazlehurst, a Jeff Davis County town about 100 miles west of Savannah.

Bentonville, Ark.-based Walmart said its longtime supplier Elan-Polo Inc. will start production of injection-molded footwear in March 2014 in Hazlehurst as part of a joint venture with McPherson Manufacturing.

Daylight Saving This Weekend

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's time to fall back.

Most Americans will be able to get an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

The change officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change since they do not observe daylight saving time.

Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time March 9.

Prep Football Coaches Embracing iPads

From wooden tennis rackets to the lighter graphite ones that athletes use now, over time, sports have improved with technology.

Coaches used to meet each other on the road and exchange game tape.  Now, all of that is done online.

This year, there is another upgrade making coaching a little easier on the sidelines of all Georgia High School Association football games.

It's a little square that you might have sitting beside you in the living room right now.

Besides a stirring pre-game speech, and even peer pressure on the sidelines, coaches now have a new weapon - the iPad.

Across Central Georgia, we've seen coaches using the small computer to show kids what's going on after a play.

Restrictions for Sex Offenders on Halloween

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A total of 173 sex offenders on parole in metro Atlanta will face curfews and restrictions on Halloween to keep children from trick-or-treating at their homes.

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"They're not allowed to answer the door or have any outside lights on," said Steve Hayes, Director of Public Affairs for the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. "They can't decorate for Halloween or hand out treats or candy or anything like that. No participation whatsoever.

State parole officials will also impose curfews and send out officers to make the rounds of residences to make sure sex offenders are complying with the restrictions.

Dublin to Play for Region Championship Friday

A region championship is at stake in the Shamrock Bowl on Friday. After an 0-2 start, the Fighting Irish have a chance to clinch with a win over Laney.

Dublin is on a six-game win streak coming into its matchup against the Wildcats. Both teams are 6-2, and 4-0, in region 3-AA.

Dublin Coach, Roger Holmes, saw his team go 2-8 last season. He and his players say the change has everything to do with attitude.

"It's been a much more enjoyable season. We've a had a group of seniors that have been phenomenal leaders this year. They've come to work every day," said Holmes.

Senior running back Brandon Coney witnessed the change first-hand. This year's group is more supportive.

"The attitude has changed. If we make a bad play, we pick each other up. That's how it goes."

Ken Woodruff, also a senior, is ready to take command of the region from his middle linebacker spot.

MGSC Presidential Finalist Named

A Middle Georgia State College president finalist has been named.

Georgia Board of Regents and the University System of Georgia officials announced their finalist choice: Christopher Blake, according to a release.

Blake currently serves as president of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to a release.

He is on sabbatical for this school year.

Blake has also served as an associate dean at Towson University in Maryland and has been a tenured professor at Towson and Mount St. Mary's University.

He has his bachelor's and master's degree in theology and received his Ph.D in education from the University of London, King's College.

Georgia law requires that the finalist be named a minimum of five days before the Board of Regents selects a school president.

Halloween Freebies Growing Restaurant Trend

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Halloween, the night when kids rake-in gobs of free candy, is evolving into an occasion when parents also can walk-off with something equally enticing: free meals for the kids.

A growing parade of restaurant chains - from Olive Garden to IHop to Krispy Kreme - will offer free eats around Halloween in order to lure traffic during a seriously slow time.

Halloween evening is a time when most families eat at home. While Halloween is one of the pizza delivery industry's biggest days of the year, it's an evening when many casual dining restaurants are scraping for business.

"Restaurants are like ghost towns on Halloween," says Derek Farley, a restaurant industry PR guru. Much like Labor Day and July 4th, Halloween is a holiday that's not very restaurant-friendly, he says.