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Dublin-Laurens County Leaders to Study Consolidation

Dublin Mayor Phil Best confirmed that the city of Dublin and Laurens County's leaders will move forward with a study about consolidating governments.

Best said, "The study project will be funded by the Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce and other indivduals and conducted by the University of Georgia."

"That study hasn't started, but we will soon," Best added.

Best told 13WMAZ that the Dublin City Council recently gave their support of the idea of a study.

When asked how unification could impact the town of East Dublin, Best seemed uncertain if that community would be part of the study or any consolidation plan.        

Leaders in Milledgeville-Baldwin County recently completed a study on consolidation and could ask voters to approve a plan soon.

And Macon-Bibb County will consolidate beginning January 2014, after voters approved the plan in 2012. 

The Government Shutdown: Contacting your Federal Leaders

During the partial government shutdown and the rollout of the Affordable Healthcare Act, many have heard calls to "contact your congressional representative".

So how do you go about that, at a time when many government agencies and offices are hobbled by increased workloads and reduced staff?

13WMAZ Thursday went online and took to the phones to contact Washington offices for all congressmen representing Central Georgia as well as the state's two senators.  While we were at it, we checked out the White House's website too.

Frank Malloy explains what we found. 

Meanwhile, here are the phone listings for your representatives:

Rep. John Barrow (D) District 12- (202) 225-2823

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D) District 2- (202) 225-3631

Rep. Paul Broun (R) District 10- (202) 225-4101

Rep. Austin Scott (R) District 8- (202) 225-6531 

 

 

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Dublin-Laurens County This Weekend

Top 6 Reasons to Visit Dublin-Laurens County This Weekend

Here's the top six reasons to Visit Dublin-Laurens County this weekend:

1. Experience the MidLife performing live at Market on Madison on Friday, Oct. 4th at 7:30 p.m. Free admission so grab your lawn chairs and coolers, load up the family, and head to Downtown Dublin for a fun night!

2. Freshen up dinner by visiting the Farmers Market at Market on Madison on Saturday, October 5th from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fresh local fruits, veggies, baked goods, herbs, and more await! Admission is free.

Shutdown: Meals on Wheels Funds Run Low

    Some Central Georgia seniors might also feel the effects of the shutdown soon.

    Meals on Wheels is funded mostly by the federal government, and it's on a tight budget. 

   After October 15, if the shutdown continues, directors of programs in Central Georgia plan to send out 30-day notices about reduced or terminated services.

     For example, that means more than 1,100 people in Bibb, Jones, Monroe, and Crawford counties are at risk of losing their meals. 

     Cynthia Gray is one of those people. 

     She's lived at McAfee Towers, a senior center, for the past two years. 

     Gray says she depends on the two meals she receives every weekday to survive.

Wrightsville Woman Helps Navigate Health Care Insurance

They're called Navigators and their role is to help steer people through the new healthcare insurance marketplace.

Tammy Allen is one of 12 certified University of Georgia Health Navigators in the entire state.
"Outreach and education specialists that will be informing people how to use the new marketplace," she says.

Under the new health care law, navigators help people learn about health insurance options. 

"We've had federal training, state training, and also the University of Georgia training," Allen says. 

She covers eleven Central Georgia counties: Jasper, Putnam, Jones, Baldwin, Bibb, Twiggs, Wilkinson, Peach, Houston, Laurens and Johnson.   

Allen says it's not overwhelming because she has the help of her local extension agencies. 

Shutdown: No Additional Funds for WIC Program

If the shutdown continues, it may hit families who depend on a federal nutrition-assistance program.

WIC or Women, Infants, and Children is for low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, or have children up to age five.

Without WIC vouchers, Delmetria Matthews says she would spend more than $200 on formula for her newborn.

It's money the 20-year-old single mother does not have but will have to find if the government shutdown continues.

There's enough money to run the program for about two weeks.

That's two more weeks of food for both Matthews and her baby. 

"If they shut down WIC, i'm going to cry. Oh i'm going to cry," she says.

The Georgia Department of Public Health issued this statement: "At this time, Georgia WIC is operating business as usual.  The Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia WIC are working on steps to keep WIC operating for as long as possible."

The Gothard Sisters Bring Fierce Fiddlin' to Theatre Dublin

The Gothard Sisters Bring Fierce Fiddlin' to Theatre Dublin

On Tuesday, Oct. 1st at 7:30 p,m,, The Gothard Sisters bring their fierce, fast fiddling and a splash of lively step dancing to Theatre Dublin. A production of the Dublin-Laurens Art Council, The Gothard Sisters will make you wish you were Irish!

Greta, Willow and Solana Gothard began classical violin training and competitve Irish dancing at a young age, leading them to leadership positions in the local youth symphonies and to the Irish Dancing World Championships, where they competed in the solo category three years in a row. In 2007, the sisters were on a Seattle-based Irish dance team that placed second at the World Championships in Scotland.

With their additional talents on guitar, Bodh ran, voice, and their love for music, The Gothard Sisters are sure to get your feet dancing!