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OFTC's Byrd joins the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia

OFTC's Byrd joins the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia

The Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia provides a supportive home-like environment for families during the stressful time of childhood medical care. Families can stay at the House while children are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses.

Roger Byrd, an associate dean of adult education at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, always liked the philosophy of the Ronald McDonald House - “Families are stronger when they are together.” That is why he was excited to be asked to join the good work of the organization recently as a member of the Board of Directors.

“Having a child that is seriously ill is difficult enough," said Byrd. "But being separated from that child during the time of illness and treatment is a tremendous burden. The Ronald McDonald House Charity helps to lessen that burden.”

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

Five Republicans qualify to challenge Barrow

Five Republicans qualify to challenge Barrow

Five Republican candidates have already qualified to challenge U.S. Rep. John Barrow.

Barrow, a Democrat from Augusta, is seeking a sixth term in Congress. He represents the 12thCongressional District, which includes Treutlen, Laurens, Wheeler.

Through noon Tuesday, these candidates have qualified to challenge him:

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

Tolleson: Update from the Capitol

We are continuing to move quickly in Atlanta as the Georgia General Assembly moved through day 19 of the legislative session.  This week, bills continued to move through the legislative process, the Senate took up the amended budget and multiple special guests made visits to the Capitol. 

On Monday President of the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber M.H. “Woody” Woodside and members of the Chamber visited the Capitol.  As the Jekyll Island bill continues to move through the legislative process, this group remains a contributor to the ongoing discussions regarding conservation.

Longtime MGC/MGSC basketball clock keeper honored Monday

Longtime MGC/MGSC basketball clock keeper honored Monday

Perle Peacock of Cochran who kept the clock at Middle Georgia College and Middle Georgia State College basketball games for over 47 years was recognized before Monday's men's home game versus Gordon College. 

It's estimated that Peacock began keeping the clock in the 1960s. 

Peacock's final game was March 5 of last year, an opening round win by the men in the GCAA playoffs.

Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council Announces 2014 Board of Directors

Recently, the Dublin-Laurens Tourism Council confirmed its Board of Directors and Officers for 2014. Appointed by various authorities and organizations across Laurens County, the Board of Directors develops and implements action plans to increase tourist visits to Laurens County, Georgia through promotion, marketing, resource development and enrichment, and promoting investment in local assets, resources, and infrastructure, such as parks, museums, convention centers, historic districts, restaurants, and events to attract potential visitors.

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.