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Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes and Hayrides Galore

The time is near for picking out pumpkins and decorating for autumn!

Where to Go for Pumpkin Patches:

  • Elliott Farms, Lizella: features a pumpkin patch, tractor hay rides, snacks, farm animals. Opens in October. Call 478-935-8180 for more information.
  • Troup Corn, Laurens County: Features corn maze, hay ride, pumpkin patch and a mini-maze. Call 478-272-8170. Open October 12-November 23
  • Twin Oaks Fun Farm, Monroe County. Features pumpkins and a corn maze. 
  • Our Cotton Pickin' Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville. Check their Facebook page for updates.Pick your own pumpkin from the patch. Also enjoy cider or cocoa on the porch while the kids climb the hay mountain. Open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Crooked Pines in Eatonton: Pumpkin Festival October 5, 6

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Jones Co. Man Remembers Segregated South

Fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King told America about his dream.

In August 1963, he delivered his "I have a dream" speech to a huge crowd in Washington DC.

That became one of the landmark moments of the civil rights movement.

This week and next, thousands of Americans will travel to the nation's capital to commemorate that day including many from Central Georgia.

But it's also a time to remember the way it was, how America changed and why.

When getting a drink at a fountain came down to color and the ease of buying a car was based on what you looked like, that was Central Georgia 50 years ago.

In that time Felton Miller lived according to the rules of black and white.

"You were white and I was black. They didn't care about me than a rabbit out there in the woods," he says.

Miller, now 83 years old, was born and raised in Jones County. The segregated South was what Miller described as hard and unfair.

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

Mercer University Cheerleaders to Host Camp for Kids

The Mercer University Cheerleaders will hold a camp for children ages 5-14 July 8-12 and July 15-19.  The camp will be held at the Macon campus.  Times are are noon to 5 pm.  Cost is $120 per session and includes a T-shirt.

Checks, made payable to Mercer University Cheerleading, should be sent to 1400 Coleman Ave, Macon, GA 31027 (Attn: Mercer Cheerleading) along with waiver/registration form. 

Call 551-427-8968 or email MercerUniversityCheerleading@gmail.com for more information.

Girl Scout Alumnae Reunion in Central Georgia

Girl Scout Alumnae Reunion in Central Georgia

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia will hold a reunion on May 4 from 1-6 pm at Camp Martha Johnson in Lizella.  Alumnae will enjoy revisiting camp, renewing friendships, and helping to create a digital archive, according to a news release. 

The event is free. Donations for camp upkeep will be accepted. 

For more information, call Kathy Cranford at 478-747-3170.

Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Educational Challenges Facing Rural Georgia

Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Educational Challenges Facing Rural Georgia

Two Georgia Senators plan to hold a town hall meeting for Johnson, Laurens and Wheeler counties Saturday.

Senator Jason Carter (D-Decatur) and Senator Freddie Powell (D-Dawson) want residents to come and discuss educational challenges facing rural Georgians, according to a release.

The meeting will be held at the Dublin High School Cafeteria at 1127 Hillcrest Parkway in Dublin at 4 p.m.

The public is invited.

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.

Summit Set to Address Veteran Homelessness

Summit Set to Address Veteran Homelessness

A summit to address veterans' homelessness is set to for March 26th.

This comes after the Secretary of Veterans Affairs set a goal for VA to end veteran homelessness by 2015, according to a release.

The summit will address six areas:

  • Outreach and education
  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Income/employment/benefits
  • Housing/Supportive Services
  • Community partnerships

The summit takes place at 195 Holt Street in Macon. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and events last from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.