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St. Patrick's Festival 2013 Dates Set

St. Patrick's Festival 2013 Dates Set

The 48th Annual St. Patrick's Festival is set for February 23-March 24 this year, according to the City of Dublin Facebook page.

PHOTOS: 2012 St. Patrick's Festival Parade

Laurens County Jobless Rate Released

Laurens County Jobless Rate Released

The jobless rate for Laurens County in December 2012 was 10.9 percent.

Laurens County was one of 67 Georgia counties that had a jobless rate of 10 percent or greater.

The jobless rate in December 2012 was also up for metro Macon.

According to a state news release, unemployment rose to 9.2 percent from November's 8.7 percent rate, but it was down from December 2011 when the rate was 9.5 percent.

Officials claim the rise comes from a combination of factors, including a "slight increase" in new layoffs and a reduction in the area work force.

The uptick reflects a similar statewide trend. However, the jobless rate across Georgia only rose one-tenth of percentage point while metro Macon's rate jumped five-tenths of a percentage point.

Speedway to Host Ga. State Championship Memorial Race

Speedway to Host Ga. State Championship Memorial Race

The Dublin-441 Speedway hosts the Georgia State Championship "Matt Wood" Memorial Race Saturday.

That's on October 20. 

Wood was a stock car race driver and lost in life in an accident on I-16 in 2010. 

Event organizers expect over 100 drivers from all parts of Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida for the annual event.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Cost is $15 per person and $5 for children in the grandstands. 
Cost to sit in the pit is $30 for adults and $10 for children.
 

Practice session is Friday night from 7-10 p.m. Admission is $5 in the grandstands, and $10 in the pits.

 

Department of Driver Services to Close Saturday for Holiday Hours

Department of Driver Services to Close Saturday for Holiday Hours

Department of Driver Services across the State of Georgia closes Saturday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday, according to a DDS news release.

DDS offices are always closed on Mondays. Offices statewide will reopen Tuesday, September 4.

The news release warns that the first business day after being closed is busy and to plan accordingly. If possible, visit Driver Services later in the week.

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German Manufacturer Set to Break Ground in Dublin

German Manufacturer Set to Break Ground in Dublin

The German auto-parts manufacturer, Erdrich Umformtechnik, has a groundbreaking ceremony in July, according to a Dublin-Laurens County Chamber of Commerce release.

That comes after the January announcement that the company would bring 178 jobs to Dublin.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set for July 12 at 10:30 a.m. at 112 Willie Paulk Parkway in Dublin.

In January, Dublin Mayor Phil Best said he's excited to get the construction started and expects the plant to open around the beginning of 2013.

300-Plus Ton Machine to Travel Along I-75, I-16

300-Plus Ton Machine to Travel Along I-75, I-16

If you're planning to travel on I-75 and I-16 Thursday nights, particularly after 8 p.m. and into the overnight hours, be sure to make way for a 628K lb. machine press making its way across Georgia.

A machine will be moved from the port of Savannah to KIA Motors Manufacturing plant in West Point, a Georgia Department of Transportation news release.

Drivers should be careful near the equipment, as its 20-feet wide and is expected to move slower than 45 miles per hour.

The wide load will travel along I-16 and I-75 to a weigh station in Forsyth. On Friday, crews move the equipment from the weigh station to Atlanta via Highway 285 westbound and I-85.