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GOP Plans $900,000 Ad Campaign Against Barrow

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Republicans say they're prepared to spend big bucks on TV ads targeting Democratic Rep. John Barrow of Augusta as he seeks re-election to Congress.

The National Republican Congressional Committee says it has reserved $900,000 worth of time for television ads in east Georgia's 12th District. Barrow's seat was redrawn last year to remove Savannah -- a big part of the congressman's Democratic base. Republicans now see him as one of the most vunlerable Democrats in Congress.

The Savannah Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/L4co7D ) Barrow spokesman Richard Carbo says the GOP strategy is the sort of "hyper-partisanship" that independent voters in the 12th District reject.

Four Republican candidates are competing in the July 31 primary for a chance to challenge Barrow for his seat.

The new 12th Congressional District includes Laurens, Wheeler, Telfair and Treutlen counties.


Austin Scott Facing Free Ride to Second Term


Austin Scott apparently has a free ride to a second term in Congress.

No Republicans or Democrats qualified to challenge the Republican from Ashburn in the Eighth Congressional District. Qualifying for Georgia's congressional races ended at noon Friday.

Races Set for 10 General Assembly Seats

Central Georgia voters will decide five state House races and five Senate races during this election season.

Meanwhile, 10 representatives and three senators face no opposition.

Qualifying for the state Senate and state Representative races ended at noon Friday.

Here are the qualifiers.

In State Senate District 18, incumbent Cecil Staton, a Macon Republican, has a challenger:Thomaston physician Spencer Price. They'll meet in the July 31 Republican primary and the winner has no opposition in November.

Downtown Parking Lots Paving Completed

Downtown Parking Lots Paving Completed

The City of Dublin posted on its Facebook page today that the paving and striping of the downtown parking lots has been completed.

See the City of Dublin Facebook page for full details.

Help 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans'

Help 'Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans'

DUBLIN, GA.--The event is March 30 at 2 p.m. in Carl Vinson VA Auditorium.

Laurens County January Unemployment Rate

Laurens County January Unemployment Rate

Laurens County's unemployment rate for January was 12.4 percent, the Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

That's compared to metro Macon's 9.9 percent unemployment rate for January.

But that's still less than a year ago, at 10.5 percent.

Sam Hall with the Georgia Department of Labor says the increases should not be cause for concern because seasonal workers leaving temporary holiday jobs play a major factor in the variation.

He says the important thing is the rate is lower than it was last year.