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Houston County Ranks Better Than Georgia Average in Unemployment

Houston County Ranks Better Than Georgia Average in Unemployment

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the preliminary unemployment rates in Houston County is 7.4 percent for May.

That's below Georgia's overall unemployment rate of 8.9 percent.

Metro Macon rose to 9.4 percent in May, up three-tenths of a percentage point from 9.1 percent in April, a Georgia Department of Labor news release says.

The rate was 10.1 percent in May 2011. 

Overall, Georgia's unemployment rate remained unchanged from April to May in 2011 and is down from May 2010, where the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.

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21st Century to Choose McMahon as New Leader

 The 21st Century Partnership is about to make some news of its own.

Sources familiar with the search for a new executive director for the organization told Lorra Lynch Jones that retired Major General Robert McMahon will take the reigns.

McMahon retired last week as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

The 21st Century Partnership is expected to make the announcement Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Aviation.

Former executive director Mary Therese Tebbe stepped down a few months ago to take a job with the Georgia National Guard in Atlanta.

WR-ALC to Transition July 17

Big changes are coming to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center.

According to a release from Robins Air Force Base Public Affairs, the Air Logistics Center will transition to an Air Logistics Complex July 17.

The Air Logistics Complex will be lead by Brigadier General (select) Cedric George.

The change is part of the Air Force wide reorganization announced last November. It's intended to save money and consolidate resources. The Air Force estimates it will save about $109 million annually.

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base will be activated on July 9, and the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base will stand up on July 10.

According to the release, "These two entities will act as an oversight to Robins' acquisition and sustainment activities, respectively."

Dad-isms: What Did Your Dad Always Say?

Dad-isms: What Did Your Dad Always Say?

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there.

In honor of the day, we want you to think back to your childhood. Think of all the things your father ever said to you.

What was one thing that your dad always seemed to say? (And maybe now find yourself saying the exact same thing to your kids!?)

 

 

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Georgia National Air Guard Airman to Receive Second Bronze Star

Georgia National Air Guard Airman to Receive Second Bronze Star

 

--Submitted by Robins AFB Public Affairs

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Tech. Sgt. Barry Duffield, will receive his second Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service and the Air Force Combat Action Medal Monday, 10 a.m., at the Museum of Aviation.

Duffield, a 116th Air Control Wing Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight team leader, will receive the medal for distinctive leadership and mission execution. Having physically engaged hostile forces with direct and lethal fire during military operations, Duffield will also be awarded the Combat Action Medal during the ceremony.

“In the midst of extreme risk and sacrifice, Sergeant Duffield has been a reflection of integrity and excellence,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Bell, Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight superintendent. “I’m equally impressed with his humble manner, knowing he has saved countless lives simply by performing to the best of his ability.”

General McMahon Set to Retire Friday

General McMahon Set to Retire Friday

General McMahon is set to relinquish command of the Warner Robins Logistics Center and retire after 34 years of service Friday, a Robins Air Force Base news release says.

Leave your well wishes for General McMahon here as he plans to retire right here in Central Georgia.

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Robins Commander Involved in Minor Car Accident on Base

Major General Robert McMahon was treated for minor injuries after a two-car accident on the Robins Air Force Base Tuesday, according to a base news release.

Base spokesperson Chrissy Miner says McMahon and the driver of the other car were taken to the Houston Medical Center for evaluation. 

McMahon was released a short time later and returned to work.

The base news release does not describe the accident.

Investigators have not released the other driver's name or condition.  The cause is still under investigation.

The accident happened two days after a tree fell on another government vehicle used by McMahon.

McMahon retires Friday.