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Energy Assistance Program to Open

Georgia’s regular Energy Assistance Program will open on Dec. 1, 2010 for all eligible households. 

The program provides financial assistance to low-income, elderly and handicapped households to help pay their home heating costs.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes.  To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines - $21,940 for a one-person household, $28,691 for two people, $35,442 for three people, $42,193 for four people, $48,944 for five people, $55,695 for six people, $59,961 for seven people, or  $58,226 for eight people.

Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity, wood, coal, or kerosene used in heating a home.

The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.

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Ga. Could Get Race to the Top Money By December

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia hopes to start getting federal "Race to the Top" money by mid-December.

State education official Erin Hames told the Georgia school board on Wednesday that the 26 school districts that joined the state's application for the federal funding are working on plans that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Education this month. Once those are approved, Hames said roughly $400 million will start flowing to the state.

Georgia was one of 13 states to win money in the federal grant competition this year.

The state has 180 school districts, but the two dozen that signed on to the application represent more than 40 percent of students in the state.

The grants aim to encourage states to take up innovative education reform to help raise student achievement and improve graduation rates.

Four Central Georgia school districts joined the application:  Bibb, Jones, Peach and Pulaski.

93-Year-Old Jones Co. Woman Still Runs Cattle Farm

While living and working away from home, Jane Haddock says she realized she wasn't doing what she had always wanted to.

It was 1950, and she had graduated from college in Milledgeville. She was working for the American Red Cross, a job she enjoyed, but she was homesick. So, Haddock says, she returned to the Jones County farm she grew up on, and decided to follow her calling - to raise cattle.

Now, 60 years later, Haddock continues to raise cattle on her farm in Haddock, Jones County. She says the town is named for her great great grandmother, Milbry Barnes Haddock, who, according to Haddock, gave land to the Georgia railroad to cross through the county and spurred development of the town. 

She feeds her 75 cows, repairs fences and does just about any other job required on her 220-acre farm almost completely on her own. One Friday afternoon, she climbs into her tractor with ease, and starts hauling hay to a storage shed. Haddock is 93 years old.

Miller-Motte Technical School Opens

Miller-Motte Technical College's new location has officially opened on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd., Monday, Nov. 8.

The new campus presents a variety of programs including Associate of Occupational Science Degree programs in: Dental/Assisting, Human Resource Management, Healthcare Information Technology, Management, Medical Laboratory Technician and Security and Investigation.

Certificate programs include: Clinical Office Assistant, Dental Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office Assistant and Medical Laboratory Assistant. 

MMTC will create 60 jobs for the Macon community.

Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Miller-Motte College was originally formed in Wilmington, N.C. in 1916. The college has grown to establish 15 campuses in Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia over the years.

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Bandfest to Benefit Crisis Line and Safe House

Grand Opera House Upcoming Events

Come check out the events at the Grand Opera House at 651 Mulberry Street, Macon, Ga. Events such as:

The Diary of Anne Frank Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010, 7:30 p.m. and with the Educational performance Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010, 10 a.m.

Christmas at the Grand Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia Wednesday-Saturday, Dec. 8-11, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 11-12, 2:30 p.m., 

Scrooge Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

John Tesh featuring Friday, December 17, 2010, 8 p.m.

John Berry – The Christmas Concert featuring Sunday, December 19, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

For tickets and more information visit http://www.thegrandmacon.com/events/home.php or call (478) 301-5460.

Veterans Honored at Jones Co. 'Blue Star' Celebration

Some Jones County citizens honored military veterans Saturday.

The Gray-Jones County Chamber of Commerce hosted the event at the W.E. Knox Civic Center in downtown Gray.  The theme for this year's celebration centered on the 'blue star,' a dedication of the blue star marker that honors veterans in all branches of the military.

The honorees watched a series of video interviews with local World War II and Korean War veterans who talked about their past military experiences.  Organizer Richard Combs says he hopes this event will help people understand the importance of the military.

"We need to share that with our younger generation, being in the service, and choosing to do that whether you stay for one enlistment or stay for a career.  It's vital to our country and it also contributes to the local community," says Combs.