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Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

Georgia Cyber Academy graduates first class

(WXIA) -- The Class of 2014 is the very first class to graduate from Georgia Cyber Academy, the state's free online public school.

The school will hold a graduation ceremony at noon on Saturday, May 31 at the Gwinnett Center. More than 300 graduating seniors are scheduled to walk across the stage.

"We're so proud of each of our graduates, all of whom have taken the individualized learning that comes with GCA's online curriculum and worked with GCA's world-class teachers to adapt it to best serve and support their own academic successes," GCA head of school Matt Arkin said in a release.

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Hundreds in Jones, Macon lose power in storms

Hundreds in Jones, Macon lose power in storms

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At one point Monday evening, a strong line of storms knocked out power to as many as 1400 Georgia Power customers around Macon and in Jones County.

The area off Ingleside Drive was one of them. It experienced as many as 700 outages at one point.

People who live there told us they were doing the best they could to work around the darkness. As of midnight, Georgia Power's online outage map shows 680 customers in Bibb and parts of Jones County without power.

Most of them are in that Ingleside area.

Severe t-storm warning: Baldwin, Jones, Putnam

Severe t-storm warning: Baldwin, Jones, Putnam

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Laurens, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties

The National Weather Service Doppler indicated a severe thunderstorm that could produce quarter-sized hail and damaging winds up to 60 m.p.h. The storm was located a Irwinton, moving south at 20 m.p.h.

These storms were located about ten miles northeast of Sparta to Devereux and moving southeast at about 25 m.p.h.


Jones County health inspection ratings

Jones County health inspection ratings

See how Jones County restaurants rated with the Georgia Department of Health from April 23-May 23.

  • 100-Dames Ferry Elementary School
  • 100-Gray Station Middle School
  • 100-Jones County 9th Academy
  • 100-Jones County Jail
  • 100-Mattie Wells Elementary School
  • 100-Turner Woods Elementary School
  • 99-Clifton Ridge Middle Grade School
  • 99-Jones County High School
  • 99-The Feed Trough at Bradley Wayside Auction
  • 98-China Garden
  • 98-Buck Wild BBQ
  • 97-Dairy Queen
  • 97-Pizza Hut
  • 96-McDonalds
  • 93-Sonic
  • 92-Pickle Barrel Cafe & Sports Pub

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Jones County jobless rate hits 6.1 percent

Jones County jobless rate hits 6.1 percent

Unemployment in Central Georgia has declined again since March.

According to a release, the Central Georgia area's jobless rate fell to 7 percent in April, down from March's 7.3 percent.

Jones County's jobless rate for April was 6.1 percent. Jones County is among 61 percent of the state with an unemployment rate below eight percent.

A year ago in April 2013, Central Georgia's regional jobless rate reached 8.3 percent.

Jones County Primary Election Results

Jones County Primary Election Results

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Sport Fencing growing at high school and middle school levels

Many parents and educators across the U.S. are coming to realize the benefits to students of Olympic Sport Fencing.  Sport fencing has been a small but ever present sport in America since the 19th century.  Usually, and erroneously, associated with the privileged class, it has found little place at large in the ball dominate sports arena in America.  However, that view has been changing rapidly over the 25 years.  The U.S. has grown steadily in world prominence including generation of World Champions and Olympic Gold and Silver medalist.  This growth is attributed with broader media coverage but also with a concerted effort by coaches and fencing enthusiast to promote this exciting sport at the middle school and high school levels around the country.  This moves fencing out from the traditional private salles (clubs) and college environments so as to make it accessible to everyone who is interested.