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Wanted by Macon Regional Crimestoppers

Macon Regional Crimestoppers says these people are wanted on warrants in Middle Georgia. If you have any information, call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330 or 1-877-68CRIME.

1. Jaray Cosanto Williams:
B/M DOB 08-27-76 Age 36 511 192 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

2. Kimberly Willis:
W/F DOB 08-06-61 Age 51 504 110 lbs.
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

3. Hdywandus Harden:
B/M DOB 03-11-82 Age 31 508 150 lbs.
Wanted by the Bibb County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Ga. Sex Offender Registry.

4. Amanda Lynn Collins
W/F DOB 02-02-88 Age 25 503 115 lbs.
Wanted by the Houston County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

5. David Glenn Robinson:
W/M DOB 09-18-74 Age 38 511 160 lbs.
Wanted by the Jones County Sheriff's Office for Violation of Probation.

New Digital GED Test Ends 70 Years as Printed Exam

Students preparing for the GED will have to put away their pencils and paper because the test is going digital. 

But those aren't the only key changes. 

That's not the only change. By January of next year, there will be a new test.

"It's going to be more correlated to high school diploma and workforce skills," says Brenda Brown, the Vice President of Adult Education at Central Georgia Technical College.

That means more analysis and writing. 

Jacole Robertson took her GED test on the computer.

That's because paper tests are being phased out, ending more than a 70-year tradition as a printed exam.

Counties have until December 31 to make the switch. 

The digital test will have four subjects, one fewer than the paper version, but the price tag remains the same at $160.

Jones Family Hopes to Save Historic House

There is a house in Jones County that weathered the Civil War, but now is in danger of being destroyed.

The house belonged to Jesse Hunt in 1841, but was sold when he died.

After a series of owners, the Hunt House fell into the hands of John Wieters. 

Family members like Hank Hunt hope to have the house renovated.

Wieters says the house is sold, but it's hard for Hunt to believe because previous sales have fallen through.  

Hunt says Wieters told him that the house was slated to become salvage lumber.

Hunt and other family members have reached out to the owner with offers but he says the owner wants to sell the house off the property.

The Hunt house still stands in the exact site 203 years later.

Jobless Claims Rise in May

Jobless Claims Rise in May

Jones County unemployment rate hit 7.4 percent in May. That rate is less than the state's unemployment rate of 8.5 percent.

According to a release from the Georgia Department of Labor, Macon's unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent in April to nine percent in May.

That's still lower than May 2012's rate of 9.4 percent.

Area businesses laid off 1,404 people in May, compared to the 1,048 laid off in April.

Warner Robins' unemployment rate increased from April's 6.7 percent to 7.5 percent.

The rate increased mostly due to a rise in layoffs as well as new graduates joining the quest for work, according the news release.

 

'Supermoon' to Shine Down Saturday

'Supermoon' to Shine Down Saturday

The Supermoon is visiting and should grace us with its presence Saturday.

A Super Moon means that we'll have a full moon when it's closest to Earth in its orbit, EarthSky and the Farmer's Almanac report.

According to EarthSky.org, five supermoons occur in 2013, but June 23's will be a super supermoon, because it'll be the closest to Earth than it is all year.

The supermoon won't return to our earthly eyes until August 2014, EarthSky.org reports.

Rain Slows Business for Jones Well Drilling Contractor

Our rainy spring is good for farmers and gardeners, but bad news for some others.

That group includes companies who dig water wells.

Work has been slow for Jarrell Greene, a well drilling contractor based in Jones County.

He relies on irrigation projects to pump money into his company, Greene's Water Wells.

"This is a plus- $70,000 project," Greene says as he points to the well being put in at a Warner Robins golf course.

Business has been slow compared to previous years. 

Drought had businesses digging deeper for ground water, but now the surplus of rain has been a drain.

"In the agriculture business, when it rains, they don't need water," says Greene. 

His business has shifted from digging mostly wells for homeowners to municipal work.

"You know, where we used to be 80:20 residential over anything else, I dare say, we're 80:20 the other way," he describes.

$500 Grants Beautify Downtown Gray Businesses

The Daylily Festival in Jones County brought in $14,000. All of that money is going in to revitalize the downtown.

Five years ago, Paige Childs opened up 'Treasures by the Tracks.' 

Since then, she's been hoping to open another door.

"We have an antique front door that we want refinished," she says.

Her current door doesn't fit the look of historic downtown Gray. 

"Just because you want to do something doesn't mean you're going to get it done ASAP. And as you can see, I do get a little side tracked," says Childs.

She runs an antique shop and cafe. Any bit of money goes toward renovations. 

Her last big fix-up was the awning in front. 

To make that happen, she received a $500 facade grant from Gray Station Better Hometown. 

They award at least four grants a year to downtown businesses. 

"Having half of that paid, made it affordable for me," Childs says.