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Town Halls to Discuss Ga. Power Rate Increase

Town Halls to Discuss Ga. Power Rate Increase

ATLANTA (AP) - Consumer advocates say town halls are scheduled throughout the state as Georgia Power looks to raise rates.

Georgia Watch announced this week that a coalition of consumer and environmental groups will host meetings before the Public Service Commission decides whether to approve rate increases in mid-December.

A meeting at the Coastal Georgia Center in Savannah is scheduled for Oct. 17. A town hall at the Coca-Cola Space and Science Center is set for Oct. 21.

A third meeting is set for Oct. 29 at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville, and a fourth is set for Oct. 30 at the University of Georgia Chapel in Athens.

Each meeting runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Two Candidates in Jones Co. Mayoral Race

In just over two weeks, Gray is among several Central Georgia counties that will have a new mayor.

The Jones County mayor may be a part-time job, but it's a full-time responsibility.

Gus Wilson has filled the shoes for four years and is seeking re-election. 

"I'm not a yes person. If I disagree, I'll stand up and tell you. I fight for our citizens," said Wilson.

He's running against Stephen Tingen who moved to Gray two years ago.

"I want to do my part to make sure that Gray stays a family-oriented small town with family values," Tingen said.

There's almost a twenty year age gap between the candidates.

Illinois Man Died in Jones Co. Hunting Accident

Jones County's deputy coroner says an Illinois man was killed in Saturday's hunting accident.

Jones County deputy Coroner Bill Wright says, a man who was shot while hunting has been identfied as 47-year-old Francisco Hernandez.

Franciso, from Joliet, Illinois,  was hunting with 10 other people before he was shot in the head.

Deputies arrived on the scene at around 12:30 Saturday afternoon  on Union Hill Church Road.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Both the Jones County Sheriff's Office and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are working the case, says Sgt. Bobby Gay of the Jones County Sheriff's Office.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for more updates.

Jones Co. to Add Full-Time Firefighter

 

The time firefighters take to arrive on scene is crucial to saving lives.

"We've got the best in the world here, but when you're talking about response times, the difference between coming form home, getting into a truck and going out, there is a big difference," says fire chief Don Graham.

On average, the response time for a volunteer firefighter is 11 minutes. The time is slashed in half for a paid fireman.

There are currently two full-time paid firefighters at the stations off Highway 49 and near River North. One of them, is Robbie Herndon.

"Volunteering for the fire department is a way of life. It's something you do around the clock, 24/7," he said.

Besides saving lives, Herndon also runs a home business and works in realty. The stations need the most help during the week day when volunteers work their day job. 

Milledgeville Court Program to Assist Rehab Patients

A new court program will assist drug rehab patients and their families in Central Georgia during substance-abuse treatment.

The Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit started a new program with River Edge Behavioral Health Center that'll help keep families together while parents go through treatment, according to a release.

That new program is called the Family Dependency Treatment Court, or FDTC, and a grant from Georgia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will help fund it.

FDTC is expected to help "fill in gaps in the child welfare system by providing extra monitoring and in-home visits, additional needed supports, as well as in-court compliance," Judge Spivey of the Ocmulgee Circuit says in the release.

The program also assists with parental skill training, domestic violence education and counseling as well as mental health maintenance.

Georgia Prep Football Poll

 

ATLANTA- Georgia high school football polls of the 2013 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class A

Record Pts Prv

1. Eagle's Landing Christian (17) 5-0 170 1

2. Landmark Christian 7-0 149 2

3. Aquinas 6-0 138 3

4. Seminole County 6-0 113 4

5. Prince Avenue Christian 6-1 91 6

6. Johnson County 6-0 83 7

7. Marion County 6-0 70 8

8. Mount Paran Christian 5-1 53 9

9. Darlington 5-1 31 10

10. Mt. Pisgah Christian 6-0 25 NR

 

Others receiving votes: Irwin County 9, Emanuel County Institute 2, Calvary Day 1.

 

Jones County Pay Scale to Be Implemented Dec. 1

Jones County employees now have a fixed starting salary and a way to get raises under a standard pay scale approved by the county commission.

Commissioners debated a pay scale ever since critics questioned raises for a few top officials about a month ago. 

RELATED: Jones Commissioners Question Raises

Commissioner Tommy Robinson was against the new pay scale. 

He said it set a bad example, that any salary could easily be changed.

"It's going to be a very worrisome signal to send every employee of this county," Robinson said.

The administrative assistant's salary took the largest hit. 

Margie Tyson was projected to receive nearly $49,000. 

That's almost a $12,000 raise, but under the approved pay scale, her new salary is just under $38,000.