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OFTC's Byrd joins the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia

OFTC's Byrd joins the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia

The Ronald McDonald House of Central Georgia provides a supportive home-like environment for families during the stressful time of childhood medical care. Families can stay at the House while children are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses.

Roger Byrd, an associate dean of adult education at Oconee Fall Line Technical College in Dublin, always liked the philosophy of the Ronald McDonald House - “Families are stronger when they are together.” That is why he was excited to be asked to join the good work of the organization recently as a member of the Board of Directors.

“Having a child that is seriously ill is difficult enough," said Byrd. "But being separated from that child during the time of illness and treatment is a tremendous burden. The Ronald McDonald House Charity helps to lessen that burden.”

Journey for Autism ride to benefit Central Georgia Autism

Journey for Autism ride to benefit Central Georgia Autism
Submitted by A Journey for Autism: Central Georgia Autism, Ltd. (CGA) and local cycle team, BigRing Racing are pleased to partner for the 2nd Annual A Journey for Autism ride on April 5,2014 at 8 a.m – Macon-Bibb County Autism Awareness Day. Proceeds from the 100-mile century ride will provide scholarships for children on the autism spectrum and continued funding for CGA to raise awareness and provide resources for families.  For more information and to register, visit: journeyforautism.com. Ava Bullard, the namesake for Ava’s Law (the autism insurance bill), will lead the ride.

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Wendy's to freshen up salad line

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Wendy's has big plans to return to its salad days.

On Tuesday, the burger chain will announce the March 17 national rollout of two new menu items to its salad lineup: an Asian Cashew Chicken Salad and a BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad. Also, Wendy's will announce plans to add more fresh veggies — cucumbers and red peppers — to its spiffed-up side salads,

Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Burger King puts lower-calorie fries in Kid's Meal

Bruce Horovitz, USA TODAY

Burger King is tweaking its Kid's Meals with fries that are less nutritionally naughty.

The burger giant Tuesday announced that its crinkle-cut Satisfries -- with 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald's fries -- will immediately become the standard fries served in Burger King Kid's Meals nationally. Although BK charges slightly more for Satisfries with adult meals, it will not charge more for its Kid's Meals.

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

Winter storm watch for Central Georgia

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for all of central Georgia beginning Tuesday morning until Wednesday afternoon.

A wintry mix is expected for central and southern parts of the state beginning Tuesday afternoon. Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow are likely Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning.

School Nutrition Employees Win Local Competition

School Nutrition Employees Win Local Competition
The Bibb County School Nutrition Association held its annual contest Thursday, January 23, at Elam Alexander Academy @ Burke. School Nutrition employees could enter dishes in three categories: Breakfast with Whole Grain, Chicken Entree, and Vegetable Side Dish. First place winners move on to the district competition, which takes place Tuesday, January 28, and then winners from that contest move on to the state competition held at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta. Local winners were: Rhonda Drawhorn from Union Elementary School for her Chewy Oat Bars, Gloria Terry from Vineville Academy of the Arts for her Chicken Roll-up, and Marie Gilchrist from Miller Middle School for her Roasted Broccoli with a Twist.

Improvements coming to East Macon rec center

A leaky roof and outdated equipment are now things of the past at East Macon Recreation Center. The $800,000 improvement project includes new basketball goals, scoreboard, and floors. "I know people in the community have been really wanting something new and fresh, so I think the changes are something they'll get really excited about," says the center's director Latoya Harden. The upgrades are not just inside the bu