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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.”

Country star shows support of "Hamburgers for Hunter"

Country star shows support of "Hamburgers for Hunter"

Last week, you read the story of "Hamburgers for Hunter," the story of Hunter Heath who holds up two fingers when taking a picture because when he thinks "cheese" (often said when taking a picture) he associates it with hamburgers.  His mother, Margaret Spielman, created a page on Facebook asking people to post photos of themselves giving the same symbol for his birthday.

The page has 676 likes and lots of pictures.  Thursday, Spielman submitted a photo of country star and Macon native Jason Aldean giving the "hamburger" sign.  Hunter's birthday is this Saturday.

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

IRS red flags: How to avoid a tax audit

Jeff Reeves, Special for USA TODAY

There's a general conception that the Internal Revenue Services is too understaffed at tax time to go after anyone but high rollers and blatant cheats.

Don't believe it.

While it's true that the IRS only audits a small percentage of returns, government officials are getting smarter about which taxpayers are the likeliest to be overstating deductions or underreporting income.

Ocmulgee Monument to screen outdoor movie

Ocmulgee Monument to screen outdoor movie

The park will be playing an outdoor movie of “Yogi Bear” on March 7, 2014 at 7:00pm. Movie is rated PG. Free Admission. Please bring blankets or chairs.

Concessions will be sold. Event is weather permitting. Ocmulgee National Monument 1207 Emery Hwy. Macon GA 31217

For information call (478) 752-8257

--Submitted by the Ocmulgee National Monument

Longtime MGC/MGSC basketball clock keeper honored Monday

Longtime MGC/MGSC basketball clock keeper honored Monday

Perle Peacock of Cochran who kept the clock at Middle Georgia College and Middle Georgia State College basketball games for over 47 years was recognized before Monday's men's home game versus Gordon College. 

It's estimated that Peacock began keeping the clock in the 1960s. 

Peacock's final game was March 5 of last year, an opening round win by the men in the GCAA playoffs.

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

MLK to get new memorial at Ga. State Capitol

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- After more than 80 years as the Georgia State Capitol's most prominent statue, the likeness of 19th century white supremacist politician and newspaperman Tom Watson was quietly removed the day after Thanksgiving.

That prompted some civil rights leaders to ask that it be replaced with a statue of Martin Luther King, Jr.

State Representative Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) even introduced a bill to make it happen.

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