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Unemployment Rates Announced This Week

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) reported that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Macon area increased to 10.4 percent in November, up six-tenths of a percentage point from 9.8 percent in October.

The jobless rate in the metro Macon area in November 2009 was 9.6 percent.

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced earlier this week that the GDOL is processing extended benefit claims for unemployed Georgians who will qualify under legislation enacted Friday, which expands the extended benefits claim filing period for jobless Americans through Dec. 31, 2011. The bill does not, however, provide additional benefits beyond 99 weeks, the news release says.

“These additional resources will help qualified jobseekers provide food, clothing, and shelter while they seek employment,” said Commissioner Thurmond. “I’m pleased that the approval came in time for the holidays.”

Funeral Arrangements Announced for Rep. Anthony Edward "Tony" Sellier

There will be two visitations held on Friday, Dec. 3, 2010 at the Byron Municipal Complex; the first beginning at 11a.m. until 2 p.m. and the second from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Rosary service immediately following at 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at St. Juliana’s Catholic Church in Ft. Valley, Georgia at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Rooks Funeral Home in Byron is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made either to the American Cancer Society or a favored charity. 

Governor Perdue Recognizes 20 Georgians in Public Safety Awards Ceremony

At an annual public safety awards ceremony in Forsyth, Ga., Governor Sonny Perdue announced recipients of the Governor's Public Safety Awards (GPSA). Perdue recognized 14 public safety professionals for acts of heroism and six for contributions in profession.

Recipients were given medallions and their names were added to the GPSA monument at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Among the Heroism Recipients was Officer Omar C. Sanders from the Macon Police Department.

The GPSA program recognizes Acts of Heroism as those who performed an exceptional deed which resulted in saving lives and/or protecting property.

Contribution to Profession awards recognized those whose job performance had an overwhelming positive effect on the overall profession.

“Georgia is proud to recognize our brave law enforcement officers and emergency responders for their commitment to keeping our citizens safe,” said Governor Perdue.