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Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Macon realtor starring in HGTV show

Macon realtor starring in HGTV show

Macon native Joanna "JoJo" Jones never thought she'd end up working in real estate, let alone the co-host of a national TV show on HGTV.

The Stratford Academy grad used to run a retail store called the Midnight Pickle, when her friends who worked as realtors told her she could quit selling clothes and sell houses.

In 2000, she got her real estate license and joined Sheridan Solomon as a realtor, where her bosses say her "gift of gab" comes in handy helping people find the right house for them.

How to Get 50 Percent Off Lawn Maintenance for a Month

How to Get 50 Percent Off Lawn Maintenance for a Month

Get 50 percent off one month of lawn maintenance in Gray, Macon or Warner Robins when you purchase 13WMAZ's DealChicken.

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

How to Write for 13WMAZ's Where You Live

Where You Live is WMAZ's hyperlocal feature. This means that we are helping bring you more community-specific news more often.

We have websites for these communities:

Dooly-Macon County
Warner Robins
obins AFB

These community websites are a place for you and your community members to share information.

To join our team and share with folks just like yourself, all you have to do is email us your email address and name whereyoulive@13wmaz.com

From there, we set up an account for you. This account lets you log in to your community site and post photo galleries, concerts, community events, 100th birthday parties, your concerns, latest creative projects, how-to advice and anything else you want people in your area to know.

Once you have an account, here are some examples of how you can stay involved Where You Live:

(These are just ideas to get you started. Feel free to come up with your own blog ideas!)

  • Post about your hobby: 
    Music reviews 
    Movie reviews 
    Local fashion


  • Are you that person who always takes photos at the high school's football games or at community festivals?  You can log in with your new account and create a gallery to show off your photos on our site.
  • Have a story idea that may need a reporter in our newsroom? Send us a news tip by emailing eyewitnessnews@13wmaz.com
  • Where You Live is your space for public conversation.  Feel free to comment on others' articles. New ideas can crop up just from simple conversations with others.
  • See something bizarre around town? Take a (cell phone) photo and post it to your community site! Maybe someone else will know the background story.
  • Add an event to our community calendar. Click "Add an Event"  on your community site's event section.
  • Like" us on Facebook to include your local news, breaking news and weather warnings and watches in your Facebook feed.
  • Follow us on Twitter for breaking news and weather updates.

'I LOVE Macon" Campaign Nets 10,000 Signatures

'I LOVE Macon" Campaign Nets 10,000 Signatures

The movers and shakers behind the "i love macon" campaign announce that they've reached 10,000 signatures Tuesday.

In other words, 10,000 people have signed the "i love macon" pledge, "to stand up for the city we love, stop the negative conversation and to be the change we want to see in our city," according to  a release.

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Read the full release:

The i love macon campaign hit Macon streets

Main Street Macon Takes Helm of ShopLocalMacon.com

Main Street Macon Takes Helm of ShopLocalMacon.com

Macon, GA --  Main Street Macon is proud to announce that it has taken over promotion and maintenance of the ShopLocalMacon.com website. A press conference will be held on Wednesday, January 23 at 11:00 a.m. in Third Street Park to make the official announcement and talk about the importance of shopping locally.

“Main Street Macon is proud of the partnership that has been forged with the College Hill Alliance. We are both working on economic development projects and promoting our local, independent businesses shows businesses considering Downtown and College Hill that we care about them and understand the importance of independent businesses in our economy,” said Mechel McKinley, Main Street Macon Manager.

Connecticut Students Help Repair Macon Homes

Connecticut Students Help Repair Macon Homes

University of Connecticut students are helping repair Macon homes this week.

The twenty-six students traversed the 1,100 miles in 18 hours to help repair homes alongside Rebuilding Macon, according to a news release.

They'll build wheel chair ramps, rebuild stairs, paint and help prepare homes for various weather conditions.

Last year, Rebuilding Macon repaired 340 homes for elderly and disabled homeowners free of charge.

To volunteer in Rebuilding Macon's effort, you can call 478-744-9808.