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Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

(WXIA-TV) -- Tenth District Rep. Paul Broun (R) is co-sponsoring a bill introduced Monday on Capitol Hill by Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry (R), that would legalize a form of medical marijuana nationwide.

One Georgia mom who moved her daughter to Colorado for marijuana treatments said that the bill is a step in the right direction, and hopes it will be revised to help even more children.

Her daughter, Haleigh Cox, just turned five years old and is almost seizure-free.

Public input wanted in Georgia's deer management plan

Public input wanted in Georgia's deer management plan

Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants your input in how the state manages the white-tailed deer population.

According to a release, the meetings include an overview of stakeholder recommendations and proposed actions to take for deer management including: population density, seasons and bag limits, hunting methods, hunter access, urban deer management, education and outreach.

You can attend a meeting at Town's Bluff Heritage Center on Monday, August 18 at 7 p.m. That's located at 54 Riverwood Trail in Hazlehurst, Ga.

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the two people they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Investigators arrested Jabrea Deanna Vason, 21, of Montezuma Thursday after a traffic stop on Macedonia Church Road in Pulaski County.

Eddie McTrail Allen, 32, of Americus, ran from the car on foot prompting a massive manhunt in the area of Macedonia Road and Hwy 26.

Unemployment rates up in Metro Macon, Middle Georgia region

Unemployment rates up in Metro Macon, Middle Georgia region

Metro Macon's unemployment rate increased to 8.2 percent in June, up from 7.9 percent in May.

The rate was 9.4 percent in June 2013, according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release.

The unemployment rate for the Middle Georgia region increased also to 8.3 percent in June, the news release states. It was 7.9 percent in May, but it was 9.4 percent in June 2013.

Reynolds officer fired after domestic violence arrest


A Reynolds police officer is off the job after being arrested for domestic violence.

Taylor County Sheriff Jeff Watson says around 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night, Christopher Rachalla went to a house in Butler to confront his estranged wife and a friend.

Watson says there was a confrontation and Rachalla hit the estranged wife's car with a flashlight.

Watson says Rachalla left and went to the home of his boss, Reynolds Police Chief Lonnie Holder. Watson says Chief Holder fired Rachalla on the spot and drove him to the jail.

Watson says Rachalla is charged with simple battery under the Family Violence Act, simple battery, terroristic threats, 2nd degree criminal damage to property, criminal trespassing, and violation of his oath of office.

Rachalla was in the Taylor county jail Wednesday afternoon, awaiting a bond hearing.

Accounting degrees lead to career advancement

Accounting degrees lead to career advancement

Brandi Wilkinson and Arlisa Whipple thought going back to school would help in their careers, and they were right.

Working full time at Cullen Supply in Dublin with accounting duties such as payroll, accounts payable/receivable, preparing and paying sales taxes, Brandi was a busy worker and a busy mom. She decided to go to college to learn more about her duties and have a better knowledge of what she was doing and why."

“My new associate’s degree in accounting didn’t get me a promotion, but it did help me change my working hours for the better,” explains Brandi. “I now only work part time making as much money as I did working full time and have more time to spend with my daughter."

“It also allows me to start my own business filing income taxes from my home next year to make more money. Going back to school was the best decision I ever made.”

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