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Dooly, Macon County Jobless Rate Released

Dooly, Macon County Jobless Rate Released

The jobless rate for Dooly County in December 2012 was 12.9 percent.

Macon County's jobless rate was 15 percent.

According to a state news release, unemployment rose to 9.2 percent from November's 8.7 percent rate, but it was down from December 2011 when the rate was 9.5 percent.

Officials claim the rise comes from a combination of factors, including a "slight increase" in new layoffs and a reduction in the area work force.

The uptick reflects a similar statewide trend. However, the jobless rate across Georgia only rose one-tenth of percentage point while metro Macon's rate jumped five-tenths of a percentage point.

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Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Welcoming 2013: Making the Most of the New Year

Today is my first day in the office for 2013. I intentionally took time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to step back from work, enjoy my family and clear my head. Now I’m back and ready to hit the ground running! How about you?

 

In the past I’ve never been much of a believer in writing down my goals or making them for that matter. It all seemed a little woo-woo and out there. However in 2012 I worked with a wonderful organizer and business coach Paris Love (www.parisloveinstitute.com) who convinced me of the importance of setting goals.

Meet Me at the Mistletoe Market

Meet Me at the Mistletoe Market

I feel a little bit like an elf this week as I am scurrying around finishing preparations for my booth at this weekend’s Mistletoe Market. To me it is the beginning of the holiday season here in Middle Georgia and I loved seeing all the great products everyone was selling, visiting with friends and making new ones!

For those of you who don’t live in Middle Georgia, Mistletoe Market is a Christmas marketplace sponsored by the Balvaunuca Club. The club donates their proceeds from the sale to worthy community organizations. In 2011 they gave away $40,000! This year it is being held in its new location in the Miller-Murphy-Howard building at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry on November 16-18.

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

Getting Ready for the Holiday Season

It always seems as if the holidays always sneak up on us. After all, Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away! So whether you are getting ready to host 35 people for a Thanksgiving dinner or if you are preparing for the celebrations of Hanukkah or Christmas, you can get ready early and simplify your work and enjoy the holidays so much more.

Planning

As we get ready for the holidays, let’s take a minute to remember why we celebrate this time of the year. It’s not about gifts, parties and obligations. It’s a time to give thanks for our many blessings, to celebrate the wonderful miracles of Christmas, Hanukah; Kwanzaa; to celebrate the coming of a brand New Year full of possibilities. Try to keep this in your heart and mind this season to keep things in perspective.

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Book Organization: Murder in the Bedroom

Recently I was listening to a National Association of Professional Organizers’ conference presentation by Debbie Bowie about using feng shui in the organizing process.  Whether you believe in the validity of this ancient Eastern practice or not, there are definitely some good ideas that came from this talk.  One of the things Debbie spoke about was items in your home having static energy, meaning they don't add anything good to the life of your home or to your life in general.  One group of the items she discussed as a static force in the home was books. Now books tend to be one of my vices.  I like to collect them and I love to go to used book sales but currently I am trying to cut back on the actual physical books that are in my house. As a result I have taken to reading a lot of books on my iPad.

Big Pig Jig Event Schedule Released

Big Pig Jig Event Schedule Released

2012 Big Pig Jig Schedule of Events: No pets, coolers, food or drinks allowed.

The Big Pig Jig is I-75 Exit 109 in Vienna, Ga.

Top Southern Barbecue Festival Returns in November

Top Southern Barbecue Festival Returns in November

One of the South's gems lies within the  event Vienna, Ga. awaits all year. Mouths begin to water before even arriving on the event grounds: one of Georgia's largest barbecue events is near.

Since 1982, the Big Pig Jig brings folks of all kinds for one thing everyone has in common: the love for food. 

This year, the annual event is set for November 1-3. What started off as a bet on who could make the best pig became what is now a barbecue contest, festival, and arts and crafts fair all rolled into one.

Named one of the Top 500 Festivals and Most Extraordinary Events by Travel Agent Magazine and Tom Clynes, author of "WILD PLANET!" respectively, the event in South Georgia has even drawn Discovery Channel to list it among the Top 10 in Barbecue Contests.

According to the Big Pig Jig website, the festival has had such success that Dooly County Chamber gave out over $16K in prizes in 2010.

The full schedule has not been announced yet.