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OFTC’s SkillsUSA Team Wins Gold at Nationals

OFTC’s SkillsUSA Team Wins Gold at Nationals

Students from Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC) received top honors by winning Gold in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at SkillsUSA’s annual National Leadership and Skills Conference and Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 23-27, 2014.

OFTC’s National Gold Medalist Opening and Closing Ceremonies team consisted of Johnny Pederson, Cathy Foskey, Erin Morris, Cecila Adamson, Mindy Oxley, Rachel Pederson, Chelce Yearty, and Kimberly Million. The team rehearsed tirelessly together and with their advisors, Kim Meeks, Joyce Davis, David Hall and Jay Mullis, before making the trip to Kansas City. Their hard work and dedication paid off.

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies competition at the national conference is the most hotly contested event for the week with hundreds of students competing. Typically, it is a very difficult event to win on the national level.

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OFTC Instructors Complete 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience

OFTC Instructors Complete 2014 Georgia Master Teacher Experience

Allied Health Sciences Division Chair Leslie Thigpen and English Instructor Kim Meeks represented Oconee Fall Line Technical College as 40 Technical College instructors from throughout Georgia gathered for the first Georgia Master Teacher Experience.

The event was held at Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville the week of June 8-12 and was designed to bring together teachers from the Technical College System of Georgia for an intensive week of focus on instructional innovations, motivational techniques, situational problem-solving, contextual learning, and information exchange.

Born as a byproduct of Southwest Georgia Technical College’s Quality Enhancement Plan, the Master Teacher event is designed as an experiential learning event developed by teachers for teachers.

Public invited to meeting about proposed property tax increase

Public invited to meeting about proposed property tax increase

You're encouraged to voice your opinion about a proposed property tax increase in Washington County.

According to a notice, the proposed tax increase is 11.16%, an increase of 1.769 mills.

You can attend one of three meetings:

  • July 31, at 11:30 a.m.
  • July 31, at 6 p.m.
  • August 7, 5 p.m.

Those meetings are the Washington County Board of Education at 501 Industrial Drive in Sandersville.

If your home is $100,000 as fair market value, then the property tax increase would cost you $170 more in annual property taxes.. 

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 Monroe County Library on Wednesday, August 20 at 7 p.m.

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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.

Job opening in Sandersville

Job opening in Sandersville

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to share several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

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.”