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Job Opening in Sparta

Job Opening in Sparta

Each week the Georgia Department of Labor shares job openings in the area. 
We post these each Thursday.

Job Title:    Senior Production Technician
Location:    Sparta GA
Pay:          $16.00 per Hour
Education:  12 Years
Job Number: GA8088447
Desription: Employer requires 3 or more years manufacturing experience in operation and troubleshooting of equipment or recently completed technical college in the industrial mechanical and/or electrical field. A high school diploma/GED from a state accredited institution is also required.

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

October Festivals in Central Georgia

October Festivals in Central Georgia

USA TODAY

Middle Georgia -- sometimes referred to as Central Georgia or the Heart of Georgia -- is home to several bustling small cities, including Macon, a cultural and educational center for the region; Milledgeville, a former state capital; and Warner Robins, the metropolitan area around Robins Air Force Base. Though many of the cities in this area have festivals throughout the year -- including Dublin's St. Patrick's Day celebration and Forsyth's March Forsythia Festival -- the region's mild autumn weather in Middle Georgia makes October a popular time for festivals.

Near Macon

In late October, the Riverside Cemetery conservation group hosts a spooky evening celebration. Tour the pre-Civil War cemetery, where you'll run into the spirits of notable folks from Macon's past, including escaped slaves-turned-celebrities and Southern belles with nerves of steel. Unlike most festivals, the aptly named Spirits in October celebration requires you to sign up in advance to participate, because only a limited number of participates can join each walking tour. Tours take place every half-hour between 6 and 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the event usually takes place the weekend before Halloween.

Near Perry

Check out Georgia arts and crafts, ranging from word carvings to cornshuck weaving to pottery, and tap your feet to Appalachian music and gospel singalongs at the Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival. This semi-annual celebration devoted to old-fashioned skills takes place in March and October just north of Perry. In addition to music and crafts, you'll find demonstrations of vintage skills, such as tatting lace and braiding bullwhips, as well as hayrides, storytelling and special performances. Though kids are encouraged to join the festivities, pets aren't allowed, so plan accordingly.

Near Milledgeville

You'll find local and national bands, plenty of kids activities, live stage shows and arts and crafts at the annual Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville. The festival takes place every year in late October. One of the biggest attractions at the festival is the People's Choice BBQ Championship, where festival attendees can sample and cast their vote for the festival's best pulled pork. The festival also hosts several other contests, and there are prizes for photography, crafts, cooking and more.

Near Eatonton

In Eatonton, the Briar Patch Arts Festival is an October highlight. The festival, which started in 2010, gets its name from the works of Joel Chandler Harris, who was born in Eatonton, and features work by local artists and craftspeople. Bands set up on live music stages throughout the festival, so you can check out local music while you browse the offerings at the booths.

Historic Churches of Hancock County

Historic Churches of Hancock County

Do you know your Hancock County history?

Check out this list of rural, historic churches of Hancock County and the history behind Hancock County itself.

Powelton Baptist Church, featured on the Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, was where Mercer University's namesake, Jesse Mercer, later preached. His father, Silas, was the first Reverend there in 1786.

Originally known as Powell Creek Church, it's where the General Committee of the Georgia Baptists first organized in 1803, according to the Georgia Historical Society.

See more of the historical Hancock County churches.

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Job Openings in Eatonton, Sparta, Jackson

Job Openings in Eatonton, Sparta, Jackson

Call the Department of Labor Career Center at (478) 751-6164 and give them the job number of the position that interests you. 

You can see more jobs available in Central Georgia on 13WMAZ's Job Market Thursday page.

Are You the First Oconee Idol?

Are You the First Oconee Idol?

Are you the first Oconee Idol?

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Olive Oil Company Opens in Greene County

Olive Oil Company Opens in Greene County

By Billy Hobbs, Lake Oconee news

Plantation Olive Oil Company is one of the newest and most unique businesses in all of Greene County.