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M.E. Lewis Elementary wins SHAPE Grant

M.E. Lewis Elementary wins SHAPE Grant

M.E. Elementary School has been awarded a Georgia SHAPE grant.

According to a release, the Hancock County school is one of 15 schools to earn the grant for physical activity and nutrition plans.

Read the full news release:

NHTSA to require rear-view cameras on all vehicles

NHTSA to require rear-view cameras on all vehicles

USA TODAY

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a regulation Monday requiring all vehicles, including trucks and buses, to have rear-view visibility -- in effect, requiring rear-view cameras.

The rule applies to all vehicles under 10,000 pounds -- from the smallest subcompact to commercial vans.

Job openings in Central Georgia

Job openings in Central Georgia

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

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

Friday weather forecast

Friday weather forecast

Today... Sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s.

Tonight... Mostly cloudy with lows near 40.

Saturday... Partly cloudy with highs in the low 70s.

Saturday Night... Mostly cloudy with rain possible. Lows in the lower 50s.

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.

Eatonton commemorates 150th Civil War anniversary with new exhibit

Eatonton commemorates 150th Civil War anniversary with new exhibit

New items will be on display for visitors at the Old School History museum come this month.

When you visit the Old School History Museum this month, you'll be able to see documents pardoning an Eatonton Confederate sympathizer with Andrew Johnson and William Seward's signatures as well as discharge papers for another Eatonton soldier from the 1860s.

Then, in November, crews will set up a reenactment of camp life in Eatonton.

The museum is at 305 North Madison Avenue.

Read more details.

Eatonton named one of Georgia's safest cities

Eatonton named one of Georgia's safest cities

(WXIA) -- Eatonton has been named the safest city in Georgia.

Eatonton ranks among SafeWise's latest list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia.

SafeWise used FBI crime data and its own private research to compile the ranking. It cited Auburn's mere 76 crimes in 2012 -- none of which were murder, arson, rape or robbery -- for its standing.