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Rain Forces Cancellations, Changes to Sporting Events

Rain Forces Cancellations, Changes to Sporting Events

Thursday's Bleckley-West Laurens golf matches that were to be played at Green Acres Golf Course were rained out. 

The home JV baseball game versus Veterans High School was also canceled and will be made up as part of a doubleheader at Veterans April 18. 

Friday's varsity baseball game against Putnam County High School has been moved back to 6:30 p.m. in order to allow more field time preparation due to recent rain.

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Levi's Call Issued for Florida Brothers

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has now issued a Levi's Call (Georgia's version of the Amber Alert) for two Florida brothers. Overhead highway signs and billboards across the state, along with radio and television announcements have gone out with the description of the boys, their parents and the suspect automobile.

The initial Amber Alert was issued on the behalf of Florida's Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for Cole and Chase Hakken.

Cole is a white male. He is four-years-old, stands 3 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 44 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Chase is a two-year-old male, standing 3 feet tall, weighing about 33 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Both boys are believed to be with Joshua and Sharyn Hakken.

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Putnam, Hancock Counties Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Putnam, Hancock Counties Jobless Rates Above Georgia Average

Hancock County's jobless rate was 15.2 percent in February, compared to Putnam's 10.3 percent and Georgia's 8.6 percent.

The Georgia Department of Labor says  February unemployment declined to nine percent in metro Macon.

According to a release, that's down from February 2012, when unemployment for metro Macon was 10 percent.

Georgia's February unemployment rate is 8.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted.

From January to February, metro Macon gained 500 jobs and fewer people were laid off.

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Most jobs were added in the professional, business, education, health care, trade, transportation, warehousing, leisure and hospitality industries as well as in in local government.

Metro Macon includes Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe and Twiggs counties.

Eatonton Sawmill Goes International

At the saw mill in Eatonton, it's all about "100 percent Southern yellow pine."

The mill used to be owned by Rayonier, a Southeast-based company, which employs 80 people at the Eatonton branch. But earlier this year, it was bought along with two other mills for $80 million by a Canadian-based company, Interfor.

"For the vast majority of the products we produce, it's dimensional lumber, structural materails, so the Southern yellow pine lumber from Georgia will fit in," says Karen Brandt, Interfor's director of public affairs.

Under the new company, all 80 employees in Putnam County have been able to keep their current jobs and benefits.

Operations Superintendent Bobby Ivey says unlike other jobs in the area which have gone away, he's hopeful that under the new company, there may actually be more expansion from his plant down the road.

Great Hang Up: Teen Driving Commission

A group of teens from across the state want police and legislators to crack down on distracted drivers.

Last fall, Governor Nathan Deal created a teen driving commission to advise state legislators and agencies on ways to keep people's eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Member Baylee Culverhouse told 13WMAZ's Katelyn Heck, "One thing we're all passionate about is keeping teens safe and keeping them distraction-free, keeping you free of impairment, and keeping you free of texting.  I think one of the most important things is that we are keeping people aware of what's going on, and hopefully we will see changes in the next few years."

Changes like revamping the state's Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program to focus more on distracted driving, adding questions about the no-texting law to the drivers license test, and raising awareness through ads and state signs along highways.