If you're looking to fine-tune your resume or nail that next interview, Fort Valley State University has you covered. The university's extension program is offering workforce preparedness workshops to help you get back into the workforce. The goal of the workshops is to help job-seekers improve their employment opportunities. You can get help preparing for your next interview, building a better resume, and searching for jobs.
"Some folks need some computer classes because they have been away from the computer for a while. Some people need to work on preparing a resume. So, it really depends on where you are in your unemployment on exactly what your first step will actually be."
If you're interested in attending the free workshops, the next session is Wednesday, February 8th at the Thomas Public Library in Fort Valley.
Today, Stephen McDaniel formally heard the state's decision to seek the death penalty against him for the murder of his neighbor, Lauren Giddings.
Wednesday's hearing lasted less than an hour, and McDaniel's attorneys made it very clear they plan to challenge the District Attorney's grand jury indictment. There is also a long list of issues surrounding the evidence in this case they plan to fight.
Giddings' boyfriend, friends, and several family members sat in the courtroom dressed in pink.
Giddings' cousin, Kathy Mann, said, "the reason we are here today is not because this is Stephen McDaniel's trial, because this is Lauren's trial.
McDaniel was not in his jail jumpsuit, but rather in a suit in tie. His attorney, Floyd Burford, now has a co-council, Franklin Hogue. Hogue was a professor of Giddings.
"That's his right. His prerogative," says Mann of Hogues decision to represent McDaniel.
During the hearing Judge S. Philip Brown listed of potential issues, including warrants and evidence seized, the defense may have an issue with; attorney Buford acknowledged several he would address in the trial, but would not elaborate.
"I really don't think it's appropriate for me to start talking about those issues," said Buford.
McDaniel did not speak at Wednesday's hearing. Judge Brown also asked about McDaniel's mental state. His attorneys said there was no issue.
According to Giddings' cousin, the family's main concern is getting the trail started, and they'll do their best to be at every hearing.
"We don't want to say anything that would be misunderstood as through we think he is guilty. We want a fair trial for him too. We want the person who killed Lauren to come to justice whoever that maybe," said Mann.
Arraignment in this murder case is set for February 7th. At Wednesday's hearing,Floyd Buford, also said he plans to file another conflict of interest motion against the D.A's office.
The Bibb County Board of Commissioners held a meeting Wednesday to address concerns surrounding the process and procedures dealing with the management of SPLOST projects.
Commissioner Lonzy Edwards says the board wants to make sure the interests of taxpayers are being safeguarded. They have put a SPLOST Advisory Committee in place to act as extra eyes and ears to ensure the commission is doing what they say.
Board members voted to allow staff, in consultation with Commissioner Elmo Richardson, to come up with a timeline making sure that all contractors get a fair chance to bid on SPLOST projects. However, some commissioners still question whether a project manager is even needed at this time.
Commissioner Lonzy Edwards says, "I think at some point we're going to need that kind of technical assistance, but I'm not sure that we're at that point yet. I think maybe the cart got put ahead of the horse."
However Chairman Sam Hart says, "I think if you were to contact the staff they would admit that they would have to find some help to make this happen, they can't do it, they don't have the expertise or the time to provide this kind of effort that would give us the overall accountability we need."
Edwards added, "I think in time we're going to need that kind of expertise, I think we're going to need the help of someone who can make sure we're doing things at the right sequence, that we have the right questions asked during the bid procedures, but at this point I think we need more basic help that we can provide through staff."
Food prices are on the rise, and items like beef and vegetables might be a little higher this year. On Monday at the Georgia Farm Bureau, the University of Georgia's Agricultural Department talked about some of the things that's causing your food prices to go up. Severe drought conditions throughout the U-S has increased animal feeding costs for farmers and has caused herd reductions in several states. Associate Professor of Economics, Dr. Nathan Smith, says even though beef prices are higher than years past, farmers will only see a modest gain in profit if drought conditions continue.
"Our vegetables industry has had a tough time in the last few years. Production is down and demand has been soft but more so the availability of labor ", said Dr. Nathan Smith.
Poultry farmers are cutting production because of the high cost of chicken feed. Peanut and pecan consumption has increased, but the supplies are limited. experts are predicting favorable prices in 2012.
A national cancer study is currently being held across the country, and middle Georgians are doing their part to help out.
The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), is being held at the Cancer Life Center in downtown Macon.
The goal of CPS-3 is to prevent cancer in future generations, by asking participants questions about their lifestyle and habits.
This survey is looking to have 500,000 people across the nation participate between Wednesday and Thursday.
Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65, and cannot have a prior diagnosis of cancer. The study does require that particpants fill out a survey and have some blood drawn when they arrive at the Cancer Life Center.
The study is free to particpants, but does require them to fill out a survey every two years, and return the survey by mail.
To particpate in the study, you can head to the Cancer Life Center in downtown Macon.
The address is 1014 Forsyth St.
CPS-3 is only a two day study.
Volunteers can show up between 7:00a.m and 12:30p.m. on Wednesday, or 2:00p.m. and 7:30p.m. on Thursday.