Get your peanuts and crackerjacks; we're headed to the ball park. The 2011 Little League Softball Southeast Region Tournament began in Warner Robins. Middle Georgia loves softball and baseball and thousands will show their support over the next two weeks.
"We get lots and lots of baseball fans who come around. People from all eight of the southeastern states and it's a really good thing for us to do," said Jimmy Autry, a community volunteer and Vice President of Member Services at Flint Energy.
Allstate Insurance Company is looking to appoint 43 new agency owners throughout the state, including two cities in Middle Georgia. Allstate representative Kelly Wendt says Allstate wants to attract mid-level managers, and entrepreneurs to open their own businesses.
"We are committed to establishing business opportunities in the Macon area as well as the surrounding areas, to include Warner Robins; and by establishing new Allstate agencies it creates new opportunities for individuals to own, operate, and run their own insurance agencies. This opportunity comes with a lot of support so not only are we looking for individuals but we are really committed to their success," Wendt told 41NBC.
Interested candidates need to have a minimum of 75 thousand dollars of liquid capital to invest in their agency.
And even if you don't have managerial skills, you can still cash in on this opportunity. Allstate is offering $5,000 to anyone who refers a qualified candidate that gets appointed as an Allstate agent in 2011.
Warner Robins City Council members met today to discuss the status of the 2006 special purpose sales tax, which was implemented to help fund certain city projects.
Council members said they would like to spread out the $4 million SPLOST fund so they can start on other projects, but right now the the city has to focus on finishing water treatment and sewer repairs, and both projects are taking longer than anticipated.
"It's been delayed, but because we've been concentrating on roadway improvements, and every roadway improvement requires a utility relocation," Utility Director Marianne Golmitz said. "We've been doing all of that in-house. And that takes lots and lots of time and effort so it's probably a manpower issue more than it is anything else."
Golmitz says she hopes to see the projects completed within the next two years so that the funds can be used for other projects in Warner Robins.
Clad in his freshly made super hero costume, Ethan Jenkins, also known as Thunder Boy, uses tornadoes to conquer his foes.
Little Ethan brings his imagination to life at the Monroe County Art Alliance...and the driving force behind the program is 78-year-old Gloria Joy.
"If we cut out all of the art out of our lives it just cuts out all of the beauty and the creative thinking."
After raising her four children, by selling her artwork, Joy moved to Forsyth when her daughter married and had a child. For a while she tried to sell her paintings here in the southeast, but found the artistic taste of southerners is quite different than the west coast. Then Joy got an opportunity to take over the struggling Monroe County Art Alliance..instead of focusing on exhibits she shifted to an interactive approach.
"I loved the idea of starting classes and getting it moving again because in this economy there aren't a lot of sales, art sales for paintings. That's just not a top priority."
With many schools cutting art programs all together, Joy places an emphasis on helping children tap into their creative minds.
"She has just put her heart and soul into this and with her experience in the past has brought a new creativity to this area."
Joy brings artist from around the state and southeast in to put on different classes. Adults are welcome as well, Joy schedules evening classes for time to time for the working adult.
"You know I think it's fantastic that she has all these opportunities for those of us that can't always come in the day time, I really appreciate that because I want to stay part of the arts."
From young to old, Gloria Joy, inspires Middle Georgians to look beyond the norm.