Central State Hospital in Milledgeville is hiring. Today, the hospital hosted a job fair seeking qualified health care professionals.
It's greatest needs right now are, registered nurses and certified nursing assistants to fill positions in it's long term care facilities and developmental disabilities division.
Clinical Recruiter William Kelly says, "We've always had the need, we just haven't had the volume of individuals in the community that were available or interested in opportunities here at the hospital."
The hospital opened it's doors more than a 150 years ago. Today, it's vision is still the same: "Recovery is possible for everyone."
Cynthia Brown has been a certified nursing assistant for 28 years and she hopes to continue her career at Central State Hospital.
"Jobs are hard with the economic times now and this is a great thing for them to set up a job fair here in Milledgeville..."
The hospital hopes to hire 22 Certified Nursing Assistants, 10 to 15 Licensed Practical Nurses, and 20 to 25 Registered Nurses.
In an effort to keep young minds sharp, and prepare the freshman class for a new experience, four Bibb County schools are offering summer classes to help transitioning students.
High school can be daunting, just ask the kids who are getting ready to enter it. Some say it's exciting, others say they are nervous.
15 year-old Kenneta Colson of Macon says, she is both nervous and excited.
"It's gonna be hard, but we'll make it through there. We'll make it through, cause it's not that hard when you put your mind to it. Because if you put your mind to anything, you can get it," Colson explains.
The two week camp is sponsored in part by University Instructors; an organization centralized in the Southeast that helps students achieve higher test scores, and feel more comfortable when entering high school.
University Instructors Director, Tinisha Sharper says, they do more than just help students transition.
"Not only curriculum, but enrichment as well. So we're trying to prevent summer learning loss, but we're also trying to bring enrichment and character traits to the students," Sharper explains.
As the week goes on, the students spend time in the classroom to expand their reading and math skills. But they also have free time to learn how to work on a team and get to know other students.
The Summer Bridge Camp runs through Friday, July 22nd.
The four high schools offering the programs are;
Hutchings Career Center on Riverside Dr.
Northeast High School on Upper River Rd.
Rutland High School on Skipper Rd.
Southwest High School on Williamson Rd.
Sharper says enrollment is still open for students. Class begins each day at 7:45 a.m., and ends at 2:45p.m.
A Macon Police officer shot and killed a pit bulldog Monday evening as it was charging towards him. It happened on Clinton Road, near Shurling Drive.
One person had already been attacked by two pit bulls and had to be taken to the hospital after a bite severed an artery in his left arm. Witnesses rushed to his aid and tried to help control the bleeding. The victim was transported to the Medical Center of Central Georgia by EMS.
When the officer fired the shot, the second dog ran into the woods. The dogs' owner later found the dog. He was cited for having unrestrained animals and agreed to take the surviving dog to animal control to be quarantined and tested.
Tonight Macon City Council members met with Middle Georgians to discuss their problems with Cox's recent removal of public, education, and government channels from their service. Many people say this is a disservice to people in the community who don't have digital cable.
Cox representatives say all of their customers in Middle Georgia can still access PEG channels without digital service if they have a digital-ready TV, or if they set up a digital box. Cox says they have offered that box free of charge since October of last year and that offer stands until January of 2012. However, many Middle Georgians aren't buying it.
"They're basically using this as an opportunity to get the box into somebody's home and then start charging them for it in January," City Council Member Tom Ellington said.
The town hall meeting sponsored by Unity-N-Community tonight brought the issue to the forefront. At the meeting, city council representatives and customers agreed that government channels shouldn't have gotten the boot.
"There are other analog channels they could move I would suggest QVC, for instance--the Home Shopping Network--the TV Guide channel," Ellington suggested. "I mean, those are nice things to have, but I hardly think those are more important than the business of holding government accountable and local access to television."
No Cox representatives were present at the meeting, an observation that upset WPGA owner Lowell Register, who's been fighting a legal battle with Cox since they told him they would no longer carry his station.
"The Federal Communications Commission ruled in July of last year that we are a must carry station and that and they cannot take us off the system," Register said.
In November of 2009, however, Cox informed Register that, under their agreement, they were "not required to carry WPGA's Digital Signal if the station ceases to be a Top-4 station." Earlier that year, WPGA stopped their affiliation with ABC, which Cox claims violates their agreement. Register said this and other disputes between Cox and its customers are difficult to solve when Cox isn't present.
"They've got the long arm of their financial ability to jsut forget things like this and ignore the citizens that are here tongiht I mean they don't have to respond to them--so they lose a few hundred customers--in the multibillion dollar environment of Cox--that's not a lot of money," Register said.