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Be Sure to Vote in the Georgia License Plate Contest

Voting reopened today for the Georgia License Plate design contest.

You can vote for one of the eight designs.

Voting ends August 8, 2011 at 3 p.m.

The winning license plate was to be announced Friday, July 15, but there was confusion surrounding the "in God we trust" label on some of the designs.

Get Ready...for the Barbarian Challenge!

You may want to go ahead and start training for the Barbarian Challenge.

It takes place September 24 all day from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Paradise Off Road Park.

If you're asking what the Barbarian Challenge is, the website says: "We call it the hardest race you'll ever freakin' love!"

You can order tickets online.

Georgia's June Unemployment Rate by County

Georgia's June Unemployment Rate by County

Twiggs County Unemployment rate in June: 11.2 percent.

That's according to a Georgia Department of Labor news release.


The lowest area rate, at 8.0 percent, was recorded in Warner Robins, while the highest, at 12.8 percent, was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha area near Dublin. 

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in June, up one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in May. The state’s jobless rate was 10 percent in June a year ago.

June marked the 47th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.2 percent, up from 9.1 percent in May. 

Ga. DDS & Salvation Army Team up for Disaster Relief


Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) is pleased to partner with the Salvation Army on a summer fund raising campaign to assist with Storm Disaster Relief efforts throughout the United States.

From June 20th through August 31st, DDS’ customers and team members are able to contribute by signing a “We Care” card for one dollar. “We Care” cards will be displayed in DDS’ centers and administrative offices throughout the State.

DDS has set a $50,000 goal, and team members are eager to meet this challenge. The Salvation Army has been providing meals and other services to survivors and first responders of the recent storms, floods and fires in the United States. Monetary donations are crucial to enable this work to continue.  DDS is proud to be a part of this campaign.

All proceeds collected will benefit the Storm Disaster Relief of the Salvation Army.  

License Plate Revote Opens Monday


ATLANTA (AP) -- The public is again invited to weigh in on Georgia's new license plate design. 

Online voting will reopen at 3 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal had planned to announce the winner of an earlier design contest last Friday, but the state scrapped its plans over public confusion on whether the motto "In God We Trust" would be on the plate.

10 Tips To Help Parents & Teens on Facebook

10 Tips To Help Parents &  Teens on Facebook

Until last year, I had thought facebook was a tool for just teenagers and young adults.  They grew up with technology that we (40’s-ish) cannot comprehend.  Before I got the “aha” about Facebook, I thought that it was for people who wanted to vent about their day.  To our teens it’s so much more than that- It’s about identity (their own and everyone else’s).  Their Facebook page is an extension of their personalities, with games, pictures (and lots of them), status, friends, a place to vent, likes and dislikes. 

 What we (40’s-ish) do not understand is how to protect them.  They have so much information out there on the net that it could come back to haunt them one day.  So I began to look into this and this is what I found: