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MACON — When Homeland Village Cultural Center opened in 2001 in Unionville, Kirklyn Hodges wanted to provide a safe place for people to gather and learn about African American history.

The renovation project on the Liberty gas station just off the War-Mart parking lot continued on Thursday afternoon as construction workers spent time on the overhang section of the structure. Here are some photos from Thursday.

ATLANTA  — Georgia's elected labor commissioner said he intends to reinstate the requirement that people must actively search for work to receive unemployment benefits “in the next few months.”

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ATLANTA — With first-time unemployment claims continuing to fall and more and more businesses reopening, the Georgia Department of Labor is shifting its focus to helping companies fill job openings.

Wanda Cronic Howell is encouraging all of her employees at Cronic Chevrolet Buick GMC, Cronic Nissan, and Cronic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Each employee who brings her proof that they have completed the vaccination regimen (two shots for Pfizer or two shots …

The Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for AComfort on April 28. The business will be relocating to 410 Odell Road, Griffin.

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ATLANTA — First-time unemployment claims in Georgia fell last week, mirroring a nationwide trend as more Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus pandemic get back on the job.

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ATLANTA — Georgia Power Co. has achieved two important milestones in the construction of two additional nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle, the Atlanta-based utility announced Monday.

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Volunteers from Brightmoor Hospice (a Partner in Education) recently worked to help Cowan Road Middle School assemble rolling white boards and mobile laptop work stations that the school bought to help teachers move about their classrooms and help engage students.

Hoshizaki America Inc. announced that it has received the 2021 Energy Star Partner of the Year — Sustained Excellence Award for continued leadership and superior contributions to Energy Star.

The Historic Brookfield Estate hosted the monthly Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event Tuesday. Here are some photos from the event.

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ATLANTA — First-time unemployment claims in Georgia declined last week, welcome news after an increase reported the week before.

AgSouth Farm Credit Chief Executive Officer Pat Calhoun announced that the customer-owned cooperative is distributing $40 million in profits from 2020 to its member-borrowers, the highest regular patronage return in over 30 years of the association’s patronage distribution.

ATLANTA — Oconee County has the highest concentration of small businesses in Georgia, according to a new study from a New York-based financial technology company.

The Griffin-Spalding Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Georgia Axe Company on April 14. The business is at 133 S. Hill St., Griffin. The owners are Kimberley Dial and Kevin Williamson. Hours of operation are from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. to 9 p.…

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Gov. Brian Kemp unveiled plans Friday to expand broadband access for thousands of Georgians in Middle Georgia, marking the latest move to boost high-speed internet in rural parts of the state.

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The monthly Griffin-Spalding County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event was held Tuesday, March 30 at Cherokee Rose. Here are some photos from the event.

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Valhalla Antiques and Collectables held a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, March 30 at 121 W. Taylor St., Griffin.

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ATLANTA — The Georgia Ports Authority’s governing board has approved a $205 million expansion of the Port of Savannah that will increase its container capacity by 20%.

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Monday, pulling the S&P 500 slightly below the all-time high it set last week, while nudging the Dow Jones Industrial Average to another record high.

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ATLANTA — Georgians would be able to buy cocktails to- go under legislation that cleared the General Assembly Monday.

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A measuring urging the Georgia Emergency Operations Plan to recognize the importance of long-term care providers and their direct care workers unanimously passed Georgia’s House of Representatives Thursday afternoon.

ATLANTA — The Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage Monday to legislation that would let state employees and teachers take up to three weeks of parental paid leave.

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Griffin-Spalding Partner in Education, Brightmoor Hospice, recently recognized GSCS social workers for Social Work Appreciation Month. Janie Clark from Brightmoor Hospice is pictured with school social workers — Keisha McGill, MSW, Ed.S.; Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.; LaJuana Love, MSW, Ed.D., Mor…

NEW YORK  — A trade bottleneck born of the COVID-19 outbreak has U.S. businesses anxiously awaiting goods from Asia — while off the coast of California, dozens of container ships sit anchored, unable to unload their cargo.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A hangover from Trump-era tariff disputes could become even more painful for American whiskey distillers unless their entanglement in a trans-Atlantic trade fight is resolved soon.