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Georgia National Fair

OCTOBER 5-14

GATES
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

ADMISSION
Adult
$8.00; free same day re-entry with hand stamp

Children 10 and under
FREE! with paying adult

Senior Citizen
$7.00

Group
$7.00 each; minimum of 20 adults

Senior Group
$6.00 each; minimum of 10 senior citizens

Advance One-Day Pass
$7.00. One gate admission any day.**

Advance Two-Day Pass
$12.00. One gate admission any two days.**

Advance Season Pass
$50.00. One gate admission for 11 days.**

PARKING
FREE! every day

AGRI-LIFT
$3.00 – One Way
$5.00 – Round Trip

RIDES
Weekdays: 12:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m.

BUILDINGS/VENDORS
McGill MarketPlace, Georgia Building, and Food Vendors
Weekdays: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Miller-Murphy-Howard and Heritage Hall
Weekdays: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

 

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Tropical Storm Isaac Update

Tropical Storm Isaac has weakened slightly this morning. The storm is about 225 miles south-southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico and about 1,600 miles south-southeast of Macon. It is moving west at 13 mph, and a turn to the west-northwest is forecast.  Isaac should pass near or south of Puerto Rico today and approach the Dominican Republic and Haiti tonight and Friday.

Maximum sustained winds remain at 40 mph. Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from Isaac’s center.  Some strengthening is forecast over the next 48 hours, and Isaac could become a hurricane before reaching Hispaniola (Domican Republic and Haiti).

A hurricane warning is in effect for Haiti and the south coast of the Dominican Republic from the border with Haiti eastward to Isla Saona.  The warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within the next 24-36 hours.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the US Virgin Islands, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from the border with Haiti eastward to Isla Saona. The warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 36 hours.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for the southeastern Bahamas including the Aclins, Crooked Island, Long Cay, the Inaguas, the Ragged Islands, and Turks and Caicos Islands.  The watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area during the next 24-48 hours.

Rain totals of 4-8″ are possible over the northern Windward Islands and the Leeward Islands as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  Higher totals are expected for Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic).  Isolated spots there could see as much as 20 inches.  These rains could cause dangerous flash floods and mud slides.

 

Tropical Depression 10 continues moving west-northwest in the eastern Atlantic.  That storm is about 2,800 miles southeast of Macon.  TD 10 is moving west-northwest at 16 mph, and that motion should continue.

Sustained winds are at 35 mph, and some strengthening is forecast.  The depression is forecast to become a tropical storm (Joyce) later today or Friday.

There are no watches/warnings associated with Tropical Depression 10.

 

 

 

 

Museum of Aviation Needs Volunteers

The Museum of Aviation is in need of volunteers to staff their facility.

Volunteer Coordinator, Dan Hart says they are looking for volunteers who could help assist and greet guest, work security and help in restoration.  You don’t have to have any air force experience or any military experience to volunteer in the buildings.  There are four buildings that need to be manned.

He says they currently have about 100 volunteers who are staffed throughout the week.  The museum is opened 7 days a week and they are in strong need for help on the weekends.

Volunteers work a 4 hour shift during the mornings or afternoons.

You don’t have to know anything about airplanes.  You don’t have to know anything about Air Force history.  All you got to be able to do is smile, greet people and say “if you have questions I will try to help you.”

If you would like to volunteer for the Museum of Aviation call Dan Hart at (478) 926-4242.

 

ELECTION DAY TIPS

ELECTION DAY – Last Minute Voter Information

Tuesday marks Election Day.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

When you go to vote, be sure to take your Georgia license, passport or military photo ID. You’ll need to show it before voting.

If you need to double check your polling location, go to: http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/ 

 

Cities Where Paychecks Stretch the Furthest

When we think of places with high salaries, big metro areas like New York, Los Angeles or San Francisco are usually the first to spring to mind. But wages are just one part of the equation: High prices in those East and West Coast cities mean the fat paychecks aren’t necessarily getting the locals ahead. When cost of living is factored in, most of the places that boast the highest effective pay turn out to be in the less celebrated and less expensive middle part of the country.

No. 1: Houston

In first place is Houston, where the average annual wage in 2011 was $59,838, eighth highest in the nation. What puts Houston at the top of the list is the region’s relatively low cost of living, which includes such things as consumer prices and services, utilities and transportation costs and, most important, housing prices: The ratio of the median home price to median annual household income in Houston is only 2.9, remarkably low for such a dynamic urban region; in San Francisco a house goes for 6.7 times the median local household income. Adjusted for cost of living, the average Houston wage of $59,838 is worth $66,933, tops in the nation.

No. 2: Silicon Valley

Only two expensive metro areas made the top 10 list. One is Silicon Valley (San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara), where the average annual wage last year of $92,556, the highest in the nation, makes up for its high costs, which includes the worst housing affordability among the 51 metro areas we considered: housing prices are nearly 7 times the local median income. Adjusted for cost of living, that $92,556 paycheck is worth $61,581, placing the Valley second on our list.

No. 3: Detroit area

One major surprise is the metro area in third place: Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Mich. This can be explained by the relatively high wages paid in the resurgent auto industry and, as reported earlier, a huge surge in well-paying STEM (science, technology, engineering and math-related) jobs. Combine this with some of the most affordable housing in the nation and sizable reductions in unemployment — down 5% in Michigan over the past two years, the largest such drop in the nation.

The rest

Most of the rest of the top 10 are relatively buoyant economies with relatively low costs of living. These include Memphis (fourth), Dallas-Fort Worth (fifth), Charlotte, N.C. (sixth), Cincinnati (seventh), Austin, Texas (eighth), and Columbus, Ohio (10th). These areas all also have housing affordability rates below 3.0 except for Austin, which clocks in at 3.5. Similar situations down the list include such mid-sized cities as Nashville (11th), St. Louis (12th), Pittsburgh (13th), Denver (15th) and New Orleans (16th).

The Biggest Growth Spots in the Next 20 Years

DAILY REAL ESTATE NEWS | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

Small to mid-sized cities will likely be the “biggest winners in the housing market two decades from now,” predicts Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. Some of these cities will be near large metro areas while some may be more distant and include small to mid-sized cities in college towns too, Humphries adds.

Humphries says market “winners” in the next 20 years will likely be places like Austin, Texas; Savannah, Ga.; Athens, Ga.;  Rochester, N.Y.; Boulder, Colo.; Madison, Wis.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Spokane, Wash.

“Why do I think that these communities are going to fare better than rest?” Humphries writes in an article for Business Insider.“The suburbs and exurbs around large coastal metros like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and DC have grown in large part because of strong job creation in these markets paired with rising home prices close to the urban core. New arrivals coming to these markets in search of jobs often end up living in the suburbs or exurbs to find affordable housing. Or they rent housing in the urban core until they marry and have children, moving out in order to find a bigger home they can afford.”

Humphries acknowledges that the increase in commuting costs could threaten more home owners moving away from urban cores. But he predicts that a growth in smaller manufacturing firms “will make smaller metros more economically viable.”

“If energy costs do rise, I’d definitely bet on the increased dispersion of firms to suburbs and beyond versus the proposition of more migration of people from these areas into the urban core,” Humphries notes.

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