News Midday Update: Health care telemarketer to build facility in Americus; legislator says teacher son remorseful for threats on student; stocks dive on surge in oil, jobs data;

A telemarketer, specializing in patient health care information, announced it will build a 12,000 square foot facility in south Georgia.

Executives with PharmaCentra said the facility would be constructed in Americus, creating between 85 and 150 new jobs.

The company assists physicians in the management of patient care.

PharmaCentra said the facility should be operational by mid-August.

Associated Press

Father says teacher son remorseful for threats on student

The father of a high school science teacher who allegedly threatened to rip a student’s eyeballs out, has apologized for his son’s actions, saying he was stressed out and ‘‘between a rock and a hard place.’’

Democratic State Rep. Joe Heckstall of East Point said his son, 34-year-old Travis Corey Heckstall ‘‘apologized, he’s remorseful.’’

Travis Heckstall, who allegedly threatened to rip out a student’s eyeballs, was arrested after an incident inside his Mount Zion High School classroom.

He is charged with disorderly conduct and making terroristic threats. He was released from jail on a $20,000 bond.

Associated Press

Stocks fall sharply on surge in oil, jobs data

Wall Street plunged Friday on two troubling economic developments: oil prices that surged more than $6 a barrel and a jump in unemployment that was much larger than the market anticipated. The Dow Jones industrial average gave up more than 280 points.

The decline in stocks also helped drive bond prices sharply higher as investors sought a more secure place for their money.

Crude oil has made an aggressive rebound this week, rising more than $7 a barrel in two days after falling amid a drop in demand for gasoline. The jump continued Friday. Light, sweet crude surged $6.37 to $134.16 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after reports that a Morgan Stanley shipping analyst predicted oil would jump to $150 a barrel by July 4.

Oil’s advance unnerved a market already anxious about consumers’ willingness to spend; the higher that energy costs go, the less likely consumers are to buy anything other than necessities. That kind of reluctance could deal a big blow to the economy as consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity.

Associated Press


— The Bibb County Commission will start the task of chopping millions from it budget this afternoon. Come back to our Web site to find out what gets the ax.

— Macon Mayor Reichert and Mercer University President Bill Underwood are scheduled to announce a grant from the Knight Foundation aimed to help redevelopment of the College Hill corridor. Come back to our Web site this evening for details.


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