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Cost of Covid-19: how tech was able to evolve with the times

Amyre Makupson March 9, 2021

MACON, Ga. — With social distancing and shelter in place mandates happening throughout the pandemic, you may think that COVID-19 is a time for tech companies to thrive, but that's not necessarily the...

Trellis Hamilton had yet to catch a fish Friday afternoon at Javors Lucas Lake, but her husband had a trout on the line on the first day of fishing season at the Macon Water Authority reservoir.

Cost of Covid: No fishing derby but trout are biting at Javors Lucas Lake

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 5, 2021

Trellis Hamilton picked up fishing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Haddock woman sat patiently Friday afternoon with her line cast into Javors Lucas Lake. She only discovered the Macon Water Authority's...

The Georgia Military College Corps of Cadets Drill Team performs during a Command Retreat on campus in honor of Veterans Day last year. The college usually hosts the event at Georgia War Veterans Home, but could not this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Cost of COVID: Community Colleges Face Enrollment Challenges

Emily Rose Thorne, The Center For Collaborative Journalisim March 4, 2021

For Pedro Arantes, 21, nothing could get in the way of his education at Milledgeville’s Georgia Military College — not even COVID-19. Arantes is a second-year international student from Rio de Janeiro,...

 Some colleges in Central Georgia have become vaccine distribution sites to fight COVID-19.

Central Georgia Colleges Jump in on the Vaccine Rollout

Lars Lonnroth, For the Center for Collaborative Journalism March 2, 2021

Some colleges and universities in Central Georgia are opting to make their campuses vaccination sites even though it could be months before most college students are eligible to be vaccinated against the...

People crowded together under blooming cherry trees in Third Street Park during the 2019 Food Truck Frenzy.

Macon’s 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival is a go during COVID. Here’s how businesses feel

Jenna Eason, Telegraph Staff Writer March 1, 2021

The 39th International Cherry Blossom Festival is planned for March 19-28, and downtown businesses are preparing for an influx in customers. In years prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the festival...

Four mass vaccination sites are open in Georgia  areas targeting high-risk populations.

Four Mass Vaccination Sites Set To Open In High-Risk Communities

Four mass vaccination sites are opening in Georgia in areas targeted to help high-risk populations. When Gov. Brian Kemp toured the site at the state farmers market in Macon on Friday, it was being staffed...

Crews set up lights Friday morning at First Baptist Church of Christ for filming scenes for an upcoming Showtime series

Cost of COVID: Film crews return to Macon after pandemic pause

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow February 19, 2021

Movie crews have returned to Macon after the new coronavirus halted production for several months. The film industry is booming again in Georgia with 50 productions currently working in the state, according...

Poplar Street will host an outdoor black-tie Fiesta Ball March 19 as the Cherry Blossom Festival moves all its activities outdoors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cost of COVID: Cherry Blossom’s pinkest party pandemic-style

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow February 19, 2021

A nervous downtown business owner recently questioned the mayor about the return of the Cherry Blossom Festival after the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 event. “Last year, we lost our shirts...

Bibb County criminal cases were already backlogged prior to the pandemic new Macon Judicial Circuit Anita Reynolds Howard said during a recent press conference.

COVID-19 trial shutdown has left Macon courts with 936 case backlog, years of work

Joe Kovac Jr, Telegraph Staff Writer February 15, 2021

Murder cases are not like fine wine. They don’t typically get better with age. At least for prosecutors. Drawn-out cases, the thinking goes, can wither as witnesses forget details and sometimes...

Dr. Matthew Jerles performs in the 2019 Macon Civic Club show at the Grand Opera House. This year's production was canceled due to COVID-19.

Cost of Covid: Civic Club show cancelled but the dough must go on

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow February 10, 2021

Theatre enthusiasts who coined the phrase “the show must go on” likely had not run into a global pandemic. Like many other festivals and functions, the Macon Civic Club’s late January annual...

The Salvation Army's Peyton-Anderson Men's Residence in downtown Macon is just one shelter helping the homeless find a warm place to sleep in Macon.

Homelessness, a Nonprofit and the COVID Impact

Nicole Bailey-Covin February 9, 2021

Ardmore Canton, III  said he is disabled and found himself in a crisis situation as he traveled from Seattle to Macon. He sought out and received help from one of Macon’s nonprofits, the Salvation Army. On...

Cost of Covid-19: playing through the pandemic

Amyre Makupson February 8, 2021

It's been 11 months since COVID-19 canceled sports across the country, and the Bears are back on the diamond. “We’re kind of tired of playing each other in the scrimmages...we want to...

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