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People receiving shots during a recent drive-thru vaccine event in Cochran.

How To Start Talking With The ‘Vaccine Hesitant’

Back in December, David Lee drove his lifted pickup — black, with aftermarket shocks — through a popup COVID-19 testing site on the west side of Macon. He’d had a tough bout with the virus last...

Ahead Of The Super Bowl, A Pandemic Driven Shortage Of Chicken Wings

Ahead Of The Super Bowl, A Pandemic Driven Shortage Of Chicken Wings

Grant Blankenship February 4, 2021

If you ever make it to Francar’s Buffalo Wings in Macon, you’ll learn Carl Fambro is really into chicken wings... and chicken wing sauces. “Well, we keep like 35, 36 on the menu,” Fambro said...

Cost of COVID: New loans could save Macon businesses

Cost of COVID: New loans could save Macon businesses

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 15, 2021

Business owners struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic have new opportunities for economic relief from the federal government. NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers hosted a webinar Friday...

Cost of Covid: worship during the pandemic

Amyre Makupson January 15, 2021

MACON, Ga. — COVID-19 has changed the way we live, and that includes how we worship. With many churches forced to close, some members have also had to close their wallets. Dominique Johnson...

Carol Kaplan, owner of Carol's Linen's in North Macon, is making shopping accommodations for her customers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cost of Covid: Holiday Spending

Amyre Makupson January 10, 2021

“You really can’t compare 2020 to anything else,” said Carol Kaplan, owner of Carol’s Linens in North Macon. “Our entire experience has changed here; we’ll never probably go back to the...

Charities Surviving Christmas Despite COVID

Charities Surviving Christmas Despite COVID

Nicole Bailey-Covin December 19, 2020

It's time for local nonprofits helping kids to put on their ‘Santa helper hats.’ This week, local programs are working to pack up and distribute donated Christmas toys and wish list items.  In...

Technology use increased dramatically since the pandemic hit, and experts say don't expect it to slow down anytime soon.

Taking the Virtual World into 2021 and Beyond

Nicole Bailey-Covin December 14, 2020

Technology experts have found that the 2020 pandemic actually pushed this new virtual world into “hyperdrive.” Zoom business meetings, laptop classrooms, Telehealth and even virtual Santa visits are...

Cost of Covid: vaccine hesitancy

Amyre Makupson December 11, 2020

Being hesitant to take a vaccine is nothing new. Michael Hokanson is the public information officer with the North Central Health District. “Vaccine hesitancy has been an issue for every vaccine,...

Cost of Covid: the pandemic presents a unique set of problems for those who battle substance abuse

Amyre Makupson December 7, 2020

MACON, Ga. — We are now approaching nine months since the emergence of COVID-19 began to affect daily life in the United States. For those in recovery, the cost of COVID can be deadly. Amyre...

Cost of COVID: Ingleside Village Pizza

Micah Johnston November 30, 2020

Tina Dixon shares how Ingleside Village Pizza has adapted to continue to serve Macon despite the pandemic.

Cost of COVID: First Presbyterian Church

Macee Palmer November 30, 2020

Assistant Pastor Elliott Everitt shares how First Presbyterian Church has adapted to continue to hold services and build community.

Cost of COVID: Townsend School of Music

Samantha Homcy November 30, 2020

Stanley Roberts, associate date of the Townsend School of Music, shares the new safety protocols for music students at Mercer.

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