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The Cost of Covid-19: Volunteerism drops, creating a huge problem for area nonprofits

Amyre Makupson October 1, 2020

As much of the country tries to get back up and running during the pandemic, some local non-profit organizations are having a tough time getting back on their feet. "God provides, right, and God gives...

Cost of COVID: how teachers have adjusted to virtual learning

Amyre Makupson September 25, 2020

When the pandemic hit earlier this year, lesson plans where turned upside down as educators scrambled to turn classroom learning into online instruction. As we explore the many costs of Covid-19, Amyre...

‘There’s no debate,’ masks vital to keeping Macon businesses afloat, official says

Joe Kovac Jr., Telegraph Staff Writer September 25, 2020

In the months since downtown Macon fell almost silent for days as the coronavirus pandemic set in, businesses — especially those dependent on walk-in traffic — have struggled to regain their footing....

Cost of COVID: Macon hospitality industry recovery may take years

Macon's Marriott City Center served as a COVID-19
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow September 25, 2020

COVID-19 lockdowns decimated the travel industry and there is little hope it will bounce back any time soon. Visit Macon, the local convention and visitors bureau, is seeing some signs of recovery but...

Cost of COVID: Hyatt Place hotel derailed as new Marriott saved by bond deal

The proposed parking deck for the D.T. Walton mixed-use development is highlighted in blue. MMI-Thornton developers are still hoping to eventually secure financing for the remainder of the Central City Commons project along Poplar Street.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow September 22, 2020

As the downtown Macon Marriott hotel bond deal closed, another major development project lost bond funding as part of the Central City Commons project. Earlier this month, Macon-Bibb County and...

Cost of COVID: Pandemic alters this year’s Open Streets gatherings

Maynard Street will be closed to vehicles Sunday for Macon-Bibb's first of three Open Streets events scaled back due to COVID-19.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow September 18, 2020

With Macon-Bibb County still battling a global pandemic, Bike Walk Macon is redesigning its Open Streets activities. Instead of closing down two miles of a street in one neighborhood and drawing...

Evictions resume in Bibb County despite some federal protections

Furniture and other belongings sit at the curb after the Magistrate Court Sheriff’s office supervised a court ordered eviction on Del Park in late January 2019.
Joe Kovac, Telegraph staff writer September 18, 2020

Bibb County tenants and property owners are once again heading to court for eviction cases even as confusion over federal protections persists. While Gov. Brian Kemp never issued a statewide eviction...

Cost of COVID: how the pandemic changed the restaurant industry

Once full barstools at Parish on 2nd are now empty, as restaurant owners hope more customers will return to dining rooms amid the pandemic.
Amyre Makupson September 17, 2020

The cost of COVID-19 on the restaurant industry has been astronomical. Cooks and wait staff have lost jobs and some restaurants are scared of having to close their doors forever. "If we were to close...

Bibb Schools Provide Meals During Virtual Learning

Bus driver Michael Huff and cashier Barbara Blair load meals onto a school bus at Burdell-Hunt Magnet Elementary School.
Nicole Bailey-Covin September 17, 2020

LaShonza Young is a working mom who knows well the cost of COVID-19 for her family.   This Macon mom has two girls, a 16-year-old at Westside High, and a 9-year-old at Taylor Elementary. While schooling...

COVID-19 street vendor policy goes into effect in Macon-Bibb

Until the end of the year, licensed vendors will get a reduced rate to set up shop on Macon-Bibb County public sidewalks to help people make money during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow September 17, 2020

Food carts and street vendors could soon be popping up around Macon-Bibb County after commissioners approved a temporary relaxing of regulations due to COVID-19. Mayor pro tem Al Tillman spearheaded...

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Cost of Covid