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Mercer University joined 70 others institutions  under the Universities Studying Slavery (USS) consortium. One Mercer goal is to recongnize Penfield's early history of slavery.

Mercer researchers, SGA working to inclusively address university’s past

Ivia Rollins, Contributing Writer May 5, 2021

Editor’s note: Ivia Rollins is a Mercer University student writing for the Telegraph this spring. Mercer University faculty and student researchers and members of the Student Government Association...

Hiring more tutors to offer more individual instruction are among the ideas provided by school system staff.

Bibb County Schools Asks Parents For Ideas For Spending $100 Million

Grant Blankenship April 30, 2021

The Bibb County School District is asking parents and guardians of district students what they want to do with the massive infusion of cash in the district courtesy of recent pandemic relief passed by...

Pictured are two of Mercer University’s historic catalogues. The book in the top left corner lists the names, years, and ages of all the students enrolled in the Spring of 1870, just before Mercer’s move to Macon. The bottom left book is the front page of the catalogue from 1872-1873 with a mock-up of the future administration building.

Looking back on 150 years of Mercer in Macon

Drew Robertson April 30, 2021

In April of 1870, the Georgia Baptist Convention voted to move Mercer University to Macon after years of debate and controversy. Mercer students began taking classes above a jewelry store in downtown Macon...

Naiper Heights Food Desert

Naiper Heights Food Desert

Lars Lonnroth April 30, 2021

The Napier Heights neighborhood of Macon lost easy access to healthy food when a nearby Kroger store closed in 2018. Resident Andrea Cooke says that’s a problem.  “If you don’t have good food,...

Food co-op tries to address neighborhood food desert

Lars Lonnroth April 29, 2021

Central Georgia's  Napier Heights neighborhood in Macon lost easy access to food when a nearby grocery store closed in 2018. But there are efforts by a local community member to change that and address...

The Soul Truckin' Good food truck parks in downtown Macon.

Soul Food Drives to Cherry Blossom Festival

Daniel Shumake April 29, 2021

The city of Macon is a beacon of soul, so it’s only natural that a soul food truck found success at Macon’s 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival. When one orders from Soul Truckin Good, they can taste the...

Tiny Tour: Rose Hill Cemetery

Samantha Homcy April 29, 2021

Rose Hill Cemetery is a historic cemetery located on Riverside Drive beside the Ocmulgee River in Macon. It is part of a self-guided walking tour of Macon and is where the Rose Hill Ramble is held semi-annually....

Five places to get a COVID-19 test in Macon

Five places to get a COVID-19 test in Macon

Samantha Homcy April 29, 2021

 The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on the U.S. and has affected how most people live their day-to-day lives. Here are five places in Macon where you can get a COVID-19 test.    1)...

Bibb County student, Braijon Jones watches on as school construction teacher, Richard Vaughn explains techniques for framing a door.

Bibb County School’s YouthBuild Changes Lives

Nicole Bailey-Covin April 27, 2021

Braijon Jones is among more than 30 students currently learning construction skills under the Bibb County Schools SOAR Academy’s Youthbuild Program.   A brand-new, blue house on Sycamore Street...

Graduation cap with diploma over the table. Clipping path included.

Macon high school students achieve academic success despite pandemic

Emily Rose Thorne April 14, 2021

Students in the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education programs at Macon’s high schools are succeeding academically, even as the COVID-19 pandemic presents new challenges within the education system. Students...

(From left to right) Carl Johnson, son Kyler and Carl's wife, Jei, operated 'Soul Truckin Good' during the 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival.

Soul Food Drives to Cherry Blossom Festival

Daniel Shumake April 6, 2021

The city of Macon is a beacon of soul, so it’s only natural that a soul food truck found success at Macon’s 2021 Cherry Blossom Festival. When one orders from Soul Truckin Good, they can taste the...

Mercer’s ‘Diversity Day’ aims to foster cultural appreciation

Mercer’s ‘Diversity Day’ aims to foster cultural appreciation

Emily Rose Thorne April 6, 2021

Mercer University established its Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives in late 2019 “to cultivate a holistic learning environment dedicated to diversity and inclusion in an ever-evolving global...

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