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Late fees waived for business license renewal, litter cams considered

Late fees waived for business license renewal, litter cams considered

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow April 7, 2021

The Macon-Bibb County Commission extended the grace period to renew business licenses to the end of June after no one spoke at a public hearing Tuesday before the evening meeting. Commissioners also...

The Middle Georgia region hopes to capitalize on Robins Air Force Base to create an Innovation Ecosystem. Stakeholders are working together much like the Central Georgia Joint Development Authority did to build the new solar farm north of the base.

‘Innovation ecosystem’ could hold future for Middle Georgia, RAFB

Liz Fabian , Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 30, 2021

Robins Air Force Base has long been the economic engine that powers Middle Georgia. But as technology takes on a greater role in defense, will the midstate be able to keep up? A 2017 Defense Department...

How will Macon spend $70 million in COVID-19 relief? Mayor extends homeless center, talks blight, election reform, economic development

Liz Fabian , Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 26, 2021

Macon-Bibb County Mayor Lester Miller sat down with the Center for Collaborative Journalism to answer the public's questions. The March 18, 2021, edition of Ask Mayor Miller covers COVID-19 recovery funds,...

For 26 years, Natalia's restaurant was a fine dining location in the Riverstreet Corners shopping center. It and the old bank building on the left will be torn down for a new Quik Trip convenience store near the Interstate 75 South entrance and exit ramps.

Old Natalia’s restaurant, stately bank to be razed for new c-store

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 23, 2021

A cherished Macon location for marriage proposals and celebrations will be meeting the wrecking ball. A new Quik Trip convenience store is planned for the Riverstreet Corners shopping center that is...

A change in Georgia law removes food safety enforcement from the Department of Public Health for nonprofit-led events such as Macon's Cherry Blossom Festival.

Health Dept. loses oversight of Cherry Blossom Festival food

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 19, 2021

A small army of health inspectors fanned out across this week’s burgeoning fairground at Carolyn Crayton Park. Wearing green and black Department of Public Health jackets in Wednesday morning’s...

With public attention focused on COVID-19 vaccinations, too few people are being tested for the deadly coronavirus, Macon-Bibb County health administrator said.

Macon-Bibb’s COVID-19 testing too low, health administrator says

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 16, 2021

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramps up, Macon-Bibb County’s health administrator is worried now that not as many people are calling for tests. “One thing I am still concerned about, is that our...

Master gardener Wayne Woodworth is trying to grow a better cherry blossom tree that will thrive in Macon.

Saving Macon’s cherry trees in a quest for a better blossom

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 12, 2021

The security of Macon’s status as “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World” could rest in Wayne Woodworth’s backyard. On his tiny patch of the Providence neighborhood, Woodworth is trying to grow...

The pastor of the Power of God Church at 960 Hazel St. was one of several people speaking out against a restaurant serving wine and beer in Beall's Hill.

Churches oppose alcohol in Beall’s Hill; Senior living expanding in north Macon; New Airport industrial park

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 8, 2021

Although the Beall’s Hill Neighborhood Association is strongly behind a new restaurant, nearby churches fought the project during Monday’s Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. In...

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...

Dublin native Bradford Haynes, who now lives in Macon, will be starring in the film

Macon actor brings in Hollywood with movie roles for folks back home

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow March 5, 2021

Growing up playing sports in Dublin, Bradford Haynes could hardly imagine the life he now leads. At a moment’s notice, he could be kissing his wife and daughters goodbye in Macon and heading to a...

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