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Portion of Jeffersonville Road to be named for Sen. David Lucas

The Sen. David E. Lucas Sr. Way will stretch about two miles from Emery Highway to U.S. 80.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 3, 2020

When David Lucas was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, the 24-year-old blazed a historic trail to the capitol as an unapologetic motorcycle rider. In spite of his youth, Lucas told The...

Absentee ballots not automatic in Ga. U.S. Senate runoff

The last day to request an absentee ballot in Georgia's Jan. 5 U.S. Senate runoff is Jan. 1.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 2, 2020

As the state prepares for two U.S. Senate runoff elections, most voters must take additional steps to obtain an absentee ballot this time. Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections chairman Mike Kaplan wants...

Roxy Theatre’s history brings new life to a Macon Black business district

The old Roxy Theatre could be a hub of activity again when its parking lot   houses food trucks and a pedestrian plaza in a renaissance of the old Greenwood Bottoms Black business district near Downtown Macon.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow December 1, 2020

The old and rusted Roxy Theatre has been hiding in plain sight for decades near downtown Macon, but those who know its past are building a new future around it. Wes Stroud, a planner for the Macon Transit...

Cost of COVID: Rescue dogs fly from Macon to new homes in pandemic adoption boom

Sky, a boxer mix being fostered in Forsyth, flew to a new home in Virginia courtesy of Pilots N Paws volunteer pilot organization and Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 24, 2020

Packed in a dog crate, a 3-year-old boxer mix named “Sky” took flight Saturday. She was one of a half-dozen dogs who got the ride of their lives flying from Macon to find new homes in Virginia. Kim...

Need a job or workers? Macon Chamber offers technology to help

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce launched a new greatermaconworks.com website to better connect workers with employers and strengthen the local workforce.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 20, 2020

Choosing a career can be a daunting task for a student, so is recruiting workers for new industries scouting Macon. The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce is offering a new online tool that makes it...

Downtown Macon low income housing complex earns crucial tax credits

The Macon Housing Authority plans build a $15 million affordable housing complex on Walnut Street next to Daybreak. The development will include a respite for the homeless recovering from surgery or illness.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 17, 2020

If you spend much time in the presence of Macon’s housing chief, Mike Austin, you will likely hear his mantra. “Affordable housing is affordable for people to live there, but it’s not affordable...

New Bloomfield library opens after COVID-19 delay

Rod Stone, assistant branch manager of the new Bloomfield Library, checks his computer Friday at the new facility in the old Gilead Christian Academy that is now the Gilead-Bloomfield Recreation Center.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 13, 2020

Excitement was building last spring after years of waiting for the new library branch to open in the Gilead-Bloomfield recreation complex on Rocky Creek Road. Since 2016, Middle Georgia Regional Library...

Former Macon mayors C. Jack Ellis, David Carter up for naming honors

The Macon-Bibb County Commission is considering naming the City Auditorium for former mayor C. Jack Ellis.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 9, 2020

The contributions of two former Macon mayors have county commissioners considering a pair of special honors this week, according to committee agendas. Mayor pro tem Al Tillman and commissioners Elaine...

Pedestrian bridge connector coming soon to Macon’s Ocmulgee Heritage trail

Work will begin later this month to install a new pedestrian bridge over Vineville Branch at Riverside Cemetery as one of the final links in connecting 11 miles of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 6, 2020

More than 22 years ago, Chris Sheridan and others started dreaming of an Ocmulgee Heritage trail lining the Macon banks of the river. “That’s the way improvements go in the urban core go,” he...

Cost of COVID: Mayor vetoes $765K to boost internet technology for Bibb students

Bibb County students, like this student at Heritage Elementary school, were given laptops for at home, virtual school beginning in August.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 5, 2020

Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins made his point about inequities in internet access without saying a word Tuesday night. Watkins’ video froze on a Zoom call just as he wanted to speak...

Christmas shopping season kicks off early in downtown Macon

Karen Hix of the Macon Arts Alliance hangs ornaments that will be featured in their Homemade Holiday Sale during the November First Friday in downtown.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow November 3, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic might have killed off warm weather business in downtown Macon but sales are expected to heat up this holiday season. NewTown Macon’s Bethany Rogers recently told the Downtown...

Elections board scrambles as truck rentals canceled for voting equipment

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections needs three 26-foot trucks with lifts to move voting equipment to 31 precincts.
Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow October 30, 2020

Days before trucks were to haul voting equipment to the polls, the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections was told Penske would not be able to fulfill the request due to a change in corporate policy. "They...

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