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The Macon Newsroom

Macon Community News

The Macon Newsroom

Former District Attorney David Cooke, left, delivers his special counsel report on Macon Water Authority Board Member Desmond Brown during a called meeting Thursday.

“Blatant conflict of interest” leads to censure of Macon Water Authority board member

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 28, 2022

The Macon Water Authority plans to censure one of its board members following an investigation into a potential conflict of interest. The authority hired former Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney...

The Macon Arts Alliance gallery at 486 First St. could soon be open Saturdays to lure business from guests staying at Hotel 45 down the street.

Macon Arts Alliance lands $100K NEA grant for COVID-19 relief

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 27, 2022

Macon Arts Alliance Executive Director Julie Wilkerson was all smiles Thursday afternoon as she shared great news with her board of directors. The umbrella organization that fosters the arts in Middle...

Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission Executive Director Jim Thomas, right, goes over agenda items before Mondays hearing.

Macon-Bibb P&Z restricts where convenience stores are permitted

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 25, 2022

In the first Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission meeting of the year, convenience store applications once again dominated the hearing. Monday marked the first opportunity for applicants...

Macon-Bibb County elections officer Tom Gillon, center, demonstrates how to operate voting machines at the board of elections office in this file photo. Gillon is the interim elections supervisor following Jeanetta Watsons retirement.

Interim Macon-Bibb County elections supervisor named

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 21, 2022

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections announced during its Thursday meeting that Tom Gillon will serve as interim elections supervisor in the wake of the resignation of Jeanetta Watson. Gillon, a...

Elliott Dunwody VII bought the Bennett Estate at 2545 Vineville Ave. after Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning rezoned it to allow for HoneyBees Guesthouse and Social Club.

Judge: Macon-Bibb P&Z “abused its discretion” in Vineville social club rezoning

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 21, 2022

A Bibb County Superior Court judge has reversed rezoning in the Vineville neighborhood that came with a proposal to turn the old Bennett Estate into "HoneyBee's Guesthouse and Social Club" with pool memberships...

Alicia Mays of UGAs Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, teaches Southwest High School boys healthy eating habits.

Bibb schools to offer optional hybrid schedules at high schools

Laura Corley, Civic Journalism Fellow January 20, 2022

Bibb County Schools plans to to offer an optional hybrid schedule at its six high schools next school year. The hybrid schedule, a mix of traditional and block schedules presented at the regular Board...

A mix of pre-k and other students arrive at Ingram Pye Elementary School in Macon in November 2020.

Demand high in Bibb County for pre-K, but space limited in public schools

Laura Corley, Civic Journalism Fellow January 20, 2022

Bibb County Schools is set to open the lottery for pre-kindergarten enrollment at the end of January. Demand for pre-K has been consistently high over the past decade and applications for the lottery...

Clockwise from top left: Charles L. Finkley Jr., Corey A. Hull, Jeffrey Ruggieri, Sungman Kim

4 finalists announced for Macon-Bibb Planning & Zoning director

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 18, 2022

After months of gathering applications and interviewing candidates, the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission has announced four finalists for executive director. Myers McRae executive search...

The Brookdale Resource Center needs volunteers to staff emergency cold shelters when temperatures drop below freezing this winter.

Cold prompts emergency call for shelter volunteers: ‘Don’t want anybody to freeze to death’

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 14, 2022

Advocates for those experiencing homelessness in Bibb County fear the predicted cold snap coming this weekend could prove deadly for those living on the streets. Temperatures are expected to drop below...

Shane Edwards

Edwards named new Macon-Bibb fire chief during first meeting of 2022

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 11, 2022

More than a year after the retirement of Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins, Mayor Lester Miller announced Shane Edwards bested more than 30 other applicants for the job. Edwards has been serving...

Macon-Bibb County Elections Supervisor Jeanetta Watson, center, poses with the Phoenix Award during the Georgia  Association of Voter Registration and Election Officials conference last summer.

Macon-Bibb elections supervisor’s resignation cites stress, workload, new election laws

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 10, 2022

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections begins a busy election year scrambling to find a new elections supervisor. Jeanetta Watson, who became the county's first Black elections supervisor after Elaine...

The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission, shown here in an October meeting, has closed its office to the public and canceled the Jan. 10 hearing due to the rise of COVID-19 cases.

COVID concerns cancel Macon-Bibb P&Z hearing

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow January 6, 2022

The post-holiday rise in COVID-19 cases forced the cancellation of Monday's Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission hearing. The office is closed to the public, but business can be conducted...

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