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$557K grant to boost Macon-Bibb 2020 election outreach

Voters wait in line at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections during early voting in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 21, 2020

More than a half-million dollars is headed to the coffers of the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections to help run this year’s elections. The nonprofit Center for Tech and Civic Life has awarded more than $557,000 to assist with planning and operating safe and secure elections. The board receiv...

Changes coming to downtown Macon parking meters

Parking meters will soon be removed on First Street along Government Center to allow free 30-minute parking.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 16, 2020

For more than two years, visitors to downtown Macon have been plunking in coins or slipping credit cards into parking meters. Although COVID-19 disrupted revenue collections, traffic is increasing again and changes are on the horizon. Meters will be removed on a portion of First Street and others...

P&Z OKs new homes in recession-stalled neighborhoods; Event center approved

The house on the left is part of the original development in The Highlands, but the one on the right was recently built under new plans.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 15, 2020

Pursuit of the American Dream of owning a home derailed in 2007 with the bursting of the housing bubble. Macon was not immune and only recently has seen a resurgence of building in three unfinished subdivisions. Construction came to a halt for more than a decade in neighborhoods such as The Highlands. In...

Restaurant, caterer moving into historic Beall’s Hill building

Mamas Rogue Southern Cooking restaurant will open around fall of 2021 at the corner of Calhoun and Hazel streets in Beall's Hill.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 6, 2020

When Historic Macon Foundation’s Ethiel Garlington moved to town in 2014, a late 19th Century drugstore caught his eye in Beall’s Hill. “This is the first building I’ve seen and fell in love with,” Garlington told the Land Bank Authority this summer. The two-story, brick business with it...

You’ll be paying for a rainy day under Macon-Bibb’s new stormwater utility

A whirlpool of stormwater catches trash in a drain during a summer thunderstorm. Beginning in 2022, stormwater management fees will be levied in Macon-Bibb County for residents, businesses, industries and churches.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 2, 2020

After decades of Macon-Bibb County not spending enough resources to maintain its stormwater system, the Macon Water Authority is taking over. For the past several years, county leaders have been negotiating with the authority to assume responsibility for the long-neglected sewer lines. The talks picked...

New $14 million River Edge center a ‘game changer’ for recovery efforts

River Edge's director of nursing and stabilization services Michele Fulcher, R.N., leads a tour Thursday through the children's dining room.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 2, 2020

People suffering with mental health and addictions soon will have a new haven in west Macon-Bibb County. River Edge Behavioral Health is opening its new 48,000 square foot Recovery Center at 3575 Fulton Mill Road that will serve those 5 years old and up. “This is a game changer,” said Shannon Terre...

Barberitos opening downtown; Sonny’s BBQ tries again on Zebulon Road

Barberitos signs go up Wednesday at 652 New St. near Medical Center, Navicent Health. The Tex-Mex restaurant  replaces the location that closed on Forsyth Road this summer.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

September 28, 2020

The taste of Tex-Mex cuisine is moving to downtown and a Southern barbecue favorite is still trying to get a foothold in northwest Macon. Monday, Macon-Bibb County planning and zoning commissioners approved signage for the new Barberitos at 652 New St. near Medical Center, Navicent Health. Earl...

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 it is clear it will take time to reach the level of business enjoyed before the pandemic. Gary ...

No Sunday voting prompts Bibb Democrats to remove elections representative

The Bibb County Democratic Party wishes to remove Cassandra Powell from the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections after she failed to vote for Sunday voting for this presidential election.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

September 24, 2020

When the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections considered Sunday voting last week, members deadlocked 2-2. One of the two Democratic representatives on the board, Cassandra Powell, did not cast a vote and now her party seeks to remove and replace her. The executive committee of the Bibb County De...

Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful’s new leader brings fresh start to board

Caroline Childs, center, the new executive director of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful, chats with board members after her first meeting last month.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

September 23, 2020

Caroline Childs might have been destined to take the helm of the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful board. The 30-year-old, who moved to town last December, grew up in McDonough as the daughter of the owner of a sanitation company. “I’m very familiar with cleanliness and the impact trash and recycling...

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 the Urban Development Authority terminated their agreement with MMI-Thornton LLC that would have kicked of...

No Sunday voting but Macon-Bibb expands early voting sites

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections added two additional early voting sites for this year's Presidential Election.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

September 18, 2020

Although Sunday voting was a rousing success in 2018, the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections deadlocked 2-2 when it came to authorizing voting on Oct. 25 for the Presidential Election. During Thursday's meeting, board member Henry Ficklin initiated the discussion by comparing this year to 2018,...

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