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What is considered ‘exposure’ to COVID-19? Macon business owners advised how handle infections

Businesses can mandate masks be worn, but only Georgia's governor can mandate face coverings, according to Brian Kemp's executive orders.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

July 9, 2020

With cases of COVID-19 escalating in Georgia, many business owners are wondering how to proceed in order to keep customers and workers safe. NewTown Macon hosted an online seminar with health, legal and public safety experts Thursday morning to answer some important questions about handling the dea...

New signs will welcome, guide visitors in downtown Macon

Emanuel Lechuga, of LS Sanchez Landscaping, works Wednesday on a new welcome sign at the corner of Poplar and Second streets in downtown Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

July 9, 2020

Navigating an unfamiliar community can be a frustrating experience for visitors. Visit Macon executive director Gary Wheat knows how important directions are for newcomers. “So much of our business is wayfinding for the community,” Wheat told the Visit Macon board late last year. Soon, to...

Another new downtown hotel planned; Macon Rocks Climbing Gym project update

A new Avid hotel could open as early as August of 2021 on this vacant lot at 567 Second St. in downtown Macon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

July 7, 2020

By the end of next summer, InterContinental Hotels Group, or IHG, hopes to open a new Avid hotel in downtown Macon. Crow Hospitality Investment Group’s John Crow presented his plan Monday to the Design Review Board of the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission. On the vacant lot at...

COVID-19 concerns move Macon-Bibb meetings online again

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Macon-Bibb County began conducting business by teleconference in mid-
March.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

July 6, 2020

The return to in-person meetings did not last long in Macon-Bibb County. With Georgia’s cases of COVID-19 on the rise, Mayor Robert Reichert and county commissioners will resume meeting through the Zoom online platform. All meetings will be posted live on Facebook and at the county’s website, www...

Should ‘Colored Waiting Room’ be removed from Macon’s Terminal Station? Black leaders speak out

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Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

July 1, 2020

Three words etched in limestone at Terminal Station evoke mixed reactions from those who pass by. The carving of “Colored Waiting Room” over one of the front entrances is an affront to many, but some prominent African American leaders believe it should remain for posterity. Retired school superintendent...

Macon-Bibb elections will be fully funded, board members assured

A 30-minute meeting was all it took for the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections to lay aside concerns of a budget shortfall due to added expenses for Georgia's new voting machines.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 30, 2020

What looked like a major budget shortfall for the Macon-Bibb Board of Elections was resolved in a 30-minute meeting at Government Center. County Manager Keith Moffett and budget and grants manager Sherita Sims-Jones sat down to go over the Fiscal Year ‘20 and ’21 budgets with elections chairman...

New glass lobby, restroom wings planned for Macon City Auditorium renovation

Macon-Bibb County commissioners got their first look Tuesday at preliminary plans for a $10 million upgrade of the nearly 100-year-old Macon City Auditorium.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 26, 2020

The Macon City Auditorium will get a major facelift before its 100th birthday that coincides with the 2023 bicentennial of the city’s founding. Macon-Bibb County SPLOST project manager Clay Murphey told commissioners Tuesday that about $10 million dollars remains for the renovation that was includ...

‘We don’t have enough money,’ Macon-Bibb elections board says of budget reduction

Two rented shipping containers behind the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections represent just one of the added expenses for the state's new voting machines.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 24, 2020

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections will be appealing to the county for more money as they head into an August runoff and what could be a very challenging presidential election. Not only is the board trying to resolve issues that led to delays in some precincts opening June 9 and in tabulating...

New eatery on College Street; Pio Nono Kroger likely to be storage units; Sonny’s BBQ on hold

The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission held its first in-person meeting Monday since the COVID-19 outbreak closed their office to the public.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 22, 2020

After months of wrangling, the old Kroger supermarket at 400 Pio Nono Ave. could be converted into storage units after all. In its first in-person meeting since March, the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission agreed to rehear the application after neighbors spoke in favor of a revised...

Historic Macon railroad viaduct demolished but won’t be forgotten

The recently demolished historic brick railway viaduct was built in 1899.

June 19, 2020

For the last 121 years, a historic brick railroad viaduct lay below the College Street bridge. Nearby neighbor Ryan Griffin, who has a penchant for historic preservation, said he didn’t even notice it until he bought the commercial building next door a couple years ago. “It was a very cool...

Ruling in discrimination lawsuit of Whitby’s former assistant at Industrial Authority

A former Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority administrative coordinator filed a federal discrimination lawsuit in the Middle District of Georgia.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 18, 2020

Days after Cliffard Whitby resigned as chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority under the cloud of a federal indictment, his administrative coordinator was fired. Brittany Childs alleges she was terminated because she is a black woman - a violation of her equal protection under the Four...

Report businesses for COVID-19 violations, urges Macon-Bibb Board of Health  

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Health urges everyone to report violations of COVID-19 guidelines to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

June 16, 2020

Local union president Alexander Perkins fears hundreds of factory workers are in danger of catching and spreading COVID-19. Perkins, who heads the United Steelworkers Local 572, warned the Macon-Bibb County Board of Health that some manufacturers are not following Gov. Brian Kemp’s executive orders to curtail the spread of coronavirus. “Take a look at reckless comp...

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