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How to apply for COVID-19 business loans and federal benefits

How to apply for COVID-19 business loans and federal benefits

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

April 7, 2020

NewTown Macon CEO Josh Rogers can’t stress enough the importance of small businesses reaching out online for financial assistance from government programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Just because you fill out the application doesn’t mean you have to take the money, but if you don’t appl...

Garbage piling up, some collections on hold as Macon-Bibb stays home

Yard waste and bulk waste will not be picked up during the foreseeable future as Macon-Bibb County solid waste crews assist ADS with  collection as garbage is piling up while residents shelter in place.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

April 7, 2020

As Maconites heed the governor’s stay at home order, evidence of their isolation piles up at the curb. Your yard waste and bulk waste will have to wait as Macon-Bibb County crews are being reassigned to help ADS with garbage collection. “Our first priority has to be on protecting public health,...

How Macon-Bibb County employees will keep working during stay at home order

Macon-Bibb County workers follow COVID-19 guidelines as they carry out vital services for the community.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

April 3, 2020

The governor’s order to stay at home through April 13 provides multiple exceptions for essential services such as those provided by Macon-Bibb County. Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, Macon Water Authority workers and others keep reporting for duty while some colleagues are able to work from...

‘We’re ready,’ Navicent Health CEO says as staff braces for surge of COVID-19

Only essential visitors are allowed inside Medical Center, Navicent Health, where staff is bracing for a surge of COVID-19 cases.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

April 1, 2020

As the surge of COVID-19 patients is expected to peak in about three weeks, the team at Medical Center, Navicent Health, is battling an unprecedented enemy. “We’re able. We’re ready and positioned to do the right thing,” Navicent CEO Ninfa Saunders told board members Tuesday afternoon. Saunders...

Wesleyan Chinese students harassed over COVID-19 receive outpouring of support

The campus of Wesleyan College remains closed but about 70 students have not been able to get home due to travel restrictions in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 27, 2020

Two Wesleyan College students from China are seeing the worst and best of human behavior amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. The young women were out shopping at a local store when they were singled out and harassed. “Unfortunately, two Wesleyan international students have reported begin victims...

Bibb Board of Elections hears candidate challenge, pushes absentee ballots, still at odds with Macon Water Authority post

The Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections continues to challenge the interim appointment of the Macon Water Authority's District 2 representative.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 27, 2020

All of Georgia’s active voters will be receiving absentee ballot applications for the May 19 election but Macon-Bibb County was a step ahead. “We had already decided to mail out absentee ballot (applications) in our county before the state,” Macon-Bibb elections board member Mike Kaplan said...

Taking care of business amid COVID-19 closures in Macon

Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority executive director Stephen Adams, right, motions to the authority's marketing manager Dan Hall who was setting up a Facebook live session for the March 18 meeting.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 26, 2020

Normally on the fourth Thursday of the month, dozens of Macon leaders gather for lunch and an update on local business from Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce. The chamber might not be hosting the typical gathering during the COVID-19 pandemic right now, but its work goes on. The executive committee...

50 jets to park in Macon during COVID19 crisis; Commissioners closing streets for new Mercer fields

Middle Georgia Regional Airport will house at least 50 commuter jets while travel is curtailed due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 24, 2020

At least 50 planes soon will be landing in Macon, but their departure date is unknown. During Tuesday morning’s Macon-Bibb County Commission committee meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert announced 20 Delta Connection regional jets and 30 more from United Express will be parking indefinitely at the Middle...

Pio Nono bridge work likely to slow critical fire response times; New Otis Redding bridge opens soon

Macon-Bibb County firefighters will be scrambling to maintain safe response times when Pio Nono Avenue closes in April to raise the bridge near Roff Avenue near Fire Station No. 6.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 23, 2020

Construction traffic delays can be inconvenient but Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief Marvin Riggins wants to make sure they are not deadly. Monday, as Georgia Department of Transportation crews began preliminary work for the partial replacement of the Pio Nono Avenue railroad bridge near Roff Avenue,...

Macon Water Authority ‘illegal’ appointment creates ‘quagmire,’ election chair says

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is complicating an already unusual special election for the Macon Water Authority District 2 seat vacated by the death of Javors Lucas last fall.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 20, 2020

A series of events has led to quite a dilemma for the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections heading into May’s election. Longtime water authority board member Javors Lucas died in late October, more than six months before he was up for re-election this May, which required a special election to fill...

New downtown creative crosswalk comes to life in COVID-19 school break

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 19, 2020

While thousands of students are adjusting to homeschooling to stem the spread of COVID-19, one high school freshman is making her mark on her school and the community. Lily Livingston designed a new colorful crosswalk to the Mount de Sales student parking lot on Columbus Street. A motif of panels...

Hospitals report virus response in Macon-Bibb teleconference; Commissioners question ‘topless bar’

Macon-Bibb Human Resources director Alisha Duhart sits in the mayor's chair Tuesday evening to be closer to the phone as commissioners held their meeting by teleconference due to coronavirus concerns.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

March 18, 2020

As the coronavirus COVID-19 threatens Middle Georgia with one case reported Wednesday morning in Houston County, it is no longer business as usual for Macon-Bibb County. The mayor and commissioners conducted regular meetings by phone Tuesday to limit contact with others. Mayor Robert Reichert was...

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