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Macon’s new municipal judge to focus on blight, environmental issues

Macon-Bibb County Municipal Judge Crystal Jones signs her first warrant after her swearing-in ceremony Thursday at Government Center.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 31, 2019

Absentee landlords and delinquent property owners have a new nemesis in Macon-Bibb County Municipal Court. Crystal Jones was sworn in Thursday as the county’s new municipal judge, taking over for Judge Bobby Faulkner who recently retired. Jones, 45, most recently served as assistant Macon-Bibb...

HBO likely filming new “Watchmen” episodes in downtown Macon

Film crews begin setting up Thursday for an HBO production to be filmed along Second Street between Cherry Street and Mulberry Street and along Cotton Avenue.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 31, 2019

HBO production crews are back in downtown Macon preparing for filming along Second Street. Macon-Bibb County's attorney briefed commission members recently that the network would be filming again in November. Although dubbed code name "Project Random," a store front that has been transformed into...

New adventure park coming to north Macon

A two-story go-cart track will be built in the old Kmart on Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. as part of the new Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park opening in spring of 2020.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 28, 2019

By next summer, Macon will have a new indoor theme park in the old Kmart at 156 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. that closed last year. Monday, the Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the use of about half of the old store for a 50,000 sq. ft. Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park. The franch...

Work to begin on new Macon-Bibb Health Department

A new Macon-Bibb County Health Department complex is moving into the old OrthoGeorgia space at 1600 Forsyth St.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 25, 2019

By this time next year, residents might be getting flu shots at a new Macon-Bibb County Health Department facility. Renovations could begin late next month on the old OrthoGeorgia buildings at 1600 Forsyth St. with construction expected to be complete in fall of 2020. “When we get started, we’ll...

Is your pool water safe? Take this free course to be sure

The Macon-Bibb County Health Department is offering a free course Friday for those who care for pool, spa and recreational water facilities to learn how to keep the water safe.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 24, 2019

Most outdoor public pools have closed for cooler weather which could free up pool, spa and water recreation workers to take advantage of a free course in environmental health. The Macon-Bibb County Health Department is offering training Friday from 1:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 171 Emery Highway. In...

HBO cameras to return downtown; Cal Ripken headed to Macon; Sheriff targets homelessness and the cows are coming!

A woman sifts through a suitcase Wednesday at an abandoned convenience store property at the corner of Spring Street and Riverside 
Drive.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 23, 2019

Macon-Bibb County Commission meetings Tuesday delved into a host of issues and progress reports on a number of items of local interest: Homelessness Bibb County Sheriff David Davis has plans for a “first step” in helping people find a way off the streets. Commissioner Elaine Lucas expressed ...

Macon leaders urge GDOT to make highways safer for pedestrians

An enhanced crosswalk and median was added to Montpelier Avenue to improve pedestrian safety.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 17, 2019

Preventing pedestrian deaths on the streets of Macon is proving to be a challenge the local government cannot tackle alone. Making streets safer requires more attention from transportation planners in the state of Georgia, local leaders and activists say. The Macon-Bibb County Commission ...

Bridge to reopen by spring to link Second Street Corridor Vision Block

Work continues on the Second Street bridge over the railroad tracks near Ash Street. The bridge is expected to open by the end of March as part of the Second Street Corridor project.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 14, 2019

It's barely feeling like fall and Macon Mayor Robert Reichert already has his sights set on next spring when the Second Street bridge will be complete. "I can't wait until February or March," Reichert told the Urban Development Authority as he left the meeting Thursday morning. Reichert ...

Severe Drought in Middle Georgia prompts record water usage in Macon

The U.S. Drought Monitor for Oct. 8 shows areas of Extreme Drought in red, Severe Drought in orange and Moderate Drought in tan.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 10, 2019

Most of Middle Georgia is now experiencing Severe Drought conditions, according to United States Drought Monitor data released Thursday. Since the end of August, only .02 of an inch of rain has fallen at the National Weather Service station at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport in Macon, which was...

Macon Bacon plan for cooling fans at Luther Williams field draws heat from Commissioner Lucas

Macon Bacon Mascot, Kevin Bacon.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 8, 2019

With 12 sellouts at Luther Williams field in 2019 and a trip to the playoffs, the Macon Bacon was hot this past season. Not as hot as the fans, though. Team president Brandon Raphael showcased the club’s success in a presentation Tuesday to Macon-Bibb County Commissioners. The report included...

Bibb ESPLOST 2020: What’s in it for the students?

Chiquita Dinkins teaches a unit on photosynthesis to students at the old Northeast High School in Macon in 2018.

October 4, 2019

Bibb County School School District 2020 ESPLOST at a glance Safety and Security Improvements at all schools New Agricultural Arena New Fine Arts Facility Athletic Improvements including Thompson Stadium District Technology Improvements including better cameras for classrooms New ...

Is the Bibb 2020 ESPLOST worth your pennies for education?

Bibb School District Superintendent Curtis Jones explains items included in the 2020 ESPLOST sales tax referendum to the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce at its September meeting.

Liz Fabian, Civic Reporting Senior Fellow

October 4, 2019

Since 2000, people shopping in Macon have been paying a penny on the dollar for capital improvements for the Bibb County School District. Nov. 5, voters go back to the polls to determine whether to keep paying the extra cents. “Our hope is that people look at what we’ve done and what we said...

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