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Cost of Violence: Understanding the impact of violent crime on communities

Carl Fambro sitting in front of one of his Mercer University memorabilia filled walls. His favorite part about owning a restaurant is the community involvement and connecting the people of Mercer Village with his chicken wings.

Keren Landman, For The Telegraph

August 10, 2020

Carl Fambro says West Macon has been left behind. Anchor businesses at its shopping centers — like Home Depot and the Burlington Coat Factory — have moved down the road. The few gyms and youth recreation centers that are still open have irregular hours. Several churches have left. In 2009, Fambro...

‘Ambassadors’ help older residents in once-troubled Macon neighborhood

Lynmore Estates Ambassadors take care of odd jobs for older residents in a program originally created through Habitat for Humanity.

Rylee Kirk, Couric Fellow Intern

June 1, 2020

After her nephew was sent to prison, Sundra Woodford felt a “higher being” was calling her to help the young men of Lynmore Estates. Woodford found out that residents of Lynmore Estates were concerned about the young men and boys living in the neighborhood once known as the "Peach Orchard."  ...

Lessons learned from Peacing Together on solutions to youth violence

CCJ hosted a table  to discuss youth violence at Lanford Library during On the Table October 2019.

Sonya Green

May 4, 2020

When the community gathered in 2018 to talk about Macon-Bibb County’s assets and most pressing issues, the concern that rose to the top of the discussions was youth violence. At the time, Macon was in the midst of a violent year with a near-record 41 homicides, many of them involving teens and youn...

Losing Pedro: Murder and heartbreak in the words of a teenage victim’s mother

Macon, GA, 03/06/2020: Brenda Cardenas looks at a photo of her son, Pedro Garcia Jr., who was shot and killed in September 2018.

Joe Kovac, The Telegraph

May 1, 2020

Perched in a doorless closet off the living room in Brenda Cardenas’ house are photographs of her murdered son. On the floor below, tennis shoes that belonged him sit neatly in a row. To feel close to him, sometimes the 38-year-old woman lights candles and meditates inside the closet. The...

Peacing Together: Movies With a Message

Peacing Together: Movies With a Message

Amyre Makupson

March 15, 2020

"Macon has a youth violence problem because of Macon itself," said Carl Myers with Equality Enterprises: After moving here from New York, Myers noticed something. "If you drive around Macon, it's vacant. There's nothing for them to do,” he said. Myers thought that having nothing to do could...

Peacing Together series: Families who have lost loved ones to gun violence

Peacing Together series: Families who have lost loved ones to gun violence

Sonya Green and Amyre Makupson

March 12, 2020

Youth violence is the cause of loss for many families. Data provided by the Macon-Bibb County Sheriff’s office show youth violence is on the rise. According to the data, between March 8, 2016 and July 25, 2019, there were 731 alleged violence crimes in which the suspects identified by the Sheriff’...

Peacing Together: Parents as Teachers

Peacing Together: Parents as Teachers

Amyre Makupson

March 5, 2020

Keeping youth out of the justice system and inside of the classroom, is a task that starts at home. That’s the thought behind the United Way’s “Parents as Teachers” program. “I was kinda going through a little something because I had just had a miscarriage” mother Lykeria Hardnette...

Drum circles; a Ph.D. student’s idea for treating trauma, gets mini-grant funding

Andrea Cooke is a Community Foundation mini-grant recipient. Cooke received funding for an idea to use drum circles to help heal trauma.

Yasmeen Hill

March 5, 2020

Andrea Cooke runs the Cooke Shoppe in Macon, a local store that sells products to promote wellness. She uses drumming and other forms of artistic expression as a therapeutic outlet. “What people don't know about drumming is that it's really good for people who have anxiety who've been severely...

“Love Them First” documentary screening showing as part of Peacing Together project

North Minneapolis school principal, Mauri Melander Friestleben is the subject of the documentary,

Conner Hendricks, Student Journalist

February 27, 2020

Mercer’s Center For Collaborative Journalism will show “Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary” Thursday, February 27 at the Bibb County Schools Professional Learning Center on Riverside Drive. The film is being shown as a part of the Center’s collaborative reporting project called...

Educator Lucy Laney’s descendants work to keep her legacy alive in Macon

ichael Gray, the great, great, great nephew of Lucy Craft Laney, at Washington Avenue Presbyterian Church on Tuesday with a Hall of Fame plaque from Lucy Craft Laney High School in Augusta, Georgia, that was presented to the family in 2016.

Sonya Green

February 26, 2020

The name Lucy Craft Laney is associated with education in Middle Georgia, but for her family, who still live in Macon, there is more to her story that they want people to know. Two of Laney’s great, great, great nephews are carrying on the Laney family legacy through education and creating opportunities...

Peacing Together: “Love Them First”

Peacing Together:

Amyre Makupson

February 26, 2020

“This particular story is about community, it's about growth, it's about acknowledgement, but most important, it's about the resiliency of children,” said Keith Simmons. Simmons is the chief of staff for the Bibb County School District. He says the district got onboard with the screening because...

Peacing Together: “Stop the Killing, Macon”

Peacing Together:

Amyre Makupson

February 21, 2020

“Everyone has gotten tired of it. Everybody is now seeing just serious and how grave this situation is," said Facebook group admin, Nathaniel Jordan. Jordan's Facebook group currently has over 2,600 members. “These members are from high school students all the way to business owners," he said. They've...

The Macon Newsroom features work from the collaboration among Mercer's Center for Collaborative Journalism, 13WMAZ, Georgia Public Broadcasting and The Telegraph
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