Jones named Bibb school superintendent

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD HAS ENDED TWO YEARS OF A SYSTEM BEING WITHOUT A PERMANENT SUPERINTENDENT. IN A SIX-TO-ONE VOTE THE BOARD VOTED TO OFFER GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT CURTIS L. JONES THE TOP SLOT. THE MOVE COMES AFTER TWO FAILING EFFORTS TO CHOOSE A SUPERINTENDENT. "THE SEARCH PROCESS WAS FLAWED," SAID MEMBER ELLA CARTER WHO CHOSE TO ABSTAIN FROM VOTING. TOM HUDSON INDICATED HIS "NO" VOTE CAME FOR THE SAME REASON, AND FELT HIS VOTE SHOULD BE ON RECORD TO SHOW HIS DISPLEASURE. THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTE FOR CURTIS JONES MAKES HIM THE SEVENTH SCHOOL LEADER SINCE LONG-TIME SUPERINTENDENT SHARON PATTERSON'S RESIGNATION IN 2010. NO SALARY WAS DISCUSSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD, BUT IT'S EXPECTED TO BE IN THE 200 THOUSAND DOLLAR RANGE.

Burlington Coat Factory moving

THE MACON MALL CONTINUES TO BEEF UP ITS TOTAL PRESENTATION WITH THE ANNOUNCEMENT THAT THE BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY WILL MOVE ITS OPERATIONS THERE. THE LONG-TIME FIXTURE AT THE OLD WESTGATE MALL LOCATION WILL BE MOVING INTO THE VACANT SEARS SECTION ON THE WEST SIDE OF MACON MALL. BURLINGTON WILL OCCUPY THE UPPER FLOOR AREA. THE SEARS STORE CLOSED THREE YEARS AGO. BURLINGTON IS EXPECTED TO OPEN THIS FALL AFTER THE FORMER SEARS LOCATION UNDERGOES A MAJOR RENOVATION.

High school student found safe

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT MISSING RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOSHUA PHELPS IS SAFE AND APPARENTLY BACK HOME WITH HIS FAMILY. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING FEBRUARY 5th WHEN HE FAILED TO COME HOME AFTER SCHOOL. THE 18-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND SAFE IN DELAND, FLORIDA.

Former Hancock judge sentenced

A FORMER HANCOCK COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE WILL BE GOING TO JAIL FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS. 53-YEAR-OLD MARVA RICE PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES THAT MORE THAN $300,000 WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HANCOCK COUNTY TREASURY TO HER POCKETS FROM 2008 TO 2012. ONLY A PORTION OF THE LOSSES, SOME $63,000, WAS USED FOR THE PLEA DEAL. THE SENTENCE WAS HANDED DOWN IN MACON FEDERAL COURT.

Macon-Bibb Economic Outlook

ECONOMIC EXPERTS FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TOLD A LUNCH TIME AUDIENCE THURSDAY THAT 2015 AND 2016 LOOK VERY GOOD FOR THE MID-STATE COMMUNITY. ONE PLUS POINTED OUT TO THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL AUDIENCE WAS THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY TRAIN NEW EMPLOYEES INTO THE WORK FORCE. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND OTHER FEDERAL GUIDELINES SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM FOR MOST BUSINESS PEOPLE RECENTLY SURVEYED. THEY SAY THESE BARRIERS REALLY SLOW DOWN A COMMUNITY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR A BRIGHT 2015-16 FOR THE MACON-BIBB COMMUNITY IS THE KUHMO TIRE PRODUCING FIRM WHICH IS NOW BUILDING BETWEEN MACON AND WARNER ROBINS IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY. THE FACILITY HOPES TO BE HIRING MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE AND OPEN SOME TIME NEXT YEAR.

Dr. Curtis Jones is finalist for Bibb School Supt.

THE BIBB BOARD OF EDUCATION HAD SET UP THE FIRST OF TWO PUBLIC MEETINGS AT BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING INPUT ON PLANS TO MERGE OR CLOSE CERTAIN SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. HOWEVER, A HUGE VOTE WAS TAKEN WHICH WILL SOLVE THE TWO-YEAR SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE SYSTEM. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTED TO OFFICIALLY ACCEPT GRIFFIN-SPALDING SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR CURTIS JONES AS THE FINALIST FOR THE JOB. THE BOARD ALSO VOTED TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS WITH HIM. DOCTOR JONES IS A WEST POINT GRADUATE AND A 20-YEAR VETERAN OF THE MILITARY. HE STARTED AT THE GRIFFIN SYSTEM 18 YEARS AGO AS AN ROTC INSTRUCTOR. HE BECAME SUPERINTENDENT IN 2009.

Vineville sink hole repaired

THE SINK HOLE AREA ON VINEVILLE AVENUE WHICH HAD THE BUSY THOROUGHFARE SHUT DOWN SINCE TUESDAY WAS REOPENED THIS MORNING DURING THE PRE-DAWN HOURS. FINAL FILLING WAS MADE WEDNESDAY AFTER REPAIRS WERE MADE IN THE AREA OF THE SINK HOLE AND BEYOND IN A BROKEN SEWER PIPE WHICH COMPLICATED THE PROCESS. TRAFFIC HAD TO BE DETOURED DOWN DESOTO PLACE AND SEVERAL BACK STREETS TO PIERCE AVENUE AND THEN BACK TO VINEVILLE AT THE PIERCE AND PIO NONO INTERSECTION WITH VINEVILLE.

Candlelight vigil in Dublin

FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF A SLAIN DUBLIN MAN CAME TOGETHER LAST NIGHT FOR A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. MARK CHRISTOPHER HILL WAS SHOT TO DEATH THIS PAST FRIDAY, NOT VERY FAR FROM THE LOCATION OF LAST NIGHT'S VIGIL AT BOJOS CENTER. BUSINESS OWNER AND BARBER JESSE IVEY OF DUBLIN IS BEING CHARGED IN THE SHOOTING INCIDENT WHICH APPARENTLY OCCURRED FOLLOWING AN ARGUMENT WITH MARK CHRISTOPER HILL WHO WORKED AS A PERSONAL TRAINER AT A LOCAL GYM. PRAYERS WERE SAID AND SEVERAL SONGS WERE SUNG WITH INDIVIDUALS TELLING OF THEIR MEMORIES OF THE GUNSHOT VICTIM MARK CHRISTOPER HILL.

Employee cutbacks?

MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT IS URGING THOSE MACON-BIBB WORKERS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR RETIREMENT TO DO SO. MR. REICHERT SAYS WITH LESS MONEY TO WORK WITH IN THE UPCOMING 2015-2016 BUDGET, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AND THE CITY COUNTY WORKFORCE WILL HAVE TO BE THE TARGET FOR CUTBACKS.

Bibb School Superintendent Finalist Chosen

IT APPEARS THAT THE NEXT SUPERINTENDENT OF THE BIBB SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL BE DOCTOR CURTIS L. JONES, JR. HE IS CURRENTLY THE GRIFFIN-SPALDING COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND HAS SERVED IN THAT POSITION SINCE 2009. DOCTOR JONES IS A WEST POINT GRADUATE AND 20-YEAR-ARMY OFFICER. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN GRIFFIN AS AN ROTC INSTRUCTOR AFTER RETIRING FROM THE MILITARY 18 YEARS AGO. MEANWHILE, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT DOCTOR ROMAINE DALLEMAND SAYS HE WANTS TEN MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE BIBB SYSTEM FOR VIOLATION OF THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT CONTRACT. HE SAYS CERTAIN BOARD MEMBERS IMPUGNED HIS CHARACTER WHICH HAS CAUSED HIS FUTURE JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO SHRINK WITH WHAT HE TERMS COMMENTS OF LIBEL AND SLANDER.

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