Macon man indicted in July fatal crash

MACON TEENAGER GRANT HOFFMAN IS BEING INDICTED BY A BIBB GRAND JURY IN CONNECTION WITH THE JULY 23rd CRASH WHICH TOOK THE LIFE OF HIS 17 YEAR OLD FEMALE PASSENGER. HOFFMAN WILL TURN HIMSELF IN AFTER RETURNING FROM ALASKA WHERE HE IS WITH HIS FATHER, MERCER BASKETBALL COACH BOB HOFFMAN.

Epps will lead local legislative delegation

BIBB-TWIGGS AREA STATE REPRESENTATIVE BUBBER EPPS WILL BE THE NEW LOCAL DELEGATION CHAIR. THE REPUBLICAN TAKES OVER FROM DEMOCRAT NIKKI RANDALL WHO IS STEPPING DOWN FROM THE POSITION WHICH USUALLY GOES TO THE DELEGATIONS SENIOR MEMBER..

Second Street will re-open Monday

MACON-BIBB MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT WILL HOST A SHORT CEREMONY CELEBRATING THE RE-OPENING OF SECOND STREET BETWEEN CHERRY AND POPLAR. THE MILLION DOLLAR UPGRADE AND BEAUTIFICATION EFFORT BEGAN IN LATE JULY. THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT 11:00 MONDAY MORNING WITH SECOND STREET OPENING UP IMMEDIATELY AFTER. A FRIDAY EVENING STREET PARTY FROM 7 TO 11PM WITH LIVE MUSIC WILL BE SPONSORED ON THE BLOCK TO CELEBRATE ITS RE-OPENING.

Perry's Ball Street widening project completed

HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TOMMY STALNAKER AND PERRY MAYOR JIMMY FAIRCLOTH WERE JOINED BY OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS IN DEDICATING THE NEW WIDER SECTION OF BALL STREET ON THE SOUTH SIDE NEAR THE NEW PERRY HOTEL. THE NEARLY 700 THOUSAND DOLLAR SPLOST PROJECT WIDENED AND IMPROVED THE STREET FOR A THIRD OF A MILE. THE STREET, NOW WITH 12-FOOT LANES, CONTINUES OUT TO LARRY WALKER PARKWAY (GOLDEN ISLES PARKWAY). COMMISSIONER STALNAKER SAYS 22 OF HOUSTON COUNTYS 25 SPLOST PROJECTS HAVE NOW BEEN COMPLETED. THE OTHER THREE ARE CURRENTLY IN THE WORKS OR PLANNING STAGES.

Two strores closed during gambling raids will remain closed

TWO OF TEN BUSINESSES WHICH WERE SHUT DOWN IN EARLY NOVEMBER AFTER COMMERCIAL GAMBLING RAIDS IN MACON WILL REMAIN CLOSED. BATEMAN-WADE WAS A ONE TIME FIXTURE IN THE INGLESIDE AREA ON CLAYTON AT ROGERS AVENUE. AFTER SEVERAL OWNERSHIP CHANGES, THE STORE REMAINS SHUTTERED WHILE INVESTIGATIONS INTO ITS GAMBLING OPERATIONS CONTINUE. RESIDENTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE BEEN PROTESTING THE STORE'S ACTIVITIES FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.

New Animal Welfare facility won't open until early 2015

THE OPENING OF THE NEW ANIMAL WELFARE CENTER ON FULTON MILL ROAD WILL NOW BE AFTER THE FIRST OF THE NEW YEAR. THE WORK ON INTERIOR AIR CONDITIONING AND OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE IS CONTINUING THROUGH DECEMBER. MORE THAN THREE MILLION DOLLARS OF SPLOST FUNDS ARE PAYING FOR THE FACILITY WHICH WILL REPLACE A TOTALLY OUT DATED ANMINAL RESCUE OPERATION. THE NEW BUILDING IS STATE OF THE ART AND WILL MARK A NEW ERA IN DOG AND CAT WELFARE SERVICES IN MIDDLE GEORGIA.

Stomr damage clean-up continues in mid-state

THE CLEANUP FROM THE SUNDAY NIGHT STORMS CONTINUES TODAY ACROSS THE MID-STATE. NORTH MACON NEAR WESLEYAN COLLEGE WAS HARD HIT ALONG WITH OTHER SECTORS OF THE CITY. LARGE TREES HAD TO BE CUT UP AND CARRIED AWAY WITH SMALLER LIMBS AND DEBRIS GROUND INTO MULCH. IN THOMASTON, THE U.S. WEATHER SERVICE MADE IT OFFICIAL THAT A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN AND CAUSED DAMAGE IN SEVERAL LOCATIONS OF UPSON COUNTY. AND IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY COMMUNITY OF HAYNEVILLE A MOBILE HOME HAD PART OF ITS ROOF RIPPED OFF WITH THE STRUCTURE MOVED ON ITS FOUNDATION. THE OCCUPANTS, JENNY MYERS AND THREE CHILDREN, WERE INSIDE BUT APPARENTLY NOT INJURED.

Developer sues Representative Beverly

BIBB STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAMES BEVERLY IS THE SUBJECT OF A BIBB COURT SUIT BY THE DEVELOPER OF THE PROPERTY ACROSS FROM THE MEDICAL CENTER WHICH DEMOLISHED TREMONT TEMPLE AND THE CHARLES DOUGLASS HOME. LOU PATEL SAYS HE WANTS THE LAWMAKER TO PAY FOR MORE THAN $300 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF DEMOLITION COSTS AND PENALITIES INCURRED IN THE PROCESS. PATEL ACCUSED REPRESENTATIVE BEVERLY OF FRAUD AFTER HE TOLD PATEL THAT BEVERLY WOULD HAVE A DEAL MADE TO MOVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT ALL THE CONTROVERSY. REPRESENTATIVE BEVERLY IS DENYING THE ACCUSATIONS.

Gas prices down, Thanksgiving travel expected to be heavy

THANKSGIVING IS ONE OF THE TOP TRAVEL TIMES EACH YEAR. WITH MOST JOBS ALLOWING MULTIPAL DAYS OFF, FOLKS HIT THE HIGHWAYS. TRIPLE “A” FORECASTS THE BUSIEST TRAVEL DAY FOR THANKSGIVING IN SEVERAL YEARS DUE TO THE FAST DROP IN GASOLINE PRICES. MIDDLE GEORGIA HAS SOME OF THE LOWEST PER GALLON IN THE NATION. SOME STATIONS ARE IN THE $2.50'S, AND IF NOT THAT LOW, THEN THE $2.60'S.

Westr Laurens moves on in GHSA class AAAA

Region 2-AAAA champion West Laurens has reached the quarterfinals after a 30-14 win over Stephens County. But the competition gets tougher as the playoffs progress, and this week the Raiders will be on the road after losing a coin toss to Atlanta's St. Pius X. The Raiders are the only remaining middle Georgia team in AAAA. In AAAAA, Houston County had to wait an extra day to join the winners who advance to the quarterfinals. That's because the Bears share McConnell-Talbert Stadium with Northside, and the Eagles played at home Friday in a 30-17 win over Dalton. The Bears then beat Sequoyah 43-12, and will play at Stockbridge Friday night. The Eagles, still at home, will host Glynn Academy. Jones County, region 2's number three seed, beat Kell 53-31 Friday on the road, setting up a Friday meeting with another number three seed, Mays of Atlanta which upset Ware County 21-18. Mays then won the coin toss, so Jones will be on the road for the third straight week.

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