Commission looks into Wild Wings murders, some want business closed

EFFORTS BY BIBB COMMISSION MEMBERS AL TILLMAN AND VIRGIL WATKINS TO TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AGAINST THE WINGS CAFE NIGHT CLUB HAS BEEN SLOWED DOWN. IN A SPLIT VOTE THE FULL COMMISSION VOTED TO TAKE THE MATTER THROUGH NORMAL COMMITTEE CHANNELS BY SENDING THE IT TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE FOR POTENTIAL HEARINGS AND FURTHER ACTION. COMMISSIONER ELAINE LUCAS LED THE EFFORT TO GIVE THE ISSUE A FULL HEARING. SHE SAID EVERYBODY IS SHOCKED BY THE VIOLENCE, BUT THE COMMISSION SHOULD BE GIVEN A FULL SCALE INVESTIGATION AND FORMAL HEARINGS. COMMISSIONER TILLMAN FELT IMMEDIATE MUNICIPAL COURT ACTION WITH SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS AND THE COUNTY ATTORNEY ACTING AS PROSECUTORS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SWIFTEST WAY TO SHUT THE BLOOMFIELD AREA WINGS NIGHTCLUB DOWN. THE CAFE WAS THE SCENE OF TWO RECENT KILLINGS AND OTHERS IN THE RECENT PAST.

Univ of Cincinnati students spending time in Macon this week

WORK CONTINUES IN THE HIGHLAND SECTOR OF MACON WITH UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI VOLUNTEERS. THE YOUNGSTERS ARE SPENDING A WEEK HERE REHABILITATING THE HOUSE AT 1116 BOULEVARD. WITH A $5,OOO DOLLAR BUDGET THE STUDENTS ARE REPAIRING, SCRAPING AND PAINTING THE LITTLE STRUCTURE . DIANNE FUELLER OF THE SPONSORING FUELLER CENTER FOR HOUSINGS GREATER BLESSINGS SAID THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI STUDENTS WILL WORK THROUGH FRIDAY AS THEY USE PART OF THE HOLIDAY BREAK IN MACON HELPING FOLKS THEY DID NO KNOW BEFORE THIS WEEK.

Funds approved for Mega Center planning

DURING THEIR MEETING TUESDAY, THE MACON-BIBB COMMISSION VOTED TO ALLOCATE MORE THAN $170 THOUSAND DOLLARS TOWARD THE PLANNING OF A NEW SENIOR CENTER. THE SO-CALLED MEGA CENTER WILL BRING TOGETHER AN ARRAY OF COMMUNITY SERVICES IN THE EXPANDED BLOOMFIELD RECREATION CENTER AREA. SOME TWO MILLION DOLLARS IS BE ALLOCATED FOR THE OVERALL PROJECT BEING PAID OUT OF SPECIAL LOCAL OPTION SALES TAXES.

Crawford sheriff says grave of Civil War era soldier was robbed

CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF LEWIS WALKER IS SEEKING INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC CONCERNING THE ROBBERY OF A GRAVE CONTAINING THE REMAINS OF A CIVIL WAR ERA SOLDIERS. THE SHERIFF SAID THE GRAVE IS IN THE 165-YEAR OLD BETHEL METHODIST CHURCH CEMETERY ON CAUSEY ROAD. SHERIFF WALKER SAYS HE IS TALKING WITH DECEDENTS OF THE DECEASED TO TRY AND GET CLUES IN THIS CASE. SHERIFF WALKER CAN BE REACHED AT 487–836-3116.

Cause of Warner Robins apartment fire still undetermined

WARNER ROBINS FIRE CHIEF ROBERT SINGLETARY SAYS THE CAUSE OF A FIRE LAST WEEKEND IN THE SOUTHLAND STATION APARTMENT COMPLEX HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED. SINGLETARY SAYS QUICK ACTION BY FIREFIGHTERS AND A LOT OF WATER KEPT THE BLAZE FROM SPREADING TO OTHER BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE COMMON ATTIC AREAS. AT LEAST SIX FAMILY HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THE FIRE, SOME SUFFERING TOTAL LOSS OF BELONGINGS.

Cops, Wal-Mart gather goods for Christmas giving

BIBB SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS JOINED LOCAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE PRESIDENT DANNY THIGPEN IN LOADING BIKES FROM WAL-MART ONTO A SALVATION ARMY TRUCK YESTERDAY. THE WILL BE DELIVERED TO NEEDY KIDS ON CHRISTMAS THE SHERIFF AND SEVERAL PATROL CARS VIRTUALLY SURROUNDED THE HARRISON ROAD WAL-MART AS THEY PAIRED UP WITH KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS TO SHOP WITH A COP. THE ANNUAL EVENT IS JUST PART OF THE LOCAL SPARKIE O'CAIN CHAPTER HOLIDAY SEASON OF HELPING OTHERS. THEY PROVIDE HUNDREDS OF MEALS TO MID-STATE FAMILIES WITH THEIR TURKEY GIVE ALWAYS AND NOW THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT EFFORT NOT ONLY HERE IN THE MACON-WARNER ROBINS AREA, BUT ALSO LATER AT PERRY WAL-MART FOR KIDS FURTHER SOUTH. DISTRIBUTION OF SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS ITEMS WILL BE THIS FRIDAY HERE IN MACON.

Warner Robins adds five new police officers

MAYOR RANDY TOMS SWORE IN FIVE NEW WARNER ROBINS POLICE OFFICERS DURING MONDAY EVENINGS COUNCIL MEETING. THE OFFICERS RECENTLY COMPLETED TRAINING AND HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE ROAD WITH OTHERS PRIOR TO BE PLACED IN PATROL CARS ON THEIR OWN.

Youth boxing pioneer Rev. Frank Ray has died

A MAN WHO SPENT MUCH OF HIS LIFE TRYING TO KEEP YOUNG BOYS FROM LEADING TROUBLED LIVES HAS DIED. 85 YEAR OLD REVEREND FRANK RAY STEERED KIDS INTO BOXING PROGRAMS. THE FRANK RAY BOXING CENTER WAS DEDICATED IN HIS HONOR AT THE FREEDOM PARK GYM. REV. RAY WAS ALSO INVOLVED IN GRASS ROOTS POLITICS BY HELPING MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND FORMER MAYOR JACK ELLIS GAIN OFFIC.

Steve Smith honored at Sunday reception

OUT-GOING INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT STEVE SMITH SAYS EVERYTHING SINCE JUNE OF 2013 IN THE BIBB SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BEEN A TEAM EFFORT. sMITH MADE THOSE REMARKS AT A PUBLIC FAREWELL RECEPTION SUNDAY AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL WHERE, HE STARTED OUT AS A BASEBALL COACH. THE ONE TIME COACH–TEACHER ENDED UP AS CENTRAL'S PRINCIPAL BEFORE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A SUPERINTENDENT IN HAWKINSVILLE AND VALDOSTA. THOSE SPEAKING AT THE RECEPTION AT CENTRAL PRAISED HIS NEARLY TWO YEARS AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT HERE WHICH ENDS LATER THIS MONTH.

No arrests yet in Friday morning fatal shootings at local sports bar

NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE EARLY FRIDAY MORNING KILLING OF TWO MEN AND WOUNDING OF FOUR OTHERS AT THE WINGS CAFE NIGHT CLUB IN THE BLOOMFIELD AREA . ONE PERSON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH ROBBING FROM THE BODY OF ONE OF THOSE KILLED. 35 YEAR OLD DASHON JOHNSON IS ACCUSED OF TAKING MONEY AND OTHER ITEMS FROM THE BODY OF CLUB “D.J.” GEORGE HENLEY. HENLEY AND CORY HOLLINGSHEAD WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD BY CORONER LEON JONES. FOUR OTHERS ARE RECOVERING THIS MORNING FROM WOUNDS RECEIVED IN A SHOOT OUT DURING THE OVER NIGHT HOURS FRIDAY MORNING. THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS CONTINUING TO INTERCVIEW PATRONS OF THE CLUB.

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