Excessive speed cited in fatal wreck

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S FATALITY INVESTIGATION REPORT INDICATED 18 YEAR OLD GRANT HOFFMAN WAS TRAVELING AT AN EXTREMELY HIGH RATE OF SPEED FOR CONDITIONS WHEN HE LOST CONTROL OF HIS CAR ON THE 7,000 BLOCK OF ZEBULON ROAD LAST WEEK. THE SON OF MERCER BASKETBALL COACH BOB HOFFMAN TOLD OFFICERS HE WAS GOING AT LEAST 70 MILES AN HOUR ON THE 45 MILE AN HOUR SECTOR OF ZEBULON. HIS PASSENGER, 17 YEAR OLD ABBY HINSON WAS KILLED AFTER THE VEHICLE FLIPPED OVER SEVERAL TIMES AND HITTING TREES NEAR COLAPARCHEE ROAD. A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS SCHEDULED FOR HINSON AT 11 O'CLOCK FRIDAY MORNING. VISITATION WILL BE HELD THURSDAY EVENING. CORONER LEON JONES SAYS HINSON DIED FROM SEVERE HEAD INJURIES. SHE WOULD HAVE CELEBRATED HER BIRTHDAY ON THE DAY SHE DIED.

Alexander II drop-off, pickup plans announced

PARENTS DROPPING OFF YOUNGSTERS AT ALEXANDER TWO MAGNET SCHOOL WILL BE OPERATING ON A STAGGERED TRAFFIC PROGRAM. EVEN THOUGH THE REPAVING OF THE 11 HUNDRED BLOCK OF COLLEGE STREET WILL BE COMPLETE, THE ROUNDABOUT AT OGLETHROPE AND COLLEGE IS NOT FINISHED. THE SOUTHERN ASH STREET TO COLEMAN AVENUE TO COLLEGE ROUTE WILL BE USED BY MOST. SOME CAN TRAVERSE THE USUABLE PORTION OF OGLETHROPE TO MAKE ENTRY TO THE CAMPUS. ALL WILL BE SUBJECT TO TIME OF ARRIVIAL AND PICKUP CHANGES WHICH WILL COME WITH INDIVIDUAL CLASS ROOM ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Mercer campus scene of SEC network promo

MERCER UNIVERSITY IN EFFECT BECAME A MECCA FOR THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE TUESDAY … ALTHOUGH MERCER'S NEW SECOND YEAR FOOTBALL PROGRAM IS IN THE SOUTHERN CONFERENCE, THE NEW SEC SPORTS NETWORK WILL DEBUT ITS SEASON ON THE MERCER CAMPUS. EACH SEC MEMBER SCHOOL HAD A TENT-LIKE STRUCTURE TO BUILD THE PROMO AROUND.. WHY MERCER? THE SEC IS SO COMPETITIVE, THAT THE NETWORK DID NOT WANT TO FAVOR ONE OF ITS MEMBER SCHOOLS OVER THE OTHRS, AND MERCER IS A BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF A SOUTHERN COLLEGE CAMPUS.

Gordon mayor returns to chair

GORDON MAYOR MARY ANN WHIPPLE-LUE SAYS SHE WILL BE PRESIDING OVER NEXT WEEKS GORDON COUNCIL MEETING AFTER BEING REINSTATED BY THE SAME JUDGE WHO SUSPENDED HER. THE MAYOR WAS SUSPENDED JULY 3rd WHEN A CONCERNED CITIZENS GROUP FILED SUIT AGAINST HER FOR SEVERAL OPEN MEETINGS VIOLATIONS AND OTHER COMPLAINTS. MAYOR WHIPPLE-LUE'S RETURN COMES WITH A LIST OF RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY JUDGE ROBERT REEVES, ALL OF WHICH ARE BEING QUESTIONED THIS MORNING BY THE MAYORS ATTORNEY WAYNE KENDALL.

Perry's Crossroads Apartments will remain open as work continues

IN PERRY THE LOW RENT CROSSROADS APARTMENT COMPLEX WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR THE TIME BEING. OWNERS OF THE FORMER MOTEL FACILITIES ON GEN.COURTNEY HODGES BLVD PROVIDED CITY OF PERRY OFFICALS WITH ENGINEERING INFORMATION CITING THAT CERTAIN APARTMENTS HAVE BEEN UPGRADED AND SAFE FOR USE. SOME HAVE NOT, HOWEVER, AND THOSE UNITS WILL REMAIN CLOSED AS WORK CONTINUES.

Bibb deputy jailed, fired after molestation charges

ANOTHER BIBB COUNTY DEPUTY HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND TAKEN OFF THE JOB. 49 YEAR OLD KENNETH LEE BROWN IS BEING HELD WITHOUT BOND IN CONNECTION WITH CHILD MOLESTATION OF A TEENAGE GIRL AND THREATENING A 19 YEAR OLD BOY WITH HIS GUN DURING THE ENCOUNTER. THE INCIDENT OCCURRED EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ON THE 2,000 BLOCK OF OLD CLINTON ROAD.

Back to School Jamborees continue today in Village Green

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT SERIES OF “BACK TO SCHOOL JAMBOREES” WILL CONTINUE TODAY IN THE VILLAGE GREEN SUBDIVISION. THE FIRST OF THREE DREW HUNDREDS OF YOUNGSTERS IN THE FORT HILL AREA. ALONG WITH FUN AND GAMES PLUS A HOT DOG LUNCH, THE KIDS WERE GIVEN BOOK BAGS FILLED WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

New industry coming to Dublin

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL WAS IN DUBLIN YESTERDAY TO OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED THE LOCATION OF A $20 MILLION DOLLAR MANUFACTURER WHICH WILL NEED 150 WORKERS. VALMIERA GLASS IS HEADQUARTERED IN THE FORMER SOVIET BLOCK NATION OF LATVIA. THE 80,000 SQUARE FOOT FACTORY WILL PRODUCE FIBERGLASS PARTS FOR USE IN AUTOMOBILES AND THE OIL INDUSTRY. THE PLANT WILL BE ON 40 ACRES OF LAND ON HIGHWAY 257 NEAR I-16.

Demolition of Douglass house delayed

THE DEMOLITION DECISION FOR OF THE OLD DOUGLASS FAMILY HOME NEAR THE MEDICAL CENTER HAS BEEN DELAYED AGAIN. MERCER UNIVERSITY IS MAKING AN OFFER TO BUY THE BRICK STRUCTURE, BUT THE CURRENT OWNER SAYS THEY AREN’T OFFERING ENOUGH TO COVER HIS COSTS IN THIS PROCESS. MACON-BIBB PLANNING AND ZONING IS ALLOWING MORE TIME TO SEE IF THE NEGOATIONS CAN BE SUCCESFULL. IF NOT THE DOUGLASS HOUSE WILL COME DOWN.

Fatal accident still under investigation as services are set for victim

THE INVESTIGATION INTO A ZEBULON ROAD CRASH WHICH TOOK THE LIFE OF 17 YEAR OLD ABBY HINSON CONTINUES TODAY. BIBB CORONER LEON JONES IS AWAITING RESULTS OF THE AUTOPSY WITH THE BIBB FATALITY REPORT ALSO EXPECTED POSSIBLY LATER TODAY OR WEDNESDAY AT THE LATEST. THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE WAS 18 YEAR OLD GRANT HOFFMAN, WHO IS RECOVERING FROM INJURIES AFTER TURNING OVER THE CAR SEVERAL TIMES ON THE 7 THOUSAND BLOCK OF ZEBULON. A MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ABBY HINSON HAS BEEN SET FOR 11 AM FRIDAY, AT CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. A VISITATION HAS BEEN ARRANGED FOR THURSDAY EVENING FROM 5 TO 7 AT TATTNALL SQUARE ACADEMY.

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