Pedestrian injuries, fatalities a concern of Macon-Bibb commission

MACON-BIBB COMMISSIONERS AGREE THE HIGH NUMBER OF PEDESTRIAN INJURIES AND FATALITIES IN MACON AS COMPARED TO OTHER CITIES IS A VERY REAL CONCERN. COMMISSIONERS ARE IN THE BEGINNING STAGES OF A SAFETY AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. A PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO THAT AFFECT IS BEING PUT TOGETHER WITH CO-SPONSORS AL TILLMAN AND VIRGIL WATKINS. COMMISSIONER ELAINE LUCAS SAYS SHE WILL ASK THE BIBB BOARD OF HEALTH TO ENDORSE THE EFFORT. BIBB CORONER LEON JONES SAYS PER CAPITA MACON AND BIBB COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS , INJURIES AND FATALITIES. MOST OF THE ACCIDENTS OCCUR WHEN PEDESTRIANS FAIL TO USE PROPER CROSSING LOCATIONS.

f-15 display at WR city hall pleases residents

MAYOR RANDY TOMS AND WARNER ROBINS COUNCIL SAID THANK YOU TO MEMBERS OF THE J-STARS TEAM AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE. THESE MEN COORDINATED EFFORTS TO GET AN F-15 FIGHTER JET BROUGHT TO A PLACE OF HONOR IN FRONT OF CITY HALL. MAYOR TOMS SAID HIS OFFICE HAS HEARD FROM A LARGE NUMBER OF CITIZENS PRAISING THE CITY FOR PLACING THE CRAFT WHERE PASSING MOTORISTS CAN SEE IT. THE F-15 IS PART OF AN OVERALL PLAN TO HONOR THE MILITARY WITH A SPECIAL DISPLAY AND MEMORIAL AT CITY HALL.

Stabbing on Eisenhower Parkway under investigation

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS INVESTIGATING A SHOOT INCIDENT AT THE IN TOWN SUITES AT 1456 EISENHOWER PARKWAY. DEPUTIES SAY THEY FOUND 25 YEAR OLD JOHN STAGGS WOUNDED IN THE NECK. IT APPEARS THE INJURY IS NOT LIFE THREATENING, BUT THEY HAVE NO INFORMATION ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES NOR INFORMATION ON POSSIBLE SUSPECTS AS THEIR INVESTIGATION CONTINUES THIS MORNING.

Governor Deal sets up task force amid Ebola concerns

GOVERNOR DEAL HAS NAMED A 13 MEMBER TASK FORCE TO RESPOND TO THE GROWING CONCERN OF THE EBOLA CRISIS IN AFRICA. DR. BRENDA FITZGERALD, THE STATES COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC HEALTH, WILL HEAD THE BODY WHICH INCLUDES TOP DEPARTMENTAL STATE OFFICIALS/ GOVERNOR DEAL SAYS THE CREATION OF THIS GROUP COME FROM THE PUBLIC’S CONCERN AS EXPRESSED IN HUNDREDS OF PHONE CALLS AND INTERNET MESSAGES TO HIS OFFICE AT THE CAPITOL. THE TASK FORCE WILL OVERSEE CREATION OF FOUR MAIN RESPONSE HOSPITALS INCLUDING EMORY.

Blondes vs Brunettes Alzheimer's fundraiser big success

A SPECIAL GROUP OF LADIES GOT TOGETHER HERE IN MACON TO RAISE 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BATTLE ALZHEIMER. MERCER ATHLETIC DIRECTOR JIM COLE AND HIS MOM THANKED THE BLONDES AND BRUNETTES WHO TOOK PARK IN A SPECIAL FUND RAISING FLAG FOOTBALL GAME PRIOR TO THE MERCER-WESTERN CAROLINA CONTEST. THE GAME WAS DEDICATED TO JIM'S LATE FATHER. THE LADIES ON THE TWO TEAMS COLLECTED PLEDGES OF CASH SUPPORT. THE INITIAL 50 THOUSAND WAS MET QUICKLY. THEY THEN DOUBLED THEIR EFFORTS AND APPARENTLY AFTER NEW PLEDGES AND PASSING THE BUCKETS AT THE MERCER FOOTBALL GAME, THE GOAL OF $100 THOUSAND WAS APPARENTLY MENT.

Perry volunteers continue Initiative for Communities project

THE THIRD OF FOUR TARGETED NEIGHBORHOODS IN PERRY IS A LOT CLEANER AND MORE TIDY THIS MORNING. CITY OFFICIALS AND OTHER VOLUNTEERS WORKED THE NEW HOPE AREA OF PERRY AS THE CITY STRIVES TO COMPLETE ITS AGREEMENT WITH THE GEORGIA INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITIES PROGRAM, SPONSORED IN PART BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ALONG WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. AT LEAST 50 PEOPLE SHOWED UP FOR WORK INCLUDING, THE ENTIRE PERRY HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL TEAM. THE LADY PANTHERS AND THEIR COACHES DID THEIR PART IN HELPING PICK UP TRASH IN THE NEW HOPE SECTOR.

Headlines from around middle Georgia

STATE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CANDIDATE VALARIE WILSON WILL BE VISITING MACON BARDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS AFTERNOON AT 11:30am. BARDEN STUDENTS ARE CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS WEEK. WARNER ROBINS RESIDENTS ARE MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL “WALK ON THE WILD SIDE”. THE SATURDAY EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR THE WARNER ROBINS ANIMAL SHELTER. IT WILL FEATURE A WARNER ROBINS POLICE DOG DEMONSTRATION. RIVERSIDE CEMETERY WRAPPED UP THE FIRST OF TWO WEEKENDS OF ITS “SPIRITS IN OCTOBER” PRESENTATION. LOCAL ACTORS PORTRAY HISTORICAL MACON AREA RESIDENTS BURIED AT RIVERSIDE. FUNERALS FOR TWO ROBINS AIRMEN WHO DROWNED DURING A STORM IN JAPAN WERE HELD IN WARNER ROBINS. SARGENTS DANIEL PASCHAL AND JAMES SWARTZ WERE GIVEN FULL MILITARY HONORS BY THE U.S. AIR FORCE. A THIRD AIRMAN'S MEMORIAL SERVICE WAS HELD THE PRIOR WEEK END.

Bibb Republicans hold family day in Tattnall Square Park

BIBB REPUBLICANS WHO ARE SUPPORTING U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE DAVID PERDUE HELD THEIR FIRST FAMILY DAY CELEBRATION IN TATTNALL SQUARE PARK. ATTORNEY GENERAL SAM OLENS WAS THE FEATURED GUEST AS THE LOCAL GOP GEARS UP FOR THE HOME STRETCH OF THE CAMPAIGN LEADING TO THE NOVEMBER 4th ELECTIONS. LAUREN AND DOUG DEAL COORDINATED THE EVENT WITH HELP FROM A LOT OF OTHER VOLUNTEERS.

Perry's New Hope community will get a Saturday clean-up

THE NEW HOPE COMMUNITY IN PERRY IS THE TARGET OF A NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP TOMORROW. THIS IS THE 3rd SUCH CLEANUP UNDER THE GEORGIA INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY PROGRAM. SPONSORED IN PART BY THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, BLIGHTED AREAS ARE ATTACKED BY LARGE SCALE CLEANUP GROUPS . VOLUNTEERS ARE MEETING IN PERRY AT 8:00 TOMORROW MORNING IN JOHNNY NOBLE DIXON PARK AT 610 PLUM STREET.

Animal Welfare Center shut down temporarily

THE MACON-BIBB ANIMAL WELFARE CENTER IS REMAINING CLOSED PENDING THE OUTCOME OF A SECOND LABORATORY TEST BY THE STATE OF GEORGIA AGRICULTURE INSPECTORS. TWO DOGS DIED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO OF PARVO, AND SEVERAL OTHERS SINCE THEN HAVE BEEN EUTHENIZED. NO ANIMALS, DOGS OR CATS, ARE BEING ACCEPTED AT THE WELFARE CENTER AT THIS TIME PENDING LAB RESULTS FROM TIFTON.

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