Bibb spelling Bee is Saturday at Central High School

THE BIBB DISTRICT WIDE SPELLING BEE IS SET FOR SATURDAY MORNING AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL. THE BIBB ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS SPONSORS THE EVENT. REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPANTS WILL BEGIN AT 8:30am WITH SPELLING COMPETITION SET TO START AT 10:00am.

Dillard, Downey, Dog get school board positions

THE BIBB SCHOOL BOARD CHOSE FORMER MACON COUNCIL MEMBER AND RETIRED EDUCATOR THELMA DILLARD AS ITS NEW PRESIDENT. DILLARD BEAT OUT WANDA WEST 5-3 FOR THE POSITION. IN ANOTHER VOTE, LOCAL ATTORNEY LESTER MILLER WAS PICKED AT VICE-PRESIDENT WITH ANOTHER ATTORNEY JASON DOWNEY ELECTED WITHOUT OPPOSITION AS THE BOARD TREASURER. THE SYSTEMS NEW DRUG DOG WAS INTRODUCED TO THE BODY OFFICIALLY. BOGI WAS GIVEN THE OATH OF OFFICE. ALTHOUGH USED SYSTEM WIDE, HIS NEW HOME BASE WILL BE WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.

Monroe school system stettles suit with former employee

HE MONROE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS PAYING OUT $150 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO A FORMER ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO SAYS HE WAS DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WHILE SEEKING A PRINCIPALS JOB. FLETCHER JOHNSON Jr. SAYS BECAUSE HE IS BLACK HE WAS TWICE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE SUTTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL POSITION, FIRST IN 2008 AND THEN THREE YEARS AGO. HE FURTHER CONTENDS THAT BEING A MALE AND HIS AGE WAS ALSO USED AGAINST HIM.

Spillers still hospitalized following gunshot wound

FORMER CRAWFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONER HAROLD SPILLERS REMAINS HOSPITALIZED THIS MONRING, RECOVERING FROM AN ABDOMINAL WOUND CAUSED BY A GUNSHOT. THE 79 YEAR OLD WAS SHOT WEDNESDAY, AND 29-YEAR OLD JOHATHAN LANGFORD SUFFERED A MINOR HAND WOUND DURING THE INCIDENT AT A BUSINESS ON HIGHWAY341 SOUTH OF ROBERTA THAT INVESTIGATORS SAY COULD HAVE BEEN ACCIDENTAL. LANGFORD WAS TREATED AND RELEASED. CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS ARE CONTINUING TO GATHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE INCIDENT, AND NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED.

Crawford sheriff investigating shooting incident involving former commission chairman

FORMER CRAWFORD COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN HAROLD SPILLERS IS UNDER GOING TREATMENT FOR A GUNSHOT WOUND. THE 79 YEAR OLD, ALSO KNOW AS “DOUG” SPILLERS, WAS WOUNDED ALONG WITH ANOTHER MAN IDENTIFIED AS JONATHAN LANGFORD. THE 29 YEAR OLD LANGFORD IS LISTED AS A RESIDENT OF THE CULLODEN COMMUNITY. SPILLERS IS FROM MUSELLA. FEW DETAILS WERE RELEASED, AND THE INCIDENT IS BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT.

Lucas opposes reducing number of polling places

THERE WILL BE A FIGHT AGAINST CLOSING A LARGE OF MACON-BIBB COUNTY POLLING PLACES LATER THIS MONTH. COMMISSIONER ELAINE LUCAS SAYS THE PLAN TO SHUT DOWN 14 VOTING PLACES IN MOSTLY BLACK VOTING AREAS IS AN EFFORT TO DILUTE BLACK VOTING STRENGTH IN THE CITY. LUCAS MADE THE REMARKS ON HER “ASK ELAINE” RADIO PROGRAM ON WNEX-WPGA "THE LIGHT" ON WEDNESDAY. LUCAS SUGGESTS THERE ARE OTHER WAYS TO SAVE THE 35 TO 40 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ESTIMATED SAVINGS, AND WENT ON TO SAY SHE WILL TRY TO GAIN SUPPORT ON THE COMMISSION. ASKING FELLOW MEMBERS TO GO ON RECORD AGAINST THE PLAN WHICH WILL BE UP FOR AN ELECTIONS BOARD VOTE JANUARY 29th—A WEEK FROM TODAY.

Wings Cafe owners will close business, move to Atlanta

MACON-BIBB COMMISSIONERS AL TILLMAN AND VIRGIL WATKINS SAY THE WINGS CAFE AND NIGHT CLUB IS NO MORE. THE REMARKS WERE MADE AT A NEWS CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY SOME OF THE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN A DECEMBER SHOOTOUT THAT CLAIMED THREE LIVES. THE COMMISSIONERS SAY OWNER TOM KIM WILL BE MOVING HIS OPERATIONS TO THE ATLANTA AREA AFTER AGREEING NOT TO FIGHT LOCAL COMPLAINTS AGAINST THE BUSINESS AND AGREEING NOT TO APPLY FOR ANOTHER LIQUOR LICENSE IN BIBB COUNTY FOR TWO YEARS. THE TWO COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY ARE SEEKING BUSINESS PEOPLE AND CHURCHES ABOUT RENTING THE BUILDING FOR SOME TYPE YOUTH ORIENTED OPERATION ON THE 28 HUNDRED BLOCK OF BLOOMFIELD DRIVE. PRIOR TO BEING TURNED INTO A NIGHTCLUB, THE BUILDING HAD BEEN USED FOR FOOD SERVICE OPERATIONS.

Wings Cafe subject of Tillman-Watkins news conference

COMMISSIONERS AL TILLMAN AND VIRGIL WATKINS WILL BE BACK AT THE GOVERNMENT CENTER AT 11:30 TODAY. COMMISSIONER TILLMAN SAYS THE NEWS CONFERENCE WILL BE CONCERNING THE WINGS CAFE NIGHT CLUB SITUATION. THEY WILL HAVE OTHER PEOPLE WITH THEM WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE DECEMBER SHOOTING INCIDENT AND OTHER PROBLEMS WITH THE BLOOMFIELD AREA NIGHT SPOT.

Interim superintendent holds informational sessions, spelling bee set for Saturday

INTERIM BIBB SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT KELLY CASTLIN-GACUTAN WILL BE HOLDING THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS TONIGHT AT HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL. THE INITIAL TUESDAY SESSION CONCERNING THE FUTURE POTENTIAL OPERATING STRUCTURE FOR THE SYSTEM WAS HELD AT WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL. IN ALL THERE WILL BE FOUR MORE MEETINGS AFTER TONIGHT. ALSO, THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT SPELLING BEE HOSTED BY THE BIBB ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS WILL BEGIN AT 10:00am INSIDE THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM THIS SATURDAY.REGISTRATION FOR PARTICIPANTS WILL BE FROM 8:30 TO 9:30am.

Perdue differs with president's view of economy

NEW GEORGIA SENATOR DAVID PERDUE SAYS PRESIDENT OBAMA'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS DOES NOTHING TO HELP THE ECONOMY. DESPITE THE PRESIDENTS INSTANCE OTHERWISE. THE MID-STATE NATIVE SAYS ITS MORE OF TAX AND SPEND, PILING MORE DEBT ONTO THE MASSIVE 18 TRILLION DOLLAR CURRENT DEFICIT. SENATOR PERDUE SAYS SUCH POLICIES ARE A GRAVE THREAT TO THE FUTURE OF THE NATION.

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