Macon violence

A REPORTED HOME INVASION IS IN THE NEWS AGAIN. 68-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM KELSO WHO SELLS CANDY FROM HIS WINSHIP STREET HOUSE WAS ROBBED BY THREE YOUNG MEN. ONCE IN THE HOUSE, TWO OF THE MEN PULLED PISTOLS AND DEMANDED MONEY. MR. KELSO WAS ALSO HIT OVER THE HEAD WITH A GUN. HE HAD TO BE TREATED AT NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL FOR THE INJURY. JUST LAST THURSDAY ON SUZANNE DRIVE AN INTRUDER HIT HIS VICTIM OVER THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER. BUT THINGS TURNED AROUND WHEN DREVON McLAUREN PULLED A GUN AND SHOT THE HOME INVADER. 49-YEAR-OLD ANDREW BROWN WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON THE SCENE BY CORONER LEON JONES. LATER THAT SAME DAY, A 19 YEAR OLD MACON GARDENS APARTMENT RESIDENT WAS SHOT IN A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING. TAVARIOUS VEAL WAS KILLED WITH ANOTHER PERSON SITTING ON THE PORCH HIT IN BOTH LEGS. 23-YEAR-OLD TERRY BROWN IS LISTED AS IN STABLE CONDITION AT LAST REPORT. THE CITY'S THIRD SHOOTING DEATH IN THREE DAYS OCCURRED NEAR COLISEUM PARK HOSPITAL, CLOSE ENOUGH FOR THE VICTIM TO BE ABLE TO GET TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AREA WHERE HE DIED. CORONER LEON JONES IDENTIFIED HIM AS MARQUIS LOWE. THE 19-YEAR-OLD RESIDED AT A ROGERS AVENUE ADDRESS. HE WAS SHOT AT JONES AND MAIN STREET AT AN ABANDONED CAR WASH BUILDING. DETAILS SURROUNDING THE INCIDENT HAVE BEEN FEW WHILE THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

Dogwood Festival set for Apr 11-12

WHILE ANOTHER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL WRAPS UP IN MACON, FOLKS IN PERRY ARE GETTING READY FOR THEIR DOGWOOD FESTIVAL. THAT INCLUDES FAMED CHERRY BLOSSOM ARTIST PEGGY WHITE. THE LADY WHO MAKES ALL THOSE WINDOWS IN MACON A PART OF THE FESTIVAL WITH THOSE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IS NOW INTO DOGWOOD BLOSSOMS ALL OVER THE PLACE, INCLUDING POLICE CARS. OFFICERS PAUSED TO WATCH PEGGY PUT A SYMBOLIC BLOSSOM ON EACH AS WELL AS A SEEMINGLY ENDLESS LINE OF VEHICLES AS SHE HAS BEEN DOING IN MACON FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS. SHE AND HER DAUGHTER ALSO WORK THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL IN MONROE COUNTY AND ARE MAKING PLANS FOR THE HUGE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN PLANT CITY, FLORIDA NEXT MONTH. ALL WAS PART OF THE "PERRY PROUD!" KICKOFF. THE FIRST ANNUAL SUCH EVENT LEADING TO THE APRIL 9th AND 10th DOGWOOD FESTIVAL. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT DARLENE McLENDON PUT TOGETHER A PREVIEW EVENT LIKE THIS WHEN SHE WAS IN FORSYTH AND NOW HAS THE SIMILAR FORMULA WORKING IN PERRY. ALL TYPE ITEMS WERE FOR SALE PLUS A LOT OF PERRY PRIDE BUTTONS TO PASS OUT TO FOLKS.

High school student found safe

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT MISSING RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT JOSHUA PHELPS IS SAFE AND APPARENTLY BACK HOME WITH HIS FAMILY. HE WAS REPORTED MISSING FEBRUARY 5th WHEN HE FAILED TO COME HOME AFTER SCHOOL. THE 18-YEAR-OLD WAS FOUND SAFE IN DELAND, FLORIDA.

Former Hancock judge sentenced

A FORMER HANCOCK COUNTY PROBATE JUDGE WILL BE GOING TO JAIL FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS. 53-YEAR-OLD MARVA RICE PLED GUILTY TO CHARGES THAT MORE THAN $300,000 WERE DIVERTED FROM THE HANCOCK COUNTY TREASURY TO HER POCKETS FROM 2008 TO 2012. ONLY A PORTION OF THE LOSSES, SOME $63,000, WAS USED FOR THE PLEA DEAL. THE SENTENCE WAS HANDED DOWN IN MACON FEDERAL COURT.

Macon-Bibb Economic Outlook

ECONOMIC EXPERTS FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA TOLD A LUNCH TIME AUDIENCE THURSDAY THAT 2015 AND 2016 LOOK VERY GOOD FOR THE MID-STATE COMMUNITY. ONE PLUS POINTED OUT TO THE BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENTAL AUDIENCE WAS THE ABILITY TO QUICKLY TRAIN NEW EMPLOYEES INTO THE WORK FORCE. GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND OTHER FEDERAL GUIDELINES SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM FOR MOST BUSINESS PEOPLE RECENTLY SURVEYED. THEY SAY THESE BARRIERS REALLY SLOW DOWN A COMMUNITY'S ECONOMIC GROWTH. ONE OF THE REASONS FOR A BRIGHT 2015-16 FOR THE MACON-BIBB COMMUNITY IS THE KUHMO TIRE PRODUCING FIRM WHICH IS NOW BUILDING BETWEEN MACON AND WARNER ROBINS IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY. THE FACILITY HOPES TO BE HIRING MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE AND OPEN SOME TIME NEXT YEAR.

Pedestrian fatality

A MACON PEDESTRIAN FATALITY WAS RECORDED SUNDAY NIGHT WHEN A LOCAL SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER WALKING HOME AFTER A LATE SERVICE WAS STRUCK DOWN. CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THE VICTIM WAS 74-YEAR-OLD YVONNE CLAYTON. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD ON THE SCENE BY CORONER JONES. YVONNE CLAYTON WAS HIT IN A DARKENED AREA OF JEFFERSONVILLE ROAD AT PIEDMONT DRIVE. BIBB DEPUTIES SAY THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE WAS 28-YEAR-OLD DRY BRANCH RESIDENT CHRISTINE FINCHER. THERE HAVE BEEN NO CHARGES FILED AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

48th Brigade

SUNDAY'S SUNSHINE AND LIGHT BREEZES PROVIDED A PERFECT SETTING FOR THE 48th INFANTRY BRIGADE CHANGE OF COMMAND CEREMONY. FLAGS ADORNED WITH RIBBONS REFLECTING THE HISTORY OF THE 48th SINCE THE EARLY 800'S SHOWED THEIR COLORS IN THE MID-WINTER SPRING-LIKE WEATHER. THE CHANGE OF COMMAND INVOLVED COL. REGINALD NEAL WHO BECOMES THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO TAKE OVER THE 48th SINCE ITS FOUNDING IN 1825. HE TAKES OVER FROM COL. RANDALL SIMMONS WHO WILL ASSUME THE CHIEF OF STAFF POSITION WITH THE GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD.

Bibb deputy Hartley in Exchange Club Man of the Year

BIBB DEPUTY JIMMY HARTLEY JUNIOR IS BEING NAMED THE MACON EXCHANGE CLUB'S OFFICER OF THE YEAR. THE 33 YEAR OLD DEPUTY, AMONG OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS, TALKED A WOULD-BE SUICIDE VICTIM OUT OF JUMPING OFF THE 5TH STREET OR OTIS REDDING BRIDGE ON JULY 9th. THE MAN ALSO HAD A KNIFE IN HIS POSSSSION, FOR POSSIBLE USE TO WARD OFF PEOPLE LIKE OFFICER HARTLEY. SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS PRAISED THE OFFICER FOR HIS HEROIC ACTION.

Macon-Bibb firefighters called back to brush fire near I-475

MACON-BIBB FIRE UNITS WERE RUSHED BACK TO THAT BRUSH AND FOREST FIRE NEAR I-475 OFF MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE. STIFF BREEZES CAUSED THE SMOLDERING BLAZE TO RISE UP AGAIN AND THREATEN NEARBY HOUSES. SOME TEN ACRES ARE INVOLVED IN THE FIRE WHICH STARTED EARLIER THIS WEEK. AFTER INITIAL CALLS, THE MACON-BIBB UNITS TURNED THE FIGHT OVER TO THE GEORGIA FORESTRY COMMISSION. FIRE BREAKS WORKED UNTIL THE WIND STARTED BLOWING, THEN THE FIRE DEPARTMENTS PUMPER UNITS WITH WATER WERE NEEDED AGAIN.