Anti-bullying board game

A BIG PROBLEM IN THE NATION'S SCHOOLS CENTERS AROUND STUDENTS WHO CHOOSE TO BULLY OTHERS. LOCAL SURGICAL TECHNICIAN ROBERT STYLES HAS BEEN DEVOTING HIS LIFE ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM WHICH HE SAYS CLAIMS SOME FIVE THOUSAND LIVES EACH YEAR. ROBERT SAYS THIS SHOCKING STATISTIC SPURRED HIM INTO ACTION. HE DEVELOPED A BOARD GAME WHICH YOUNGSTERS AND PARENTS CAN PLAY AND IN THE PROCESS START CONVERSATIONS ADDRESSING THIS HUGE PROBLEM. IT'S CALLED “U” TURN BULLY ANTI-BULLYING BOARD GAME. IN ADDITION TO SEEKING OUT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND ORGANIZATIONS, ROBERT HAS TAKEN HIS GAME TO THE GEORGIA CAPITOL AND HAS INTRODUCED IT TO GOVERNOR DEAL AND LOCAL STATE LEGISLATORS. HE DRESSES UP AS HIS ANTI BULLY CHARACTER “U-BEE” AND HAS MET WITH THOUSANDS OF YOUNGSTERS AND THEIR PARENTS AND IN PARTICULAR TEACHERS OF MID-STATE SCHOOLS. THIS TUESDAY MORNING ROBERT STYLES WILL BE A SPECIAL GUEST ON MIX IN THE MORNING DURING THE EIGHT O'CLOCK HOUR.

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.