Governor Deal visits mid-state tonight

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL WILL BE BRINGING HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO THE MID-STATE TONIGHT. HE WILL BE PART OF THE PEACHES AND POLITICS GET TOGETHER AT DICKEY FARMS IN MUSELLA. THE 4th ANNUAL EVENT WILL INCLUDE A RAFT OF CANDIDATES IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTION INCLUDING U.S. REPUBLICAN SENATE HOPEFUL JACK KINGSTON. HE IS FACING MIDDLE GEORGIAN DAVID PERDUE IN A JULY RUNOFF.

Former Crawford school employee gets probation

A FORMER CRAWFORD COUNTY SCHOOLS EMPLOYEE WILL BE ON PROBATION POSSIBLY THE REST OF HIS LIFE. 29 YEAR OLD CARLTEZE JAMES SAFFOLD OF ROBERTA PLED GUILTY TO SEVERAL COUNTS OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND ATTEMPTED CHILD MOLESTATION. ALONG WITH REGISTERING AS A SEX OFFENDER SAFFOLD WILL SERVE 40 YEARS ON PROBATION.

Savannah Harbor expansion project is a go

ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO IN SAVANNAH FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE HARBOR. GEORGIA SENATORS SAXBY CHAMBLISS AND JOHNNY ISAKSON PRAISED PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SIGNING OF THE WATER RESOURCES REFORM AND DEVELOPMENT ACT OF WHICH THE GEORGIA PORTS PROJECT IS INCLUDED. ITS BELIEVED THE PROJECT WILL MEAN BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT REVENUE IN COMING YEARS.

Fourth suspect in late May shooting still on the loose

BIBB SHERIFF'S DEPUTYS CONTINUE THEIR MANHUNT FOR THE LAST PERSON BEING SOUGHT IN THAT TRIPLE MURDER CASE LATE IN MAY. LEWIS CHENEY, KNOWN AS BEAR ON THE STREETS, IS STILL AT LARGE. EVEN THOUGH HE DID NOT DIRECTLY PARTICIPATE IN THE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF ARIKA JARRELL AND RALPH HEARD—HE REPORTEDLY MASTER MINDED THE OPERATION WHICH EVENTUALLY COST ONE OF THE ROBBERS HIS LIFE. TERRANCE DENT WAS SHOT BY MS. JARRELL IN THE SHOOTOUT ON FAIRBURN AVENUE. ANYBODY WITH INFORMATION ON THE WHERE ABOUTS OF LEWIS”BEAR” CHENY ARE ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFF OR CRIMESTOPPERS.

Sheriff fires officer Sutton

SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS SAYS HE HAS FIRED OFFICER CLAYTON SUTTON. AS A MACON POLICE OFFICER IN DECEMBER TWO YEARS AGO, THE OFFICER SHOT AND KILLED SAMMIE DAVIS JUNIOR AT THE PIO NONO KROGER STORE. THE ACTION WAS RULED SELF DEFENSE SPARKING MUCH PUBLIC OUTCRY. SUTTON WAS MOVED TO A DESK JOB, BUT WAS EMBROILED IN ANOTHER CONTROVERSY THIS PAST MARCH WHEN FIRING ON TWO MEN AND HITTING A DOG DURING A LUNCH TIME CHASE. THE MATTER IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE G.B.I. THE SHERIFF MEANWHILE ORDERED SUTTON TO REFRAIN FROM ANY ACTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTION EXCEPT FOR TRAINING AND ADMINISTRATION DUTIES. THIS ORDER WAS APPARENTLY BROKEN WHEN OFFICER SUTTON FOLLOWED A VEHICLE IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY FORCING ITS OCCUPANTS TO GET OUT AND HIT THE GROUND AS IN AN ARREST, THUS VIOLATING A DIRECT ORDER FROM THE SHERIFF WHO THEN FIRED CLAYTON SUTTON.

Big crowd turns out for public hearing on proposed Bibb budget

IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY AT THE MACON-BIBB COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED 2014-2015 BUDGET. WITH FUNDS RESTORED FOR THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, THE TUBMAN AND THE DOUGLASS THEATER, THE $600 THOUSAND NEEDED WILL BE COMING MOSTLY FROM THE $500 THOUSAND TO THE MEDICAL CENTER FOR INDIGENT CARE. THE MEDICAL CENTERS ANDREW GALLOWAY TOLD MAYOR REICHERT AND THE COMMISSION THEIR ACTIONS WERE A CALLOUS DISREGARD FOR THE HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITIES MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS.

Middle Georgians included in 54-person food stamp indictment

FIVE MID-STATE PEOPLE ARE UNDER CHARGES FOR PARTICIPATING IN AN $18 MILLION DOLLAR FOOD STAMP FRAUD RING. IN ALL 54 PEOPLE ARE UNDER INDICTMENT IN A SAVANNAH FEDERAL GRAND JURY ACTION. THE FOUR MACON RESIDENTS CHARGED ARE 35 YEAR OLD TAQUILLA JOHNSON, 39 YEAR OLD MAURICE FUDGE,37 YEAR OLD PORSHA DREWERY AND 39 YEAR OLD QUINTON MATTHEWS. THE 5th MID STATER INVOLVED IS 29 YEAR OLD RONNIE ZACHARY OF BYRON.

Sheriff praises investigators for quick work in recent murders

MACON-BIBB SHERIFF DAVID DAVIS CREDITED AROUND THE CLOCK WORK BY HIS TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS AND OTHERS IN SOLVING ALL FOUR RECENT MURDERS IN THE CITY. THREE OF THE SHOOTINGS WERE RESULT OF THE DOUBLE MURDER ARMED ROBBERY SHOOTOUT ON FAIRBURN AVENUE. VICTIM ARIKA JARRELL EMPTIED HER PISTOL WHEN FIGHTING BACK AT ONE OF THE ROBBERS, TERRANCE DENT. HIS ACCOMPLICES DUMPED HIS SEVERELY WOUNDED BODY AT A GRENADA TERRACE ADDRESS. THE OTHER ROBBERY VICTIM KILLED ALONG WITH MISS JARRELL WAS RALPH HEARD. THREE OF THE FOUR MEN BELIEVED INVOLVED IN THE ROBBERY ALONG WITH TERRANCE DENT ARE BEHIND BARS. A MANHUNT FOR LEWIS “BEAR” CHENEY THE 2nd CONTINUES.

Rural health care hot topic in election year

MACON STATE SENATOR DAVID LUCAS CALLED TOGETHER THAT SPECIAL RURAL HOSPITAL STABILIZATION COMMITTEE FOR THE FIRST TIME MONDAY. THE 15 PERSON PANEL NAMED BY GOVERNOR DEAL IS SEEKING TO FIND WAYS TO PROVIDE SERIOUS HEALTHCARE TO UNDER SERVED AREAS IN THE STATE. AT PRESENT THERE ARE 61 RURAL HOSPITALS IN GEORGIA. MEANWHILE, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR JASON CARTER SPENT PART OF MONDAY IN MACON COUNTY WHERE EMERGENCY ROOM OPERATIONS HAVE SHUT DOWN. HE PROMISED TO CORRECT RURAL HEALTH CARE SHORT COMINGS IF ELECTED IN NOVEMBER.

Bibb's summer program, Stem Leadership, now in second week

THE BIBB SCHOOL'S SUMMER PROGRAM FEATURING SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH ENTERS ITS SECOND WEEK. THE SO-CALLED STEM LEADERSHIP PROGRAM NOT ONLY FOCUSES ON LEARNING SKILLS, BUT ALSO URGES YOUNGSTERS TO PARTICIPATE IN HEALTH AND FITNESS ACTIVITIES AT BLOOMFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL.

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