Old book sale opens at Fairgrounds in Perry

THE HOUSTON COUNTY FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OLD BOOK SALE OPENS THIS MORNING AT THE NATIONAL FAIRGOUNDS IN PERRY. THOUSANDS OF BOOKS AND OTHER ITEMS LINE THE SHELVING AND AWAITS OPENING DAY VISITORS... THE OLD BOOK SALE OPENS AT TEN EACH MORNING –TOFAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. THERE IS A FIVE DOLLAR OPENING DAY FEE......ALLOWING A FIRST CRACK AT THE ENTI ALLOTMENT....THE SALE IS FREE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY..

Trucker driving too closely causes wreck

WET WEATHER APPARENTLY WAS A FACTOR IN A TRACTOR-TRAILOR SMASHUP INVOLVING TWO OTHER VEHICLES YESTERDAY. IN THE PROCESS THE EISENHOWER SOUTH BOUND ON RAMP TO I-475 WAS BLOCKED ALL DAY LONG. TRUCKER RANDY BELL'S RIG REAR ENDED A SMALL TRUCK AND ANOTHER TURNING LEFT INTO HIS PATH.THE RIG LOADED WITH BLEACH PRODUCTS SWERVED ONTO THE RAMP AND OVERTURNED. BIBB DEPUTIES CITED THE FAYETTEVILLE TRUCKER FOR FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY..NO ONE WAS SERIOUSLY HURT.

Bear's Den still feeling effects of road construction

THE BEARS DEN EATING ESTABLISHMENT NEAR MERCER UNIVERSITY IS STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THAT EXTENSIVE ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT AT COLLEGE AND OGLETHROPE STREETS. CRISTI LYLES WHO EMPLOYEES NEARLY 30 PEOPLE AT THE BEARS DEN, SAYS REGULARS WHO EAT ONE OR MORE TIMES A WEEK AT THE LUNCH SPOT HAVE FOUND THEIR WAY THROUGH SEVERAL ROAD CONSTRUCTION BLOCKS. BUT FOLKS NOT FROM THE IMMIDIATE AREA, BUT VISIT MACON PERIODICALLY FOR MEDICAL CARE OR BUSINESS ARE NOT COMING IN AS BEFORE. ALSO INTERSTATE TRAVELERS USING G.P.S. SYSTEMS ARE BEING LED, IN EFFECT, TO DEAD ENDS WHEN SEEKING OUT THE BEARS DEN TREATS. MS LILES SAY THE ONLY HOPE IS THAT THE ROUND ABOUT BEING BUILT IS COMPLETED AHEAD OF ITS AUGUST FINISHING DATE SCHEDULE. UNTIL THEN---SHE SAYS---WE WILL HANG ON AN HOPE PEOPLE SPREAD THE WORD THAT THOSE STREETS TO BEARS DEN ARE PASSIBLE EVEN IF THE SIGNS SAY THEY ARE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

Wounded Fed-Ex shooting victims reportedly improving

LATE WORD FROM KENNESAW THIS MORNING IS THAT THE CONDITION OF ONE OF TWO PEOPLE MOST CRITICALLY HURT IN THAT FEDERAL EXPRESS SHOOTING INCIDENT HAS BEEN DOWN GRADED FROM CRITICAL. THIS LEAVES ONE OF THE SIX INVOLVED IN A LIFE THREATENING CONDITION. THE 19 YEAR OLD PACKAGE HANDLER WHO OPENED FIRE ON HIS CO-WORKERS IS BEING IDENTIFIED AS GEDDY KRAMER OF THE NORTH COBB AREA. HE WALKED INTO THE AIRPORT ROAD FED-EX WAREHOUSE AND OPENED FIRE WOUNDING A HALF DOZEN MEN AND WOMEN. HE THEN TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF AND DIED.

Support builds for new senior living center in Fort Hill

THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY WANTS MAYOR REICHERT AND MACON-BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO SUPPORT THE AUTHORITY'S EFFORTS TO GET FUNDING FOR A SENIOR LIVING CENTER IN THE FORT HILL EAST MACON AREA. THE CENTER WOULD BE SIMIAR TO A DEVELOPMENT AT OLD PEARL STEVENS SCHOOL IN THE BELLVUE SECTOR OF THE CITY. ABANDONED HENRY HUNT SCHOOL IS THE TARGET FOR THE PROJECT. THE PROJECT WAS GREETED WITH UNAMIOUS INITIAL APPROVIAL BY THOSE GATHERED AT THE WORK SESSION. IF APPROVED FOR FEDERAL FUNDING, THE PROJECT WILL JOIN ANOTHER BIG CONSTRUCTION AT SHURLING DRIVE AND KITCHENS STREET. THE HUGE MILITARY READINESS CENTER IS ACCROSS THE STREET. ITS CONSTRUCTION IS ALMOST COMPLETE.

Knife wielder robs store, abducts clerk

THE BIBB SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEEKING A MAN WHO FORCED A STORE CLERK TO DRIVE HIM AWAY FROM THE IRWINTON ROAD CITGO GAS STATION AFTER COMMITTING A ROBBERY. THE VICTIM WAS HELD AT KNIFE POINT AND FEARED FOR HER LIFE. THE CLERK WITH CUTS ON HER NECK WAS ALLOWED TO LEAVE HER CAR WITH THE THIEF STAYING WITH IT FOR A SHORT WHILE. THE ABANDONED VEHICAL WAS LATER RECOVERED NEARBY. THE AUTHORITYS ARE SEEKING A WHITE MALE WEARING A DARK COLORED HOODIE AT THE TIME. CALL 751-7500 OR CRIMESTOPPERS IF YOU HAVE INFORMATION

Bibb School Board continues search for new superintendent

THE BIBB SCHOOL BOARD MET WITH ANOTHER OFFICAL WITH THE GEORGIA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION AS THE HUNT FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT CONTINUES. MR. TONY ARASI TOLD THE BODY THEY NEED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH WHOMEVER THEY CHOOSE.. HIS LIST OF FIVE GUIDELINES ARE PARTICUALLY IMPORTANT SINCE SEVERAL ON THE BOARD CLAIMED THEY REALLY DID NOT KNOW ABOUT A LOT OF THE DEALING OF FORMER SUPERINTENDENT RAMONE DALLIMAN...THE OFFICAL SAID THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT WORKS FOR THE BOARD AND THEY HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH HIS ACTIONS BEFORE AND AFTER THOSE DECEISIONS ARE MADE.

Early voting under way

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY....NOW THROUGH MAY 16TH REGISTERED VOTERS CAN CAST BALLOTS APPARENTLY WITHOUT ANY WAITING WHAT SO EVER... AT THE BIBB BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICES, THE ONLY CROWDING IS OUT AT THE ENTRY WAY OFF PIO NONO AVENUE OR EISENHOWER PARKWAY. YARD SIGNS LINE BOTH SIDES OF THE PAVEMENT UP TO THE LEGAL DISTANCE FROM THE POLLING PLACE.... THE OFFICES OPEN EACH MORNING AT 8:30.....SATURDAY VOTING WILL BE ONLY ON MAY THE 10TH....THE ACTUAL PRIMARY VOTING DAY IS TUESDAY MAY 20TH.

Governor Deal traveling state signing legislation

GOVERNOR DEAL IS TRAVELING THE STATE SIGNING LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE MOST RECENT STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. HE IS PLANNING TO SIGN LAWS MAKING DRUG TESTING POSSIBLY BEFORE WELFARE AND FOOD STAMPS CAN BE RECEIVED. AT THE SAME TIME THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WANTS TO EXTEND THE IDEA TO THOSE WHO RECEIVE UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION..THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE PASSED IN AN UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION.

Allman wants filming of 'Midnight Rider' halted

SINGER GREGG ALLMAN SAYS HE WANTS THAT MOVIE PRODUCTION ABOUT HIS LIFE TO STOP....THE MIDNIGHT RIDER IS BASED ON A RECENT BOOK AUTHORED BY THE FORMER MACON RESIDENT. IN WRITING A LETTER TO PRODUCERS OF THE MOVIE, ALLMAN CITED THE DEATH OF CAMERA ASSISTANT SARAH JONES AS THE MAIN REASON. SHE WAS KILLED BY A TRAIN ON A RAILROAD TRESTLE NEAR JESUP LAST FEBURARY. EARLIER THIS WEEK THE STAR OF THE FILM WILLIAM HURT RESIGNED FROM THE PICTURE.

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