Bibb BOE takes Riley Elementary off closure list

The Bibb County School Board has taken Riley Elementary School off their closure list. The board decided to save Riley after parents and community members showed their support for the school. The latest draft plan calls for Jones and Riley elementary schools to be pulled back from the phased-out list. Burghard and King-Danforth elementary schools would be phased out. Four new schools would be built to accommodate students from Barden, Bernd, Heard, Burghard, Morgan, King-Danforth, Rice and Porter elementary schools. State money and special purpose local option sales tax funds would help build the schools. In other business Thursday, Susan Sipe was elected board president, Thelma Dillard as vice president and Lester Miller as treasurer. Board members also voted to cancel a second phase of a contract with WIPRO, which installed more efficient lighting in the school system.

Prosecutors won't oppose McDaniel change of venue request

Prosecutors in the Lauren Giddings murder trial say they won't oppose a change of venue. Defense attorneys say that extensive news coverage in the case makes it impossible for Stephen McDaniel to get a fair trial in Macon. McDaniel is accused of killing Giddings in June of 2011. Prosecutors said in court papers Wednesday they would not object to the request. Judge Howard Simms has not yet ruled on the issue.

Vehicle strikes school bus, no serious injuries

One student was injured after a Bibb County school bus was involved in an accident Thursday morning. According to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office the accident occurred in the 6400 block of Old Forsyth Road around 7 am. A Nissan Maxima, driven by 36-yearold Tianitia Tolbert of Macon, was traveling east on Forsyth Road. A school bus, carrying 36 students was traveling west. Tolbert crossed over the center line of the roadway and struck the front driver’s side bumper of the school bus with the driver’s side of the Nissan. Tolbert was transported to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition. It was later reported that five students had complaints, but were treated and released at the scene after seeing paramedics. One student was transported to the hospital for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported. Tolbert was cited for driving with a suspended license, failure to maintain lane, and open container, however according to patrol deputies, Tolbert was not impaired.

Water OK in Baldwin, 'boil water' notice lifted

The “Boil Water Notice” for Baldwin County water customers ended at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Baldwin County Water Superintendent Jason Kidd said all system samples are fine, and the water pressure is back up. According to the county, water storage tanks returned to normal capacity Tuesday. The boil water order happened after last week’s cold snap caused water pipes to break in several areas of Baldwin County and the City of Milledgeville.

Bibb Demos want Allen removed from Board of Elections

The Bibb County Democratic Party is fighting to have Steve Allen removed from the Bibb County Board of Elections. A new lawsuit claims that Allen doesn’t belong there and is asking that he be removed. John Swint said he was appointed the post on the elections board by the Party’s executive board in July 2013. The lawsuit seeks to have the Board of Elections explain to the county’s chief judge why Allen should not be removed from the post, and for the judge to take appropriate action.

Schlesinger to be sworn in as new commissioner during January 21st meeting

Henry Ficklin will not be challenging Tuesday’s special election. Ficklin conceded the race for the District 2 seat on the Macon-Bibb County Commission to Larry Schlesinger Wednesday. Ficklin had hinted at a legal challenge to Tuesday’s results after losing to Schlesinger for a third time. Ficklin said he lost the commission race due to a “gerrymandered” district. Only 23.5 percent of District 2’s registered voters voted in Tuesday’s special election. Schlesinger says that he expects to be sworn in before the commission’s next regular meeting, January 21

Houston authorities probing death of man found in his back yard

A Houston County man was found dead in his back yard Tuesday night. Houston county sheriff’s Captain Jon Holland says 30-year-old Kerry Glenn died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The death is being treated as a homicide. Glenn lived in the 300 block of Ga. 224 West. A family friend was at the home baby-sitting when she saw Davis lying near the back porch beside several cars where family members park. Glenn apparently lived at the home with his uncle, his uncle’s girlfriend and her children. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston County sheriff’s Cpl. Patrick Lane at 478-542-2085 or 478-542-2080

Deal says state in 'excellent' shape in State of the State address

Governor Nathan Deal gave his State of the State address Wednesday morning and pronounced the state of Georgia “excellent” in front of the general assembly. Deal spoke about jobs, funding education, and his rejection of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Deal proposes to increase education funding this year by $574 million. A total of $8 billion of the budget will be dedicated to education. Deal says the funds will restore instructional days, get rid of teacher furlough days, and give teachers a raise. He also hopes to beef up the HOPE grant scholarships to cover technical colleges. Additionally, the governor told the general assembly he's putting $35 million of the budget toward the deepening of the Port of Savannah and that the states unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 5 years.

Ga Department of Labor will help Eastman facility recruit nurses

The Georgia Department of Labor’s Eastman Career Center will help Eastman Healthcare and Rehab recruit nurses on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 9-11 a.m. at the Eastman Healthcare Nursing Home, located at 556 Chester Road. The company will be recruiting a number of full-time certified nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses. The CNA positions require a high school diploma or General Education Degree equivalent and a current Georgia CNA license. The LPN positions require an associate’s degree and a current Georgia LPN license. No prior experience is needed for either position. All applicants will be required to complete a background check and drug-screening test. Applicants must bring a resume and be appropriately dressed for interviews. Salaries for the positions are competitive and will be discussed during the interviews. For additional information about the recruitment, contact the Eastman Career Center at (478) 374-6994.

McDaniel's attrrneys want change of venue

Lawyers for Stephen McDaniel want to move his murder trial outside Bibb County. McDaniel is accused of killing Lauren Giddings in 2011. Defense attorney Frank Hogue says many people in Bibb are familiar with the details of the case so selecting an impartial jury would be difficult. Superior Court Judge Howard Simms will have to schedule a hearing to rule on the change of venue motion. As of now, no trial has been set.

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