Attorney removed from Reeves case likely to appeal dismissal

THE ATTORNEY FIRED FROM A LOCAL MURDER CASE SAYS SHE PLANS TO APPEAL THE MATTER. VERONICA BRINSON WITH MEMBERS OF THE FRANK REEVES FAMILY ANNOUNCED THEY HAVE FIRED THE PUBLIC DEFENDER WHO REPLACED BRINSON BY ORDER OF JUDGE HOWARD SIMMS. ATTORNEY BRINSON CONTENDS THE JUDGE TRUMPED UP REASONS FOR HER DISMISSIBLE AFTER SHE UNSUCCESSFULLY TRIED TO GET THE JUDGE REMOVED FROM THE MURDER CASE. THE 74-YEAR OLD WHEEL CHAIR BOUND FRANK REEVES IS ACCUSED OF KILLING LINDA HUNNICUTT IN DECEMBER OF 2012 AT A GRAY HIGHWAY GASOLINE FUELING STATION.

Early voting period could include Sunday

THERE COULD VERY WELL BE SUNDAY VOTING SOON IN MACON. MACON-BIBB ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR JEANETTA WATSON TOLD THE MACON-BIBB COMMISSIONERS COMMITTEE MEETING THAT IT WOULD TAKE $3,000 ADDITIONAL DOLLARS IF THE ELECTIONS BOARD VOTES THIS THURSDAY TO PROCEED WITH SUNDAY VOTING. COMMISSIONER AL TILLMAN SUPPORTS SUNDAY VOTING, SAYING IT WOULD HELP IN THE PERCENTAGE OF TURNOUT. TILLMAN SAYS LOCAL CHURCH MINISTERS AFTER THEIR SUNDAY SERVICES COULD CRANK US THEIR CHURCH TRANSPORTATION BUSSES AND CARRY FOLKS TO THE POLLS. OTHERS VOICED OPPOSITION. THE $3,000 DOLLARS WAS APPROVED IN THE COMMITTEE, BUT FACES A FINAL FULL COMMISSION VOTE.

Blue Bird changes ownership

THERE WILL BE NO APPARENT IMMEDIATE CHANGES AT THE BLUE BIRD SCHOOL BUS PLANT IN FORT VALLEY AFTER THE COMPANY’S OWNERSHIP HAS CHANGED INTO THE HANDS OF A TEXAS FIRM. THE 87 YEAR OLD FACILITY WHICH EMPLOYEES 16 HUNDRED WORKERS WILL BE CONTROLLED BY HENNESSY CAPITOL CORPORATION WHO IN EFFECT IS PAYING NEARLY 500 MILLION DOLLARS FOR BLUE BIRD. THERE ARE BLUE BIRD OFF SHOOT OPERATIONS IN CANADA AND IN THE STATE OF OHIO. WORKS WILL GO ON AS USUAL FOR THE SCHOOL BUS PRODUCTION LINE WHICH HAS BUILT 550,000 BUSES IN ITS 87 YEARS IN BUSINESS.

WR man gives up after short standoff with police

A WARNER ROBINS MAN IS BEING HELD THIS MORNING FOLLOWING A SHORT STANDOFF WITH POLICE IN THE BRIARCLIFF ROAD AREA. ROBERT CALHOUN APPARENTLY HARMED NOBODY, BUT WOULD NOT COME OUT OF THE HOUSE AT 225 BRIARCLIFF ROAD. AFTER A FEW MINUTES OF CONVERSATION WITH WARNER ROBINS POLICE, THE 50 YEAR OLD CALHOUN WAS TAKEN INTO PROTECTIVE CUSTODY AND WAS TAKEN TO THE NEARBY HOUSTON MEDICAL CENTER FOR EVALUATION.

Man caputred shortly after Wal-Mart parking lot purse snatching

BIBB DEPUTIES MADE SHORT THE CRIMINAL LIFE OF A 20 YEAR OLD MACON MAN. DEVONTAE WILLIAMS WAS NABBED BY BIBB OFFICERS SHORTLY AFTER ACCOSTING TWO SENIOR CITIZEN LIZELLA AREA WOMEN IN THE HARRISON ROAD WAL-MART PARKING LOT. THE WOMEN, BOTH IN THEIR 70'S, WERE NEAR THEIR VEHICLE WHEN A MAN WEARING A BLACK JUMP SUIT ATTACKED THEM MAKING OFF WITH ONE OF THEIR PURSES. SGT. STEVE GATLIN ON PATROL NEARBY HEARD THE ALERT AND SPOTTED DEVONTAE WILLIAMS AND MADE THE ARREST. THE WHOLE INCIDENT WAS CAPTURED ON A WAL-MART SECURITY CAMERA. ONE OF THE LADIES RECEIVED A BUMP ON THE HEAD IN THE ALTERCATION.

Perdue brings campaign back to mid-state

THE GEORGIA U.S. SENATE CAMPAIGN CAME BACK TO THE MID-STATE WITH DAVID PERDUE COMING BACK HOME TO HOUSTON COUNTY AND A BIG CROWD IN PERRY. THE CANDIDATE WHO IS SEEKING TO REPLACE RE-TIRING SAXBY CHAMBLISS SAID NEITHER HE NOR DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT MICHELLE NUNN ARE THE REAL ISSUES. IT'S HARRY REID AND THE DEMOCRATIC CONTROLLED SENATE. PERDUE SAYS AMERICA CANNOT MOVE AHEAD WITH THE SENATE ROAD BLOCKS. HE SAYS MICHELLE NUNN WOULD BE A RUBBER STAMP FOR REID IF ELECTED AND PROP UP OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PROGRAMS.

Local group 'Just Children' streses family unity

ITS A FACT. KIDS WHO SPEND TIME TOGETHER WITH THEIR FAMILY DO MUCH BETTER IN SCHOOL THAN THOSE WHO DON’T, AND THE DINNER TABLE IS THE BEST GATHERING POINT EACH DAY. THE 'JUST CHILDREN' ORGANIZATION OF MACON WANTS TO STRENGTHEN THIS ONE-TIME STAPLE OF FAMILY LIFE. THE 4th MONDAY OF SEPTEMBER IS FAMILY DAY AND THE 'JUST CHILDREN' GROUP'S BOARD MEMBERS ARE ANNOUNCING A SERIES OF MONTHLY DINNERS TO SPARK THE PRACTICE IN INDIVIDUAL FAMILY IN MACON-BIBB. THE FIRST WILL BE THIS COMING MONDAY AT THE GLORIOUS HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH ON THE 3800 BLOCK OF NAPIER AVENUE.

'Gear Up' program under way at Bibb high schools

A FULL WEEK SPOTLIGHTING THE FEDERAL GRANT SUPPORTED 'GEAR UP' PROGRAM IS UNDER WAY IN THE BIBB SYSTEM.. AT NORTHEAST HIGH, THE 19 MILLION DOLLAR MULTI YEAR EFFORT TO KEEP YOUNGSTERS NOT ONLY IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT ASSIST THEM THROUGH COLLEGE YEARS TOOK ON A RALLY ATMOSPHERE IN THE RAIDER GYM YESTERDAY. IT WILL CULMINATE THIS COMING SATURDAY AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL.

Missing teen back at home in Jones County

THE 15 YEAR OLD JONES COUNTY YOUNGSTER WHO WAS REPORTED MISSING IS BACK HOME THIS MORNING. AN OFF DUTY BIBB DEPUTY SPOTTED HUNTER STUCKEY NEAR SMILEYS FLEA MARKET MONDAY AFTERNOON. HE HAD APPARENTLY SPENT THE NIGHT IN CRAWFORD COUNTY WITH A FRIEND AND CAUGHT A RIDE BACK TO SMILEYS WERE HE HAD BEEN LAST SEEN SUNDAY.

Perry reinstates public works director's job

PERRY CITY COUNCIL HAS VOTED TO RE-INSTATE THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR POSITION BY HIRING 52-YEAR OLD DECIUS ARON FROM THE ATLANTA AREA POSITION HE CURRENTLY HOLDS. THE $79,000 JOB WAS CUT OUT DURING A PERIOD OF AUSTERITY IN PERRY, BUT IS BEING PUT BACK IN TO HELP COORDINATE TRASH PICKUP SERVICE AND WATER ISSUES. THE ACTUAL SALARY FOR THE JOB THIS TIME AROUND WAS NOT RELEASED DURING THE COUNCIL DISCUSSIONS IN PERRY.

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