Jones County Cruisers gather at Sid's on Forsyth Street

BIG DOINGS JUST DOWN FORSYTH STREET FROM OUR BEAUTIFUL W P G A RADIO TELEVISION CENTER. IT AT SIDS SANDWITCH PLACE. AT ONE TIME THE PLACE WHERE THE TOP KID HANGOUT PLACE WAS LOCATED----BACK THEN-----THE VARSITY DRIVE IN.....SIDS PARKING LOT LOOKED MUCH LIKE IT DID IN THE 50'S--60'S AND 70'S.... THE JONES COUNTY CRUISERS CLUB WAS HOLDING THEIR SECOND ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM BENEFIT AND VARSITY CRUISE IN.... GREAT LOOKING CARS FROM THAT BY GONE ERA...ALONG WITH A LOT OF FOLKS WHO LIVED THOSE TIMES HERE IN MACON... THE JONES COUNTY GROUP HOLD A LOT OF THESE SHOWS THROUGH OUT THE YEARS... AN IN THE PROCESS BRING BACK A LOT OF PLEASANT MEMORIES FOR ALL OF US....

Two shootings involvind deputies reported in Bibb

TWO SHOOTING INCIDENTS INVOLVING DEPUTYS WERE REPORTED IN BIBB COUNTY YESTERDAY. A TRAFFIC STOP IN BLOOFIELD PROMPTED 54 YEAR OLD WALTER SMITH TO PULL A PISTOL PROMPTING THE APPARENT GUNFIRE. AFTER FLEEING THE SCEEN, SMITH WAS CAUGHT NEARBY. HE IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION THIS MORNING. ON BRENTWOOD AVENUE, TWO MEN SAY THEY WERE INJURED WHEN DEPUTY CLAYTON SUTTON FIRED SHOTS AT AN ANGRY DOG. ITS UNCLEAR WHEITHER THEY WERE HIT BY RICHOSHEYING BULLETS OR OTHER FRAGMENTS. SUTTON AND ANOTHER OFFICER DURING A LUNCH BREAK WERE ANSWERING A CALL ABOUT POSSIBLE DRUG DEALING ON CHERRY AVENUE. ONE OF TWO SUSPECTS GOT AWAY. CLAYTON SUTTON IN DECEMBER OF 2012 SHOT AND KILLED MACON RESIDENT SAMMIE DAVIS JUNIOR FOLLOWING AN INCIDENT AT THE PIO NONO KROGER FOOD STORE. BY THE WAY THE WOUNDED DOG SURIVED AND IS UNDER GOING TREATMENT AT A LOCAL VETS OFFICE.

32nd Cherry Blossom Festival opens today

THE 32ED ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL OPENING UP WITH CEREMONEYS THIS MORNING. CENTRAL CITY PARK VENDORS ARE IN PLACE PUTTING THE FINAL TOUCHES ON THE PART ACTIVITYS WHICH INCLUDE A FULL CARNIVAL. THE RIBBON CUTTING PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT 11:30 ON THE CENTRAL CITY PARK CONCERT STAGE. BIG FIRST NIGHT ACTIVITYS INCLUDE THE PINK, WHITE AND BLUE MILETARY BALL AT THE CITY AUDITORIUM. HUNDREDS ARE EXPECTED TO SPEMD 100 DOLLARS APEICE TO ATTEND THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE ROYALITY BALL WHICH USUALLY HIGHLIGHTED EACH CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL FOR MANY YEARS.

Record numbers show up for Goodwill job fair

POSSIBLY 0NE TO TWO HUNDRED MID GEORGIANS MAY SOON HAVE NEW JOBS..THIS AFTER A RECORD BREAKING NUMBER OF APPLICANTS SHOWED UP FOR GOODWILL INDUSTRIES LATEST JOB FAIR. LONG LINES AWAITED THOSE WHO CAME OUT TO THE EISENHOWER PARKWAY ANDERSON CENTER. SOME THIRTY BUSINESSES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCEYS HAD BOOTHS SET UP. GOODWILL INSISTED THAT THOSE WHO SET UP BOOTHS HAD A NEED FOR NEW HIRES. THE STIPULATION APPARENTLY WAS HONORED WITH SOME HAPPY FACES SEEN LEAVING THE GOODWILL COMPLEX AFTER THE INITIAL APPLICATION PROCESS. ONE GOODWILL STAFFER SAID THE DAYS RECORD TURNOUT WAS BOTH HAPPY AND SAD. GOOD BECAUSE OF THE NUMBERS WHO CAME OUT---BUT AT THE SAME TIME SAD TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEED A JOB.....

Fans can watch Mercer-Duke on big screen in Mercer Village

PREPARATIONS ARE UNDERWAY IN MERCER VILLAGE FOR FANS WHO WANT TO WATCH THE MERCER - DUKE BASKETBALL GAME WHICH BEGINS SHORTLY AFTER HIGH NOON. PLANS CALL FOR ONE OF THOSE BIG JUMBOTRON SIZED SCREENS TO BE IN PLACE FOR THE 12-15 TIP OFF TIME. ITS MERCERS FIRST TRIP TO THE NCAA TOURNAMENT SINCE THE MID 80'S..DUKE IS THERE MOST EVERY YEAR. THE CONTEST IS IN RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA. IF YOU HAVENT BEEN TO MERCER VILLAGE, YOU ARE IN FOR A TREAT..BUSINESSES WILL HAVE FOOD AND DRINK FOR SALE DURING THE BIG VIEWING PARTY... THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE....SO COME ON OUT AND WATCH THE BEARS AND BLUE DEVILS...

Westside student wins Tech and special training award

CONGRATULATIONS GOES OUT THIS MORNING TO WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TAYLOR BABBS. SHE RECEIVED THE TOP SCHOLORSHIP AWARD AT THE CAREER, TECHNICAL AND AGRICULTURAL AWARDS PROGRAM . HELD AT SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL, THE SO CALLED C.T.A.E HONOR GOES TO THE YOUNGSTER JUDGES FEEL BEST REPRESENTS THE MODERN STUDENT SEEKING A QUICKER PATH TO THE PROFESSIONAL JOB MARKET.THE BIBB SYSTEM OFFERS 26 CAREER PATHWAYS. THE LOCAL PROGRAMS ARE DESIGNED TO MOVE THE STUDENT TO FURTHER TECH AND SPECIAL TRAINING, COLLEGE OR THE JOB MARKET.

Inmprovements completed on Fickling walkway in downtown Macon

IMPROVMENTS ON THE WILLIAM FICKLIN WALKWAY IN DOWNTOWN MACON WAS CELEBRATED LAST NIGHT. MEMBERS OF KEEP MACON BIBB BEAUTIFUL GATHERED IN THE 3ED STREET PARK WHERE LARGE NUMBERS OF AZALIAS WERE PLANTED ALONG WITH OTHER DECRATIVE TOUCHES. THE KEEP MACON BIBB BEAUTIFULS DIRECTOR PAM CARSWELL SAID THE EFFORT MAKES THE WALKWAY MUCH SAFER WITH A NEW CONCRETE PAD TO WALK ON. LUMERIES LINED THE WALKWAY FOR THE CELEBRATION----THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL HOLDS MID DAY CONCERTS IN THIRD STREET PARK...FREE ICE CREAM AND OTHER FUN THINGS DRAW THERE THOUSANDS EACH DAY.. THE CHERRY BLOSSOM OPENS OFFICALLY FRIDAY AND WILL RUN A FULL TEN DAYS......

Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful founder Crayton honored

CHERRY BLOSSOM FOUNDER CAROLYN CRAYTON HAD THE LAST FULL DAY OF WINTER MADE IN HER HONOR. MAYOR REICHERT MADE IT OFFICAL BY PRESENTING THE PROCLAMATION TO CAROLYN. MRS CRAYTON FOUNDED KEEP MACON BIBB BEAUTIFUL 40 YEARS AGO. OUR CITY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST THREE CREATED UNDER THE KEEP AMERCIA BEAUTIFUL BANNER... THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL IS AN OUT GROWTH OF KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTIFUL... AND AS THEY SAY-----THE REST IS HISTORY.....

Grisamore's latest book is all about 'Pink'

MACON TELEGRAPGH COLUMNIST ED GRISAMORE AND HIS WIFE APPEAR TO BE WARMING UP FOR NEXT WEEKS BIG AUTHORS LUNCHON AT THE KEEP MACON BIBB BEAUTIFUL GET TOGETHER. ED WAS HOLDING AN AUTOGRAPH SESSION FOR HIS PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH BOOK. ITS A GREAT BOOK FILLED WITH ED'S WRITINGS ON THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL AND THE PEOPLE INVOLVED ...PLUS A LOT OF OTHER MATERAL ASSOCIATED WITH THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH... A GREAT HISTORY BOOK ON THE EVENT, THE BOOK WOULD BE A GREAT GIFT TO MAIL TO FORMER MACON RESIDENTS OR PEOPLE WHO ARE CONSIDERING MOVING TO OUR CITY THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW......

Police continue probe of break-in at Rice Elementary

BIBB CAMPUS POLICE CONTINUE TO PROBE A BREAKIN AT ONE OF THE CITYS SCHOOLS. RICE ELEMENTARY WAS BROKEN INTO SOMTIME LATE TUESDAY OR EAELY WEDNESDAY MORNING. CAMERAS WERE TURNED FROM THEIR POSITIONS BEFORE ENTRY WAS GAINED BY BREAKING WINDOWS. BROKEN GLASS AND OTHER DEBRIS WAS FOUND ALONG WITH OTHER VANDALISM. BIBB CAMPUS POLICE WILL INCREASE PATROLS IN THE AREA AROUND RICE SCHOOL AS THEY SEEK MORE INFORMATION FROM THE PUBLIC.

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