Glenwood hospital trying to rebound under new ownership

ANOTHER HOSPITAL IN THE AREA CONTINUES TO HAVE PROBLEMS AFTER LOSING ITS MEDICAID-MEDICARE PAYMENTS FROM THE STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. LOWER OCONEE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL IN GLENWOOD IS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP AFTER A REPORTED SHUT DOWN RECENTLY. THE 25 BED FACILITY IN WHEELER COUNTY APPARENTLY CAN'T OVER COME ITS FINANCIAL PAST EVEN AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF THE NEW OPERATORS. THE SITUATION IS VERY FLUID AT THIS TIME AND COULD CHANGE VERY QUICKLEY.

Medical Center, Blue Cross end stalemate

THE NINE MONTH NEGOTIATION PROCESS BETWEEN THE MEDICAL CENTER AND BLUE CROSS – BLUE SHIELD IS OVER AND APPARENTLY SUCESSFUL. THE INSURANCE COMPANY'S CUSTOMERS CAN CONTINUE TO BE IN NETWORK. THE AGREEMENT WAS REACHED SHORTLY BEFORE THE MIDNIGHT DEADLINE TO END THE RELATIONSHIP. MORE THAN 800 DOCTORS WORK THROUGH THE MEDICAL CENTER, THE REHABILITATION CENTER HOSPITAL AND THE PEACH COUNTY MEDICAL FACILITYS. ITS NOT KNOWN JUST HOW MANY OF MID-STATERS USED BLUE CROSS-BLUE SHIELD, HOWEVER STATE WIDE FIGURES SHOW MORE THAN 3.3 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS. MED CENTER SPOKES PERSON RHONDA PERRY SAYS THE HOSPITAL HAD ISSUES WITH THE INSURANCE COMPANIES DECLINING REINBURSMENTS IN THE FACE OF RISING MEDICAL INDUSTRY INFLATION. THE MED CENTER SHE SAYS HAVE KEPT ITS FIGURES WITHIN THE RANGE OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA MARKET. THAT CONTRACT WAS TO HAVE ENDED AT MIDNIGHT, BUT NOW IS APPARENTLY RENEWED AND THATS GOOD NEWS FOR EVERBODY INVOLVED.

Hurt won't play role of Gregg Allman in Midnight Rider

ACTOR WILLIAM HURT SAYS HE WILL NO LONGER BE PLAYING THE PART OF GREGG ALLMAN IN THE MOVIE MID NIGHT RIDER. THE ANNOUNCMENT IS THE LATEST SETBACK FOR THE MOTION PICTURE BASED ON THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE ONE TIME MACON BASED SINGER. THE PRODUCTION HAD SHUTDOWN AFTER A FATAL ACCIDENT ON A WAYNE COUNTY RAILROAD TRESSELL NEAR JESUP. IT HAD BEEN ANNOUNCED EARLY THIS WEEK THE FILMING WAS RESUMEING IN THE LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA AREA.

Reichert, Bivins hoold community clean-up meetings

MAYOR REICHERT JOINED MACON – BIBB COMMISSIONER BERT BIVINS IN THE 5TH DISTRICT AND ANOTHER IN THE CITY -COUNTY WIDE COMMUNITY MEETINGS... THE GET TOGEHTER AT VINEVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH WAS TELEVISED LIVE ON THE GOVERNMENT CHANNEL 14.... MAYOR REICHERT IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT CETAIN NEIGHBORHOODS, SAID A BLOCK ON CLAYTON STREET NEAR ROGERS AVENUE WAS A DISCRACE. HE SAYS YEARS OF NEGLECT THERE AND OTHER LOCATIONS ARE SO NUMEROUS THAT IT WOULD BE ALL BUT IMPOSSIBLE TO CLEAN UP AND REDEVELOPT WITHOUT THE PUBLICS HELP.....WE FIRST TRY TO FIND BUYERS FOR THE NEGLECTED AREAS INVOLVED SAYS THE MAYOR..INDIVIDUALS OR LARGER DEVEOPERS ALONG WITH THE CITY COUNTY WORKERS TRYING TO ADDRESS THESE VACENT HOUSES AND LOTS.

Republicans gather for pre-primary forum

THE LOCAL REPUBLICANS PRE- PRIMARY GET TOGETHER WAS INITALLY WITHOUT ITS TOP VOTE GETTER. REPRESENTIVE ALLEN PEAKE WAS AT THE MULBERRY STREET FORUM....MEANWHILE OTHER BIBB PARTY FAITHFUL CONTINUED PREPARATIONS FOR THE LOCAL ELECTION. CANDIDIATES INCLUDING SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE DARRON LATCH OUTLINED THEIR PLANS FOR THE RACE. LONG A CRITIC OF THE BIBB SCHOOL BOARD, MR LATCH IS SEEKING THE POST EIGHT AT LARGE POST.

Hundreds observe Earth Day at Central City Park

THE AFTERNOON PUBLIC EARTHDAY CELEBRATION DREW HUNDREDS TO CENTRAL CITY PARK. NUMEROUS DISPLAYS AND INFORMATIONAL BOOTHS HAD BEEN SETUP WITH A LOT OF GIVE AWAYS....INCLUDING SEVERAL VARARITIES OF TREES---ENOUGH TO BEING A SMALL FORSET IN YOUR YARD. THE MULBERRY STREET MARKET MOVED THERE OFFERINGS TO CENTRAL CITY FOR THIS ONE WEEK. A HOST OF SPONSORING GROUPS APPEARED QUITE PLEASED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEREAD THE WORD OF CONSERVATION AND WAYS TO MAKE OUR ENVIROMENT CLEANER AND SAFER..

Governor Deal signs new gun legistation into law

GOVERNOR DEAL MADE NEW GUN CARRYING LAWS LEGAL BEGINNING IN JULY. THE MEASURE ALLOWING FIRE ARMS IN SCHOOLS, CHURCHES AND OTHER LOCATIONS PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE OFF LIMITS CORRECTS LIMITS ON SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS TO LEGALLY CARRY GUNS. FOLKS WHO OWN PRIVATE BUSINESSES SUCH AS RESTAURANT AND BARS CAN KEEP OUT FIRE ARMS IN THEIR PLACES SAY GOVERNOR DEAL. A LARGE CROWD OF SUPPORTERS OF THE BILL WERE ON HAND TO WATCH THE GOVERNOR SIGN THE MEASURE. THE GOVERNOR ADDED THE MEASURE APPLIES TO THOSE WITH GUN CARRYING LICENSES WHO ARE PROPERLY TRAINED IN HANDLING FIRE ARMS.

Ceremonies recognize clean community efforts

MAYOR REICHERT AND A HOST OF OTHER OFFICALS IN THE MULTI -COUNTY CLEAN CITIES COALITION GOT TOGETHER AT THE OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENT TO BEGIN EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES HERE IN MACON AND MIDDLE GEORGIA. SURROUNDED BY SEVERAL CLEAN AIR VEHICLES AND DEVICES, THE GROUP ENJOYED A MID-DAY LUNCH. MANY OF THE AWARDS CENTERED AROUND CREATION OF COMMUNITY GARDENS....THREE SUCH EFFORTS WERE REWARDED . THE MAYOR WHO PROMISED CONTINUED SUPPORT OF CLEAN COMMUNITY PRACTICES IN THE NEW GOVERNMENT AND GEORGIA POWERS THREASA ROBINSON ALSO WERE HONORED. MS ROBINSON IS ALSO CHAIR PERSON OF THE KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTIFUL BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

Two political forums scheduled for Thursday night

TWO POLITICAL GET TOGETHER'S ARE BEING HELD IN MACON TONIGHT. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SECOND MAY PRIMARY FORUM BEGINS AT SIX WITH CONGRESSIONAL AND STATE WIDE CANDIDATES BEING SPOTLIGHTED. IT TAKES PLACE AT MULBERRY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.. AT SEVEN O'CLOCK, FIFTH DISTRICT MACON – BIBB COMMISSIONER BERT BIVIN'S IS HOSTING MAYOR REIGHERT AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR ANOTHER IN THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENTS COMMUNITY MEETINGS. THE SESSION WILL BE HELD IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE CENTER AT VINEVILLE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

Sheriff's departmenty seeds information in overnight shooting near Payne City

AN OVERNIGHT SHOOTING HAS BIBB DEPUTY'S CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION. IT OCCURRED ON BROOKDALE AVENUE NEAR THE PAYNE CITY NEIGHBORHOOD. THE REPORT INDICATED CRAWFORD COUNTY RESIDENT JOHN JORDAN WAS SHOT IN THE NECK BY AN UNKNOWN ASSAILANT. THE VICTIM IS AT THE MEDICAL CENTER THIS MORNING IN STABLE CONDITION. IF YOU CAN HELP SOLVE THIS CRIME CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 751-7500 OR THAT CRIME STOPPERS NUMBER 1-877-68 CRIME.

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