Funds cut from Bibb budget apparently restored in committee meeting

THE MACON-BIBB COMMISSION HAS ESSENTIALLY RESTORED ALL CUTS MADE TO ALL THE AGENCIES THAT WERE CUT IN THE MAYORS PROPOSED BUDGET. THE TOTAL ADDITIONS COME TO $668 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH WILL PUSH THE GENERAL FUND TO NEARLY $160 MILLION DOLLARS. THE MONEY MOVES WERE MADE IN A COMMITTEE AS A WHOLE WITH FINAL PASSAGE EXPECTED THIS COMING MONDAY.

Former Bibb deputy denied bond

A FORMER BIBB DEPUTY AND HOSPITAL SECURITY OFFICER WILL REMAIN IN JAIL FOR A MID MAY INCIDENT INVOLVING HIS EX-WIFE AND ANOTHER MAN. 39 YEAR OLD CARLOS WILSON IS ACCUSED OF FIRING SHOTS FROM HIS REVOLVER AS HE FOLLOWED THE COUPLES CAR ON NAPIER AVENUE. WHEN HE CAUGHT UP WITH THEIR CAR WILSON RAMMED THEIR VEHICLE CAUSING THE TWO VEHICLES TO WRECK AT LOG CABIN DRIVE. THE FORMER LAWMAN GRABBED HIS EX AND SAID HE WOULD KILL HER. AN APPROACHING LAWMAN APPARENTLY SAVED THE WOMAN'S LIFE. BOND WAS DENIED FOR CARLOS WILSON.

Smith agrees to stay through December as board seeks superintendent

THE CONTRACT FOR INTERIM BIBB SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT STEVE SMITH IS BEING EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 31st. DOCTOR SMITH'S CURRENT PACT WAS DUE TO EXPIRE AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. THE OVERALL SCHOOL BUDGET ALSO GOT THE OK FROM THE BOARD. THERE WILL BE NO FURLOUGHS FOR EMPLOYEES AND NO PROPERTY TAX INCREASES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Prisoner escapes work detail at Training Center

THE MANHUNT CONTINUES AROUND THE GA. PUBLIC SAFETY TRAINING CENTER NEAR FORSYTH FOR AN ESCAPED PRISIONER. JAMES KELLY GOT AWAY FROM A WORK DETAIL..HE HAD BEEN HELD AT THE AL BURRUSS FACILITY......KELLY WAS SENTENCED FROM JACKSON COUNTY FOR AMONG OTHER THINGS FAMILY VIOLANCE, BURGLARY AND RESISTING A LAW OFFICER.

Two train wrecks reported in Monroe County Thursday afternoon

MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY'S HAD AN UNUSUALLY BUSY THURSDAY AFTERNOON.... TWO RAIL CROSSING CRASHES WITHIN MINUTES OF EACH OTHER AT TWO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS MILES FROM EACH OTHER. THE FIRST WAS AT THE MOUNT ZION CHURCH CROSSING OFF HIGHWAY 41, JUST NORTH OF THE MONROE-BIBB COUNTY LINE. A TRACTOR TRAILOR TRUCK WAS STRUCK BY THE NORTH BOUND FREIGHT TRAIN. THE DRIVER JUMPED FROM THE CAB IN TIME TO AVOID INJURY, BUT HIS TRUCK WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED BLOCKING RAIL TRAFFIC FOR SEVERAL HOURS. FURTHER NORTH IN FORSYTH ON INDIAN SPRINGS DRIVE CLOSE TO THE WAL-MART STORE AREA, A CAR OCCUPIED BY THREE FEMALES WAS STRUCK BY ANOTHER TRAIN. ALL THREE WERE HURT. ONE WAS BEEN PENNED INSIDE THE CAR BY THE IMPACT---ANOTHER EJECTED FROM THE CAR AND THE OTHER SIMPLY BANGED UP. THE VICTIMS WERE BROUGHT TO THE MEDICAL CENTER BY AMBULANCE. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED AS 12 YEAR OLD PRECIOUS GAINES. 22 YEAR OLD ASIA BUCKNER AND 40 YEAR OLD PORTIA LYONS. ALL ARE RECOVERING THIS MORNING ...

Deal, other Republicans to gather at Dickey Farms

GOVERNOR DEAL WILL BE BRINGING HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN TO MIDDLE GEORGIA TONIGHT. THE GOVERNOR AND A RAFT OF REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES WILL BE AT RALLY IN NEARBY MUSELLA. THE PEACHES AND POLITICS GET TOGETHER HAS BEEN HOSTED THE PAST THREE YEARS BY THE DICKEY FARMS FAMILY.

Bibb Commission will meet today on budget issues

THE MACON-BIBB COMMISSION WILL TRY TO IRON OUT DISAGREEMENTS WITH THE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENTS BUDGET THIS AFTERNOON . MAYOR REICHERT AND THE COMMISSIONERS WILL MEET AT 4 pm. FIVE MEMBERS VOTED TUESDAY TO SEND THE MAYOR'S SPENDING PLAN BACK TO THE COMMITTEE LEVEL FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION.

Centerville pastor enters not guilty plea on molestation charges

HOUSTON SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE GEORGE NUNN RECEIVED A NOT GUILTY PLEA FROM CENTERVILLE PASTOR AND USED CAR DEALER WILEY LEVERETT. HE IS UNDER NINE COUNTS RELATED TO CHILD MOLESTATION AND SEXUAL BATTERY ISSUES DATING BACK SIX YEARS, WITH THE MOST RECENT IN 2012. THE GIRLS WERE AGED 8 TO 16. HE IS FREE ON $25,000 DOLLAR BOND AND CONTINUES TO PREACH AT THE SOLID ROCK COMMUNITY CHURCH IN CENTERVILLE

Monroe mayor won't face charges

MONROE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY RICHARD MILAM SAYS THERE WILL BE NO CHARGES FILED AGAINST FORSYTH MAYOR JOHN HOWARD. MAYOR HOWARD WAS BEHIND ON HIS UTILITY BILLS AND SOME INDICATED HE SOUGHT SPECIAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF HIS POSITION. MAYOR HOWARD HAD SAID FAMILY DIFFICULTIES CAUSED HIM TO BE LATE PAYING HIS BILLS, BUT NOW HE IS CAUGHT UP.

Coroner Leon Jones gives hot weather tips

BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THESE MID TO UPPER 90 DEGREE TEMPERATURES ARE DANGEROUS. HE SAID EACH DAY THIS WEEK THE OFFICIAL HIGH HAS BEEN A DEGREE MORE THAN THE DAY BEFORE. MONDAY IT WAS 91, TUESDAY 92, WEDNESDAY 93 AND LOOKING AHEAD TO FRIDAY EVEN HOTTER WITH HIGHS IN THE UPPER 90'S. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER SAYS MR. JONES AND CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS ESPECIALLY SENIOR CITIZENS AND FAMILIES WILL SMALL CHILDREN.

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