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.

Sign erected at Central HIgh to honor Smith

INTERIM BIBB SCHOOL SUPERINTENDANT STEVE SMITH RETURNED TO THE BEGININGS OF HIS CAREER---THAT OF BASEBALL COACH AT CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL...YEARS LATER HE WOULD SERVE A STINT AS PRINCIPAL. SEVERAL YEARS AGO THE BASEBALL FIELD WAS GIVEN HIS NAME IN HONOR OF HIS SERVICE AS COACH...THERE HAD NEVER BEEN A SIGN ERECTED---THAT WAS CORRECTED WEDNESDAY WITH THE UNVIELING OF THE MARKER ATOP THE BACK STOP....FAMILY AND LONG TIME FRIENDS OF DOCTOR SMITH WERE ON HAND FOR THE EMOTIONAL CEREMONEY WHICH BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES AND GOOD TIMES FOR ALL OF THEM.... STEVE SMITH ALSO HAD THE HONOR OF THROWING OUT THE CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH BEFORE THE CENTRAL HIGH AND WILKINSON COUNTY BASEBALL GAME.

Final plans for Earth Day discussed by local sponsors

THE FINAL FULL SCALE PLANNING SESSION FOR THE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION HERE IN MACON WAS HELD MONDAY. KEEP MACON-BIBB BEAUTIFUL DIRECTOR PAM CARSWELL JOINED A ROOM FULL OF REPRESENITIVES OF THE CITY-COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND SPONSORING AGENCIES. MANY WILL GET TOGETHER AT THE MID DAY WEDNESDAY AT OCMULGEE NATIONAL MONUMENTS FOR A LUNCHON AND KICK OFF . THAT BEGINING AT THREE-THIRTY AT CENTRAL CITY PARK, THE PUBLIC IS BEING ASKED TO TURN OUT FOR A BIG AFTERNOON OF FUN...EVERYBODY WILL BE GIVEN FREE SAPLING TREES PLUS A LOT OF OTHER FREE STUFF, MUSIC AND FUN, ALL THATS WEDNESDAY AT CENTRAL CITY PARK---SO COME ON DOWN BETWEEN 3:30 AND 7 PM.

Stick-up at BP station still under investigation

MORE DETAILS ARE COMING OUT FROM THAT ARMED ROBBERY AT THE PIO NO NO AVENUE BP STATION.... AS THE OWNER AND HIS WIFE WERE LEAVING FOR THE NIGHT THE GUNMAN WHO PUT A GUN TO RASIKBHAL PATEL'S HEAD GOT AWAY WITH MORE THAN $ 2,000 DOLLARS. THE COUPLE WAS ACCOSTED FROM BEHIND....HIS LIFE WAS THREATENED IF THE DAYS RECEIPTS WERE NOT HANDED OVER. BIBB INVESTIGATORS ARE SEEKING ANY INFORMATION THE PUBLIC CAN PROVIDE . THE STICKUP BRINGS TO CLOSE TO 100 THIS YEAR SO FAR IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.

Commissioner Jones holds second informational meeting on consolidated government

FOURTH DISTRICT MACON-BIBB COMMISSIONER MALLORY JONES HOSTED THE SECOND IN A SERIES OF CITY-COUNTY WIDE INFORMATIONAL MEETING ABOUT THE NEWLY CONSOLIDATE GOVERNMENT. MAYOR REICHERT WHO WILL ATTEND EACH AND EVERY ONE WAS ON HAND WITH COMMISSIONER JONES. MALLORY JONES SAYS HE IS EXTREMELY INTERESTED WITH THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM AS IT RELATES TO THE SUCCESS OF THE COMMUNITYS FUTURE. HE SPOKE HIGHLY OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL OPENING ON NEARBY NEW FORSYTH ROAD. HE URGED ATTENDEES TO STAY FOCUSED ON THE CITYS NEEDS AND HOLD PUBLIC OFFICIAL'S ACCOUNTABLE.... MAYOR RICHERT DAILY WORK NO DOUBT IS BOGGED DOWN WITH BUDGET MATTERS. HE SAYS THE NEW GOVERNMENTS FIRST BUDGET IS DUE VERY SOON AND MUST BE BALANCED WHEN PRESENTED TO THE FULL COMMISSION. ALSO MANDITORY CUTS MUST BE MADE BY HIS OFFICE AND THE 18 RECENTLY NAMED DEPARTMENT HEADS.

McDaniel pleads guilty to Giddings murder

MAYBE THE MACON COMMUNITY CAN MOVE ON NOW THAT STEPHEN McDANIEL HAS SAID HE STRANGLED AND CUT UP THE BODY OF FELLOW MERCER LAW SCHOOL STUDENT LAUREN GIDDINGS. TO NOBODY'S SURPRISE, THE COURT ROOM WRITTEN CONFESSION OF THE GRISLY DETAILS IN EFFECT ENDED SOME THREE YEARS OF SPECULATION ON HOW ALL THIS WAS GOING TO END. JUDGE HOWARD SIMMS SENTENCED McDANIEL TO LIFE WITH ONLY A SLIM CHANCE OF PAROLE IN THE 2040'S. THE GIDDINGS FAMILY WISHES SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WERE CARRIED OUT THAT THE CASE WOULD NOT INVOLVE THE DEATH PENALTY. DISTRICT ATTORNEY DAVID COOKE SAYS THE VICTIMS HEAD AND LIMBS WERE PLACED IN A MERCER LAW SCHOOL DUMPSTER AND CARRIED OFF AND NO DOUBT WILL EVER BE RECOVERED. THE TORSO WAS ALL THAT WAS LEFT FOR BURIAL BY THE GIDDINGS FAMILY.

League of Women Voters forum is tonight

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS FIRST OF TWO LOCAL MEET THE CANDIDATES SESSIONS WILL BE TONIGHT AT MULBERRY STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. THE FORUM IS SLATED TO GET UNDERWAY AT SIX O'CLOCK AND FEATURES THE BIBB BOARD OF EDUCATION---BIBB STATE COURT JUDGE AND THE MACON WATER AUTHORITY CANDIDATES. THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION SHOULD LAST ABOUT TWO HOURS. MULBERRY METHODIST CHURCH IS LOCATED AT 719 MULBERRY STREET ON THE CORNER AT FIRST STREET.

Bibb deputy fired, faces stalking, other chrges

BIBB DEPUTY RYAN WILLIS IS OFF THE JOB THIS MORNING FOLLOWING SEVERAL HOURS BEHIND BARS. HE MADE A FOUR THOUSAND DOLLAR PLUS BAIL BOND AFTER BEING CHARGED WITH IMPROPERLY SENDING TEXT MESSAGES UNDER ANOTHER PERSON'S NAME. THE MESSAGES WERE TO A FORMER FEMALE FRIEND WITH THE DEPUTY USING THE NAME OF A GIRL FRIEND OF HERS. RYAN WILLIS ALSO SENT UNWANTED MESSAGES TO HIS EX'S NEW MALE FRIEND UNDER THE NAME OF THE SAME FEMALE. APPARENTLY TO DISRUPT THEIR RELATIONSHIP. THE DEPUTY HAS BEEN RELIEVED OF DUTY AND CHARGED WITH NAME IDENTITY THIEFT---HARASSING PHONE CALLS AND STALKING.

Excited kids hunt eggs on cool, brisk Easter monring

KIDS AT RIVERSIDE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH BRAVED A BRISK WIND TO SCOOP UP HUNDREDS OF NOT SO WELL HIDDEN EGGS ON THE BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS OFF PIERCE AVENUE. KIDS OF ALL AGES MADE THE MAD DASH TO THE COURT YARD AND KIDS PLAY GROUND WHEN GIVEN THE SIGNAL TO DO SO....THERE REALLY WAS NO REASON TO HURRY-------THERE WERE PLENTY TO GO AROUND....MANY WITH VARIOUS PRIZE NOTES INSIDE..... WAS NOT THAT EASY WHEN I WAS A KID----------YOU COULD NOT SEE THE EGGS UNTIL YOU UNCOVERED THEM.......IF IN FACT YOU FOUND THE EGGS IN THE FIRST PLACE--MUCH TO THE DELIGHT OF THE ADULTS WHO HID THEM WAY BACK WHEN YOURS TRULEY WAS A CHILD AT EASTER TIME....THEY DID NOT CARE IF I FOUND ONE OR NOT------SOMETIMES I DID NOT.. NO DOUBT THAT HAPPENED TO OTHER ADULTS OUT THERE SUNDAY AND THUS MORE THAN ENOUGH OF NOT SO WELL HIDDEN EGGS..

Bonaire man intoxicated, exausted but not dead as initially reported

A BONAIRE MAN FACES SEVERAL CHARGES AFTER HIS BEING REPORTED AS A DEAD BODY BY PASSING MOTORIST EASTER SUNDAY MORNING. 27 YEAR OLD JOHNATHON DAVIS WAS APPARENTLY TOTALLY EXHAUSTED AFTER RUNNING FROM A NEAR BY HOUSE WHERE HE WAS ATTEMPTING TO STEAL A DOG. DEPUTY'S SAY HIS BEING INTOXICATED DID NOT HELP HIS OVERALL CONDITION. THE FIRE TRUCK RESPONDING RESCUERS USED WAS EQUIPPED WITH EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND THE TRAINED FIREFIGHTERS OFFICALLY PROCLAIMED JONATHON WAS NOT DEAD, BUT IN ALIVE IF NOT IN THE BEST OF CONDITION.

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