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Westside High students aim to cheer troops


A group of Westside High School students are hoping to send a little holiday cheer to troops overseas.

Westside High School is participating in a program called Operation Gratitude.

Each student writes several letters to soldiers, sending them holiday greetings, thanking them for their service, and letting them know they aren't forgotten.

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Block party Friday celebrates Second Street's reopening


Correction: The headline on this story originally had an incorrect date for the block party. It's on Friday, Nov. 28.

By now, many people might be used to taking a detour to navigate around Second Street in downtown Macon.

Starting Monday, when it officially opens, that will not be a problem.

Some local business wanted to celebrate before the barriers come down.

The street renovations have been a project almost six months in the making. Come Monday, though, Second Street will be usable again.

"We decided to throw a little block party to let the community know that this was happening," says owner of Mideast Peace Productions, Danny Davis.

His business, along with Roasted Cafe, Crazy Bull and Ginger, all wanted to open the street with a bang.

Shoppers taking advantage of Black Friday, Thursday night


Many stores across the nation are already open, trying to reel you in for those holiday deals.

Some stores opened as early as Thursday morning, and shoppers in Central Georgia tried to make the most of what's become an extended Black Friday.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo was outside of Macon's Target to watch a crowd of more than a hundred pour in from a packed parking lot.

She spoke with Ciarra Gordon, who was ready to go in and buy some TV sets.

Gordon and her mother had been waiting outside since 2 p.m. on Thursday, to take advantage of what she hoped would be worthwile savings.

The line stretched passed the length of Target, and shoppers rushed in right as the clock hit 6.

Arts village could color East Macon


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In a new effort to fight blight in Macon-Bibb, the Macon Arts Alliance is working with the county to bring an arts village to East Macon.

It'd be called the Mill Hill East Macon Arts Village located on Clinton Street off Coliseum Drive and built around an old community center there.

It's right across from the new baseball park that Mayor Reichert is proposing by the Ocmulgee National Monument.

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Bibb School Board votes on Kumho tax abatement


Wednesday afternoon, the Bibb County School Board voted to amend the Kumho Tax Abatement proposal that was sent to them last week.

It calls for Kumho to pay the county around $27 million over the next 20 years.

The original version would split that money three ways, among the county commission, school board, and Macon-Bibb Industrial Authority.

At Wednesday's special meeting, member Jason Downey offered an amendment to give the school board 45% of that.

That would give the school district, about $3 million more, over 20 years.

The board supported that by a 4 to 3 vote.

Man pleads guilty in robbery where armed customer fired shots


A Sacramento, Calif. man pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to robbing a Macon video game store in August.

Javon Britton, 34, entered Game Stop, 4659 Presidential Parkway, on Aug. 21 carrying a large black bag, according to a news release from United States Attorney Michael Moore.

After entering the store, Britton removed a large U.S. military surplus M1 carbine from his bag and ordered everyone to get on the ground. He took customers' cell phones and money. He then took about $492 from the cash register.

Macon store clerk takes gun from robber


Police are looking for two men accused of attempting to rob a Macon convenience store.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, two men attempted to rob the Flash Foods at 3889 Vineville Ave.

One of the men pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded cash from the store's register.

The clerk then fought with the robber who was holding the gun and managed to take it away. The other robber ran away.

The clerk then forced the gunman out of the store and locked him outside.

No money was taken and no one was injured.

Anyone with information on the robbery or possible suspects is asked to call the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.