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Bibb ESPLOST early voting to begin


People who live in Bibb County can begin early voting Monday for the 2015 Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or ESPLOST.

ESPLOST is a 1 percent sales tax that would pay for education projects. It replaces a current SPLOST that expires soon.

The Bibb County ballot lists more than a dozen purposes for the money like consolidating Appling Middle and Northeast High into one campus. The funds would also pay to build and equip a new elementary school. The district says it would pay for much needed improvements like new flooring, paint, and energy efficient improvements.

They also plan to update playground equipment and improve handicap accessibility.

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Woman injured in Macon rollover accident

A Macon woman was injured Friday morning when her SUV was struck at an intersection and overturned.

It happened around 9:35 a.m. at Pio Nono Avenue and Anthony Road.

Lt. Sean DeFoe said Stacey Johnson, 37, of Macon was driving north on Pio Nono when her brakes failed and she ran a red light.

He said her Dodge Stratus "T-boned" a Ford Explorer driven by Theresa Franklin,who was headed east on Anthony Road.

The Explorer rolled over on its roof.

He said Franklin was in stable condition Friday morning at a Macon hospital.

DeFoe said officers found that Johnson's brakes malfunctioned. She will not be cited in the accident, he said.

'Toast and Taste' auction raises money for Hay House

An elegant, historic location and a broad sampling of Central Georgia's cuisines, wines, and brews.

Plus, attendees Thursday night had opportunity to shop, with proceeds benefiting the Preservation of the Hay House.

Organizers auctioned off items in hopes of raising money to keep one of Macon's landmarks up so future generations can enjoy it, too.

Attendees got to sample local wines and beers, tastes from restaurants like Twang, Tic Toc, and Parish, and enter a raffle.

There's a lot of heritage at the Hay House.

The building, on Georgia Avenue, dates all the way back to 1855, and is nicknamed the "Palace of the South."

13WMAZ'S Ben Jones was the auctioneer and emcee for the evening.

Bibb Sheriff's Deputy named Exchange Club Officer of the Year

The Macon Exchange Club honored a Bibb Sheriff's Deputy for her kindness and compassion, naming her Officer of the Year.

In August of this year, Deputy Amber Glitz and another deputy answered a call about a woman and her teenage son who were homeless.

An investigator with the Department of Family and Children Services was there, and told the deputies the son would have to go into DFACS custody until the mother could find them a place to live.

Deputy Glitz asked if it would be possible to keep the mother and son together if she could find somewhere for them to stay. The DFACS investigator agreed.

Deputy Glitz then made calls to local homeless support organizations and hotels until she found a room where the mother and son could stay.

This allowed the son to continue going to school while his mother worked on a more permanent place to stay.

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State School Superintendent talks about improving schools and Macon Charter Academy

The State School Superintendent made a stop in Forsyth Thursday morning at T.G Scott Elementary School.

Richard Woods toured the school and says he wants to create more options for public school students in Kindergarten to twelfth grade.

$50,000 baseball feasibility study explained

Luther Williams Field is one of the proposed sites a company out of Washington D.C. will look at as they decide if Macon-Bibb can hold and keep a minor league baseball team.

"We would develop a program for the facility, put together an event calendar, look at other events that could be hosted in the ballpark, because that's really the objective is to get more than just baseball," says project executive Bill Mykins of Brailsford and Dunlavey Incorporated.

Earlier this week, a 5 to 4 vote approved paying the company $50,000 to perform a feasibility study.

Mykins says the study looks at site capacities, attendance numbers, along with access and parking.

After that, he says, "Then we can start applying (the outlined program) to the various sites and see how that program would work or not work."

Keep the Ocmulgee River Alive with a cleanup

Keep the Ocmulgee River Alive with a cleanup

The Macon Water Authority is organizing it 11th annual Ocmulgee River cleanup Saturday.

The campaign, Ocmulgee Alive!, is one of the largest river cleanups in the state and is organized by the MWA with partners Newtown Maocn and Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful.

It will begin at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to bring appropriate (outdoor) clothing, a tool to pick up trash, heavy duty work gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant and water for hydration.

All participants must sign a release and liability release and register, which can be done here

For questions, please call Mark Wyzalek at 478-464-5678 or ocmulgee_alive@maconwater.org.