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Dentist Collects Halloween Candy to Send to Deployed Troops

Trick-or-treating may only last a few hours, but the candy can hang around a lot longer. And all those sticky and sweet treats can make Halloween the scariest holiday of all for a dentist.

But Dr. Sheila Shah of MaconSmiles is trying to help protect her clients' teeth from cavities and give back to the troops with a little something sweet.

Pounds of Halloween candy poured into MaconSmiles Wednesday as part of Operation Gratitude.

Operation Gratitude sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas and one of their projects is sending donated Halloween candy.

Dr. Shah's office paid kids $1 for each pound of candy they donated to the cause. For Jared and Katelyn Taylor, that meant Halloween was a pretty lucrative night.

They donated eight pounds.

Jared and Katelyn say having a parent serving overseas makes it easy to donate their candy. 

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Man Mugged At South Bibb Gas Station

Investigators with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office are looking for a man they say mugged another man at a south Bibb County gas station.

According to Sergeant Sean DeFoe with the Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Brett Dorsey was parked outside of the Citgo gas station on Hartley Bridge Road just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

DeFoe says Dorsey was inside his car counting money.

Then, DeFoe says 38-year-old Ronald Clinton Jones of Macon showed a knife, reached inside the car and snatched some money from Dorsey's lap.

DeFoe says Jones got into a green Cadillac and headed west on Hartley Bridge Road. He says no one was injured.

The Sheriff's Office has issued warrants for Jones' arrest, according to DeFoe.

If you have any information, you can call the Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

New Center Hopes to Revitalize Downtown Macon

The 567 Center for Renewal is set to serve as an arts and entertainment venue, as well provide space for classrooms and new business.

The center's business incubator program will help new businesses get on their feet with mentors, business plans, and assist with securing funding.

They'll then help the company set up in its own space in downtown.

"Downtown is still the heart of Macon and a lot of people sincerely believe that if downtown dies, the rest of the county will eventually go the same way. There's a lot of development in the county, which is good, but you can't have a dead downtown and have a viable city and community," said Ed Sell, a member of NewTown Macon's Board of Directors.


Melissa Macker, executive director of The 567 Center, says the two-story building has six spaces for businesses. The office was donated by Capital City Bank.


No Vote Scheduled Yet for Bibb Superintendent

Bibb County school board members aren't saying when they'll pick their next superintendent.

But it won't be Thursday night.

That is the first day that the board could vote on their two finalists, James Benfield and Romain Dallemand.

But school official say they won't meet Thursday. The board must give 24 hours' notice before meeting.

The board of education met in closed session Tuesday to discuss the two men, but the meeting ended abruptly, for lack of a quorum, when some members appeared to walk out.

They included Chairman Gary Bechtel, who did not return our phone calls Wednesday.

Later, board members declined to talk about their discussion or how the meeting ended.

The board picked Benfield and Dallemand as their finalists on Oct. 21, and must wait at least two weeks before making their choice.

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Macon NAACP Plans Anti-Crime Rally Saturday

After a string of shootings in the city, the Macon-Bibb chapter of the NAACP plans a rally this weekend against crime and bullying.

That's according to a news release from its president, Al Tillman.

The event is set to take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the steps of Macon City Hall at First and Poplar streets.

Tillman says he's invited churches, sororities, fraternities, ministers, gang members, ex-gang members, youth groups and the general public.

The event is open to the public.

Macon Police Investigate Facebook Threat at Central High

Macon police say they're investigating a reported threat made on Facebook to "burn Central" High School.

A police report says they're treating the matter as a terroristic threat.

The report says Principal Jeff Homan reported the threat to police Tuesday, after hearing about it from a parent. The threat was posted last week under what appeared to be a false Facebook identity, which was changed after Homan started to investigate.

Homan gave police the names of several students as suspects, but none of them were in school Tuesday, the report says.

No one has been charged.







Mount de Sales Academy Cross Country Team Wins GISA State Championship

The Mount de Sales Academy boys cross country team won the 2010 GISA AAA State Championship. Following a regular season of first place finishes at every meet, the boys’ team went on to defeat Augusta Prep to bring home the championship trophy. The MDS girls cross country team, following their own unparalleled regular season, finished in second place in the state meet.