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Mount de Sales Academy Supports Ronald McDonald House

Mount de Sales Academy, through its annual support of McJeans Day, made a $468 donation to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Georgia. Pictured (L-R) are MDS students Chris Howard, Katie Smoak, and Katie Odom, Ronald McDonald House Special Events Manager Worth Chestnut, MDS students Melissa Hartman and Wil Summers.

 

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Ficklin Takes Macon Council Seat

Henry Ficklin won a two-man race for a Macon City Council seat.

Ficklin ran against Ron Lemon in a special election for the Ward III Post 2 seat to serve the remainder of the term vacated by former council member Alveno Ross.

With all 41 precincts counted, Ficklin led, 1,782 votes to 1,203. That's 60 percent to 40.

Ficklin is running after an unsuccessful bid for mayor in 2007 and a three-year absence from city politics. He spent more than 20 years on Macon city council.

Lemon lives and works in the Vineville neighborhood as a chiropractor. As a leader of the Vineville neighborhood association, Lemon says he has experience with the area's issues.

Survey Says Macon's Homeless Aren't Newcomers

A recent study says Macon's homeless people generally aren't outsiders, they are long-time residents.

Phil Banze of the National Coalition for the Homeless and the Macon Coalition to End Homelessness presented the findings of a survey of Macon's homeless population to the Macon Community and Resources Development Committee Tuesday.

The survey was handed out to homeless people at various service organizations and asked them to 'self-report' on a series of questions.

Banze says the purpose was to investigate health issues plaguing the homeless community.

But he says one of the most interesting findings dispelled what he called a "common misconception," that homeless people living in Macon come here from other areas.

168 people filled out the survey in Macon. Banze says according to the results, people who are homeless in Macon have been living here for an average of 20 years.

Bibb Orders Online Virtual Tours for Website

When you're looking for information, the first place many people turn to is the internet.

That's why Bibb County's hoping a new virtual tour of the county for their website will highlight all Bibb has to offer families and business looking to move or visit to the area.

Macon dentist Dr. Sharon Jordan has big dreams for the community where she's lived all her life.

"Macon has taken a slow growth for me, so I'd like to see it catch up with the surrounding areas," said Jordan.

That's why paying $6,000 to support a county project to promote people visiting, moving and bringing more industries to the area sounded like a good idea.

She one of several local businesses and groups sponsoring the virtual tour videos that will soon be available on the county website.

"It would just be a good opportunity for us, my business as a general dentist to get involved with the community to get out name out in the community," said Jordan.

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Unloaded Gun Found Outside Bloomfield Middle School

Campus police confiscated an unloaded gun from a Bloomfield Middle School eighth grader before he entered school today, according to a Bibb schools news release.

After a tip from another child's parent, school officials say, police searched the 14-year-old boy as he approached the school today.

Bibb Campus Police Chief Daniel DeCoursey says they found the unloaded .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his pocket before 8 a.m.

The gun had been left unsecured in the child's home, he said.

The district said no one was injured and all students, faculty, and staff are safe.

The student was suspended and taken to a youth detention center to await an evidentiary hearing on whether he will be expelled.

DeCoursey says they don't know why the student brought the gun to school.

He said there were no reported threats, and the boy may have brought it in as a "show and tell."

Shooting at West Macon Apartment Complex

Macon police said at least one person has been shot at an apartment complex in West Macon.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says two masked men chased another though the breezeway of one of the buildings at the Macon Garden Apartments, located at 3601 Mercer University Drive. 

She says the victim was shot once in the right hand.

Police are asking for your help.

If you have any information on this incident, please call Macon Police at 478.751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68 CRIME.

Four Women Cited for Macon Massage-Parlor Violations

Macon police charged four more women for violating the city's new massage parlor ordinance.

The four arrests were made on Oct. 6 at three separate locations.

Police charged In S. Roth with performing a massage without a license and not posting fees or licenses.

The charges came after an undercover police officer allegedly received a massage at Lee's Spa at 111 Orange St.

Officers charged two women with massage parlor violations at Angel Spa, located at 1672 Atwood Drive. Jiying Yin faces a charge of performing a massage without a license.

Yong Dew allegedly told police that she was in charge of business at Angel Spa, but not the owner. Officers charged Dew for having alchololic beverages inside a massage parlor and with not posting fees and licenses.

At Emerald Spa, police charged Hyon Hwang with performing a massage without a license. Mi Hyang Chi was issued a warning for not having a registry of employees.