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Lane Closure Planned for Riverside Drive, Pierce Avenue Monday Morning

Drivers traveling in Bibb County may run into construction traffic Monday morning.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says there will be a lane closure at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Pierce Avenue.

It will be blocked off from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to relocate utilities.

A news release says the work is in preparation for the widening of Interstate-75 from four lanes to six lanes.

Other projects include some nearby bridge reconstructions and interchange improvements.

The DOT asks drivers to slow down around work zones.

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11 Foot Reaper Draws Attention From Trick-Or-Treaters

People driving along Ridge Point Way in Macon may have noticed a giant reaper hanging from a house.

Kistin Griffin built the eleven foot structure for her yard. Griffin says she used scrap wood, chicken wire and burlap to create the spooky figure.

The ghoulish decorations didn't stop there. Inside the house were spider webs, severed heads hanging from strings, and a gory scene from the movie "Saw" in the bathroom.

Griffin says the reaper gets a lot of attention from trick-or-treaters and adds some extra spookiness to her halloween party.

"We had a halloween party last night, an adult party, and every one of the single guest came in and said, 'We thought it was going to jump out and grab us, you know I thought it was going to scare us from behind, or something like that.' So yeah, even adults are getting scared," says Griffin.

Griffin says each year she works on adding decorations to surprise thrill-seekers.

Bibb Co. Sheriff's Deputy Attacked By Dog, Sent to Hospital

A Bibb County Sheriff's Deputy was taken to the hospital after he was attacked and bit by a pitbull Sunday afternoon, according to a news release.

The release says two deputies, Dallas Malone and Barry Warren, responded to a domestic dispute call between Patricia Hodges, and her son, Adam Hodges, on Fulton Mill Road around 2 p.m. 

When the two deputies got  there, a pitbull named Jack charged towards Deputy Malone.  The deputies asked Adam Hodges to put the dog up, and Hodges put Jack inside his mom's vehicle, according to the release.  But Patricia Hodges let the dog out and it started running towards the deputies.

Then Adam Hodges took the dog inside the home.  As the deputies were leaving the home, the dog, unprovoked, charged out the back door, and bit Deputy Warren on the back of his right leg, the release says.

DeSales Boys Win State Cross Country Title

Mount de Sales placed six runners in the Top Ten and overpowered the competition to win the school's second straigtht GISA AAA Boys Cross Country State Title.

The Cavaliers Duncan Siror and Harrison Myers finished one-two for the Cavs who easily defeated Augusta Prep for the team championship.

Siror's winning time was 16:19 with Myers finished just two seconds behind.

Mount de Sales' Brandon Lasater finished fourth, Blake Crowder sixth, Tommy Fitzgerald ninth and Joe Lyghtel came in tenth as the Cavs dominated the event for Coach Jeff Dobias.

Trinity Christian finished fourth and Stratford sixth on the boys side.

Heritage, paced by individual winner Ruthie Powell won the Girls AAA Title with Mount de Sales finishing second.

The Lady Cavs were paced by Caroline Johnson who finished sixth.  Abby Haynes came in eighth and  Betsy Barrett ninth for MDS.

Trinity Christian finished sixth on the girls side. 

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Zombies 'Thrill' Downtown Macon Crowd

A large group of zombies broke into a funky dance number for hundreds of people in downtown Macon Saturday night.

Creatures filled the streets, dancing in rhythm to Michael Jackson's hit song "Thriller."

It was part of this year's Thriller Festival, honoring the King of Pop.

Events kicked off at 7 p.m. with competitions, like the moonwalk.

The dancing continued after the elaborate Thriller dance with a block party.

Bibb County Commissioners Warn of 2011 Tax Increase

Bibb County commissioners say taxpayers could face a possible tax increase next year.

In a budget work session this morning, commissioners said the county may be looking at a $10 million deficit in the 2012 budget year, which begins next July 1.

"It's gonna be in excess of a 10 million dollar shortfall in revenue for our FY 2012 budget," said Commissioner Elmo Richardson. He says that's due, in part, to fewer tax revenue dollars coming into the county, as well as a projected decrease in the tax digest.

"I don't want a tax increase anymore than anybody else does, but the bottom line is you've got to stand up be counted when it's something that has to be done, and it appears that we're going to have to put a two mill tax increase on next year," said Commissioner Joe Allen.

Some commissioners said a tax increase may be inevitable, but commissioner Lonzy Edwards said he's not convinced that the county has done enough cutting.

Chief Burns Says 20 More Cruisers Will Hit Macon Streets

 

Macon Police Chief Mike Burns says he'll send an additional 20 cruisers a day out on the streets as part of the city's response to a recent wave of shootings.

Burns wouldn't break down the increased number of cruisers by shift, but said they'll be mostly at night.

"They're not just going to one area of town, they might hit all four areas of town in the same night, they have a lot of leeway," said Burns.

The chief also said he'll be asking the city council for additional funds to pay for overtime and gasoline as a result of the increased patrols, which he said would last at least through the end of this year.

Burns spoke after he and other top Macon police officials met Friday morning with about a dozen Indian merchants.

They want be part of the solution... they didn't criticize police efforts but offered to help, he said.