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Macon Fire Department Celebrates Top Rating

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department says it has maintained its Class 1 rating in the city of Macon with the Insurance Services Office, or ISO.


Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says the department has held the top ratings for 26 years, since 1984.


"I'm truly excited to know that these men and women energized themselves and just put their shoulders to the grind. We just decided this is something we wanted to do, wanted to maintain this, and we're certainly capable of doing it, and we've done it. The hard work has paid off and I'm excited about that," he said in a news conference with Macon Mayor Robert Reichert that announced the ratings.


A letter from the ISO says the rating will go into effect in March of next year.


The letter said that the ISO's Public Protection Classification Program plays a role in insurance companies setting prices for personal or commercial property insurance.


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Neighbors on Edge After 2nd Killing in a Week

James Freeney says he feels confident speaking for others in the Bellevue neighborhood of Macon, where he says crime is out of control.

"I'm 48 years old," says Freeney. "I try not to let it bother me, but yes, I am scared."

He says he's not the only one.

"Bellevue's cool. 'Hell-vue' is not cool," Freeney says. "This is 'Hell-vue' now."

Freeney says he was friends with 54-year-old Shirley Odom, the sixth person killed in Macon this month.

She's the second person killed in the neighborhood this week.

Wednesday night, 58-year-old Vishnu Patel was gunned down during a robbery at the parking lot of Sprint Foods store, less than half a mile away.

"I don't know what's going on in Bellevue today, but it's not good," Freeney says. "It's really not good." 

Macon Man Turns 'Trash' into Halloween Treasure

One man in Macon put his creative skills to the test this Halloween.

Edward Peacock made another man's trash his spooky treasures.

Peacock says he got most of the parts for his tractor trailer and water tower of horror from his father's recycling yard.

The trailer is decorated with disassembled body parts, skeletons, and graves.

Peacock says this is his first time using recycled material for decoration.

"Everybody has been doing stuff. I ain't done nothing here, so some of this stuff came in to the junk yard and we piled it up and decided to stick it together," says Peacock.

Peacock says he plans on taking it down some time next week.

He says anyone can stop by to check it out. The decorations are located on Shady Lane off Jeffersonville Road in Macon.

Peacock says he may decorate the trailer and water tower for Christmas.

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.