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HERO CENTRAL: Robins Federal Credit Union Buys Groceries for Macon Shoppers

"We're just picking random shoppers, just going up to them, walking up to them and paying for their groceries and just doing a good deed for somebody," said David Bass, branch manager for Robins Federal Credit Union in Downtown Macon.

Thanks to the help of his credit card and something called the Give Back Project, Bass along with members of the Robins Federal Credit Union Give Back Team paid for groceries and even pharmacy prescriptions at the Kroger store off Gray Highway in Macon.

"Praise the Lord, I was in this grocery line and this young man walked up and told me, he said he was going to buy me some groceries and I said praise the Lord. I said ain't nobody can do that but the Lord," said one woman who is a 13WMAZ viewer.

"What we're doing is a special program from Robins Federal Credit Union, giving back to the community, doing something special for others, hoping they'll pay it forward to other people," said Bass.

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Bibb BOE Reviews 4 Candidates for Superintendent

The Bibb County Board of Education met behind closed doors Monday to discuss the next steps in the search for a new superintendent.

Board President Gary Bechtel says the board is considering four candidates. Two of those are current superintendents, one works in another role for a school district and a fourth is a former educator. Bechtel says the board can announce the names of up to three finalists, but says the board has not yet narrowed down the list.

"It's very difficult to try to get to a group of finalists because all four would make good superintendents," Bechtel said. "It's just a matter of hashing out their strong points, weak points and seeing who the best fit for Bibb County is."

Macon Woman in Stable Condition After Shooting

A Macon woman who was shot in her apartment Wednesday morning is in stable condition after surgery, police say.

Macon police are investigating the shooting that happened around 5:40 a.m. at Autumn Trace Apartments. That's off Rocky Creek Road in south Macon.

Macon police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says 24-year-old Brittany Cox was asleep in her apartment when at least two people kicked in the door.

Gaudet says Cox was shot multiple times and taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Anyone with information is asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

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Macon Non-Profit Helps "Feed the Children"

Parents in Macon got some special packages to help take care of their families Wednesday.

People picked up boxes filled with food, personal hygiene items and Avon beauty products.

Jeff Nicklas, executive director of the Macon Rescue Mission, says all the items were donated to the Americans Feeding Americans, a program of Feed the Children. He says the mission is required to give them away.

An 18-wheeler truck showed up at the Macon Rescue Mission Wednesday morning to unload the boxes of donations.

Each family received a 25 pound box of non-perishable food, a box of personal hygiene items like soap and toothpaste, and a third box with donated Avon beauty items.

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Macon Police Kick Off Crime Task Force, Targets Montpelier Avenue Area

Macon City Councilman Mike Cranford says police began a task force Tuesday night to curb the uptick in crime around the Montpelier Avenue and surrounding area.

Cranford says many of the recent shootings happened in his Ward, which includes Montpelier Avenue and North Atwood Drive.  He says the latest task force includes more than 30 officers, including patrol and gang investigators.  Cranford says they're working in "trouble spots."   

"Canvassing neighborhoods, interviewing people, increasing police presence," said Cranford, "Trying to solve these crimes."