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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.

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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.

Mount de Sales Academy's MdS Troubadours Present A Piece of My Heart

Mount de Sales Academy's MdS Troubadours is proud to present it's fall one-act play, an excerpt from A Piece of My Heart by Shirley Lauro at the David J. Zuver Performing Arts Theater.

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Macon Police Chief Promises to 'Hunt These Thugs Down'

At a news conference to discuss Wednesday night's fatal shooting, Macon police chief Mike Burns asked for the public's help in catching the killers and promised to "hunt these thugs down."

Burns also said that, before the shooting, Mayor Robert Reichert promised him additional resources to stem the recent wave of shootings, including overtime for additional police patrols.

Meanwhile, Macon police are still investigating the fatal shooting of store clerk 58-year-old Vishnu Patel after an armed robbery outside his store.

Macon police also released surveillance-video photos of the shooting Thursday afternoon.

Spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says it happened at the Sprint food store at 3911 Napier Ave. around 11:20 p.m. Wednesday. 

 Chief Burns says Officer Todd Durbin first heard the shots and while headed in that direction, was dispatched to the store. 

'Spirits in October' Brings Living History to Macon

Visitors looking to get into the Halloween spirit took a tour of Riverside Cemetery Thursday evening to learn about some of Macon's most interesting historical figures.

About eighty people took the walking tour and learned about the stories behind some of the tombstones.

Suzanne Doonan is the Managing Director of the Historic Riverside Cemetery Conservancy and helped organize the event.

She says the tour includes a variety of historical figures.

"We have sports figures, we have murderers, missionaries, saints and sinners and everything in between," says Doonan.

People walked around to different grave sites and were greeted by actors reenacting the lives of different figures.

They included Chester Burges, who was acquitted of murdering his wife in 1960.

Visitors were also introduced to Solomon Humphries, a slave who was freed in the 1800's and went on to become a blacksmith in Macon.   

Armed Man Robs East Bibb Family Dollar Store

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is looking for the man who robbed a store in the eastern part of the county Wednesday evening.

Sgt. Sean DeFoe with the department says a man came into the Family Dollar store at 3656 Jeffersonville Road around 8:45 p.m. with a gun.

DeFoe says the man demanded money from the register, then ran from the store with some cash.

He says no one was injured.

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