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Gubernatorial Candidates Make Stops in Central Georgia

The Republican and Democratic candidates for governor have been campaigning in Central Georgia this week.

Today, Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal made a stop in Houston County.

He's on a bus tour with other Republican candidates that pulled in to Warner Robins this morning at the Houston County Republican party headquarters.

Lorra Lynch-Jones will have more on Deal's visit later today.

Yesterday, supporters greeted Democrat Roy Barnes, when he stopped in Macon.

He traveled by bus from Forsyth to Macon to Fort Valley.

He made an appearance at Macon City Hall that was moved indoors due to the rain.  Some of the Macon Democrats who gathered there to greet him included city council members Tom Ellington, Miriam Paris and Larry Schlesinger and state representatives David Lucas and Nikki Randall.

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Central Georgia Wrestlers Travel To Iowa In Search Of Titles

The wrestling season is off to an early start in Central Georgia. At Mid State Wrestling Academy in Bolingbroke, a group of students from the surrounding schools come to this small, tucked-away gym to train and prepare for their biggest accomplishment yet. On October 28, seven students from FPD, Mount de Sales, Howard, Perry, and Dublin Middle School will travel to Iowa to join the rest of their Georgia teammates as a part of Team Georgia in the USA Wrestling's Preseason Nationals in Iowa.

Two-time GISA wrestling champion Cole Wheeler from FPD hopes to continue his success during his transition from GISA to GHSA. John Cook, GISA state runner-up, follows from Mount de Sales to make this a GISA powerhouse team.  Tripp Gregory from Mount de Sales, Colter DeWees and Mason Graham from Howard, Trevor Red from Perry, and William Johnson from Dublin Middle round out the seven participants from Central Georgia.

Man Shot At Macon Apartment Complex

Macon police are looking into a shooting at an apartment complex on Log Cabin Drive.


Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says 19-year-old Antonio Bell was sitting outside at the Tara Apartments when two men and a woman walked up to him and shot him in the legs twice.

Bell was taken to the hospital. His condition was not available.


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

Masked Gunmen Rob Macon Business, Steal Pickup

Macon police say two armed men robbed a business early Tuesday, then stole an employee's pickup.


They say it happened around 12:15 a.m. at the Lottery Store at 3535 Pio Nono Ave.


They say two masked men with guns entered through an open door, demanded money from three people inside and fled in the pickup truck owned by an employee.


No one was injured.


The pickup was last seen headed south on Pio Nono.


Police gave this description of the pickup: black 2008 Nissan Titan, with loud exhaust and a bed cover, Georgia license plate number BQ8HSG and VIN #: 1N6BA07D98N338698


Anyone with information on the case can call Macon Police at 478-751-7500 or Crimestoppers at 1-877-68 CRIME.


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Men Robbed At West Macon Business

Macon police are looking for the man they say robbed a business on Mercer University Drive Tuesday night.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says the owner and an employee were coming out of The Billiard at 3555 Mercer University Drive around 10:15 p.m. when a man with a gun came up to them and demanded money.

Gaudet says the robber fled on foot after taking the cash from the men, and was last seen running behind the building.

She says no one was injured.

If you have any information, you can call Macon Police at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.


MWA to City: $7.6 Million Deal Is 'Take It Or Leave It'

Negotiations between the Macon Water Authority and Macon City Council turned tense Tuesday night as they discussed the specifics of a multi-million dollar deal.

The Water Authority is offering to reimburse $7.6 million dollars to the city of Macon. According to the contract, the money is to repay the city for more than $9 million dollars worth of water and sewer improvements that the city paid for in 1974.


That was the year the Macon Water Board separated from the city and became the Macon Water Authority.

The Water Authority says the money could go a long way toward two crucial projects: closing the existing landfill and maintaining the levee along the Ocmulgee River, which protects Macon's downtown from flooding.

But some council members aren't satisfied with the language in the proposed contract, or the MWA's approach to the deal.

Councilman Charles Jones says he felt disrespected by the MWA's unwillingness to negotiate.

U.S. Transportation Secretary to Attend Macon Summit

Correction: This story originally incorrectly reported Sen. Mullis' party affiliation. He is a Republican.

Macon state Sen. Robert Brown says he's hosting a statewide transit summit that will feature the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

Brown says Secretary Raymond LaHood will speak Friday, Oct. 22 at the two-day program at the Macon City Auditorium.

Brown, a Democrat, and Chickamauga state Sen. Jeff Mullis, a Republican, will host the summit, titled, "Building Partnerships for Georgia's Transportation Future," on Oct. 21 and 22.

A news release says, "The bi-partisan summit will bring federal, state, local and business partners together to discuss innovative solutions to move Georgia's transportation forward."

Brown says he encourages the public to attend.