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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.

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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.

 

 

Fewer Bibb Schools Make AYP This Year

The state Department of Education released its 2010 final Adequate Yearly Progress report.

The numbers show that the number of Bibb County schools making AYP dipped since 2009.

This year, 21 of 41 Bibb schools made AYP, five fewer than last year.

That means, as a whole, the district did not meet AYP for the sixth year in a row.

Preliminary results released this spring showed 15 Bibb schools made the list, but Friday's final results factor in summer graduations and test re-takes.

That means 51 percent of Bibb schools made AYP this year, compared to 63 percent last year. In 2004, 71 percent of schools made adequate progress, according to the state.

Nine schools that met AYP last year, did not meet the standard in 2010:

Drivin' N Cryin' Stops In Macon For Benefit Concert

The band Drivin' N Cryin' rocked the stage at the Cox Capitol Theater Thursday night.

They took part in a benefit concert put on by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The concert benefited two Central Georgia organizations--Music Cares and the Mentors Project of Bibb County.

Ben Jones caught up with lead center Kevn Kinney before the show to see how things have been going since the band's trailer with all of their gear was stolen in Macon in September.

He told Kinney that some people were wondering if the band had any hard feelings toward Macon because of the theft.

"Ya know it was some people coming down from Atlanta to uh, they got a good little racket going stealing trailers and such, you know," Kinney said.  "So... it's happened to Macon.  But Macon's a victim just like we were.  But you know, no one got hurt so it's all good."

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Macon Police: Woman Possibly Given Date Rape Drug

A Macon woman found lying on Pio Nono Avenue may have been given a date rape drug after visiting Whiskey River Thursday night, according to a Macon police report. 

Police say the woman was "collapsing with no control over her body and was unable to acknowledge that people were present."

An officer pulled into Flash Foods, located at 4314 Pio Nono Avenue, just before midnight Thursday, the report said.  The officer overheard people talking about a woman "down in the roadway" and then found a woman lying on the side of the road. 

Three officers carried the woman to the Flash Foods parking lot.  As officers tried to ask the woman questions, she "constantly was going limp and collapsing onto the ground," said the report.

Charges Dropped in Macon Store Shooting

Bibb County prosecutors have dropped charges against a man who was allegedly shot while trying to hold up a store this summer.

Acting District Attorney Wayne G. Tillis says their investigation has raised some questions about the facts of the case, but he would not elaborate.

The Bibb County sheriff's department's web site says charges against Rashan Jordan -- two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery -- have been dropped. But the jail web site says Jordan is still being held at the jail.

Loaded Gun Found at Northeast High

Bibb County school officials say they found a loaded handgun in a bookbag at Northeast High School this morning.

Daniel DeCoursey, campus police chief for Bibb County schools, say they're still trying to find out who the gun and the bookbag belong to.

No one was injured and Northeast parents were notified by letter and phone call, according to a news release from the school district. The school was not placed on lockdown, as the gun was discovered before school opened.

DeCoursey says a 16-year-old student grabbed the bookbag out of a family car this morning, thinking it was hers. DeCoursey says several students rode in the car this morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., after realizing that the bag was not hers, the student brought it to the school office, where employees found the 9-mm semi-automatic handgun.

DeCoursey says the bag apparently belonged to the girl's older brother, who does not attend school.