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Macon Council: Moving Government Access Channel Hurts Community

Viewers who tune into Channel 14 on Cox basic cable to watch Macon City Council meetings may have noticed they couldn't find Tuesday's meeting in its usual spot.

That's because according Cox Communications' website, on Oct. 18 they moved channel 14, which airs government access television, to digital channel 114.

Several council members expressed concern at Tuesday night's meeting that the move will mean Macon's poorest community members won't have access to public meetings.

"This has been a vital channel of communication between city government and residents for some time. There are quite a lot of residents who don't necessarily come to city hall but keep track of developments by watching channel 14," says council member Tom Ellington.

Ellington says in order to receive the new government access television channel, Cox subscribers would have to own a digital television and upgrade to Cox's digital tier.

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Macon Police Search For Man With Tattoo In Friday's Killing

Macon police say they're searching for a man with a tattoo on the right side of his face in connection with Friday night's killing.

33-year-old Udondra Hargrove was shot multiple times just before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Montpelier and Pansy Avenue, according a police news release. 

A witness told police they were walking with Hargrove when a man wearing all black, a hood, and a tattoo on the right side of his face approached them and began shooting Hargrove, the release said.  Hargrove was shot in the chest and the shooter ran away.

Macon police spokewoman Jami Gaudet says Hargrove was pronounced dead within an hour.

Hargrove's killing marks the third homicide in Macon within days.

On Wednesday, an East Macon man was fatally shot at his home on Peachtree Street. Police say Antonio Middlebrooks was shot during an apparent robbery attempt.

Police: Couple Held at Gunpoint, Teen Robbed on Porch in Separate Macon Incidents

Macon police say a couple was robbed inside their parked van and a teenager was robbed while sitting on his porch, in two separate incidents within hours of each other this weekend. 

The first happened at 1986 Montpelier Avenue Friday just before 9 p.m., according to a police news release. 

That's near Marion Place and Holt Avenue.

Police say a 15-year-old and two of his friends were sitting on a front porch when two men approached them.  The 15-year-old told police one of them appeared to be carrying a shotgun, the other man was riding a bike and unarmed.

The release says the 15-year old and his friends then went inside the home.  According to the release, the 15-year old told police the man, who appeared to be armed, then took the teenager's bike from the front yard and rode off towards Duncan Avenue with the other man.

Macon-Bibb, Crawford, Peach Launch Public Emergency-Notification System

Macon, Bibb County, Crawford County and Peach County announced the launch of a Code Red notification system Monday.

Mayor Reichert, along with other officials held a news conference Monday morning to explain how the system works.

Reichert says the system will use phone calls, text messages and email to let people know about emergencies

He says the system is capable of placing up to 3,000 calls per minute in the event of a major disaster like a tornado.

But he says it can also be programmed to notify people in smaller areas about "items of convenience."

"If a road is out or blocked, or a power line (falls) onto a certain thoroughfare into an area of town, we can notify or target people just in that area that are directly affected," he said. "If a child is missing, or an adult, or an older person has wandered away and they're looking for them, you can notify people in that neighborhood only."

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Marshall, Scott Clash in GPB Debate

13WMAZ will re-broadcast Sunday night's Eighth Congressional District debate tonight at 5:23 p.m., right after Eyewitness News at 5.

Central Georgia congressional candidates questioned each other and fielded questions from journalists at Sunday's Atlanta Press Club debates in Atlanta.

13WMAZ's Frank Malloy moderated the meeting between incumbent Democrat Jim Marshall and Republican challenger Austin Scott.

Scott says the economy takes top priority and he wants the government to do more to create private sector jobs.

He said, "Stop the discussions about cap and trade." That's the proposed plan to limit greenhouse-gas emissions and allow companies that exceed the limits to trade with each other for credits.

Marshall says he supported efforts like the stimulus bill and thinks efforts to prevent economic collapse are working. Now, he says he wants government to back off on spending. 

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.

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."