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Macon's H&H restaurant re-opens

Macon's soul food is back as the doors for H&H reopened Wednesday.

After the iconic restaurant closed earlier this year, Mama Louise partnered with The Moonhanger Group, which owns downtown Macon's Rookery and Dovetail restaurants and the Armory Ballroom.

The partnership has been working all summer to get some fresh paint on the walls, the kitchen up to code and the fryers frying again.

Macon-Bibb tax office to move

When those in Macon-Bibb have to renew car tags, pay a garbage bill or update registrations, they can go to the county courthouse or a small office at the farmer's market on Eisenhower Parkway.

"We issue mobile home taxes, automobile renewals, new car registrations, insurance suspensions and lapses, we issue handicap placards," Thomas Tedders, tax commissioner, said.

But by mid-September, the tax office is moving downtown to the corner of Walnut Street and Third Street and becoming a one-stop shop.

"All 44 of us will be housed in this one building so it will increase customer service as far as we're concerned," he said.

There will be three drive-through lanes for customers to use.

Eventually, those who want to renew their motor tags will be able to use drive-through kiosks, which will be the first in the state.

Photos released of Macon gas station robbery

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office released surveillance photos Wednesday of the person who robbed Circle K gas station, 5011 Romeiser Road, on Saturday.

The male entered the store at about 12:20 a.m. with a bag over his right hand. He demanded money from the cash register taking an undisclosed amount of money.

Mercer hosts conference focusing on blighted houses

Blighted houses are a big problem in Macon-Bibb... one that the county plans to address.

The Sunlight Foundation and Center for Collaborative Journalism are organizing an unstructured conference at Mercer University, or an "unconference," as they call it.

Advocates, technologists, policy makers are gathering from all over the country to discuss issues and questions posed by participants. The goal is to build awareness and spur change in regard to blighted abandoned homes.

Officials will analyze housing data, including property value and history of ownership, to see if there are particular patterns that will help tackle the blight issue.

One does not have to look too far to find evidence of blight. The peeled paint, broken windows, and overgrown lawns are all small indicators of a big problem.

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Mercer University's TV station ready to broadcast

Mercer University's new television station will soon be airing local programming.

The Warner Robin's station WRWR moved into Mercer Village not long ago with a new name, WMUB.

The station was donated by former state senator Cecil Station Jr., and neurosurgeon Dr. Joe Sam Robinson.

The university hopes the setup could be completed by September.

They plan a local newscast and other original programming. Right now, however, the station is the base for sports programming.

WMUB's first original piece of programming will be a live broadcast of Mercer's opening football game on August 28.

Mercer University plans to add classes to the curriculum next year.

Currently, hired staff and freelancers run the station.

Macon-Bibb seeks new blight solution

Blight's unsightly, hazardous, and can drag down your property value.

It's also a big problem the county's been trying to knock down for years.

"Every year in our city we tear down a hundred houses and we use our general fund to do it," Macon-Bibb Commissioner Virgil Watkins said.

But there are more than 4,000 blighted homes in Macon-Bibb, and under the consolidated government that fund was cut significantly when the budget shrank, so the commission needs new ways to get the job done.

"We talked about grants. We talked about outside funding and that led to a conversation on bond financing to cover this type of project," Watkins said.

Commissioners are also hoping a comprehensive blight study will help identify the areas that need help, find legal and funding sources.

Photo released of Macon store robber

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help identifying a man who robbed Flash Foods, 3886 Vineville Ave., just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Anyone with information on the robbery should call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.