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Bibb "bans the box" on county job applications


Those who have been convicted of a crime will no longer have to explain that criminal history on Macon-Bibb County job applications.

It's called "banning the box," and commissioners voted 6 to 3 Tuesday night to remove any questions on the application that ask about criminal records.

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Some seniors disapprove of new center plan


Commissioners agreed to spend almost $19,000 for an architectural design to turn the Bloomfield-Gilead recreation center into a new senior center.

Now, seniors say, they don't want it.

"It's a shame. It's a downright disgrace. Like I told you last time, I cannot see how you unconscionably lay on your pillow at night with the things that you do to the seniors. It's just ridiculous," Robert Curry, a regular at the current senior center, told commissioners Tuesday.

13WMAZ has reported about the controversy surrounding the senior center for months, after seniors who were angry the county built a new animal welfare center ahead of a new senior center.

There's $2 million in SPLOST money available for the senior center.

Final Respects: Community says goodbye to Lt. Randy Parker


Thousands from throughout the community and firefighters from around the country said goodbye to a local hero Monday.

Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Lt. Randy Parker paid the ultimate sacrifice last week battling a house fire in south Macon.

Parker's funeral service was held at the Macon City Auditorium.

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Some of his fellow firefighters and friends, such as Chief Cedric Scott, Chief Marvin Riggins and Capt. Jimmy Hollis shared stories about Parker and how he worked and lived his life.

UPDATE: Planned Sky Zone Macon location announced


13WMAZ previously reported that Sky Zone, the indoor trampoline park, was planning to open in Macon.

We have learned that the company filed plans with the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission seeking a conditional use permit to open on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard next to Planet Fitness.

The location used to be a movie theater and Planet Fitness occupies only half of the building. Sky Zone is planning to open in the other half.

The Sky Zone franchise owner will be presenting its plans to the Planning and Zoning Commission on March 9.

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Sky Zone, the indoor trampoline park, has plans to open a Macon site.

The "locations" portion on the company's website lists Macon as "just announced."

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Street closings for Monday funeral for Lt. Parker


Funeral services for Macon-Bibb firefighter Lt. Randy Parker are scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at Macon City Auditorium.

Parker will be buried in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens after a processional from downtown Macon.

Parker was killed battling a house fire in south Macon Wednesday. Five firefighters were injured.

Street closings to prepare for the funeral and processional begin late Sunday.

Starting at 11 p.m. Sunday, Poplar Street will be closed northbound between Second and First streets, and Cherry Street will be closed from New Street to Second Street.

Monday at 8 a.m, the city will close First Street from Riverside Drive to Cotton Avenue though the intersections will remain open. The closing will allow emergency vehicles to line up on First Street for the processional to the cemetery.

Hundreds honor Lt. Randy Parker at visitation


Hundreds lined up at the Macon-Bibb Government Center Sunday afternoon to pay their respects to a fallen hero and to comfort his family.

City officials, firemen, and friends gathered at Lieutenant Randy Parker's visitation.

Parker made the ultimate sacrifice Wednesday night, while working alongside his fellow firefighters to put out a blaze on Fairview Drive.

"I knew Randy from working at the Medical Center and the Bibb Coroner's Office," said Macon-Bibb Coroner Leon Jones. "He is missed, he will be missed, he is missed already."

Parker's wife and parents hugged and spoke with the crowd. Some came in tears, while others came with gifts.

Comedian Mike Epps speaks to at-risk youth


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Comedian Mike Epps came to Macon to bring laughs to the Centreplex Saturday.

But before he took the stage, he took some time to bring smiles to a group of local kids.

Epps surprised them at the Georgia Industrial Children's Home in Macon.

The home is the residential facility for foster children who, in many cases, have nowhere else to go.

Epps told the kids success begins with loving yourself and asked them what they wanted to do when they grow up