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College cleans Macon vets memorial


A British history buff took an interest in one of Macon's veterans' memorials.

Christopher Blake, the president of Middle Georgia State College, helped organize an effort to restore the memorial at Coleman Hill.

The memorial was built in the 1920s to honor the 151st Machine Gun Battalion. It lists the names of 70 men from Macon who died in combat, serving in that unit.

Blake, along with college staff and students, organized a Veterans Day event at the memorial.

Representatives from the Macon-Bibb government attended, including Mayor Robert Reichert.

Speaking about the World War I veterans listed on the monument, Blake said, "These young men gave the supreme sacrifice in the defense of freedom."

Prior to the ceremony, students and staff polished the brick and stone, and added some landscaping.

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Macon man shot in the neck


A Macon man was shot in the neck Monday night.

Kevon Dewayne Amica was at Fastee Foods, 1389 Pionono Ave., Macon, at about 9:15 p.m. He told friends he was driving to another store down the street, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

Amica, 21, returned to Fastee Foods telling his friends he was shot in the neck, the news release states.

He was taken to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.

No arrests were made.


Simplify Your Holidays: All I Want For Christmas Is....

Simplify Your Holidays:  All I Want For Christmas Is....

I don’t know about you, but I am having a hard time grasping the fact that Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away. Then Christmas is right on its heels! Every year it seems like the Christmas season sooner arrives sooner and sooner. I blame the stores who put out Christmas merchandise before Halloween. Even yesterday (11/4) I drove through a town that had all of its Christmas trees up and decorated! In the words of Peter Walsh, it's all too much!

Bibb Sheriff warns of fake deputy phone scam


The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is warning people about a phone scam, where someone is pretending to be a sheriff's deputy demanding money.

A news release says the calls are coming from Augusta, and the caller is claiming to be a deputy in the warrants division, and even uses the name of a real officer or retiree.

The Bibb Sheriff's Office says when someone calls the scam number back, it even says it's the Bibb County Warrants Division.

The sheriff wants you to know it's not real, and that they'll never call people and ask for money.

If you receive one of the calls, you're asked to contact the real Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500.


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Fire at Fickling Building parking garage


A car fire broke out in a downtown Macon parking garage Monday morning.

The fire started just before 8 on the third floor of the parking garage at Fickling and Company on Mulberry street.

Macon-Bibb Fire Department spokesman Rex Samson says there was no damage to the building or other vehicles and the fire is now out.

By 8:45 a.m., the fire deparment was letting people into the garage again.

At this time the cause is unknown, but the fire is not considered suspicious.


Two Macon gas stations robbed early Sunday


Bibb County Sheriff's Office is investigating two armed robberies that occurred early Sunday morning.

The first happened in west Bibb, the second in north Bibb, according to two sheriff's office news releases. Sheriff's officials did not indicate the robberies are related.

At about 3:05 a.m., Circle K gas station, 5011Romeiser Drive, was reportedly robbed by someone who had a bag over his hand indicating he had a gun. The robber took money from the store along with a 16 pack of beer from the cooler.

The second robbery occurred at about 4:45 a.m. at BP gas station, 4765 Riverside Drive. Two men reportedly entered the store, one armed with a gun, according to a news release. As the gunman pointed a revolver at the clerk, the second robber took money from the register.

No injuries were reported in either crime, the news releases state.

Taking art to the streets at the Sidewalk Chalk Festival


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Art is a form of expression and doing it on the sidewalk gives you even more freedom.

Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation hosted their first annual Sidewalk Chalk Festival on Saturday.

The event gave artists small and tall the opportunity to express themselves on the pavement.

The event costs $10 to participate in, but was free to the wandering eyes of art lovers.

From dragons to Iron Man and even a few inspirational quotes, walking down the sidewalks of Tattnall Square Park is like stepping into a storybook.