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Bibb coroner: seven deaths in past week could be heat-related

Seven people have died of natural causes since last Saturday, and Bibb County coroner Leon Jones said he thinks it's due to the heat.

Jone said three of the bodies were very badly decomposed. He said he's letting people know to check on their neighbors, especially if they're elderly or confined.

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Local church celebrates gay marriage ruling

Friday was a historic victory for same-sex marriage supporters.

In Macon, the congregation of St. Francis Episcopalian Church gathered Friday night to celebrate the ruling.

"We're getting married," screamed members, Judy Sexton and Cathy Dillard.

The two say they've been together for 15 years, and now they can legally tie the knot.

"I called her at work today screaming,'Will you marry me?' She said, 'Yes! Did it pass?' I said it passed, and she started crying. I had tears rolling down my cheeks," said Dillard.

Soon the two plan on walking down the aisle and taking their vows at St. Francis.

The church celebrated the Supreme Court's 5 to 4 ruling with praise and worship. The service opened up with the hymn, God is Love, which was also the theme of Reverend Ben Wells message.

"Love will always win," said Wells.

Central Georgians cheer marriage ruling

Supporters gathered outside of the Macon-Bibb courthouse on Mulberry Street Friday due to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.


The Supreme Court ruled Friday morning that same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states. President Obama said a press conference that the ruling is a "victory for America."


First same-sex couple marries in Bibb County

Lauren and Paige Hightower have been together for 11 years.

On Friday, they were finally able to say 'I Do.'

They also became the first same-sex couple to get married in Bibb County.

"It is amazing. I didn't think we would see it, but it restores a lot of faith," said Lauren Hightower before the ceremony.

They got married in Vancouver years ago, but since the state of Georgia didn't recognize their union, it was labeled 'invalid' here.

"We got married six weeks after we met," said Paige Hightower with a laugh, "And then we got the letter probably about a year later."

Now, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that all states must recognize same-sex marriages, they and other couples will be able to gain rights that were once denied them.

The Hightowers say one obstacle was getting legal custody of their 7-year-old son.

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Dinosaurs invade central Georgia


Discover the Dinosaurs, a touring exhibit, is taking over the Macon Centreplex this with life-size dinosaurs and other attractions.

Children can get up close and personal with the dinosaurs of the Jurassic period including a 20-foot T-Rex.

"We're a children's attraction, they (visitors) can expect to get a really good idea of what it was like back in the prehistoric days of living with the dinosaurs," tour manager Stan Parnes says.

Police looking for missing Macon man

UPDATE 2:26 AM, Friday: The Bibb Sheriff's office says they have found Charles Lee Wells, Sr. and he is safe. Wells was found just before 11:30 Thursday night near Forest Avenue. The 73 year old was not hurt and he was taken back to his family.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing Macon man.

73-year-old Charles Lee Wells, Sr. was last seen walking away from his home in the 1900 block of Northbrook Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Wells is reported to have Alzheimer's disease. He is known to walk into backyards around other houses.

Wells is 5 feet 8 inches and 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jean pants, black suspenders and a blue shirt with white writing. He has low, salt-and-pepper hair and stubble on his face.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500.

Macon church fire ruled arson


The fire that gutted a Macon church on Tuesday was arson, a Macon-Bibb fire investigator says.

Sgt. Ben Gleaton would not say why they've decided the fire was set. He also would not comment on a possible motive or whether they have any suspects.