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Gordon mayor asks judge to throw out lawsuit


In a court filing, Gordon's mayor says she's done nothing wrong and that a group of townspeople have no legal reason to sue her.

An attorney for Mary Ann Whipple Lue filed a response Thursday to a lawsuit filed by seven people in Gordon.

The seven are asking a judge to remove her and order her to pay damages and court costs.

Whipple Lue took office in January. Since then, she's clashed with some council members and several city officials, who've filed discrimination complaints.

The 116-page lawsuit against her was filed by a group that included two council members, Terry Eady and Freddie Densley.

It claims:

New growler beer shop opening in Macon


Good news for Macon beer lovers.

Jay Patel, owner of Carriage Hills Bottle Shop on Northside Drive, is opening Growler Spot.

Patel told 13WMAZ on Friday that he's planning to open during the first week of May next door to his package store at 2835 Northside Drive.

Spring Fling Day 11 - Makeup

Spring Fling Day 11 - Makeup

Welcome to the Spring Fling. Join us every day in April to start flinging the clutter from your life!

 

Two witnesses ordered to testify in McDaniel case


Bibb County judge has ordered a man and woman from Columbia, S.C. yo testify in Stephen McDaniel's murder trial.

District Attorney David Cooke filed the motion on Tuesday and Judge Howard Simms signed it the same day.

It requires Bertila Ivane Delora Boyd and Antoine Bostic to testify at the trial, scheduled to begin April 28 in McDonough.

McDaniel, a former Mercer Law School student, is accused of killing his former classmate Lauren Giddings three years ago.

An affidavit filed by Cooke says Boyd and Bostic were at the Barrister Hall apartments in Macon on June 25, 2011, the last night Giddings was seen alive.

Cooke claims that while waiting in the car outside the apartments, Boyd saw McDaniel "walking from the side of the apartment building where the garbage cans were kept while carrying a large stick-like object."

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College Hill Corridor to feature "Little Free Libraries"


A group of organizers will be putting up some "little free libraries" around the College Hill Corridor area near Mercer University.

Macon Little Free Libraries, a project funded by the Knight Neighborhood Challenge Grant, will launch at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Macon Dog Park at the corner of Chestnut and Adams streets.

The project is a free book exchange where organizers will put wooden boxes around the College Hill area to house books. People can go to these "Little Free Macon Libraries" and borrow a book or two while adding a book of their own for others to read, according to a news release.

Thursday's event will take place during Yappy Hour, a dog-friendly Macon-Bibb parks and recreation event that includes live music, beverages and vendors.

Lawmakers ready to block A-10 cuts

Lawmakers ready to block A-10 cuts

Air Force Times

Lawmakers in both the House and Senate are planning legislation to block the Air Force's plans to retire the A-10.

The announcement comes during a week of contentious dialogue between the Air Force and Congress, with lawmakers alleging that the service is breaking the law by cutting back A-10 flying hours and by inflating its estimate of savings possible by retiring the A-10. Air Force officials say they are frustrated with lawmakers' offbase claims that the service does not care about the close air support mission, or about the lives of service members on the ground whom the A-10 protects.

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New Tubman Museum to open spring 2015


It's been a long road, but the Tubman Museum in downtown Macon is inching closer to being finished.

Over the past dozen years, the multi-million dollar project has slowed and stopped due to money trouble. But Thursday, officials said they are confident it'll open in spring 2015.

"It is our plan to finish on time, on budget, with a quality project," said Tom Sands, museum board chair.

The project broke ground in 2001, willl cost around $20 million and museum officials say they now have what they need to finish.

"To complete the build out of the museum, it will be a little less than $6 million," said Sands.