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16/75 Interchange Construction coming fall 2016

Traffic snarls, weaving lanes and accidents.

All of those words and more describe the I-16 and I-75 interchange that runs through the heart of Central Georgia. After 30 years of planning its reinvention, construction on the massive project is set to begin next fall.

13WMAZ's looked at how it will affect your commute and a community in its path, including a major change to the plan rolled out last week.

Mary Marshall and Willy May have hashed it over a thousand times.

The two friends often ask, "What happened to the Pleasant Hill neighborhood they knew as kids?"

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Macon-Bibb renovates East Macon Park

Waders Campbell said when he was growing up, he would play baseball at East Macon Park religiously.

Now, Campbell is the president of the East Macon Youth League and said not as many kids are as willing to practice their swing here as he was.

"A lot of people they go to better looking facilities," he said. "They bypass east Macon to go to west Macon, north Macon (or) Freedom Park."

But that may soon change. Macon-Bibb is renovating the park by adding in a new T-ball field, concession stand, fencing, and sidewalks. The park's three existing baseball fields will be improved as well.

"This park used to be one of the most exciting, one of the largest parks that was in this community when it came to baseball, and that's what we're trying to bring back," Reginald Moore, with the Rec Department, said.

Robins Federal Credit Union to Sponsor Legacy of Lights

Warner Robins, GA – Robins Federal Credit Union is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Legacy of Lights by contributing $1,000 to Habitat for Humanity. The event will be held from November 30th through December 31st at Chick-fil-A in Kathleen.

Robins Federal Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Federal currently provides financial services to over 164,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Macon cemetery officials worry about Interstate changes

The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced its list of ten places in peril in the state. One of them was Riverside Cemetery in Macon.

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Museum of Arts and Sciences kicks off Festival of Trees

If you are looking to get in the holiday spirit already, one Macon museum is ready to help.

From the traditional to a little more out of the box, the Christmas season is in full swing at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.

Artist and designers have created more than 30 trees all on display for the Festival of Trees.

Executive director Susan Welsh says you're guaranteed to see something unique.

"We encourage the artist to just think outside the box and come up with their own interpretations of what a holiday tree might look like and so you see a little bit of everything," Welsh said.

One of those artisans is Noreen White.

Her design this year, titled Homespun Christmas, was inspired by gem agates and yarn ornaments she found.

Macon veterans enjoy free lunch on the NAACP's tab

The local NAACP treated veterans to a free meal in Macon Wednesday at the Buck Melton Community Center.

Elmer Wallace, a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam, said he doesn't think about his service everyday but appreciates the gesture from others.

"It makes you feel good to know somebody cares about you, but the most important thing for me is knowing that, not being a part of the service at all, is being that there's a higher power that really care more about us than anything or anybody else," he said.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that Georgia has more than 750,000 veterans. Nearly a third of them are from the Vietnam Era.

Veterans honored at Coleman Hill in Macon

Macon leaders recognized veterans for their service at a ceremony Wednesday sponsored by Middle Georgia State University.

The service took place on Coleman Hill, in front of the World War I memorial. Middle Georgia State President Christopher Blake shared his memories of Armistice Day growing up in Great Britain.

Mayor Robert Reichert gave a brief history of soldiers from Macon's involvement in World War I with the 42nd rainbow division. One of those present was 92 year-old Kathryn Lininger, a World War II vet who answered the call for her country.

"Oh, it means everything," she said at the ceremony. "I love America, and I wouldn't miss it for the world. (It's the) best country in the world."