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Girls attend etiquette class at The Cannonball House


Sugar, spice, and everything nice graced the rooms of the Cannonball House Tuesday. About ten girls attended Miss Elizabeth's Etiquette Academy.

The silver is polished, bows, hats and dresses scatter the room. And ten girls are eager to learn everything there is to know about becoming a well-mannered lady.

Aleena Nitterritht is one of them and she's quite the charmer. "Learn how to be a lady and be proper. I try to do that all the time," said Nitterriht.

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Bibb County Schools welcome new teachers

Bibb County schools welcomed 140 new teachers with a two-day orientation.

"We acclimate them to our county," said Melanique Floyd, a coordinator, "We acclimate them to the curriculum."

They attended several sessions, like one on a new language arts curriculum and another on strategies for reaching students.

"It's been an actual relief of the orientation. Being able to come in and see everything set up and how it should be set up in your classroom," said Keiara Springle.

She will teach first grade at Riley Elementary School this year.

This is her first year as an educator and she says that brings some worries to mind.

"Maybe my kids won't like me, or I may mess up," she said, "But I know that just going in and being prepared, I should be fine."

Jacqueline Hubbard has taught for Bibb County Schools for 19 years and is also a mentor to new teachers.

Bibb Sheriff's Deputy arrested for dog fighting

Bibb Sheriff's Correction's Deputy Sheryl Denise Smith was arrested on dog fighting charges Monday morning and fired from the Sheriff's Office later that afternoon.

According to a news release from the Bibb Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a complaint about injured dogs at Smith's home. They then found evidence the animals had been involved in dog fighting.

Eight dogs were found at the house. Investigators believe they were kept there for the purposes of training and fighting. A news release says the animals were treated for their injuries.

Two men were also arrested: Felix Hughes Jr., 28, and Bruce Davis, 33, both of Macon. They are charged with dog fighting.

Man faces 6 aggravated assault charges in Wings Cafe shooting

Investigators have made another arrest in connection with a deadly shooting at Wings Cafe. Master John Henry Brown is charged with six counts of aggravated assault and 12 counts of criminal street gang activity.

Ninth suspect arrested in Wings Cafe shooting

Authorities found Brown, 24, at a business near Spring Street in Macon Monday, a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says. The U.S. Marshall's Fugitive Task force helped with the investigation.

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Accused Vineville Ave. shooter in court


The man accused of a weekend shooting on Vineville Avenue was denied bond by a magistrate judge Monday.

Kaishawn Conover is charged with one count of aggravated assault with bodily injury.

An incident report from the Bibb Sheriff's Office says it started Saturday afternoon when several men were fighting at Church's Chicken on Georgia Avenue.

When deputies arrived, they say, the men were gone. But a few minutes later around 4:30 pm, officers were called back out. This time to Vineville Avenue, about a mile away.

That's where they found Louis Jackson, wounded by gunfire.

A police report gives an eyewitness account.

Marijuana found in FedEx package bound for Warner Robins


A Macon FedEx employee turned over a package to authorities on July 3 containing $54,000 worth of marijuana, according to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, which was released Monday, a deputy was dispatched to the shipping facility, 704 Hawthorne St. for "a suspicious package" sent from Colorado Springs to a man in Warner Robins.

The deputy said the employee told him he became suspicious based on the way the box was packaged and the place of origin.

The employee said he decided to open the package and found the marijuana, according to the report.

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