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Man rescued from Ocmulgee River


A man was treated at a local hospital after reportedly falling from a bridge crossing the Ocmulgee River, near downtown Macon Monday afternoon.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office identified him as William Keith Mooreman.

They said they responded to a report that a man jumped from the Spring Street bridge around 4:30 p.m.

A short time later, after a search, they found the man on the riverbank, near the Second Street bridge, several hundred yards downstream.

Mooreman told them he slipped and fell off the bridge and did not jump, Gonzalez said.

He appeared to have minor injuries from the fall into the shallow river, Gonzalez said.

He said Mooreman had been reported missing last Friday.


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Grant's Lounge owner hopes to clean up image after shooting


Edward Grant Jr., owner of the historic Grant's Lounge in downtown Macon, is trying to set the record straight Monday about his business.

Five people were shot outside of the lounge after 2 a.m. Sunday. Jamel Ramon Nolton, 37, was arrested.

Mel Howard, who manages Grant's properties, told 13WMAZ Monday that Mr. Grant "does not want to be seen as a cancer to downtown development.

In July 2013, 17-year-old Jamonni Bland of Macon was shot to death at 3:30 a.m in the parking garage near the Zodiac night club at the Riverview Ballroom, which are also owned by Grant. During that incident, a man was shot inside the club and multiple others were shot outside.

The Knight foundation announced it's contributing three million dollars to Historic Macon


The Knight foundation announced it's contributing $3-million to the Historic Macon foundation on Sunday evening.

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It donated $700,000 back in 2007. That funding helped build new homes in Bealls Hill, a 30-block neighborhood by the College Hill Corridor.

"This is probably my favorite room in the house that they did. They put in this corner shower with tile all around" said homeowner Matt Harper.

He says it's hard to believe this glossy tiled shower in sparkling bathroom once looked like a moldy mess. Before renovations, Harper admits his home looked like "a crack house".

"Stand Up" provides free services for veterans


The Third Annual Home Front Stand Down event gives veterans access to everything from free haircuts to help with job searches.

This year, it was held at the Georgia National Guard Armory.

From a trim, to a blood test, to a few clean shirts, it was little things made a big difference to hundreds of veterans who attended.

"It's the little things that make a difference in everybody's lives, you know," says Army veteran, C.A. Kildebec.

Stand Down allows veterans to connect and have access to services and amenities, including dental exams, clothes, and legal counseling.

"I'm here looking for employment opportunities. I've been unemployed for... quite a while now," says Kildebec.

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Coroner needs help locating man's next of kin


Bibb County's coroner says he needs the public's help in finding next of kin for man found dead in a Macon motel Thursday.

The man is Ronnie Johnson, age 63, of Macon, according to Coroner Leon Jones.

He said Johnson was found in his room at the InTown Suites on Eisenhower Parkway.

Johnson died of natural causes, Jones said, but so far they haven't been able to locate his family.

Anyone with information on the man can contact Jones at (478) 256-6716.


Two men rob Macon restaurant


Bibb County deputies are searching for two men who robbed a fast-food restaurant this morning.

The sheriff's office says the robbery happened after 6 a.m at the Steak & Shake on Mercer University Drive.

They say two men approached the clerk, and one had a gun. They demanded money from the register. The men left the store after getting an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured.

Anyone with information on the case can call the Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


Bibb students get meals free of charge


Bibb County students are now getting breakfast and lunch free of charge.

"We implemented the Community Eligibility Provision program, so that all students in the Bibb County Schools can receive meals at no cost to parents," said Cleta Long, nutrition director.

Long said because 82 percent of students within the district qualify for reduced meals that made the district eligible for the program.

The federal government will now reimburse the system for all of the student meals. She expects that to bring a million dollars back into the nutrition program and save parents an estimated $500,000.

Senior Rafael Burgos had to pay for lunch before, now that's a thing of the past. He said the savings are really going to be put toward good use. "It helps pay for gas for coming to school and it really takes the pressure off our parents to help pay for lunch," he said.