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Trial on Whipple-Lue lawsuit postponed

The trial on a lawsuit by a group of trying to remove Gordon's mayor from office is put off until at least next spring.

The lawsuit filed by the group that calls itself Concerned Citizens of Gordon was scheduled for trial next week.

They say Mayor Mary Ann Whipple Lue has violated state laws and the city charter and should be removed from office.

The group's lawyer, Devlin Cooper, says the trial is delayed while Whipple Lue's lawyer appeals some previous rulings in the case. He says arguments on that appeal are scheduled for Jan. 20 before the Georgia Supreme Court.

Cooper said the case is postponed until after the supreme court rules. He says that could come next spring or later.

Whipple Lue says she's done nothing wrong, and that she's been criticized because she's a black woman.

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Robins Federal Credit Union Supports Our Troops This Holiday Season

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union employees created 50 care packages for deployed troops stationed overseas during the holidays. The packages contained personal care items, snack foods, and entertainment items such as playing cards.

“Robins Federal employees have participated in this project for several years. We are proud to provide deployed troops a little piece of home during the holiday season. It’s a small way for us to say thank you for their dedication and sacrifice,” said John Rhea, President/CEO of Robins Federal Credit Union.

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 157,000 members, with assets exceeding $1.9 billion. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the 16 counties Robins Federal serves.

Pedestrian struck, killed by log truck in Macon

A man was killed Wednesday night in the 3100 block of Broadway after he was hit by an empty log truck, then by a Honda Accord.

55-year-old Douglas Michael Oliver was standing on the roadway when the driver of the log truck, Jerry Eugene Lollar of Covington, 44, told police he saw him and tried to brake in time, but was unsuccessful.

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office said the impact of the accident knocked Oliver into the southbound lanes, where a green Honda Accord driven by 42-year-old Ronnie Dioun Morgan, hit Oliver and ran him over, dragging him several feet. According to , police Morgan told officers he didn't see Oliver.

The accident is still under investigation. No one has been charged at this time.

Helms College prepares Macon Outreach Holiday Luncheon


Wednesday, Macon Outreach held their annual holiday luncheon at Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.

Every week, they serve hundreds of meals to those in need. Today, a special meal served up by Helms College culinary students.

"We do have a lot of food to distribute to a lot of people," says executive director of Macon Outreach at Mulberry Johnny Hathcock, "And, Macon Outreach has been doing this for 43 years. We serve 5 days a week, and that's a balanced hot meal. So we're just appreciative of the fact that we can serve people, they will let us serve them. And we're happy to have them."

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Bibb school board quiet on closed superintendent search

The Bibb County School Board is quiet Wednesday after a decision to close its superintendent search.

13WMAZ reached out to all the members the members. Most either declined to comment or didn't call back.

The superintendent job has been vacant since Romain Dallemand resigned in February 2013. Now after restarting the search for the third time, board members say the soonest they could hire a new superintendent is next May 2015.

Board President Sue Sipe said the bottom line all eight members couldn't agree on a candidate.

13WMAZ's Elise Brown asked her what went wrong. Sipe said nothing did and that she feels confident they'll find someone this next round.

When asked if there was any division on the board, Sipe said she can't discuss anything that goes on in executive sessions.

Middle Georgia College buys former Scottish Inn

Middle Georgia State College has purchased the former Scottish Inn property on Eisenhower Parkway for future use.

In a Wednesday news release, Nancy Stroud, the college's vice president for fiscal affairs, said the college purchased the property for $950,000. She said it's being cleared and an announcement will be made later on how the property will be.

The college's Real Estate Foundation purchased the six-acre tract from Frank Walthall. It's located at the southeast corner of the Macon campus, Stroud said.

"The acquisition, structured to ensure the college made the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars, is an investment in the future of Middle Georgia State and the region, As we move toward university status and work on a campus master plan, purchasing this property simply made sense," Stroud said.

Committee endorses Bloomfield for senior center

Tuesday morning, a Macon-Bibb committee unanimously endorsed the Bloomfield Community Center as the site of a new senior center.

The concept is to expand the building to make room for amenities like a computer lab, a walking track and a snack bar.

It'd be nearly double the size of the current center on Adams Street.

They'd also move youth programs to the old Gilead Christian Academy and church next door.

The committee approved more than $170,000 to hire an architecture firm to draw up a design for the two sites that span more than 70 acres altogether.

Commissioner Larry Schlesinger says they're making progress towards a better facility.