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Lazy Dog Growler opens new location in Macon


The quick brown fox jumped over the Lazy Dog Growler. In Macon no less, but not before grabbing a beer or two.

After over six months in the making, the popular Warner Robins beer growler shop, Lazy Dog Growler, made its way into Macon.

On the corner of Poplar and First streets, you can stop in and have a beer or fill up your growler, or both. They have a rotating menu of 64 different brews, with a few non-alcoholic options as well. If a growler isn't your thing, their beer wall boasts over 500 different bottles of domestic and import beers.

Owner Jeff Kressin said the process first started with an invite to the Macon Chamber of Commerce in the winter of this year. There was hesitation in his joining. At that time, growlers were not legal in Macon-Bibb. It wasn't until commission put an ordinance in place to make growlers legal.

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Grant's Lounge to close temporarily


The closure of Grant's Lounge might be temporary. 13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to Sheriff David Davis about the business's history and one of the property owners about their plans.

For more than 40 years, Grant's Lounge has been located on Poplar Street in downtown Macon, but that may change at the end of the month.

Gene Dunwody, a member of the group that owns the building, explained why.

Dunwody says, "Grant's is a local icon, it's been there for decades, and it's something whose tradition we honor, but for some reason over the past couple of years the people who are coming in there late at night and gather in the street have gotten out of hand."

That's why Dunwody said something needed to change. Grant's will close on October 1st, but Dunwody hopes it will be temporary.

UPDATE: Grant's landlord hopes closing will be temporary


CORRECTION: This story originally incorrectly identified Gene Dunwody, a member of the Segment LLC group that owns the Grant's Lounge site.

The landlord for Macon's historic Grant's Lounge tells 13WMAZ he hopes the bar's closing will be temporary.

Grant's will close Oct. 1 after more than 40 years in business.

Owner Edward Grant said he was under pressure from his landlords to close the bar on Poplar Street.

Gene Dunwody told 13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo on Friday morning that he hopes the closing won't be permanent.

Dunwody is a member of the investors group that owns the Grant's location at 576 Poplar St.

He says he hopes Ed Grant can work out security problems in and around the bar. Dunwody also said other downtown businesses have been complaining about Grant's.

Bibb elementary school PTO leader accused of stealing


A Macon woman is accused of stealing more than $9,000 from her school's PTO.

Jennifer Edwards, 38, is in the Bibb County jail charged with theft by taking.

According to an arrest warrant, Edwards was treasurer of the Skyview Elementry School Parent Teacher Organization.

She's accused of stealing all that money between January and June through dozens of card transactions and writing checks to herself.

Edwards is being held in jail on a $4,050 bond.

That's the second alleged theft from a Bibb County PTO in the past month.

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Man in dress robs Macon convenience store


A man wearing a dress robbed Circle K convenience store on Spring Street just after 3 a.m. Thursday.

Witnesses told investigators he was wearing a multi-colored dress, denim shorts, black shoes, and had two black shirts wrapped around his face.

The robber demanded money from the clerk. His arm and hand were covered in a plastic bag and he pointed it at the clerk as if he had a gun.

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BIbb judge won't pay for Reeves' evaluation


A Bibb County judge today denied a defense lawyer's request that the court pay for mental evaluations of Frank Reeves.

He's the man accused of shooting a woman in broad daylight at a Macon gas station. It happened in December 2012 at the Murphy USA station on Gray Highway.

He was 73 at the time, and his lawyer Veronica Brinson says he's in poor health.

This month, Brinson asked Judge Howard Simms to approve money to pay for an independent psychiatrist and a neurologist to examine her client. She wrote that she wants to determine whether Reeves is competent to stand trial.

But in his order Thursday, Simms wrote that state doctors said nearly a year ago that Reeves could stand trial. Brinson didn't challenge that at the time, and the judge wrote that there's no evidence that his condition has changed.