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Zebulon Rd. Waffle House robbed at gunpoint

A man waving a handgun leaped over the counter at the Waffle House on Zebulon Road in Macon and robbed the store Friday night, sheriff's deputies said. A suspect was caught minutes later at a convenience store across the street.

It happened at the restaurant at 6230 Zebulon Road at 8:45 p.m, according to a Bibb sheriff's office news release. The store is just east of Interstate 475.

When the robber ran off, a store employee hailed an off-duty deputy at a McDonald's next door. The deputy radioed a description, asked for back up and began searching for the robber. Deputies arrested a suspect outside the Circle K store across Zebulon Road.

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Bibb Schools investigating Rutland High School threats


Rutland High School in Macon is under "limited student movement," and has extra security today, after threats to the school were reportedly posted on social media.

According to school district spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley, the district is "actively investigating" threats against the school, allegedly posted on social media sites.

The Dempsey: Past and present


If you're familiar with Macon, Cherry Street, Cotton Avenue and Poplar and Second street are all streets you've heard of.

With so much revitalization happening, downtown Macon is changing - except for one historical treasure, right in the heart of it all.

Built to rival hotels in New York and other lavish places throughout the world, The Dempsey, is quite a mystery to many residents in Central Georgia.

Ethiel Garlington, executive director of Historic Macon Foundation, said when the building first opened in 1913, the Dempsey was home to a Japanese tea room.

Update: Arrest made in Macon auto store robbery

A Macon man has been arrested in connection to an AutoZone robbery that took place on Wednesday night.

The United States Marshal's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and the Bibb County Sheriff's Office arrested Marquis Dontrell Sanford after receiving a Macon Regional Crimestoppers tip this morning.

Police said Sanford has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count for the store and another for a customer in the store, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Bibb sheriff's office said Sanford was arrested without incident at a relatives home in the 3000 block of Pionono Avenue around 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

He was taken to the Bibb County Law Enforcement Complex. No bond has been set.

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Bibb precinct cuts draw fire at Board of Elections meeting


UPDATE: Bibb County's Board of Elections wants to create a citizens panel to advise them on their proposal to reduce the number of voting precincts.

They voted around noon Thursday to form that 10-person panel. It will contain members of community groups including the League of Women Voters.

The vote came after a two-hour hearing at which many speakers opposed a proposed cut in polling places.

People say some new locations are farther from public transportation than the old ones and harder to get to without a car. However Bart Tharpe said distance shouldn't be a deterrent.

Macon-Bibb tackles gang and community issues

How can Macon-Bibb help its young people develop and keep them out of gangs?

Commissioner Virgil Watkins is hosting a community intervention workshop aimed at tackling that issue among others.

The panel will focus on five topics: economics, education, public safety, civic and civil engagement, and faith and community.

"It's more than just keeping kids busy, you've got to mentor them, you've got to educate them, you've got to keep them safe," said Macon-Bibb Spokesman Chris Floore.

He says commissioners are aware of the amount of gang violence within the community, and are working to combat it.

Moderator of the panel, Tony Lowden, believes the key to fixing Macon's community begins with its youngest members.

Robins Federal Credit Union Sponsors Forysthia Festival

Forsyth, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union will be the presenting sponsor for the 2015 Forsythia Festival.

The festival will take place from Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 15th. If you would like more information, please visit www.forsythiafestival.com.

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 159,000 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.