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UPDATE: Eight stores to reopen after Bibb Co. gambling raid


CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that nine of the 10 stores closed in an alleged illegal gambling operation will reopen. Eight stores will reopen and two will remain closed.

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UPDATE: 12:55 p.m. Eight Bibb County stores that have been closed since Nov. 7 gambling raids will be allowed to reopen, a judge said today.

That came after a two-hour hearing in Bibb County Superior Court.

Two of the 10 stores closed by authorities this month will remain closed, the Bateman and Wade store in Pleasant Hill and Shell on Forest Hill Road. Authorities say they're still investigating illegal gambling there.

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Forsyth family's property damaged in storm


On the shoulder of Reedy Creek Road in Forsyth lies what's left of one family's trampoline. A few yards away, a plastic table is toppled in their yard.

But it's what lies behind their home, that Audri McLaurin and her family were most surprised to see in the wake of Sunday night's storm.

The roof of a barn they built about five years ago was crushed like tin foil. Some of it was in a nearby tree.

"I looked out the window and saw things swirling around, so I stopped the vacuum cleaner and went to watch the news. We felt the pressure building in the windows, so my husband told us to get in the bathroom and then the electricity went out," she said.

From that point McLaurin said she relied on her faith as her family rode out the storm.

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Macon Centreplex gets ice ready for skating


The rink at the Macon Centreplex is freezing over.

They're kicking off its skating season Monday and will run until mid January.

It looks like puddles of water now, but will eventually turn into one giant sheet of ice. Workers say it takes a lot of team work to get a smooth slab.

"What we have to do is take it layer by layer and section to section" said one of Centreplex's employees.

The team will be up late Sunday evening to make sure skaters have a hard, flat, surface come opening night Monday.

For the past 19 years the Centreplex has opened its doors during the holidays for some family fun.

"We see a lot of people come in" said Convention Services and Sales Manager Justin Collins.

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Bibb Sheriff's office investigating mailbox prank


Investigators with the Bibb Sheriff's Office are looking into what they call a "mischievous and reckless prank," after someone allegedly placed suspicious bottles in neighbors' mailboxes on General Lee Road.

A press release says patrol deputies and the Bibb Sheriff's Bomb Disposal Unit responded to a report of a suspicious item in a mailbox in the 3000 block of General Lee Road just after 9 a.m. Sunday morning.

Deputies say they found up to six similar bottles, which hadn't exploded, in neighbors' front yards.

The bottles contained Drano and aluminum foil, which police say cause a chemical reaction, building pressure and causing the bottles to explode.

One neighbor told police he went outside after hearing loud music. He says he saw a young man, around 5'7", standing near a mailbox holding what looked like a shovel in his hands.

Bringing awareness to prostate cancer by growing hair


You might have noticed some men are growing out their facial hair for what's known as "Movember" or "No Shave November."

It's part of an effort to grow awareness of prostate cancer, by growing out hair, which many cancer patients lose.

Doctor Samuel Robinson, a local urologist, says screening for prostate cancer is especially important for men ages 50 and up.

He says, "Cause what that does, is let's say you show up to work or you show up to your office or to your kids school, and you got a 5 o'clock shadow, or you have a lot of facial hair. People start asking questions, are you trying to grow a beard, what's the story here, and that's where the conversation starts and that's really what raises awareness about men's health in general."

Thanksgiving in a box, that's what one church was giving away Saturday morning.


Thanksgiving in a box, that's what one church was giving away Saturday morning. Greater Little Rock Baptist Church in Macon, gave away 138 boxed meals to families in need.

The box included a turkey, side items, and even a cake mix for dessert. All the family has to do is cook the raw ingredients on Turkey Day.