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UPDATE: Funeral times announced for Macon minister Frank Ray


UPDATE: The funeral for Macon's Bishop Frank Ray will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Copula at Hart's Mortuary on Peake Road in Macon.

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A man of the cloth and a man of the ring.

Today, many people in Bibb County are mourning the Rev. Frank Ray, 85.

He was both a Macon minister and a booster for boxing in the city.

Ray was the longtime president of the Macon Boxing Club and the county's new boxing arena was named in his honor earlier this year.

According to his friend, Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Al Tillman, the Reverend Ray died in a Macon nursing home.


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Kroger planning new Macon gas station in Baconsfield


Kroger has talked with county zoning officials about putting in a gas station near its Baconsfield Shopping Center store on North Avenue in Macon.

Jim Thomas, executive director of Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning, said formal plans for the fueling station have not been submitted.

"They (Kroger officials) came in for a pre-development review to figure out what the process is," Thomas told 13WMAZ on Friday morning.

The grocery chain wants to put the gas station on the property that currently houses Kice Stone's legal office located at the point of North Avenue and Nottingham Drive at Gray Highway, Thomas said.

The property would have to be rezoned from residential to commercial to allow a gas station, Thomas said.

The Shirley Hills Neighborhood Association is planning a meeting to discuss the proposal at 6 p.m. Monday at Highland Hills Baptist Church.

Macon pedestrian hospitalized in hit-and-run accident


Bibb County Sheriff's Office is looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian and drove off at about 10 p.m. Thursday. Ralph Stevens, 49, was hit in the 2500 block of Rocky Creek Road.

Someone heard a noise, went to investigate and found Stevens in the roadway, according to a sheriff's office news release. Stevens was taken to the hospital where he remains in stable condition, the news release states.

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


Macon convenience store robbed Friday morning


Circle K convenience store, 15 Spring St., Macon was robbed just before 4:30 a.m. Friday. A man wearing a blue bandanna covering his mouth and nose and a jacket covering his hand walked into the store and demanded money from the clerk. After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, the robber ran away in the direction of Riverside Drive, according to a sheriff's office news release. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information should call

Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


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Macon-Bibb Selected for Free Assistance with Smart Growth Strategies

Macon-Bibb Selected for Free Assistance with Smart Growth Strategies

Smart Growth America – a national nonprofit that advocates for better cities, towns, and neighborhoods — announced today that Macon-Bibb has been selected to receive a free two-day technical assistance workshop in 2015. (The date and location of that workshop have not yet been set.) Through the support and guidance of our Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative team, Macon-Bibb developed an application that was one of 14 selected from more than 120 applications submitted from 35 states.

A new chapter for Bibb County schools


Bibb County Schools turned a new page Thursday night.

Judge William Randall swore in new interim superintendent Kelley Castlin-Gacutan. She's been with the district since October 2012 as deputy superintendent of school operations.

Castlin-Gacutan said it was an amazing feeling and that she's been excited since her new position was announced in early December.

"To have the opportunity to be here and to have my husband beside me and really give the oath of office I could not have asked for a better time," she said.

And as one chapter opened, another closed. Interim Superintendent Steve Smith sat in on his last board meeting. He got emotional as he reflected on his 42 years of being an educator, 20 of those in Bibb.

Family recovering after house fire.


A Macon family is recovering from the loss of their home after a fire.

Since Tuesday morning, the Willis family says the community has supported them.

Friends and family launched an online relief fund at gofundme.com.

On Thursday afternoon, the family took another look at the damage.

One side of the home looks barely touched, but the other side is scorched and blackened.

Step inside the residence, clear signs of flames that thrashed the building.

The only one inside at the time was Demarcus Wimberly.

"When I got up, I saw the smoke" said Wimberly.

He says he received a phone call from a neighbor, while he was resting on his bed.