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Developer plans large north Macon center, movie theater

An Atlanta-based developer has submitted plans to the Middle Georgia Regional Commission proposing to build a 415,000-square-foot shopping center in north Macon.

It would be called Riverside Centre and would include restaurants, a movie theater and retail stores, according to Johnathan Connell, government service specialist with the commission.

Riverside Centre would be located at 1771 Bass Road along with several parcels on New Forsyth Road.

The plans were submitted by The Bishop Company which owns retail properties in Canton, Athens and Milledgeville.

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One dead in west Macon shooting

A 49-year-old man is dead after being shot Thursday morning during an altercation at a home on Suzanne Drive off of Napier Avenue in west Macon.


Andrew Brown is the man who was killed, according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said neither of the men involved in the shooting were the owners of the home at 4028 Suzanne Drive.

"Part of our investigation is seeing who had status of the house, who was supposed to be there," Davis said.

Janea Cox on HB 1: "We can come home now"

In what's been a lengthy years-long battle, Friday could be a historic day for medical marijuana supporters in Georgia.

That's when Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the cannabis oil bill into law, making it legal for people with certain medical conditions to possess medical marijuana in Georgia. There are still federal restrictions on carrying medical marijuana across state lines.

Historic Macon to show heritage study findings

Learning lessons from history isn't anything unusual, it's part of what is done in school.

But historic Macon is trying to grab onto something concrete, before more of the past fades away. That's after a couple of landmarks were torn down last year.

"As a community, we love historic buildings and it's part of our culture," Ethiel Garlington of Historic Macon, said. "But what we're reminded is that none of these buildings are sacred, none of them are safe."

He says some members of the Macon community realized that after Tremont Temple Baptist Church and the Douglass House were demolished last year to make room for a Dunkin' Donuts. Both buildings were apart of Macon's African American history.

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More Macon businesses moving downtown

More traffic and more people. It's the combination that's attracting more business to downtown Macon.

Last month's report from NewTown, Macon shows 68 percent of storefronts in core areas of downtown are occupied, up from 50 percent in 2012. That includes target blocks like Cherry Street, Poplar Street and Second and Third Streets.

That same NewTown Macon report shows 97 percent of the lofts the organization helps fund are occupied. Those include the Dannenberg, Poplar Street lofts, and the lofts on Cotton Avenue.

"It's not like all of downtown is a dark alley," Lee Clack, who owns Kudzu Seafood on Third Street, said.

Clack opened his first business, Kudzu Catering, in 2007 and chose to put it in Payne City.

Macon-based Mrs. Griffin's barbecue sauce turns 80

In a small factory building in Macon, a staple stocked in kitchens across the south is made: Mrs. Griffin's barbecue sauce.

"We believe we're the second oldest barbecue sauce in the United States, we also believe that we're the oldest one east of the Mississippi," said Roland Neel, the CEO of the company.

Mangham Edward Griffin bottled the first batch in Macon in 1935. Griffin would invite relatives from South Carolina to his Independence Day picnics.


Fishermen shot at on Lake Tobesofkee

UPDATE: Bibb County Sheriff David Davis on Tuesday held a news conference to discuss Saturday gunfire incident.


Two men and a teenage boy were looking for a good place to do some fishing Saturday night.

They thought they found a good spot on Lake Tobesofkee.

Shelby Smith, Adriel Miles and Miles' teenage son got in their boat and headed to a spot Miles said he's fished at for years.

Smith said Miles told him it was quiet and there were some good size fish in the location.

Once they entered the section of the lake in the Lotus Pointe Drive area, Smith said they turned off the boat's motor and set out their anchor.

They casts their lines and began to fish.

"We weren't making any noise," Smith said. "We weren't playing loud music."