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Historic Macon Offers Facade Loans for Downtown Macon

Some of downtown Macon’s facades are about to get a facelift. 

Historic Macon Foundation announced today that its popular facade loan program will expand into downtown Macon.

That's according to a Historic Macon Foundation news release. 

The 1772 Foundation has made $30,000 to Historic Macon Foundation to launch the program. 

This new grant marks the Foundation’s first gift in Macon. 

All $30,000 will be lent to eligible property owners downtown to improve the appearance of their buildings. 

Program details and application instructions can be found online at www.historicmacon.org/loans

Society of Professional Engineers Discuss Passenger Rail

The Middle Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers, in cooperation with the Mercer University School of Engineering, is celebrating Engineers Week 2011 in the middle Georgia area. 

The Society Engineering Chapter and the Engineering School are sponsoring a luncheon in the President’s Dining Room at the University Center on Mercer's campus. 

The luncheon will be held on Monday, February 21 at noon. 

Mr. Gordon Kenna, Chief Executive Officer of Georgians for Passenger Rail, will speak about the passenger rail in the State of Georgia and the ramifications of the Transportation Investment Act (GA HB 277).  

The Georgians for Passenger Rail is an advocacy group promoting the creation of a passenger rail network for Georgia.  The group is focused on bringing passenger rail service to the Macon-Atlanta corridor.

11th Hour Awards After Party Takes Place Downtown

11th Hour Awards After Party Takes Place Downtown

February 24 at Bottoms Up.

Live music by DJ Trent Shawty Slim and Roger Riddle.

Bottoms Up is located at 566 Cherry St.

Macon Unemployment Rates Unchanged in December

Macon Unemployment Rates Unchanged in December

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Macon area was unchanged at 10.3 percent from November to December, a Department of Labor news release says.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed workers in the area increased to 11,590, up 80 from 11,510. The jobless rate in the metro Macon area in December 2009 was 9.9 percent.

Georgia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 10.2 percent in December, up two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10 percent in November. The rate was 10.3 percent in December 2009.

Statewide, the number of payroll jobs decreased 21,800, or six-tenths of a percentage point, to 3,827,200 from 3,849,000 in November.

Officers Selected for Boy Scouts Council in Central Georgia

The following were elected as officers for the Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 24 counties and over 5,700 youth.  The Scouting method is used to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development and self-reliance through outdoor education.


Eli Morgan

Council President
State Farm Insurance


Dr. Jonathan Griggs

Council Commissioner

General Dentistry


Terry Henderson

V.P. Finance

Mauldin & Jenkins, CPA


Ross Cooper, R.Ph.

V.P. Membership

Central State Hospital


Thomas G. Whatley

V.P. Manpower



Jonathan Martin

V.P Strategic Planning

Constangy, Brooks and Smith, LLC


William Fickling, III

V.P. Program

Westside High Students Open & Manage Spear-It Shop

“This is an historic day for Westside High School,” Westside High DECA Vice President Kiara Fuller told the assembled guests at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the school’s new store. “The Spear-It Shop is a school-based enterprise designed to teach students all aspects of running a business. As one of Ms. Wall’s Marketing students, I am proud that I was able to be a part of this process.”

Students, teachers, school and district administrators, and community members gathered at the school on Tuesday January 18 to celebrate the opening of the store as an opportunity for students in the Marketing Career Pathway.

Business: Weather Closings & Delays for Tuesday, January 11, 2011

American Professonal Institute in Macon, Warner Robins and Milledgeville is closed for students Tuesday. All faculty and staff should report at noon.

Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services will open Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Bibb County employees should report at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Bibb County State Court, Superior Court and Magistrate Court jurors are excused for the week.

CB&T: all branches of CB&T Bank of Middle GA will open at noon Tuesday

Children's Neurology Center, Macon closed Tuesday

City of Macon employees should report at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Cox Communications will suspend normal operations until 1 p.m. Tuesday. The company will be in touch with customers to reschedule service appointments.

Crossroads Counseling Center, Macon, will open at noon.