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Commemorative marker to honor lynching victims

A North Georgia-based group is placing a marker in Macon-Bibb to recognize and remember those who were lynched here. At Tuesday’s meeting, Commissioners granted permission to the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta’s ‘Beloved Community: Commission for Dismantling Racism’ group to place the marker at The Douglass Theatre.

The marker will bear the names of people lynched in Bibb County. The Tubman African-American Museum will co-sponsor the placing of the marker on October 22, and there will be a short memorial service when that occurs. To read more about this marker and its significance, see the full resolution by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUD527D5B/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Committee%20Amendment%20Episcopal%20Diocese%20of%20Atlanta's%20Beloved%20Community.pdf.

Dozens of animals rescued during Happy Tails event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners held its first Happy Tails Adoption Event the shelter. More than 200 people visited that day to see what animals could be adopted and how they could volunteer and support one of the many rescue groups in the region. By the end of the event 14 animals had been adopted and 25 rescued by area groups from Animal Welfare, and 8 more had been adopted from Peach County Animal Rescue. “Happy Tails was a great success, especially considering it was the first one we’ve hosted,” says Animal Welfare Director Sonja Adams. “We were able to save almost 50 animals and educate hundreds of people about animal safety and care, and how they can support their community rescue groups.” To read more about the event and how to adopt, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.maconbibb.us/happytailsasuccess/.

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert proclaimed June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Month in Macon-Bibb County at the June 7 Commission Meeting. He and the rest of the Commission encouraged people to wear orange and raise awareness of the senseless violence that harms families and communities across the country.

Commission recognizes Education Support Professionals

At its June 7 meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert announced that May 20 had been proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Macon-Bibb County in conjunction with the Bibb Association of Educators Awards. The Commission took time that evening to recognize this year’s Education Support Professional of the Year, Rutland High School Head Custodian Beverly Harris.

In addition to the Education Support Specialist of the Year, BAE also awarded the Read Across America winner, Vineville Academy, a $500 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Also, a student from Vineville and Alexander II each received a Nook e-reader.

To read more about the BAE Awards and to see pictures from the recognition, click here: www.maconbibb.us/esprecognition2016/.

Bicycle tour, outdoor movie hosted as part of MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival

Everyone is invited to take a bike tour of some of Macon-Bibb's newest or recently improved parks and greenspaces, including Tattnall Square Park, the Dog Park, Washington Park, Bernd Park, Daisy Park, and Oakhaven Park. The tour will end up in Oakhaven Park (at intersection of English and Oakhaven Avenues), where people will be enjoying an outdoor showing of The Avengers that will begin at dusk. “We’ve made a great deal of improvement to our parks, and even created some new ones,” says Parks & Beautification Director Stephen Lawson. “We really want to show people all that’s been done, let them experience a great family activity in one, and hear from them what they’d like to see us do in the future.” The tour is part of a series of events called the MACON CONNECTS Ideas Festival. From June 14-16, people will be able explore all possibilities for improving mobility and connections in Macon-Bibb.

Eagle Scout Project approved for Macon Dog Park

Commissioners gave the green light to another Eagle Scout Service Project. Candidate Rob Desmet wants to build a dog rinsing station at the Macon Dog Park located on Adams Street. Desmet is a 17-year-old with Macon’s Troop 10. To read his proposal to the Commission and details on the station, click here.

 

Macon-Bibb supports creation of Cotton Avenue Historic District

What do a local dentist and civil rights leader, Capricorn Records, a sloping road, and segregation have in common? They’ve each played a role in the mission to get Cotton Avenue designated as an official Historic District. The Commission is requesting that Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning designate the area as such.

That dentist and civil rights leader is Dr. D.T. Walton, Sr., and contributions to our community led to a portion of Cotton Avenue being named for him many years ago. That portion of road – which runs from College Street, down by the Government Center, and all the way down Cotton Avenue to Mulberry and 2nd Streets – is what people are hoping will become a historic district.

To read more, click here.