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Robins Financial Partners with Houston County Habitat for Humanity

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Financial Credit Union continued its support for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday.

Employees from Robins Financial volunteered to help build a home for a homeowner in the community. Work day tasks included installing insulation, weather stripping, and other maintenance items.

Robins Financial Credit Union has partnered with the Houston County Habitat for Humanity since 2008 and employees have frequently donated their time to construct Habitat homes.

Robins Financial Credit Union is a local non-profit financial cooperative with nineteen branches in central Georgia. Robins Financial currently provides financial services to over 165,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. 

EMA hosting monthly disaster preparation meetings, discussions

On Wednesday, March 2, the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) held its regular Emergency Support Function (ESF) meeting with team leads to discuss preparing for future disasters, weather events, and crises.

At this month’s meeting, 116th Air Control Wing Commander Colonel Mark Weber gave an overview of 116th and the Georgia Air National Guard, how they helped during the Flood of 1994, and how they can help during future events. They also had their Bomb Squadron Emergency Response Vehicle on site for viewing. Also at the meeting, Public Health gave an update on the Zika Virus, and EMA discussed tornado preparedness and the upcoming community-wide shelter in place drill.

Macon-Bibb leaders outline the State of our Community

At the 2016 Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce State of the Community Luncheon, a theme resonated with multiple people: Macon-Bibb County has great momentum when it comes to moving the community forward. 

The event on February 4 at the Macon Centreplex brought together hundreds of people who all want to see Macon-Bibb succeed. From business leaders to elected officials to representatives from Robins Air Force Base…all in attendance want to see our community grow and thrive. 

Mayor Robert Reichert spoke about the County’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. He says while our strengths are great – our people, natural resources, cultural and educational opportunities – we must not forget to take our weaknesses and threats seriously because they are very real. He mentioned things like poverty, blight, and crime. 

Practice Shelter in Place for a chance to sound the Macon-Bibb emergency siren

The Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a Shelter in Place drill on March 30, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. Shelter in Place means to take immediate shelter where you are – whether that’s at home, work, or school, or traveling – during an emergency.

To encourage people to participate and help spread the word of how important this drill is, EMA is hosting a social media contest. During the drill, take a photo of you and everyone else in your shelter in place location and post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and use #SiPMaconBibb. From the posted photos, EMA will select someone to sound the emergency sirens in during the monthly test in April or May.

Improvements to City Auditorium coming thanks to the SPLOST

The Commission approved using $150,000 in SPLOST funds for improvements and repairs at the Macon City Auditorium. While there is much more that is needed to bring the Auditorium back to where it needs to be, this will provide for some first steps, including cleaning, table repair, dusting, new carpet, and other smaller projects to keep it in shape for performances and events.  

The Auditorium is one of our major cultural centers and represents a milestone in our community’s history having been built for the city’s 100th Anniversary. It is estimated to need more than $15 million in repairs and upgrades, and needs to be kept in better condition over time. Without that, it becomes more and more difficult to attract larger performances and to provide our community and arts organizations the high-quality space in which to perform that they deserve.

Macon-Bibb celebrating the #WomenofMaconBibb

March 2016 was officially proclaimed as Women’s History Month at the Commission Meeting on March 1. Mayor Robert Reichert and Commissioners invited all the women in attendance forward to be recognized for their contributions to the community with the reading of the official proclamation.

Each day in March, the Office of Public Affairs is recognizing the women of our consolidated government, celebrating their stories of community service, and showcasing the highlights of their career. Follow Macon-Bibb County on Instagram (@MaconBibbCounty) and help us thank them for their service and dedication using the hashtags #WomenofMaconBibb. 

Aspiring Eagle Scout uncovers, memorializes Negro League History in Macon-Bibb

A Macon-Bibb Boy Scout is going for his Eagle Scout rank, and in doing so, uncovered history that is now permanently marked at historic Luther Williams Field. Gordon Smith is with Troop 170, and while on a trip to the National Negro League Museum in Kansas City, he got curious. 

Gordon found out that four players from the National Negro League were born right here and helped pave the way for boys like Gordon to play ball, regardless of the color of their skin. Lemuel Hawkins, Marion ‘Sugar’ Cain, Robert Scott, and Ernest Fann each have their own plaques celebrating their groundbreaking careers hanging at Luther Williams Field.

Both Scott and Fann were at the plaque unveiling ceremony at Central City Park, and Fann spoke about the pride he feels when seeing Gordon’s project.