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23rd reunion of the USS Macon

On Thursday, May 25, people that served on the USS Macon held their 23rd reunion at various locations throughout the city. This was the second time they had held the reunion here. You can see pictures from their visit to Government Center by clicking here.

During their visit, they spent time at the Washington Library studying artifacts and articles before traveling to Government Center to see the replica of the ship on display and to meet with Mayor Reichert. To thank him for hosting them, they presented him with a piece of planking from the USS Macon and official reunion shirt, hat, pen, and lapel pin. Organizers noted there were two men in the group who helped commission the USS Macon in 1945. 

Animal rescue groups hosting Happy Tails Adoption Event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners will hold the first Happy Tails Adoption Event from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the shelter (4214 Fulton Mill Road). People can come to the shelter to see what animals are available for adoption there and with several local rescue groups, including Peach County Animal Rescue, Pawsome Southern Rescue, Gentle Gians, All About Animals, Pixel, and Furever After.

“We wanted to open our doors to the general public and show them what great animals there are at Animal Welfare and with our local and regional rescue groups,” says Director Sonja Adams. “I want to thank our partners in the rescue community for their continued support and for being part of this event. Our entire staff is looking forward to helping host more of these throughout the year as we work together to find permanent homes for these animals.”

HOPE Inside offers financial literacy, credit rating education, support

On Thursday, May 12, Macon-Bibb County leaders joined Operation HOPE Founder and Chairman John Hope Bryant to ceremonially celebrate the opening of HOPE Inside Macon, which is located at the Buck Melton Center (150 Sessions Drive). The celebration at the Center was part of a series of events over two days, to introduce Operation HOPE to the Macon-Bibb community, and for people to learn more about the services and early successes of the initiative.

For pictures from the visit and events, click here.

Robins Financial Credit Union Continues Support of Habitat for Humanity

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Financial Credit Union recently made a corporate donation of $1,500 to the Macon Area Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to the corporate donation, a team of 14 Robins Financial Credit Union employees met at a home on Lynmore Estates for Habitat’s “Women Build Day.”

Robins Financial Credit Union has partnered with the Macon Area 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 168,000 members, with assets exceeding $2.0 billion. 

Macon-Bibb nationally ranked for customer service in March

In March, Macon-Bibb was ranked second in the country for total issues resolved for cities with 150,000 or more people. More than 2,100 issues were resolved, and the only city to have more was Detroit, MI.

This is very impressive considering Detroit has more than four times Macon-Bibb’s population but only closed abut 600 more issues. With its much larger population, Detroit only closed one issue for every 167 people, while Macon-Bibb closed one issue for every 45 residents.

To read the full blog and see the other cities ranked, click here.

Since these monthly rankings began in July 2015, Macon-Bibb has been in the Top 10 all but one month. For all of 2015, we ranked #8 with more than 14,000 issues resolved.

Honoring the Women of Macon-Bibb County government

March 2016 in Macon-Bibb County was Women’s History Month, and at the March 1 Commission Meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert and Commissioners invited all the women in attendance forward to be recognized for their contributions to the community. The next week, the Commission recognized International Women’s Day.

“The Macon-Bibb County government is filled with women who just want to help their county be the best it can be. And they all believe that starts from the inside out,” says Rachel Gambill, Communications Specialist in the Office of Public Affairs. “The work we put in on a day-to-day basis radiates outward into our communities, and that’s something we each have in common.”

MaconBibbTV features Frank Johnson Rec Center groundbreaking

One of the most popular places in Macon-Bibb’s Unionville neighborhood is the Frank Johnson Recreation Center…but it was in need of some repairs and upgrades. Now, thanks to the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), the Center is getting $939,000 worth of them. 

Watch this MaconBibbTV feature to hear from Johnson’s wife, Dorothy,
and project leaders about what’s coming to the recreation center.

Improvements and upgrades include a welcoming new entrance, a computer lab, new open meeting spaces, security upgrades, new bathrooms, doors, paint, and more! And that’s just Phase 1 of the overall plan. Phase 2 will include a new gym and weight room.