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EMA, Animal Welfare want to help keep your pets safe

June is National Pet Preparedness Month, and Macon-Bibb County’s Emergency Management Agency and Animal Welfare Department want you to take steps now to make sure your pets are safe during an emergency or severe weather. To learn how to prepare your pets for emergencies, check out the the guides from FEMA or GEMA.

“Pets are part of our families, and it’s just as important for people to have a plan for them as it is for their husbands, wives, and children” says EMA Director Spencer Hawkins. “June is especially important for us in Middle Georgia as we face extremely hot temperatures and the threat of severe weather and even tornadoes. We want to make sure people know what to do with their pets in all conditions.”

Macon-Bibb names Student Leadership Award recipient

At the June 7 Commission Meeting, Macon-Bibb County named and honored the 2015-2016 recipient of the Bert Bivins, III Student Leadership Award, which is given to a member of Macon-Bibb’s Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students (GCAPS) cohort. This year’s recipient is Sharrieff Muhammad, a recent graduate of the Georgia Cyber Academy and the first homeschool student to participate in the program.

“We have observed his work among his peers; we have noticed his creativity we appreciate his participation, his punctuality, and that he is a natural leader,” says Charles Coney, Macon-Bibb’s Assistant County Manager.

To read more about the Mr. Muhammad, the Award, and GCAPS, click here.

 

Commission making way for Brewpubs

Macon-Bibb is getting its first-ever brewpubs (Piedmont Brewing and Ocmulgee Brewpub), and the Commission updates its Code of Ordinances so they could operate. Details on licensing and fees can be found be by copying and pasting this link into your browser: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLVB52A67C/$file/6-7-2016 - Ord Amending Ch 4 of Code to Provide for Brewpubs.pdf.

“Part of revitalizing Downtown Macon-Bibb is to make it easier for new businesses to open and thrive,” says Mayor Robert Reichert. “With the national trend of people looking for ways to enjoy locally made craft beer and the success of the our first local brewery, the Macon Beer Company, it’s only natural that we make sure businesses like Piedmont Brewing and Ocmulgee Brewpub have a place in our community.”

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/.