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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. 

National Reentry Week community resource fair Wednesday

The United States Department of Justice has designated April 24 – 30, 2016 as National Reentry Week. Major steps have been taken to make the criminal justice system just, fair, and effective at reducing recidivism. In recognition of National Reentry Week, the Macon Reentry Coalition (MRC), a local nonprofit that connects returning citizens to resources, will host a free event open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Macon Reentry Coalition will hold a meeting and resource fair at the Goodwill Helms Career Center (240 Broadway). Local representatives from education, housing, counseling, health, veteran services and employment agencies will answer questions and assist in making referrals. Light refreshments will be available.

Former school in East Macon becoming affordable senior housing

For the first time in more than 30 years, a new place for low-income seniors to live is coming to East Macon-Bibb. The Hunt School Village is under construction now, and it will be a 60-unit affordable rental housing development for persons 62 and older.

The $11.8-million-dollar development is possible thanks to partnership between Macon-Bibb County, In-Fill Housing, Inc., the Macon-Bibb County Housing Authority, and Stafford Builders and Consultants. 

District 3 Commissioner Elaine Lucas sees a lot of potential for the entire community because of this development. “This is an example of something wonderful that’s happening where we have this eyesore,” she says.

To read more about the East Macon-Bibb development
and watch a MaconBibbTV feature on this partnership, click here.

Additional SPLOST funds allocated to new Filmore Thomas Park

Macon-Bibb commissioners voted at its March 15 meeting to move $60,000 in SPLOST funds from Recreation Land Acquisition to Filmore Thomas Park. The Park, which is currently under construction on Log Cabin Drive, is one residents have looked forward to for more than three decades.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the groundbreaking ceremony on the site.

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.

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.