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Holiday safety tips from the Fire Department

During the Holiday Season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to offer some turkey fryer operation safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe time. To read the full list of tips, visit our website by clicking here. 

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season,” says Lieutenant Brenda Thomas. “Fire safety starts at home, and with these tips, people can more safely celebrate with friends and family.”

Arrest made in north Macon robbery attempt

A 48-year-old Reynolds man was arrested Tuesday in connection to an attempted armed robbery that happened Monday at a north Macon convenience store.

According to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, the investigation lead them to 48-year-old Clayton Gibson, Jr., who was staying at the Palm Tree Inn on Riverside Drive.

The attempted robbery happened Monday at the Circle K convenience store, located at 2580 Riverside Drive. It was reported a man came into the store and asked the clerk to buy a pack of cigarettes. When the clerk opened the cash register, the man demanded money. The clerk refused and called 911. The man then fled towards Pierce Avenue.

Macon-Bibb committee approves senior center master plans

A Macon-Bibb committee approved the final design plans for the new senior center Tuesday afternoon.

Leroy Thomas says the seniors' persistence and the commissioners' hard work has paid off.

"I told Mayor Reichert, and the commissioners, thank you," he says.

Throughout the past year, Thomas could be found sitting in the the front row of every senior center meeting advocating for the seniors.

Many of whom, had similar complaints, including the center being too small, and not liking suggested new locations.

Prior proposals included sites at the Bloomfield Recreation center, and the A.L. Miller School.

He says, "Just because we are seniors, don't mistake the fact that we are voters, and we are concerned about our own welfare, we are just looking out for ourselves."

Charges dropped against Walmart vandalism suspect after he joins Army

Charges have been dropped against one of the organizers of a vandalism rampage at a north Macon Walmart after he joined the Army.

Vashun Chandler Rozier took his Army physical in Atlanta last week, said Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke.

He said Rozier had already planned to enter the military before June 28. That's when 40 to 50 teens stormed the Zebulon Road Walmart at about 1:50 a.m.

Downtown Macon restaurant closes, announces re-location

According to a sign outside of Market City Cafe in downtown Macon, the restaurant has closed and will re-open in another location.


The sign on the door says to check the restaurant's Facebook for updates on their move, but the site has not been updated since July.

Market City Cafe opened in 2007 and featured a variety of foods but were most known for their cakes.

We reached out to the owners for comment but did not hear back.


Bibb bus monitor put on leave, treatment of boy investigated

A Bibb County bus monitor is on administrative leave, while school officials investigate a video that appears to show the monitor mishandling a 6-year-old autistic boy.

Bibb school officials promised to investigate the case after 13WMAZ showed school leaders the phone video.

The clip is more than three minutes long, and you can see the Bibb bus monitor drag the boy from the bus to his after-school daycare.

Click here to view the entire clip

Macon-Bibb County expands recycling, yard waste program

On November 17, the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved the expansion and standardization of recycling and yard waste pickup and realignment of garbage pickup services. Beginning January 4, 2016, the following services will be offered: