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Fuel truck loses control, causes fire in Bibb


Around 11 p.m. Saturday night, the Bibb Sheriff's office said a fuel tanker lost control and crashed at the intersection of Houston Avenue and Pio Nono Avenue.

They said 57-year-old Mark Godfrey, from Rincon, was driving a fuel tanker truck which was going too fast as he approached the intersection. Godfrey lost control and flipped the tanker onto its side and stopped near a vacant building on Pio Nono. The truck exploded into flames, also damaging the building.

Godfrey was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries.

The intersection was closed for several hours as crews cleaned up the area affected by the fuel spill. It was reopened around 5:30 a.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies did not cite Godfrey but noted he was "traveling too fast for the conditions."

Bibb schools working on salary study


Bibb County School leaders say they want employees to get paid what's fair. Officials presented a salary study Thursday night that's been in the works for about a year.

Its focus is on classified workers. Those include bus drives, nutrition personnel and secretaries.

The goal is to figure out what people should be paid. The study combined minimum and maximum salaries of those in Bibb and similar size school systems, like Muscogee and Chatham Counties.

Attorney: Bibb judge axed her from case for "personal reasons"


A Bibb County judge says he removed murder defendant Frank Reeves' lawyer from his case because she failed to represent him effectively.

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Today Veronica Brinson said she felt blindsided by the order, and called it a personal attack that took the focus off the case.

She said, "It's an illegal order, and he knows it, but it was personal and I hate that because it's not about he and its not about me."

Bibb student creates apps for Apple


While his peers are probably spending a lot of time using apps, one Bibb County teen is making his mark on the digital world by creating them.

It's called "Transcynd."

Darran Hall writes computer code and creates Apple applications."I had originally studied the objective c-syntax the primary language for iOS development and after that I started pursuing actual development, so I bought a license from Apple," said Hall.

An app allows a person using a mobile device to access software. It took Hall six months to develop his music program, "Transcynd."

All you need is one finger to use it. Hall designed it to show users similar artists to what they're currently listening to.

Downtown Macon bar reverses smoking ban after 17 days


Well that didn't last long.

Seventeen days after it declared it was going smoke-free, the Hummingbird Stage and Taproom in downtown Macon is allowing its patrons to light up again.

Hummingbird owner Tim Obelgoner says they're tossing out their no-smoking rule after less than three weeks because they've lost business.

And many of their loyal smoking customers made it clear that banning smoking was the wrong move, Obelgoner said.

He said they may review the policy again later, but for now customers are free to light up.




Crews working to reopen shuttered downtown Macon hotel


It has been about four years since the Ramada Plaza hotel closed in downtown Macon leaving only its empty shell towering over the city skyline.

The troubled building has fallen in and out of foreclosure a few times with its future largely uncertain since it closed.

That could be changing soon.

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A new coat of paint was smacked on the building's exterior last month and on Wednesday, construction crews worked feverishly inside ripping out and replacing carpet, cleaning windows, throwing out old beds and remodeling the lobby.

UPDATE: Trial postponed in fatal Macon gas station shooting


UPDATE: Jury selection was supposed to begin Tuesday in the murder trial of Frank Reeves.

According to Judge Simms the case has been postponed until November. They could not provide us with a reason for the continuance, or an exact date for the trial.

Reeves' is the elderly man accused of shooting and killing Linda Hunnicutt at the Murphy's gas station on Gray Highway in December 2012.

Reeves then told investigators she bumped his motorized wheelchair with her car.

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