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Business owner supports "Progress Tour"


Progress is afoot in downtown Macon, and the people over at Newtown Macon are giving you a chance to see the growth up close.

The Progress Tour is Wednesday, October 8. It's designed to draw everyone's interest to downtown development, especially business owners.

Will Robinson says his First Street shop has had about as good of a first year as a small business can hope for.

"I've been pleasantly surprised with how everything is going," he said.

He says that's because downtown Macon's got the perfect ingredients for growth.

"It's honestly a very forgiving environment like people kinda work with you a little bit and say well, this isn't great, but what you're doing over here is perfect," Robinson said.

UPDATE: Accused killer beat Macon man to death


UPDATE: According to an arrest warrant, Charles Hall, who's accused of killing 49-year-old Ricky Turner in Macon on Friday, shows the suspect knocked the victim unconscious causing him to hit his head on the pavement.

It then says the suspect straddled the victim and then continued to punch him several more times, killing him.

Macon-Bibb 5X5 Program to clean up District 5


Residents in Macon-Bibb's 5th District could soon notice cleaner lots, more brightly-lit neighborhoods, and other improvements as the county's 5X5 Program takes place there for one month.

From September 29th through October 31st, multiple departments will focus on cleaning and fixing problems within a 5-square-block area, for five weeks.

The work begins on Monday, September 29th, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., when Macon-Bibb Business Development Services will have code enforcement inspectors in the neighborhood.

Here's a summary of what else will happen in District 5 during the 5X5 Program:

Facilities Management will replace street signs and lights, and paint new street markings.

Parks and Beautification will remove litter, and mow grass in yards and rights-of-way.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day


Saturday was the ninth and final National Prescription Drug Take Back Day hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, but starting next month ongoing disposal opportunities for patients will be readily available.

Central Georgia law enforcement agencies partnered up with the DEA once more to take in any expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Bibb deputies make arrest in suspicious death


It happened Friday at 11 p.m. on 1626 third street.A media release from The Bibb county sheriffs says they've arrested 50-year-old Charles Hall for the alleged murder of 49-year-old Ricky Turner of Macon.

The release says Hall and Turner got into an altercation when Turner suffered trauma to his head, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Charles Hall is being held in the Bibb County Jail for Murder without bond.

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Big House Museum fights to save Allman Brothers history


Saturday, a sign of the Allman Brothers' significance to Macon will be revealed, but some are worried another piece of the band's history could come tumbling down. While a portion of a road near the Big House Museum will be rededicated in honor of Duane Allman, fans and supporters are concerned about the future of the condemned Capricorn Records building in downtown Macon.

For Kit and Gary Underwood, it the trip to The Big House was in the making for too long to remember.

"This has been on my to do list for years and years and years," Gary said.

When asked what one thing any true Allman Brothers Band fan has to see at The Big House, they say it takes more than one trip.

It's something Big House Executive Director Rob Schneck says he sees often, and now that legacy is expanding.

Bibb Sheriffs Office seeks suspect in Macon BP burglary


The Bibb Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect in the Friday morning burglary of a BP gas station in Macon on Shurling Drive.

The Sheriff's Office says around 2:10 a.m. Friday, the suspect shattered the glass door with a rock and entered the store.

He then placed an unknown amount of cigarettes and cigars into a plastic trash can, and left the store.

The Sheriff's Office describes the suspect as a black male wearing dark clothing, and say he was driving a dark colored vehicle.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.