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Bike sharing system may come to Macon


The College Hill Alliance wants to bring a new bike rental system to Macon and give people another way of getting around town.

"Spokefly is a unique bike sharing program where people who have bikes that they are not renting, like say mine for instance that's just gathering dust in my closet, can rent out their bikes to people who like to rent bikes," said Nadia Osman, College Hill Alliance.

To rent your ride out Osman says all you would need to do is post a picture of it, along with its location, to the Spokefly website map. "And then those who want to rent bikes can pay a monthly or even a weekly or daily subscription fee. And then they look for bikes that are closest to them," she said.

Then you can go wherever you want as long as you stay in Bibb County.

Storms Collapse Part of Macon Store


Strong storms collapsed the awning and sheered the roof off a store on Bloomfield Road in Macon Monday night.

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According to a dispatcher with the Macon-Bibb Fire Department, they received a call about the damage a few minutes after 8 p.m. to 3306 Bloomfield Drive. That's the address of the G Mart, a convenience store and Sunoco gas station.

The store was dark and unoccupied by 10:30 p.m., but bystanders said there were people inside at the time. There is no official word on any injuries.

Hummingbird smoking ban begins


One of the last bars in downtown Macon that allowed smoking has officially gone cold turkey.

The Hummingbird's ban on lighting up inside is effective September 1.

13WMAZ spoke to smokers and non-smokers about the bar's new rule.

"That's just going to turn all of your regulars away," says frequent patron Matthew Taylor, who's been smoking for a little more than five years.

Jared Ringwood says the ban is a big improvement.

"Actually been kind of nice, a lot cleaner atmosphere," he said.

But Taylor says it's just another way smokers are being isolated.

"They should not have done it because it's one of the original places where you could have got a beer, came here, smoked and had fun," he said.

Thousands turn out for Macon Labor Day race


For thirty-eight years, pavement warriors have joined Macon's annual Labor Day Road Race.

This year, about 2,250 participants sweated it out, finish line in sight.

The races included a 5K, 10K, and one mile fun run.
All groups met when they crossed the finish line at Central City Park.

Karen Fauer came in second place in the 70-74 age category for the 10K race.

"You want to go so fast across that finish line, because everyone is watching you, and you have a hard time putting one foot in front of the other at that point," she says. "But once you cross it, it's a good feeling... a feeling of accomplishment."

For her, it is an event that brings the whole family together.

Even though her children live in different states, for the last three years, they have congregated at her house and made this Macon race a tradition.

Macon convenience store robbed


Broadway Foodmart, 1610 Broadway, Macon, was robbed at about 2 p.m. Sunday.

According to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, a man armed with a gun entered the store and demanded money before leaving with an undisclosed amount of cash.

No one was injured, according to a sheriff's office news release.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the "on-call" investigator or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


Macon store employees robbed while making bank deposit


Two Macon convenient store employees were robbed Sunday while making a bank deposit.

The employees were at the State Bank & Trust, 4699 Log Cabin Drive, at about 2:30 p.m. when they were approached by a man armed with a gun, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

He took the bank deposit bag and ran.

Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the "on-call" investigator or call the Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


Hot dog, baked potato eatery opening in downtown Macon


If you're a fan of hot dogs and baked potatoes, downtown Macon is about to get much tastier for you.

An eatery called Spud Dogs is opening Thursday in the former Doughboy Pizza location at the corner of Cherry and Third streets.

A sign in the window states the restaurant is still hiring. Applicants should apply at 484 Cherry St.