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Inaugural Pleasant Hill soap box derby race held


A dozen kids at a church summer camp started a new tradition off with a blast.

Strong Tower Fellowship's senior pastor Tom Anderson calls it the inaugural Pleasant Hill soap box derby race.

The summer campers raced down the hill on Gaillard Street, near the church.

11-year-old Khaleel Taylor had a strategy for winning.

"Well, the trick to making a car, it's about doing your best, make sure the steering wheel straight, the paint straight," says Khaleel. "It was kind of scary because you can't control it when you go downhill. I was going to crash into someone else."

Man robs Waffle House on Pio Nono Avenue

Bibb County deputies are investigating a robbery that happened at a Waffle House at 4285 Pio Nono Avenue early Friday morning.

According to a news release, an armed man came into the Waffle House and demanded money from the cash register. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled towards a neighboring hotel.

The man, the release states, was described to deputies as black, wearing a black bandana over his face, a tan colored "fishing style" hat, a black long sleeved shirt, black sweat pants, white gloves and white tennis shoes. The man's gun was described as a long barrel revolver with wooden hand grips.

No one was injured during this incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Former OrthoGeorgia worker arrested again, accused of forgery

The woman accused of stealing more than $100K from OrthoGeorgia under a false name has been arrested again.

According to Macon-Bibb County arrest warrants, Melissa Zediker forged a signature back in April for a patient who did not give consent to sign his name on a confidential document. She is also accused of stealing more than $69,000 from her current employer within a short period of time.

According to the warrants, she has been charged with 12 counts of fiduciary theft and one count of 1st degree forgery.

Zediker was also arrested last week and charged with 41 counts of felony theft by taking after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 under a false name while working for OrthoGeorgia.

'Black Lives Matter' rally held in Macon

The Black Lives Matter movement was created in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin, and some local people want to send out the message that the phrase is more than just a hashtag.

Thursday night, a rally in Macon was held in Central City Park.

A group of about 50 marched around the park singing and holding signs.

They then gathered around the gazebo to talk about changes they believe are needed in the community.

Macon teens start foundation to help others


Averiona Hightower and Katlin Abram are about to start their last year at Northeast High School in Macon, but it's just the beginning for their non-profit, The Best Friend Foundation.

Their goal is to inspire and mentor younger girls in Bibb County. They got the idea after Abram saw a post by a friend on Facebook.

"It was a man feeding the homeless, like giving them money to go buy them food," says Abram. "I texted Averiona and I was like, 'Do you want to change the world?' and she sent me laughing emojis." After a few more text messages, the teens say they realized their passion for helping others was no joke at all.

DQ Blizzard sales benefit Children's Miracle Network

It's a sweet treat that benefited some even sweeter kids.

Thursday was Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen restaurants across the country. At the Gray DQ on West Clinton Street, crowds were lined up to the door.

At this location, all the proceeds from their famous blizzards will go to the Children's Miracle Network hospitals, like the Children's Hospital, Navicent Health in Macon.

Gabrielle Griffin is a shift manger at Dairy Queen, and the Children's Hospital is close to her heart.

LEDs to light up Macon streets

ID=30867461Macon-Bibb county will soon replace all of its street light bulbs with brighter lights.

They're called LED lights and county Commissioners approved Georgia Power's proposal to let them install more than 6,000 of them inside the former Macon city limits.

But in some areas, neighbors like Valentria Ross, say those lights leave her in the dark. "The street light comes on but it also shuts off for a period of time, sometimes it will pop back on but it be real dark out here and sometimes we be like scared to come outside," said Ross.