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Thomas Filmore Park design plan moves forward


ID=24985197A county committee agreed Tuesday to move forward with design plans for Thomas Filmore Park, which is located on Log Cabin Drive.

Supporters say the project has been stalemated for years, because there simply wasn't enough money. The $1.5 million dollar project was included in the 2011 SPLOST. Design plans include a splash pad, two basketball courts, a pavilion, trails, and other play areas for children.

Macon-Bibb, Mercer land swap deal moves forward


The plan to swap land between Macon-Bibb County and Mercer University is moving forward, with the final vote scheduled in two weeks.

The deal, approved by a committee Tuesday, would let Mercer acquire the current senior center on Adams Street, valued at $712,000, and let Macon-Bibb acquire six properties, including Mercer's intramural fields, for the Second Street Corridor project, valued at $738,300.


The county is mulling moving the seniors to the Bloomfield Recreation Center, which would be expanded with $2 million in SPLOST money.

They'd be able to lease the current senior center for $1 a year for up to three years, until they found a place to move the senior center.

Macon-Bibb aiming for 200 buyouts


Budget battles plaguing Macon-Bibb County are forcing officials to come up with ways to cut costs.

Now, they're hoping to convince at least 200 eligible employees to retire early before the next fiscal year kicks in in July.

County manager Dale Walker told county commissioners that around 360 employees of about 2,200 are currently eligible.

Mercer, Macon-Bibb discussing land swap


Mercer University and Macon-Bibb County are discussing a land exchange.

It would let Mercer acquire the current senior center on Adams Street, valued at $712,000, and let Macon-Bibb acquire six properties, including Mercer's intramural fields, for the Second Street Corridor project, valued at $738,300.

One dead in Macon motorcycle accident


One person is dead after a motorcycle accident in Bibb County late Monday night.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says the victim is 41-year-old Dale Byrd, of Gray.

The accident happened at about 11 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Donald Avenue, near Shurling Drive.

According to a sheriff's office press release, a deputy said Byrd was driving his Honda CVR 600 motorcycle east on Shurling at approximately 70 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Before the deputy could initiate a traffic stop, Byrd increased his speed and made a right turn onto Pine Hill Drive, the news release states. He drove through a stop sign without stopping at Pine Hill Drive and New Clinton Road.

4-year-old found dead in Macon


UPDATE: The child has been identified as Carlene Rigby, according to an Open Records Act request. Her parents are Jason and Jody Rigby.

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Bibb investigators are looking into a 4-year-old's death in Macon.

The father of the little girl allegedly said he went to wake her up for church Sunday morning around nine and found her in bed with a window blind cord wrapped around her neck.

It happened at a home on Ivy Brook Way.

A news release said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bibb Sheriff's Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the "on-call" investigator.


SUV driven into Macon apartment


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An SUV was driven into a Macon apartment Monday afternoon.

The brakes reportedly went out on the Ford Expedition causing it to slam into a unit at Creekside apartment complex on Merriwood Drive at about 12:45 p.m.

The resident of the unit, Ransom Antoine, was not home at the time.

Ernest Young witnessed the accident. He said three children, a woman and man were inside of the truck when it slammed into the building.

"The truck went up in the air, it came back down and she ran directly into the house," he said.