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Middle Georgia State College Holds Gaming Workshop

Diego Lizarazo is a Developer Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. He stopped by Middle Georgia State College to lead a gaming workshop.

"One of the examples that I was showing them was made by a high school student in just a little over two weeks in his free time," he said.

Will Haggerty, a freshman at Houston County High School, has wanted to do game design since he was in seventh grade.

He says programming is a field that people at any age can appreciate.

"If you're 40, or if you're my age, 15, you're gonna understand it," Haggerty said.

"If you like games, it's a great way to understand how to create games, and it's an industry that's growing, but also because it's a really cool way to start learning how to program," Lizarazo said.

He says programming is important to learn because different types of jobs are becoming more dependent on technology.

Macon-Bibb Crime Files

Thursday files

: April 15

Incident type:
Warning for animal restraint violation

1900 block Canterbury Road

A deputy was called out to the location at about 9:45 p.m. in reference to a fight. When he arrived he was met by two men who was complaining about their neighbor's pit bull. The men said the dog has been a problem in the neighborhood frequently running loose. While they were arguing with the dog's owner about the issue, the dog charged at one of them. One of the men then shot and killed the dog. No charges were filed and the dog's owner received a warning for failure to restrain her animal.

Sheriff's office looking for Walgreens robber

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding someone they said robbed Walgreens at 1280 Gray Highway on March 18.

The sheriff's office said a man, armed with a handgun, entered the store and demanded money from the clerk.

No one was injured during this incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

Rutland student charged for handgun in car

A Rutland High School student was charged with having a loaded handgun inside a car in the school parking lot.

That's according to Stephanie Hartley, spokeswoman for the Bibb County school district.

She said it happened Wednesday, April 9.

The 17-year-old boy apparently switched cars with a parent, and the car he took to school had advertisements on the outside for stun guns, pepper spray and other self-defense items.

When school officials looked inside, they saw pepper-spray canisters inside, in plain view, and decided to search the car.

That's when they found the loaded handgun in the trunk, along with several "stun guns" or Tasers.

She could not describe the type of gun, but said it was never inside the school.

I-75, I-16 interchange clear after 5-car wreck

A multi-car accident snarled traffic at the Interstate 75 and 16 interchange in Macon Thursday morning.

The wreck happened around 9 a.m. on I-75 south, between the Pierce Avenue exit and the split.

Lt. Sean DeFoe said it happened when traffic backed up around 300 yards north of the split and one vehicle struck two others from behind, causing a chain reaction.

Three people in one of the vehicles were taken to a local hospital, and they were in "very stable" condition later Thursday morning.

The accident scene was cleared by 11 a.m.

DeFoe said no one was charged.

Rescue Mission holds Easter Luncheon Friday

"Jesus cares."

That's what the Macon Rescue Mission sign says and intends to show with a community Easter meal served on Good Friday.

That'll be at their Hazel Street location at 11:30 a.m. Anyone in need is invited to enjoy the free lunch, according to a release.

You can find the Rescue Mission in downtown Macon at 774 Hazel Street, at the corner of First Street.

Bibb School Board reviews superintendent applications

The Bibb County School board is getting closer to finding its next superintendent. Members met with the Georgia School Boards Association Wednesday night to review the now 23 applications.

One person from Georgia withdrew their submission, making 17 applicants from the peach state and six from out-of state. Bill Sampson with the GSBA says the candidates, who are mostly from the southeastern part of the U.S., are ranked by the association before they are given to the school board.

Applicants are ranked by tiers one, two and three depending on how they meet the posted job qualifications.