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Macon-Bibb Commissioners tour water park


After months of construction and a few speed bumps, the Sandy Beach Water Park opens to the public Friday.

Construction crews spent the day adding last minute touches like lockers and putting out lounge chairs around the pool. Macon-Bibb County Commissioners got a tour Thursday.

The water is rushing, the lazy river is flowing, and the Sandy Beach Water Park is ready for its grand opening.

Macon Action Plan draft out for public review

Within the past year thousands of people have submitted their comments and ideas for the Macon Action Plan. Now, a draft of all the work is available for the public to review.

The Macon Action Plan was put together in order to make Macon's urban core, specifically the downtown and nearby neighborhoods, more vibrant.

Thousands of community members who live, work, and worship throughout downtown Macon submitted their comments and ideas to the group to help shape the 160-page project draft.

In a news release, the Macon-Bibb Urban Development Authority described the different ideas and project types.

Macon Music Ambassador records album with local artists


Macon's current music ambassador Ben Cassorla is from Los Angeles and is doing things a little bit differently.

"The Music Ambassadors idea is to bring Macon out into the larger world and what better idea of doing that than then to have something that can be shared around the world," Cassorla said.

The Music Ambassadors gives visiting musicians the red-carpet treatment and guides them around the legendary Macon music scene. The program connects artists from around the country to local talent.

Former Warner Robins public works head suing city

A former public works director and mayoral candidate says he plans to sue the city of Warner Robins for $100,000 because city council members accused him of being a racist.

Attorney Stanley Martin says he sent notice of the possible lawsuit to the city last week, on behalf of Joe Musselwhite.

Column at the Cannonball House getting repaired

A famous Macon landmark is getting a little bit of a facelift.

Workers at the Cannonball House on Mulberry Street noticed one of the columns on the front porch was rotting. The column is on the left side and supports the roof. The good news is the whole column doesn't have to be replaced. They will take out the damaged part, stabilize it, then fix it. They're also putting air vents in all the columns to keep this from happening again. Executive director Nicole Thurston says they are trying to preserve part of Macon's history.

"With the history that we have here, we're pre-Civil War, so we have these beautiful Antebellum homes. We have this great Greek revival and this helps up preserve what Macon was and what it is. We also use this building for education, it's also a museum," says Thurston.

How would Macon-Bibb EMA handle a train derailment?

Norfolk Southern spokesman Rick Harris says about 65 trains come through Macon each day.

So are Central Georgia public safety officials ready for a train disaster like the one in Tennessee? 13WMAZ's Kristen Swilley visited Bibb County's emergency management office to find out.

Thousands have been evacuated after an early morning train derailment and fire.

If a train went off track in similar fashion in Macon-Bibb, EMA Director Don Druitt said his department would be ready to jump into action.

"We'll set up shelters, places for those people to go, working with the Red Cross, and if we need to we can help bus them there until the area's clear and made safe again," he said.

Beware of scam telephone calls from IRS

Beware of callers claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service. It's a scam.

According to a news release, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says people may call, demand money and tell someone if they don't pay, they will send local law enforcement to arrest them.

The release says the caller may know information about you through the internet and social media. If someone doesn't answer the phone when they call, they may leave an "urgent" callback request. The release also says they use fake names and fake IRS identification information.

Some tips to have citizens recognize these scams, according to the release, are: