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UPDATE: New information in reported Lizella attack


UPDATE: A woman who reported being attacked at her Lizella home while washing her car Thursday night reported to Bibb County deputies that she was also attacked Jan. 29.

According to a sheriff's office incident report on that previous attack, the same victim told deputies she heard a noise at her back door and when she opened it, someone grabbed her hair and slammed her face into the door's threshold. Her nose was bloodied, and she had several cuts and bruising, the report states.

The deputy who responded to this call reported that when he would ask the victim questions, she would counsel with her husband before answering, which caused the deputy to "wonder what really happened to her," the report states.

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Ingleside Village garden store opens


Ups-A-Daisy opened Thursday in Ingleside Village in the former Society Gardener location.

The store is owned by Marty Young and Brenda Butler and features plants, unusual garden art, statues, fountains, figurines, arbors, pottery and art from local artist, according to Marty Young.

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Burlington moving to Macon Mall


Burlington is moving a couple of miles down the road to Macon Mall.

The retailer, currently located at the Westgate Mall on Pio Nono Avenue, will open its new Macon Mall location in the fall, according to a Burlington news release.

"We are thrilled to remain within the Macon community and are excited to continue to provide area residents with a valued shopping experience," Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores, stated in a news release.

Burlington, also known as Burlington Coat Factory, operates 543 stores in 44 states including 16 in Georgia.

The retailer features ladies' dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children's clothing, home décor, gifts and a large selection of coats.

47th Annual Old Book Sale begins in Macon


More than a hundred people were lined up in Central City Park Thursday morning waiting for the grand opening of the annual Old Book Sale at 10 a.m.

They all had bags, boxes, and carts ready to take advantage of the low prices.

This year, there are over 100,000 books in 75 different categories.

All of the money from the sale goes to the Friends of the Library.

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Many people there say they come to the book sale every year, like Dan Adams.

He's been coming for the last ten years and was at the front of the line around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

My Brother's Keeper youth forum to be held Saturday


Youth from the ages of 8 to 20 can attend a forum on Saturday in association with the White House initiative, My Brother's Keeper, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at the Government Center, located at 700 Poplar St.

The forum is being hosted by the Mayor's Office, Commissioners Tillman and Watkins, and the local Strong Cities, Strong Communities team, according to a news release.

The day will begin with an overview of My Brother's Keeper, its goals nationally, and how it could be implemented in Macon-Bibb County. The youth will also lead discussions on what issues they face, what they need to be successful and how they think they can help improve the community. Responses will be used along with information gathered from previous meetings with community groups and stakeholders about needs and resources to develop a local action plan.


Rising river closes Macon's Ocmulgee Heritage Trail


Macon's Ocmulgee Heritage Trail closed Thursday morning, because of rising water levels in the nearby Ocmulgee River.

Macon-Bibb County spokesman Chris Floore said the Parks and Beautification Department will keep monitoring the water levels to determine when the trail can safely reopen.


Floore said officials hope to reopen the Heritage Trail on Friday afternoon.


Victim injured during home invasion at north Macon complex


A Macon man was cut with a knife during a home invasion Wednesday night at his apartment.

Just before 10 p.m. at Carriage Hills Apartments on Northside Drive, Gary Yu, heard a knock on his apartment door and answered it. A man at the door asked Yu if his roommate was there. When Yu told the man his roommate was not there, the man forced his way inside the apartment, according to a Bibb County Sheriff's Office news release.

Yu then grabbed a knife and tried to get the suspect out. Yu and the suspect then fought over the knife, and Yu grabbed the knife by the blade and cut his right hand, the news release states.

During the fight over the knife, a second man entered Yu's apartment and tried to disconnect an X-Box video game system from a television. At that point, Yu started screaming, and the two men left the apartment. One man stole a second video game system as the pair left.