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attorney general sam olens questions why the issue surfaced two weeks before the election

Democrat Greg Hecht accused Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens of wrongfully trying to solicit money from state Sen. Don Balfour while Balfour was being investigated for misspending state funds.

Hecht is challenging Olens, a Republican, for his job in the Nov. 4 general election. Hecht leveled the accusation Wednesday during a stop in Macon while on a state tour he's making to highlight the alleged Balfour incident.

"This type of conduct is wrongful and potentially illegal," Hecht said. "It is the type of conduct that has made Georgia ranked 50th out of the 50 states in enforcing corruption and ethics laws in 2012, a bell weather year. This should never happen. Under O.C.G.A 16-10-2 (a) 2, this type of conduct is recognized as illegal conduct and improper conduct. But what's worse, it's being done, according to Sen. Balfour, by the top law enforcement official of the land."

Officials split on pedestrian death

A Macon-Bibb Commissioner hopes to curb a problem the county has had for years, the high number of pedestrian fatalities.
Elaine Lucas says it's time to take a closer look at what causes those accidents and how to bring them screeching to a halt.

"Whatever we can do to slow that down or to create the safest possible roadways that we can, we ought to do that," Lucas said.

When we asked county officials about the issue in July, they said that pedestrian safety is ultimately the responsibility of the pedestrian.

It's a position the Bibb County Sheriff's Office Traffic Fatality Unit sides with in a report released last Tuesday.

Central Ga. students 'Read for the Record'

Volunteers in Central Georgia and across the nation attempted to break the record for "largest shared-reading experience." Students in preschools and elementary schools were read "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells.

The book is part of the popular Max and Ruby series and encourages children to be themselves.

"Literacy should not just be about one day of reading for the record, it should really be sustained".

Taste & See Coffee Shop spruces up alley


Macon is home to one of many dark alleyways that we all try to avoid.

Now one of those alleys have been revitalized for people to enjoy, maybe even with a cup of coffee.

The Taste and See coffee shop located in downtown Macon on Poplar St. has unveiled "The Narrow Way," an alley for people to sit and enjoy the outdoors.

Just in time for the beautiful fall weather the alley comes complete with fountains, greenery and flowers, and is a beautiful addition to the shop.

13WMAZ reads to kids for 'Read for the Record'

Tuesday, volunteers from all corners of the nation will be joining in a campaign called Read for the Record. 13WMAZ's Olivia James and Katelyn Heck joined up with Junior League of Macon to read the book "Bunny Cakes" by Rosemary Wells.

Read for the Record is aimed to promote literacy by participating in the largest reading experience across the nation. Last year, the campaign set a new record and read to 2.4 million kids and adults.

Macon record shop to mix vinyls, veggies

Bob Marley, old reggae, hip hop and vegetables?

One of those things may seem out of place.

But a year after opening, Fresh Produce Records on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard in downtown Macon says it wants to mix the two.

The name is more of a vision, foreshadowing really, rather than a reality.


One year since All About Animals break-in

A year ago this month, Crystal Fessler broke into All About Animals Rescue in Macon, letting some of the animals loose. Since then the rescue has gotten around $100,000 in donations.

Volunteer Lacey Templeton remembers getting the call about what happened. "The police were here, we were just trying to get dogs to the vet, that was our main concern," said Templeton.

About a dozen dogs were injured and some killed. "We still miss the three dogs that we lost. But so much good has come out of this really tragic situation," she said.

Donations poured in from all around the world. "And we were able to build a pole barn, and that takes our dogs out of the elements, which is fantastic. In addition to the pole barn there's a bath house that's built onto the end of that. We had some plumbing issues addressed," said Templeton.