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Bibb County asking students to register for bus service next year


Waiting for the big yellow school bus has gone high tech. Bibb schools unveiled the "My Stop" app, giving parents access to information about their child's assigned bus. 

"It's live GPS, and you actually see a little icon and you can follow the bus along the route,"  Anthony Jackson, Bibb Schools Transportation Director said.

Parents using the app will be able to monitor their child's bus knowing exactly when their child should be getting off the bus.

 Jackson said the app will bring peace of mind to parents. 

"If a parent isn't at the bus stop or going to be there when their child arrives, they can see at least that the bus has arrived at that location," Jackson said. 

The app shows the scheduled and estimated time of arrival for both drop-off and pick-up.

Four arrested, one sought in Macon drug bust, $235K of meth seized


Four suspects were arrested and one man is still being searched for in connection to a south Bibb County drug investigation.

A news release states search warrants were granted for homes located at 3943 Spencer Circle and 4070 San Juan Avenue. A related traffic stop was also conducted on Broadway at Mead Road.

Two kilos of meth approximately worth $235,000 were seized.

Those arrested and charged Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m. were:

  • Julie Rebecca Merritt, 33, charged with trafficking meth
  • David Ashley Lanier, 50, charged with possession of meth, meth trafficking and selling meth
  • Harolyn Kent, 52, charged with trafficking meth and selling meth
  • Rhonda Patton, 58, charged with meth possession

Police chase ends in wreck on I-475 in Macon


Butts County officials are investigating a police chase that ended in a wreck on I-475. 

The accident happened shortly before 8:30 p.m. at mile marker 8 on 475.

Bibb County Lieutenant Randy Gonzalez says the chase started in Butts, ran through Monroe, and ended on I-475 south between Thomaston and Zebulon Road. 

Gonzalez says Butts County deputies attempted to stop the driver for speeding and failure to maintain a lane.

The officer even hit the car to get the driver, Geoffrey Green, to stop. 

A chase ensued and ended with the car wrecked on I-475.

    The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported Navicent health.

    He will be transported to Butts County upon his release.


Two arrested in Bibb drug bust


A man and a woman are behind bars after being arrested as part of a drug bust Thursday night.

40-year old Heather Hefner and 46-year old Gilberto Acevedo-Perez were booked under multiple accounts, each including possession of marijuana and other drugs as well as possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. That's according to the Bibb Sheriff's Office.

Macon-Bibb Fire Department promotes first female fire chief


 

It was a special day for 33 officers at the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. They all received promotions.

Twenty-six officers were promoted to Fire Captain, six were promoted to Battalion Chief, and one was named Fire Prevention Director. The department lost dozens of officers last year due to county buyouts. Macon-Bibb County fire Chief, Marvin Riggins, says it was a long process to get the new officers ready but that it's great to have the roles filled.

 

Macon Symphony Orchestra appoints new director


The Macon Symphony Orchestra has a new director.

According to a news release, Gerald Steichen was a guest conductor at the MSO Symphonic Tricks and Orchestral Treats concert last October.

"We received such a favorable response from our musicians and from the community when Jerry was here," the CEO of the MSO, Sheryl Towers, said in a statement. "We are very fortunate that he will bring extraordinary creativity and passion to the orchestra as we prepare for our 40th season."

Steichen is in his eighth season as music director of the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra and previously the New Haven Symphony as associate and principal pops conductor for 15 seasons.

Athletic director shares memories of slain athlete


Mercer Athletic Director, Jim Cole, says Jibri Bryan always came in with a smile on his face. 

Not only was he a standout player, but also a friend, teammate, and father. 

"We're going to deal with it like a family," Cole says. "We're strong."

Cole, though, says they lost a member of their family.

"To get that call-- it was tough."