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Macon remembers 9/11

13 years after 9/11, public officials gathered in downtown Macon Thursday morning to remember the events of that dreadful day.

The ceremony took place in the Public Safety Memorial Park on Mulberry Street.

The service opened with an invocation from Reverend Ronald Terry.

A memorial wreath was placed at the monument to commemorate those who lost their lives during the attack.

Speakers said it was important to recognize our first-responders for the sacrifices they make.

"Remembering the people that have given their lives, the fire, the police in New York, our fire, police, and sheriff here in Macon. It's so important to remember these people and remember what they do every day. They take on the worst of the worst and they do it selflessly," said Beverly Olson.

Bibb Co. gets $1 million for early education

A Bibb County agency will receive $1 million in state grant money for a project aimed at improving early education.

The state Department of Early Care and Learning
picked Bibb as one of four "early education empowerment zones" that will be the testing ground for possible reform strategies.

They'll help the state identify strategies that will be used statewide to help improve learning outcomes for young children.

A state news release says Bibb was picked as one of several regions in the state with "challenging circumstances" for children.

Photo released of man who tried to rob Domino's in Macon

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help identifying someone who attempted to rob Domino's Pizza on Hartley Bridge Road in Macon just after midnight on Sept. 3.

Witnesses say the man's head was covered with a bandanna and T-shirt and he was carrying what appeared to be a Taser, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The man saw a child of an employee inside the store and quickly left the restaurant running towards the Rutland Apartments.

No one was injured.

Anyone with information on the attempted robbery is asked to call Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

Coliseum robot helps save stroke victims

If you've suffered a stroke, doctors say every second counts in getting treatment.

Thanks to a new piece of equipment at Coliseum Medical Center in Macon, you can be face-to-face with a doctor without even being in the same room.

It's called the Telestroke robot.

With this device, the patient can be seen by a neurologist in Atlanta via video chat.

The doctor has access to the patient's vitals and can decide what kind of treatment is needed quickly.

The robot has a phone on the side, so the doctor can speak privately with family members.

Doctors say Telestroke can make a major difference in the odds of reducing permanent stroke damage.

Three Bibb schools now on lockdown

Three Bibb County schools were put on emergency lockdown Wednesday due to a reported shooting in a neighborhood nearby.

School district spokeswoman Stephanie Hartley said the shooting around around 2:10 p.m.

The Ingram-Pye Elementary, Elam Elementary and Ballard-Hudson Middle School went on lockdown soon after.

She had no further information on the shooting and referred questions to the Bibb County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Sean DeFoe says the lockdowns happened after a man was shot near the corner of Anthony Road and Canton Street.

He said two men were arguing at the intersection this afternoon; when one man walked away, the other shot him in the leg.

No students were involved, he said, and the shooting happened a block away from the nearest school.

The victim was reportedly in stable condition Wednesday afternoon,

SPLOST funds to help fix broken facilities

Though progress is being made, problems still plague many of Macon's recreational facilities. Commissioner Bert Bivins says the Freedom Park pool in his district has been in disrepair for years.

But, Bivins says it's reached a critical point because now the pool literally can't hold water.

He says while he's pleased with the new boxing ring at Freedom Park, he's still looking for progress for the pool that's closed for the third straight summer.

"The drainage is designed where you have metal which is different than all the other pools. Well, when the pool starts to leaking some of the dirt that really helps hold everything together has started to be washed away," Bivins said.

Overhauling software systems in Bibb courts

Macon-Bibb County commissioners could spend nearly $200,000 to overhaul the software system in county courts.

A committee approved the funding at its meeting Tuesday morning.

Chief state court judge, William Adams, says it'd be a major upgrade from their current system from the 1980s.

"It's antiquated, prehistoric," Adams said.

The money would come from a public safety SPLOST.

Adams says they desperately need a new way to keep and share records - things like court and criminal records, or property deeds.

"Technology is just the reality now," he said. "There is a desperate urgency."

On Monday, he says the computer system in his office crashed again.

When that happens, they can't work efficiently.