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New country store opens in Bolingbroke


Southern Charm General Store opened Saturday on Rivoli Road.

The store, located in a home that was built in the 1880s, features old time candies, such as Sugar Babies, Slow Pokes, Moon Pies and Long Boys.

Other foods include local honey, peanut oil and fresh baked pastries, cakes, cupcakes, cookies and coffee.

The store also features a "boutique room" that includes women's clothing, jewelry and accessories and Over Under and Southern Proper clothing lines for men.

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Macon man wrestles, catches burglary suspect


A Macon man is being dubbed a hero after a sheriff's office incident report says he tackled a burglary suspect to the ground, giving deputies time to get there.

Timothy Johnson is a truck driver father and grandfather, but how he reacted to a burglary suspect Friday morning has the woman who lives across the street adding another title.

"He's a hero for me and this whole neighborhood,"

Peggy Triplett said.

Johnson says he wrestled a burglary suspect to the ground after spotting him wandering around his neighbor's front yard.

"I got a little knee bruise and elbow bruise, but my main thing was to keep him down there," he said.

Fort Hawkins opens new visitors center


Considered the birthplace of Macon, Fort Hawkins has a rich history.

Friday, the Fort Hawkins Commission officially opened the doors to its new visitors center in a ribbon cutting ceremony.

It was built using about $530,000 of SPLOST money.

Marty Willett, Fort Hawkins Project Coordinator, has been involved with the site since 1985.

He says the project is important to him, because it shines a light on a time in history that many might not know about.

"It's been so overlooked," says Willett, "And so misunderstood, and so nearly forgotten."

He says this is not just a local lack of recognition, but a national one.

Possible new roundabout on Eisenhower Parkway


A Macon-Bibb Committee voted in favor of building a roundabout at Eisenhower Parkway on Knoxville Road.

The Georgia Department of Transportation would pay for it, but the county would have to pay for maintenance and lighting.

Frank Patterson, the vice chairman of the Macon Water Authority, lives near the intersection and says the roundabout is needed for safety reasons.

"There have been several wrecks at this intersection, and as the homes were built in this area and the traffic has increased tremendously," Patterson said, "It's only a two-way highway. It's an ideal situation for a roundabout."

The roundabout would be about 4 miles west of Middle Georgia State's Macon campus.


Macon man catches suspected burglar


A Macon man on Friday held a man he suspected of breaking into his car until deputies arrived.

It happened around 7 a.m. outside a home on St. Ives Drive. That's off Captain Kell Road in north Macon.

A police report says Timothy Johnson looked outside his home and saw his car door open.

When he walked around his home. he said, he saw a man standing in the yard.

When Johnson asked the man who he was and what he was doing there, the man pointed a flashlight in his face and ran off.

Johnson caught the man in a neighbor's yard across the street and held him until officers arrived.

According to the report, a deputy found Johnson grappling with Aaron Jones, age 19, of Macon.

The sheriff's office says Jones was still being questioned Friday afternoon, but investigators expect to charge him in the case.


West Bibb fire jumps perimeter


The fire that's been burning in west Bibb County for a day and a half is starting to spread again.

Around 3 p.m., 13WMAZ's Elise Brown says fire crews sprung into action.

One firefighter said he saw some black smoke, which is a sign new vegetation is burning.

Chief Marvin Riggins says the fire did break the perimeter that was suppose to keep the fire contained.

However, he did say the break wasn't near any homes and was caused by a shift in wind direction, which pushed the fire north.

Riggins says the Macon-Bibb Fire Department won't be able to determine an official cause until investigators are able to get closer to the center of the fire, but says the cause may be someone burning debris in the woods.

At first only two fire trucks were one scene monitoring the brush fire. Once they noticed the fire spreading, two more trucks were called in.

Nunn, Perdue meet with Farm Bureau


US Senate candidates David Perdue and Michelle Nunn paid another visit to Macon Thursday.

The two met with the Farm Bureau's directors to talk about the Farm Bill congress passed in February.
In last week's forum, Perdue said he opposed that bill, Nunn said she supports it.

The United States Farm Bill is the federal government's policy tool for managing agriculture and food policy. Congress must pass a new one every five years.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes $956 billion in spending over the next ten years.

There are a few differences between this year's bill, and the 2008 version. Two things Perdue and Nunn touched on were farmers' protection, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The new bill eliminates direct payments, subsidies paid to the farmers for certain crops, regardless of whether they suffered loss. However, crop insurance is still in the bill and has increased.