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Downtown Macon Second Street Corridor Project underway

After the groundbreaking ceremony on Monday morning, construction has officially started on the first phase of Macon's Second Street Corridor Project.

The block on Second Street at Poplar and Cherry streets will be shut down for around three months during construction. The million dollar project is aimed at expanding the city's "walkable" areas.

Updates should include improved sidewalks, reverse parking, the addition of landscaping, bike lanes, shaded trees, and benches.

Mayor Robert Reichert says this project will connect the city's downtown areas. He says they will be, "Linking several different centers of currently disconnected economic activity into a synergistic pattern, to create a vibrant urban core that can be the hub city of the Middle Georgia region."

Iconic downtown Macon restaurant reopens Aug. 13

"Mama" Louise Hudson made her return to H&H Restaurant in downtown Macon on Saturday.

She opened the restaurant in 1959. After some financial trouble, she had to close in December 2013.

Moonhanger Group, owners of downtown's Rookery and Dovetail restaurants, announced in March that it was purchasing the restaurant.

Moonhanger owners, Chad Evans and Wes Griffith, were adamant about two things before they reopened - Mama Louise would stay on board and the ambiance of the iconic soul food restaurant would not change.

H&H will reopen to the public at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 13.

Former 13WMAZ anchor files whistleblower lawsuit against Ga. National Guard

Former 13WMAZ anchor Mary Therese Grabowski has filed lawsuit claiming that she was fired by the Georgia National Guard after raising concerns about ethical issues.

This comes on the heels of a whistleblower case that cost taxpayers $3 million.

Grabowski worked for Adjutant General Jim Butterworth as the Georgia National Guard's former director of public affair,

Small Grease Fire at Fincher's Barbecue


A grease fire errupted at The Fincher's Barbecue on Houston Rd in Macon leaving the restaurant with moderate damage.

The flames started in one of the ovens of the restaurant around 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon according to Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Nathaniel Hall.

He says there were employees in the kitchen but they all got out unharmed.

The cost of the amount of damage is not yet known.

The Houston Road location will be closed until it is repaired.

All other Fincher's locations are open.

Macon hosted its first sponsorship by giving away backpacks loaded with school supplies.

World Changers Fellowship Church in Macon hosted its first event sponsoring L.H. Williams Elementary School by giving away backpacks loaded with school supplies.

"We decided to adopt this school probably about three months ago," said Minister Horace Holmes Jr.

On Sunday afternoon, the church worked to help fulfill its goal of making a mark in the community. Along with the book bags, members handed out food to families and invited Macon-Bibb firefighters to speak on fire safety.

L.H. Williams Principal Shandrina Griffin-Stewart said the adoption does not stop at giving away book bags. Throughout the year, they're going to see volunteers from World Changers Fellowship Church enter the schools and keep the mission going.

Charter kids tackle mandatory summer reading

At the Academy for Classical Education summer reading is mandatory for all students, unlike other Bibb Schools. Gabe Reed said he welcomed the challenge.

"Two books required I had to read, which was Call of the Wild and of Mice and Men. And there's two optional books, I chose Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and Where the Red Fern Grows," said Reed.

In addition to reading students also have to write essays. "Most of them from sixth, seventh and eighth will answer several questions from their book, but they'll write about two essays each," said Laura Perkins, co-founder.

Perkins recognizes it's a lot of work. "In order to be a well-read, articulate learning person, you've got to work. You've gotta work hard and that's what we're trying to inculcate in our students," she said.

Doctor wants AIDS lessons back in Bibb schools

A doctor at Mercer University's School of Medicine says he wasn't allowed to speak at Bibb County Schools about HIV and AIDS because his presentations were too graphic.

In the 90's, he was told they even encouraged sex.

Now, Dr. Harold Katner says Macon's Hope Center is seeing an increase in new AIDS cases.

Kristen Swilley sat down with Bibb County's Interim Superintendent about the possibility of a return visit.

Steve Smith, who was not Superintendent at the time, said he was partly responsible for bringing Katner to Central High School years ago.

Now he says Katner could return with some conditions.

Doctor Harold Katner is the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Mercer University's School of Medicine. He makes presentations in Houston County schools about sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.

He once taught in Bibb but hasn't since the