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Bibb Schools approve raise for 1,500 employees


UPDATE: The Bibb County Board of Education approved raises Thursday night for about 1,500 non-teaching employees. It will be their first pay increase in six years.

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The Bibb County School Board must approve the implementation of the salary study before some employees can get a raise.

The district set aside $1.3 million for these pay increases for classified employees. People who fall into that category work in, for example, transportation, nutrition and administrative roles.

Executive Director of Accounting Sharon Roberts said that group hasn't had an increase in pay for 6 years.
Each position is assigned a grade, or ranking, which is their level of responsibility.

Federal inspectors headed back to Macon Gardens


Federal inspectors are headed back to a troubled Macon apartment complex next week.

The Macon Gardens apartments could lose their federal Section 8 funding if inspectors say it's not up to code.

Joseph Phillips, spokesman for the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, says they'll return to the apartments Oct. 21.

Macon Gardens got a 40 out of 100 on a recent inspection. Tenants have complained for years about health and safety problems at the complex off Mercer University Drive.

Phillips says it could take several weeks to get those inspection scores and learn whether the complex loses its funding.

Public money pays most of the rent at the Macon Garden Apartments, and HUD admits they haven't followed up on problems there.


Macon gangster sentenced to 240 years plus life


Twenty-year-old Macon gangster Jordan Maxwell received a 240-year plus life sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to 20 offenses outlined in a 24-count indictment.

The remaining four counts in the indictment were dismissed, according to a summary released by District Attorney David Cooke's office.

His actual sentence was life in prison with the possibility of parole, Cooke said. But the district attorney also said Maxwell's sentence in Bibb County would run concurrent with his life without parole sentence that was handed down in Monroe County after his conviction on other charges.

Maxwell, also known as "Boss C1" was one of the founding members of a gang known as Money Over Everything, or MOE.

During a period in late April 2013, the summary said, Maxwell and other members of the gang "went on a crime spree all over Bibb County."

Nursing students discuss Ebola


Ebola has been the topic of conversation among nursing students and professors at Middle Georgia State College.

Assistant Professor Nkechi Okonta said she talked to freshman students about the disease in Fundamentals of Nursing. "We're telling them what it is, the history of it, where we hearing cases of it being reported," she said.

And how students like freshman Laura Davis can protect themselves from Ebola and other infectious diseases.

"Just about the importance of putting on our protective equipment the right way and also taking it off in the correct way," said Davis.

"We do have to take students into the hospital for clinicals and you know we want to make sure that they're well prepared," said Okonta.

Two injured in Macon shooting


Two people were shot in the 1900 block of Pio Nono Avenue in Macon Tuesday night.

Bibb County deputies were patrolling Moseley Avenue when they heard shots and they went to the Pio Nono Avenue intersection, according to a sheriff's office news release.

The deputies saw several people running from a home towards Vining Circle. Two people who were at the home on Pio Nono Avenue said they were shot.

Shadano Albritton, 37, was shot in the groin area and Kelvin Early, 40, was shot in the stomach, the news release states. Both men were taken to the hospital and are listed in stable condition.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the sheriff's office at 478-751-7500 or Macon Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.


Bar age limit ordinance draws opposition


Dozens of business owners, festival organizers and students turned out to talk about a proposed Bibb County ordinance to raise the bar age entry level to 21.

Mercer Student Government Association President Joey Wozniak hopes a proposed drinking ordinance fails and he's not alone.

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"As of one hour before this meeting we had 550 signatures total and that included 400 Mercer students and then the rest have been some members of the community who I'm friends with on Facebook," Wozniak said.

Committee strikes down health benefits cuts for retirees


Tuesday, a Macon-Bibb committee struck down a resolution, sponsored by Mayor Robert Reichert, that would cut the $388-per-month subsidy that some former county retirees could receive once they become eligible for the federal Medicare program.