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Hundreds Attend Cherry Blossom Street Party

Hundreds came out to the Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party on Saturday.

People were able to listen to live music from artists like Rodney Atkins and Digital Underground on two different stages.

"I would say the music, I want to see everybody having a good time, I want to see the country atmosphere, I want to see everybody get down and dirty in the South," said Melissa Russo, who came from Long Island.

The streets were also filled with good food. Folks snacked on things like gyros, fried candy bars, and Italian sausage sandwiches.

"I plan on getting one of those sausages with the onions on there and maybe a corn dog and I want some lemonade," said Taren Pineset of Warner Robins.

"I haven't had a turkey leg before," said Leisha Chester of Atlanta. "It just feels funny carrying around a turkey leg but they look so good."

Some said it's great to be able to share the Cherry Blossom tradition with their families.

Forsyth Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

According to Lieutenant Sean DeFoe, the Bibb County sheriff's department is  investigating the cause of a fatal motorcycle accident on Interstate 75 north, just past the Arkwright Road exit.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says 41-year-old Waylon Hampton of Forsyth lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson just  after 7:35 p.m.

Defoe says Hampton went off the roadway and hit the center divider, which stopped him from going into southbound traffic.

Jones says Hampton died from blunt force trauma. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Group Lends Helping Hand to Troubled Kids

Helping Hands Community Outreach jump started their Saturday with food, song, and prayer.

The group held an even at the Frank Johnson Community Center hoping to educate troubled kids.

Organizers set up booths stacked with information on topics ranging from finances to health.

The event called "Helping Hands, Helping People" also featured lives music.

Evans Brown, Pastor of True Faith Church of God and Christ, started the day with prayer.

Brown said he wanted the event to show local kids that they care.

"This is where the gang violence comes. It comes as a result from individuals making wrong choices, so what helping hands wants to do is to say you can make right choices and there are agencies available for you and we want to point them in that direction," said Brown.

Arts and Crafts Draw Big Crowd to Mulberry Street

The arts took over downtown Macon's Mulberry street for the Mulberry Street Festival.

Many people stopped by the annual arts and crafts festival to see what trinkets they could find.

Vendors sold everything from clothes, glass work, and even Bonsai trees.

Sheila Watruba of Lizella, says it's her jewelry finds that make the event stand out.

"It's a lot of handmade silver, it's just something that you can't find in the mall or places like that," Watruba said.

If you missed the Mulberry Street Festival on Saturday you can check it out on Sunday, March 25.

John Williams Released from Jail

Former Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams Friday was released from the Bibb County Jail.
 
The jail's website shows Williams, who faces extortion charges, walked free at 5:28 p.m.

A federal judge set Williams' bond at $20,000 after he admitted violating conditions of a pre-trial release deal.

His wife, Elna, told 13WMAZ she spent much of the week trying to come up with the two thousand actually needed up front to get him out.

In October, the court set a pre-trial release deal forbidding Williams to leave the state, among other conditions.

Authorities say he violated the terms of his bond by traveling to Florida to bail out 32-year old Stormy Smith. 

Elna Williams identifies Smith as the granddaughter of a family friend.

A Warner Robins police report gives a different account. It supports the federal prosecutors' claim that John Williams and Smith were having an affair.

Reichert and Staton on Macon-Bibb Consolidation

Macon mayor Robert Reichert and state senator Cecil Staton joined Randall Savage to discuss the recent passing of the Macon-Bibb consolidation bill in both the Georgia House and Senate. Once the bill is signed by Governor Deal, Macon and Bibb county residents can vote on the bill on July 31.

Staton says that the consolidation is not a "panacea" to cure everything but a union that makes the county and city governments more responsive and cost-effective.

Mayor Reichert urges everyone to read the bill and consider the benefits of consolidation, which he says will be obvious after reading the bill.

Macon Steel Set to Start Saturday

The Macon Steel had a brief walk through Friday as they get ready to make their inaugural appearance Saturday afternoon.
The Steel make up a new arena football team that plans to call the area home.

Head Coach Ervin Bryson says he's confident in his offense with an experienced quarterback at the helm. Bryson added though that the Carolina Force has a 6'5" wide receiver that his guys will have to shut down this weekend to get the win.

The Steel are part of the American Indoor Football League.

"It was a league that was around four years ago, and it went away. And it came back, and now they're starting the league back up," Bryson said. "They decided about five months ago to get the league cranked back up and right now there are 13 teams in the league."

Those teams are split up on the East and West coast.
The Championships will pit the best on both sides against one another.