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Square Dancers Do Si Do into Macon

Thousands of square dancers made their way to the Macon Centreplex this weekend for the Georgia Square Dancing Convention.

Dancers of all skill levels can brush up on their moves Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Starting at 7 p.m. on both nights, everyone can come together for the main dancing events.

Square dancers will do si do around the main room of the Centreplex, but seven other rooms will be set up for line dancers, beginners, and even kids.

Jean Nelson from Dublin says, "The best thing about it is you've got all good people from different, everywhere, other states, even countries."

The dancers split up into squares of eight and listen to the caller who shouts out dance moves while the music plays.

College Hill Gets $2.3 Million Grant to "JumpStart" Jobs

A $2.3 million grant is aimed at bringing jobs to Macon's College Hill neighborhood.

The College Hill Alliance announced Friday that they received that grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to focus on creating jobs.

This is the second grant they received from the Miami-based organization.

In 2009, they received $2 million grant to bring new life to College Hill, the neighborhood between Mercer University and Macon's downtown.

George Gervin to Keynote Tip-Off Banquet

MACON, Ga. (School Release) - The Mercer Athletic Foundation (MAF) announced Friday that NBA legend George Gervin has signed on as the keynote speaker for the fourth annual Tip-Off Banquet, scheduled for Thursday, October 25 at the University Center.

Gervin follows former speakers Clark Kellogg (2011), Jay Bilas (2010), and Dick Vitale (2009) at the annual event designed to elicit support for the upcoming men's and women's basketball season.

Bibb Interviewing Contractors for Juvenile Justice Center

Commissioners will soon interview construction companies as candidates to build the new Bibb County Juvenile Justice Center. 

The interviews take place on Sept. 24 in the Bibb County Commission board room. 

These are the companies with their interview time. 


9 a.m. - New South Construction, 1132 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30309

10 a.m. - Turner Construction Company, 3560 Lenox Road, Suite 1100, Atlanta, GA. 30326

11 a.m. - Warren Associates, P. O. Box 6098, 2760 Roff Avenue, 
Macon, Georgia 31208

1 p.m. - Choate Construction Company, 101 West Mulberry Blvd, Suite 200, Pooler, GA. 31322

2 p.m. - Potts Construction, 981 East Freeway Drive, Conyers, Georgia 30094

3 p.m. - Piedmont Construction Group, 107 Gateway Drive, Macon, Ga. 31210

REVIEW: "Trouble With the Curve" No Home Run

By Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

Its title notwithstanding, there's nothing that remotely approaches a narrative curve ball in this tired saga of an aging baseball scout.

And Clint Eastwood's crotchety character in Trouble with the Curve (** out of four; PG-13; opens Friday nationwide) feels remarkably similar to his cranky curmudgeon in 2008's Gran Torino. Though instead of being a crusty old car aficionado in Detroit, here he's an aged Southerner with a bad case of irritable ball-scout syndrome.

Everything about this story (which Eastwood did not direct or write) follows the most obvious road map. Even his character's name is a glaringly conventional choice: Gus. Is there a more obvious moniker for a grumpy old guy?

While he may have been one of the best in the business for decades, Gus can't seem to get along with his adult daughter Mickey (Amy Adams), refuses to pay attention to his doctor and snarls at anyone who asks him to play nice.

Lizella Woman Wins $1 Million On Scratch Ticket

A Lizella woman is celebrating a win from the Georgia Lottery.

A lottery news release says 67-year-old Jackie Tingle won a $1 million prize playing the instant game $100 Million Cash Blast.

She took the cash option, so after taxes, that's about $487,830, the lottery says.

Tingle claimed her prize Tuesday at the Georgia Lottery District Office in Macon.  She purchased her winning ticket at the Flash Foods on the corner of College and Forsyth Streets in Macon.

The release says Tingle purchased the ticket while on her lunch break from her job as a legal secretary. 

"I scratched it in the car," she said, according to the release. "I was riding, and my son was driving."  The pair pulled off to the side of the road.

New Campus Police Chief Could Start Oct. 1

Russell Bentley has been hired as the Chief of Bibb County Schools Campus Police.

Ed Judie, Deputy Superintendent of Student Affairs, says his tentative start date is Oct 1. But he says that depends on the Human Resource Department making sure all the paper work is in place.

"We want the best people, the best candidates, who have the best capabilities and skill to tackle our problems that we have within the district," says Judie.

Bentley worked in the position from 2001- 2009.

Most recently, he worked for Safe Havens International as a Senior Analyst. The company recently conducted an audit of the district and found problems with discipline.

Judie says he doesn't see that experience as a conflict of interest. 

"He's been recommended for this position and if there was any position that we would have a conflict for, we also would want to vent that through our attorney."