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Macon-Bibb Consolidation Bill: A Little History

Wednesday on Eyewitness News Mornin', Randall Savage explained the history behind the consolidation measure, Georgia House Bill 1171.

If passed, the legislation would merge Macon and Bibb County governments, establish a nine-member commission led by an elected mayor, and transfer oversight of all law enforcement properties and equipment to an elected sheriff.  The Mayor would hold the power to appoint a chief of police.  

But this concept has roots that are more than 35 years old.  As Randall explained, the last time the consolidation issue went to vote was 1976.

This time, Randall explained why some in the community think the bill has a strong opportunity of passing, and also describes a possible movement, led by former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis, to strike down the effort.

 

Bibb Students Place at SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition

Bibb Students Place at SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition

Twenty students from the District’s SkillsUSA chapters participated in the SkillsUSA Region 5 Competition on February 10 at Central Georgia Technical College.

To learn more about SkillsUSA, the categories students competed in, and who will advance to state competition, click here.

Prep Sports Scores For February 28

Here are your prep baseball and soccer scores reported to 13WMAZ for Tuesday, February 28.

GISA Soccer

Boys

Mt. de Sales 2  Holy Spirit 1

Girls

Mt. de Sales 5  Holy Spirit 1

GISA Baseball

Windsor 1  Tiftarea 0

GHSA Baseball

FPD 4  Westside 1

Jackson 4  Howard 3 

Mercer Bears Blast Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, Ga. - The Mercer baseball team is now on an eight-game winning streak after taking it to Georgia Southern in a 12-4 win on Tuesday evening in front of 1,125 fans at J.I. Clements Stadium.

Mercer (9-1) continues to dominate in-state competition, with tonight's victory making it seven-straight wins against schools in the state of Georgia dating back to last season. Two wins during the streak have come against Georgia Southern with one win against Kennesaw State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Savannah State and Georgia State, respectively.

Mercer lit up the scoreboard first in the top of the first thanks to some clutch two-out hitting. After a single and a walk, junior Travis Benn crushed a three-run home run to left center to give the Bears an early 3-0 lead.

Bibb Schools Parents Plan March For 'Macon Miracle' Details

A group of Bibb County parents are planning a march on Wednesday to push for more details about the proposed strategic plan for Bibb schools.

The group will meet at 200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, at 4 p.m. They will then march to the district central office at 484 Mulberry St.

"It's not so much a protest, I think that's been misconstrued a little," said Andy Wilson, one of the parents putting on the march. "We're not against the plan, we just have so many questions that we can't seem to get answered."

Wilson has an 8-page list of questions that correspond to specific action steps in the plan. He said they hope to meet with a district official or board member that can answer some of the questions, most of which relate to cost.

"It's not fair for tax payers that have children, teachers to not have any answers before hand of how we're gonna implement this," said Angel Hopper, another of the organizers.

IHOP Serves Pancakes to Benefit Children's Hospital

For the seventh year in a row, IHOP restaurants are serving up free pancakes on National Pancake Day.

Phylise Davis stopped in to the IHOP in Eisenhower Parkway in Macon. She says, "I have friends in Seattle, Florida and we're all at the same time, we're going to different IHOPs all around and putting it on our facebook."

Many others came with empty stomachs, but full hearts to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.

"I have three kids of my own and if anything was to happen to them, I know that there's a place that specializes in that age group," says Willie Tolbert.

He says he's seen first hand the work of the children's hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

"My niece, some time back, she was there," he said. "She came down with a type of cancer and the children's hospital was there when we needed them."

Dinner Theatre Opens on Second Street

Dinner Theatre Opens on Second Street

MACON, GA -- SHADOWS, a new dinner theatre venue downtown, will celebrate its Grand Opening on Tuesday, February 28 at 4 p.m. 

That's according to a Main Street Macon news release.

The venue opens Friday, March 2 at 438 Second Street. 

SHADOWS is an interactive dinner theatre aiming to create an environment that stimulates audience participation.

SHADOWS is open Friday and Saturday nights.  Doors open at 7 p.m. with complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. 

Shows start at 8:00 p.m. with a cost of $35.00 per person.

Dinner includes a drink, salad, entrée and dessert.  Friday is a “fun” night that includes comedies, interactive games and musicals. Saturday is a more formal night giving guests an excuse to dress up for a night on the town.

As part of the Grand Opening festivities SHADOWS will host two special events.