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"Macon A Difference" Fair Set for February

The City of Macon is preparing a resource fair that will teach organizations and volunteers how to serve the community better.

The event is called "Macon A Difference", and it will be held Feb. 1-2 at the Macon Centreplex. It will be open to the public.

Mayor Robert Reichert introduced the goals of the project during a press conference on Tuesday.

He said the city wants to collaborate with existing nonprofits and identify their niche areas of focus to pair them with other nonprofit organizations in order to help the city better deliver services to people in need.

Several organizations have signed up for the event, including: United Way of Central Georgia, Volunteer Macon, the Macon Housing Authority, Unity-N-Community, the Macedonia Church and Awakening Fires. 

Council Passes Landfill, Storm Water Management Projects

At Tuesday's Macon council committee meetings, members approved two major projects and tabled two others. And there seemed to be an emerging theme for the evening. 

On several initiatives, members said they wanted to wait until after the consolidated government takes place to make a decision. 

Council members agreed to let Macon Water Authority oversee the storm water management system. Sales tax money will fund the $7 million project. 

Members also supported a $15 thousand landfill planning project. An engineering firm will assess the landfill and create a strategic plan.

That includes recommendations on managing methane gas and a recycling system.

Members tabled a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation on state highway maintenance and liability. The proposal would've cost $600-thousand.

CGTC Lady Cougars are on the Prowl

Under the direction of second year head coach Fala Bullock the Central Georgia Tech Lady Cougars are off to the best start in school history.

The Lady Cougars battled through injuries this year but aren't using that as an excuse.

At the mid-season-mark the Ladies find themselves in a three way tie for second place in the conference with a 17-4 record.

Wednesday, conference number one,  Darton comes to town looking to sweep CGTC but Coach Bullock and her crew have other plans in mind.

Two of the Darton players that Coach Bullock has on her radar, are no strangers to Central Georgia. Northside's Jasmine Wilson and Dodge County's Michelle Mitchell are starters and big time contributors for the visiting Lady Cavaliers.

Game time is Wednesday night at 5:30pm, men's team will follow.

Region to Get 100 New Electric Car Charging Stations

In July, Bibb County got its first electric car charging station, making its debut in front of the Bibb County Courthouse in Downtown Macon.

Now, a new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will allow the Middle Georgia Clear Air Coalition to move forward with installing 100 more all across the Central Georgia region.

"You build it and they will come," says Bibb County spokesman Kevin Barrere, who says he's seen some people using the current charger. "We know it's out there, it's a new technology and we kind of want to be on the leading edge, instead of trying to catch up.

Middle Georgia Clean Air says by adding more spots across the region, the added infrastructure will encourage more to get electric cars. "It's kind of like the chicken and egg," says Charise Stephens. "You have to have the infrastructure in place so you can support the vehicles."

Guitar Center Set to Open in Macon

The public relations firm representing the Guitar Center told 13WMAZ Tuesday that the retail store will open a local store in April.

In an e-mail, Jacklyn Arding of Filter Creative Public Relations said the new Macon store will be located in the Eisenhower Crossing Shopping Center at 4685 Presidential Parkway. The statement said the opening is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature in-house lesson and recording spaces, Guitar Center Studios.

"GC Studios allow the brand to offer additional lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians," Arding said.

No general manager has been named for the new location, but Jason Caldarera, the Guitar Center District Manager is handling the coordination of the initial opening.

The national retail chain's website lists locations in 44 states, including 4 stores in metro Atlanta.   

Bridges Snags Second-Straight Player of the Week Title

MACON, Ga. (School Release)- After leading Mercer to yet another perfect 2-0 week with home wins over USC Upstate and East Tennessee State, sophomore guard Precious Bridges was rewarded with her second-straight Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week award on Tuesday afternoon.

This is Bridges third career A-Sun Player of the Week award and third of the 2012-13 campaign, after capturing the honor on December 11 and January 15.

Bridges now has the most A-Sun Player of the Week honors out of any player in the league, besting Stetson's Victoria McGowan and Florida Gulf Coast's Sarah Hansen who have each been selected twice.

Bridges had another dominant week on the parquet helping the Bears extend their winning streak up to five games, their longest unbeaten run since the 2005-06 season.

"Who Booked This Fiasco?"

"Who Booked This Fiasco?"

by Floco Torres

Was Lupe Fiasco being removed from the stage at an “unofficial” inauguration party a publicity stunt or actual activism?

Who actually booked this fiasco? (Pun intended) Type in Lupe Fiasco in the Twitter search box and you’ll get this plus MORE when it comes to opinions on this subject. If you look closely, the Internet at times has a way of making us smarter and dumber at the same time. (My buddy Chris Floore said something like this the other day)

As a Lupe fan, it seems to me that there are so many angles to this incident that it’s hard to be looked at objectively.