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Does Technology Make Using Cell Phones Safer?

Twenty percent of all car accidents with injuries in 2009 were caused by distracted driving. That's according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Many states including Georgia now have laws in effect that ban texting or that limit phone use while driving.

Several states even have laws banning handheld phone use behind the wheel.

Brittiny Barber took a look at if using technology that keeps your hands free can make the roads safer.

Houston County business owner Doug Woody said he spends most of his work day driving.

"In a 12-hour day, I'm probably in my truck 5 to 6 of those hours, and I'm on my phone constantly," said Woody.

That's one reason he invested in a hands-free system. "You don't have to touch anything. The phone rings, I can answer it by voice. I need to make a call, I can make a call by voice."

Parents Upset Over Closing of Bright Star West Daycare

Bright Star West, a daycare center on Price Road in Macon, plans to shut its doors this week.

Parents received a letter from the center's director Tuesday morning, telling them about the closing.

According to the letter, their bank has decided to close Bright Star West. Director Cristina Ausmus refused to comment about why the bank is closing the center. Some parents say finding another day care on short notice will be a struggle.

"It's disappointing, said Macon parent Tracy Jackson. "It's causing a great deal of hardship, not just for me, but for some of the other ladies inside who are wondering how they are going to get their kids to school."

New York Times Best-Seller Comes to Gray, Macon

New York Times Best-Seller Comes to Gray, Macon

Before you go to this great event at Mercer University, meet Steve in Downtown Gray on Thursday, Feb. 2nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

If you have a copy of one of his books, bring it with you for him to sign - there will also be new and used copies available

if you want to purchase one. No purchase is necessary to meet Steve & join the party! 


All proceeds of Steve's visit to Macon benefit Historic Macon Foundation!!

Mount de Sales Academy Students Named to GISA All-State Band

Mount de Sales Academy Students Named to GISA All-State Band

Mount de Sales Academy Middle School students Mary Ellen Smith, Nicholas Jones, Tunji Afolabi-Brown, and Austin Vorse (pictured with MDS Band Instructor Flint Dollar center) have been honored with selection to the GISA All-State Band.


Pet Tips: The Harsh Realities of Animal Control

Pet Tips: The Harsh Realities of Animal Control

Although no one likes to think about it, all municipal animal control shelters face an ongoing, uphill battle to care for the community's homeless, abused lost and abandoned dogs and cats.

In today's Pet Tips video, Van VanDeWalker of Macon Animal Control explains how Animal Control works and why the shelter must occasionally euthanize perfectly healthy, adoptable dogs and cats.

More than a dozen prepaid adoptions are still available for individuals or families to adopt a pet from the shelter free. Adoptions help make room at the shelter and save lives. You do not have to be a Bibb County resident to adopt.

Watch the video, then check out our photo gallery of the pets who desperately need new homes.

Macon Animal Control shelter is at 1010 Eleventh Street, off Lower Poplar, behind the landfill weigh station.

They are open until 5:30 p.m. weekdays. 


Cherry Blossom Street Party Featuring Rodney Atkins, Digital Underground

The Cherry Blossom Festival has announced Rodney Atkins and Digital Underground will headline the 2012 street party event.

Festival spokeswoman Stacy Campbell says tickets go on sale February 15 for the March 24th show.

Country star Rodney Atkins will headline the Cherry Plaza stage, and Digital Underground will be the main feature on the Gateway Plaza stage.

Tickets are $12 in advance or $20 at the gate.

Stevens Layne and the Gasoline Brothers will open on the Cherry Plaza stage, and Nappy Roots and Bo Ponder will open on the Gateway Plaza stage.

Rodney Atkins has six number one hits from his first three albums, with the most recent being "Take a Back Road," according to his website.

Digital Underground has sold more than 10 million albums and is best known for the song, "The Humpty Dance."

This is the festival's 30th anniversary.