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Mercer Men's Basketball Stunned by UIC

ST. THOMAS, USVI (School Release)- Despite a career-high scoring effort from junior forward Darious Moten, the Mercer men's basketball team suffered a 62-36 loss to Illinois-Chicago in Saturday's second round of the Paradise Jam.

Mercer lost consecutive games for the first time since February 20, 2012 and fell to 2-2 on the season while Illinois-Chicago moved to 2-1 on the year.

"They played really well," Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman said. "They had the most energy, which is unusual for us. Right now we've got to figure ourselves out."

Moten's career-high eight points came on three-of-five shooting from the floor, including a thunderous driving two-hand slam in the first half. His eight-point output tied senior guard Travis Smith for the team's high point total.

Jay's Hope and Monroe Firefighters Give Teen Special Gift

A Macon teen's hobby is now a little easier thanks to volunteer fire fighters from Monroe County, and Jay's Hope, the local foundation that helps children battling cancer and their families.

Lieutenant Paul Mcknight and Jay's Hope director Cindy Gaskins helped 15-year-old Trevor Williamson christen his brand new utility shed.

Williamson has neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of childhood cancer, and his family's old shed is unhealthy for him because bats slip inside cracks and spread germs.

The firefighters he befriended in Monroe County teamed up with Jay's Hope to put up the $2000 structure where Williamson can keep up his favorite pastime-- fixing and riding bikes.

"It's kinda cool that it's just all mine and that I can come out here any time I want and just work on stuff," said Williamson.

2013 Bibb County Teacher of the Year Recognized

2013 Bibb County Teacher of the Year Recognized

Marketing teacher Katie Wall from Westside High School was recognized at the November 15 Board Meeting for being named the 2013 Bibb County Teacher of the Year, and all five of the top finalists for Teacher of the Year were recognized with a commemorative award.

Ms. Wall was named the Bibb County of Teacher of the Year during the annual gala celebrating all Bibb County School District 2012-2013 Teachers of the Year on Thursday, November 8, at the Anderson Conference Center at Goodwill. She has been an educator since 2009 at Westside High School, where she serves as a member of the Administrative Leadership Team and mentors new teachers. She is also Department Chair of the school's Career, Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) program.

Mercer Falls in Opening Round of Paradise Jam

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (School Release) - The Mercer men's basketball team saw the longest win streak in the nation snapped at the hands of George Mason, 52-49, in the opening round of the Paradise Jam on Friday afternoon.  Senior Travis Smith led all scorers with 17 points in the losing effort.

"We had some guys make some big plays, but we didn't handle the ball well enough to win the game," Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman said.  "There were things we did well, but we didn't really deserve to win the game the way we played defense.  We knew going into the game that they were a really good catch-and-shoot team, and that if we didn't guard them we'd be in trouble."

Bomb Threats Phoned in to Macon Hospital, School

Police are investigating bomb threats phoned in to an east Macon hospital and school Friday afternoon.

Investigators believe the threats are related because the two sites, Coliseum Hospital and the Appling Middle School are about 2 miles apart and the threats were phoned in within about 22 minutes.

Macon-Bibb fire officials searched Coliseum Hospital after a bomb threat but found nothing.

That's according to hospital spokeswoman Robin Parker.

Parker said the call came from outside the hospital around 12:50 p.m., but could not be traced.

She reported around 1:30 that fire officials said that the building was clean. The search lasted less than an hour, she said.

Coliseum Drive was closed between Emery Highway and Interstate 16 during the search.

Macon police say the second threat was phoned in to Appling around 1:17 p.m.

Masked Men Invade South Macon Home

Macon police say three masked men broke into a house Thursday, took cash and two flat-screen TVs and shot a man in the leg.

A police news release says it happened around 8:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of Triple Hill Drive. That's off Rocky Creek Road and Houston Avenue in south Macon.

A man told police that the robbers demanded money and then shot another man, a male relative, in the leg.

Police have not released any further information on the shooting, including the shooting victim's identity and condition.

Anyone with information on the case can call Macon police at (478) 751-7500, or Crimestoppers at (877) 68-CRIME.



Macon Trio Charged With Dry-Cleaning Break-In

Three Macon youths, one of them just 11 years old, are charged with breaking into a dry-cleaning van and removing much of the clothing.

Police say it happened around 11 p.m. Thursday at P.L.  Cleaners at 3336 Mercer University Drive.

A news release says officers were responding to a burglary in progress...when they found the trio sorting through clothes that had been taken from the van.

They say 17-year old Julian Kendrick tried to run, but an officer caught him.

They also arrested the 11-year-old, and a 16-year old.
All three are charged with entering an auto. All the clothing was returned to the business.

Police say Kendrick was released from the Bibb County jail on $1,300 dollars bond.