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Hartley Elementary Students Pay Tribute to MLK

Hartley Elementary Students Pay Tribute to MLK

The students and staff at Hartley Elementary School paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday, January 15.

The students participated in an assembly, which featured Ronnie Miley as the guest speaker. Mr. Miley works with the Bibb County Coroner's Office and is a former Bibb County Board of Education representative. He was also part of the Civil Rights Movement.

The assembly ended with a peaceful march around the school. Some classes designed banners and posters in honor of Dr. King.

At right, fifth-grader Marquez Finney holds a sign during the march around the school.

Victim Identified in Early Morning Accident

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones told 13WMAZ that 78-year old Willie Evans, Sr. of Warner Robins was pronounced dead on the scene of an accident involving one car and a flatbed truck Friday.

Jones said Evans' Cadillac sedan was trapped underneath the truck and it took crews several hours to clear the accident.

The accident happened before 7:00 a.m. and had blocked traffic on a large portion of Pio Nono Avenue.



Glee Star Visits Howard Middle

Howard Middle School felt like William McKinley High school on Thursday.

William McKinley is only a fictional school on the musical television series, "Glee," but its star visitor was the real deal.

Dot-Marie Jones, known as Coach Shannon Bieste on the prime time series, surprised her step-daughter's chorus class with questions and answers, as well as some life advice.

"I didn't start acting until I was 27," said Jones. "It's never too late, never say never, and don't let anybody tell you you can't do something."

Jones has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on "Glee" for the past two years.

Mt. de Sales Approves Move to GHSA

The Board of Trustees of Mount de Sales Academy voted Thursday night to apply for membership to the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).

If the GHSA accepts the school's application this spring, Mount de Sales would begin literary and athletic completion in the GHSA with the start of the 2014-2015 academic year.

The decision by the Board came after an intensive four-year study that included input from all constituents associated with Mount de Sales Academy according to school president David Held.

Held said the Board's decision was based "on our belief that a move to GHSA is very much in keeping with our mission as a Catholic School sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy and will provide greater opportunities for our students."

Jones leads Northern Kentucky over Mercer 63-46

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) - Eshaunte Jones hit six 3-pointers and finished with 26 points to lead Northern Kentucky to a 63-46 victory over Mercer on Thursday night.

The senior guard put the Norse (5-11, 3-5 Atlantic Sun Conference) ahead to stay, 15-12, with a 3-pointer with 5:05 left in the first half and they led 26-18 at the break. Jones finished the half with 14 points.

The Bears (12-9, 5-3) made just 5 of 23 shots (21.7 percent) in the first half.

Mercer's Bud Thomas hit four 3-pointers in the second half for 12 of his 16 points to bring the Bears to within six, 49-43, with 4:05 remaining. Northern Kentucky then reeled off a 14-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Thomas took all eight of his shots in the game from behind the arc, making five, while the rest of the Bears shot 10 of 35 overall.

Judge Orders New Bibb-Monroe Line

A Fulton County judge has officially signed-off on a ruling moving the Bibb-Monroe county border.

But that doesn't mean the long-running legal battle is over.

Judge Kelly Lee yesterday approved the order telling the Georgia Secretary of State's office to approve the new line within 14 days.

The judge also rejected Bibb County's request to have their say in the case.

Bibb County attorney Virgil Adams says he expects the Georgia Secretary of State's office to appeal the order and he will continue pushing to intervene in the court case.

Lee's order would shift the county line several hundred yards south into Bibb County.

And that would move dozens of properties worth millions of dollars from Bibb to Monroe.

Bibb School Board Meeting Postponed Abruptly

Amid speculation about the future of Bibb School Superintendent Romain Dallemand, a special school board meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. was abruptly postponed Thursday afternoon.

A news release from the school district said the meeting was postponed "due to the unavailability of essential parties" and would likely be rescheduled for next week. 

The meeting was called just yesterday, Wednesday.

School Board member Lester Miller told us that board member Thelma Dillard and school board attorney Patrick Millsaps were unavailable to attend, forcing the postponement. (Dillard actually showed up for the meeting after rearranging her schedule. But by that time, the meeting was already postponed.)