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Parents, Students Support Central Band Director

More than 50 parents and students met with Bibb County school officials Monday to discuss the job status of Central High band director Terrell Johnson.

They gathered at the Bibb County Board of Education in a private meeting with Superintendent Romain Dallemand to express their concern.

Regina Baker, the boosters president at Central High, said Johnson had been "pulled from the classroom."

"It's taking away from (the childrens') learning process and we don't think it's fair," said Baker.

Students said they became suspicious when their band routine was interrupted and canceled. 

A letter from Principal Efrem Yarber last week told parents that band camp was canceled on one day's notice, "due to unforeseen circumstances."

Macon Police Investigating Register Snatching

Police are looking for a man who snatched money from two cash registers in Macon.  

According to police spokeswoman Jamie Gaudet, the man asked a cashier at Zaxby's, located on Riverside drive, to give him change for a $100 bill. That's when he reached into the register, grabbed the money and fled the scene.

Gaudet says the suspect also went to a Marathon gas station on Spring Street, pretending to buy a lottery ticket. He then confused the cashier during the transaction and ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police are searching for a black man in his late 40s, last seen in a red Toyota Camry. He appears to be cross-eyed, according to the press release. The photo is attached.

If you have any information, please contact Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.

UPDATE: Man Shot in Head Dies at Medical Center

A man who was shot in the head early Saturday has died at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

That's according to Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones who pronounced 22-year-old Robbie Moye dead at 10:22 p.m. Saturday night.

Police spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says Police found the victim around 9 a.m. Saturday, near May Avenue and Zinnia Street.

Anyone with information about this shooting can call Macon police at 1-877-68-CRIME.

City Agencies Sell Out at Surplus Auction

The city of Macon along with other agencies like Middle-Georgia Drug Task Force made bank with an auction of items seized this year.

According to Auction Coordinator Ben Roberts, all surplus and seized items were sold. He says over 400 bided at the lot off highway 49 and online Saturday morning.

The surplus auction started at 9 a.m. with more than 300 items up for auction. Some items included trucks campers, ATVs, classic cars, lawn equipment and much more.

"It's exciting to me. I have always loved auctions and sometimes you get beat and sometimes you get a deal," says Dick Lefholv of Gray. "It's just excitement getting out on a Saturday and doing something different for a change," says Wille Sapp.

Organizers say they hold auctions four times per year.

Homosexual Rights Group Protests at Macon Chick-Fil-A

Protests in response to Wednesday's Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day occurred nationwide Friday.

One group -- identifying itself as a lesbian-gay-bisexual and transexual rights group-- held such a protest in Central Georgia.

The group is called Macon Out. It spread the protest initiative  through Facebook.

The protest took place across the street from the Chick-fil-A on Zebulon Road.

Demonstrators held up signs displaying opposition to hate and love for their homosexual family members.

They say the objective of the protest is to fight peacefully for equality.

About a dozen protestors showed up for a demonstration that lasted about an hour.

Macon to Demolish 10 Houses on Antioch Road

Demolition crews will tear down ten houses on Antioch Road in Macon starting Tuesday morning.

Wanzina Jackson with the Economic & Community Development Department says, "Once the demolition is done, there is a lean that's actually put on the property and the property owner is then provided with a bill as far as the demolition of the property."

Those properties are part of the city's very long demolition to-do list. Jackson says they've targeted around 436 condemned houses throughout Macon.

They've been knocking properties off that list in small doses, totaling around 400 in the past five years.

Jackson says, "There's several different steps that must be done before we even get to this phase as far as the testing and the abatement of property."

Mayor Robert Reichert set a goal to clear out 100 properties a year, and since 2008, he's averaging about 80 instead. 

City of Macon Kicks Off Round of Abandoned House Demolitions

City of Macon Kicks Off Round of Abandoned House Demolitions

The City of Macon is beginning a round of abandoned and dilapidated house demolition next week, and we would like to invite you to attend a press conference at the first of those demolitions. The event will be Tuesday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m. at 2921 Antioch Road in Ward III. Speakers will include a Mayor Robert Reichert, Reverend Henry Ficklin, Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, and Charlotte Woody from the Economic and Community Development Department.

There will be four units demolished and the property cleaned up throughout that week. Below is the tentative schedule for this round of demolitions. (Dates for the second and third weeks may change due to time need for prior demolitions.)

Week of August 6

2921-23 Antioch Road
2920-22 Antioch Road
2780 Blount Street

Week of August 13