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Dozens of animals rescued during Happy Tails event

On Saturday, June 4, Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare and partners held its first Happy Tails Adoption Event the shelter. More than 200 people visited that day to see what animals could be adopted and how they could volunteer and support one of the many rescue groups in the region. By the end of the event 14 animals had been adopted and 25 rescued by area groups from Animal Welfare, and 8 more had been adopted from Peach County Animal Rescue. “Happy Tails was a great success, especially considering it was the first one we’ve hosted,” says Animal Welfare Director Sonja Adams. “We were able to save almost 50 animals and educate hundreds of people about animal safety and care, and how they can support their community rescue groups.” To read more about the event and how to adopt, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.maconbibb.us/happytailsasuccess/.

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month

Mayor Reichert proclaimed June to be National Gun Violence Awareness Month in Macon-Bibb County at the June 7 Commission Meeting. He and the rest of the Commission encouraged people to wear orange and raise awareness of the senseless violence that harms families and communities across the country.

Commission recognizes Education Support Professionals

At its June 7 meeting, Mayor Robert Reichert announced that May 20 had been proclaimed Education Support Professionals Day in Macon-Bibb County in conjunction with the Bibb Association of Educators Awards. The Commission took time that evening to recognize this year’s Education Support Professional of the Year, Rutland High School Head Custodian Beverly Harris.

In addition to the Education Support Specialist of the Year, BAE also awarded the Read Across America winner, Vineville Academy, a $500 Barnes and Noble gift certificate. Also, a student from Vineville and Alexander II each received a Nook e-reader.

To read more about the BAE Awards and to see pictures from the recognition, click here: www.maconbibb.us/esprecognition2016/.

Macon-Bibb supports creation of Cotton Avenue Historic District

What do a local dentist and civil rights leader, Capricorn Records, a sloping road, and segregation have in common? They’ve each played a role in the mission to get Cotton Avenue designated as an official Historic District. The Commission is requesting that Macon-Bibb Planning and Zoning designate the area as such.

That dentist and civil rights leader is Dr. D.T. Walton, Sr., and contributions to our community led to a portion of Cotton Avenue being named for him many years ago. That portion of road – which runs from College Street, down by the Government Center, and all the way down Cotton Avenue to Mulberry and 2nd Streets – is what people are hoping will become a historic district.

To read more, click here. 

23rd reunion of the USS Macon

On Thursday, May 25, people that served on the USS Macon held their 23rd reunion at various locations throughout the city. This was the second time they had held the reunion here. You can see pictures from their visit to Government Center by clicking here.

During their visit, they spent time at the Washington Library studying artifacts and articles before traveling to Government Center to see the replica of the ship on display and to meet with Mayor Reichert. To thank him for hosting them, they presented him with a piece of planking from the USS Macon and official reunion shirt, hat, pen, and lapel pin. Organizers noted there were two men in the group who helped commission the USS Macon in 1945. 

HOPE Inside offers financial literacy, credit rating education, support

On Thursday, May 12, Macon-Bibb County leaders joined Operation HOPE Founder and Chairman John Hope Bryant to ceremonially celebrate the opening of HOPE Inside Macon, which is located at the Buck Melton Center (150 Sessions Drive). The celebration at the Center was part of a series of events over two days, to introduce Operation HOPE to the Macon-Bibb community, and for people to learn more about the services and early successes of the initiative.

For pictures from the visit and events, click here.

Macon-Bibb nationally ranked for customer service in March

In March, Macon-Bibb was ranked second in the country for total issues resolved for cities with 150,000 or more people. More than 2,100 issues were resolved, and the only city to have more was Detroit, MI.

This is very impressive considering Detroit has more than four times Macon-Bibb’s population but only closed abut 600 more issues. With its much larger population, Detroit only closed one issue for every 167 people, while Macon-Bibb closed one issue for every 45 residents.

To read the full blog and see the other cities ranked, click here.

Since these monthly rankings began in July 2015, Macon-Bibb has been in the Top 10 all but one month. For all of 2015, we ranked #8 with more than 14,000 issues resolved.