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Aspiring Eagle Scout uncovers, memorializes Negro League History in Macon-Bibb

A Macon-Bibb Boy Scout is going for his Eagle Scout rank, and in doing so, uncovered history that is now permanently marked at historic Luther Williams Field. Gordon Smith is with Troop 170, and while on a trip to the National Negro League Museum in Kansas City, he got curious. 

Gordon found out that four players from the National Negro League were born right here and helped pave the way for boys like Gordon to play ball, regardless of the color of their skin. Lemuel Hawkins, Marion ‘Sugar’ Cain, Robert Scott, and Ernest Fann each have their own plaques celebrating their groundbreaking careers hanging at Luther Williams Field.

Both Scott and Fann were at the plaque unveiling ceremony at Central City Park, and Fann spoke about the pride he feels when seeing Gordon’s project. 

Macon-Bibb Chief Information Officer, Municipal Court Clerk appointed

At its February 16 meeting the Macon-Bibb County Commission approved the Mayor’s appointments of LaTonya Slaughter as Municipal Court Clerk and Brett Lavender as Chief Information Officer.

Tonya comes to the position after serving as the Court’s Assistant Clerk for Operations since 2003, and Brett joins us from Clayton County, where he served most recently as Director of Information Technology. Click here for their full biographies, and we hope you’ll welcome them as they work to better serve all of Macon-Bibb County.

MaconBibbTV features major upgrades to park in Macon-Bibb

Thanks to the work and resources of multiple people and groups, Daisy Park on Forsyth Street has received a major overhaul to make it a more active space for the neighborhood, visitors, and people needing a place to relax. Among the upgrades are a water feature, a brand-new basketball court, spruced-up green space, picnic tables, and a bench made from repurposed cement. Nearly a dozen organizations pitched in to make Daisy Park what it is today.

Click here for a MaconBibbTV video about the day those groups and people
came together to turn on the water feature and celebrate this major project.

To read and see more about this park and the event, click here.

HOPE Inside Macon-Bibb begins offering finance & credit counseling

HOPE Inside Macon-Bibb began serving the people of Macon-Bibb County this month with four Credit and Money Management workshops to help people raise their credit scores and gain greater financial stability. Almost 50 people signed up for the initial workshops and began their path to a higher credit rating, more savings, less debt, and a better understanding of budgeting.

HOPE Inside Macon-Bibb will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. beginning March 1 and will offer the Credit and Money Management Workshop at least four times per month. For information on how people can attend the Workshop or for more information on the programs offered, call 478-741-9881.

Bridge could be named for former Mayor of Macon

At its February 16 meeting, the Macon-Bibb Commission voted to start the process of re-naming the Riverside Drive bridge over Interstate 75 for military veteran and former City of Macon Macon Mayor, Colonel William Lee Robinson, who passed away in November 2015. Lee Robinson grew up in Macon, served in the Vietnam war and the Georgia Legislature, was a graduate of Mercer University’s School of Law, and was elected Macon Mayor in 1977.

The request for the name change must go through the Georgia Legislature for approval, and the bridge would be named the “WM. LEE ROBINSON MEMORIAL BRIDGE.”

To read the full resolution, click here.

Marchers talk about life, legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On January 18, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, Macon-Bibb County, churches, and other organizations hosted the annual March to celebrate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Beginning at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Rosa Jackson Community Center, Frank Johnson Recreation Center, and Memorial Gymnasium, people from all over the community marched to Government Center in Downtown.

That day’s events and what it means to the community as told by the men, women, and children that participated are featured by MaconBibbTV in a new video that can be watched by clicking here.  

 

MaconBibbTV highlights major economic development announcement

New jobs and industry are coming to the region thanks to a partnership between Macon-Bibb County, the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority, and Yulista Aviation. The aircraft maintenance, repair, and modification company specializes in military aircraft and is moving into a hangar at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport because of its access to the runway and its proximity to Robins Air Force Base. 

Click here for a feature video from MaconBibbTV about the big announcement
and the partnership’s impact on Macon-Bibb.

To see some photos from the announcement, click here.