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Commissioner shares personal connection to upgraded Memorial Park Recreation Center

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MLK Day marchers converge downtown with message of unity

On January 16, people gathered at Rosa Jackson Recreation Center, Frank Johnson Recreation Center, Booker T. Washington Center, and Memorial Park Recreation Center to march in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. People prayed and chanted as they made their way downtown and met at Government Center. Mayor Robert Reichert spoke at the event, encouraging everyone to be involved in their community to honor the legacy of Dr. King.

Macon-Bibb public park hours shift to increase safety

In an effort to keep our parks and recreation centers safer for everyone in Macon-Bibb, commissioners voted to change the hours for our public play areas. This includes both the active and passive parks, and our recreation centers. 

From now through March 31, no one is allowed in the parks from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m., and from April 1 - October 31, parks are closed from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Macon-Bibb, Warner Robins ‘Meet in the Middle’ for Great American Cleanup

You start walking your way, I start walking mine. We’ll meet in the middle, ‘neath that old Georgia Pine. We’ll both gain a lot, if we each give a little. Ain’t no road too long, if we meet in the middle!”

Mayor Robert Reichert used the words from that song to kick off the first ‘Meet in the Middle’ cleanup for the Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful and Keep Warner Robins Beautiful Commissions. In April, the two organizations, the Mayors from each, and more than 100 volunteers came to the county line on Highway 247 to pick up trash and talk about keeping our communities clean…together!

You can see more from the event in this MaconBibbTV feature.

Student leaders learn about airport’s economic impact

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of an airport…is flying! But the operations at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN) go much further than that. In April, students in Macon-Bibb’s GCAPS (Georgia Civic Awareness Program for Students) leadership cohort visited the Airport to learn about its history and economic impact on the entire region.

Companies such as Boeing, Bombardier, Haeco, and Yulista have all set up shop at MCN to provide maintenance, repair, and overhaul for everything from small private planes to commercial liners to military aircraft. It’s those services that keep the airport running, and supporting our local economy.

Click here to watch a MaconBibbTV feature on the students’ visit
to MCN to learn about the economic impact.

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/.

Paving, repairs coming for several Macon-Bibb roads  

More than two-dozen Macon-Bibb County roads will be re-paved or smoothed out thanks to a contract the Commission approved with Womack Paving Inc. More than $1.2 million will be used for full reclamation or deep path overlay on the following streets and roads. The improvements are being paid for from the state Local Maintenance & Improvement Grants, the Macon-Bibb general fund, and the voter-approved Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). For complete project details, click here: http://www.boarddocs.com/ga/maconbibb/Board.nsf/files/AAKLUP5289A0/$file/6-7-2016%20-%20Res%20Agrmt%20Womack%20Paving%20%241267395%2070%20Patch%20Overlay.pdf.