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Single-lane Closures on I-16

Single-lane closures began Friday on I-16 both East and Westbound.

The closures are in place between mile marker 26 and 30, near Exist 27, the Georgia Department of Transportation release says.

The single lane closures will occur continuously through 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 23.

DOT Anticipates Holiday Travel Delays

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) anticipates more travelers than usual with Christmas Day falling on a Saturday this year.

High congestion areas include I-75, I-16, and I-475 in Bibb County, the DOT release says.

“We anticipate heavy traffic throughout the metro Atlanta area beginning Thursday around noon” said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. “Mall and retail center traffic will be particularly congested. Additionally, many travelers will be returning home over the weekend.”

Motorists should expect congestion near malls and retail centers throughout the week leading up to Christmas Day.

The DOT will suspend construction-related lane closures on all interstates and state routes from noon Thursday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Dec. 27 at 5 a.m.

Call 511 on any phone for free, real-time traffic information.

For more information, visit www.dot.ga.gov.

Shop with Law Enforcement Event

The Macon Fraternal Order of Police (MFOP) Lodge #3 will host its annual "Shop with Law Enforcement" starting on Dec. 14.

Each year, the MFOP sponsors three Christmas "Shop with Law Enforcement" events where MFOP members take a child shopping for whatever they want for Christmas.

The program is designed for children who would otherwise not receive anything for Christmas.

According to MFOP Lodge #3 Secretary Dennis Pace, the MFOP will sponsor about 100 children in Macon at Walmart on Dec. 14, about 50 children in Perry on Dec. 15 and about 50 children in Milledgeville on Dec. 16.

The children will be allowed to spend $100 on whatever they choose in Walmart.

In previous years, the program was known as "Shop with a Cop," but has since been changed to incorporate other members of the MFOP who are not police officers.

Cannonball House to Host Reception in Memory of Major Richard Furman Lawton

Join the Cannonball House as we host a reception in memory of Major Richard Furman Lawton on January 9, 2011 at 2 p.m.

Richard F. Lawton was the only known Georgia Citadel Cadet to take part in the firing on the Star of the West on January 9, 1861.

Learn more about Major Lawton, who was a Macon resident, and the Star of the West at this event.

After a reception and a short program, a memorial will take place for Major Lawton at his gravesite in Riverside Cemetery.

For more information, contact the Cannonball House at 478-745-5982.

The Cannonball House is located at 856 Mulberry Street in Macon.

Macon Police Department 2010 Awards

The Macon Police Department held its 2010 awards

Macon Police Department Officer of the Year: Cedric Penson

Patrol Officer of the Year: Officer Brian Powell

Investigator of the Year: Investigator Cedric Penson

Supervisor of the Year: Sgt. James MacDonald- CID Persons Unit

Rookie of the Year: Officer William Stewart- Precinct 4

Distinguished Service Medal: Sgt. Jason Jaffe- Precinct 4 and Sgt. Nathan Sprague Accreditation Unit

Crime Reduction Award: Precinct 4

Officer's Medal- Livesaving Award: Officer Omar Sanders- Court Services, Warrant Services and Re-Entry

911-Operator of the Year: Christine Marquez

Civilian Employee of the Year: Erica Jackson- Management Services Director

Volunteer of the Year: Tracie VanDeWalker- Animal Control

Bill & Rob Dittman, Tim Cook (SWAT EMTs)

Educational Achievement Award: Sgt. Bob Daniel

Award of Merit:

The 157th Christmas

The 157th Christmas

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The Cannonball House

The historic Cannonball House’s Victorian Christmas Program on Dec. 11th was a wonderful success. The House was filled with guests who enjoyed candle light tours of the 1853 Greek Revival home. In addition, the guests were entertained by Judge Holt (played by living historian Wayne Dobson) and a cast of characters who portrayed Georgia Militia and Regular Army troops on the last Christmas before the War Between the States.

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

Macon Film Festival Wins Best Program at International Film Festival Summit

The Macon Film Festival won Best Program at the International Film Festival Summit in Las Vegas this week. Film Festivals from all across the country were in the competition.

Other film festivals in the competition included South by Southwest Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, L.A. Comedy Shorts, D.C. Shorts Film Festival, Martha's Vineyard Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Mendocino Film Festival, Sedona Film Festival & the Austin Film Festival.

Macon Film Festival's 2010 winning program was designed locally by Burt & Burt Design and the cover logo was designed by Macon Film board member Stephanie Shadden.

Macon Film Festival board members Tabitha Walker, Julie Wilkerson, Stephanie Shadden & Terrell Sandefur attended the summit.