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Holiday safety tips from the Fire Department

During the Holiday Season, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department would like to offer some turkey fryer operation safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a fun and safe time. To read the full list of tips, visit our website by clicking here. 

“We want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season,” says Lieutenant Brenda Thomas. “Fire safety starts at home, and with these tips, people can more safely celebrate with friends and family.”

EMA helping families prepare for disasters

September is National Preparedness Month, and the Macon-Bibb Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is participating in FEMA’s national and Georgia’s statewide campaign to help families prepare for any disaster. EMA will educate people through a series of educational meetings, local media coverage, and social media posts about how to be prepared ahead of a disaster, stay safe during a disaster, and recover as quickly as possible following a disaster.

“People should take action now to make sure their friends, family, and pets know how to remain safe during an emergency and how to quickly recover,” says EMA Director Don Druitt.

Electric bus considered for Second Street Corridor

In 2011, Macon began a planning for the redevelopment and revitalization of the Second Street Corridor as a “multi-modal spine” from East Macon and I-16, through Downtown, past Mercer University, and to I-75. It would connect residential areas, businesses, universities, medical facilities, and government facilities to each other while linking two regionally significant facilities, I-16 and I-75.

Public forum for downtown master plan

The Macon Action Plan (MAP) is hosting a community reception on Friday, March 6, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the 

Macon-Bibb Selected for Free Assistance with Smart Growth Strategies

Macon-Bibb Selected for Free Assistance with Smart Growth Strategies

Smart Growth America – a national nonprofit that advocates for better cities, towns, and neighborhoods — announced today that Macon-Bibb has been selected to receive a free two-day technical assistance workshop in 2015. (The date and location of that workshop have not yet been set.) Through the support and guidance of our Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative team, Macon-Bibb developed an application that was one of 14 selected from more than 120 applications submitted from 35 states.

Area unemployment rates fall

Area unemployment rates fall

Central Georgia's unemployment rate continues to dip, falling from 7.8 to 7.7 percent from December to January.

The rate has declined mostly because the amount of new layoffs decreased by 41 percent, according to a release.

In January 2013, one year ago, the unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.

Macon realtor starring in HGTV show

Macon realtor starring in HGTV show

Macon native Joanna "JoJo" Jones never thought she'd end up working in real estate, let alone the co-host of a national TV show on HGTV.

The Stratford Academy grad used to run a retail store called the Midnight Pickle, when her friends who worked as realtors told her she could quit selling clothes and sell houses.

In 2000, she got her real estate license and joined Sheridan Solomon as a realtor, where her bosses say her "gift of gab" comes in handy helping people find the right house for them.