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Drivin' N Cryin' Stops In Macon For Benefit Concert

The band Drivin' N Cryin' rocked the stage at the Cox Capitol Theater Thursday night.

They took part in a benefit concert put on by the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

The concert benefited two Central Georgia organizations--Music Cares and the Mentors Project of Bibb County.

Ben Jones caught up with lead center Kevn Kinney before the show to see how things have been going since the band's trailer with all of their gear was stolen in Macon in September.

He told Kinney that some people were wondering if the band had any hard feelings toward Macon because of the theft.

"Ya know it was some people coming down from Atlanta to uh, they got a good little racket going stealing trailers and such, you know," Kinney said.  "So... it's happened to Macon.  But Macon's a victim just like we were.  But you know, no one got hurt so it's all good."

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Macon Police: Woman Possibly Given Date Rape Drug

A Macon woman found lying on Pio Nono Avenue may have been given a date rape drug after visiting Whiskey River Thursday night, according to a Macon police report. 

Police say the woman was "collapsing with no control over her body and was unable to acknowledge that people were present."

An officer pulled into Flash Foods, located at 4314 Pio Nono Avenue, just before midnight Thursday, the report said.  The officer overheard people talking about a woman "down in the roadway" and then found a woman lying on the side of the road. 

Three officers carried the woman to the Flash Foods parking lot.  As officers tried to ask the woman questions, she "constantly was going limp and collapsing onto the ground," said the report.

Charges Dropped in Macon Store Shooting

Bibb County prosecutors have dropped charges against a man who was allegedly shot while trying to hold up a store this summer.

Acting District Attorney Wayne G. Tillis says their investigation has raised some questions about the facts of the case, but he would not elaborate.

The Bibb County sheriff's department's web site says charges against Rashan Jordan -- two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal attempt to commit armed robbery -- have been dropped. But the jail web site says Jordan is still being held at the jail.

Loaded Gun Found at Northeast High

Bibb County school officials say they found a loaded handgun in a bookbag at Northeast High School this morning.

Daniel DeCoursey, campus police chief for Bibb County schools, say they're still trying to find out who the gun and the bookbag belong to.

No one was injured and Northeast parents were notified by letter and phone call, according to a news release from the school district. The school was not placed on lockdown, as the gun was discovered before school opened.

DeCoursey says a 16-year-old student grabbed the bookbag out of a family car this morning, thinking it was hers. DeCoursey says several students rode in the car this morning.

Around 7:30 a.m., after realizing that the bag was not hers, the student brought it to the school office, where employees found the 9-mm semi-automatic handgun.

DeCoursey says the bag apparently belonged to the girl's older brother, who does not attend school.

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City Council Commitee Votes For Four-Month Service Delivery Extension

The Ordinances and Resolutions Committee voted to extend the deadline for  service delivery strategy negotiations between Bibb County and the city of Macon Monday night.

The service delivery strategy is an agreement between the city and county that determines who pays for which public services.

Macon Mayor Robert Reichert asked council for the extension two weeks ago because he said he didn't think they could come to an agreement by the existing Oct. 31 deadline.

He says the city needs more time because they still haven't received the results of a tax-equity study by U.G.A's Carl Vinson Institute.

Full council still has to vote to approve the extension. It is on the schedule for Tuesday night's meeting. 

If they approve it, the new deadline would be set for Feb. 28, 2011.

The mayor says both the city and the county have to vote for the extension for it to be approved by the Department of Community Affairs.

Council Votes to Extend Service Delivery Deadline

Macon City Council voted Tuesday night to extend the deadline for service delivery strategy negotiations  between the city and Bibb County to February 28, 2011.

 The service delivery strategy is an agreement between the city and the county that explains who provides and pays for public services.

Mayor Robert Reichert asked council for the extension two weeks ago because he said they couldn't make the previous deadline of Oct. 31. 

 He says they're behind schedule because the city still hasn't gotten the results of a tax-equity study. When they do get it, Reichert says, the city will need the extra time to review the results.

Macon Council: Moving Government Access Channel Hurts Community

Viewers who tune into Channel 14 on Cox basic cable to watch Macon City Council meetings may have noticed they couldn't find Tuesday's meeting in its usual spot.

That's because according Cox Communications' website, on Oct. 18 they moved channel 14, which airs government access television, to digital channel 114.

Several council members expressed concern at Tuesday night's meeting that the move will mean Macon's poorest community members won't have access to public meetings.

"This has been a vital channel of communication between city government and residents for some time. There are quite a lot of residents who don't necessarily come to city hall but keep track of developments by watching channel 14," says council member Tom Ellington.

Ellington says in order to receive the new government access television channel, Cox subscribers would have to own a digital television and upgrade to Cox's digital tier.