News Line for Macon

Personal care home in east Macon gets P&Z approval
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application Monday to build a new nursing home on Jeffersonville Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb P&Z to consider new nursing home
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will consider on Monday an application to build a new nursing home on Jefferson Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Roundabout work drawing praise, objections
Is it a traffic safety enhancement that will boost the look of the neighborhood near Tattnall Square Park or an annoyance that will yield only marginal benefits?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon landfill work goes on
Work on fixing problems at Macon-Bibb County’s Walker Road Landfill, hit with a $70,000 fine last week, should be complete by May 5, officials said Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb department heads preparing for jobs
Most of the newly chosen department heads for the consolidated Macon-Bibb County have a long history with the former city or county governments, but their new roles are sure to take some adjustment.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert honors service workers
Mayor Robert Reichert lauded people who volunteer to serve the community Tuesday, praising them during the second Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb approves department heads, delays Animal Welfare director vote
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 8-1 Tuesday night to approve 15 department heads for the consolidated government -- after removing one job, director of Animal Welfare, from the list.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioner calls for Dallemand investigation
Macon-Bibb Commissioner Mallory Jones has added his voice to those seeking a criminal investigation of the actions of former Bibb County school Superintendent Romain Dallemand.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pieces of Macon’s Second Street plan to soon fall into place
All along Macon’s 3.5-mile Second Street Corridor, pieces are getting ready to move into place.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb department heads to be named
Sixteen department heads in the Macon-Bibb County government are expected to be chosen Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jeffersonville Road stretch getting interim fix
People have complained about Jeffersonville Road for nearly 20 years, and a full reworking is still some time off.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tesla Motors picked downtown Macon for possible charging station
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority on Thursday discussed setting aside parking spaces in a downtown lot as a super charging station for Tesla Motors.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Self-taxing plan for Eisenhower improvements draws interest, not opposition
Within three weeks, Macon Mall’s owners hope to get the necessary majority of property owners along Eisenhower Parkway to support a self-taxing district that would improve the commercial corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Consultants: Some work may make Macon riverfront viable for housing
A 10-acre site along the Ocmulgee River in downtown Macon should still be possible for residential development despite ground contamination, consultants told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans laid out for renovating Cherry Street building
If all goes well, the former Lamar drugstore at 552 Cherry St. could be full of new residents and businesses by next February, developer Connie Broun told Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Mall wants help improving Eisenhower
The owners of Macon Mall are asking commercial property owners along Eisenhower Parkway to chip in and help revitalize the commercial corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Zoning officials to reconsider sports field lighting at Covenant in Macon
Macon-Bibb County zoning officials are expected to reconsider Monday a request from Covenant Academy to add lighting to its sports field.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Celebrated Central City Park structures get face-lift
Two of the most well-known structures in Central City Park are getting a face-lift.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Committee gives thumbs-up to bigger Ocmulgee National Monument
Macon-Bibb County commissioners gave tentative endorsement Tuesday morning to expanding Ocmulgee National Monument by 2,100 acres, part of a long-term effort to get it named as Middle Georgia’s first national park. The monument now covers 702 acres.
Source: Macon Telegraph

P&Z commission delays decision on lighting for Macon private school athletic field
Macon-Bibb County zoning officials decided Monday to delay making a decision on a permit requested by Covenant Academy to add lighting to its sports field.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Covenant Academy seeks lighting approval for athletic field
A private school in Macon is planning to upgrade its practice field with lighting as part of a plan to add a football stadium, a track field and concession stand in the coming years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

One Macon study: Concerted effort needed on longstanding problems
Schools, jobs and places -- those are the three pillars Macon-Bibb County needs to build as the base for a successful future, according to a “One Macon!” study.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bibb lawmakers wrangle over homestead property tax proposal
A state House of Representatives bill that could cut property taxes for some of Bibb County’s poorest homeowners has run into adverse winds in the Senate because of what it could cost Macon-Bibb County and the local school system.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Former Macon mayor Buck Melton dead at 90
Buck Melton Sr. had hoped to live to be 100, so he could celebrate during the 200th anniversary of Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb approves new animal shelter contract
A $2 million construction contract for a new Macon-Bibb County animal shelter won unanimous approval from Macon-Bibb County commissioners Tuesday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fewer cameras on new Macon-Bibb government
For nearly the last two years of its existence, all meetings of Macon City Council were recorded, broadcast on public-access cable and archived online.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Design firm picked for downtown Macon’s master plan project
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority on Thursday chose the urban design firm that will create a new master plan for Macon’s urban core.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb reps to Atlanta
The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce’s annual roadshow to Atlanta, to lobby and learn from state government, carried one major message: We need public investment in transportation if we’re going to profit from economic growth.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners wrestle with animal shelter costs
Macon-Bibb County commissioners gave a nod Tuesday morning to a renegotiated contract for a new animal shelter.
Source: Macon Telegraph

More than 50 attend community forum at mall
More than 50 residents attended a community forum Monday night at the Macon Mall to address their concerns to Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert and District 9 Commissioner Al Tillman.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners send disparity study issue back to committee
A resolution that would have called for Macon-Bibb County’s government to examine disparities in how city contracts are awarded was sent back to committee Tuesday after some confusion over wording in the resolution.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Search widens for new Macon-Bibb department heads
In a month and a half directors will be chosen for 13 departments in the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government -- and competition for those jobs won’t be limited to current city-county employees.
Source: Macon Telegraph

McKinley steps down from Main Street Macon job
Mechel McKinley, who has been the Main Street Macon manager since July 2011, is leaving the job.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Historic Macon names new executive director
Historic Macon announced Thursday that Ethiel Garlington will become the foundation’s new executive director, effective March 10.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County P&Z should cease being the Tremont Temple middle man
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission decided Monday to rehear Tremont Temple’s application for demolition of its former sanctuary on Forsyth Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

C-SPAN Macon specials to air this weekend
A pair of C-SPAN specials about Macon filmed last month as part of the C-SPAN Cities Tour will air this weekend.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tremont Baptist gets rehearing on its demolition request
Tremont Baptist Church will get a rehearing of its application for the downtown church to be demolished.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tremont Baptist wants rehearing on demo request
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission is expected to consider a rehearing request Monday about the possible demolition of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb getting less in sales tax
Macon-Bibb County officials aren’t legally required to cut their current or upcoming annual budgets, but shrinking sales tax receipts and an expected drop in property taxes will force major belt-tightening anyway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Input sought on public art for College Hill
Fences may not come to mind when you think of public art. But a pair of proposals to give face-lifts to the railings of two of Macon’s more visible bridges are among half a dozen ideas for enhancing the College Hill Corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Downtown designers talk plans for Macon’s core
Two urban design firms, each backed by a line of potential subcontractors, showed off their respective ideas for creating a new master plan for Macon’s urban core Thursday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Amerson River Park in Macon closes for year for construction work
With a groundbreaking ceremony on a windy Wednesday afternoon, officials closed Amerson River Park for a year of upgrades.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert pushes Sardis Church Road extension, other roads funding
Mayor Robert Reichert pushed Wednesday for quicker action on extending Sardis Church Road, coupling that with a call to again look for more transportation funding.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Mall move to fix up Eisenhower takes step forward
Macon-Bibb County commissioners will consider asking state legislators to allow creation of a self-taxing district along Eisenhower Parkway, in hopes of spurring redevelopment of the commercial corridor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Good feelings aid Bibb government retreat
The general sense of harmony among Macon-Bibb County commissioners continued Saturday, the second day of their two-day planning retreat, as they discussed ways to work together and with constitutional officers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb leaders confer on collaboration
A strategic-planning retreat for Macon-Bibb County commissioners got off to an amiable start Friday afternoon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb EMA readies for next bout of severe weather
In the wake of ice and nearly 3 inches of snow, Macon-Bibb County emergency planners have little time to rest.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Storm creates extra work and costs for governments
This week’s winter storm affected local governments with extra cost and work, but Middle Georgia escaped the public-service disaster experienced in Atlanta.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commission picks committee chairmen, sets office fees
Macon-Bibb County commissioners chose chairmen and vice chairmen Tuesday for all four of their new committees.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Amerson Park closing Saturday for several months
Earlier this month, the Macon-Bibb County Commission accepted a $6 million grant from the federal government for upgrades to the park, including a $5.4 million construction contract, which has since been awarded to Georgia Development Partners.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Urban Development Authority plans park, wants community input
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority on Thursday reviewed preliminary plans for a neighborhood park prior to gathering community input next week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

everly calls for ‘neighborhood stabilization’ tax measures
Low-income Macon-Bibb County residents who own inexpensive houses would get a renewed property tax break if county voters approve an idea by state Rep. James Beverly, D-Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Municipal Court amnesty has some success
The monthlong amnesty program on punitive fines by Macon’s Municipal Court brought in about $19,450, the court’s director said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Land condemnation approved; Schlesinger sworn in
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to authorize condemnation of 11 parcels of property along Level Acres Drive Southwest for road improvements.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb government committees set
The new Macon-Bibb County Commission has a committee structure.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Bishop lends support to Macon Promise Neighborhood
At a Friday luncheon for community leaders, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., affirmed his commitment to the Macon Promise Neighborhood initiative.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon to get major HUD help
Macon is one of seven cities that will get intensive federal help with chronic economic problems under the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative, local and national officials announced Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin concedes District 2 race to Schlesinger
Henry Ficklin has conceded the race for the District 2 seat on the Macon-Bibb County Commission to Larry Schlesinger.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon and Bibb finances earn clean opinion from auditors
Finances of the now-dissolved Macon and Bibb County governments earned a clean opinion from auditors for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Schlesinger beats Ficklin in Macon-Bibb’s District 2 race
For the third time in four months, Larry Schlesinger captured more votes than Henry Ficklin in the race for the District 2 seat on the new Macon-Bibb County Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Early Macon-Bibb voting ends with low turnout
Just 402 residents of District 2 showed up to vote early this week in the special election for the open Macon-Bibb County Commission seat.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb seal idea hits commission resistance
The new Macon-Bibb County commissioners aren’t automatically endorsing everything prepared for them by the task force that worked on government consolidation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Schlesinger holds fundraising lead in Macon-Bibb District 2 race
Larry Schlesinger holds a huge fundraising lead over political rival Henry Ficklin in the race to become the District 2 representative on the Macon-Bibb County Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb District 2 Commission Race To Be Settled January 14th
The newly consolidated Macon-Bibb County government is busy at work, but minus one commissioner.
Source: GPB News

Macon-Bibb tears down three more houses
Macon-Bibb County officials gathered in the cold Wednesday to watch the demolition of three houses on Rutherford Avenue, the first such tear-downs by the new consolidated government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tremont Temple appeals P&Z decision to not allow demolition of church
The congregation of Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church is fighting the denial of a demolition permit for their old church building in downtown Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commission gets down to business
At their first regular meeting, new Macon-Bibb County commissioners accepted a $6 million federal earmark for extensive upgrades to Amerson River Park, as well as a $5.4 million construction contract for that work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin, Schlesinger look to settle Macon-Bibb commission race
Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger hope the third time will be a charm in their bids to secure a seat on the Macon-Bibb County Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb works together
On Tuesday, the first regular workday for employees of the newly merged Macon-Bibb County government, officials said collaboration is proceeding smoothly.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb department heads face competition for jobs
Macon and Bibb County have become Macon-Bibb County, but some parts of the body politic still have two heads.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Emergency operators shift duties in Macon-Bibb merger
The new Macon-Bibb County government will be up and running six hours before the full consolidation of emergency radio operations.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Final Macon police officials sworn in by Bibb Sheriff
No matter whether you call Mike Carswell “colonel” or “chief,” he’s made a bit of history with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb government takes control
The new Macon-Bibb County government was sworn in Tuesday before a crowd of hundreds at City Hall, unifying the city and county 17 months after voters approved consolidation and nearly a century after the idea was first seriously proposed.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb government to come in with public fanfare
The public is invited to watch the new government of Macon-Bibb County be sworn into office Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City Hall work shows Macon-Bibb teamwork
As Macon city government is about to dissolve, cooperation is the watchword for city and Bibb County workers preparing for the new Macon-Bibb County government to move into City Hall.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County government gets jump on issues
Macon-Bibb County commissioners can’t make legally binding decisions until they’re sworn in Dec. 31, but that doesn’t stop them from hashing out issues in advance.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Finishing touches: Macon-Bibb merger near, but plenty still to do
The clock is ticking down on Macon and Bibb County as separate governments, which will be replaced Jan. 1 by Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb, Robins firefighters train together on mock aircraft
On Wednesday, firefighters from Robins Air Force Base and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department trained together on a mock aircraft that simulates a crash fire, complete with huge flames shooting out of the structure.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb District 2 election details announced
The next election for the Macon-Bibb County District 2 commission seat will be open to people who voted in previous elections, people who didn’t and even people who hadn’t been registered to vote.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon council endorses downtown grants, land return at last meeting
Macon City Council members ran quickly through a short agenda Tuesday night at their last regular meeting, unanimously approving all seven items, but taking time to commemorate the occasion.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon, Bibb governments get ready to dissolve as merger nears
Two political eras came to an end Tuesday, as the bodies that have governed Macon and Bibb County for more than a century held their last regular meetings.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mountain of documents facing new Macon-Bibb government
Consolidating Macon and Bibb County has shed light on a serious problem facing the new government: records storage.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Load of harmonized laws ready for Macon-Bibb government
With just two weeks before the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government comes into existence, the committee debating laws for the new entity moved with relative speed through more than a dozen chapters of new ordinances Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Officials optimistic about new Macon-Bibb government finances
Incoming members of the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government got a full briefing Thursday about the new government’s projected finances, which experts say are mainly positive.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Payne City mulls consolidation again
There’s general agreement among the top elected officials of Macon, Bibb County and Payne City about what should eventually happen to the tiny community that’s completely surrounded by the coming consolidated government, but how to get there remains uncertain.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Renaissance project land to revert to city
Work has not started on the Renaissance on the River development planned for a 12-acre site on Riverside Drive, so two parcels of land are being handed back to the city of Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Some Macon, Bibb officials critical of recreation master plan
Members of the committee that oversees the Bibb County special purpose local option sales tax seemed to have as many questions as answers after a Tuesday presentation of the latest version of the county’s recreation master plan.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Slow going for Macon-Bibb laws group
Macon and Bibb County governments are scheduled to merge in three weeks, and there’s still an awful lot of work to be done -- even on the basic laws that will guide the new government’s operation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Historic Tremont Temple Baptist denied demolition approval
In a 4-1 vote, Macon’s zoning commission denied an application that would have allowed the demolition of Tremont Temple Baptist Church in downtown Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fate of downtown’s Tremont Temple Baptist could be decided Monday
The fate of a historic church in downtown Macon could be decided by planning and zoning officials Monday, when they also will consider a proposal for a downtown residential development and a project that would create student housing near the city’s main post office.
Source: Macon Telegraph

The realities of consolidation (cost) will soon set in
If anyone doubted the ability of the new consolidated government to lower its cost by 20 percent by the 2017 budget, go to the head of the class.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb department heads may not have recourse on firing
Department heads in the new Macon-Bibb County government would serve at the pleasure of the mayor, with no right of appeal to the consolidated government’s commission, under the personnel policy set to be adopted.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Third Street Park improvements showcased in Macon
Local officials celebrated improvements made to Third Street Park during a Thursday dedication ceremony.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New planning effort for Macon’s urban core underway
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority announced Wednesday it launched a collaborative planning effort that would combine several different master plans into one coordinated plan for downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon, Bibb HR departments begin merging
For more than a year, officials from Macon and Bibb County knew they were going to have to prepare to merge the staffs of most of its departments to be ready for the Jan. 1 consolidation of the two entities.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon retirees to get pension hike
Macon’s retirees -- those covered by the police and firefighters’ pension fund and the general employees’ fund -- are assured of getting their annual 1.5 percent cost-of-living increase under a resolution that Macon City Council passed 13-0 Tuesday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon committee agrees to Dec. 31 swearing-in for consolidated government
After an hourlong wrangle Monday, a Macon City Council committee agreed a consent order to swear in the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government on Dec. 31 should be forwarded to the full council for a final vote Tuesday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert plans meeting on Payne City’s future
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert is planning a town hall meeting -- for a different town. Reichert, the Macon-Bibb County mayor-elect, is scheduled to speak and listen in Payne City’s Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New radios expand emergency-service horizons
About six months ago, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department got new radios, the first tangible part of a major upgrade to local emergency communications.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb election expected in January
Perhaps the third time will be the charm. Macon-Bibb County Commission District 2 voters will head to the polls in January, said Elections Superintendent Jeanetta Watson.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon proposes fiber-optic phones for government-related groups
Macon wants state permission to open up its internal fiber-optic phone network to government-related agencies, at least those with offices near existing or planned city fiber lines.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin election lawsuit headed to court
A judge Tuesday could decide whether the new Macon-Bibb County government needs a new election.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon to waive Municipal Court penalties in December
Macon’s Municipal Court is giving a Christmas gift to many people facing fines: amnesty for overdue citations.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin-Schlesinger election flap may affect swearing-in of new Macon-Bibb government
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert’s plan to get new Macon-Bibb County officials sworn in before the consolidated government’s Jan. 1 start may not include City Councilman Larry Schlesinger, whose 26-vote victory over Councilman Henry Ficklin for a seat on the new commission is under challenge.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb hoping to improve pedestrian safety
Macon-Bibb County transportation planners are taking a closer look at why so many pedestrians have died this year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb seal recommended by task force
A new seal and motto were recommended for the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government Wednesday by the task force working on the merger.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New software assured for Macon-Bibb emergency workers
A software package is coming from New World Systems to handle all emergency service functions in the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government. Macon City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday to authorize the purchase, about $1.9 million up front and another $1.1 million over the next few years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert asks judge to launch Macon-Bibb County government
Macon-Bibb County Mayor-elect Robert Reichert is formally asking a judge to bring the new government into existence a bit sooner than the law seems to allow.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon council moves to buy Macon-Bibb software
A Macon City Council committee cleared the way Monday to buying software for all public safety functions of the incoming Macon-Bibb County government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reclaiming Macon’s past: Macon led state in historic preservation efforts in past year
In the past year, historic preservation projects in Macon outnumbered efforts of every other city in the state.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin lawsuit for new Macon-Bibb election gets boost
All parties in Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin’s lawsuit about the outcome of his Oct. 15 runoff election dueled by news release Thursday and Friday, but an apparent point of agreement is that Ficklin’s claim of voting district errors has some merit.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon pension plans changing to accommodate Macon-Bibb consolidation
Changes to the city of Macon’s two existing pension plans, proposed in reaction to the coming city-Bibb County government consolidation, cleared a City Council committee Wednesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Consultants: Required Macon-Bibb budget cuts should lower taxes
The budget cuts required by Macon-Bibb County consolidation are likely to result in a property tax cut within the next five years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon land sales move through committee
Resolutions to sell two portions of city land quickly passed a Macon City Council committee Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert: Judge may be needed to launch Macon-Bibb County government
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert said current governments may wind up going to court to ensure that the new government will be ready to go.
Source: Macon Telegraph

‘Age-friendly’ plan ready for Macon-Bibb
The action plan to make Macon-Bibb County more “age-friendly,” in the works for a year, is finished.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Long-ignored Macon law bans overhead wires downtown
All utility lines within a 20-block area of downtown, bounded by New, Walnut, Pine and Fourth streets are supposed to be buried, not strung overhead. Fourth Street is now named Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb officials gather for first time
The newly elected officials of the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government got together Friday for the first time.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb seal coming soon
A public request soliciting logo ideas for the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government attracted 19 entries.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon police Precinct 1 officers sworn in as Bibb deputies
Macon Precinct 1 police officers sworn in as Bibb deputies in merger step.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon moves toward Mid City Square
The Macon City Council agreed Tuesday to buy land for the proposed Mid City Square at the corner of Second and Pine streets.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin election hearing delayed till Nov. 26.
Henry Ficklin’s legal team will get a little more time to prepare before bringing his election challenge back to court.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mid City Square buy-up on track in Macon
A resolution to buy up available land on the proposed site of Mid City Square, at the corner of Second and Pine streets, is headed for a final vote by Macon City Council after a nod Monday from the council’s Ordinances & Resolutions Committee.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb gun rules still undecided
Rules for gun use under the Macon-Bibb County consolidated government are still up in the air.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin’s election challenge gets court date
Henry Ficklin’s election challenge now has a court date.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ficklin sues election board, seeks new Macon-Bibb election
Macon City Councilman Henry Ficklin is suing the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections, saying his name was left off far more ballots than the 26-vote margin of his loss in the Macon-Bibb Commission District 2 race.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Makeovers proposed for 3 parks near Medical Center
The Macon-Bibb County Parks & Recreation Department and a local nonprofit group have big plans for three downtown parks and are seeking public input about proposed designs.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mid City Square plans heating up, but may hit snag
The third tangible step in Macon Mayor Robert Reichert’s plan to make Second Street into a showpiece corridor is moving through Macon City Council. Three-quarters of the work to turn the corner of Second and Pine streets into a new “Mid City Square” may proceed smoothly -- but the last part isn’t likely to.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Land buy for new city square in downtown Macon gets first nod
Another step in Mayor Robert Reichert’s plan to transform Second Street is coming through Macon City Council.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Schlesinger holds lead to win District 2 Macon-Bibb seat
A Tuesday recount of votes in the race between Macon councilmen Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger for the District 2 seat on the new Macon-Bibb County commission resulted in no change to the tally.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Loft, retail development proposed near Macon post office
A proposed large development with student apartments and retail space is in the works near the main Macon post office.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New World recommended for Macon-Bibb police and fire software
A recommendation to buy the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government a full public-safety software package from New World Systems is headed toward a decision by the full task force working on city-county consolidation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Recount coming in District 2 race; Schlesinger only 26 votes over Ficklin
The final results did not change when the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections certified runoff tallies Friday night, including that for the District 2 commission race.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Macon-Bibb commissioners getting set for transition
The recently elected Macon-Bibb County Commission is a fairly broad mix of people trying to work on common goals to move the new consolidated government forward.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert looks ahead to Macon-Bibb’s first challenges
Robert Reichert’s two years of near constant campaigning, first for Macon-Bibb County consolidation and then to become mayor of the new government, ended Tuesday with his mayoral runoff win.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Defeated Macon-Bibb runoff candidates leaving future options open
For three of the Macon-Bibb County commission candidates who came up short in Tuesday’s runoff, there aren’t many regrets.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Recount likely in District 2 County Commission race
Macon councilmen Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger have unfinished business in Macon-Bibb’s District 2 County Commission race. A recount of votes in Tuesday’s closest contest may be in the works pending the counting of provisional ballots.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert says 'spirit of optimism’ message helped propel campaign
Tuesday’s runoff election for the first mayor of Macon-Bibb County’s consolidated government left the winner, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, “exhausted and elated,” he said Wednesday, while the loser, former Mayor C. Jack Ellis, is considering what to do next.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert wins Macon-Bibb mayor’s office by wide margin over Ellis
Macon Mayor Robert Reichert overwhelmingly won a runoff race Tuesday to become the first mayor of Macon-Bibb County’s consolidated government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mallory Jones beats Beverly Olson in District 4 commission race
First-time office holder Mallory Jones will represent District 4 as a commissioner in the new Macon-Bibb County consolidated government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DeFore holds off Roberts to win District 6
In the commission District 6 race, Macon City Council veteran Ed DeFore defeated former city finance director Adah Roberts.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Watkins tops Jones to claim District 8 seat
Virgil Watkins Jr. held off fellow Macon City Councilman Charles Jones to win Tuesday’s runoff for the District 8 Macon-Bibb County Commission seat in the new consolidated government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Schlesinger edges Ficklin in District 2, but recount coming
Macon City Councilman Larry Schlesinger edged Councilman Henry Ficklin in one of Tuesday’s most hotly contested runoff races for the new Macon-Bibb County Commission consolidated government.
Source: Macon Telegraph