Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Napier Home May Be Saved

The City of Morrow is trying to save a historic home in Macon. The Napier house, built in 1842, will be torn down if nobody steps forward to move it. The home is being demolished to build a new Central High School. Morrow officials plan to cut the home in four sections and reassemble it on their own site. Morrow has moved other structures to their, "Olde Town" development in an effort to create a downtown. Morrow will pay up to 200-thousand dollars to move the home.

Cemetary Vandals

A third Bibb County cemetery has been hit by vandals. According to the Bibb County Sheriffs Department the thefts occurred in the last week. Criminals took bronze plaques, used to mark military graves, and hundreds of brass vases. Police report that the thefts have also occurred in Atlanta.

News for Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The City of Warner Robins turned out in force last night to welcome home their world champions. The Warner Robins American Little League team returned home after winning their final game Sunday against japan. Team manager, Mickey Lay, encouraged the hundreds in the crowd to give the boys a big welcome.

"When these guys walk out of this bus, I want them to know they are world champions, which I know they are. But I also want them to know that all y'all are part of it. This is a championship for Warner Robins, the State of Georgia, and the United States."

The city will celebrate the teams victory on Saturday with a parade and rally in Warner Robins.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

News for Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Bibb County Commission says it will not accept Monroe County's latest decision on a border dispute. They claim a recent survey is not accurate, and that the border needs to stay where it has been for the last 100 years. Monroe officials adopted a survey this week that puts the new Bass Pro retail center within their borders.

The city of Forsyth has settled one of five racial discrimination lawsuits. Former police officer, Elijah James, says he no longer believes his dismissal was racially motivated. The seventeen year veteran was let go after he refused to force a relative, who was a convicted felon, to move from his property. Lawsuits by four other former city employees are still pending.

The Small Business Administration is making loans available to businesses in Georgia hurt by the drought. The federal money is available to farm and non-farm related businesses that have lost money due to the weather.

The Warner Robins American little league team is advancing to the semi-finals in the Little League World Championships. They beat New England on Wednesday by a score of 8-1. They face off against the Western region (Arizona) tonight at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

News for Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Macon City Council has approved an ordinance preventing city money from being spent on travel to countries that do not support anti-terrorism efforts. The legislation comes in response to a letter Mayor Jack Ellis sent to Venezuelan officials declaring solidarity and expressing admiration. That letter was later read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in a radio address. The mayor later announced plans to visit Venezuela, angering residents and city officials. The council members present at the meeting voted unanimously to pass the measure.

The Bibb County Commission has voted to raise taxes. This is the first increase since 2004. Commissioner Joe Allen cast the only dissenting vote. The increase does not include a recent tax hike by the Bibb County Board of Education, city taxes, or state exemptions.

The Monroe County Commission is one step closer to resolving a boundary dispute with Bibb County. Monroe commissioners voted to approve a boundary set by a 2004 survey. The line would move the boundary further south, placing much of the Bass Pro retail center in Monroe County. However, Monroe officials say they would allow Bibb County to collect tax revenue from that development. Bibb County disputes the proposed property line.

The Warner Robins American Little League Team will wait until today to resume play. The game was stopped last night due to rain. The game will be today at 11:00am on ESPN2. Warner Robins leads New England 2-0 in the second inning.

Weather for today. Hot and sunny with a high of 102. Heat advisory is in effect. The heat index will make it feel like 103.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

News for Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The Macon City Council will take up a new ordinance when it meets tonight. The document bans the use of city funds for travel outside the United States to countries the U.S. Government deems uncooperative in combating terrorism. Mayor Jack Ellis angered residents and city leaders when he sent a letter to Venezuelan officials declaring solidarity. He also announced plans to visit Venezuela. City Council wants to prevent such a trip from taking place at city expense. The mayor plans to return to Macon on Monday, following trips to Africa and England.

Macon officials will have to dip into a savings account to keep the city afloat. The account was created last year in an attempt to avoid taking out a short term, tax anticipation note. For the last three years the city has borrowed millions of dollars to meet expenses, until property tax bills are sent out. Officials say the cash flow problem could be more severe than first thought.

In Jones County a property tax reevaluation is making things difficult for the Jones County Commission and School Board. The tax digest is being held up after nearly 2-thousand appeals were filed. The tax digest can n0t be set with that many appeals pending. The reevaluation was needed due to increases in property values in Jones County over the last five years.

The4 Warner Robins American Little League team plays tonight at six, at the Little League World Championships. Last nights scheduled game was postponed due to weather.

In today's weather we'll have partly cloudy skies with a high of 99 degrees.

Monday, August 20, 2007

News for Monday, August 20, 2007

A soldier from Winder, Georgia says he did nothing wrong. Army specialist Christopher Phillip Shore says he was ordered to kill a man in Northern Iraq, but purposely missed him. He says the bullets that hit the man were fired from far away. The man died two days later from his wounds. Shore and his commander were later charged with murder. The Army will hold a hearing on the case in the fall.

Children covered by Peach Care could have a hard time finding dental care. The state is terminating contracts with two of its largest dental providers, Help a Child Smile and Kool Smiles. The changes could affect 110-thousand children. State officials are hoping to adopt a single administrator program that allows individual dentists to sign up as providers, and increases reimbursements.

The Bibb County School Board is taking applications. The board needs to fill a position left vacant by board member Terry Tripp, who resigned to run for a seat on the Bibb County Commission. Applicants must live in the District One area which includes; Northeast High School, Appling Middle School, and Burdell-Hunt Elementary. Applications will be taken through the end of the month.

A loss by New England means the Warner Robins American Little League team is still in the running. That loss evens up all the teams, 1-1. The boys play New England tonight at 6:00pm on ESPN 2. If they win that game they will advance to the next round. The boys made it to the Little League World Championship in Williamsport, Pennsylvania after winning the Southeast Regional Championships.

Weather: Partly cloudy skies with a high of 98 degrees. Heat index of 103.