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Houston Co. NAACP holds event in Perry, promotes equal justice and advocates ‘the fight is not over’

For the second time since the George Floyd incident on Memorial Day, the Houston County NAACP held a peaceful protest march. The first was a “Unity in the Community” event in Warner Robins and the most recent event was in the city of Perry on July 11 with the hope of bringing continued awareness about...

MACON-BIBB COMMISSION HAS VIGOROUS DEBATE OVER MANDATORY USE OF MASKS TO FIGHT COVID-19

On Tuesday, July 7th, the Macon-Bibb Commission held a meeting via Zoom and the subject that received the most attention is whether citizens such follow Savannah’s lead in regard to requiring citizens to wear a mask amid COVID-19 pandemic. As the state of Georgia passed the 100,000 mark, in confirmed COVID-19 cases, more and more...

CORDELE RESIDENTS FACE RESISTANCE IN ATTENDING CITY COMMISSION MEETING

On Tuesday, July 7th, a City Commission meeting attracted a larger crowd than usual and the anticipated main topic of discussion was the removal of the Confederate statue located at the Community Clubhouse in Cordele. However, the Crisp County City Commission instructed sheriff’s deputies to block a group of citizens out from entering the meeting...

MAJORITY-BLACK VALDOSTA IS IN POSITION TO REFORM LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENT

In the aftermath of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery along with historic protests in streets nationwide, the city of Valdosta should have acted more decisively in the case of Antonio Smith. However, the city’s Republican mayor–Scott Mattheson — and the Valdosta City Council have mostly taken on the role of approving the police’s...

CLIFFARD WHITBY PROVIDES CLEAR CHOICE FOR VOTERS AS MACON-BIBB’S NEXT MAYOR

Macon-Bibb is at a crossroads, and it resembles what we will see in regard to our choice for President on November 3. It is a strong likelihood that Joe Biden will be Macon-Bibb’s choice over Donald Trump, but as a voter locally which mayoral candidate’s political philosophy is more closely aligned to Biden–President Barack Obama’s...

Tens of thousands of black Macon-Bibb voters have another chance to cast ballot in August runoff

On Friday, June 19th, Juneteenth is an event which is celebrated nationwide that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. However, sixty-five years after the Voting Rights Act in 1965, tens of thousands of Macon-Bibb African-Americans chose to sit out the June 9th primary which featured a Macon-Bibb mayoral race. After ten days...

As Governor Brian Kemp eases COVID-19 restrictions, Milledgeville and Baldwin Co. prepare for spike in new infections, hospitalizations

MILLEDGEVILLE– As of Friday, June 19th, Baldwin County has 435 reported cases of the Coronavirus, and thus far 33 people have died. For the last few weeks, officials had determined that Milledgeville and Baldwin County is one of Georgia’s “hot spots” for COVID-19 due to the increase in the number of confirmed virus cases. However,...

Forsyth residents come together for “Change The Narrative” rally

On Saturday, June 13, members of the Forsyth community and Monroe County gathered to have a community rally called “Change the Narrative” in which was designed to bring more awareness to tolerance among races and to bring forth grievances in regard to a local newspaper — the Monroe County Reporter and its editor Will Davis....

Cochran holds peaceful protest as diverse group promote racial justice

BLECKLEY COUNTY — The wave of nationwide peaceful protests have continued for a third consecutive and it isn’t just large cities. Smaller cities in rural areas are taking a stand.  On Friday, June 12, the dozens of citizens from Cochran– 45 miles southeast of Macon–gathered in a march of solidarity. Overriding theme at the event...

Houston County NAACP President stresses importance of Census, unity protest movements

According to the most recent census figures, Houston County has a larger population than neighboring Bibb County. And every ten years, the census provides a snapshot of the growth. Houston NAACP President Rutha Jackson commented on Houston’s growth which includes Warner Robins that has a majority-minority population with African-Americans comprising approximately 40 percent of the...

Redell Walton becomes Bainbridge’s new Police Chief

Redell Walton was chosen to be Bainbridge’s new police chief, and will officially begin work on July 6. Chief Walton has over 30 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Walton began his career in 1990 as a Bainbridge Public Safety Officer spending 4 years with the city before moving to the Decatur County Sheriff’s office...

Meharry Proposes Consortium of HBCU Med Schools to Tackle COVID-19’s Uneven Toll

By B. Denise Hawkins Diverse Education In testimony in late May, before a virtual convening of the House Ways and Means Committee, Meharry’s president and CEO, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, said the consortium, led by Meharry, is uniquely qualified to address the healthcare needs of people of color during the current pandemic, which has claimed...

American Kidney Fund Urges Caution as State Governments Move Forward with Re-openings Amid Pandemic

Adequate safeguards and testing must be in place for high-risk populations including those living with kidney disease ROCKVILLE, MD — The American Kidney Fund (AKF) is extremely concerned about recent decisions by some state and local governments to relax stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines before adequate safeguards are in place. 37 million people-or 1...

All Points North Foundation Awards Solar Grant to Macon Habitat and Mercer University

(Middle Georgia CEO) Macon Area Habitat for Humanity and Mercer University has received a $60,000 grant from All Points North Foundation to fund the installation of low-cost solar panel systems on Habitat homes. A decades-long partnership between Macon Area Habitat for Humanity and Mercer University now aims to increase homeownership affordability through low-cost solar deployment...

Macon-Bibb Recreation Department helping church feed children

The Macon-Bibb County Recreation Department will help Abundant Word of Grace distribute free meals to children 17 and younger beginning Monday, May 4. From 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each weekday from May 4-29, families can come to one of the following recreation centers to pick up both breakfast and lunch. “We consider it a...

Northside High School graduation will be held

Northside High School graduation will be held Friday, June 19th, at 8:30 a.m. at McConnell-Talbert Stadium. Dates and times are subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic or inclement weather. Houston County High School graduation will be held Friday, June 19th, at 8:30 a.m. at Freedom Field. Dates and times are subject to change due to...

Moss Oak Road in Houston County

Moss Oak Road in Houston County will be closed over Bin Indian Creek to replace the bridge beginning June 1 for approximately 90-days. Through traffic will be detoured around the construction site using SR 127, Clopline Lake Road, and Old Perry Road/Valley Road. Contact Houston County for additional information.

GEORGIA DOT PROPOSES CHANGES TO HWY. 49 CONNECTOR

Georgia Department of Transportation engineers are proposing that a Reduced Conflict U-Turn (RCUT) intersection be installed on the Georgia 49 Connector at Woolfolk Road, north of Fort Valley in Peach County. A separate but concurrent project would construct a u-turn to the east of the intersection. The engineers, working with Peach County Commission and public...

Outdoor recreation areas set to reopen with restrictions

By Rachel Gambill Macon-Bibb Government Macon-Bibb County will begin reopening its outdoor recreation facilities to provide people a way to safely enjoy activities with their families, including tennis and pickleball courts, Historic Bowden Golf Course, and two of the three parks at Lake Tobesofkee. Each will open with certain restrictions to help maintain social distancing,...

Macon-Bibb Healthcare Professional Pursues Her BSN Degree at Wesleyan

(Middle Georgia CEO) LaShonda B. Allen ’21 started her career as a respiratory therapist seventeen years ago after earning her bachelor’s degree in cardiopulmonary science from Florida A&M University. She has been employed as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) with Navicent Health in Macon since 2002 and is currently a student in Wesleyan’s Bachelor of Science...

United Way of Southwest Georgia Announces Second Round of Grant for COVID Response

(Albany CEO News) The second round of mini-grants from United Way of Southwest Georgia’s COVID-19 Community Relief Fund were awarded Wednesday, May 13rd.   The community relief fund was launched to quickly address the economic challenges of COVID-19 by rapidly deploying resources to community-based organizations in need of funds to meet the immediate needs of individuals...

CITY OF THOMASVILLE LAUNCHES SUMMER READING VIDEOS

The City of Thomasville will release a five-part summer reading series beginning Friday, May 15. The series is aimed at providing story time while our youngest residents are still encouraged to shelter in place. “Story Time with the City” will feature City employees reading books to children from a variety of locations around the community....