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 2021-04-22 03:33 

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One year later: EF-3 tornado tears through homes in Upson County...

UPSON COUNTY, Ga. --It's been a year since an EF-3 tornado tore through Upson County, destroying homes in its path. Most of the damage that can be seen is in empty plots of land that are still riddles with fallen trees. There's still equipment pre...

 2021-04-22 01:57 

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City of Forsyth looks to make upgrades on park...

FORSYTH, Ga. —A popular outdoor spot in Forsyth could expand if local leaders can find a way to pay for it. The city is hoping to make upgrades on their Country Club Park. If you visit today, you'll find a splash pad for children, a dog park, a ...

 2021-04-22 01:48 

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Barrington Hall Golf Course to welcome back golfers...

MACON, Ga. -- Barrington Hall Golf Course will welcome golfers back on April, 23. After falling vacant for nearly 3 years, new owners have spent the better part of 2020 renovating it. Its last owner abandoned the course and left town. RELATED: Macon's...

 2021-04-22 01:05 

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Washington County deputies capture armed and dangerous man...

MACON, Ga. -- Washington County deputies have arrested a man that they say was considered armed and dangerous amid the search. Deputies say Charles Woods Jr. , 48, of Sandersville was wanted on parole/probation violation. He was seen in the area of Linton...

 2021-04-21 23:30 

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Bleckley County breaks records in ESPLOST revenue...

BLECKLEY COUNTY, Ga. -- Though COVID has created countless problems for everyone in Middle Georgia, some rural school districts say that the virus caused a perfect storm for more education revenue. For Bleckley County, it all started in late 2018. Back th...

 2021-04-21 22:46 

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'Clean streets matter because Macon matters': Community clean up deemed a success...

MACON, Ga -- 54 tons of trash was collected at the Clean Streets Matter community wide clean up event. The Clean Streets Matter is working with the organization Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful (KMBB) to continue the efforts. Both Mayor Lester Miller and Executi...

 2021-04-21 20:31 

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City of Reynolds Mayor addresses drilling scene, looks for suggestions on corner lot usage...

REYNOLDS, Ga. -- The City of Reynolds is addressing residents' questions on recent drilling rigs set up in the town. The city's mayor Butch Turner shares that this is not the city's project but instead it is being done by Geotechnical Environm...

 2021-04-21 20:00 

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Washington County Chamber of Commerce announces STAR students, teachers...

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Washington County Chamber of Commerce announced this year's STAR Students and STAR Teachers. Congratulations to STAR students McKinley Newton from Brentwood and Mary Preston Alexander from Washington County High School. T...

 2021-04-21 18:58 

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Peach County High School honors PAGE STAR student and teacher...

PEACH COUNTY, Ga - - Peach County High School announced its 2021 PAGE STAR student and teacher. The award is sponsored by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) who started the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program in 19...

 2021-04-21 17:17 

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'We want the change': Chauvin guilty verdicts give Macon activist hope for the future...

MACON, Ga. -- A local activist says there are almost no words to express how he felt after former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. "I honestly didn't think it would happen. I wanted them t...

 2021-04-21 16:49 

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Local surgeon recieves Hidden Hero Award from Downtown Macon Rotary Club...

MACON, Ga. -- The Downtown Macon Rotary Club announced the winner of its Hidden Hero Award on Wednesday. The Hidden Hero Award honors "unsung heroes" in the Macon-Bibb community who help others. This year's winner was retired cardiothoracic su...

 2021-04-21 16:16 

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Authorities look to Crimestoppers tips to solve lingering cases...

MACON, GA-- Authorities in the mid-state are hoping citizens will help them solve the case of several homicides. When a crime is first committed an investigation begins immediately, some of which are solved quickly, while others can linger for weeks if no...

 2021-04-21 16:06 

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Appeals court won't review denial of Georgia inmate's firing squad request...

ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider its earlier ruling that rejected the request by a man on Georgia's death row to die by firing squad rather than by the injection of a sedative. Lawyers for Michael Wade Nance argu...

 2021-04-21 15:49 

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Mercer athletic facilities on lockdown after threatening email...

MACON, Ga. -- Parts of Mercer University are on lockdown. A spokesman says a threatening email was sent to staff members of the university's Athletic Department. Local authorities are investigating the threat. Officials are asking any suspicious activ...

 2021-04-21 14:10 

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Man wanted for stealing pickup truck at Elko convenience store: HCSO...

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Houston County Sheriff's Office is looking for a suspect they said stole a truck. Deputies said the suspect stole a blue 2012 Ford F-150 extended cab pickup truck that was parked at Singletons Food Store on Georgia Hwy. 26 i...

 2021-04-21 14:00 

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Democrats point to Georgia in push for new elections law...
 2021-04-21 13:17 

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Georgia lawmakers react to guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin...

GEORGIA -- All over the country reactions have been coming in to the jury finding Derek Chauvin guilty on all three counts of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree unintentional murder and third-degree murder. Among those reactions are Georgia lawmake...

 2021-04-21 02:12 

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Monroe County at crossroads about proposed amended water contract...

MONROE COUNTY, Ga—Monroe County has a contract with Macon Water Authority(MWA) and the expansion of that contract was a topic in the county's commission meeting today. Monroe County Manager Jim Hedges has recommended commissioners amend the exis...

 2021-04-21 02:07 

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Macon 17-year-old arrested for armed robbery attempt at convenience store...

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County deputies have arrested a 17-year-old in connection to a commercial armed robbery attempt. Deputies say thatJavon Tyrek Blackshear was inside the Mercer Food Mart attempting to play on a gambling machine. When store employees aske...

 2021-04-21 01:28 

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Brookdale Warming Center to become a permanent part of Bibb County...

BIBB COUNTY, Ga. --- Bibb County Commissioners met during their Tuesday night meeting on 4/20 to discuss the Brookdale Warming Center. The center has been running out of the Brookdale Elementary School without the county owning it. Now, steps are being ma...

 2021-04-21 01:19 

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League of Women Voters of Macon, Georgia Women discuss education with Dr. Curtis Jones...

MACON, Ga. -- The League of Women Voters of Macon andGeorgia Women had a virtual presentation with guest Dr. Curtis L. Jones, Jr. , Superintendent of the Bibb County School District. The presentation focused on education. Dr. Jones was named the 2019 Nati...

 2021-04-21 01:02 

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Macon Mayor declares faulty jail cell doors an emergency...

MACON, Ga. -- Replacing the cell doors in the Macon-Bibb county jail is now considered an emergency. In a letter Mayor Lester Miller announced an emergency procurement for the doors. The letter calls security in the jail critically important for deputies,...

 2021-04-21 00:44 

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Tattnall Square Academy hosts student art show 'Spotlight On The Arts'...

MACON, Ga. --Macon Arts Alliance and Tattnall Square Academy hosted "Spotlight On The Arts" that had artwork featured by local students. Students submitted art that went along with the theme of Macon that seeks to celebrate the community. Will Was...

 2021-04-21 00:43 

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'No more toleration': Bibb County Mayor takes action against illegally placed signs...

MACON, Ga -- Illegally placed signs are running rapid in several areas across Bibb County. Mayor Lester Miller refers to these signs as "eye sores," guaranteeing any signs placed on public right of ways will be taken down starting the week of Apri...

 2021-04-20 20:04 

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Crisp County deputies confirm missing 3-year-old report as false...

CRISP COUNTY, Ga. -- Crisp County deputies investigated a report of a missing juvenile in the area of Georgia Veterans State Park but confirmed it as a false report. There was a heavy presence of first responders at the state park after they received info...

 2021-04-20 19:29 

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Fort Valley State University says it's working to make fall safe and affordable...

FORT VALLEY, Ga - - Fort Valley State University held a closed hub vaccination site today for its students, staff and faculty. According to Fort Valley State University's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Ramon Stuart, it's one p...

 2021-04-20 19:25 

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'Coming for Georgia jobs': Governor Kemp stands with Home Depot amid boycott call...

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Governor Kemp held a press conference to urge his opposition to the Home Depot boycott that was issued by a religious group of leaders. African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Reginald Jackson said the company has remained "silent and indif...

 2021-04-20 19:03 

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Monroe County TSPLSOT: What type of projects the funds could cover?...

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- The TSPLOST was back up for discussion in Monroe County Commission Tuesday morning after the commission voted to start the process to put the penny sales tax on the ballot this November. READ MORE: Monroe County Commissioners look at...

 2021-04-20 18:44 

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Suspect wanted in Butts County shooting: Police...

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga. -- Police in Jackson are looking for a shooting suspect. They said Diante Harden is wanted for a shooting that happened on Viewpoint Drive. Harden goes by the name Big Tay, police said. Anyone with information on Harden's location ca...

 2021-04-20 16:01 

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Coroner: Tractor-trailer hits, kills pedestrian on I-75...

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said a woman was fatally struck on I-75 Tuesday morning. He said the woman was hit by a semi-truck. It happened just south of Hartley Bridge Rd. WGXA crews are at the scene learning more information. Check back...

 2021-04-20 15:58 

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Expired registration leads to drug charge in Americus...

A traffic stop over an expired registration has led to traffic charges and a drug charge. Americus police say that 29-year-old William Cody Cromer of Americus was pulled over Monday afternoon just before 2 p. m. Cromer was found to have a suspended licens...

 2021-04-20 15:55 

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Church leaders seek Home Depot boycott on Georgia voting law...

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of religious leaders is calling for a boycott of Georgia-based Home Depot, saying the home improvement giant hasn't done enough to oppose the state's new voting laws. African Methodist Episcopal Bishop Reginald Jackson...

 2021-04-20 15:22 

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Suspect at large after robbing Macon vape shop at gunpoint: BCSO...

MACON, Ga. -- Bibb County authorities say someone robbed the Sultan Hookah and Vape on Riverside Drive at gunpoint late Monday night. They said the suspect went in with a firearm and demanded money from the employee before running off. No one was hurt dur...

 2021-04-20 15:10 

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Former Mary Persons head football coach Dan Pitts dies at 88...

MONROE COUNTY, Ga. -- Monroe County School District announced the passing of former head football coach Dan Pitts, 88. The district said Pitts, who coached the Bulldogs for 39 years, died Tuesday. The Mary Persons High School football stadium had been nam...

 2021-04-20 13:56 

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Teen murder suspect caught at Macon boarding home...

MACON, GA-- After nearly three weeks Bibb County investigators have arrested a suspect in a homicide. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, 17-Year-Old Robert James Ottman Jr. , was arrested at a boarding house on Ponce De Leon Ave, ...

 2021-04-20 13:47 

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5 private Georgia colleges to require vaccines for students...

ATLANTA (AP) — Five Atlanta-area private colleges will require students to have received COVID-19 vaccinations before class begins next fall. Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman...

 2021-04-20 02:08 

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Spicing up a small town: New mural coming to Culloden...

CULLODEN, Ga. --- After a city council meeting, town leaders have approved a brand new wall mural for the town. The mural will go on the side of an old mercantile store. "When Culloden was active, they had sold hats and little groceries. We didn't...

 2021-04-20 01:47 

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Forsyth Golf Club renovates tee boxes and sand traps through funding...

FORSYTH, Ga—The city of Forsyth and the Forsyth Golf Course joined together to make renovations on its golf course. According to city officials, they have added new grass to tee boxes and even updated their sand traps on all 18 holes of the Forsyth ...

 2021-04-20 00:57 

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Middle Georgia Regional Libraries brings Open Air Computer Lab to Shurling Drive Library...

MACON, Ga. -- Middle Georgia Regional Libraries is working to support the community with free online access. The Shurling Drive Library hosted an Open Air Computer Lab, offering free wifi access to anyone who needed it. The event ran from noon to 2:00 p. ...

 2021-04-19 23:01 

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'Keeping promises': Bibb County strives to tear down 30 blighted houses in 30 days...

MACON, Ga — "30 in 30 is a county wide initiative sponsored by Mayor Lester Miller, county commissioners and other county leaders. The goal is to demolish 30 blighted housed in 30 days. Mayor Miller says today's blighted house demolition rep...

 2021-04-19 22:45 

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Coliseum Health System expands visitor hours...

MACON, Ga. -- Coliseum Medical Centers and Coliseum Northside Hospital are expanding their visiting hours starting on Monday, April 19. The hospital shares that the hours will expand from 8:00 a. m. to 8:00 p. m. each day. There will still be temperature ...

 2021-04-19 20:24 

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The gift of time: Middle Georgia couple donates Cuddle Cots to surrounding hospitals...

MACON, Ga -- Kendall and Andrew Reid know all too well the grief of losing a child. The Reid's lost their daughter, Ruby, two days after she was born in October of 2017. The following year, their son Jack, was stillborn at 32 weeks. Kendall Reid tells...

 2021-04-19 18:01 

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Why Sardis Church Rd rezoning for new truck stop was approved despite residential concerns...

MACON, Ga. -- After a Planning & Zoning meeting ended with the approval of rezoning nearly 30 acres of land on Sardis Church Road for a proposed truck stop, residents were left feeling unheard. RELATED STORY:Planning & Zoning approves new Sardis Church Rd...

 2021-04-19 16:50 

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Health Department: Rise in reported COVID-19 infections in Butts Co., elsewhere expected...

BUTTS COUNTY, Ga - - COVID-19 numbers have risen in Butts County over the past four weeks. However, the increased numbers need to be considered in context, a representative with Georgia's Department of Public Health District 4 tells WGXA. "Based o...

 2021-04-19 15:36 

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Coffee County deputies searching for absconded sex offender...

The Coffee County Sheriff's Office needs your help finding a sex offender considered absconded. Deputies say they are searching for 47-year-old Demond Sinkfield, who has been on the list since a conviction in 1997. Sinkfield is 6'1", weighs 18...

 2021-04-19 13:27 

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AAA: Georgia gas prices hold steady at the pump...

Georgia gas prices hold steady at the pump compared to a week ago, according to a report released Monday by AAA. AAA said Georgia drivers are paying an average price of $2. 70 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. Monday's state average is 4 less ...

 2021-04-19 07:28 

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Bibb deputies investigating homicide at Emery Highway Chevron...

MACON, Ga -- Deputies with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting left one dead. Deputies say it happened just before 10:00 p. m. Sunday night at the Chevron located on Emery Highway. According to a BSO release, 27-year-old Greg...

 2021-04-19 02:55 

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Dooly County Schools hold vigil for COVID victims...

DOOLY COUNTY, Ga. -- COVID-19 has taken 32 lives in Dooly County. The school system spent April 17 remembering those who lost their battle against the virus. "A night of love and light" was set up as a chance to remember those who have died from c...

 2021-04-19 00:47 

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BSO asking for help identifying two men wanted in theft by taking investigation...

MACON, Ga. -- The Bibb County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to identify two individuals in a theft by taking investigation. The incident took place at the Exxon located on 1105 Gray Highway. The two men are pictured below and wa...

 2021-04-18 18:52 

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Sunday morning car chase on I-75 ends with crash in Lamar County, no injuries reported...

LAMAR COUNTY, Ga. -- Butts County Fire Department responded to a call Sunday morning to assist with a vehicle collision in Lamar County along 1-75 after a car chase ended in a crash. Butts County Sheriff's Office units responded to assist GSP with the...

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