Legislation that would make local elections in Macon and Bibb County nonpartisan has one more hurdle to pass. It’s not the Governor’s desk — he’s expected to sign what his fellow Republicans passed handily in the state House and Senate. Rather, the move could bump up against the federal Voting Rights Act.
Public health officials say they've confirmed the first Georgia case of fungal meningitis linked to steroid injections for back pain produced by a Massachusetts pharmacy. Georgia thus becomes the 17th state in an outbreak that has sickened nearly 300 people and killed 23.
Millions will be used to buy up homes and land near Robins Air Force Base. The land will create a larger crash and noise buffer for Robins. Encroachment puts base at risk if the Department of Defense looks at closing bases.
Government records indicate that a mystery company is planning to build a distribution center that would be one of the largest in central Georgia. The company known only as "Project Circle" plans to build a 960,000-square-foot building in the I-75 Business Park in Bibb County.
A possible merger to consolidate Macon and Bibb County governments is causing angst for some city and county workers. Police officials have unanswered questions about pensions for officers if the consolidation plan is passed later this year.
An annual Easter egg hunt in central Georgia has been canceled after organizers say parents became violent while trying to collect eggs for themselves and their children in past years. This will be the first time in years that the Easter Bunny won't be visiting children during the annual egg hunt at Central City Park in Macon.
Head Start agencies in 13 central Georgia counties will offer free testing for lead poisoning to children enrolled in the programs. The testing is being provided because the area has the state's highest incidence of lead poisoning of young children.