The so-called “polar vortex” that brought sub-zero temperatures or wind chills to much of Georgia is gone, but when Jack Frost comes back again, a class of Bibb County public school kindergarteners will be ready. Macon pharmaceutical representative Hope Hahn Shields organized more than 40 friends on Facebook to donate winter weather gear for a class of 27 kids at Jesse Rice Elementary, a school in Macon’s Bloomfield neighborhood where nearly all of the students are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced price lunch.
Bibb County's Attorney, Virgil Adams, has requested the Department of Justice render a decision about the consolidated Macon/Bibb County elections by Monday. Lawmakers passed local legislation during the 2013 session to change the area’s elections from partisan to non-partisan as voters elect their first consolidated government.
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.