GPB Macon, The Telegraph, and Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism are embarking on a months-long reporting project on blight. That word means different things to different people, but any definition would include a house like 1261 Hartley Street in South Macon.
Officials working to consolidate Macon's city laws with those of surrounding Bibb County discovered a century-old ordinance requiring all utilities downtown to be underground. All utility lines within a 20-block area of downtown, bounded by New, Walnut, Pine and Fourth streets are supposed to be buried, not strung overhead. The prohibition on overhead lines has been in effect for more than a century, but no one can remember the last time the city ordinance was enforced.
Wednesday is day three of early voting in Macon and Bibb County, where voters are selecting the first ever city-county mayor. Telegraph of Macon reporters Jim Gaines and Phillip Ramati got all six candidates to weigh in on some of the biggest issues.
The Georgia Department of Transportation is moving to purchase and preserve the boyhood home of rock n' roll pioneer "Little Richard" Penniman in Macon, one of dozens of properties GDOT is buying up to make way for the widening of Interstate 75.