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.
Researchings are trying learn more about Middle Georgia's relatively small black bear population, after hunters killed an estiamted 10 percent of the animals in one day during the state's first open bear season in 2011.
Macon.com, the web edition of the Telegraph newspaper, is going behind a paywall starting Wednesday in what is only the latest example of several Georgia papers adopting a model pioneered by the New York Times.