Our top story tonight... Macon Police continue to search for the person who shot and killed a Macon woman one year ago.
40-year old Yvonne Jackson was found dead in her Patterson Street home after firefighters responded to a fire call.
Police say they believe her killer set the house on fire after shooting her in the head. ...
One year later, Macon Police say the case is still active.
Her family says they're confident someone in Macon may know something and will eventually come forward.
< We need you. My family needs you urgently to come forward .. All that 'don't want to talk thinking you a snitch', let's do away. There's a lady in Macon had been hurt. Victimized. Home invaded. We need your help. Come forward. >
Detective Alex Rozier says the Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward from Crimestoppers... as well as a ten thousand dollar reward for the arson.
The Jackson family says they'll also be offering their own reward.
You can call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME
The man known as the "officer Creeper"strikes again.
This time his target was the Ronald McDonald House in Macon.
According to a police news release.. around ten Friday morning.. the man walked in and asked to speak with someone at the facility.
The employee went to look for that person.
Investigators say when she returned.. the man was gone and so was her wallet.
This is a surveillance photo of the suspect... who is also wanted for similar crimes in Perry, Byron, Cordele and the Atlanta area.
Perry police Captain Heath Dykes says the man is 54-year-old Antonio Hornsby.
If you can help police find Hornsby.. contact Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.. again that number is 1-877-68-CRIME.
Payne City will continue to live on.
That's the word from the capital... as lawmakers spent this year's session hammering out the details of the Macon-Bibb consolidation.
Residents tell Austin Lewis... they're glad their small city will continue to stand on it's own.
Adriana Horton is like any new resident...excited to make her house a home...but though she's only lived here a couple of months...she's proud to be part of Payne City.
<Adriana Horton, Payne City: Our house alone it was built to house the people that worked at the mill and now it's our home and that's part of it's history and it would lose that. >
Just across the railroad tracks from Macon... lies a little town full of history...from the older building that house a mill...to the quiet neighborhoods. Horton says she feared consolidation would change that.
<Adriana Horton, Payne City: Just losing it's name, losing the fact we're Payne City, I think that it would take a lot of history away. >
But for Brandie Chick...Payne City means the future. She's lived here for about a year...and thinks her children will make their own marks here.
<Brandie Chick, Payne City: Everybody gets to know everybody after a while and they get to know their own little stories of Payne City growing up and living here. It's like if you change Payne City the stories of childhood development wouldn't exist anymore. >
And she says Payne City keeping that independent streak is how neighbors band together.
<Brandie Chick, Payne City: In Payne City, it's just a gathering of people that are able to see each other and walk next door and be like hey you know it's where your friends are, it's where your friends been all your life.>
Resident say they're glad to keep that small town feel in the heart of Bibb County.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Payne City will still be patrolled by Bibb County Sheriff's under consolidation... and the Sheriff's Office says the cost to patrol that area are negligible.
Bibb County Board of Elections voted to have Payne City run their own elections.
Before the close of the 2013 general assembly.. Lawmakers made a few changes to the Macon-Bibb consolidation bill... Leaving two Macon city council members with questions.
Thursday night... Legislators approved a change that would take away the rule... That requires a candidate to live in their district for one year before qualifying for elections.
That only applies to this year's race.
But Macon city council members Elaine Lucas and Henry Ficklin say they believe it's part of a long-term plot by republican legislators.
<with those changes, the legislators have effectively joined the fight to remove me and some other folks from council, those folks who time after time after time have demanded to know what's going on as far as taxpayer's money, what's going on with consolidation>
But state representative Nikki Randall says they made the change Because the new consolidated districts did not exist a year ago.
<when you're embarking on something new like this, there may have to be special circumstances in the beginning. Honestly, like I said, how can we expect someone to have lived in a district that didn't even exist a year ago?>
Another change allows the consolidation transition task force to go-ahead with projects without approval from the new government.
Randall says anything involving taxpayer money will still have to be approved by Macon city council and the Bibb County commission.
The change just allows them to get work done before the consolidated government takes over in January.
Lucas says she and others plan to find legal counsel... and send a petition to the Department of Justice Asking for an investigation.
Macon city council member Virgil Watkins wants to be part of the new consolidated government.
He announced his candidacy for District 8 Friday.
Watkins joined council in 2007... And currently chairs the public safety committee.
He says finding more avenues to keep young people off the streets will continue to be one of his top priorities..
<education is a vital and key component necessary to ensure quality of life. Enhancing education fosters economic development, attracts business growth, and grows Macon's legacy. It will be important for our new government to find innovative ways to support our education system.>
Watkins will be up against fellow city councilman Charles Jones in the district 8 commission race.
That district covers parts of the downtown residential area... In-Town... College Hill... Unionville... And Bloomfield communities.
Young offenders in Bibb County will soon have a new place to go..
Construction on the new Bibb County juvenile justice center began Friday.
Commissioners... Judges... And architects overturned the first pile of dirt at the site on McKenna Avenue downtown.
They hope the 7 million dollar SPLOST project will eventually help kids turn over a new leaf.
The building will house the juvenile court... and spaces for other agencies like drug abuse, mental health programs and psychologists.
<juvenile court is a collaborative agency and we need to have space where other agencies can be there and work together for the benefit of families that are in trouble >
Bibb County Commission Chairman Sam Hart says the building should be finished in a year to fourteen months.
Big news out of Atlanta tonight... A grand jury has indicted about three dozen educators in a standardized test cheating scandal that rocked Atlanta's public school system.
The indictment was released Friday afternoon.
The cheating scandal was one of the largest in the nation.
A state investigation in 2011 found cheating on standardized tests by nearly 180 educators in 44 Atlanta schools.
Investigators say educators gave answers to students or changed answers on tests after they were turned in.
Investigators say teachers who tried to report the cheating faced retaliation, creating a culture of "fear and intimidation" in the district.
Former Superintendent Beverly Hall was among those indicted.
She faces charges including racketeering, false statements and theft.
She retired just days before the 2011 probe was released.
President Barack Obama spent part of the day promoting a key part of his economic agenda.
He traveled to South Florida Friday to push for more private-sector infrastructure investment to create construction and other jobs.
<When you asked companies who brought jobs back to America in the last few years they'll say if we upgrade our infrastructure we'll bring even more. So what are we waiting for there's work to be done there's workers ready to do it lets prove to the world there's no better place to do business than right here in the United States of America and let's get started rebuilding America>
The president spoke at Miami's port, which is undergoing 2 billion dollars worth of upgrades.... paid for with both government and private dollars.
Pope Francis has praised the quote "friendship of so many Muslim brothers" during the Good Friday procession that re-enacts the crucifixion of Christ.
The nighttime Way of the Cross procession at Rome's Colosseum is one of the most dramatic rituals of Holy Week.
That's when Christians commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ.
This year was dedicated to the plight of Christians in the Middle East.
the meditations read out were composed by young Lebanese faithful.
Francis... who became pope just weeks ago... chose to stress Christians' positive relations with Muslims in the region.