What Happened in Central Georgia This Week?

12:35 PM, May 5, 2013   |    comments
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A Macon woman was hit by a street sweeper.

- Russell Holt, accused of killing his girlfriend last year was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

- Bibb County BOE offered the interim superintendent job to former Central High principal Steven Smith.


- Two Houston County football players will play in the NFL.

- A prominent Macon developer, Charles "Jeff" Jones, died of a heart attack.

Macon Police held profiling training sessions. 90 officers attended.

- The new Warner Robins LEC celebrated its completion.

- A teenager in Laurens County was charged with vandalizing a church cemetary.

- Michael Kelly, charged with the murder of Gail Spencer in Macon, was also charged with aggravated sodomy.

- Six domesticated donkeys were attacked by dogs in Jones County, and the dogs were put up for adoption.

- Tuesday was the 60th anniversary of when a tornado devasted Warner Robins.

- Two men fled a traffic stop on foot and ran into the woods, causing a chase in Monroe and Bibb counties. They were arrested.


- The Pactiv plant in southern Bibb County caught fire early in the morning, and the plant sustained major damage, also displacing plant workers.

- Twiggs police were searching for two men who fled a routine traffic stop.

- Governor Deal visited Macon and signed a bill to make childcare safer by making it more difficult for convicted felons to get jobs in childcare industries.

- An outside firm reviewed Bibb schools and said the schools should keep their accreditation status but be monitored by another team to remain on track.

- Houston Superintendent Hines said there will be no prayers or hymns at Houston County graduations this year after last year's complaints.

- Randy Toms announced he's running for Warner Robins mayor. He's the first candidate in the race.

- An off-duty officer apprehended a man accused of trying to steal $180 worth of crab legs from a Kroger in north Macon.


- Macon was named as one of 14 cities that actively works to "build greater civic participation."

- Milledgevillan Hugh Thompson was named as the newest member of the Georgia Supreme Court.

- Ben Jones sat down with Allman Brothers' Band member Chuck Leavell to talk about Leavell's touring with the Rolling Stones.

- Macon-Bibb firefighters were targeting 'hot spots' at the Pactiv plant in southern Bibb after much of the plant was destroyed in a fire Wednesday morning.

First Presbyterian Day School honored a teacher who has been for 50 years in Bibb County.

Superintendent Hines of Houston County provides clarification for his earlier statements about no prayers or hymns at Houston County graduations this year.

- A scaled-back version of the Georgia State Fair openend in Macon, only lasting 4 days.


- 50 temp employees at the Pactiv plant filed for unemployment, due to the large fire on Wednesday.

- Bibb BOE gives the acting superintendent the power to continue moving forward on the Macon Promise Neighborhoods project.

- A fire and 15 small explosions occured at a Byron sheet metal facility Thursday night, and Byron fire officials continued their investigations the next day.

- Authorities are still trying to locate missing MGSC student Jmaal Malik Keyes, whose been missing since April 25.

- Southern Perfection Fabrication, the Byron plant that caught fire Thursday, was cited for 15 health and safety violations in 2012.

- Warner Robins police learned of an old city ordinance that required the police chief to keep a record of all gun sales in the city.

- The Cirque du Soleil performance 'Quidam' started Friday night in Macon at the Centreplex.

Congressman Jack Kingston visited Macon, talking about the impacts of sequestration on the area and about his announcement to run for Saxby Chambliss' seat.

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