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Mercer class helps organize Take Back the Night march to support domestic violence survivors

Mercer class helps organize Take Back the Night march to support domestic violence survivors

Ian Henshaw, Contributing Writer

April 23, 2019

Mercer students combined efforts with the Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia to host a march in support of domestic violence survivors in Macon.

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument gets new distinction as Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument gets new distinction as Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

Natalie Yaeger, Staff Writer

April 9, 2019

Macon’s Ocmulgee National Monument has become Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park due to a larger public lands bill that has affected over two million acres of American public lands nationwide. This new distinction as a National Historical Park also brings along a major expansion with the Ocmulgee Mounds quadrupling in size.

Intergenerational Housing Project to start next fall

Intergenerational Housing Project to start next fall

Zaira Khan, Contributing Writer

April 9, 2019

After two years of planning, Mercer students are set to move into Carlyle Place to begin an intergenerational housing project. Carlyle Place is a “life plan community formerly known as a continuing care retirement community,” according to Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Rockenbach. They ...

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Police Blotter: harassing communications, theft by taking, entering auto and fraud

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 27, 2019

Mercer Police have responded to three car break-ins, two instances of harassing communications and other crimes, such as theft by taking and fraud, across campus in March 2019. Harassing communications Chief of Police Gary Collins responded to a report March 5 that the complainant had received ...

Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Increased security, new cameras, police radios and more: how Mercer has improved campus safety since 2018

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 11, 2019

The day after a Macon man fired six shots at a group of students and a recent graduate walking in Mercer Village in January 2018, University President Bill Underwood said that the school would increase its security measures. Underwood said in a statement following the shooting that “for the foreseeable fu...

Southern Poverty Law Center reveals Nuwaubian “hate group” still active in Macon

Southern Poverty Law Center reveals Nuwaubian “hate group” still active in Macon

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

March 11, 2019

Macon is home to a religious sect designated a “Black nationalist hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), according to a report the SPLC recently released naming all active hate groups in the United States. This is the fifth year that the Nuwaubian Nation of Moors has been reported in ...

New “blight tax” could discourage investment in Macon, according to Mercer professor

New “blight tax” could discourage investment in Macon, according to Mercer professor

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer

March 7, 2019

Macon-Bibb’s county commissioners approved a new tax on blighted homes Feb. 19, according to an article by WGXA. This tax will charge the owners of blighted properties seven times the current millage rate, according to an article by the Macon Telegraph. A millage rate is the number that is multip...

Mercer medical students grow fresh produce for Middle Georgia food bank

Mercer medical students grow fresh produce for Middle Georgia food bank

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer

February 28, 2019

Two third-year students at the Mercer University School of Medicine are growing fresh produce for a local food bank to combat a lack of access to fresh food in Macon. Ayana Graham and Austin Miller started growing fruits and vegetables at a community garden owned by Centenary United Methodist Church last ...

Trump endorses Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Sunday visit to Macon

Trump endorses Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp in Sunday visit to Macon

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

November 5, 2018

United States President Donald Trump arrived at the Middle Georgia Regional Airport Nov. 4 to pledge support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. The president said that Kemp’s opponent, Democratic Minority House Leader Stacey Abrams, would endanger the historically red state with s...

Macon gains new leader focused on growing the city

Macon gains new leader focused on growing the city

Maison Roland Clouatre

September 28, 2018

The Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce gained a new asset, President and CEO Yvonne Williams, this fall. Her vision for the city includes branding a riverwalk along the Ocmulgee River, building more greenways and linear parks and making Macon friendly to bikers, walkers and skaters. Williams said...

New shopping center coming to north Macon in 2019

New shopping center coming to north Macon in 2019

Emily Rose Thorne

September 28, 2018

A new shopping center is slated to open at 1625 Bass Road next fall with a variety of retail stores under the name “North Macon Plaza.” Michael Cohn is president of Berkley Development, the Atlanta-based company going in on the project alongside joint venture partner The Sembler Company. ...

Ocmulgee Indian Festival

Ocmulgee Indian Festival

Elizabeth Daniels

September 23, 2018

This past weekend, Macon held one of largest gatherings of Native Americans in the United States for the 27th consecutive time: The Ocmulgee Indian Festival. It boasted over 200 craftsmen and artisans showcasing their handiwork, engaging storytellers and gifted dancers. There were also living histo...

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