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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


Filed under Campus, City, Crime, News

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


Filed under City, News

Macon is still 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 have 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


Filed under City, News

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


Filed under Campus, City, News

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


Filed under City, News, Showcase

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


Filed under City, News

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


Filed under City, News

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


Filed under City, News

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...

Mill Hill Community Arts Center: Six Months Later

Mill Hill Community Arts Center: Six Months Later

Maison Clouatre

September 11, 2018


Filed under City, News

Just across the Ocmulgee River, at 213 Clinton St., sits the community of Mill Hill—home to the Mill Hill Community Arts Center that opened in March 2018. Mill Hill is the site of the first textile mill to come to Bibb County.  Today, the Mill Hill Community Arts Center sits in a fully restored ...

Macon Beer Festival to benefit men’s thirst and health

Macon Beer Festival to benefit men’s thirst and health

Rylee Kirk, Lead Writer

August 30, 2018


Filed under City, News

Maconites drank beer to help raise money for Pints for Prostates, a national campaign aiming to educate men about prostate cancer at The Macon Beer Festival on Aug. 25. The festival is “a health fair disguised as a beer festival- it’s a party for a cause,” according to the official festival webs...

Macon Film Festival to welcome college students with free entry and advanced film technology

Macon Film Festival to welcome college students with free entry and advanced film technology

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor

August 15, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, City, News, Previews

The Macon Film Festival will return downtown this week for its 13th year, this time with Mercer University as its presenting sponsor. The festival features live screenings of independent films, question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers, after parties and celebrity guests. Students who present a college ID at the fes...

Georgia Beef Board hosts first Macon Burger Week

Georgia Beef Board hosts first Macon Burger Week

Laurel Huster, Lifestyle and Opinions Editor

August 15, 2018


Filed under City, News

The Georgia Beef Board is hosting Macon Burger Week Aug. 20-26 with specials at restaurants across Macon. In total, 15 restaurants will create a special burger and sell it for $5 during the week, according to Katylyn Malia, director of industry information and public relations for the Georgia Beef Boar...

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