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First Service Saturday of the semester is on the horizon

Janea Feeney helps paint the exterior of a house as part of the 2014 MLK Day of Service.

Katie Atkinson, Contributing Writer

September 16, 2015

MerServe aims to heighten community involvement among students this year by hosting monthly Service Saturdays, which will place student volunteers in contact with local non-profits in need of aid.

Bear Bites: Maggio’s Italian Grill gets almost perfect marks

Maggio’s located at 1693 Bass Road offers up great Italian food with phenomenal service.

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

September 10, 2015

When you're here, you're special. Unlike its larger Italian counterparts, the simplicity of Maggio’s is refreshing. You won't find tacky ornamental work or stereotypical prints of the Tuscan countryside. There are no frills, but Maggio's doesn't need to use cheap tricks. Any trip to this Italian gem will b...

The Historic Power of the Peace Fountain

In the photo below, builders work 

on the fountain near the tennis courts in Tattnall Square Park. The fountain is planned to be completed by Sept. 10.

Sterling Neill, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2015

Around the year 1914 a magnificent fountain was constructed in Macon, Georgia. It stood triumphant and tall as an icon for Macon and its community members, but the Great Depression took its toll. The fountain was turned off in 1934. For years the fountain sat waterless in a garden, “unt...

New buses a possibility down the road

Macon-Bibb is opting for electric buses.

This fleet of five electric buses and a charging station would cost approximately $8 million. Macon-Bibb is applying for grants to cover that cost.

Sarah Pounds, News Editor

September 9, 2015

The cones are gone. The new asphalt is smooth. Dark. A stretch of Mercer University Drive was under construction this summer as part of the Second Street Corridor project, a Macon-Bibb initiative that is working to make it easier to come downtown. The first few legs of that process have been comp...

Butterfly Bio Blitz takes wing at the Ocmulgee National Monument

The Butterfly Bio Blitz is a free, annual event open to the community.

Mary Lathem, Arts and Lifestyle Editor

August 27, 2015

On Saturday, August 22, the Ocmulgee National Monument hosted its third annual Butterfly Bio Blitz. Participants armed with cameras and sunscreen explored the park from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., snapping photos of every beautiful butterfly they saw along the way. This event aimed to help park offic...

Mercerians, prepare to be entertained: even more of Macon’s most beloved arts venues

The historic Bell House, home to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, opens its doors to students and faculty for numerous student recitals and concerts.

Conner Wood, Editor in Chief

August 27, 2015

Here is a bigger and better list of the local cultural experiences that abound in and around town for the lover of the arts in us all.   Douglass Theatre Recently renovated, The Douglass Theatre has been a cornerstone in Macon’s downtown music and film scene since 1921. Otis Redding, James Br...

19 must eats in Macon: H&H, Bear’s Den, The Back Burner and more

19 must eats in Macon: H&H, Bear's Den, The Back Burner and more

August 13, 2015

It may be known as the ‘Heart of Georgia’, but Macon’s culinary talents suggest it should be called “Georgia’s Kitchen.” From soul food and fusions to Caribbean delight, everyone's palate receives some attention in “The Central City.”

Mercer partners with local neighborhood to help rebuild destroyed playground

The Village Green playground was burned by a gang two years ago, neighbors said.

Sarah Pounds, News Editor

August 13, 2015

Melted playgrounds belong in horror stories, crime scenes and war zones. So, when Frank Austin came across one last fall in the Macon subdivision of Village Green, he was shocked. “My first feeling was just a feeling of despair,” he said. Austin is the founder and executive direc...

Brick Campaign to benefit Tattnall Square Park

Brick Campaign to benefit Tattnall Square Park

Katelyn Armstrong, Staff Writer

April 19, 2015

In order to make the new fountain in Tattnall Square Park aesthetically pleasing and sustainable, personalized bricks are being sold to complete the design. Ron Lemon, board member, helped set up a fundraising campaign of purchasing bricks to memorialize a loved one, business, pet or anything...

African American History Month: Select feature of local artists

African American History Month: Select feature of local artists

February 18, 2015

The start of February ushers in African American History Month, a time to pay homage to the hardships that African Americans faced on the road to full citizenship. With so many notable African Americans who called Macon their home, it seems most fair to honor their life’s work in no particular ord...

Four local finalists in Knight Cities Challenge

Four local finalists in Knight Cities Challenge

February 4, 2015

The Knight Foundation announced 126 finalists in its Knight Cities Challenge, and four of those finalists are Maconites. Their ideas involve retaining talent, creating opportunity, and enhancing community engagement. The finalists said they are excited to move forward in the process and hope to have...

Mercer students join community in Celebrating MLK

Mercer students join community in Celebrating MLK

Sarah Pounds

January 29, 2015

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and pursuit of unity, Mercer students spent their Monday off actively engaged with the Macon community at the 25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Celebration and following march to the Government Center. At the breakfast, Mercer students greeted...

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