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Spring finals success

Richard Hawkins

April 25, 2013

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, many students are looking forward to the reprieve of summer. However, there is one obstacle standing in their way: final exams. Every student has them, and they are especially daunting for newer students and those about to graduate. It is important to...

‘Oz’ not ‘Great and Powerful’, but not bad

Richard Hawkins

March 27, 2013

Sam Raimi’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s 2009 movie, “Alice in Wonderland”. Both rely heavily on CGI visuals and characters, and even share the same teams for the visuals. Each film is an original story grafted onto a preexisting work, “Oz” being...

Two Macon police officers accused of weapon theft, resign from force

Richard Hawkins

March 6, 2013

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Macon Police Department released a statement saying MPD officers Jonathan Wesley Graves and Adolphus Jones were arrested. The 26-year-old Graves and 27-year-old Jones were arrested due to incidents involving firearm theft. According to the warrant, Graves and Jones are accused...

Crime stats down in Macon, total crimes drop 13 percent

Richard Hawkins

March 6, 2013

In 2012, the overall crime rate for Macon and Bibb County dropped. The Macon Police Department reported that the past year had the lowest total in 19 years, dropping 13 percent in total crimes. The total number of crimes committed was 7,459, putting the area 1,100 crimes down from 2011’s 8,559. These...

38 Special to headline Cherry Blossom Festival

Richard Hawkins

February 20, 2013

Rock legend 38 Special will be headlining the Macon Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party on March 23. The band 38 Special is a multi-platinum selling group that found success in the 1980s with hit songs including “Hold on Loosely” and “Caught Up in You.” The band is known for a style that mixes...

Award-nominated ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ concludes Film Festival

Richard Hawkins

February 20, 2013

The final event of the Macon Film Festival was a screening of the Academy Award-nominated film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”. The film has garnered universal acclaim since its release at the Sundance Film Festival and has gone on to be nominated for four Academy Awards. The film follows the story...

Revisit this year’s Macon Film Fest

Richard Hawkins

February 20, 2013

Macon showcases eclectic silver screen talent in local downtown venue The eighth annual Macon Film Festival was held in downtown Macon Feb. 14-17. Dozens of films were shown, several of which actually premiered at the festival. The content ranged from feature-length films about the rise of a punk rock...

Erick Erickson speaks at Mercer's Founder's Day, participates in 'Civility in Politics' discussion

Erick Erickson speaks at Mercer's Founder's Day, participates in 'Civility in Politics' discussion

Richard Hawkins

February 14, 2013

Mercer University celebrated this year’s Founder’s Day with alumnus Erick Erickson speaking at the event held Feb. 13 in Willingham Auditorium. Erickson is currently the editor-in-chief of RedState.com; the most widely read right-of-center blog on Capitol Hill. He is a Fox News contributor and a fo...

All-star entertainment acts to perform in Macon

Richard Hawkins

February 6, 2013

Elton John, Cirque du Soleil and Globetrotters appearing in next few months Macon is known for the various forms of entertainment available in the city. The following are a few of many events that will be held at the Macon Centreplex this semester. The first big event coming to Macon is the Advance...

Macon Film Festival here for its eighth year

Richard Hawkins

February 6, 2013

The eighth annual Macon Film Festival will be held February 14-17. The festival intends to highlight the work of filmmakers from around the world. The films are entered into various categories and compete for cash prizes. The films will be screened at three different venues: the Cox Capitol Theatre,...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day without a significant other

Richard Hawkins

February 6, 2013

Valentine’s Day is one of the happiest times of the year. Loving couples plan elaborate romantic dinners ahead of time or just spend time in each other’s company. All of the lovey-dovey time they spend together is secretly for one reason, to remind all of the unfortunate singles out there that they...

Stallone’s newest action film as dumb as it looks

Richard Hawkins

February 6, 2013

Famed action legend Sylvester Stallone and Sung Kang of the “Fast and Furious” series team up in their latest action flick, “Bullet to the Head”. The film is one of the most mindless action films to come along in years. Adapted from a French graphic novel of the same name, “Bullet to the Head”...

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