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UPDATE: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

UPDATE: 103 students, 15 staff test positive for COVID-19

Lars Lonnroth, News Editor August 27, 2020
The Mercer University administration announced Aug. 21 that 118 people — 103 students and 15 faculty and staff — tested positive for COVID-19 across Mercer’s four campuses, coming on the heels of mass testing for Macon residential undergraduate students. 
A Z Beans coffee outside of the Mercer Village storefront.

Mercer-grown coffee shop celebrates one-year anniversary 

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer September 10, 2019
The past, present and future of the Mercer Village staple, according to its co-founders.
Jenny Wright (left) and Courtney Britt (right) stand for a moment of silent reflection during Lights for Liberty, a candlelit vigil protesting the conditions of migrant detention centers.

Here’s what you missed in Macon this summer

Marianna Bacallao, Editor-in-Chief August 15, 2019
This summer, Macon joined several nationwide movements and welcomed a new business on Pio Nono Avenue. Here's what you missed while you were away.
Mercer University's partnership with Wells Fargo allows students to link their Bear Card with a checking account through the bank. It also provides services such as ATMs across the school's campuses.

Federal report suggests Wells Fargo charged some Mercer students excessive fees through university partnership

Emily Rose Thorne, News Editor January 29, 2019

Wells Fargo, the bank that provides optional financial services to Mercer students through a partnership bringing the university nearly $40,000 each year, may charge students higher fees than other banks...

Z Beans Coffee's official opening in Mercer Village took place on August 27. Photo by Rylee Kirk.

Business Spotlight: Z Beans Coffee shop opens in Mercer Village

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager September 11, 2018

Z Beans, a social entrepreneurship company founded by recent Mercer graduate Shane Buerster, now has a physical store in Mercer Village. The coffee shop replaced Jittery Joe’s and opened on Aug. 27....

A cup of coffee from Jittery Joe's. Photo provided by Jittery Joe's.

Mercer alumnus startup to replace Jittery Joe’s as Mercer Village’s cultural hub

Marianna Bacallao August 12, 2018

Jittery Joe’s in Mercer Village announced it would be closing its doors July 29. The coffee shop will reopen in at the end of August as Z Beans Coffee, under the management of recent Mercer graduate...

The Lofts at Capricorn's design is inspired by the musical history of Macon.

Mercer prepares to give Capricorn Records a revitalizing makeover

Matthew Causey, Staff Writer March 7, 2018

There’s a culture and history surrounding Capricorn Records, and now there’s Lofts surrounding it too. But, on the inside of that worn building, a revitalization is being planned. In 2015, Mercer...

2018 Next Big Idea Competition registration now open

2018 Next Big Idea Competition registration now open

Ian Henshaw, Contributing Writer February 9, 2018

Registration for the 2018 Next Big Idea Competition, an annual event for Mercer students to pitch business ideas to investors, is now open. The competition is aimed at giving Mercer business students...

Carl Fambro: The man behind 25 years of Francar’s wings

Summer Perritt, News Editor February 6, 2018

Francar’s Restaurant in Mercer Village has been a staple in the Mercer Community for years, but not many students know the man behind the popular wingstop. Carl Fambro started the business over 25 years...

Dot Ridley’s downtown boutique has been open for 15 years.

Business Spotlight: Dot’s Forget Me Knots

Nadia Pressley, Contributing Writer February 1, 2018

Dot’s Forget Me Knots is a quaint boutique tucked away on Cherry Street in downtown Macon.  Selling unique and classy pieces of women’s clothing, the shop has been open for over 15 years under the...

The entrance to the Homeland Village Cultural Center.

Local cultural center offers authentic African products

Kianna Lanier, Contributing Writer October 14, 2017

Kirklyn Hodges, born and raised in Macon, worked most of his life in the construction business. After building knowledge on African culture while living in Atlanta, Hodges said he acquired the desire to...

Pinson is a floral designer, event planner, and event designer.

Business Spotlight: Mary Pinson Designs

Jaclyn Ramkissoon, Contributing Writer October 5, 2017

Mary Pinson has had her business, Mary Pinson Designs, for 15 years. Now she’s finally got a studio to call her own. Pinson is a floral designer, event planner and event designer. Her studio in downtown...

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