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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. 

Mercer-grown coffee shop celebrates one-year anniversary 

A Z Beans coffee outside of the Mercer Village storefront.

McKenna Kaufman, Contributing Writer

September 10, 2019

The past, present and future of the Mercer Village staple, according to its co-founders.

Here’s what you missed in Macon this summer

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.

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.

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

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.

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 with similar college programs. The information was released in a report by the Consumer Financia...

Business Spotlight: Z Beans Coffee shop opens in Mercer Village

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

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. The line to enter the store spilled onto the sidewalk on opening day. “Our biggest reasoning ...

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

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

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 Shane Buerster. “The employees with Jittery Joe’s have all been offered jobs with Z Beans,” Buers...

Mercer prepares to give Capricorn Records a revitalizing makeover

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

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 partnered with NewTown Macon to begin the transformation of the original Capricorn studio. The L...

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 the opportunity to present their innovative business ideas and gain real entrepreneurial experien...

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 ago. Growing up in Macon his whole life, Fambro attended Central High School before going to Me...

Business Spotlight: Dot’s Forget Me Knots

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

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 ownership of Macon local, Dot Ridley.   After a year at her original location in west Macon, Ridley deci...

Local cultural center offers authentic African products

The entrance to the Homeland Village Cultural Center.

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 educate the Macon community, specifically the youth, on his findings. “That’s something that this city is so d...

Business Spotlight: Mary Pinson Designs

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

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 Macon opened on Sept. 7 and serves as the new workplace for her creativity. Before, she was ...

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