Macon Community News is pleased to offer free classifieds on our website. The system is currently in beta testing, so expect some instability and quick changes and updates.
For the first release, users will be able to post simple text ads with a brief description, pricing and contact information. Eventually, Macon Community News will allow users to attached photos to their posted items as well as some premium features.
To place and ad, a user must first register for an account and then ...Read More
Anyone up and outside early Sunday morning November 3rd under clear skies will be able to see a partial total eclipse in the Eastern sky.
The eclipse will start at about 6:30 EST (note time change) and last for about 45 minutes. As always, it is best to not look directly at the sun, including and especially during an eclipse. There are a number of ways to see the eclipse indirectly. Please refer to the following reference from NASA on safe ways of observing a solar ...Read More
You have a good idea for the new business you want to start, and you have begun drafting a business plan to serve as your roadmap to success. You come to the part about financing your start up, and you realize you will need funding from sources other than your friends, family, or yourself.
You may have seen a book, thicker than the Atlanta telephone book. Its title suggests there is grant money raining down on anyone smart enough to buy the book and follow a few simple steps to get your ...Read More
The November issue of Macon Community News marks our fifth issue since starting publication in July. Since that time, we have strived to make each new issue the best that we have ever done. I like to think that we have lived up to that goal, and we could not have done it without the readers and countless contributors to the newspaper. Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way.
Personally, I would like to especially thank the editor-in-chief, Lauren Deal, who is responsible for ...Read More
Karen Handel (center) visits with Macon Beer Company founders Jeremy Knowles (left) and Cory Smith (right). Handel, Knowles and Smith discussed the regulatory difficulties faced when opening a business like a microbrewery. The Macon Beer Company has started selling its first beer ,Macon Progress Pale Ale, in local restaurants including Margarita’s at Mercer Village, The Rookery, and Roasted Café and Lounge. Restaurants and bars interested in serving Macon Beer Company products on tap should ...Read More
Since 1956, the Macon Rescue Mission has provided food, shelter, and spiritual comfort to Macon’s least fortunate populations: the poor, the homeless, the addicted, and the abused.
The Mission’s Men’s Division combines a three-phase, faith-based approach to drug and alcohol rehabilitation with work therapy to help men escape homelessness. The program includes on-site transitional housing, which allows graduates a supportive environment as they re-enter the community and establish jobs, ...Read More
More than a “Turkey Day” wedged between Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving is the one holiday we should remember and abide by more often throughout the year.
I find it appropriate to take some time each year and make out a list of all the things I am thankful for, a list of all the blessings that have come my way.
There is not enough space here for me to list all of the things I am thankful for; however, a short list would include: My mother and my father who gave me life and ...Read More
Many years ago, a friend of mine who was a dietician asked me to talk to her weight-loss groups about emotional eating and the psychological aspects of dieting. As I went around the table and asked the participants why they wanted to lose weight, I got the typical answers, “for my health,” “to look better,” “to have the energy to keep up with my grandchildren.”
Then I followed with a different question: “Why do you not want to lose weight?” The responses were more interesting: “When I ...Read More
What is music therapy? Who can benefit from it? Who pays for it?
The Greenwood School of Music will answer these questions, and more, at their introduction to music therapy. All members of the community, from toddlers to teens to grandparents and beyond, are invited to attend this workshop.
The music therapy workshop is November 9th at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenwood School of Music, which is located at 5996 Forsyth Road.
Licensed music therapist and teacher Rasheda Jones, from Georgia ...Read More
From the time she was little, Gail Dumas-Louder always knew she would be a writer.
“As a child in the sixties,” she says, “I first began writing in my diary of daily happenings and events. Once I got to junior high, I wrote a story called The Tell-Tale Toe, patterned after Edgar Allen Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Although it was a class assignment, the hilarious response and awesome applause I received led me to believe that entertainment was most definitely my forte.”
On Saturday, ...Read More
When Cris Birmingham and her husband, Tom, began planning for their retirement, they decided to open a business together. Their son, TJ, introduced them to Bricks 4Kidz, and their retirement business idea quickly became a pre-retirement reality.
Bricks4Kidz is a program for children, from preschool through middle school, to play, create, build, and learn with LEGO bricks. Models are designed by engineers and architects, then categorized into themes such as simple machines, transportation ...Read More
Gina Tipton knew she had to make a change. Her daughter Morgan was having an increasingly difficult time in school. Class assignments were becoming a struggle, and it left the girl anxious, depressed and feeling like she wasn’t as smart as the other kids.
“Watching your child struggle is one of the hardest things a parent can go through,” the Jones County mom said. “I knew I had to find a new educational option for my daughter or she was just going to fall further behind.”
The Tipton ...Read More
Frederick Hill, utility specialist for the plant operations department of Middle Georgia State College, recently received the University System of Georgia Sustainability Award for Energy Reduction.
Hill is the person principally responsible for the Macon Campus reducing its utility costs per square foot by 42.5% from 2007 to 2013. The total facility square footage of the Macon Campus increased from 471,000 to 603,000 over that period of time, but utility costs dropped from $1.81 per square ...Read More
The Cannonball House will hold its third annual performance of Candlelight Apparitions on November 9, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Join us as we take you back to Macon's past in the candlelit home most commonly known as the Cannonball House. Meet some of Macon's most prominent citizens of the 19th century, subjects of author Conie Mac Darnell's book, "Walking on Cotton," as they share their experiences with you. Tours will run on the hour beginning at 5:00 p.m. through 8:00 p.m., with an ...Read More
Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia honored National Disabled Employee Month by doing a Good Turn for Goodwill project on Saturday, October 26, 2013.
More than 1,500 Girl Scouts throughout the council collected donations to deliver to their local Goodwill locations on that day. Their donations also honored Juliette Low, the founder of Girl Scouts in America, who suffered from hearing loss.
CEO Sue Else says, “Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is honored to partner with Goodwill Industries ...Read More
Death. It’s something that happens to all of us and yet so many of us don’t want to think about it. The subject can be painful.
What typically happens is that we spend so much time avoiding thinking about it that when the time comes for our death, or someone else’s, we haven’t done the work ahead of time to make sure that we know what we want for our last days. We also haven’t made peace with it, and when the end comes we might panic and grieve in ways that can be unhealthy. But what if ...Read More
As October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month ends, November comes along, and with it comes another awareness month with which you may not be familiar. "Movember" helps raise funds for research and awareness of health issues facing men, including prostate and testicular cancer, by encouraging men to sport their 'stache.
That's right: Grow your mustache for men’s health in November!
How does it work? Get your friends, family, and co-workers to pledge to support you. The men that participate ...Read More
Do you prepare your own income tax return? Do you use tax software to do it? Do you get personal satisfaction and even enjoyment out of completing your income taxes (it’s okay, you don’t have to admit it out loud)?
Are you retired and looking for a volunteer opportunity where you help lots of people, work with really nice associates, and get to employ your mental skills, all at the same time?
If you are married, does your spouse make tactful suggestions that you get off your hands and do ...Read More
Bibb County parents are soon going to have another choice when it comes to educating their children. Macon Charter Academy is opening its doors in 2014. It’s one of two charter schools recently approved by the Bibb County Board of Education.
Charter schools have been around for dozens of years, but for Macon it’s something brand new. Charter schools are publicly funded independent schools established by teachers, parents and/or community groups under the terms of a charter with local, state ...Read More
“You don't have to be a genius or a visionary or even a college graduate to be successful. You just need a framework and a dream.” -- Michael Dell
Knowing what we know now, how many of us would have made different choices after high school graduation?
I know I would. I vividly remember sitting wide-eyed in a room of soon-to-be college freshman at Georgia Southern University orientation. I knew all along that I would attend college, but it never dawned on me that I would have to ...Read More
At Creative Yarns, women are creating more than sweaters and scarves. They are knitting together lives into lasting friendships.
Christy Ott opened Creative Yarns nine years ago, and she moved her business to its current location at 134 Speer Avenue three years ago.
What makes Creative Yarn so special is the atmosphere: surrounded by natural light, and walls filled with brightly-colored skeins of yarn, knitters gather around tables large and small. On any given afternoon, the shop is ...Read More
South of Columbus, settled along the upper coastal plains of Georgia, sits Providence Canyon, one of this state’s most stunning natural landmarks.
Located 7 miles west of the town of Lumpkin on Georgia Highway 39C, Providence Canyon State Park makes the perfect late autumn day trip for adventurous Macon-Bibb County residents.
The park boasts over 1,000 acres, a 3-mile hiking trail and a 7-mile backpacking trail, with facilities including two picnic shelters, two pioneer campsites, and ...Read More
Spencer Price has announced his candidacy for the Georgia State Senate from the 18th Senate District, which includes portions of western Bibb County, as well as Monroe, Crawford, Upson, and Peach counties, and portions of northwestern Houston County.
“It brings me great pleasure to announce my candidacy for State Senate from the 18th Senate District,” said Price. “I look forward to working with citizens from throughout the district in an effort to understand your concerns and to determine ...Read More
The Friends of the Library are pleased to announce their new eBay store, where readers near and far can browse, purchase, and ship more than 850 titles.
Since 1966, the Macon-Bibb County Friends of the Library have held a giant book sale every year to raise funds to support the local public libraries. The sale has grown over the decades. Now, more than 120,000 books in every category imaginable are offered for purchase at bargain prices. In this way, the Friends can financially support ...Read More
As Esterine Stokes and I have been sharing information about our proposed school, The Academy for Classical Education, we have been asked why we chose a classical education curriculum.
In recent years, public education has not stuck with any one curriculum long enough to see real results. Couple that with a liberal, progressive mind-set, and we find ourselves mired in a schizophrenic approach to teaching. Are we teaching to a test or testing to document our teaching? Either way, many ...Read More
4-H is one of the largest youth development programs in our nation. 4-H provides young people with educational opportunities and life skill development experiences. Recent studies from the Tufts University 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development shows that, when compared to their peers, young people in 4-H are nearly 4 times more likely to contribute to their communities, two times more likely to pursue healthy behaviors and two times more likely to engage in Science, Technology, ...Read More
Are you one of the more than 30 million people in the U.S. with a low credit score (below 620) making it difficult to obtain loans and credit cards? Your credit score is a number derived from your credit report—essentially the record of your financial behavior. It contains identifying information about you and indicates how responsibly you have used credit and met your financial obligations.
Establishing and maintaining a good credit record is very important. A low credit score could ...Read More
Superintendent for a school system of nearly 25,000 students. Will be responsible for over forty schools and facilities, and over 1,000 employees. Budget of over $150 million dollars has constant shortfalls due to state and local tax revenues. System is accredited through AdvancEd, with some mandatory action items that must occur in a matter of months. Sound like a job someone wants?
That's a snippet of what we on the Bibb County Board of Education are looking for on a ...Read More