Latest Macon News

Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

Jun. 24, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and Japan setting all-time heat records Friday. ...

Parts of I-16 in Georgia to close for clean-up from accident

Jun. 23, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

DRY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, one lane will be open for westbound traffic on Interstate 16 at mile marker 17, the site of a semi-truck accident. Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said the Wednesday night wreck happened when one semi-truck had a tire blow...

Confederate monuments moved in Macon after years of dispute

Jun. 23, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Two Confederate monuments are being moved in middle Georgia's largest city after relocation plans were stalled for years by lawsuits. Crews began moving the monuments Wednesday, The Telegraph of Macon reports, using $160,000 in private money raised by a community...

Georgia earthquake on Saturday felt across broad region

Jun. 18, 2022 11:58 AM EDT

STILLMORE, Ga. (AP) — The most powerful earthquake to hit Georgia in years was felt across a broad region when it struck just after 4 a.m. Saturday. The 3.9 magnitude tremor was centered east of Stillmore, a town between Macon and Savannah, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. But...

Much-decayed body lacking skull found in Georgia city

Jun. 14, 2022 15:25 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Officials in a middle Georgia city are investigating after finding a much-decayed body lacking a skull. Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones tells local news outlets that the body was found Monday in the woods on a Macon side street near an interchange with Interstate...

Georgia deputies injured in crash after person fires at them

Jun. 13, 2022 20:09 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Two sheriff's deputies in Georgia were injured in a crash Monday after someone fired shots toward them during a vehicle chase. WMAZ-TV reported the chase happened in Bibb County. The sheriff's office said two investigators in an unmarked vehicle...

Deputies: Jailed man strangled Georgia cellmate to death

Jun. 12, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Deputies have charged a middle Georgia inmate with murder after an autopsy determined that another inmate found dead in their cell was strangled. Bibb County deputies say that they found Carlos Delmara Shelley, 48, unconscious in his cell around 9 p.m. on June 3....

Georgia city demolishes homeless camp called health hazard

Jun. 08, 2022 18:52 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Middle Georgia's largest city has bulldozed a homeless camp, saying it was a health hazard. Local news outlets report that Macon-Bibb County crews on Wednesday cleared the camp near the Ocmulgee River north of downtown Macon. City-county officials...

2 more shootings put Macon on pace to top homicide record

Jun. 07, 2022 16:40 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Macon is again on track to break its yearly record for homicides after a Monday shooting at a convenience store left two 19-year-old men dead and a third man wounded. The Telegraph of Macon reports that Roderick A. Felton and Braxton Cole were inside a convenience...

Falling enrollment means choices for Georgia school district

May. 30, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A middle Georgia school system could be among those facing hard choices in coming years as federal COVID-19 relief money runs out. The Telegraph of Macon reports that district officials are warning that declining enrollment means the Bibb County school system will...