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Shoppers turn out for sales-tax savings

9 minute read , Posted on July 30, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Midstate shoppers turn out for sales-tax savings Ready, set, shop. It’s a sales-tax holiday. The four-day sales-tax holiday kicked off Thursday, and many area stores saw crammed parking lots and congested shopping aisles as a result. So far, in 2009, retail sales nationwide have dropped about 5 percent, said John Heavener, president of the Georgia Retail Association. But in Georgia, numbers could be better than in other states because of this weekend’s sales tax holiday,...

College officials: Enrollment up at midstate colleges

9 minute read , Posted on July 19, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Click here to view article online at Macon.com Enrollment at midstate colleges is higher than ever this fall as the sluggish economy compels students to work toward the safeguard of a college diploma, officials say. At Georgia College & State University, 6,665 students are set to start classes today. That’s a 15 percent increase from last year’s enrollment. “Young people these days are starting to figure out that, in this economy, they’re going to need...

Cochran home infested with estimated 1,000 bats

16 minute read , Posted on July 18, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Update: Follow-up story ran on Jul. 30. Cochran home infested with bats Owner can’t afford $10,000 extermination price tag COCHRAN — It smells foul on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Really, really foul. Walking down the street toward Victoria Jackson’s home, the musky stench gets even worse. Stepping inside, it grows almost unbearable. “It’s a very, very bad odor,” the homeowner said. It’s the scent of the droppings from what exterminators estimate are more than...

Tuition ammunition

15 minute read , Posted on July 15, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Tuition Ammunition New G.I. bill offers midstate veterans a full ride to Mercer, Wesleyan From a young age, Elyse Jones wanted to be a dermatologist. But when she was called to active duty with the Air Force in 2002, Jones, who was 19 at the time, almost gave up her plans to go to college. “I put everything on hold, and I wasn’t sure of what would happen or if I’d be able to go...

Eyes on the ‘flies

12 minute read , Posted on July 07, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Eyes on the Flies: Annual Macon butterfly count keeps tabs on ecosystem The van rumbled along the damp clay road as Andy Rindsberg narrowed his eyes upon the thicket of verbena and kudzu scattered underneath the Georgia Power lines. The vehicle screeched to a halt. Rindsberg grasped his camera, binoculars and field guide and leapt out of the car. Click to enlarge. “Look at that!” he exclaimed, gesturing at what appeared to be a clump...

Home schooling

10 minute read , Posted on June 25, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Home schooling Georgia College Foundation hopes to save home of pioneering black educator MILLEDGEVILLE — Fifteen-year-old Deandre Hooks crouched on the porch of a crumbling, wood-planked house Wednesday morning to complete a writing assignment. The house was nothing special and the heat was blistering, but it didn’t seem to bother him. In fact, he felt perfectly at home. “I’m meant to be here right now,” Hooks said. “It’s part of who I am.” It’s the...

Outside the big box

17 minute read , Posted on June 18, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Outside the big box Macon Mall turns to arts, entertainment to fill empty space Instead of showcasing his art in a downtown gallery like other artists, Michael Paul has chosen a different, less obvious place to share his work: the Macon Mall. Paul is taking part in a new program called Artspace, which, along with a laser golf course, is one of the mall’s recent efforts to help reinvent itself. The mall will offer 18...

Peach of a party

8 minute read , Posted on June 17, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Peach of a Party Opening event a big draw at Georgia Peach Festival Ask Andrew Mathis to name his favorite food and he’ll tell you in an instant. “It’s peaches, no question,” he said. Mathis, a 70-year-old from Fort Valley, worked at a peach farm earlier in life and hasn’t missed a single Georgia Peach Festival since the event was launched in 1986. Saturday, he made it out once again to the festival’s annual kickoff...

Seeds of community

11 minute read , Posted on June 15, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Seeds of community Vegetable gardens help bring Macon neighbors together Tucked away in a vacant lot behind Centenary United Methodist Church on College Street sits a humble plot where pole beans, tomatoes, eggplant and okra grow. "But what we're really growing is hope," said Mark Vanderhoek, founder of the Beall's Hill Community Garden. Volunteers broke ground for the garden in May as a joint project of the church and the Beall's Hill Neighborhood Association. The...

Commemorating history

9 minute read , Posted on June 14, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Commemorating history Annual Juneteenth festival celebrates liberation, educates about struggles of slavery. Four years ago, Nduta Mwangi, 39, lived in a small tenement apartment in Kenya, where she and her sisters sewed traditional African dresses for a living. Saturday, she brought those dresses to Macon and put them on sale at the annual Juneteenth Freedom Festival at Tattnall Square Park. “These dresses represent who I am and who we as African-Americans are. It’s our living...

State colleges, universities hit with furloughs

10 minute read , Posted on June 13, 2009, by Carl V. Lewis

Click here to view this story online at Macon.com Public college students in the midstate may experience canceled classes, longer lines at the cafeteria and less one-on-one time with their professors this fall. As part of a new cost-cutting measure approved Wednesday by the Georgia Board of Regents, faculty and staff at Georgia’s colleges and universities will take six furlough days during the upcoming academic year. The measure is expected to save the state $42...