Macon is one of 15 in the country to get a $500,000 grant to improve rundown neighborhoods. The promise neighborhoods grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help improve some of the poorest areas of the city. It's designed to help kids succeed in school and beyond. In addition, the Peyton Anderson Foundation will contribute $150,000 to the effort as part of the local matching requirement.
A Georgia legend stopped in Macon Tuesday. Former UGA Head Coach and Athletic Director Vince Dooley signed books at the Kroger on Tom Hill Senior Boulevard. He also spent time promoting his latest book "History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia." Dooley says after 45 years in Athens he has many stories and memories to share. Macon native Steve Penley helped Dooley with the new book by adding beautiful paintings and drawings of Georgia's campus.
At sundown tonight, people of the Jewish faith begin the celebration of Hanukkah, also known as the 'festival of lights'.
The miracle of the holiday happened when one vile of oil burned for eight nights. The oil was used to rededicate the 'Holy Temple' in Israel after the religious warriors, the Maccabees, defeated the Syrians for their independence.
"It's about the right to worship as you want. It's a festival of religious freedom... 'A great miracle happened here', and I think someone devised this great game to get the message to the kids," says Deborah Adler, a teacher at Congregation Sha'Arey Israel.
Those celebrating will play games like 'dreidel' and exchange small gifts. Adler says this is a family oriented holiday.
Macon City Council welcomes new members on the board, and new positions on committees. Tom Ellington was elected by his peers as Chair of the Appropriations Committee.
"I've got I think a pretty good handle on how the committee works. I'm committed to being fair to all the members of the committee making sure everybody has the opportunity to have their voices heard," says Ellington.
Ellington was formerly the Vice-Chair of Appropriations. He served on the committee for four years. He says it's an honor to be elected by his fellow council members.
Tonight, Sarah Hunt, a former candidate for Macon City Council, spoke out at the first meeting with the new members. She warned the team of 15, that the citizens are watching.
Hunt says she and other residents of Macon plan to hold these city leaders accountable for all their decisions. She says she doesn't want to see four years of agenda pushing. Hunt wants the business of the citizens to come first.
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