Law enforcement agencies here in Middle Georgia have a new tool to fight the bad guys. The Byron Police Department, Macon Police, and the Peach County Sheriff's Office are a few local agencies who are using Facebook.
Lieutenant Byran Hunter with the Byron Police Department says, " 90% of solving the crimes is just getting good information, and we can't do that without the help from the citizens." He says that's the reason why they created a fan page.
Facebook's popularity makes it ease for the Byron Police Department to reach community members.
Earlier today, Birch Communications announced a newly acquired company from Florida will bring 50 jobs from the Phillippines to the United States. Half of them will be located right here in Macon. President and CEO, Vincent Oddo, says this new acquisition will help Birch insource their resources, and create jobs here instead of overseas.
"We like being here, we like the workforce that is here we've been here 15 years we certainly want to support it, we want to do everything we can to support it."
The Macon Branch of Birch Communications is the largest operation in the country with around 250 employees. They expect to begin hiring more people as early as October.
Downtown Fort Valley is making a comeback, and Aarons is the driving force.
"It's the best deal, no one can beat our prices, because we really want to get our customers in the store," says General Manager, Barry Simmons.
That's the main goal at Aarons, a home furnishing superstore. It's where you can find everything from furniture to kitchen appliances.
If the phrase "credit doesn't matter here", doesn't catch your ear, then perhaps their hundred dollar deal will.
"If you come in here we'll match that price, or if we can't beat it we'll give you a hundred dollars cash," says Simmons.
Keeping their customers coming back for more isn't the only reason Aarons is quickly becoming a town favorite.
Simmons says he loves being a part of the Fort Valley community. Any time there's a big school or community event he's more than happy to lend or lease out a big screen television.
You can purchase any item in the store using the lease to own concept that Aaron's is famous for. Customers can put little to no money down on their purchase and pay for their items on a monthly or weekly payment plan.
"A lot of people are experiencing problems with the economy, that credit is a problem," says Simmons.
So Aaron's provides a less expensive option for keeping homes up-to-date with the best home essentials on the market.
"Right now we're doing well, and we're hoping to continue to grow."
A booming business that's boosting the local economy, and putting more feet on the street in downtown Fort Valley.
According to a Macon Police news release, two 16-year olds were shot at a bus stop in Macon.
The news release says the teenagers were waiting to catch their school bus when a vehicle drove by slowly, firing shots. It happened around 6:40 this morning at the corner of Virginia Drive and Storey Drive.
Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones says one teen remains in critical condition. He was shot in the chest and the arm. The other teen was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.
Muir Ferrier lives on the corner of Virginia and Storey, and says the boy who was shot in the chest and arm crawled up to his front porch for help after the shooting.
Ferrier is a retired Army combat medic, and immediately began to dress the boy's wounds. He says he didn't see an exit wound, so he figured the bullet was still inside the boy, so he told him to lay still until the paramedics came to help.
Ferrier also said the place where the boys were shot, was not the actual bus stop area. He says the bus stop is the next intersection down from where he lives.
Bibb County deputies have found the abandoned car reported to be involved in the Virginia Avenue shooting.
Just before 9am, a 1999 silver Honda Civic was discovered at the dead end of Owens Street.
If you have any information please call Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.