Macon Bibb County employees and volunteers continue to work to contain two dangerous diseases.
Community members have been dropping off cleaning supplies to help the infected area. Parvo, which is spread through feces, can be fatal for dogs. Parvo can't spread to humans. The shelter is also contaminated with Giardia, which is a treatable intestinal parasite. Giardia can spread to humans.
Milledgeville is the Antebellum Capital, the last Frontier Capital, the Civil War Capital and at one time the State Capital. The building still stands today as a museum full of state history. We kick off “Middle Georgia Pride Milledgeville” with the cities local notable.
Georgia's old capitol building, now nestled on the quad of Georgia Military College, was one of the first public buildings built in the gothic style, appearing fortress like.
“And this is probably the message that these early fathers wanted to give, of a capital that was here to stay that represented security and stability for the people,” said Amy Wright, Executive Director of Georgia's Old Capitol Museum.
Milledgeville was named the capital of Georgia from 1807-1868. More than 140 years later, a place that once made history now stands full of history waiting for you to come in and explore.
“Because if they come in here, chances are they're probably going to see something about somebody from their family," said Sally Holmes, employee of Georgia’s Old Capitol Museum.
The walls are filled with artifacts from 30,000 B.C. to the 1920's.
“They find their history spread before them and I want to invite them to come and learn more about the history that's theirs,” said Wright.
“They can go upstairs and see the restored legislative chamber so they're going to learn a lot when they come here,” said Holmes.
The historic building is where the decision was made that Georgia would be the fifth state to secede from the union.
After you check out the old capitol building, you can go to the Brown-Stetson-Sandford House. Initially it was a tavern and hotel for members of the Wigg Party, then it became their headquarters eventually turninginto a private residence. Today the home is considered an 1825 architectural gem.
“The legislators that came to Milledgeville had to come by horseback, by boat, by stage coach. It would have been a very arduous trip,” said Wright.
Milledgeville’s rein as the capital came to a close in 1868. The lack of railways in the area was a big factor for the capitals move.
“Our history is right here and we need to get very familiar with it so that we appreciate it and know not only where we're going but from where we have come," said Wright.
The Museum has a rotating gallery. The next exhibit, "Tenting Tonight on the Old Campground,” opens September 1.
The future of SPLOST projects for Macon and Bibb County will soon be finalized.
Today, the Bibb County Board of Commissioners agreed on a list of potential SPLOST projects to come for this November's ballot.
They plan to meet with the city to draw up a final list of recommendations.
After taking a look at the numbers, both the city and county added Bloomfield Park back to the list of parks and recreation. The city suggested $3 million, while the county feels $2 million is a fair amount to set aside.
According to Bibb County Chairman Sam Hart, the differences between what the city would like to see and what the county is offering are minor.
"We want to make sure that we get as much input as we can from both sides because it's going to be important that we all get behind this thing to push it because it's a real challenge to get it passed and we can't do it if we don't come out as a unified group," says Hart.
Hart hopes they can resolve their differences and produce a final list this week.
The Macon County Elementary School Bulldogs are barking up a storm!
The school's new reading program called "BARK" stands for "Become a Reader in Kindergarten."
On Friday, students and faculty invited parents to participate in a reading party. The kids and guests kicked off the celebration with song and dance, new books, and cake.
The initiative will provide every kindergarten student with a new book once a week for the entire school year. It's a way to encourage kids and parents to start reading early.
Teacher Shirley Coleman says, "The earlier you start reading, it exposes your child to go places that they probably won't be able to go in real life, but the book will take them there."
"I believe strongly that if we start them now they'll continue to read well into their adult years as well - that's a strong foundation to keep them going through school," says parent Carol Hollis.
The schools principal Gail Smith got the idea to start BARK after learning about Dolly Parton's efforts to provide books for every child born in her home county. Smith just adapted the concept to fit Macon County Elementary.
"The true message that we're trying to give to our parents how important it is to read to your children from the time they're born. Then, when they come to kindergarten when they're five, they'll be ready to go," says Smith.
By the end of the school year each child will have a set of 62 books.