Wednesday Houston County students took a stand against bullies. Kids at Russell Elementary cheered as they took part in an anti-bullying rally. The celebration comes after students spent two weeks learning about the negative effects of bullying, both at school and at home.
"Our students have worked hard and this is going to be a great year and our school is gong to be full of buddies and not bullies," said Jo Hall, Assistant Principal for Instruction at Russell Elementary.
Hall says the students have participated in skits, reading exercise and more in an effort to get the message across, that bullying is wrong.
It's less than one week before election night, and the political mud-slinging is in full throttle.
Senate District 26 candidates, David Lucas and Miriam Paris, both received letters of approval from the Georgia Association of Educators. The letters were sent as a word of encouragement to the candidates as they continue forward in their campaigns, and not sent as letters of endorsement.
The problem? Paris mistook the letter as a letter of endorsement, and publicly announced the G.A.E. endorsed her.
Lucas says, Paris' misunderstanding only shows that she is an unfit candidate for the senate seat in Atlanta.
"It's quite obvious that if you cannot read a simple letter sent to you and comprehend it," Lucas explains of Paris, "what kind of problems will you have trying to comprehend what's going on in Atlanta?"
The letter the two candidates received from the G.A.E. says in part,
"the Georgia Association of Educators Fund for Public Education Committee (GAE-FPE) has accepted the recommendation of its local leaders in Senate District 26 to find your candidacy Acceptable."
Paris' campaign manager said that when they received the letter, they were unsure if it was a letter of endorsement, so they waited to say anything. When they didn't hear back from the G.A.E., they publicly announced the G.A.E. endorsed them.
Paris' manager also said that they are moving forward with the campaign, and admit that saying the letter was an endorsement was a mistake. They said the poorly written wording made them unclear as to exactly what the letter meant.
Tuesday night, Police arrested 44 year-old Alfred Degroat after they say he cut 2 people on the arm. It happened at the College Park Apartments in Macon around 9:30 pm.
According to a news release, Degroat was involved in an altercation with the victims. Victim 1 was cut on the left arm and may require surgery. Victim 2 was also cut on the left arm but did not sustain serious injuries.
Police say alcohol was involved.
Degroat is charged with aggravated assault, criminal damage to government property, and simple battery.
The possible tax increase for BibbCounty hits close to home, raising property taxes by 20 percent. After increasing the millage rate by two mills, the Bibb County Board of Commissioners hosted a public hearing to find out how residents feel about the tax hike.
"It hits a lot of people hard, particularly property owners; people who can least afford it," said Tim Thornton of BibbCounty.
Thornton wants the Bibb County Board of Commissioners to reconsider their approval of raising the millage rate by two mills. For Thornton, now is not the time to hit taxpayers with an increase.
"Nobody likes a tax increase, the economy, it's hard for everybody," said Thornton.