It's clear the city of Macon supports Robert Reichert as their mayor, but he hasn't solidified a victory quite yet. It looks like there's going to be a runoff against former mayor C. Jack Ellis.
Mayor Reichert leads the race with 47.9 percent of the vote, but former mayor C. Jack Ellis is close enough behind with 37.6 percent to force a runoff on August 16th. Reichert says there are a number of positives that separate him from Ellis, noting his fiscally sound approach to spending and creating jobs.
"We've been able to get the first clean audit, an unqualified opinion from the external auditor for the first time in ten years. So we're moving the city financially in the direction we need to move and we'll have a record of accomplishment as far as bringing jobs in even with this bad economy," said Reichert.
Reichert told supporters his runoff campaign starts now. He plans to focus on job creation and improving Macon's economy if re-elected.
Ward 5, Post 1 will continue to see a familiar face representing them. Lauren Benedict held her spot on the city council list, beating out fellow democrat Sarah Mincey Hunt.
Benedict spent her evening watching the numbers come in at the Rookery in downtown Macon.
Hunt spent her evening at a hotel in north Macon with family and friends.
Bendict says winning the race gives her a chance to continue with her initiatives. She congratulated Jones for running a good race, but says she is happy to move on and continue to serve her constituents.
"A first term is really a learning curve. So I look forward to not being the new person on the block. And you just sort of can do a little bit more once you've been around a while," Benedict says.
Central State Hospital in Milledgeville is hiring. Today, the hospital hosted a job fair seeking qualified health care professionals.
It's greatest needs right now are, registered nurses and certified nursing assistants to fill positions in it's long term care facilities and developmental disabilities division.
Clinical Recruiter William Kelly says, "We've always had the need, we just haven't had the volume of individuals in the community that were available or interested in opportunities here at the hospital."
The hospital opened it's doors more than a 150 years ago. Today, it's vision is still the same: "Recovery is possible for everyone."
Cynthia Brown has been a certified nursing assistant for 28 years and she hopes to continue her career at Central State Hospital.
"Jobs are hard with the economic times now and this is a great thing for them to set up a job fair here in Milledgeville..."
The hospital hopes to hire 22 Certified Nursing Assistants, 10 to 15 Licensed Practical Nurses, and 20 to 25 Registered Nurses.
In an effort to keep young minds sharp, and prepare the freshman class for a new experience, four Bibb County schools are offering summer classes to help transitioning students.
High school can be daunting, just ask the kids who are getting ready to enter it. Some say it's exciting, others say they are nervous.
15 year-old Kenneta Colson of Macon says, she is both nervous and excited.
"It's gonna be hard, but we'll make it through there. We'll make it through, cause it's not that hard when you put your mind to it. Because if you put your mind to anything, you can get it," Colson explains.
The two week camp is sponsored in part by University Instructors; an organization centralized in the Southeast that helps students achieve higher test scores, and feel more comfortable when entering high school.
University Instructors Director, Tinisha Sharper says, they do more than just help students transition.
"Not only curriculum, but enrichment as well. So we're trying to prevent summer learning loss, but we're also trying to bring enrichment and character traits to the students," Sharper explains.
As the week goes on, the students spend time in the classroom to expand their reading and math skills. But they also have free time to learn how to work on a team and get to know other students.
The Summer Bridge Camp runs through Friday, July 22nd.
The four high schools offering the programs are;
Hutchings Career Center on Riverside Dr.
Northeast High School on Upper River Rd.
Rutland High School on Skipper Rd.
Southwest High School on Williamson Rd.
Sharper says enrollment is still open for students. Class begins each day at 7:45 a.m., and ends at 2:45p.m.