Governor Nathan Deal signed a bill on Friday, that cracks down on illegal immigration. The legislation will require employers to use a federal database to check the immigration status of new hires. It also authorizes law enforcement to check the immigration status of certain suspects, and to detain those who are in the country illegally. The majority of the bill will take effect July 1st.
A black bear was caught on security camera at the downtown Macon Fickling and Co. building around 2:00 a.m. Thursday.
D.N.R. Wildlife Biologist Greg Balkcom says, he's heard of bears coming into cities before. Balkcom judges from the time of year, it is likely a young male looking for food, and trying to establish its own territory.
"When they do come into town, usually they're lost or disoriented. The one thing they can always follow is their nose, looking for food," he says.
The bear walked right up to the front doors of the building on the corner of and Mulberry Street. Security cameras show the bear walk to the door, coming from Second Street, sniff around the door, then leave toward Third Street.
Fickling and Co. Director of Commercial Property Management, Donnie Laurens says, a security officer saw the bear walk up to the door, and thought it was a dog. The officer got up to scare the dog away, but then realized it was actually a 100-150 pound black bear.
Balkcom says, black bears typically are scared of people, so when they see a human, they will usually run away. However, he says if you ever come close to a bear, you need to make noise to let the bear know you are there.
"Just back away. Don't try to charge him, don't be aggressive, don't do anything silly. Just let him know you're there, and keep going your way and keep a distance from them," Balkcom says.
Balkcom said the bear most likely made its way back to the river bed, where it can live peacefully away from people.
A Warner Robins woman is warning Galleria Mall shoppers to be careful after a man exposed himself to her in the middle of the afternoon.
The woman, who would only identify herself as Jessica, says the incident happened Wednesday around 3:45pm. Jessica says she was leaving Sears Department Store when a car parked so closely to her car she was boxed in.
"I was trying to get into my vehicle and he made some sort of noise, but I really just wanted to get into my car so when I got into my car I kind of glanced over and noticed he had himself fully exposed," says Jessica.
Today, the Washington Memorial Public Library celebrated a $1 million renovation. With the help of the Bibb County Commission and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the library is now moving with Macon toward the future of technology.
"We worked very closely with Thomas Jones and everyone here at the library and really envisioned together how we can take a beautiful historic building and transform it into a digital learning lab," says Program Director Beverly Blake, Knight Foundation.
New additions include: 85 computers, wireless Internet throughout the entire building and in Washington Square Park, a new learning lab, two renovated reading rooms, new desks, tables & chairs, new carpeting, lighting, and paint throughout the library. Computer training classes will also be offered for people of all skill levels.
"This is a tremendous investment in the literacy of Georgia, so I think this is the absolute best use of taxpayers money," says Jeanette Waddell.
She travels from Hancock to the library at least once a month. Chairman Sam Hart also says this is a great addition to the city of Macon.
"As I look around at the diversity of this population, it tells us how valuable what we're doing is in terms of this private-public partnership."
While some may welcome the heat of Georgia, most people don't welcome the bugs that look to move inside our homes when the sun is beating down. Add that to our lack of rain lately, and bugs are really in the market to become that pesky, unwanted roommate.
But there are some simple, cheap ways to fight back. Arrow Exterminators Service Manager Ben Tallent says, while the bugs may be a pain to deal with, they are just looking for a place to live.
"Insects want three things," Tallent explains. "They want food, they want shelter, and they want a water source. And if they can't find it outside, they're going to come inside hunting for that."