The Macon Police Drug Unit served a search warrant at a home on Chappell Street and arrested eight people. Police seized marijuana, crack cocaine, two loaded pistols and additional ammunition. Charges range from court probation violations, being present in a dive and drug possession with intent to distribute.
Authorities have released the names of the two men who died in an apparent murder-suicide in Wheeler county. A female driver dropped 49-year-old Terry Hall off at work Tuesday when 32-year-old Elliot White gunned him down, and then turned the gun on himself. GBI agent Todd Lowery says White also shot at the driver, but she wasn't hit. He says the men worked together on the farm where the incident happened.
A suspected child molester with ties to Georgia is added to the U.S Marshal's "Top 15 Most Wanted Fugitives List." 33-year-old Corey Deshawn Gaston is wanted for kidnapping and raping a little girl in 2007 in Detroit, MI. U.S Marshals say he has escaped custody several times and has ties not only to Georgia and Michigan, but to Tennessee, Ohio and California.
Gaston is about 5'7" and has a distinct bowlegged walk.
If you have any information that's leads to his arrest you could receive up to $25,000. Call the U.S. Marshal's Office with any information at 1-800-336-0102.
As we continue our Wednesday night series of Making Middle Georgia Great, we take you to a dental office in Byron, which is run entirely by volunteers.
The volunteers of the Rehoboth Life Care Ministries, give their time by providing dental services to those who cannot afford a doctor.
The sounds are familiar, and the look inside the office is professional. But there is something different about the office in Byron.
"There's not a clinic like this anywhere in middle Georgia," Volunteer Coordinator Yesmin Wilson says.
There are a couple of reasons for that.
"We're not a full time clinic," Wilson explains. "We're not here every day, we're not even here every week."
The staff and doctors in the office, are all volunteers. And every patient, is carefully selected according to the federal poverty guidelines.
"We do thousands and thousands of dollars worth of dentistry here at this clinic, for a fraction of what you would do in a private setting."
But there's something else that sets this one-time church parsonage, apart from all the other dentist offices.
"We also share the love of Jesus Christ with the patients that come our way,"Wilson says.
Counselors are also on site for guidance.
And all of the equipment in the office, has been donated. Even the state-of-the-art panoramic X-ray machine.
Addie Daniels is in for a routine cleaning.
"It's a blessing," Daniels says when asked why this clinic is important to her. "That's the best way I can say it. It's a blessing...It's just incredible, you can't really speak on how good they are."
Last year, the clinic recorded 1,200 volunteer hours, saw 238 patients, and was only open 20 days.
"It doesn't seem like a whole lot, but it's 238 patients that would never have gotten dental care if we had not been here," Wilson says.
To get more information about the Lifecare Ministries organization, you can check out their website by clicking here.
It's been 6 months since the Georgia Music Hall of Fame closed its doors, and the Macon Convention and Visitors Bureau has had to find new ways to fill the void of the attraction.
President and CEO of the CVB, Monica Smith, says after the hall closed the number of people staying in area hotels dropped. "The occupancy has decreased slightly since July," says Smith.
In recent months only 50% of rooms in area hotels have been filled.
Before the Hall closed the CVB says there was a rush of tourists, and months after the closure visitors still showed up looking to make one more trip.
"Most people were probably disappointed, because there was something that they wanted to see or they thought they'd make it before it closed," says Smith.
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