The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant house on Jessamine Drive around 2:40 am Wednesday morning. According to Sgt. Ben Gleaton the fire started in a bedroom of the house.
Gleaton says the tenants moved out of the house a few weeks ago. No one was injured.
An investigation revealed the fire was intentional. Gleaton says there was no power source in the bedroom where the fire started.
Joey Bells family owns the vacant property and says, " Somebody set the fire in there. I mean that's all there is to it. Usually if it's an electrical fire you know you can see it from the electrical outlet. It's just in the middle of the floor in the corner so it was set deliberately. There's no two ways about that.
Investigators continue to interview witnesses and ask anyone with information to call 751-2713. There is also a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to an arrest.
Digital Bridges is a venture of Georgia College with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.The project is a citizen-led initiative involving the innovative uses of technology to improve the quality of life of the community.
Digital Bridges has been open for 18 months and during a time when companies were laying off and people were looking for jobs, Digital Bridges stepped in and looked for ways to help the Milledgeville community.
"In the beginning it was extremely technology focused, however as we turned it over to the community we really started surveying and holding public hearings. We quickly discovered the economy was the greatest concern for this community," said Heather Holder Director of Digital Bridges.
So, the company came up with a plan.
"The focus shifted from just looking for innovated uses for technology as it applies to the community, instead looking for how we can prepare people for the job market that's changing," said Holder.
And with a changing job market, there was a need to help people get back to work.
" In this day and age it is more important than ever to be able to use the Internet and computer resources, especially for job hunting, finding out information, and doing research on different things. Especially for the students with research and some of the people who have been laid off from their jobs that need to fill out online applications now", said Tommy Cook, Program director at digital bridges.
Digital Bridges has state of the art computers and flip cameras that small businesses can use to make their own commercials on youtube.
"It's very nice and I like the decorations and the assistants here are very friendly", said Jennifer Ngyen.
"We can't depend anymore on people driving to your store, you also have to have a great online presence. So we do a lot to teach people and prepare them for how other people are kind of interchanging information", said Holder.
" Everybody is different, everybody has a different background that they are drawing from when it comes to computers. Some of them are scared to death to even touch them, some of them had some limited experience. So we kind of have to identify it on an individual level about what their needs are and where we need to start from, and what kind of concepts we need to drive home at first," Said Cook.
The center is free to use for anybody within the Baldwin county community. For more information you can call 478-387-0254.
David Lucas' loss to Miriam Paris ends his 37 year political career. The race to fill State Senate Seat 26 started off close with Lucas ahead, but that lead slipped.
In the end Lucas lost the race by close to 3,000 votes.
In front of family and supporters Lucas watched as the numbers went in his opponent's favor.
He says he believes if he had gotten the chance to debate Miriam Paris the turnout would have been different in this heated race.
"Well if you look at the precinct poll the Republicans voted against David Lucas 6 to 1. It was not about the issues so again I say to you the voters that voted in this election decided who the State Senator would be and I have to abide by that," says Lucas.
Lucas says he plans to spend more time with his grandchildren and continue to stay involved in the community. He also says he is not ruling out another run for political office.
Cochran Mayor Cliff Avant says an investigation is underway for one of the city's police officers.
He tells 41NBC allegations stem from Officer Josh Kester's behavior at a local Huddle House restaurant. The Huddle House manager declined to comment, and Cochran Police Chief Jim Sanderssays the allegations aren't true at all.
Bleckley County Sheriff Harold Lancaster also declined to comment, but we do know he sent the incident report to the mayor who says this investigation is on going.
Tucked away in South Milledgeville in what used to be a school playground sits 3 acres of community gardening space. The Milledgeville Gardening Association works to promote healthy and affordable eating in the community,
Lin McKnight owns 2 plots in the community garden. "It's just the freshest you can get when it's vine ripened it makes a lot of difference," says McKnight.
For the last two years Mcknight has grown he's own vegetables in the Milledgeville community garden He says "We enjoy growing vegetables and feel like it's a neat idea for the community to have a place to come grow your own food, and pick your own, and pull the weeds, and have all the fun of learning how to garden."