Post offices here in Middle Georgia are under the microscope today as they face the possibility of closing.
One post office is in Allentown. The Allentown Office is one of 3,700 post offices nationwide getting eyed for closure. The United Postal Service says since more and more people aren't going to post offices it's considering closing 1 in 10.
The Allentown office serves around 400 people and residents say losing it would be a big blow to their community.
"We got to cut the budget some how and if that's the way to do it. It'll be a shame, but I can understand why they did," says resident Eugene O'Neal.
Ideal, in Macon County, is another city that might loses it's post office. There's a plan to replace several post offices with "village post offices,” which would be in convenience stores or pharmacies and would offer stamps and other services.
Most people know Chuck Leavell as the keyboardist for the Rolling Stones. However this well-known artist also has another passion: tree farming.
"I really started gravitating towards forestry for one thing, I realized my instrument that has given me my career has come from the resource of woods so that kind of struck a nerve with me..."
Leavell says both music and tree farming offer opportunities to leave a legacy.
"When you're recording with these artists you have an opportunity to create recordings that are going to last many, many lifetimes. And when you're managing a forest you have the same opportunity. You can plant seedlings today that are going to be this big that someday 75, 100, 150 years or even more are still going to be here."
His wife's interest is in saving the land and that's how Leavell initially took an interest in forestry. His mantra is simple: leave the land in better shape than you found it.
"Trees and forests give us so many incredible things, they give us materials to build our homes and our schools and our churches. They give us materials to make books and magazines and newspapers. There are some five thousand products that we used in our everyday lives that has some element of trees in it."
Leavell says as far as he's concerned he's just a country boy who loves living in Twiggs County.
After last week's meeting to discuss the future of the Georgia State Fair, the Macon Exchange Club and board of directors decided to postpone the decision for another 30 days.
"There were years when this fair made several hundred dollars in net profits, back in it's glory days," says president Don Johstono, Georgia State Fair.
Despite an increase in attendance at this year's event, those days of glory still remain a distant memory.
"This last spring may very well have been the last edition of the Georgia State Fair," says Johstono.
Residents say, losing the annual event would leave a hole in the hearts of middle Georgians.
"It would devastate people," says Darius Gipson, Macon.
"Well, I hate the fact that it would leave Macon, ever since I was a kid we would always go to the fair at Central City Park," Jimmy Barnett, Macon.
Those grounds may never host another fair again. Since 1851, Macon has been home to the festival, and if it doesn't come back next year, the city will not only lose a big piece of it's history, but a huge contribution to the local economy.
"Like a lot of county run fairs and fairs that are run by civic clubs and service clubs, the proceeds from this fair, when we actually have proceeds again, go back into the community," says Johstono.
Even though there were more feet on the fairgrounds, the lack of profit may be what closes the gates permanently.
"There's so many things that Macon offers that have fallen by the wayside. I hate to see yet another thing go away. Especially something that's got that kind of history and kind of significance to our community," says Johstono.
On August 18th, the exchange club of Macon will meet to make a final decision. If they do decide to keep the fair open for another year, residents can expect the celebration at Central City Park to be up and running next spring.
On Monday Judge Tilman Self ruled Bibb County Prosecutors can handle the felony burglary case against 25 year old Stephen McDaniel.
McDaniel's attorney, Floyd Buford, argued his client's two month internship for the Bibb DA's office caused a conflict of interest in the case. Buford also said if the DA's office stayed on the case his client's rights would be violated.