MACON,Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) -During a news conference today, District 1 Commissioner Lonzy Edwards announced he's running for another term. Commissioner Edwards represents both east and south Bibb County, and has served since 2007. Edwards made the announcement at the commissioner's board room in the Bibb County Courthouse.
" As I'm sure the voters know there are significant challenges before us, we just recently past our SPLOST and I think it is critically important we have responsible leadership over seeing how that money is spent, there are a number of other issues facing our community and I just want to be apart of the leadership of our community as we go forward trying to address the many things that confront us", said Commissioner Edwards.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - If you love the city of Macon, why not express it in writing? That's what five Macononites are asking everyone who loves the city of Macon to do. Their goal? Show people that Macon is truly a great place to live.
'i love macon' came around when the Macon Magazine chose its '5 Under 40' group of people for its yearly feature. Five individuals; Heather Bowman Cutway, Wesley Griffith, Josh Rogers, Pilar Wilder, and Julia Wood all realized they had something in common after they were given the special honor by the magazine. They saw they loved their city, and they wanted that love to spread to others.
"Let's be proud of it, and let's make the best of it. Let's do what we can to improve it," Wes Griffith says.
Griffith is part-owner of The Rookery in downtown Macon. He wants to see the people of Macon, become the city's biggest ambassadors.
"We thought it might be a good idea to start a campaign that might encourage people to focus on the positives in Macon," Griffith said.
The plan is simple. Sign your name of a piece of paper, one that says, 'I love Macon'. Then get five other people to do the same thing.
Julia Wood is also spearheading the idea. She isn't even originally from Macon, but has now grown to love it, and has fallen head over heels with the place.
"Macon is a great place to raise a family. It has a great quality of life, a low cost of living, and there are a lot of professional opportunities to grow your career and your services here," Wood says.
The plan is to get 10,000 names on the pledge. Signers can "pen" their name on a giant sheet of paper that travels the city and pops up in random places, or by 'liking' the campaign on Facebook. (You have to like the group to find out where the traveling paper will show up in town.)
"We really hope this campaign will have universal appeal. That it will go beyond the political boundaries, the city limits, the different divisions in our community and really help everyone come together behind something that they love, some place that they love," Wood says.
"I think there is so much that this city can accomplish. It all starts there, being pround of the city and focusing on the positives," Griffith says.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Community Health Works helped us compile a list of the top five health issues in Middle and obesity is on the list. County Health Rankings reports 31%of adults in Bibb County are obese, that's higher than the state's average and the national average.
"A lot of times I ate like it was the last day of my life," said Denice Clark, Macon.
Denice Clark was around 215 pounds at her heaviest.
"I've been heavy all my life. In fact in high school I had nicknames like hindenberg and blimp," remembered Clark.
The extra weight was affecting her physically and emotionally.
"Fatigued a lot of the time, tired a lot of the time," explained Clark.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Bibb County woman is out hundreds of dollars after falling victim to a mystery shopper scam. Now she hopes to warn others before they make the same mistake.
Luvenia Lewis tells 41NBC she was told she'd get between $200 and $400 for each mystery shopper assignment she completed.
For her first assignment she received nearly $800. She was supposed to spend $50 at Walmart and evaluate the customer service. The rest of the money was to be taken to Western Union, where she would send the remainder of the money to another mystery shopper.
Once she completed her first assignment she received the second one. "It contained 3 checks of money orders," says Lewis.
That's when the scam began to reveal itself.
She was supposed to cash the checks and take them to Western Union, evaluate Western Union's customer service, and then send the money off to another mystery shopper in the Phillippines.
Lewis says "I never did make it to Western Union." Lewis says her bank never cashed the $3,000 the mystery shopper program gave her.
"They told me that the money orders were no good, and they cut off all ties between me and the bank," says Lewis.
Now she's out hundreds, but she considers herself one of the lucky ones. "It could have been worse. It could have been worse," says Lewis.
A lesson learned on her behalf; she doesn't want you to repeat.