The Georgia College and State University community remembered two of their own Monday night, Alex Delor and Johnny Harof. The freshmen died less than two weeks ago in a car wreck.
With their entire adult lives before them, Delor and Harof, lost the opportunity to finish college, have a family, or advance into a successful career. GCSU students and faculty celebrated their lives and shared fond memories of the two young men.
Take a drive down Emery Highway in East Macon, look at the top of the hill at Fort Hawkins, and you'll see earth-moving equipment rumbling around.
The machines are clearing away soil, digging out the line where the wall stood that once protected the original fort.
Archaeologists are working this week before the site will be open to the public, and making discoveries previously unknown about the fort.
"We have descriptions of the fort, but they're incorrect," LAMAR Institute President Dan Elliott explains. "Our stuff is true facts of what's actually out here. It varies a little bit from the historical records of what people said was here."
Fort Hawkins Commissioner Marty Willett says, once the entire trench where the wall stood is excavated, they plan to re-build the fence line with replica style 10 foot timbers.
The dig is closed to the public for the week, but the fort will be open on Saturday and Sunday as it always is.
Beginning Monday October 10th, the site will be open for the public to come in and watch the archaeologists dig.
Tonight, Warner Robins City Council opened the floor to concerned citizens regarding the tentative increase in the millage rate. The chamber was packed, but only one resident spoke out against the tax.
Warner Robins resident, Wayne Overholt believes the timing of the increase, and who's targeted is wrong. He says it's unfair that only homeowners will have to pay if the increase is implemented.
"I don't care if it's 10 cents. I don't think now, especially now, that we need to have an increase in taxes."
Mayor Chuck Shaheen believes the increase will only benefit the city, and it won't cost a lot out of pocket.
"The millage rate will generate $900,000 just by raising it .648 mils."
This increase will raise taxes by about $25 a year for a home valued at $100,000.
Mayor Shaheen says, one perk of the millage rate is that it's a tax write-off. He hopes this will help convince citizens it's the right move for the city in the long run.
There's still time for you to voice your opinion. The next public forum is on October 13, at 5:15pm at City Hall.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen says the results of the Carl Vinson Institute Pay Study show about 80% of city employees are underpaid.
Last year, the mayor and council ordered a pay study of city employees. It was the first one conducted since 1984.
The results show most of the people not earning what they deserve are minimum wage workers.
"It's time for us to get really involved and understand everything that's in that study and put together some kind of a plan on what we need to do to be sure that our employees are being paid for the job that they do," says Mike Daley, Warner Robins City Council.
On December 1st, the Carl Vinson Institute will be in Warner Robins to present their findings.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen says, he and council will find the funds to pay the city employees fairly, including benefits.