Midstate news of 2012 (April-June)

December 26, 2012 

April-June 2012

A look at some of the events that affected the midstate:

April

5: Census data released showed the Warner Robins metro area was the sixth-fastest growing metro area in the nation between 2010 and 2011. The figures showed the area grew by 2.9 percent to 143,925 between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2011.

9: State Superintendent John Barge visited Alexander II Magnet School to recognize its achievement as a 2011 Georgia School of Excellence. The school was one of 26 across the state to receive the award.

11: A judge set an $850,000 bond for Stephen McDaniel, the man accused in the 2011 slaying of Mercer law graduate Lauren Giddings. Bond was not set in two other cases against McDaniel, who remained in jail.

19: Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George was selected to be the first commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, which was formed as part of an Air Force Materiel Command reorganization plan.

20: Daniel Greene, who killed a man and wounded four others during a 1991 robbing and knifing rampage through three Middle Georgia counties, was granted clemency. Greene, who had been scheduled to die by lethal injection earlier in the week, will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

25: Former Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams was found guilty in federal court of using his position on the council to get a kickback from the sale of a truck to the Warner Robins Police Department. Williams was found guilty of extortion under the color of official right, making false statements to FBI agents and tampering with a witness.

May

3: Sade Shamon King, a 24-year-old Warner Robins mother accused of starving her 2-year-old son to death, pleaded guilty to felony murder and cruelty to children. She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Later in May, the boy’s father, 27-year-old William Thomas Davis III, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in the child’s death. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

10: Kit Colburn, a Warner Robins fifth-grader who was missing for more than two days, was found behind some hedges in a Houston County yard after a massive search effort. The child had walked away from school on his own.

23: Milledgeville resident Paul Bales had to have his leg amputated after being infected with flesh-eating bacteria. The potentially deadly microbes infected the man after he fell and cut his leg on his boat ramp at Lake Sinclair.

30: The Macon City Council voted 12-0 to take $2.6 million from the city’s fund balance to pay off a debt to the pension fund for police and fire department retirees. This resolved the long-standing dispute over 18 months of city underfunding to the pension plan.

June

1: Central State Hospital in Milledgeville announced it expected to cut as many as 280 employees as the hospital transferred out the last of its patients with developmental disabilities.

3: Two hundred people lined up in front of The Big House Museum in Macon, with some waiting more than two hours, just for the opportunity to spend a few moments with rock legend Gregg Allman. Allman was in town to sign copies of his autobiography, “My Cross To Bear.”

7: Cameras began rolling for the movie “42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic that was filmed in Macon. About 300 crew members stayed in Macon while scenes were filmed at Luther Williams Field, Central City Park, Terminal Station and other locations.

14: Richard D. Brewer, the head of an events planning consulting firm in Charleston, S.C., was named the president and CEO of Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival.

More than three dozen people were forced from their beds during an early morning fire at Macon’s West Club Apartments off Mercer University Drive. The blaze, which did not injure anyone, was ruled an accident.

15: Antron Fair, 27, pleaded guilty to a murder charge in the 2006 killing of Bibb County sheriff’s deputy Joseph Whitehead. Other firearm and drug charges levied against him were dismissed.

25: Tractor Supply Co. picked Bibb County for a new $50 million distribution center that’s expected to bring 200 new jobs.

27: Tommy C. Olmstead, a former state legislator who headed two branches of local government -- as Macon’s mayor during the Great Flood of 1994 and later as Bibb County Commission chairman -- died at the age of 83.

-- Compiled by Beth MacFadyen

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