Some of the events that affected the midstate from July through September

December 27, 2012 

Some of the events that affected the midstate from July through September

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

July

1: The National Weather Service reported that Macon broke a record when the temperature reached 108 degrees, besting the record of 103 degrees for that date set in 1954. The temperature also tied Macon’s all-time high. It was part of a heat wave during which Middle Georgia temperatures neared or topped 100 degrees for several days.

3: Middle Georgians experienced an earthquake that registered magnitude 2.7, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The epicenter was 18 miles east of Milledgeville.

5: India J. Collins, 12, was found dead in a fire at her home in Kathleen. Her sister, Carmen Kaneisha Collins, 17, was jailed on charges of murder and arson after being located in Columbus. The girl’s cause of death was ruled to have been multiple gunshot wounds.

10: Academy Sports + Outdoors announced its plans to expand its existing operation in Twiggs County and create 250 new jobs.

17: The Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and the 402nd Maintenance Wing were deactivated, while the new Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex was activated under Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George, the first black top commander at Robins Air Force Base.

18: A team of 11- and 12-year-olds from Bibb County’s Western Little League defeated Pioneer Little League of Columbus to win the state championship. The all-star team moved on to represent Georgia in the Little League Softball Southeastern Regional tournament, where it lost to a North Carolina team.

27: The Warner Robins all-star team prevailed 10-4 against Columbus-Northern to win the state championship in the 11- to 12-year-old division, sending a WRALL team to the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament for the second straight year. The Warner Robins team lost to Tennessee.

31: After decades of debate, Macon and Bibb County voters approved the consolidation of the two governments, along with Payne City. The Macon vote passed with 57.8 percent, while the county overall passed at 56.7 percent. Work toward a consolidation plan began shortly thereafter. The combined government is set to debut in January 2014.

August

14: Former Bibb County Commission Chairman Larry Justice, who held office for 28 years before his retirement from politics in December 2000, died. He was 74.

16: Maurice Murray Battle was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after being convicted of murder in the Aug. 30, 2009, shooting death of convenience store worker Dipak “Danny” Patel at a Riverside Drive gas station.

17: Commission chairmen from Bibb, Houston and Peach counties signed an agreement to further work toward solving the problem of encroachment at Robins Air Force Base.

21: Former state Rep. David Lucas pulled out a narrow win over incumbent Miriam Paris in a runoff election for the state Senate District 26 seat.

24: James “Eddy” Clements, 56, was found guilty of hiring two men to kill his wife. Clements was later sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the February 2011 slaying.

September

11: Against the recommendations of its own safety consultant, the Bibb County school system said it would stick with an agreement with court and law enforcement agencies to divert students who commit lower-level crimes away from Juvenile Court.

14: Frank Amerson, the longtime Macon Water Authority board chairman credited with turning around the authority’s finances and helping to bring industries to Bibb County, died at a local hospital. He was 83.

15: The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 840 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $38 million, in one of the largest drug busts in recent state history. Authorities charged four people with trafficking cocaine.

22: Bibb County Superior Court Judge Howard Simms was stopped during a roadblock. Although Simms took an alcohol breath test and registered 0.083 -- above the legal limit -- he was not arrested and was allowed to drive home. Simms entered an alcohol addiction treatment facility after the incident.

-- Compiled by Beth MacFadyen

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