At Thursdays mayoral debate at the Douglass Theatre, moderator Charles Richardson and former Macon Mayor C. Jack Ellis drew some laughs when Ellis told those in attendance that he supported getting a casino as a means for economic development.
Richardson, who kept candidates on a strict 45-second response time limit, broke in, asking if Ellis meant a casino or fellow candidate David Cousino, who was sitting next to Ellis on stage. Cousino smiled and waved.
Ellis laughed and playfully demanded his 10 seconds back for his response.
Later in the debate, Richardson cut in when Ellis was speaking out of order. But Ellis said he was simply trying to get a refill of some of the great-tasting water Macon produces.
Layson decision coming?
Bibb County Chief Administrative Officer Steve Layson is one of two finalists for the county managers position in York County, S.C.
The county council is scheduled to meet Monday night, interviewing Layson and Bill Shanahan once more before possibly voting that night.
Shanahan is the deputy county manager in Augusta.
Ga. school superintendent mulls bid for governor
State School Superintendent John Barge says he is considering running for governor, as talk continues of him possibly challenging Gov. Nathan Deal for the Republican nomination during the 2014 primary.
Its possible, Barge said about running for governor. Its something were considering.
Barge stopped at Centerville Elementary School on Friday as part of a statewide tour of the 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence. Barge said he will decide whether to run for governor in the next few weeks.
Trail opening postponed
Bibb County officials postponed Fridays official opening of five bike trails off Ocmulgee East Boulevard because of heavy rain.
The trails total 3.1 miles in length. No makeup date has been announced.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that DuBose Porter of Dublin took 51.5 percent of the vote in a highly informal straw poll at a Democratic Party of Georgia forum for chairman candidates. Porter is a former state House minority leader and former candidate for governor. Also running are R.J. Hadley, former state Sen. Doug Stoner and former state Sen. Mary Squires.
The election to replace the former chairman, Mike Berlon, is set for Aug. 31, with members of the state partys executive committee voting.
Voter registration deadline looming
Would-be voters in the first Macon-Bibb County election must register by Monday to be able to vote in the Sept. 17 election. Early voting starts Aug. 26.
Voters can get registration forms at mvp.sos.state.ga.us online or at many government offices and libraries. For election information, visit macon.com/elections online.
The group working to bring together Macon and Bibb County governments is planning meetings next week. On Wednesday, the Human Resources Committee is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m., followed by the full Macon-Bibb County Consolidation Transition Task Force at 3:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the offices of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission at 175 Emery Highway in Macon.
Crawford seeks volunteers
Crawford County is seeking volunteers willing to fill a vacancy on the Board of Assessors. Requirements include a high school diploma or GED and the ability to take 40 hours of training in the first 180 days on the job. Assessors are paid $50 per meeting. Applications are due Sept. 6.
For information, visit www.crawfordcountyga.org online or call Pat Kelly at 478-836-3782.
Writers Phillip Ramati, Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.