2013 in review: July-September

December 25, 2013 

2013 in review: July-September


20: One week after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of unarmed teen Trayvon Martin, about 150 people at the federal courthouse in Macon joined others nationwide in rallying for federal civil rights charges against the former Neighborhood Watch leader. A similar rally the day before in Warner Robins drew about 200 people.

26: Columbus Northern proved too strong for Warner Robins American Little League and defeated the defending Georgia champs 8-7 to win the state title and earn a berth in the Little League Baseball Southeastern Regional Tournament.

27: The Bragg Jam Music Festival and Concert Crawl set an attendance record, drawing an estimated 3,750 people to its venues in and around downtown Macon.


7: Members of the Macon Area Transportation Study committee voted 8-7 to remove the Forest Hill Road improvement project from the state’s Transportation Improvement Program that covers the next four years.

20: Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen announced that he would seek an at-large city council position in November instead of the mayor’s seat.

31: After more than 70 years, the Mercer University Bears returned to the football field. The team defeated Reinhardt, 40-37.


3: James Edward Calloway and Desi Surtaine Hansford, both former Forsyth city councilmen, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes during the performance of their official duties.

5: Kumho Tire North America President Harry Choi announced that the company was ready to move forward with plans for a factory in south Bibb County. Choi said Kumho hoped to begin construction on the plant, which is expected to employ more than 300 workers, in 2015.

15: Carrie Preston, a Macon native, earned her first Emmy Award in the category of Guest Actress in a Drama for her recurring role as quirky attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS’ “The Good Wife.”

20: Former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young spoke to hundreds gathered at Mercer University, where he helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of Mercer’s integration.

24: The Department of Defense awarded Mercer University a $12.4 million contract to help the Air Force keep its aging helicopters flying. The Mercer Engineering Research Center was expected to perform analyses to identify and solve structural and mechanical integrity issues.

-- Compiled by Beth Gadd

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