Political Notebook: Coming together

December 27, 2013 

An typographical error in an earlier version of this story has been fixed. The Macon-Bibb County District 2 election is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

We’ve been writing a great deal about the start of the new Macon-Bibb County government. Now, the actual start is almost here.

The new commissioners are scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday at 11 a.m., then begin their first full meeting in Macon City Hall’s commission chambers, 700 Poplar St.

The ceremony is open to the public and includes plans for the presentation of colors by the Macon Police Department, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department.

The ceremony also is scheduled to be broadcast live at www.maconbibb.tv and on cable Channel 14.

An open house of the commission offices and mayor’s office will follow.

As always, read The Telegraph and return to macon.com for the latest insights into local politics.

Deal appoints Stewart

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Winburn E. “Brother” Stewart, of Macon, to the Board of Natural Resources. Stewart is president and chief executive officer of Bibb Distributing Co., and he serves on an advisory board to the University of Georgia’s Terry Business School dean, as well as the boards of NewTown Macon and the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia. In 2011, Stewart received the Terry Business School’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Get ready to vote

Saturday voting for the Macon-Bibb County District 2 runoff election will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections, 2445 Pio Nono Ave.

Early voting runs weekdays the following week at the elections board from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The regular election day will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 14.

A judge threw out the results of the previous runoff election, ordering a new contest between Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger.

Heavy hitters for a heavy subject

When Cynthia Baldwin-McClesky pleaded guilty earlier this month to beating and starving her 11-year-old granddaughter to death, a formal criminal prosecution wrapped up.

That process started with a Bibb County indictment from a somewhat unusual grand jury.

Serving on that grand jury in October 2012 was Lester M. Miller, a former judicial candidate and attorney who has since taken a seat on the Bibb County school board.

Miller wasn’t the foreman of the grand jury, though.

That role went to George M. Israel III, a two-term Macon mayor and the longtime leader of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Writers Jim Gaines and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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