Political Notebook: New Year’s rides no dead ends

January 3, 2014 

The news is not usually good when the coroner drives up to your house.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones traveled to 17 homes early Wednesday morning in an effort to keep New Year’s revelers out of jail and out of the morgue.

Jones personally rented a 15-passenger van to shuttle folks home after a night on the town.

“To be politically correct, the intoxicated, not drunks,” said Jones, who picked up 20 people between midnight and 5 a.m. Wednesday.

Some were singing, others had romance in mind and at least one became physically sick.

“I cleaned up some vomit, but it’s no big deal,” said Jones, who spent 32 years as an ambulance EMT. “I’ve seen much worse at crime scenes.”

After witnessing the carnage from alcohol-related fatal accidents, Jones said he would rather spend the night shuttling folks sitting up instead of lying down.

He wants to get a mini-bus or bigger vehicle for next year.

“I really enjoyed it,” he said. “My next goal is picking up trash.”

He was not being derogatory about his class of riders. He means picking up actual garbage off the streets.

Jones said he plans to organize Saturday morning neighborhood cleanups this year.

Time to vote!

Residents of Macon-Bibb County District 2 can head out to vote Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections, 2445 Pio Nono Ave.

That launches early voting, which will run through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Board of Elections office.

And the actual election is from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14.

The election is between Henry Ficklin and Larry Schlesinger, and was called by a judge who ruled the last race was so close that election errors were greater than the reported margin of victory. Every vote counts.

Looks empty?

As Macon staff were removing chairs from the City Council chambers no longer needed for a 15-member governing body, someone noted the room looked a lot emptier.

The new Macon-Bibb County Commission, of course, has a nine-member governing body and a mayor who will oversee the commission meetings. That left a surplus of furniture.

Telegraph staff writers Liz Fabian, Jim Gaines and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.

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