3: Macon gets an early blast of cold weather, as the mercury drops to 39 degrees. That was two degrees colder than 41, the previous record low for the date set in 1984.
11: Warner Robins’ Shirley Hills Elementary School is named a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The school is one of 304 nationwide chosen for the award, which is based on student performance.
14: Gray-based Piedmont Community Bank is shut down by a federal agency, and all its deposits are assumed by Macon-based State Bank & Trust Co. The two branches of Piedmont reopened the next day as branches of State Bank.
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17: Georgia National Fair officials announce the Perry event posted strong numbers despite rain on four days. This year’s fair was the third-largest on record, with 439,931 people attending.
18: Warner Robins City Councilman John Williams is free on a $10,000 bond after pleading not guilty to a three-count federal indictment related to the sale of a vehicle to the city’s police department. In the Oct. 13 indictment Williams was indicted on charges of extortion under color of official right, false statements to a federal agency and tampering with a witness. Days later, Williams called the accusations against him “politically motivated.”
29: Ray Wilkes Sr., who served as Bibb County sheriff from 1976-82, died in hospice care at the age of 82. Four days later, a few hundred people attended his funeral service, where he was eulogized as a lawman with great courage and integrity.
2: Job cuts and other substantial changes are announced for Robins Air Force Base as a result of a reorganization of the Air Force Materiel Command. A total of about 600 positions were believed to be on the chopping block. A day later, Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon, commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, said those civilian job cuts planned for the base will probably not be the last.
2: Midstate schools fare better with Adequate Yearly Progress. In the 2010-11 school year, 23 of Bibb County’s 39 public schools made AYP, while 33 of 37 Houston County schools passed the benchmark.
8: Voters go to the polls. Measures to allow Sunday alcohol sales pass in Macon, Bibb, Warner Robins, Perry, Fort Valley and Byron. Bibb County voters overwhelmingly approved a special purpose local option sales tax that will fund recreation, debt relief, the Tubman Museum, a new animal shelter, and fire stations, among other projects. Just weeks after Warner Robins Councilman John Williams was charged with a federal indictment, voters decidedly ousted him in favor of Mike Davis for the Post 6 seat.Williams blamed the indictment for his loss.
15: A Bibb County grand jury indicts Stephen Mark McDaniel on one count of murder in the June killing of 27-year-old Lauren Giddings, his Mercer University law school classmate and next-door neighbor. McDaniel also was indicted on 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children. The exploitation charges stem from images of children involved in sexual acts that were found by authorities in McDaniel’s apartment during the investigation of Giddings’ death. The next day, McDaniel’s lawyer said McDaniel will plead “not guilty” at an arraignment hearing.
18: The Chichester’s at 3051 Vineville Ave., home to one of Macon’s last neighborhood pharmacies, fills its last prescription. Though the pharmacy closed, the store, also known for its gift shop, will stay open and expand.
19: No. 13 Georgia beats Kentucky, 19-10, to win the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and return to the SEC title game for the first time since 2005.
20: Legendary Georgia broadcaster Larry Munson dies at the age of 89 from complications from pneumonia. Munson called Georgia games from 1966 to 2008, becoming a fixture for the program and its fans.
22: Shelly M. Simmons Sr., who served as the “Voice of the Demons” in the 1970s and 1980s, faces charges of child molestation. Houston County sheriff’s Lt. Darin Meadows declined to elaborate on the case involving the 82-year-old Warner Robins man, except to say that there were multiple victims. More than a week later, Simmons was free on a $20,000 bond.
28: Houston County commissioners approve resolutions to officially call for a March 6 referendum to continue a penny sales tax they estimate will generate about $155 million for projects.
3: After keeping pace with LSU for the first half, Georgia loses 42-10 in the Southeastern Conference Champioship game at the Georgia Dome.
5: A decision by the Federal Communications Commission clears the way for Cox Communications to remove WPGA from its cable TV channel lineup and return ABC programming to channel 6 -- presumably ending a nearly two-year battle over the lineup slot.
6: In a runoff election for Warner Robins City Council, Carolyn Robbins, 68, bested local businessman Tim Thomas, 48, for the citywide Post 2 seat, and Mike Brashear, 63, beat Gene Harrington, 68, for the Post 4 seat.
8: Robert Brown, the first black state senator from Bibb County who left state politics to run unsuccessfully for Macon mayor this year, is found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 61.
8: Bibb County District Attorney Greg Winters says he will seek the death penalty for Stephen McDaniel if he is found guilty in the murder of Mercer University law school graduate Lauren Giddings. The next week, McDaniel appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to 30 counts of sexual exploitation of children.
8: A huge fire destroys Apple Enclosures and an adjacent warehouse on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. More than 20 firefighters worked to put out the blaze. No one was injured in the fire, which officials said was caused by an electrical wire short.
15: The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting announce plans to turn their Macon journalism operations into “teaching” newsrooms that will have professional reporters often working with and training Mercer University students. To be housed at Mercer’s under-construction Knight Center for Collaborative Journalism, the idea for the joint educational and business venture led to the awarding of a multimillion-dollar grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
19: About two dozen members of Robins Air Force Base’s 5th Combat Communications Group, troops who were among the last to leave Iraq, are welcomed home with salutes from their commanders, applause from their fellow airmen and tears and hugs from their family members.
20: Skeletal remains of a female found in a wooded area off Ga. 96 in April 1976 are matched to Ima Jean Sanders. The 13-year-old girl who disappeared from Warner Robins in 1974 is now believed to have been a victim of serial killer Paul John Knowles, authorities said.
-- Compiled by Beth MacFadyen. Information for Telegraph archives was used in this story.