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2014 midstate news in review: July to September

JULY

2: Deputies arrested 17 people in connection with a credit card fraud racket involving inmates at the Bibb County jail.

11: Crystal Gale Fessler, the woman who broke into the All About Animals rescue shelter in 2013 and released more than 20 dogs, pleaded guilty to theft and criminal trespass. Her sentence included serving one year in jail followed by four years on probation.

14: The Air Force announced it expected to cut 258 positions at Robins Air Force Base command, part of changes affecting thousands of jobs at headquarters organizations across the country.

15: Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted to give the historic Terminal Station to the Macon Transit Authority, which manages the building and occupies part of it.

28: Valmmera Glass, a Latvian-based manufacturer of fiberglass parts, announced it would build a factory in Dublin with plans to hire 150 people and invest $20 million during the next five years.

AUGUST

2: Olivia McMillan, a 17-year-old student at Northside High School in Warner Robins, was named Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.

11: A fire destroyed the 131-year-old Hancock County Courthouse, leaving just the foundation and charred brick.

11: Brig. Gen. Walter J. Lindsley took command of the 7,500-person Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base.

15: Officials in Baldwin County broke ground for the Bostick Nursing Center, a new 280-bed geriatric care facility expected to create 225 jobs in Baldwin County.

SEPTEMBER

7: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced that it would award the Historic Macon Foundation $3 million in its continued revitalization efforts in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood.

11: Grant’s Lounge, the legendary downtown Macon night spot where Southern rock giants like The Allman Brothers Band came to play, announced it would close in October, but it remains open.

13: Monroe County deputies Jeff Wilson and Michael Norris were shot while responding to an attempted suicide. Wilson recovered, but 24-year-old Norris died of his wounds. Christopher Calmer, 46, was jailed on charges that included murder, attempted murder and aggravated assault.

-- Compiled by Beth Gadd

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