Politics & Government

Political Notebook: Struggling to be heard?

Say what you will about Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas, but it can’t be denied that she’s one of the more powerful and distinctive voices in midstate politics who can be heard on pretty much any issue.

Except when she isn’t.

During the commission’s Finance and Operations Committee meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Gary Bechtel -- who serves as chairman -- didn’t hear Lucas when she seconded a motion.

Lucas noted that she’s not accustomed to not being heard.

“I’ll do better to speak more loudly in the future,” she said.

“Is that a promise or a threat?” Bechtel responded.


Warner Robins Animal Control is normally open only weekdays, but the shelter will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 208 Stalnaker Ave., not far from the Museum of Aviation. Happy Pet Mobile Vet is often on site for Saturday hours as well.

Meanwhile, Lockheed Martin will offer a car wash and pet adoption to benefit Warner Robins Animal Control, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jimmy Spinks State Farm, 1410 Russell Parkway. Organizers also will collect items needed by the shelter including dog and cat food, litter, towels, baking soda, newspaper and leashes.

Meanwhile, Perry is accepting cash or check donations for the new Perry Animal Shelter building account. Checks should include a memo of PAS Building Account-Code #207. Donations may be sent to the Perry Animal Shelter, 500 Ball St., Perry, GA 31069. For information, contact Cathy Shaw at 478-987-0313 or cathyshaw@windstream.net.


Macon-Bibb County is holding public forums to discuss plans for recreation improvements. Upcoming forums are set for Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Rutland High School to discuss the SubSouth Recreation Center; 6:30 p.m. May 26 at the Round Building in Central City Park to discuss Central City Park; 6:30 p.m. May 28 again at Rutland High for SubSouth; and 6:30 p.m. June 9 again at the Round Building to discuss Central City Park.


An Associated Press reporter named Jim Gaines died in a train wreck this week. Several people inquired, so here’s the answer: That Jim Gaines was not the Jim Gaines who recently worked as a political reporter for The Telegraph.

The former Telegraph’s Jim Gaines wrote on Facebook: “More startling to me than death would be the sudden appearance of a wife and two kids.”

We offer condolences to the family of the late Jim Gaines and wish the other Jim Gaines success.


Visitors to a Houston County Development Authority meeting are routinely asked to report on their organizations’ activities. Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms said he was looking forward to the Independence Day celebration and other big events. Board member Neal Talton turned to him on a sore subject: “You get the chickens taken care of yet?” That was a reference to a controversial effort to allow chickens in the city limits. Toms tried to pass the conversation on to the next person: “Next.”


State Rep. Jay Roberts of Ocilla, who helped usher through a nearly $1 billion a year transportation bill, was nominated by Gov. Nathan Deal to become the planning director for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Roberts was scheduled to begin work Friday, with the House and Senate Transportation committees still needing to confirm his appointment.

Writers Phillip Ramati and Mike Stucka contributed to this report.