Each week journalists Charles Richardson of the Telegraph of Macon and GPB Macon's Leah Fleming talk about the hot topics on the minds of Middle Georgians.
This week Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert rolled out the third full year budget of the consolidated government. It hits the twenty percent budget reduction demanded by the city/county consolidation process. The hitch? The mark was hit in no small part by funds from the Special one penny sales tax, or SPLOST.
HOT TOPIC #2:
The troubled Macon Charter Academy has filed for bankruptcy. Officials hope this will help save the school from losing its charter. They have also said the school will continue to be able to operate while restructuring its finances and contracts.
Meanwhile, last month, a state agency officially told the Macon Charter Academy that they plan to end their charter. The Department of Education warned them not to recruit students for a second year.
So, will the school be open next year? Information coming from MCA has been confusing to say the least.
HOT TOPIC #3
A celebration of life has been held for Fort Valley State University freshman Donnell Phelps. He was stabbed to death on campus last week after trying to help 3 young women who were being attacked by a former student.
Gov. Deal ordered flags lowered to half staff last week in honor of Phelps.
See the video below for the full conversation.