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River Edge Partners with Macon-Bibb, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Open Latest Long-term Residential Property

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Bayside Village provides housing for people seeking recovery from mental illness and addiction, or people with developmental disabilities.

MACON – River Edge Behavioral Health Center has officially unveiled its latest long-term housing initiative, which was made possible through partnership with Macon-Bibb County and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Read More

Mount de Sales Students Apply New Skills to Enhance Downtown

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Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Navicent Health extends its congratulations to the Mount de Sales Class of 2017, and its appreciation for the many students in this class who have contributed to care at Navicent Health throughout the past year. The health system was also pleased to learn that a group of these students are applying skills learned at Navicent Health to enhance downtown Macon’s appeal to teens. Read More

Peyton Anderson Foundation Announces $500,000 to Fund Ideas that Inspire Bibb County Educators and Students

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Teach to Inspire Project Provides Creative Resources Through Grant Awards

(Macon, Ga.) The Peyton Anderson Foundation announces the Teach to Inspire Project, an innovative, teacher-based grant program providing creative resources for Bibb County public schools. Through the Teach to Inspire project (TIP), the Foundation seeks to inspire education in Macon-Bibb by contributing additional monies to support extraordinary efforts. Up to $500,000 in funding is available for teachers’ best ideas for their classrooms, with grants awards ranging from $250-$10,000. Read More

Education Partnership Announces Goal to Implement The Leader in Me in Every Bibb County Elementary and Middle School

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Bibb County School District and Business Education Partnership Seek to Raise $2.1 Million in Funding

Macon, Ga. — At a community breakfast held at Sonny Carter Elementary School, where Bibb County school children demonstrated the “Seven Habits” based on Steven Covey’s bestselling The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the Business Education Partnership and Bibb County School District announced an ambitious fundraising campaign that will implement The Leader in Me program in every Bibb County elementary and middle school.

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Local Mental Health Awareness Campaign Features Macon Public Officials

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River Edge Behavioral Health Aims to De-Stigmatize Mental Health Conditions

MACON – River Edge Behavioral Health is rolling a new, locally-produced awareness campaign with prominent public officials aiming to “unmask mental illness.” The multimedia campaign features Bibb County School Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones, Macon Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Verda Colvin, Macon-Bibb Mayor Robert Reichert and Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis.

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Lautzenheiser Receives Georgia’s Public Librarian of the Year Award

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MACON, GA.—January 12, 2017—Jennifer Lautzenheiser was presented with the Georgia’s Public Librarian of the Year award by the Georgia Public Library Service on Jan 12 at Washington Memorial Library.

Representatives including State Librarian, Julie Walker, and Macon- Bibb Commissioner Gary Bechtel gave remarks on Lautzenheiser and her commitment to the betterment of the community and public libraries.

Bechtel, whose father served many years on the library board, and grew up coming to Washington Memorial Library for the children’s services, spoke of Lautzenheiser’s character, saying the honor was well deserved.

“She’s always willing to work with our staff members and our commissioners to try to grow the library, to try to grow the opportunities for our children, for our families,” Bechtel said.

State Librarian Walker spoke of Jennifer’s leadership qualities and generous support to her colleagues throughout the state as well as the staff in the Middle Georgia Regional Library system.

“She’s really a shining example of all that’s best in our profession.” Walker said. “She’s the first to offer encouragement, acknowledgment, and congratulations and give credit to those around her.”

Since beginning her role as director of Middle Georgia Regional Library two years ago , Jennifer has worked with serval community groups to bring new opportunities and resources to the community through the library. She worked alongside her team to accomplish goals that sometimes seemed hard to reach.

Walker said there were many things she admired about Lautzenheiser including her willingness to make difficult decisions, diligently do her homework, consult all the appropriate parties, an then make a call.

Walker presented Lautzenheiser with a glass plaque and check for five hundred dollars. In her remarks Lautzenheiser expressed her gratefulness for being chosen to receive the award and recognition and the need to give credit to everyone from the librarians in the system’s branches to the administrative team for their efforts.

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