CCJ Reports

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

How good can a cafeteria meal be? This is what an $8 school lunch looks like

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 16, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story, Showcase, Uncategorized

The scent of fresh-baked biscuits filled the kitchen at Stratford Academy on a September morning. While one cafeteria helper loaded trays of bacon into the oven for the upcoming breakfast break, two others chopped up piles of squash, carrots and Brussels sprouts. In the Stratford cafeteria, students...

This chef’s looking to his roots to put a new twist on soul food

This chef’s looking to his roots to put a new twist on soul food

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 14, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Michael Twitty doesn’t cook the same macaroni and cheese his mom taught him to make. It’s loaded with cream cheese and sour cream, and anyone who’s eaten at a Kosher deli might say it tastes kind of like noodle kugel. The chef and author has adapted and transformed a lot of the foods he grew ...

7 soul food restaurants in Georgia that serve more than chicken and mac & cheese

7 soul food restaurants in Georgia that serve more than chicken and mac & cheese

Justin Baxley, Telegraph staff writer

September 13, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story, Showcase

Finding good soul food can be a tough task. There are plenty of places that serve your standard fried chicken and mac and cheese. While good, those don’t appeal to everyone. Here is a list of seven soul food restaurants in Georgia that will leave you wanting more. 1. H&H (Macon) This restaurant is a Macon staple serving...

Now serving: Locally grown peaches and hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line

Now serving: Locally grown peaches and hydroponic lettuce on the school lunch line

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 7, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA -- A first-grader at Lakeview Primary School quietly studied the options on the lunch line, unsure what he wanted to eat. He decided on the nachos — a scoop of ground chicken with a bag of Doritos, beans, and a bowl of steamed corn and peppers. At the end of the line, a ca...

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 3, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Dozens of kindergarteners lined up in the cafeteria at Alexander II Magnet School, eyeing their lunch options. On the menu that Tuesday, the students could choose between chicken patty sandwiches, spaghetti with meat sauce and an array of fruits and vegetables. A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

All Bibb County students eat for free. That could be in jeopardy

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

September 3, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Dozens of kindergarteners lined up in the cafeteria at Alexander II Magnet School, eyeing their lunch options. On the menu that Tuesday, the students could choose between chicken patty sandwiches, spaghetti with meat sauce and an array of fruits and vegetables. A stack of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

August 13, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home. Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia...

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Hundreds wait to receive a hot meal, but it’s uncertain when it might arrive

Samantha Max, Report for America corps member

August 13, 2018


Filed under Engagement Projects, Macon Food Story

Every weekday around noon, Sherry Hatcher answers a knock on her door. The 70-year-old lives alone in a highrise apartment building on Gray Highway, and her daily visitor is a welcome break from the quiet of her otherwise lonely home. Hatcher is one of the 1,200 home-bound residents of Middle Georgia...

Have real estate agents contributed to Bibb school segregation?

Have real estate agents contributed to Bibb school segregation?

Jenna Eason, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 30, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, Engagement Projects

When Lisa Mayfield was moving to Macon 20 years ago, she told her real estate agent she was going to send her children to public school, but her agent advised against it. “We were strong supporters of the public school system, and she said, ‘Well if that's the case, then you want to be in this...

Class of 1977 recalls the early years of segregation

December 26, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, (Dis)Integration Videos, Engagement Projects

Members of Central’s class of 1977 were among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in racially integrated schools. At the 40-year reunion, several Central High alums recalled those days of integration. .mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe...

They were among the first to integrate. Here’s what Central High’s class of ’77 learned

They were among the first to integrate. Here’s what Central High’s class of ’77 learned

Adam Ragusea, Center for Collaborative Journalism

December 26, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, (Dis)Integration Videos, Engagement Projects

Avis Felts and Fred Frost hadn’t seen each other since they graduated Central High School in Macon in 1977. But when they reunited at Healy Point Country Club at their recent 40-year class reunion, they picked up where they had started in the fourth grade at Alexander IV Elementary: as fast friends. Frost...

What would Bibb schools’ racial makeup be if everyone went to their zoned school?

Maggie Lee

December 20, 2017


Filed under (Dis)Integration, Engagement Projects, Uncategorized

These maps show roughly where Bibb children live and which schools serve them. Each dot stands for three children who lived within a small area called a “Census Block Group” in 2010. Elementary School zones black white other race or multiracial NOTES While it’s not a dot on ea...

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