CCJ Reports

Live blog: ‘Every vote counts. All of them’: Voters in Macon say they want change

Live blog: ‘Every vote counts. All of them’: Voters in Macon say they want change

Emily Rose Thorne, Rylee Kirk, Mahima Sultan and Camryn Jackon, Center for Collaborative Journalism

November 6, 2018


Filed under More Student Work

7:30 p.m.: Barbara White, poll manager at the Middle Georgia State University location, said that lines were long but moved quickly. “When we opened this morning, we had a line at the front door and up the sidewalk,” she said. “It moved fast.” She said that over 1400 voted at that locati...

Election results from Laurens and Crawford counties

Mitch Jaugstetter, Nadia Pressley and Serena Golden, Center for Collaborative Journalism

November 6, 2018


Filed under More Student Work

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, here are the county commission race results for Laurens and Crawford: Laurens County County Commission District One: Democrat Brenda Chain, 65 percent; Republican Richard H. Dailey Jr., 35 percent County Commission District Four: Republican Jimmy R. Roger...

Here’s the story behind the new public art in downtown Macon park

Here’s the story behind the new public art in downtown Macon park

Mitch Jaugstetter, Telegraph Intern

November 6, 2018


Filed under More Student Work, Showcase

MACON, GA -- Bernd Park celebrated its new look in October after a nearly two-year expansion and improvement project. The park, located at the corners of Cherry, New and Magnolia streets, had been in disrepair for quite some time. Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman, owners of AnT Sculpture and Design,...

Man goes to Dubai and back in order to propose at Mercer football game

Man goes to Dubai and back in order to propose at Mercer football game

Hayes Rule, Telegraph Intern

November 5, 2018


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As Deborah Ayoade lined up for a field goal, all eyes were on her as she kicked in hopes of winning a Zaxby’s gift card. She reared back and swung her leg, glancing up at the uprights as her shoe flew into the air. Short. But as she looked down, her boyfriend Ike Ekeke glanced up at her and pulled...

A local boy scout group has a new home in a long-abandoned historic building

A local boy scout group has a new home in a long-abandoned historic building

Eryn Lee, Telegraph Intern

October 31, 2018


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For 13 years, the Troop 5 Boy Scout Hut on Ingleside Avenue sat abandoned and disheveled. Now thanks to the efforts of a curious young man, both the troop and hut are active once again. Robbie Thomas, an Eagle Scout from Gray, Ga., stumbled upon the hut by chance back in 2015. “As happenstance...

Every strike out this high school pitcher makes helps feed someone in need

Every strike out this high school pitcher makes helps feed someone in need

Eryn Lee, Telegraph Intern

October 26, 2018


Filed under Macon Food Story, More Student Work, Showcase

MACON, GA - High school senior Karsen Ochs, a pitcher for the First Presbyterian Day School softball team, is using her athletic talent on the field to give back to the community. ‘Strike Out For Hunger With Karsen Ochs’ is a fundraising campaign where people can either make a flat donation or pledg...

She was abused as a child. Decades later, she is sharing her story

She was abused as a child. Decades later, she is sharing her story

Anisah Muhammad, Telegraph Intern

October 24, 2018


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MACON, GA -- For more than 50 years, Estelle Herndon kept a secret. It took her 25 years to tell her husband, and now she is sharing her personal story with the world. “A friend of mine in a Sunday school class, Karen Allen, just said everybody has a story, and they need to tell it,” said ...

FCA’s Fields of Faith brings student athletes together in worship

FCA’s Fields of Faith brings student athletes together in worship

Hayes Rule, Telegraph Intern

October 23, 2018


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On game day, the athletes across the field are the enemy. But Wednesday night, that foe could become family. Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ annual Fields of Faith event is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Freedom Field in Houston County. “Let’s gather them with excitement, and let’s hear from...

Just Curious: How has Tattnall Square Park transformed over the years?

Just Curious: How has Tattnall Square Park transformed over the years?

Elizabeth Tammi, 13WMAZ Intern

October 22, 2018


Filed under Just Curious, More Student Work

For a Mercer student like myself, Tattnall Square Park is a neighboring property to campus complete with towering magnolias, a weekly farmers market and a ‘lending library’. I remember admiring it as a visitor to Mercer’s campus back in high school, but whenever I bring up the park to Maconites...

Do cities with roundabouts have fewer traffic accidents?

Do cities with roundabouts have fewer traffic accidents?

Mitch Jaugstetter, Telegraph Intern

October 22, 2018


Filed under Macon Me Curious, More Student Work

There seems to be a local trend toward roundabouts. Do statistics show that cities with lots of roundabouts have fewer traffic accidents? That was the question posed to us by a reader of The Telegraph through Macon Me Curious, a new project of the Center for Collaborative Journalism in partne...

Mercer men’s soccer player accomplishes rare feat. And he’s only a freshman

Mercer men’s soccer player accomplishes rare feat. And he’s only a freshman

Hayes Rule, Telegraph Intern

October 19, 2018


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MACON, GA -- Trevor Martineau has accomplished a feat only five people before him have earned: Southern Conference Player of the Week three times in a single season. And he’s only a freshman. Martineau leads the Mercer men’s soccer team (10-2-2, 3-0) with 19 points behind six goals and seven assists, a performanc...

Just Curious: Who is Mercer’s new band director?

Just Curious: Who is Mercer’s new band director?

Madilyn Harrell, Telegraph Intern

October 18, 2018


Filed under Just Curious, More Student Work

This year, Blake Garcia came onto staff at Mercer University as the new director of athletic bands. He previously taught in Florida and Tennessee and was a band director at the University of Kentucky. Garcia was accompanied by his wife and their 1-year-old in his move to Macon. They say they're...

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