Tag: Bibb County

The Bibb Democratic Party Has Some Problems

Fifth Bibb County Democrat Chairman in 20 months; Near Fist Fights and Public Disagreements

From Phillip Ramati at Macon.com, we get the story on the internal wranglings of the Bibb County Donkeys. The latest kerfuffle appears to be spurred on by the coming consolidation between Bibb County and the City of Macon and, of course, the elections which would then result.

The timing of the election has been under study by the US Department of Justice with Democrats and the Bibb County African-American community pushing for the elections to be held in November at the time of the general elections. Other members of the community wanted the election held sooner. One of the two Democrat appointees to the local elections board, Steve Allen, sided with those wishing to have the election on the earliest possible legal date, September 17th. This vote caused some hard feelings.

At this time there seems to be more concern regarding the proper apportionment of blame than a plan for the future. This has left some members less than overjoyed.

“What disappoints me is all of the petty crap,” said former party chairman Daryl Morton, who resigned from his position in November 2011. “It’s nothing but a circular firing squad.”

And what would a story about Bibb County politics be without the controversial Elaine Lucas. Lucas dismisses any disagreements within the party – after all it was only a near fistfight.
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Bear Essentials in Middle Georgia

It just became more difficult for Twiggs County bears to find Miss Right. A one-day hunt in Bibb, Houston and Twiggs counties yielded 34 bears, approximately ten percent of the black bear population for the midstate. Some outdoorsmen are concerned that half of those bears were females and that all of the female bears were taken down in Twiggs County in the Tarversville area. Tarversville is located near the US-23/US-129 intersection with GA-96 in Twiggs County.

American Black Bear
American Black Bear - Image by siwild via Flickr

This is within a mile of where I had my only near-collision with a bear about eight years ago. When I told people that a black bear had burst from the undergrowth on the side of the road and crossed the highway right in front of my car, I had a difficult time getting people to believe me. Bear sightings in Middle Georgia were rare in those days, but things have changed.

Bears are not only sighted more regularly, but have become nuisances with increasing complaints in Houston and Bibb counties. According to the write-up in The Macon Telegraph, the estimated 300 black bears were the driving force behind the purchase of 10,000 acres of Oakey Woods land in Houston County. The land purchase has been discussed often on Peach Pundit. Read more