Your Houston County Weather: Mostly sunny, highs in the mid 90s.
When the dust settled from yesterday’s General primary Elections, it turned out to be a big night for incumbents in Houston County. Local voters returned all sitting officials back to their posts despite challenges – among them senior Superior Court Judge George Nunn and Solicitor General Amy Smith. And while he’s not exactly an incumbent, former Houston County school system facilities director Dave McMahon narrowly avoided a run-off in his victory for Board of Education Post 7.
One candidate who has a lot to thank Houston County voters for this morning is State Senate District 18 incumbent Cecil Staton. While throughout his entire six county district he appears to have just barely eked out a win over Dr. Spencer Price in the Republican primary by a 207 vote margin, it was his showing among Houston County voters in just five precincts here that set up that victory. His margin of victory in Houston was around 250 votes.
Residents of Middle Georgia turned down that regional transportation local option sales tax, and folks in Houston County certainly led the way. Local votes tallied “NO” by a 72 percent pace. As far as Sunday alcohol sales is concerned, it will be available both by the drink and by the package as those questions got the thumbs up.
Other midstate elections of note – there will be consolidation of the Macon and Bibb County governments, and David Lucas has upended Miriam Paris for State Senate District 26. Lucas will face Republican Bobby Gale in November.
If you’re under 18 and live in Houston County, well, summer break is over…It’s the first day of school. Estimates put a swelling classroom population of nearly 28,000 students. Of course, its also heads up time for area drivers as well, as school buses will be back on the road and kids will be gathering at some designated bus stops. Be sure to keep you eyes open, your speed down especially in residential neighborhoods, and be ready to stop when you see those flashing lights.
Authorities investigating just what led to the shooting death of a Macon man early this morning. 23-year old Antron Williams was shot around three o’clock at a home on Birch Avenue. He was pronounced dead 30 minutes later.
And some big news for a regional hospital, as the Medical Center of Central Georgia has earned a "Best Hospitals" ranking from U.S. News and World Report in the areas of cardiology and heart surgery. The Macon-based medical complex also was listed as high performing in nine other adult specialties. Fewer than 150 of out 5,000 hospitals nationally are ranked in those specialty areas.