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Macon Co. officials push for re-opening of Victoryland

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Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and other officials demand the re-opening of Victoryland. Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford and other officials demand the re-opening of Victoryland.
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TUSKEGEE, AL (WSFA) -

Every elected official in Macon County was in Shorter Tuesday morning where a press conference was held to announced their demands that the Victoryland gaming center be re-opened.

Led by Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford, the group held a rally saying Victoryland should restart operations because of the business it could create in the county.

Victoryland was the county's largest employer until owner Milton McGregor closed it due to state restrictions on gaming machines. A fight over whether the machines are electronic bingo or illegal slot machines continues.

McGregor has said he would like to reopen, but he's given no firm date on if or when that would occur.

Ford says that if an economic engine like Victoryland were to re-open, it could help put more than 2,000 people back to work.

WSFA 12 News has assigned a reporter to follow this developing story. We'll have more information in our afternoon and evening newscasts, as well as updates to this web report.

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