GOOD EVENING ... AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THIS MONTH... PARTS OF GEORGIA'S NEW IMMIGRATION LAWS WENT INTO EFFECT.
IT SAYS EMPLOYERS WITH MORE THAN 500 EMPLOYEES MUST USE AN E-VERIFY SYSTEM... TO CHECK WORKERS' LEGAL STATUS.
BUT SOME FARMERS SAY WITH THE HELP OF THE H-2-A PROGRAM... IT ISN'T AS MUCH OF AN ISSUE.
THE PROGRAM ALLOWS FARMERS WHO CAN'T FIND THE HELP HERE... TO APPLY TO HIRE MIGRANT WORKERS TEMPORARILY.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS IN PEACH COUNTY ABOUT WHAT THEY THINK OF THE H-2-A PROGRAM.
<< FARMERS ARE GEARING UP FOR PEACH SEASON--
AND LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS HAVE THE PEOPLE TO DO IT---BECAUSE OF THE H-2-A PROGRAM.
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: 1:06 2nd clip It ensures us that when we wake up in the morning that these peaches are ready to be picked
JESUS HERNANDEZ---HAS BEEN COMING BACK HERE FOR 14 YEARS---
HE SAYS THAT THE H-2-A PROGRAM WORKS FOR HIM---BECAUSE HE LIKES HARVESTING PEACHES.
Jesus Hernandez, Mexico: 1:37 I like thinning and picking the peaches all the work is very good for everybody. I think everybody's coming, every year everybody's coming. It's good in this company , it's good for everybody.
DUKE LANE JR. THE PRESIDENT OF LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS SAYS THE PROGRAM WORKS-- WHEN THE HELP IS HERE.
HE SAYS THEY CAN KEEP THEIR WORKERS FOR SEVEN MONTHS AT A TIME.
AFTER THAT PERIOD... THEY NEED TO APPLY FOR A NEW GROUP.
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: 5:44 we have a trained group that we have to send back we're bringng in other people that are untrained.
Austin Lewis, Eyewitness News: Lane says one problem with the program is that it doesn't apply to every state and that there should be some sort of guidelines that everyone has to follow.
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: 6:57they see if we go to georgia and we don't have the documentation that they want, even if I think I'm legal, I'm not going to take a chance, I'm gonna bypass georgia and i'm going up to north carolina or virginia where they don't e-verify.
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THE H-2-A PROGRAM ALSO REQUIRES THAT EMPLOYERS PROVIDE HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION FOR WORKERS.
MACON HAS ABOUT 800-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FEDERAL GRANTS AND DONATIONS TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS IN THE TINDALL HEIGHTS AND UNIONVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS.
TODAY... COMMUNITY LEADERS BRAINSTORMED HOW TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ARE PART OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE WORKING ON THE MACON CHILDREN'S PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT.
THEY HAVE A YEAR TO CREATE A PLAN THAT PREPARES MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND KIDS FROM THE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS... FOR COLLEGE OR CAREERS.
THE 5-YEAR PLAN WILL FOCUS ON INGRAM-PYE AND HARTLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS... BALLARD HUDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL... AND SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL.
PETER BROWN... CO-DIRECTOR OF THE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT... SAYS PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS WILL START SEEING CHANGES EVEN BEFORE THE PLAN IS IMPLEMENTED.
"We're also loking at making this entire neighborhood a wi-fi center and ensuring that every and ensuring that every studnet has a computing device at hometo get the same kind of access that we all know is so important."
NEXT FALL... BROWN SAYS THEY WILL APPLY FOR A GRANT OF UP TO 30 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT TO IMPLENT THE PLAN.
A NORFOLK SOUTHERN TRAIN DERAILED IN WASHINGTON COUNTY LAST NIGHT... SPILLING 85 TONS OF WOOD CHIPS... ONTO THE MAIN LINE.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO AN INCIDENT REPORT FROM THE NATIONAL RESPONSE CENTER.
THE REPORT SAYS FIVE CARS DERAILED... MOST LIKELY DUE TO A BROKEN RAIL... ONE OF THEM CONTAINING THE WOOD CHIPS.
IT HAPPENED AROUND 10 O'CLOCK FRIDAY EVENING.
THE REPORT SAYS NO ONE WAS INJURED.
A ROOM INSIDE A DODGE COUNTY RESTAURANT WAS DESTROYED BY AN EARLY MORNING BLAZE.
THE EASTMAN FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY RESPONDED TO A FIRE AT SUGARBERRY'S STEAK AND SEAFOOD CAFE.. AROUND 1 A-M.. THAT'S ON MAIN STREET IN EASTMAN.
THEY SAY THE BLAZE STARTED INSIDE AN ELECTRICAL BOX... IN A COOLER STORAGE ROOM.
THE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE ROOM WAS A COMPLETE LOSS... AND THE REST OF THE BUILDING SUSTAINED HEAVY SMOKE DAMAGE.
NO ONE WAS INSIDE THE BUILDING AT THE TIME OF THE FIRE.
MACON POLICE ARRESTED SIX PEOPLE YESTERDAY IN TWO DIFFERENT INCIDENTS INVOLVING MARIJUANA.
SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS POLICE ARRESTED
27-YEAR-OLD JERAD JOHNSON AT HIS HOME ON RICE MILL ROAD.. WHERE POLICE FOUND 38 BAGGIES OF MARIJUANA.
GAUDET SAY THE DRUGS HAD A STREET VALUE OF 760 DOLLARS.
SHE SAYS THEY ALSO FOUND A PUMP SHOT GUN.. AND OTHER DRUG PARAPHERNALIA.
POLCE ARRESTED FIVE OTHER PEOPLE AT ANOTHER HOME ON RICE MILL ROAD.
GAUDET SAYS THEY FOUND 50 DOLLARS WORTH OF MARIJUANA THERE.
IT'S THE FINAL WEEKEND OF CAMPAIGNING BEFORE FLORIDA'S PRIMARY TUESDAY.
MITT ROMNEY AND NEWT GINGRICH ARE THE FRONTRUNNERS IN THIS STATE AND BOTH ARE CRISSCROSSING FLORIDA COURTING VOTERS.
DANIELLE NOTTINGHAM IS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA WITH THE LATEST.
Mitt Romney brought star power with him to the stage in Pensacola, Florida.
(NATS Romney 9:33:54 Rem 23) "THANK YOU THANK YOU."
He's campaigning with actor Jon Voight and GOP heavyweights like Senator John McCain.
The former Massachusetts Governor is attacking Newt Gingrich on the campaign trail.
He's questioning how effect Gingrich would be as president saying he already failed as speaker of the house.
(SOT Mitt Romney/(R) Presidential Candidate) he was fined for ethics violations. He ultimately had to resign in disgrace. He can't rewrite history.
(NATS) NEWT, NEWT, NEWT
Gingrich says he's the strongest candidate to take on the President and Florida is a key state to make that happen.
(SOT Newt Gingrigh/(R) Presidential Candidate 10:39:21) "IF WE WIN FLORIDA, I WILL BE THE NOMINEE, WITH YOUR HELP."
(Standup Danielle Nottingham/Orlando, Florida) But, Gingrich needs to gain some momentum. The latest Quinnipiac survey shows Romney with a nine point lead.
The former speaker of the house was in Orlanda courting hispanic voters hoping they can help him close the gap.
Some have a very clear idea of what they want a candidate to represent.
The GOP hopefuls have three more days to make an impression on Florida voters.
THE LATEST POLLS SHOW RON PAUL AND RICK SANTORUM AT THE BACK OF THE PACK IN FLORIDA.
PAUL CHOSE NOT TO CAMPAIGN IN FLORIDA AND IS IN MAINE SATURDAY WHILE SANTORUM IS BACK HOME DOING HIS TAXES AND IS EXPECTED BACK IN THE SUNSHINE STATE LATER THIS WEEKEND.
STUDENTS IN FORT VALLEY SPENT PART OF THEIR WEEKEND LEARNING HOW TO BECOME THE FUTURE LEADERS OF TOMORROW.
FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY HELD THEIR FIRST COLLEGIATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE FOR F-V-S-U STUDENTS AND THE PUBLIC.
THE DAY WAS FILLED WITH WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS ON TOPICS LIKE PERSONAL FINANCES... NETWORKING...AND BRANDING.
F-V-S-U FACULTY MEMBERS AND INDUSTRY EXPERTS CONDUCTED THE EVENT.
THEY ALSO HAD INTERACTIVE ACITIVITIES GEARED TO HELP STUDENTS BECOME THE NEXT GENERATION OF PIONEERS.
STUDENTS SAY THE CONFERENCE IS A GREAT WAY TO LEARN THE DO'S AND DONT'S OF THE WORKING WORLD AND TALK TO LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY.
Shakari Fracier, Senior "It breaks down everything aspect as far as etiquette. How to dress, what you should wear, what you shouldn't wear. What should you take to an interview? How should you look? What should you say? I thought this was very important"
Roderick Langston, Sophomore "Students can actually visualize what does it take and know the correct steps to make and the people to get in touch with"
BASHEER JONES WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE.
ONE HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL IS HELPING GIRLS FIND THE PERFECT DRESS WHILE ALSO GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL HELD THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL AFFORDABLE DEMON DRESS DRIVE.
MORE THAN A HUNDRED PEOPLE WAITED IN LINE TO GET A DRESS.
THE SALE OFFERS LADIES AND GIRLS IN THE AREA GENTLY USED AND NEW FORMAL WEAR FOR ALL OCCASIONS... ALSO JEWELRY.
SENIOR... KAITLYN MAIN SAYS SHE FOUND A COUPLE OF DRESSES THAT FIT HER PERSONALITY.
Kaitlyn Main, Senior "They always have an amazing choice of dresses. Their are so many different colors, so many different sizes, a variety of styles and they are always really cheap"
THE MONEY RAISED AT THE DEMON DRESS SALE WILL GO TO TWO CHARITIES THIS YEAR... THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHARKS... AND PROJECT GIVING.
A SPECIAL DOG IN MACON TURNS THREE YEARS OLD.... AND HE IS SPENT HIS BIRTHDAY HELPING OUT HIS FRIENDS IN THE COMMUNITY.
MACON ANIMAL CONTROL HOSTED A BIRTHDAY PARTY TODAY FOR A-C PUP.
FRIENDS OF A-C DROPPED BY TO HELP CELEBRATE HIS SPECIAL DAY.
THE FAMOUS POOCHE'S BIRTHDAY WISH WAS TO FIND LOVING HOMES FOR HIS FRIENDS... TO HELP OUT MACON ANIMAL CONTROL HELD A-C'S PET ADOPTION DAY.
MARIE NEEL CAME OUT TO THE BIRTHDAY BASH AND ADOPTED A FURRY FRIEND
Marie Neel "Their a gift from God and it doesn't matter what they look like. It's a companion and a beautiful opportunity to love something so sweet"
IF YOU WANT TO ADOPT A PET... MACON ANIMAL CONTROL IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 9:30 AM UNTIL 4:30 PM.
THE ADOPTION FEE IS ONLY 75 DOLLARS AND IT INCLUDES SPAY AND NEUTER.
IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES. THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM OUR PET PALS GALLERY.
THIS IS A PICTURE OF PUFFY AND HIS PAL PUFFY JUNIOR.
AND HERE'S A PICTURE OF SUGAR WHO LOVES TO STAY INSIDE OUT OF THE RAIN.
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