HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S TRAVEL BUDGET KEEPS RISING. IT'S GONE UP BY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS SINCE FEBRUARY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO NEW SCHOOL DISTRICT RECORDS THAT WE OBTAINED THROUGH AN OPEN-RECORDS REQUEST.
KATELYN HECK HAS A BREAKDOWN OF THE NUMBERS.
EVEN WITH THE INCREASE... DALLEMAND IS STILL CLOSE TO BREAKING HIS NEW TRAVEL BUDGET.
DALLEMAND STARTED THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A 10 THOUSAND DOLLAR TRAVEL ALLOTMENT....AND IN FEBRUARY... HE HAD ALREADY SPENT NEARLY 93 HUNDRED.
A SCHOOL FINANCIAL REPORT SHOWS THE SUPERINTENDENTS TRAVEL BUDGET WAS INCREASED FROM TEN TO 14-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN MARCH.
EVEN WITH THE INCREASE... DALLEMAND STILL GOT CLOSE TO HIS BUdGET.
HIS TRAVEL EXPENSES TOTALED OVER 12-THOUSAND... TWO THOUSAND MORE THAN HIS ORIGINAL BUDGET.
UNTIL THIS WEEK'S TRIP TO BELGIUM...DALLEMAND DID NOT SPEND ANY MORE MONEY ON TRAVEL IN THE MONTH OF APRIL
BUT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S ALLOWANCE WAS RAISED AGAIN TO 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
HE NOW HAS JUST UNDER 3-THOUSAND DOLLARS LEFT IN HIS TRAVEL BUDGET...THAT DOESN'T REFLECT ANY EXPENSES FROM BELGIUM.
THE SCHOOL BUDGET YEAR ENDS JUNE 30TH.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER RON COLLIER SAYS THE EXTRA MONEY CAME OUT OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS BUDGET FOR HIRING CONSULTANTS. HE SAYS DALLEMAND HAS ONLY SPENT 40 THOUSAND OF HIS 119,000 dollar TOTAL OFFICE BUDGET... THAT NUMBER DOES NOT REFLECT HIS SALARY AND BENEFITS.
COLLIER SAYS OUT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REMAINING BALANCE... 65 THOUSAND FALLS UNDER THAT LINE ITEM FOR HIRING CONSULTANTS.
COLLIER SAYS THE BOARD APPROVED THE FUND TRANSFER IN THEIR MARCH MEETING.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER LYNN FARMER SAYS SHE DOES NOT RECALL THE AMENDMENT..WE COULD NOT REACH OTHER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.
AT THE LAST MEETING... BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES COMMENTED ON DALLEMAND'S TRIP TO BELGIUM AND HIS TRAVEL SPENDING.
HE SAID THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS HIS OWN BUDGET AND THE CABINET CANNOT MICRO-MANAGE HIS TRAVEL.
THE CRESCENT HOUSE... A CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER IN DOWNTOWN MACON IS PART OF A BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT THEY CALL INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT BETWEEN A WEAVER MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER AND STUDENT.
CRESCENT HOUSE IS WHERE LOCAL AGENCIES... MOSTLY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDRENS SERVICES... REFER CHILDREN WHO ARE POSSIBLE ABUSE VICTIMS.
DIRECTOR SANDRA SNEED SAYS THEY DEAL WITH ALL KINDS OF ABUSE... BUT MOSTLY PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE.
SHE SAYS THEY SEE AN AVERAGE OF 70 CHILDREN A MONTH... AND CONDUCT MEDICAL EXAMS AND FORENSIC INTERVIEWS.
"It's very difficult because you're asking a child to talk to a complete stranger and of course we have interviewers here and at the other advocacy centers who are specially trained in methods of interviewing children that are designed to be non leading, designed to let the credibility of that child come out."
THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER IS ON ADMINISTRATIIVE LEAVE AND THEY WON'T DESCRIBE THE ALLEGED MISCONDUCT.
SHERIFF'S SPOKESMAN SEAN DEFOE ALSO WON'T RELEASE ANY FURTHER DETAILS.
PERRY FIRE CHIEF... JOEL GRAY SAYS HIS TEAM COVERS A BIG AREA WITH ONLY ONE STATION... AND THAT DOESN'T GIVE THEM ENOUGH RESOURCES.
Chief Joel Gray, Perry Fire Department: "When we get a call in the eastern part of the city we know we've got anywhere from a nine to a fifteen minute response time to it just depending on traffic, time of the day, and what's going on."
TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS AT ELEVEN... JENNIFER MOULLIET SHOWS YOU THE CITY'S PLAN FOR ADDING A NEW STATION... AND HOW IT COULD HELP KEEP YOU SAFER.
ANGELS...RAPTORS AND OTHER AIR TEAMS WILL TAKE FLIGHT AT THIS WEEKEND'S 2012 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW.
THE FESTIVITIES DON'T KICK OFF UNTIL THIS WEEKEND... BUT SOME OF THE MAIN ACTS HAVE ALREADY LANDED,
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE ON WHAT TO EXPECT.
nats of the angels arriving...
IT'S NOT A BIRD....
AND IT'S NOT EXACTLY A PLANE...
IT'S THE BLUE ANGELS...
PROVIDING A LITTLE TASTE OF WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE 2012 ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW.
Captain Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for 2012 blue angels: 01:03 they're going to see two parts of the demonstration the first thing, we'll see is the diamond formation which is myself and my three wingmen we demonstrate the precision formation taught to all navy and marine corps aviators.
THE ANGELS SAID HELLO TO CENTRAL GEORGIA...IN THEIR OWN WAY.
Captain Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for 2012 blue angels: 00:22 It's great to be back home
CAPTAIN GREG MCWHERTER...COMMANDER OF THE BLUE ANGELS....HAILS FROM GEORGIA.
Captain Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for 2012 blue angels: 00:22 it's always a wonderful opportunity to come and showcase what our men and women do no matter where we are, but Georgia is very special for me.
MCWHERTER SAYS HE CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK IN THE F-A 18 HORNET...AND HEAD INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER.
Captain Greg McWherter, commanding officer and flight leader for 2012 blue angels: 04:22 If we can step into their backyard for a weekend, and show them that, that's a really good way to pay back the American tax payer for all of the support that they give to us and likewise if we can hopefully inspire young men and women to follow in our way.
AND THEY WERE'NT THE ONLY ONES TO HAVE THE RIGHT STUFF.
THE F-22 RAPTOR DEMONSTRATION TEAM...ALSO MADE A SPECIAL LANDING AT THE BASE.
Major Henry Schantz, F-22 Demonstration Team Commander Pilot: 01:26 we're gonna be flying along doing a turn around ourselves pretty much at one spot in space, 01:35 you're gonna pretty much see the aircraft stop it;s forward momentum turn 180 degrees and go back in the opposite direction.
AND THESE AIRMEN...HOPE THAT CENTRAL GEORGIANS...WILL LOOK TO THE SKIES AND ENJOY THE SHOW.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>THE AIR SHOW WILL START AT 11-15 SATURDAY MORNING... AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY.
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THE COMPANY FILMING THE HARRISON FORD FILM "42" NEEDS ABOUT 100 MORE PEOPLE READY TO PLAY BALL FOR THE CAMERAS.
LOCAL BASEBALL ORGANIZER CHRIS DUNN PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR VOLUNTEERS TODAY.
THEY'RE LOOKING FOR PLAYERS BETWEEN 18 AND 38 YEARS OLD.
BECAUSE THEY'RE REPRESENTING MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS IN THE 1940'S... ALL OF THE PLAYERS MUST BE WHITE.
HE SAID THE NEW EXTRAS WILL BE USED IN SCENES FILMED AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD ON JUNE EIGHTH AND ELEVENTH.
DUNN SAYS THOSE DAYS WILL SHOW SPRING TRAINING SCENES... AND WON'T USE A CROWD.
"42" TELLS THE STORY OF HOW JACKIE ROBINSON BROKE BASEBALL'S COLOR BARRIER.
HARRISON FORD PLAYS BRANCH RICKEY... THE BROOKLYN DODGERS EXECUTIVE WHO SIGNED HIM.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN PLAYS THE BASEBALL LEGEND.
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A TEAM OF 250 FUTURE FARMERS FIXED-UP FOUR HOUSES IN MACON. THEY PAINTED...PATCHED UP SOME ELECTRICAL WORK AND REPLACED SIDING.
THEY WERE IN TOWN FOR A STATE-WIDE CONVENTION AND TEAMED UP WITH REBUILDING MACON AS PART OF THEIR COMMUNITY SERVICE
JUDY LE HAS THE STORY... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
THE FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA ROLLED IN ON TWO SCHOOL BUSES...CLIMBED LADDERS ...AND SPLAPPED ON A FRESH COAT OF PAINT TO A HOUSE THAT BELONGS TO DIANNE SCALES.
sot johnny saluson - 117 i painted some siding and the trim 120
sot cole gardner - 49 today i painted the top of the house and some of the trimming on the front porch.
OUT OF 400 HOUSES ...REBUILDING MACON CHOSE ABOUT 300 TO FIX UP.
standup - about 250 volunteers signed up to fix 4 houses. that means they had to divide and conquer. and about 40 people are here to paint this house on sandofrd ave
SCALES HAS LIVED IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR 64 YEARS.
sot scales - 120 i've been able to do just about everythign on it...until lately..heart surgery...five bypasses so that kind of cuts back on a lot of stuff...for real 143
IT'S A HOUSE FULL OF MEMORIES THAT HAS WEATHERED THE TEST OF TIME...
sot scales - 314 it means everything to me really. it was the first one on the street and i just grew up with everybody i knew. the whole neighborhood was everyone you knew. but all that's changed but still..it's home.
AND WAS PUT IN THE HANDS OF 14 TO 18 YEAR OLDS FROM HENRY COUNTY AND HIAWASSEE GEORGIA.
nat - 31_01 we dont want to see them brush strokes...we gotta get them smooth brother
sot jeannie bradley - 154 a ton of us come from all parts of georgia to macon. it's important for us to give back to macon to thank them for allowing us to come down ehre 204
IT TAKES ABOUT 110 GALLONS OF FRESH PAINT TO COAT FOUR HOUSES.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ..EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> REBUILDING MACON REPAIRED 309 HOMES LAST YEAR.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR .... DEBRA ROLLINS SAYS THEY PLAN ON FIXING MORE THIS YEAR.
THIS SATURDAY...THEY'RE WORKING ON TWENTY MORE HOUSES.
THE 13WMAZ TEAM... WILL WORK ON ONE OF THEM.
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SINCE CONSOLIDATION.. ONE GEORGIA MUNICIPALITY SAYS IT'S SAVING MONEY.. AT LEAST FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
CHIEF DEPUTY SID HATFIELD SAYS THE RICHMOND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE MERGED WITH AUGUSTA POLICE IN 1996.
"We're buying one automobile. We're buying one uniform. We're buyingone type of weapon. We're buying one type of flashlight
HATFIELD SAYS THAT'S HELPED THE COUNTY'S POCKETBOOK IN THE LONG RUN.
TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT HOW THE NUMBERS BREAK DOWN.. AND WHETHER THAT SAVINGS CAN ACTUALLY BE SEEN IN THEIR BUDGET.
THIS STORY COMES AS THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY CONSOLIDATION PLAN HEADS FOR A VOTE IN JULY.
SOME STUDENTS AT WARNER ROBINS HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL GOT A CHANCE TO SEE A SCHOOL BUS... ON BLAST TODAY.
CHECK THIS OUT.
IT'S A SCHOOL BUS... WITH A JET ENGINE ON THE BACK.
PAUL STENDER FROM INDIANA DESIGNED IT WITH A JET ENGINE FROM AN F-4 PHANTOM AIRCRAFT.
IT CAN REACH TOP SPEEDS OF 360 MILES PER HOUR.
YOU CAN SEE IT IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND AT THE ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AIR SHOW.
STENDER WILL RACE THE BUS AGAINST A PLANE... TWICE SATURDAY AND TWICE ON SUNDAY.
Paul Stender, Indianapolis, Indiana: (32:40) "It looks like a fighter jet when it takes off. We only have the fire come out when were doing our fire show, when were doing it slow, because it draws at 60-percent. When were in full throttle, it looks just like a jet, got the shock waves come out the back 10 feet or so."
STENDER SAYS FIRING UP THE JET ENGINE TAKES ABOUT 150 GALLONS OF FUEL... OR ABOUT 9-HUNDRED DOLLARS.
THAT'S WHY HE DIDN'T CRANK IT UP IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT.
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