What in the world is that?
That's what folks at the Old Jail Museum in Sandersville wanted to know...and tonight...they think they may be closer to solving the mystery.
Good evening, everyone. I'm Frank Malloy.
And I'm Leah Johnson.
You may remember the story we covered in August of ghost hunters investigating paranormal activity at the Old Jail Museum.
We have an update for you...the ghost hunters determined that there is some evidence of paranormal activity.
Austin Lewis shows you some of the proof they gave to the Washington Historical Society and you can decide for yourself.
<SOT: Loretta Cato: Spirits don't act on your wishes, they act when they want to usually at a most unusual time, it's usually shocking when it happens.
Like this... We slowed this video down to about 10 percent...you can see this fast moving orb more closely.
Investigators with Lost Souls Paranormal say this is one reason that they determined a spiritual presence at the Old Jail Museum in Sandersville.
Loretta Cato of the Washington County Historical Society says this report proves what volunteers at the museum already know...that there is someone or something here.
SOT: we have noticed different things happening that were not normal and not just one person but several of us have felt these spirits and different things have happened and we witnessed it, so we knew there was something here.
Cato says they always believed that a ghost named Essie lives here...she died in 1905 at just 16-years-old when her clothes caught on fire while she was standing by the fireplace.
She says she seen this victrola turn on by itself (NATS)...and when it did she felt a presence.
SOT: Loretta Cato there is a pressure, not really a bad pressure, but a pressure you feel like there is something back behind you or around you, it's an awesome feeling.
In the report...ghost investigators also included recordings of sounds like this...(NATS) now the investigators say if you listen closely you can hear a spirit saying hi.
While you determine..if these are signs of the supernatural....Cato says she thinks Essie has made her presence known.
SOT: Loretta Cato For people to notice her that she did live here and her spirit is still here, she didn't live long enough to enjoy life.
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Now the paranormal investigators say they want to do a follow-up in October to gather more evidence.
Cato says museum traffic has increased about 33 percent since the ghost hunters have visited.
So in our webpoll tonight...we're asking... if you believe in Ghosts.
Log on to 13WMAZ...and answer now.
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We'll check back in on those results at the end of our show.
The plane that slid off a runway at Herbert Smart Airport has been cleared out of the woods... and the flight voice recorder had been removed for analysis.
None of the three people on board were seriously hurt yesterday when the aircraft hydroplaned.
Investigators started surveying the jet around 6 o'clock this morning.... Logging details about its condition.
The recorder and GPS are now headed to the National Transportation Safety Board headquarters in Washington D.C.
Shawn Etcher with the NTSB says they hope to store the plane at the airport while they take it apart.
After that, they will move the parts to Griffin for more investigation.
Campus police had to break out pepper spray today... after a fight outside of Howard High School.
A school news release says the whole thing ended with two teens assaulting an officer.
Police say six students were involved in the scuffle.
It happened around three this afternoon while students waited for the bus.
When they ordered a 14-year-old to get on the bus ...they say he refused.
Then he and a 15-year-old assaulted an officer.
Both teens were arrested on misdemeanors...and the older boy is charged with a felony.
So far..there's no word on injuries.
Tonight Macon and Bibb County department heads shared their recommendations with the consolidation transition team...as they prepare to turn the two governments into one.
Katelyn Heck shares their advice and why task force members want more outside help to move forward.
Several questions opened up Wednesday's meeting. Things like... Whether the transition team should do the bulk of the work themselves... Or bring in outside resources to help.
<there's no doubt about it that we're going to have to bring in experts because none of us qualify. So we want to consult those who have been working in specific areas so that they can guide us on what's out there and which direction we should go in>
They plan to bring in people like auditors, actuaries, financial advisors, and even consolidation consultants.
City and county department heads helped them compile that list. They also broke down what they think each committee should consider most as they start making decisions.
Starting with the finance committee...Top concerns included determining how they want to structure their accounting services, and finding a software for payroll.
<we have a lot to try to put together in a short period of time from a financial standpoint so we feel very challenged>
Technology was a buzz word throughout almost every committee's presentation.
Many department heads recommended getting a head start on a data management program that can accommodate all of the city's and county's records and finances.
The Human Resources group focused their attention on determining what employees will be needed, synchronizing pay cycles, and writing job descriptions.
Since the transition task force does not have a budget, the city and county will have to pay for any outside services they bring in to help with these tasks.
Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News
The task force decided to start taking in consultant proposals.
Committees will discuss those and other options when they start their meetings next week.
If you're looking for a career of your own...that leads to financial security, four years of college
A new study from georgetown university says -- there are at least 29 million jobs for people without four year degrees.
and at least a million are unfilled.
These jobs -- which range from areas like nursing to the trades -- pay middle class wages.
The average is 42-thousand dollars a year.. and almost 40 percent of them pay salaries above fifty thousand dollars.
But there is one catch -- most of these jobs still require you to get some sort of apprenticeship, training or post-secondary certificate.
Those certifications can often be earned at community colleges or trade schools.
The most popular certificates for high school graduates include nursing assistant, commercial truck driver, and insurance agent.
Popular certificates for those with associates degrees include a licensed practical nurse, a paralegal or a coding specialist.
You can find out about more jobs for candidates will all kinds of education levels and training tomorrow on Job Market Thursday. You'll see local listings on Eyewitness News Mornin' in our 6:30 half hour...and again on Eyewitness News at Five.
We're focusing on your health on Eyewitness News at Eleven tonight...and we begin with a caution about something you probably have in your kitchen cabinet...rice.
That's after a new Consumer Reports study of rice products --
including rice drinks and infant cereals --found concerning levels of arsenic in many of them .
The study found higher levels of arsenic in brown rice than white rice because of the way it's processed. it also found higher levels of arsenic in rice produced in southern states than in rice from California or Asia.
<(SOT Dr. Philip Landrigan/Pediatrician Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
My advice to parents right now is stay away from rice. Go with oatmeal, go with barley, go with wheat products.
The Food and Drug Administration is in the middle of its own large study.
The FDA Commissioner says even though its preliminary results also show levels of arsenic higher than expected... people should not stop eating rice.
Just consume it...they advise... in moderation.
Another common recommendation for staying healthy...particularly during seasons when risks for flu are higher...is to go ahead and get that flu shot.
In Macon today...drivers rolled up to the Macon-Bibb County Health Department..and rolled up their sleeves for the vaccine.
The department wants to make it convenient for people on the go... and also make it easy for families to get their vaccines all at once.
<turnout's been real good so far. So, we really like giving them. We're out here. We get a chance to meet the public. And talk to people, so, so far so good.>
The clinic is set up in the parking lot of the health department at 171 Emery Highway in Macon.
Today was the first day. You can get your flu shot from 8-30 am until 4p-m through Friday.
The clinic is open to everyone.
More the 640 seniors from across the state... laced up their sneakers today for a chance to compete in the 30th annual Golden Olympic games in Warner Robins.
Marsha Buzzell ... Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau says the four days of athletic events create a 650-thousand dollar economic impact for the city... And an invaluable amount of fun for seniors.
These seniors... Ages 50 and up... Just completed the 50 meter run at McConnell Talbert Stadium.
Medal winners in all the sports who meet some set criteria... Can advance to the National Golden Olympic games in Cleveland Ohio.
Some folks say the come out for the competition But for the most parts... It's about staying active and enjoying the social aspects of the games.
<atmosphere was great. I'm talking about great. I met people I never met before. I'm just jubilated over it!>
New events to the line-up this year include the race-walk... Which we showed you on Eyewitness News at 5... And the Nintendo Wii bowling tournament.
The games run through 1 p.m. Saturday with competitions at venues throughout Houston County.
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And...remember that story we brought you at the top of the hour...about what some at the Old Jail in Sandersville call a haunting?
On 13wmaz-dot-com...we asked you if you believe in ghosts.
XX percent of you... Say yes.
XX percent... Do not.
And finally...it's one of those stories... That we kind of can't believe we're about to show you....but we just can't help ourselves.
In a unique attempt to enter the record books, a man successfully pulled an engine and four coaches of a toy train... with his hair tuft.
Driven by extreme passion for creating records in his native country of India, Sailen Roy, pulled the 41-ton engine and four coaches with his hair...for two and a half meters.
Roy is now aiming to get his name registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The enthusiastic driver believes in breaking his own records.
In an earlier attempt, he pulled a truck and two buses with his ponytail.