This is eyewitness news at 6.
Good evening and thanks for joining us for eyewitness news at six. I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
The Gray police department are asking for your help in locating 20-year-old Martavous Markey Williams.
Williams was last seen at his home at 123 Peachtree Street in Gray a week ago.
Major Chris Williams with the Gray Police Department says Williams was having some emotional problems due to a recent death of a relative and he may be a danger to himself.
He was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans.
Police say Williams walks everywhere he goes and may be on foot.
If you have any information on Williams is location please call the Gray Police Department at 478-986-3489.
Macon and Bibb county leaders have a lot to consider as they merge their two governments--- and they want the public to help make sure they're heading in the right direction.
A 15-member taskforce has a year to work out the details of how the consolidated government will run.
They plan to get information to the public, and receive feedback through surveys, social media, and forums throughout the year.
Macon Director of public affairs Chris Floore says there's a communications team working to get the community more engaged.
Chris Floore- "people need to take this opportunity to provide their input, to provide their feedback because if we don't have their feedback and if we don't know what their concerns are then we can't address them, it would be us working in a bubble and the task force wants this to be an open and engaging process. We need to know what is not working and we need to know what resources are out there so we can build a government that's truly working for Macon and Bibb county."
The Survey can be found at MaconBibb.TV.
It asks about 20 questions about what you want to learn about consolidation, how you want to get the information, and also, what issues are important to you.
South Bibb resident Keith Molton took a crack at some of the questions.
Keith Molton- "what do you hope is accomplished by the consolidation transition taskforce? One thing I think would be the uh, crime. Throughout Bibb county you look at downtown the schootings we've had and the drug issues it needs to be addressed and handled."
Chris Floore says they've applied for a grant to send out paper surveys for those who don't have access to the internet.
He says they can also attend public forums starting next month.
Bibb County Schools..are undergoing a technology upgrade.
Friday, Bibb County Department of Technology showed teachers and administrators what the new upgrades could mean for students and teachers.
Austin Lewis takes us to their 21st century classroom.
The elementary classroom of tomorrow at Bibb county schools will still have walls teaching students about the basics like colors and tables with blocks and learning toys.
But in the future on those tables...will be I-Pads, a big screen tv replaces the chalkboard and a reading corner with a tablet containing hundreds of books.
Brandi Malloy, Media Specialist at Walter P Jones Elementary- "Students now they need that visual but you need that whole package you need the touch and feel and listen and with today's age technology is so important."
Brandi Malloy and other administrators and teachers learned how these interactive schools could change the way both students and teachers learn.
It's all in an effort to modernize the classroom.
Tom Tourand- "There, there's technology issues that have to be addressed just to maintain the standards here and the other thing is we have got to move to the 21st century."
They even learned how with the new technology, teachers can see who is following the lecture, who isn't and what exactly they are looking at.
Brandi Malloy, Media Specialist at Walter P Jones Elementary- "And it showed when the students were not paying attention you could see what they were on and it showed the screen that they had and you could keep them back on track."
Every student will have their own i-pad for learning.
Tom Tourand- "Our tentative plan right now is to assign a tablet to each student at the beginning of the day and then they carry that through the classes and then return it to a charging station."
Sleeker desktops will occupy the classroom and the Wi-fi will be faster.
Tourand says this will prepare students for the 21st century world.
Austin Lewis 13wmaZ Eyewitness News.
Bibb schools technology director Tom Tourand says these upgrades could be completed in about two years.
The owner of a Perry catering company was hard at work at central city park this afternoon, but he wasn't making any money.
David Braun brought his catering company, BBQ Monsters, to the park to feed the homeless and less fortunate.
He and his family spent about 500 dollars on bbq chicken, smoked beans, and Braun's signature secret coleslaw.
He says they did the same thing when the movie 42 was filming at the park, and decided Christmas weekend was the perfect time for a repeat.
David Braun-"It's my passion, it's what I love to do and so here at the holidays to be able to cook and have fun and give back, that's what it's all about."
Rich Dross- "I thought it was really nice, you know, it's nice for people anytime of year to come and show a little sympathy for people that are downtrodden."
Rich Dross was one of the people who received the Bar-B-Que plates.
Braun and his family brought enough food to feed about 100 people.
A charity started after Super Storm Sandy is helping to bring a little holiday cheer to a New York community that was one of the hardest hit.
Marlie Hall was in Howard Beach when hundreds of kids received some early Christmas gifts.
A restaurant in Howard Beach, New York turned into a Christmas wonderland for hundreds of kids still without a permanent home after Super Storm Sandy.
Matthew Rosenhause- " THERE WAS FOOD, SODA AND FINALLY PRESENTS."
Sandy flooded ten-year-old Matthew Rosenhause's basement destroying most of his toys.
Matthew's mom says the cost of rebuilding threatened to wipe out Christmas.
Deborah Rosenhause- "WE HAVEN'T BOUGHT THEM AS BIG GIFTS AS NORMAL, JUST TRYING TO GET THEM THINGS BUT THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE DONATED GIFTS HAVE BEEN AWESOME."
Joy Huang created this gift giving charity after she helped a friend cleanup from the storm.
JOY HUANG - "SECRET SANDY CO-FOUNDER) HER SON SAW US THROWING OUT HIS TOYS AND WAS SO UPSET NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT HE HAD DONE TO HAVE HIS TOYS THROWN OUT."
Secret Sandy allowed online donors to make sure the magic of Christmas wasn't lost this year.
The organization received enough donations to fulfill the wishes of two-thousand of Sandy's youngest victims. Some of the kids received their gifts here at this Christmas party.
Ten year-old Michael Caprio says Christmas won't be the same now that his family lives in a small apartment.
MICHAEL CAPRIO- "WE HAVE A RACE DOWNSTAIRS TO SEE THE PRESIDENT BUT NOW WE HAVE ONE FLOOR AND CAN'T DO THAT."
But, the parents here say Secret Sandy is taking some of the disappointment away.
MARISSA PERROTTA- "WE DIDN'T EXPECT SOME SPECIAL ANGLES LIKE THIS. I'M BLOWN AWAY WITH HOW GENERAOUS PEOPLE HAVE BEEN"
The charity will now collect donations all year long to benefit kids in hard hit areas.
Charity founders say they now plan to collect school supplies for children in the affected areas.
Christmas came early for dozens of families in Saint John Parish... Saturday.
Much of the area was hit hard by hurricane Isaac.
In response... a toys for tots giveaway took place in laplace to help those still recovering
. wwl's tania dall has more.
THE LOOKS ON THESE YOUNG FACES... PRICELESS.
"Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas."
FROM BAGS OF TOYS TO BICYCLES -- COMMUNITY & LOCAL BUSINESS DONATIONS --- WERE LINED UP INSIDE THE SAINT JOHN PARISH COMMUNITY CENTER TODAY.
Brian Bertrand/The St. John the Baptist Parish contingent of the Young Marines- "With everything that happened with Hurricane Isaac. A lot of kids lost a lot of things. This kind of helped retrieve some of that lost hope of having a good Christmas."
LEADING THE TOY GIVEAWAY CHARGE WAS THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE YOUNG MARINES AND ST. JOHN PARISH FIRE DEPARTMENTS. ORGANIZERS SAY 407-FAMILIES SIGNED UP AND EXTRA TOYS WERE ON STAND-BY FOR THOSE NOT ON THE LIST.
Natalie Robottom/St. John The Baptist Parish President- "All parents want their children to be happy at Christmas but if you're in hard times..we've had a lot going on here this is such a help to the families and the community."
PARENTS LIKE KAY LEE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE HELPING HAND. NOW HER DAUGHTER'S CHRISTMAS LIST IS COMPLETE.
Kay Lee/Mother- "She would have got the gifts that I bought her and my Momma bought her but she wouldn't have gotten everything that she wanted."
FOR A PARISH STILL RECOVERING FROM HURRICANE ISAAC -- THIS GIVEAWAY HELPS SPREAD THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT OF THE SEASON.
Bertrand- "To be able to help somebody else and to see that smile on their face when they get a toy or a bike. Is what this is all about, that's what Christmas is about.
Here's a house in Brooklyn Connecticut where the owners really out did themselves when it comes to putting up christmas lights. Take a look.
The lights are synchronized with music and this light show was free.
The homeowners only asked for a donation to Paws for Purple Hearts. An organization involving veterans who may have post traumatic stress disorder train service dogs that can than go to help other veterans.
We had a special visitor in the studio this morning and he gave us a little information on what kids are asking for this christmas. Take a look
"Trampolines believe it or not. They're making a come back between those and the american girl dolls for the girls and anything that has an I on it Iphone, Ipad... anything."
You can keep up with the weather on your I-PAD by following 13WMAZ with our our brand new App.
All you have to do is download it from the AP store and the latest weather and news will be at your fingertips.
You can search local, state, and national headlines, play video even look at some of the slideshows our team has captured.
The 13WMAZ I-pad ap is available for download right now.
That's it for the show. Join us again later tonight for eyewitness news at eleven.
But remember the news is always on at 13WMAZ.com.
Have a good night.