Monday, October 5, Eyewitness News at 11

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Mike Cranford: "I never thought Chairman Hart was going to turn into a grinch but evidently he is because the county doesn't want to pony up $2500 to go along with the city's $2500 for the downtown Christmas lights."

SOME MACON COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONERS DON'T WANT TO PAY THEIR PORTION FOR HOLIDAY LIGHTS... BUT COMMISSIONERS SAY THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE BILL.

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRNAK MALLOY..

THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT STORY IN A MINUTE BUT FIRST...

MAYOR OF WARNER ROBINS... JOHN HAVRILLA... TOOK CHARGE OF THE CITY TONIGHT... HOSTING HIS FIRST COUNCIL MEETING SINCE DONALD WALKER'S DEATH..

AS LORRA LYNCH-JONES SHOWS YOU... CITY BUSINESS MOVED FORWARD... BUT WITH A NOTICEABLE ABSENCE.... AND A FEW CHANGES.

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AFTER TAKING THE OATH OF OFFICE MONDAY... MAYOR JOHN HAVRILLA CALLED HIS FIRST COUNCIL MEETING TO ORDER.

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IT STARTED AT 6-30 ON THE DOT... AN OCCURENCE COUNCIL MEMBER TERRY HORTON... SAYS ALMOST NEVER HAPPENED DURING HIS 15 YEARS WORKING WITH DONALD WALKER.

Terry Horton: (11:47) "I thought about it one day. I think I spent 9 to 10 months just sitting waiting on him, if I added all those minutes up over those years."

WALKER'S PICTURE STILL HANGS IN CITY HALL'S FOYER... BUT THE GRIEF OF LAST WEEK... SHOWED SIGNS OF LIFTING.

Mayor John Havrilla: (16:10) "Organizations don't stay in a state of perpetual gloom."

CITY LEADERS PUSHED FORWARD WITH ORDINANCES AND PURCHASES. POLITICAL CANDIDATES CAME BACK TO THEIR CAMPAIGNS.... AND VOTERS BEGAN TO CAST ABSENTEE BALLOTS.

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COUNCIL ALSO ELECTED A NEW MAYOR PRO TEM TO FILL HAVRILLA'S OLD POSITION. THE CHOSE TERRY HORTON.

Terry Horton: (10:58) "I don't look to do a whole lot. I've got five meetings left."

HORTON AND HAVRILLA WILL BOTH LEAVE OFFICE IN JANUARY.... NEITHER SEEKING RE-ELECTION.

BUT UNTIL THEN... THE SENIOR COUNCIL MEMBERS... SAY THEY'LL DO WHAT THEY CAN TO PICK UP WHERE WALKER LEFT OFF... AND GIVE THE NEXT MAYOR A GOOD PLACE TO BEGIN.

Terry Horton: (13:03) "I feel good about the future of Warner Robins."

John Havrilla: (15:47) "I know my role is transitional. Id like to bring it to a new level of transitional. Let's bring it to the best level of transitional government we can."

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HAVRILLA SAYS HE PLANS TO MEET WITH THE CITY'S DEPARTMENT HEADS TOMORROW MORNING TO TALK ABOUT HIS EXPECTATIONS.. AND VISION FOR THE NEXT THREE MONTHS.

HE SAYS THE MEETING WILL NOT BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

THE COST OF SPREADING HOLIDAY CHEER IN DOWNTOWN MACON IS CAUSING CONTROVERSY.

TODAY...SID CHERRY WITH THE URBAN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TOLD CITY COUNCIL'S APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THAT BIBB COUNTY WOULD NOT BE CONTRIBUTING THE 25 HUNDRED DOLLARS THEY THOUGHT WAS PROMISED FOR THIS YEAR'S DISPLAY.

THIS IS VIDEO OF THE LIGHTS GOING UP IN DOWNTOWN MACON IN NOVEMBER 2007.

APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN MIKE CRANFORD SAYS THE CITY HAS CONTRIBUTED ABOUT FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS THE PAST FEW YEARS.

HE SAYS THIS YEAR...THEY WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THE COUNTY WOULD GIVE HALF THE AMOUNT.

CRANFORD SAYS IF THE COUNTY DOES NOT DONATE...THE CITY WILL TRY TO FIND THE ADDITIONAL MONEY IN ITS BUDGET.

Mike Cranford: "We asked the administration on both sides to look at this as part of the service delivery negotiations and asked the county if they would consider donating $2500 for the christmas tree lights but evidently there is no christmas spirit among them."

COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS HE DOES NOT RECALL THE REQUEST TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS YEAR'S LIGHTS OR DENYING ANY REQUEST FOR FUNDING.

HE SAYS THE ISSUE HAS NOT COME BEFORE THE COMMISSIONERS YET AND IS NOT ON THE AGENDA...BUT HE SAYS IT IS SOMETHING HE WOULD CONSIDER.

COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN SAYS HE THINKS THE COUNTY SHOULD HELP BECAUSE THE CITY IS WITHIN THE COUNTY.

ALLEN SAYS HE BELIEVES THE COUNTY HAS CONTRIBUTED IN THE PAST...BUT SAYS IT WAS NOT MUCH.

HE ALSO DOES NOT RECALL MAKING A COMMITMENT FOR THIS YEAR..BUT SAYS HE HAS NO PROBLEM WITH DOING IT.

SEVERAL HOMES IN A MILLEDGEVILLE SUBDIVISION FACE FORECLOSURE.

ONE COUPLE SAYS THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE CREDIT TO BUY THE HOME ON THEIR OWN... SO THEY BOUGHT THE HOME IN JANUARY FROM JASON GALLACHER LLC... THROUGH A SELLER FINANCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT.....WHERE THEY PAID HIM... AND HE PAID THE BANK.

THEY SAY THEY DIDN'T KNOW HE STILL OWED MONEY ON THE PROPERTY AND IN AUGUST THEY FOUND OUT THEIR HOME WAS BEING FORECLOSED.

GALLACHER WOULDN'T COMMENT ON CAMERA BUT SAYS THREE OTHER HOMES IN THE SAME SUBDIVISION... FACE FORECLOSURE UNDER THE SAME PURCHASE AGREEMENT.

HE SAYS HE DID PAY THE BANK THROUGH JULY... BUT SAYS HIS BANK STOPPED ACCEPTING PAYMENTS BECAUSE PARTNERS IN OTHER PROJECTS HE WAS INVOLVED IN FILED BANKRUPTCY.

THE WRIGHT'S SAY THEY WISH THEY NEVER HAD SIGNED THE AGREEMENT.

 

Henry Wright, Milledgeville

"Very stressful, just the thought of loosing your home, not because of something you were doing, but just something that you didn't know nothing about, something that you weren't even aware of."

CALLS TO BB-AND-T BANK WERE NOT RETURNED.

THE WRIGHT'S SAY GALLACHER WOULDN'T RETURN THEIR CALLS... BUT DID SEND A LETTER TO SOME IN THE SUBDIVISION.. SAYING THAT WHILE SOME HAVE MADE PAYMENTS..... OTHERS HAVE NOT... AND THE ECONOMY HAS CRUSHED HIS COMPANY.

POLICE IN VIRGINIA SAY THEY HAVE NO SUSPECTS IN THIS WEEKEND'S FATAL SHOOTING OF A BIBB COUNTY TEACHER.

PRINCIPAL GAIL GILBERT SAYS ARTHUR SMITH JUNIOR TAUGHT NINTH GRADE ENGLISH AT RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

SHE SAYS SCHOOL OFFICIALS LEARNED TODAY HE WAS KILLED IN VIRGINIA.

PORTMOUTH POLICE DETECTIVE JOHN DOYLE SAYS.... POLICE FOUND HIS BODY IN A CAR SATURDAY NIGHT BUT THEY AREN'T RELEASING ANY DETAILS ON THE INVESTIGATION.

THE 41-YEAR-OLD SMITH REPORTEDLY TRAVELED TO VIRGINIA LAST WEEK TO SEE HIS SON PLAY FOOTBALL.

A MACON BUSINESSMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY THAT HE'LL TAKE ON CONGRESSMAN JIM MARSHALL.

PAUL RISH.. A FORMER BIBB COUNTY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN SAYS.... HE'LL RUN IN THE 2010 ELECTION.

HE SAYS HE'LL FOCUS ON JOBS... CUTTING TAXES... REFORMING HEALTH CARE... AND BOOSTING THE DISTRICT'S FARMERS.

HE CALLS MARSHALL A NICE GUY... BUT SAYS HE'S MORE IN TOUCH WITH THE AVERAGE PERSON IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.

"I'm a common everyday person just like every voter out there. I pay my taxes. I have a small business that I'm running so I know how to do a budget. I've had subcontactors so I know how to pay employees."

ACCORDING TO HIS WEB SITE... RISH TURNS 30 THIS SUNDAY.

MARSHALL IS A FORMER MAYOR OF MACON.

LAST YEAR... HE WON A FOURTH TERM IN CONGRESS.

TODAY WAS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER ELECTIONS.

VOTERS IN MORE THAN A DOZEN CENTRAL GEORGIA CITIES WILL PICK MAYORS AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS NEXT MONTH.

BUT IF YOU'RE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED.... IT'S TOO LATE.

SO... TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS..

ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?

RIGHT NOW.. 90 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU ARE..

WHILE 10 PERCENT SAY YOU ARE NOT.

TO CAST YOUR VOTE.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.

LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

MACON CITY COUNCIL'S PUBLIC PROPERTIES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS ON GOING DRAINAGE PROBLEMS AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD IN CENTRAL CITY PARK TOMORROW.

COUNCIL MEMBERS SAY THEY WANT TO SEE FLOODING ISSUES TAKEN CARE OF AT THE BASBALL FIELD.

THEY SAY THE FIELD GETS SATURATED EVERY TIME THERE IS A BIG RAINSTORM...ESPECIALLY OUT IN RIGHT FIELD.

COUNCIL WANTS TO SEE SOMETHING DONE BEFORE A NEW ROOKIE LEAGUE COMES IN NEXT SEASON.

Larry Schlesinger: "One way or another..if we expect that field to be used by any credible baseball team...no team is going to take a serious look at it until that problem in right center field is corrected."

AT TOMORROW'S PUBLIC PROPERTIES MEETING...THE COMMITTEE WILL TALK ABOUT A RESOLUTION ASKING THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT TO CORRECT DRAINAGE PROBLEMS ON THE FIELD.

ALSO TOMORROW...THE COMMUNITY RESOUCES AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A RESOLUTION TO COMMIT THE CITY TO CONTRIBUTING TWO MILLION DOLLARS TO THE MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR A PROJECT AT TINDALL HEIGHTS.

THE PROJECT WOULD BE FUNDED THROUGH A HOPE SIX GRANT...IF THE CITY RECEIVES IT...THAT WAS INTRODUCED LAST WEEK.

THE TOPIC DREW HEATED DISCUSSION AMONG SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS WHO SAY THE RESOLUTION SHOULD GO TO THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE INSTEAD OF THE COMMUNITY RESOURCES COMMITTEE.

COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS MAKES THE DECISION ON WHICH COMMITTEE HEARS THE RESOLUTION...SHE SAYS THE CITY ATTORNEY ADVISED HER THAT IS WAS APPROPRIATE TO SUBMIT IT TO COMMUNITY RESOURCES...AND HOPES COUNCIL MEMBERS WILL OVERCOME THEIR DISAGREEMENT.

GEORGIA DOCTORS ARE EXPECTED TO START SWINE FLU VACCINATIONS TOMORROW.

FOR NOW... GEORGIA WILL GET ABOUT 55 THOUSAND DOSES OF THE NASAL SPRAY VERSION OF THE VACCINE.

HEALTH OFFICALS SAY HEALTHY KIDS AGES 2 THROUGH 4 HAVE DIBS ON THE FIRST DOSES.

THE STATE EXPECTS ABOUT 27 HUNDRED DOCTOR'S OFFICES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS TO OFFER THE VACCINE BY THE TIME FULL SUPPLIES ARRIVE.

OFFICIALS HAVE NOT RELEASED INFORMATION ABOUT WHICH PROVIDERS ARE OFFERING THE SWINE FLU VACCINE THIS WEEK.

AS FOR THE REGULAR FLU... THE BIBB COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT KICKED OFF ITS ANNUAL FLU SHOT CAMPAIGN AT THE MACON MALL.

SOME PEOPLE DIDN'T EVEN GET OUT OF THEIR CARS TO GET A FLU SHOT.

THE DRIVE-THRU SERVICE IS AVAILABLE TOMORROW BEGINNING AT 8 A-M.

THERE'S A 4 PERSON LIMIT FOR EACH CAR THAT COMES THROUGH THE DRIVE THRU.

HEALTH SERVICES PROGRAM SUPERVISOR (LA-TONYA) LATONJE MAY SAYS THEY ACCEPT DIFFERENT FORMS OF INSURANCE.

ONE MAN IN FORSYTH IS TURNING THE TABLES ON WHAT YOU'D EXPECT FROM A SENIOR CITIZEN.

CARLY FLYNN MORGAN INTRODUCES YOU TO A WOODWORKER WHO'S CARVED OUT AN INTERESTING LIFE.

"This is cherry..."

A LOT OF OLD MEN GET THEIR KICKS FROM SITTING BACK AND RELAXING IN THEIR FAVORITE CHAIR.

NOT LEE COLLINS... HE SPENDS HIS TIME MAKING THEM.

nats 6:51 "How comfortable is it?" "Very. Very, comfortable."

COLLINS CAN KNOCK OUT AN ADIRONDACK CHAIR LIKE THIS IN A DAY... FROM THE WOODSHOP IN HIS BASEMENT. HE SAYS HE DOES IT BECAUSE HE LOVES IT.

1:51 "and to make a little money (laughs)."

HE SELLS THE CHAIRS FOR ABOUT 70 TO 100 DOLLARS. HE ALSO MAKES DRESSERS... TOYS AND DOLLHOUSES... STANDS AND JUST ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE SOMEONE ASKS FOR.

nats :2 "It's unusual..."

IT IS UNUSUAL FOR SOMEONE HIS AGE...

3:22 "A young 91 (laughs)."

AND STILL AS SHARP AS A MITER SAW. SINCE HE STARTED WOODWORKING ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO... WELL INTO HIS 60'S... HE'S SPENT SEVERAL HOURS A DAY IN HIS WORKSHOP.

3:30 "My friends who took it easy have all gone." 5:29 "There's a certain kind of pleasure in being able to finish something that people can enjoy."

FOR 28 YEARS COLLINS ENJOYED TEACHING VOICE AT TIFT COLLEGE IN MONROE COUNTY. (nats) NOW A SANDER IS MUSIC TO HIS EARS.

4:08 "The tools you have do the work."

COLLINS HAS SEVERAL THAT CAN COST UP TO A-THOUSAND DOLLARS EACH. HE SAYS HIS WIFE OF 60 YEARS... CORDELIA... NEVER DRILLS HIM ABOUT HIS PURCHASES.

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10:39 "She has never griped about anything that I needed. I would say something to her about I need this and she'd say, 'Get it!' And that's important."

COLLINS WAKES UP EVERYDAY WITH A NEW PROJECT AND A NEW PASSION FOR LIFE... EVEN AFTER 9 DECADES.

nats 9:26 "It's so simple but it looks like it'd be very difficult."

HE DOESN'T PLAN ON SLOWING DOWN ANYTIME SOON... BUT IF HE GETS TIRED... HE'LL ALWAYS HAVE A PLACE TO SIT. CARLY FLYNN MORGAN... 13WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

COLLINS OFTEN WORKS WITH A PARTNER... BOB BUCKLEY... ALSO FROM FORSYTH... WHO HELPS HIM DO THE HEAVY LIFTING.

HE GETS MOST OF HIS ORDERS FROM FRIENDS... FAMILY AND CUSTOMERS WHO LEARNED ABOUT HIM FROM WORD OF MOUTH IN MONROE COUNTY.

YOU CAN HELP LOCAL RESTAURANTS BE HEROS FOR A MACON SCHOOL.

IF YOU EAT AT SOME MACON MCDONALD'S RESTAURANTS... A PORTION OF THE MONEY YOU SPEND WILL GO TOWARD HELPING A SCHOOL.

THE OWNER OF THE MCDONALD'S ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE... GRAY HIGHWAY... AND PIO NONO AVENUE SAYS MONEY FROM THEIR SALES ON MONDAYS IN OCTOBER WILL GO TO THE VINEVILLE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS.

HE SAYS 15 PERCENT OF SALES BETWEEN THE HOURS OF FOUR AND NINE EVERY MONDAY IN OCTOBER WILL BE DONATED TO HELP THE SCHOOL BUILD A FITNESS PLAYGROUND.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.

THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

 

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