Thursday, July 29, Eyewitness News at 6

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<<opening for eyewitness news at six>>

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..

AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THE SOUTHEAST REGION LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT OFFICIALLY GOT UNDERWAY TODAY..

TODAY'S ACTION FEATURED AN APPEARANCE FROM THE WARNER ROBINS AMERICAN LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM

DARNAY TRIPP IS HERE TO SHOW US THE HOME TEAM PERFORMED IN FRONT OF THE HOMETOWN FANS..

AFTER A DOMINANT PERFORMANCE AT THE STATE TOURNAMENT... THE LADIES OF THE INTERNATIONAL CITY PICKED UP RIGHT WHERE THEY LEFT OFF THIS AFTERNOON... IN THEIR OPENING GAME OF SOUTHEAST REGION PLAY...

PACKED STADIUM FOR THE ONE O'CLOCK BALL GAME... WARNER ROBINS FACING SOUTH CAROLINA...

THERE WAS PLENTY TO SEE RIGHT OFF THE BAT.. FIRST INNING ..BASES LOADED FOR WRALL... AND MELISSA COX GETS A BASE HIT TO SCORE SIERRA STELLA FROM THIRD.. THATS THE FIRST RUN OF THE GAME 1-NOTHING WARNER ROBINS...

TOP OF SECOND.. COX IS AT IT AGAIN.. THIS TIME WITH A 2-RUN TRIPLE SCORING AVERY LAMB AND HAYLEY TIERCE.. SCORE IS NOW 6- NOTHING WARNER ROBINS... OVER SOUTH CAROLINA..

ONTO THE FOURTH WARNER ROBINS UP BY 10... AVERY LAMB BELTS THIS DOUBLE TO RIGHT SCORING AMBER COY AND PEYTON STALLWORTH ON THE SLIDE.. 12- NOTHING WARNER ROBINS...

SOUTH CAROLINA FLIES OUT TO END THE GAME IN THE 5TH INNING... WARNER ROBINS WITH A DOMINANT 12-NOTHING MERCY RULE WIN IN THEIR REGIONAL OPENER... SCORING 3 RUNS IN EVERY INNING... TO WIN THE BALL GAME...

WARNER ROBINS IS BACK AT IT TOMORROW AT 10 A-M WHEN THEY FACE ALABAMA...

THE LITTLE LEAGUE SOUTHEAST PARK OPENED ITS GATES TO ITS FIRST BALL PLAYERS AND FANS TODAY.

nats full= crowd cheering

FLORIDA TOOK ON WEST VIRGINIA IN THE FIRST GAME IN THE PARK.

MEANWHILE OTHER PLAYERS NERVOUSLY AWAITED THIER TURN ON THE FIELD... SITTING IN THE STANDS... ALONG WITH COACHES AND PARENTS.

THE TEAMS AND FANS COME FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTHEAST INCLUDING A WHOLE FLOCK OF FOLKS FROM HOUSTON COUNTY.

MANY OF THEM DON'T KNOW ANY OF THE PLAYERS... THEY JUST WANT TO ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE AND SAID THEY PLAN TO COME BACK FOR ALMOST EVERY GAME OF THE TOURNAMENT.

Leonard Blood, Bonaire: (6:20) "It's really what sports is supposed to be, they play for the love of the game, it seems like."

Jo Ann Dover, Warner Robins: (16:10) "Weve been associated with Little League for many, many years. We have two boys that played. They're now adults. They have their own families."

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS IN EFFECT TONIGHT UNTIL TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: JOHNSON... BLECKLEY... LAURENS... TREUTLEN... DOOLY... CRISP... PULASKI... WILCOX... DODGE... TELFAIR... WHEELER. OVERNIGHT TEMPERATURES ARE NOT EXPECTED TO DROP BELOW 75 AND HEAT INDEX VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO BE ABOVE 110 TOMORROW AFTERNOON. ALL OTHER COUNTIES ARE UNDER A HEAT ADVISORY UNTIL TOMORROW AT 8 P.M.

THANKS JASON.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD MACON TEENAGER IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING ANOTHER TEEN TO DEATH.

POLICE CHARGED SHAWN KITCHENS WITH MURDERING 17-YEAR-OLD RODRION GRAY TUESDAY NIGHT IN THE VILLAGE GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD.

THEY SAY SEVERAL TEENS EXCHANGED GUNFIRE AFTER AN ARGUMENT OUTSIDE A HOME.

SEVERAL HOURS LATER... A FIRE BROKE OUT AT THE HOME.

TWO OTHER TEENS WERE INJURED IN THE SHOOTOUT... ONE OF THEM REMAINS IN THE HOSPITAL WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND TO THE HEAD.

WARNER ROBINS POLICE SAY THEY'VE ARRESTED A MAN FOR A STRING OF BURGLARIES IN SEVERAL NEIGHBORHOODS.

POLICE SAY THEY CHARGED 35-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY WOOD EVERETT WITH TEN COUNTS OF BURGLARY IN THE LAKESIDE DRIVE AND CORNELIA DRIVE AREAS OF THE CITY.

THEY SAY THE BURGLARIES HAPPENED BETWEEN MAY AND JUNE.

THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ALSO CHARGED EVERETT FOR BURLGARIES THAT HAPPENED NEAR OLD PERRY ROAD AND SANDY RUN ROAD IN THE COUNTY.

A JUDGE SENTENCED TWO WORKERS WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF DRIVER SERVICES TO PRISON... FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING DRIVER'S LICENSES.

A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYS 36-YEAR-OLD KENNETH BOYT AND 41-YEAR-OLD DENISE TROWER OF KATHLEEN WILL SERVE TWO YEARS IN PRISON.

IT SAYS THE TWO SOLD I-D'S TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER WHILE WORKING AS DRIVER'S LICENSE EXAMINERS.

TWO OTHER MEN WERE ALSO SENTENCED FOR THEIR PARTS IN THE SCHEME.

UNITED HEALTH CARE SAYS IT'S STILL TRYING TO WORK OUT ITS CONTRACT DISPUTE WITH THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.

THE INSURANCE COMPANY'S CONTRACT WITH THE HOSPITAL EXPIRED JUNE 30TH... AND EACH SIDE BLAMES THE OTHER.

THAT MEANS THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIANS... INCLUDING STATE EMPLOYEES... MAY PAY MORE TO BE TREATED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER... BECAUSE IT'S NOW OUT-OF-NETWORK.

UNITED HEALTH CARE TOOK OUT AN ADVERTISEMENT IN THE TELEGRAPH TODAY.. THAT SAID THE TWO SIDES ARE STILL MEETING.. TO SETTLE THEIR DIFFERENCES.

THE MEDICAL CENTER RELEASED ITS' OWN STATEMENT THAT SAID THEY'RE IN ACTIVE NEGOTIATIONS...AIMED AT REACHING A NEW DEAL.

STUDENTS AT FOUR BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL SEE SOME NEW WRINKLES THIS YEAR.

BUT SCHOOL LEADERS ARE STILL FIGURING OUT HOW MANY AND HOW SOON.

AMY AUBERT TELLS US HOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS WORKING OUT ITS PLANS FOR MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL GRANTS..

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Cathy Magouyrk: "The grants provide the schools with the opportunity and finances in order to do the type of instructional improvement they wish to do."

FOUR BIBB COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS ...NORTHEAST...SOUTHWEST....RUTLAND AND THE HUTCHINGS CAREER CENTER WILL GET MORE THAN FOUR MILLION DOLLARS THIS YEAR TO PAY FOR IMPROVEMENTS. AND THOSE IMPROVEMENTS START WITH THE EDUCATORS.

Cathy Magouyrk: "We want to increase the instructional capacity of the teachers."

CATHY MAGOUYK SAYS most of the money will go for professional development. ONE CHANGE will be making each TEACHER Advanced-placement CERTIFIED.

Cathy Magouyrk: "For students, whether they're taking an AP course or not, they will receive the opportunity to participate in class with activities that they would normally have in an AP class."

AND THAT WAY OF TEACHING...GOES BEYOND THE TEXTBOOKS.

Cathy Magouyrk: "They want to be able to help students take responsibilty for their learning and achieve so that they have something after high school to look forward to."

Amy Aubert, Stand-up: "Now the schools say they had budgets prepared for the amount of money they requested but since the grant money that they were actually allocated is less than what they requested, they have to go back and re-do those budgets."

HUTCHINGS CAREER CENTER REQUESTED NEARLY 1 POINT 3 MILLION AND IS RECEIVING ABOUT 955 THOUSAND.

NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL DROPPED FROM ABOUT 1 POINT 5 MILLION TO ABOUT 1 POINT 1.

RUTLAND HIGH SCHOOL REQUESTED A LITTLE OVER ONE POINT SEVEN MILLION AND is RECEIVING ABOUT ONE POINT TWO MILLION.

AND SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL ASKED FOR ALMOST ONE POINT SIX MILLION...BUT WILL GET ALMOST ONE POINT TWO.

 

Cathy Magouyrk: "I would say that the schools were disappointed that we had something in place and now we're going back and cutting more things from the budget."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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KATHY MAGOUYRK SAYS SHE HOPES THE BUDGETS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WITHIN TWO TO THREE WEEKS..

SOME PEOPLE IN TWIGGS SAY THEY'RE AGAINST THE EXPANSION OF A LOCAL LANDFILL.

ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS FILED WITH TWIGGS PLANNING AND ZONING..... THE WOLF CREEK LANDFILL WANTS TO ADD ANOTHER 236 ACRES.

IT'S 158 ACRES RIGHT NOW.

THE COMPANY WANTS TO REZONE LAND FROM AGRICULTURAL TO INDUSTRIAL.

BUT COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WOULD HAVE TO APROVE THE PLAN FIRST.

OPPONENTS HAVE PASSED OUT FLIERS AND PUT OUT SIGNS.

THEY SAY THEY ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH TRASH...TRAFFIC PROBLEMS...AND ODORS.

Chris Bowen, Jeffersonville:

"Is this place going to end up being the dumping ground for all of the southeast United States? in Central Georgia? Is it gonna be the dumping ground for a lot of Georgia? We don't know and the people aren't answering the questions to us."

WOLF CREEK MANAGER...VIRGINIA VILLATORO...WOULD NOT SPEAK WITH US ON CAMERA.

SHE SAID THEY HAD NO COMMENT.

A COMMUNITY MEETING ABOUT THE PROPOSED EXPANSION WILL GET STARTED AT 7 P-M.

IT'S AT THE LIBERTY HILLS METHODIST CHURCH AT 51-39 MYRICKS MILL ROAD IN JEFFERSONVILLE.

BOWEN SAYS THEY'VE INVITED LANDFILL MANAGEMENT AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO SHARE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXPANSION.

TODAY WE ARE ASKING YOU TO BE A HERO BY PROVIDING SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO CENTRAL GEORGIA CHILDREN IN NEED..

OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL IS UNDERWAY AT CENTRAL GEORGIA WALMART STORES..

IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT... JUST HEAD TO ANY OF THE WALMART STORES IN MACON... WARNER ROBINS... PERRY... MILLEDGEVILLE... DUBLIN... OR FORSYTH.

YOU CAN PICK UP A FEW EXTRA SUPPLIES AND DROP THEM IN OUR CARTS FROM NOW UNTIL 7 P-M.

SOME BUSINESSES NEAR MERCER UNIVERSITY SAY THEY'RE JUST AS EXCITED FOR SCHOOL TO START... AS THE STUDENTS.

MERCER SPOKESMAN MARK VANDERHOEK SAYS ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED BACK ON CAMPUS BY AUGUST 23RD... CLASSES START THE NEXT DAY.

BOFTA YIMAM TELLS US HOW SOME BUSINESSES ARE GEARING UP.

"It's got the orange in it, the black in it."

CARL FAMBRO SAYS THOSE COLORS.. MAKE UP THE SPECIAL INGREDIENTS... THAT WAKE UP THE TASTE BUDS IN HIS FAVORITE BEARS- THE STUDENT KIND THAT IS.

Fambro,

"Got a little bit of bite, just because it is a Mercer Bear sauce, bears are supposed to be just a little bit aggressive."

THAT'S WHEN THEY'RE OUT AND ABOUT... BUT SUMMER TIME... MIGHT AS WELL BE HIBERNATION. THE FRANCARS BUFFALO WINGS OWNER SAYS BUSINESSES DROPS ABOUT 30-PERCENT. NOW.. HE'S PREPPING STAFF.. AND MORE THAN 40 SAUCES... FOR THE START OF SCHOOL.

Fambro,

"We will be sitting here ready."

NATS

ITS A GRIND SOME OTHER MERCER VILLAGE BUSINESSES SAY THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FORWARD TOO.

Jack Branan, Jittery Joe's

"There's not a lot of businesses that know that every single August there's gonna be several thousand customers right across the street."

JITTERY JOE'S JACK BRANAN SAYS HE'LL LIKELY POUR OUT NEW FLAVORS FOR THE STUDENT RUSH. THE GENERAL MANAGER SAYS A TALL CUP OF BUSINESS IS IN ORDER.. AND HE HOPES THEIR SHOP'S BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY WILL STEAM THINGS UP.

NATS SLICER

NEXT DOOR... INGLESIDE VILLAGE PIZZA HOPES TO GET A SLICE OF THE ACTION. LIKE THE OTHERS... MANAGER KELLEY DIXON SAYS THEY CHOPPED THEIR HOURS... DURING THE SUMMER---

NATS

TO MAKE UP FOR THE DIP IN DOUGH. NOW... THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR A ROLL OF BUSINESS... JUST AS HOT AS THE PIZZA ON THEIR MENU.

Dixon

"trying to get people trained before the school year starts."

"It's got the sweet in it."

FAMBRO SAYS HIS BEAR'S SAUCE ADDS THE ZEST... TO MOST ANY ITEM ON HIS MENU... MUCH LIKE THE STUDENTS PRESENCE... TO MERCER VILLAGE.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

YOU CAN BE A HERO TO CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENTS.

OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL IS UNDERWAY AT CENTRAL GEORGIA WALMART STORES.

IF YOU WANT TO HELP OUT... JUST HEAD TO ANY OF THE WALMART STORES IN MACON... WARNER ROBINS... PERRY... MILLEDGEVILLE... DUBLIN... OR FORSYTH.

YOU CAN PICK UP A FEW EXTRA SUPPLIES AND DROP THEM IN OUR CARTS FROM NOW UNTIL 7 P-M.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !

THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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