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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M BOFTA YIMAM
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

AND I'M METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT.... A WINTRY MIX IS MOVING TOWARD CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND EXPECTED TO BE HERE BY THE END OF THE WEEKEND.
JASON YOU'VE BEEN MONITORING THE SITUATION... WHAT'S THE LATEST?

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. 1-3" OF A SNOW/SLEET/FREEZING RAIN MIXTURE IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA. BRIDGES, OVERPASSES AND ROADS MAY BECOME ICY AND HAZARDOUS TO DRIVE ON.

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OKAY THANKS JASON.
WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER IN THE SHOW.

THE BIBB COUNTY E-M-A IS TAKING MEASURES TO PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND...
DONALD DRUITT SAYS HE'S SCHEDULED A PLANNING MEETING FOR TWO-O-CLOCK TOMORROW WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS.
DRUITT JOINS US NOW LIVE ON THE PHONE TO TALK ABOUT THEIR PLANS.
THANKS FOR JOINING US DONALD.
DONALD COULD YOU TELL US WHO WILL BE AT THE MEETING AND WHAT YOU PLAN TO TALK ABOUT?

 

OKAY THANKS DONALD FOR THE INFORMATION.
MORE THAN A-THOUSAND PEOPLE TURNED OUT AT CHURCHES ACROSS MACON...TO RECIEVE FREE GROCERIES THIS MORNING.
THE GIVE AWAY BEGAN WITH AN IDEA... FROM FOREST HILLS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
THEY PARTNERED WITH NEW FELLOWSHIP AND UNIONVILLE... MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCHES TO HAND OUT FOOD AND CLOTHING.
LAUREN DISPIRITO WAS AT THE UNIONVILLE CHURCH EVENT... AND SHOWS YOU WHY SOME SAY TODAY'S EVENT FORGED LASTING RELATIONSHIPS... IN THE SPIRIT OF GIVING.

JUST MINUTES INTO SATURDAY'S GIVEAWAY... DOZENS LINED UP OUTSIDE UNIONVILLE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN MACON. SHELIA MANDERVILLE WAS ONE OF THEM.

SHELIA MANDERVILLE, MACON: "IT'S A BIG SURPRISE TO BE FIRST"

THE CHURCH WAS ONE OF THREE SITES HANDING OUT BOXES OF FOOD...AND CLOTHING.

SHELIA MANDERVILLE, MACON "IT'S GREAT THAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT COMING OUT IN THIS AREA BECAUSE SOUTH MACON HAS BEEN LIKE THE LAST PLACE THEY DO LIKE OUTREACH."

NATS OPENS PACKAGE

FEWER THAN THREE HOURS IN... FOLKS HAD ALREADY PICKED UP NEARLY 350 BOXES.

MARILYN HALL, MACON: "NO JOBS, NO INCOME, PEOPLE JUST CAN'T FIND JOBS PEOPLE AND FEED THEIR FAMILY, THIS IS A BLESSING"

VOLUNTEERS SCREENED PEOPLE FOR DIABETES...CHOLESTROL AND MORE...WHILE SOME KIDS GOT A CHANCE TO BE.. WELL... KIDS.

LAUREN DISPIRITO, EYEWITNESS NEWS: "ORGANIZERS SAY THEY PACKED UP 500 BOXES AT EACH CHURCH, THAT'S 12 TONS OF FOOD, OR ENOUGH TO FEED 1500 FAMILIES FOR A WEEK."

NATS FILLS BAG

WITH TEAMWORK AND PLENTY OF HANDS ON DECK... VOLUNTEER KIMBERLY PITTS SAYS SATURDAY'S EVENT BROUGHT PEOPLE TOGETHER.

KIMBERLY PITTS, MACON: IT TAKES A VILLAGE, AND AS THE CHURCHES COME TOGETHER, THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO PARTNER

PASTOR JIMMY TOWSON SAYS HE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA.

JIMMY TOWSON: "ONE DAY I WAS RIDING HOME AND JUST HAD THIS OVERWHELMING SENSE AND VISION OF A TRACTOR TRAILER FULL OF FOOD AND THE PARKING LOT AT MY CHURCH AND THE CONGREGATION WAS GIVING IT AWAY."

HE SAYS CHURCH MEMBERS RAISED MORE THAN 28 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUY FOOD.

MARILYN HALL, MACON: "IF WE ALL STICK TOGETHER, IT WILL BE A WHOLE LOT BETTER"

FOOD BOXES RAN OUT BEFORE THE EVENTS ENDED AT 2 O'CLOCK... BUT FOLKS INVOLVED SAY THEY HOPE THE PARTNERSHIPS FORGED AND GIVING SPIRIT ONLY GROW.

NATS "THANK YOU" (HUGS)

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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WHILE THE FOOD GIVEAWAY SERVED MANY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY TODAY...ORGANIZERS SAY THEY DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE THAT TURNED OUT.
AMONG THE THREE CHURCHES... ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HAD TO TURN AWAY MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE.
THEY SAY THEY RAN OUT OF FOOD BOXES AROUND NOON.

STILL AHEAD....

KIDS FROM ACROSS THE STATE WERE IN WARNER ROBINS TODAY... PUTTING THEIR MINDS TO THE TEST.
WE'LL SHOW YOU WHAT THEY CREATED.

A WINTER STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ALL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH MONDAY EVENING. 1-3" OF A SNOW/SLEET/FREEZING RAIN MIXTURE IS POSSIBLE ACROSS THE AREA. BRIDGES, OVERPASSES AND ROADS MAY BECOME ICY AND HAZARDOUS TO DRIVE ON.

 

A TOURNAMENT TODAY COULD INSPIRE SOME KIDS TO BE FUTURE DOCTORS.

THOUSANDS OF KIDS FROM ACROSS GEORGIA... SHOWED OFF THEIR SKILLS AT A ROBOTICS COMPETITION AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION.
ITS ALL PART OF A LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT.
THE STUDENTS FOCUSED ON BUILDING ROBOTICS... FOR BIO ENGINEERING AND MEDICAL RESEARCH.
THEY PRESENTED THEIR CREATIONS TO A PANEL OF JUDGES.
STUDENTS WERE JUDGED ON THE ROBOTICS THEY CREATED THAT SYMBOLIZED EQUIPMENT... TO HELP SOLVE MEDICAL PROBLEMS.

NAOMI SIDDIQUEE:"IT GIVES YOU CHANCE TO EXPERIECNE HOW TO PROGRAM THE MACHINE AND DO THE RESEARCH...MEET NEW PEOPLE, AND ITS JUST A FUN EXPERIENCE."

THE EVENT WAS HOSTED BY STARBASE ROBINS.
YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED LONG LINES AT SOME GROCERY STORES TODAY.

THE POSSIBILITY OF THE WINTERY MIX... HAS GOT SOME FOLKS BUYING OUT SHELVES.
THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR A COUPLE DAYS INDOORS... STARTING TOMORROW NIGHT.

JASON YOU'VE BEEN MONITORING THE SITUATION... WHEN CAN FOLKS EXPECT TO SEE THE FIRST DROPS OF THE WINTRY MIX?
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

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WE'LL SEE YOU LATER.

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