Saturday, January 8, Eyewitness News at 11

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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.

ADLIB CHAT

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.
WE SPOKE WITH DRUITT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX... ABOUT THEIR PLANS.

WE'LL HAVE OUR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS FROM BOTH THE COUNTY AND THE CITY AND MAYBE SOME GEORGIA POWER OFFICIALS TO TALK ABOUT THE PREPARATIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AND IF THE STORM PROGRESSES THE WAY THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS ITS COMING SO WE CAN ADVISE OUR CITIZENS AS WELL AS OUR PUBLIC WORKERS EXACTLY WHAT TO DO AT A CERTAIN TIME."

DRUITT ALSO SAYS SAND TRUCKS ARE READY TO GO... HE SAYS PUBLIC WORKS KEEPS THEM ON STAND-BY.
HE SAYS THE SAND TRUCKS WOULD FIRST TARGET BRIDGES... PRIMARY ROUTES LIKE HIGHWAY CONNECTORS... HOSPITALS AND GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS.

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 UNIONVILLE CHURCH... 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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EYEWITNESS NEWS

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.

DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS TOOK PART IN GOVERNOR-ELECT NATHAN DEAL'S STATEWIDE DAY OF SERVICE TODAY.
FOLKS LINKED UP WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK... TO HELP PROVIDE FOOD FOR MORE THAN 20 AREA COUNTIES.
VOLUNTEERS INCLUDED WALMART WORKERS... AND SOME MACON POLICE OFFICERS.
THEY PACKAGED BOXES WITH GROCERIES... AND LOADED BROWN BAGS WITH ITEMS FOR A SENIOR CITIZEN PROGRAM.
ORGANIZERS SAY THEY FILLED A-THOUSAND BAGS AND CLOSE TO 600 BOXES.
8TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN AUSTIN SCOTT ALSO HELPED OUT AT THE EVENT.
VOLUNTEER FLEMING HAWTHORNE SAYS HE WASN'T SURPRISED DEAL... CHOSE A DAY OF SERVICE TO KICK OFF HIS INAUGURATION.

FLEMING HAWTHORNE, TWIGGS COUNTY, 0-7: "I THINK IT IS VINTAGE NATHAN DEAL, I THINK IT IS SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD JUST QUITE NATURALLY DO."
AUSTIN SCOTT, U.S. CONGRESS, (R), 8-16: I'LL TELL YOU WHEN YOU COME OUT AND DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS, IT MAKES YOU MORE APPRECIATIVE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERYBODY TO YOU KNOW TAKE A DAY EVERY MONTH AND HELP SOMEBODY ELSE."

CONGRESSMAN SCOTT SAYS HE PLANS TO ATTEND DEAL'S INAUGURATION MONDAY... THEN RETURN TO WASHINGTON TUESDAY.
THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SAYS TODAY'S WORK... SHOULD HELP FEED 35-HUNDRED HOUSEHOLDS.

COMING UP... ITS SOMETHING YOU MAY DREAD EVERY YEAR... TAKING DOWN YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE.

BUT SOME FOLKS... TOOK THE GREENERY... AND CONTINUED GIVING THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT.
WE'LL TELL YOU HOW DONATED TREES... COULD HELP SPRUCE UP A LOCAL CITY.

 

SOME FOLKS GOT RID OF THEIR CHRISTMAS TREES... AND HELPED SPRUCE UP WARNER ROBINS AT THE SAME TIME.

ABOUT A-HUNDRED PEOPLE DROPPED OFF THEIR TREES AT THE SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER TODAY.
THE KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL GROUP COLLECTED TREES IN EXCHANGE FOR SEEDLINGS... LIKE YELLOW POPLARS... AND RED BUD TREES.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEBRA JONES SAYS THE TREES COLLECTED WERE TURNED INTO MULCH...WHICH WILL BE USED IN PUBLIC PARKS AND AROUND STREAMS... TO IMPROVE THE HABITAT OF FISH.
DATAGON IRBY OF WARNER ROBINS SAYS EVENTS LIKE THIS... COULD HELP IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT.

DATAGON IRBY,WANER ROBINS: "WE NEED TO BE RECYCLING AND REUSING THINGS AND IF YOUR'RE GOING TO HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE AND BUY IT YOU NEED TO GO AHEAD AND TURN IT BACK IN AND TURN IT INTO MULCH. THE REUSE IS ALWAYS A GOOD THING."

JONES ALSO SAYS THEY HAD TO MAKE ABOUT THREE TRIPS... TO HAUL ALL OF THE TREE MULCH.

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.

HUNDREDS OF ATHLETES COMPETED AT THE GEORGIA ACADEMY FOR THE BLIND

THE BASKET BALL TOURNAMENT.. HOSTED BY THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS HAD RONALD MCDONALD FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE EVENT.
THE 39 TEAMS COMPETING... SHOWED OFF THERE PASSING.... SHOOTING.... AND DRIBBLING SKILLS.
ORGANIZERS SAY THE PLAYERS... ALWAYS SEEM TO CARRY GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP... REGARDLESS OF THE FINAL SCORE.

NALINI ISAAC SPECIAL OLYMPICS AREA 7"ITS SOMETHING SPECIAL YOU CANT PUT YOUR FINGER ON IT AND I WISH ALL OF IT HAVE IT IN US TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE IF WE LOST OR WON AND JUST TO ENJOY THE GAME AND THAT'S WHAT THEY DO, THEY SHOW US HOW TO LIVE LIFE."

ALL OF THE PLAYERS COMPETING IN THE TOURNAMENT... GET THE CHANCE TO GO ON TO THE WINTER GAMES TOURNAMENT.
THAT'S IN ATLANTA... IN A COUPLE WEEKS.

STRAIGHT AHEAD... WE'LL HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR FORECAST WHEN EYEWITNESS NEWS CONTINUES.
STAY WITH US
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.

TO COLLEGE HOOPS... ONCE AGAIN THE FORT VALLEY STATE WOMEN ARE THE FAVORITES TO WIN THE SIAC... TONIGHT THEY HAD A CHANCE TO PROVE THAT THEY'RE STILL THE TEAM TO BEAT...

LONNIE BARTLEY'S TEAM TAKING ON ALBANY STATE... WHO CAME IN AT 6-AND-0 IN CONFERENCE... WINNERS OF 7 STRAIGHT...

12 MINUTES LEFT... TIE GAME... KADIEDRA FREELAND... PULLUP J... 43-41 FVSU...

UNDER 8 MINUTES LEFT... FORT VALLEY DOWN 3.... FREELAND DRAINS CORNER 3... 53-53... SHE HAD 18...

SYMONE WILKERSON FEEDS QUINETTE JOHNSON... PART OF AN 8-0 RUN... ALBANY STATE WENT UP 61-53...

UNDER 5 MINUTES LEFT... JASMINE BIRDSONG GOES INSIDE TO KENDRA EVANS... LAYS IT IN... LADY CATS WITHIN 1... DROPPED 19...

LATE IN REGULATION... BIRDSON GETS THE INBOUND... AND 1... PUT FORT VALLEY STATE UP FOR GOOD...

LADY WILDCATS MOVE TO 6-AND-1 IN LEAGUE PLAY... WITH THE 74-69 WIN...

IN THE NIGHTCAP JOHN DOUGLAS AND THE CATS HOPING TO SNAP A FOUR GAME SKID...

EARLY 1ST... BRANDON DAVEY DISHES TO JEREMY SLEDGE.... WILDCATS ON THE BOARD... 3-0...

OFF THE TURNOVER... STEPHEN FRANCIS AHEAD TO OSCAR MORRIS... FAST BREAK DUNK... 7-3 RAMS...

5 MINUTES IN... DEMARCUS BLUNT UP TOP... FROM BEHIND THE ARC... PART OF A 13-2 ALBANY STATE RUN... 13-5...

SLEDGE AHEAD OF THE PACK... HITS ANOTHER THREE IN TRANSITION...

FORT VALLEY GETS THE SWEEP... WITH THE MEN WINNING 74-62...

GEORGIA COLLEGE HOPING TO IMPROVE TO 2-AND-0 IN LEAGUE PLAY...

EARLY 1ST HALF... OFF THE JARED HOLMES MISS.... RYAN AQUINO GETS THE REBOUND AND THE FOLLOW... AND 1... BOBCATS UP 3...

RYAN LEGATES DRIVES... KICKS OUT TO AQUINO... HITS MIDRANGE J... 11-5 GEORGIA COLLEGE...

7 MINUTES IN... MIKE AUGUSTINE OUTSIDE TO AQUINO... IN RHYTHM... HITS THREE... GC UP 21-14...

MIDWAY THRU 1ST... BRANDON ROBINSON GETS IN THE LANE... HITS UP AND UNDER... LAKERS DOWN 5...

TIMMY DOWNS LEFT ALONE UP TOP... DRAINS THREE POINTER... TIED UP AT 23...

THE LAKERS OUTLAST THE BOBCATS... 65-62...

IN GAME 1 CHIMERE JORDAN AND THE LADY BOBCATS TAKING ON THE 5TH RANKED, UNDEFEATED LADY LAKERS...

EARLY 2ND HALF... DRAMEKA GRIGGS DRIVES BASELINE... HITS SCOOP SHOT... 23-21 GEORGIA COLLEGE LEADING...

13 MINUTES TO GO... JORDAN GETS THE HANDOFF FROM KARISMA BOYKIN... SPLITS THREE DEFENDERS... HITS PULLUP J... 31-28 BOBCATS...

CHIMERE IN TRANSITION... GETS INTO THE LANE... FINGERROLL... 38-32 GC...

8 MINUTES LEFT... PULLS UP ON THE BREAK... DROPS THE LEANER... 40-35...

LADY LAKERS WORK IT AROUND TO TANISHA WOODARD... SINKS CORNER THREE... TIED AT 40...

CLAYTON STATE COMES FROM BEHIND FOR THE 53-42 WIN...

YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED LONG LINES AT SOME GROCERY STORES TODAY.

THE POSSIBILITY OF THE WINTERY MIX... HAS GOT SOME FOLKS BUYING OUT SHELVES.
MANY WERE PILING ESSENTIAL ITEMS IN THEIR CARTS... LIKE WATER... BREAD AND SOME FROZEN FOODS.

THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR A COUPLE DAYS INDOORS... STARTING TOMORROW NIGHT.
DELORES TUKES SAYS SHE WANTED TO GRAB SOME GOODS... BEFORE SHE MAY BE STUCK INSIDE.

DELORES TUKES MACON"I HEARD THE STORM WAS COMING AND I DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING AT HOME SO I REALLY NEED SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE BECAUSE I DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG I WILL BE THERE BECAUSE I WORK OUT IN WANNER ROBINS

JASON YOU'VE BEEN MONITORING THE SITUATION... WHEN CAN FOLKS EXPECT TO SEE THE FIRST DROPS OF THE WINTRY MIX?

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER WITH METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON.

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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