Thursday, January 20, Eyewitness News at 11

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      GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M FRANK MALLOY.
  THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.


     COMMUNITY LEADERS TALKED ABOUT A HOT TOPIC TONIGHT - RACE RELATIONS IN MACON.. 
    ABOUT SIXTY PEOPLE ATTENDED A FORUM SPONSORED BY COMMUNITY-N-UNITY TONIGHT AT CITY HALL..
    A PANEL ASKED QUESTIONS OF BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN AND SENATOR ROBERT BROWN ABOUT RACE RELATIONS IN MACON... 
        JOE ALLEN STRESSED THE NEED FOR CITY.... COUNTY... AND SCHOOL OFFICALS TO HAVE BETTER COMMUNICATION... BUT SAID HE DOESN'T CONSIDER MACON TO BE AN EXTREMLY POLARIZED COMMUNITY... 
    HE ALSO SAID HE CONSIDERS EDUCATION SUCH A PRIORITY... HE WOULD SUPPORT DOING WHAT EVER IT TAKES... EVEN RAISING TAXES... TO HELP BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS BECOME THE BEST IN GEORGIA...
   SENATOR ROBERT BROWN SAID HE FELT ONE OF THE CITY'S BIGGEST ISSUES IS THAT AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE COMMUNITY SEEM TO BE "AFRAID OF POWER"... AND HESITANT TO DO THINGS LIKE SEEK OUT EDUCATION AND VOTE... HE SAYS HIS MAIN MESSAGE WAS THAT PEOPLE NEED TO COME TOGETHER TO AFFECT CHANGE...
"We have some real challanges that we have to engage... we're not going to accomplish anything by sweeping it under the rug.... we're going to have to bring it forward front and center."
BOTH ALLEN AND BROWN CALLED THE EVENING A "GOOD START" TO SOLVING SOME OF MACON'S TOUGHEST ISSUES... ALLEN SAID HE'D LIKE TO HOLD MORE EVENTS DISCUSSING ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE... BROWN SAID HE WAS GLAD HE ATTENDED BUT THAT THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE LAST TIME HE PARTICIPATES IN A FORUM ON RACE... 


      TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS...     DO YOU THINK POLITICIANS TALK ABOUT RACE: TOO MUCH.. NOT ENOUGH OR THE RIGHT AMOUNT?
    SO FAR.. 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY TOO MUCH.
     15 PERCENT SAY NOT ENOUGH
     AND 6 PERCENT SAY POLICITIANS SPEND THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT RACE.      YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE BOTTOM RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


BIBB SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TONIGHT THANKED INTERIM-SUPERINTENDENT SYLVIA MCGEE FOR HER WORK DURING THE PAST YEAR. 
TONIGHT'S MEETING MARKED HER LAST IN THE ROLE BEFORE INCOMING SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND ARRIVES. 
MCGEE TOOK OVER THE POST IN MARCH AFTER FORMER SUPERINTENDENT SHARON PATTERSON STEPPED DOWN DURING AN ETHICS INVESTIGATION.
MCGEE HAS SPENT MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT.
BEFORE TAKING THE TOP JOB... SHE WAS DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT.
BOARD MEMBERS RECOGNIZED HER DEDICATION TO SERVING THE DISTRICT'S CHILDREN.
SOME SAID SHE WAS *A HEALER* ... DURING WHAT THEY CALLED THE BOARD'S MOST DIFFICULT YEAR.
Gary Bechtel: "Personally, I know the board wants to thank you, but personally, I want to thank you."
Susan Sipe: "The thing that struck me the most is you always put children first."
Susan Middleton: "And I will agree with Gary, I'm a better person for every interaction I've ever had with this woman."
MCGEE SAYS SHE PLANS TO STAY ON TO HELP SMOOTH THE TRANSITION FOR ROMAIN DALLEMAND... AND RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR.


ALSO TONIGHT... THE BOARD SELECTED ITS NEW 2011 OFFICERS.
TOMMY BARNES TAKES OVER FOR GARY BECHTEL AS BOARD PRESIDENT.
THIS IS BARNES' TENTH YEAR ON THE BIBB SCHOOL BOARD.
ALSO... SUSAN MIDDLETON IS NOW THE BOARD'S VICE PRESIDENT.
ELLA CARTER CONTINUES AS THE BOARD'S SECRETARY
AND SUSAN SIPE REMAINS TREASURER.


BIBB STUDENTS WILL MAKE UP THIS MONTH'S SNOW DAYS...ONE IN MARCH... AND ONE IN MAY.
TEH M AKE-UP DAYS WILL BE MARCH 11 AND MAY 19..BOARD MEMBERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO EXTEND THE SCHOOL YEAR BY ONE DAY IN MAY TO MAKE UP THE SECOND DAY LOST TO LAST5 WEEK'S ICE STORM..
THE BOARD ALSO DECIDED TO TURN LAST WEEK'S SNOW DAYS INTO FURLOUGH DAYS. 


      SOME JOBS CUTS ARE COMING TO MACON'S BOEING PLANT.
    THE COMPANY SAYS IT WILL CUT ABOUT 90 JOBS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS FOR WORKERS WHO HELP PRODUCE THE C-17 CARGO PLANE IN MACON.
   MACON PLANT SPOKESMAN AL STEWART SAYS THE CUTS ARE A RESULT OF A DECLINE IN THE DEMAND FOR THE CARGO PLANES... HE SAYS THEY'RE CUTTING BACK PRODUCTION FROM THIRTEEN PLANES LAST YEAR TO TEN PLANES IN 2011...
 HE SAYS THERE'S NO FIRM TIMETABLE ON WHEN THE JOB CUTS WILL COME... BUT THEY HOPE TO MINIMIZE THE IMPACT ON CENTRAL GEORGIA WORKERS.   
"Because of atrition...and possiblity retirement... and our ability to move and redeploy teammates to other programs we're hoping to mitigate the impact to Macon."
STEWART SAYS THE COMPANY IS AGGRESSIVELY MARKETING THE CARGO PLANE TO THE GOVERNMENTS OF FORGIEN COUNTRIES... AND HE HOPES THAT BY SLOWING DOWN PRODUCTION ON THE EXISTING CONTRACTS IT WILL GIVE THE COMPANY SOME TIME TO COMPLETE SOME SALES ABROAD...


THE TRAGIC SHOOTING AT AN ARIZONA CONGRESSWOMAN'S EVENT THAT LEFT SIX PEOPLE DEAD...  RENEWED THE EFFORTS OF A CENTRAL GEORGIA UNIVERSITY TO REVAMP THEIR COUNSELING PROGRAM.
ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE SUSPECT JARED LOUGHNER... SHOWED SIGNS OF ABNORMAL BEHAVIOR IN HIS COLLEGE CLASSES... BUT NEVER RECEIVED TREATMENT.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY IS WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN AT THEIR SCHOOL.
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FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY'S COUNSELING CENTER OPENED A REVAMPED CLINIC AND LAUNCHED A NEW OUTREACH TO STUDENTS.
Jacqueline Caskey, Dir. Valley Behavioral Health Counseling Center. "In light of the recent tragedy our plan is to follow up to ensure that every student is afforded every opportunity receive necessary treatment."
CASKEY STARTED THE CAMPAIGN TO HELP STUDENTS BATTLE EVERYTHING FROM ANXIETY TO SUICIDAL THOUGHTS.
SHE SAYS THEY'VE OPENED A COUNSELING RESOURCE CENTER FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY.... AND ALSO WORKED TO INVOLVE MORE STUDENTS AS PEERS EDUCATORS.
Jacqueline Caskey, "We'd like to develop a level of trust with students so they feel comfortable coming to us and showing their difficulties."
ACROSS THE CAMPUS.... STUDENTS CAN RELATE TO HOW TOUGH COLLEGE LIFE CAN BE.
Donte, Holland, College Park, "Just the struggles of being a college student and being an African American it can take a toll on you.
THE STRUGGLES CAN COME FROM DIFFERENT AREAS OF LIFE.
Deshan Jennings, Augusta: "They're parents might not be giving them the support they need and they might need another ear... someone to help."     
AND HAVING SOMEONE THERE TO HELP GIVES STUDENTS ADDED PIECE OF MIND.
Darius Roberson, Augusta: "I think it's a good thing for them to have counseling for people that need help or have a problems so we can prevent stuff liKE that from happening."
CAKSEY SAYS THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT SHE HOPES THE COUNSELING CENTER WILL DO FOR FORT VALLEY STUDENTS.
Jacqueline Caskey, If students have an issue we're here for them 24 hours a day they can contact us no matter what the issue is we're willing to work with them.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE CENTER HOSTS GROUP COUNSELING MEETINGS AND PRIVATE THERAPY SESSIONS... 


   CENTRAL GEORGIA BOY SCOUTS TOOK CENTER STAGE TONIGHT IN MACON..
   THE SCOUTERS RECOGNITION BANQUET HONORED
SCOUTS AND VOLUNTEERS FROM AROUND THE AREA..
THE EVENT ALSO RECOGNIZED THE 2010 SILVER BEAVERS - THE HIGHEST NATIONAL AWARD GIVEN TO VOLUNTEER SCOUTERS..
     EARL RENEMAN WAS ONE OF THEM... AND WHILE HE SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED BY THE AWARD... HE APPLAUDED HIS FELLOW HONOREES.
Earl Reneman: To me it is a great award and I applaud everyone who has won this award for the work they've done for scouting.
     FIVE SILVER BEAVER AWARDS WERE HANDED OUT TONIGHT..13WMAZ'S LEAH JOHNSON EMCEED THE EVENT AT MACON STATE COLLEGE..


   IT'S SHAPING UP TO BE A BEAUTY OF THE WEEKEND ON CENTRAL GEORGIA'S ENTERTAINMENT SCENE.
      HERE'S BEN WITH THE RUNDOWN ON A COUPLE OF MUSEUMS... AN OPRY... AN OPERA HOUSE AND MORE.
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PEOPLE OF MIDDLE GEORGIA! BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF ENTERTAINMENT...


YOU KNOW, THE BEAUTIFUL THING ABOUT ART IS THAT THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT STYLES, EVERYBODY'S PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEED TO DIG SOMETHING. THIS WEEKEND, THE TUBMAN MUSEUM UNVEILS AN AWESOME EXHIBIT THAT'S ROCKIN' A PRETTY REVOLUTIONARY STYLE...


GET YOUR ART PARTY STARTED FRIDAY AT SIX AS THE MUSEUM OFFICIALLY OPENS THE EXHIBIT WITH A FREE RECEPTION.  CALL 743-8544 FOR MORE INFORMATION. 


ALRIGHT, NOW WE'RE GONNA JUMP ON OVER TO JULIETTE FOR A LITTLE JAMMIN'...A LITTLE SANGIN'...AND A WHOLE LOTTA BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!  THE BLUEGRASS MELODIES OF MONROE CROSSING - WHO, UN-COINCIDENTALLY ARE NOT MONROE COUNTIANS - LIGHT UP THE STAGE OF THE JULIETTE OPRY FRIDAY NIGHT AT EIGHT. THESE GUYS - AND A GIRL - PLAY ALL OVER THE U.S. AND EVEN VENTURE UP TO CANADA FOR A GIG OR TWO, EH? CHECK THEM OUT WHILE THEY'RE HERE - AGAIN THAT'S MONROE CROSSING, JULIETTE OPRY, FRIDAY, EIGHT. DON'T MISS IT!


SATURDAY, THE HAWKINSVILLE OPERA HOUSE WELCOMES THE BEATLES TO TOWN! OKAY, SO THEY'RE NOT THE REALLY REAL BEATLES, OBVIOUSLY. THEY'RE THE NOT-QUITE-THE-BEATLES-BUT-SOUND-AND-LOOK-JUST-LIKE-THEM-BAND - OR AS THEY PREFER TO BE CALLED - THE RETURN.  AND THESE ATLANTA BOYS ARE GONNA ROCK YOUR FACES OFF WITH ALL OF YOUR FAVORITE BEATLES TUNES. IT IS JUST CRAZY HOW MUCH THESE GUYS LOOK AND SOUND LIKE THE REAL THING! ALRIGHT MIDDLE GEORGIA, YOU CAN GET YOUR BEATLEMANIA ON WITH THE FAB FOUR SATURDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN THIRTY AT THE HAWKINSVILLE OPERA HOUSE...AND IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW, THAT'S IN HAWKINSVILLE. FOR TICKETS TO THE SHOW, CALL 478-783-1884.


THE MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S PUTTING ON A LITTLE SHOW SATURDAY, TOO! OKAY, SO MAYBE IT'S A WEE BIG BIGGER THAN THAT - IT'S THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED JANUARY POPS CONCERT! EXPERIENCE SPECTRUM - A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN AND R AND B - AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM. THE MUSIC BEGINS AT SEVEN-THIRTY. TO GRAB TICKETS NOW, VISIT MACON-SYMPHONY-ORCHESTRA-DOT-COM. 


AND WRAPPING UP OUR WEEKEND OF ARTISTIC AND MUSICAL MERRIMENT, THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES HAS GOT NOT ONE...NOT TWO...BUT THREE! COUNT 'EM - THREE SUPERTASTIC EVENTS OF THE - YOU'LL NEVER GUESS - ARTISTIC AND MUSICAL VARIETY!  FIRST UP...


AND AFTER YOU PERUSE MISS STEWART'S GORGEOUS COLLECTION, YOU CAN TAKE A TRIP TO CHINA!


THE OPENING RECEPTION FOR OUT OF CHINA - FOUR CENTURIES OF EXPORT PORCELAIN - TAKES PLACE SATURDAY EVENING AT SIX. IF YOU'RE GONNA ATTEND, MAKE SURE TO CALL THE MUSEUM AT 477-3232 TO R-S-V-P. AND THEN ON SUNDAY, IT'S FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY...


HEY, WHAT CHU LOOKIN' AT?


THE INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO, COMPLETE WITH INSTRUMENTS AND ALL YOUR FAVORITE MINI-ZOO FRIENDS, KICKS OFF AT TWO. AND THIS EVENT IS FREE!


ALRIGHT, MIDDLE GEORGIA - THERE YOU HAVE IT! GET TO IT - HAVE A BLAST - THE WEEKEND'S A WAITIN'.  THIS IS SCENE THIRTEEN. AND THAT'S A WRAP.
>>    IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS ONLINE... YOU HAVE A FEW OPTIONS.
     YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.... CHECK OUT OUR COMMUNITY CALENDAR AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... OR LOOK FOR THE EVENTS TAB ON THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION.


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YOU HAVE A CHANCE THIS FEBRUARY TO BE A HERO IN THE QUEST TO FIND A CURE FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER.
THE SOLOMON FAMILY FROM MACON... WILL HOST THE FIRST ANNUAL BIRTHDAY BASH... IN HONOR OF THEIR FIVE YEAR OLD SON... WHO DIED AFTER A BATTLE WITH BRAIN CANCER.
LABRINA SOLOMON DESCRIBES JOSHUA AS A COMEDIAN... AND A LITTLE BOY... WITH AN INFECTIOUS PERSONALITY.
HE DIED JUST MONTHS AFTER HIS DIAGNOSIS OF BRAIN STEM GLIOMA... A CANCER ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN MEMPHIS TENNESSEE COULD NOT CURE.
ON WHAT WOULD BE JOSHUA'S SEVENTH BIRTHDAY... FEBRUARY 5TH... THE SOLOMONS WILL HOST A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JOSHUA... TO RAISE MONEY FOR ST. JUDE.
Labrina Solomon, Macon: (5:10) "When Joshua was born, we would never have imagined celebrating any of his birthdays without being present. Though he is gone, there are other children out there just like him, battling cancer."
JOSHUA'S BIRTHDAY BASH FOR A CURE IS SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5TH... AND EVERYONE IS INVITED.
IT'S AT THE ANDERSON CONFERENCE CENTER ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY IN MACON.
IT STARTS AT 6 AND LASTS UNTIL ELEVEN P-M.
TICKETS ARE 45 DOLLARS EACH... AND INCLUDE A LIVE BAND... SILENT AUCTION... DINNER AND DANCING.
ALL PROCEEDS GO TO ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
CALL 478-361-3541 FOR TICKETS... AGAIN THAT'S 478-361-3541.


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 HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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