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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

IN JUST A FEW WEEKS... VOTERS IN HOUSE DISTRICT ONE-36 WILL ELECT A REPLACEMENT FOR REPRESENTATIVE TONY SELLIER.
THE FORT VALLEY REPUBLICAN DIED IN NOVEMBER... FROM COMPLICATIONS DURING SURGERY.
VANESSA RUFFES INTRODUCES YOU TO THE THREE CANDIDATES WHO HOPE TO FILL THE POSITION.

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SELLIER "I'M NOT RUNNING AS THE POOR WIDOW, I'M RUNNING AS JUDYE."

JUDYE SELLIER QUALIFIED TO RUN TWO WEEKS AFTER HER HUSBAND... REPRESENTATIVE TONY SELLIER PASSED AWAY.
ALSO A REPUBLICAN... SHE SAYS PEOPLE CAN EXPECT FROM HER... SOME CONTINUATION OF HIS VALUES... BUT SHE SAYS SHE DIDN'T AGREE WITH ALL OF HIS VOTES...

...ONE EXAMPLE... SHE SAYS... WAS HIS VOTE TO MAKE A PARENT THE HEAD ALL LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCILS IN THE STATE... RATHER THAN A PRINCIPAL.

SHE SAYS 8 YEARS ON THE CRAWFORD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD... PLUS A LIFETIME OF RUNNING A SMALL FARM HAS GIVEN HER THE BUSINESS BACKGROUND NEEDED IN BALANCING BUDGETS...

BUT HER MOST VALUABLE EXPERIENCE... SHE SAYS... CAME FROM 4 YEARS AS THE WIFE OF A STATE REPRESENTATIVE.

"PEOPLE KNOW ME. THEY RESPECT ME. THEY KNOW ME FROM BEING WITH TONY BECAUSE I WAS THERE WITH HIM EVERY SESSION."

DICKEY "I STICK TO A BUDGET AND RUN MY BUSINESS ON A BUDGET, AND I THINK THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AS WELL."

MUSELLA PEACH GROWER ROBERT DICKEY SAYS AS A SMALL BUSINESS OWNER... EFFICIENCY IS HIS FORTE... AND HE UNDERSTANDS THE NEEDS OF OTHER SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS.

THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE SAYS THAT, ALONG WITH IS INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY AND SEVERAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC COMMITTEES, HAS GIVEN HIM AN EAR FOR THE PEOPLE.

DICKEY "JUST BEING ABLE TO LISTEN AND LIVE HERE IN THE COMMUNITY, AND LISTEN TO THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING AND TRY TO GET THEM DONE."

HOWARD "I'M NOT ABOUT PET PROJECTS. I'M ABOUT MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT. TO ME, IT'S NOT EVEN ABOUT A PARTY."

SHARON HOWARD... WHO WORKS AS SURGICAL TECHNICIAN IN WARNER ROBINS... IS THE ONLY DEMOCRAT IN THE RACE... BUT SAYS IT'S NOT ABOUT POLITICS.

WHAT IT IS ABOUT ... SHE SAYS... IS LITERACY AND EDUCATION. SHE SAYS BEING A SINGLE MOM HAS GIVEN HER INSIGHT INTO THE ECONOMIC STRUGGLES MANY PEOPLE ARE DEALING WITH.

HOWARD "I CAN RELATE TO SINGLE PARENTS. I CAN RELATE TO BEING MARRIED AND LOSING A HUSBAND AND HAVING TO DO THINGS ON YOUR OWN. I CAN RELATE TO HAVING TO DECIDE WHETHER TO BUY GAS OR PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE."

SIMILAR TIGHT FINANCES... ALL THREE SAY... THE STATE IS FACING... AN EXPECTED LEAN BUDGET... EACH ONE SAYS... THEY'RE READY TO WORK WITH AT THE CAPITOL.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE SPECIAL ELECTION HAS BEEN SET FOR FEBRUARY 15TH.
HOUSE DISTRICT ONE-36 INCLUDES CRAWFORD COUNTY AND PARTS OF BIBB... HOUSTON... LAMAR... MONROE... PEACH AND UPSON COUNTIES.

A MACON-BASED ARMY RESERVE UNIT IS NOW HEADED TO IRAQ.
THE U-S ARMY SAYS 120 SOLDIERS OF THE 352-ND COMBAT SUSTAINMENT SUPPORT BATTALION... WILL BE DEPLOYED FOR MORE THAN A YEAR.
THEY'LL BE BASED IN BAGHDAD... AND WILL HELP WITH THE TRANSITION FROM AMERICAN TO IRAQI CONTROL.
VIDEOJOURNALIST ALLEN LINCOLN SHOWS US HOW THEY SAID GOODBYE TO THEIR LOVED ONES... AFTER A CEREMONY THAT MARKED THE START OF THEIR DEPLOYMENT.

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"ITS JUST A BEAUTIFUL SCENE HERE"
"VERY MUCH SO"

DEBRA JENKINS, BATALLION COMMANDER (00:08-00:16 ): THIS IS A TIMEFOR THE FAMILY MEMBERS TO SAY GOODBYE AND FOR THE COMMUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU, SO THIS IS THE SEND OFF. IT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A HIGH TEMPO BECASUE ITS A CELEBRATION."

FREDRICK WATSON, SPECIALIST: "I JUST WANT MY FAMILY TO BE TAKEN CARE OF, JUST WANT IT TO BE ROCK STEADY AT HOME."

(NATS)

VEAGAS JACKSON, WARNER ROBINS (00:31-00:37): "SOMETIMES ITS A LITTLE CHALLENGING BECAUSE OF COURSE YOU DONT WANT TO SEE YOUR FAMILY MEMBER LEAVE BUT YOU ALSO KNOW THAT THIS IS SOMETHING HE WANTS TO DO FOR HIS COUNTRY."

(NATS)

DEBRA JENKINS, BATALLION COMMANDER: "THE BEST PART OF IT IS YOU GET TO SPEND TIME WITH THE FAMILIES EVERYONE DOES APPRECIATE IT TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE FOR YOU, WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS IMPORTANT AND IT DOES MATTER TO OTHERS. YOU KNOW THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES THAT YOU'LL GET TO SAY TO YOUR SOLDIER THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY."


FREDRICK WATSON, SPECIALIST: "ITS KIND OF HARD TO SAY GOODBYE, WELL NOT GOODBYE, BUT SEE YOU LATER A SECOND TIME."

DEBRA JENKINS, BATALLION COMMANDER:" NOT EVERYONE IS ABLE TO DO WHAT WE DO, YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLETALK ABOUT IT SOME PEOPLE DREAM ABOUT IT BUT WE'RE LITERALLY ABOUT TO GO DO IT."
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THE SPECIAL ELECTION HAS BEEN SET FOR FEBRUARY 15TH.
HOUSE DISTRICT ONE-36 INCLUDES CRAWFORD COUNTY AND PARTS OF BIBB... HOUSTON... LAMAR... MONROE... PEACH AND UPSON COUNTIES.

MORE THAN SIX HUNDRED PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES... TO TEST OUT THEIR MUSICAL ABILITIES TODAY.

IT'S PART OF A YEARLY EVENT PUT ON BY THE MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND THE MUSEUM... CALLED THE "INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO."
THOSE WHO TOOK PART... GOT A CHANCE TO PLAY THE INSTRUMENTS... AND ASK QUESTIONS TO THE MUSICIANS.
SOME OF THE INSTRUMENTS ON HAND INCLUDED.. TRUMPETS... HARPS... AND TROMBONES.
GARRETT BROWN SAYS THE EVENT... HIT THE RIGHT NOTE... GIVING HIM A CHANCE TO EXPERIMENT WITH HIS MUSICAL TALENTS.

GARRETT BROWN LIZELLA"ITS JUST FUN TO BE ABLE TO TRY THEM OUT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PLAY THE DIFFERENT INSTRUMENTS"
CAROLYN TYE BYRON"ANY TIME THAT KIDS CAN ACTUALLY TOUCH SOMETHING IT BRINGS IT ALOT BETTER HOME FOR THEM AND ITS ALOT MORE FUN TO THEM, I THINK"

THE MACON SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA PERFORMED A COUPLE TIMES... DURING THE EVENT


WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON IN THE WEATHER CENTER.


THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

ON SATURDAY MERCER TOOK THE UNIVERSITY CENTER FLOOR WITHOUT LEADING SCORER JEFF SMITH... OUT WITH AN ACL INJURY SUSTAINED THURDAY... THE BEARS LED MUCH OF THE 1ST HALF THANKS TO A BALANCED SCORING EFFORT... FOUR MERCER PLAYERS FINISHED IN DOUBLE FIGURES... BUT NORTH FLORIDA TOOK THE LEAD FOR GOOD LATE IN THE 1ST HALF... THANKS TO 55 PERCENT SHOOTING FROM THE FIELD... THE 74-64 LOSS SNAPPED MERCER'S 1ST TWO GAME WIN STREAK OF THE SEASON...

THE BEARS ENTER THE WEEK WITH A 3-AND-6 MARK IN THE ATLANTIC SUN... PUTTING THEM IN A TIE FOR 8TH WITH KENNESAW STATE... TOP 8 MAKE THE A-SUN TOURNAMENT... BELMONT IS STILL NUMBER 1 THANKS TO A 10-AND-0 CONFERENCE MARK... THE BEARS VISIT KENNESSAW TUESDAY NIGHT...

THE SUPERBOWL IS FAST APPROACHING AND MANY OF YOU SPENT THE DAY WATCHING PLAYOFF GAMES.
WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS... WHAT IS THEIR FAVORITE GAMEDAY SNACK?

CHRIS WOOD SAYS HOMEMADE SALSA AND CHIPS.

MIKE ASBELL SAYS.... HOT WINGS BABY!!!

AND JENNIFER TUCKER SAYS... CRAB LEGS AND SHRIMP.

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN ON THE CONVERSATION... JUST HEAD OVER TO OUR 13-WMAZ FACEBOOK PAGE.
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LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER WITH METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON.

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WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

LAW CALL IS UP NEXT
BEFORE WE LEAVE YOU TONIGHT... HERE'S A LOOK AT HOW SOME PEOPLE ENJOYED THEIR SUNDAY... OUTDOORS.

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