Saturday, January 29, Eyewitness News at 6

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

A BIBB COUNTY WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT... AFTER POLICE SAY SHE LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR AND STRUCK A TREE.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED NEAR THOMASTON AND TUCKER ROADS THIS MORNING.
CAPTAIN HARRY COLBERT SAYS THIRTY-EIGHT YEAR OLD MARGARET ANGELA HAVER WAS DRIVING... WHEN HER VEHICLE SWERVED OFF THE ROAD... HIT A BANK THAT SENT THE CAR AIRBORNE... AND HIT A TREE.
COLBERT SAYS HAVER WAS TRAPPED INSIDE HER CAR FOR LESS THAN AN HOUR... BEFORE CREW GOT HER OUT.

NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT.
HAVER IS BEING TREATED AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
COLBERT SAYS THEY'RE INVESTIGATING WHAT MAY HAVE CAUSED HAVER TO LOSE CONTROL OF HER CAR.

A MACON ANIMAL SHELTER GETS A NEW FACILITY AFTER IT WAS ORDERED TO SHUT DOWN LAST AUGUST.
THE VOLUNTEERS AT ALL ABOUT ANIMALS HAD TO FIND EMERGENCY HOMES FOR DOZENS OF PETS... AFTER THEY FAILED A STATE INSPECTION.
NOW AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THEY'RE WEEKS AWAY FROM OPENING A NEW SHELTER.

NATS OF RAKING
THERE AREN'T ANY ANIMALS HERE YET... BUT THERE WERE PLENTY OF VOLUNTEERS SATURDAY AFTERNOON... FIXING UP THE YARD OF WHAT WILL SOON BE THE NEW ALL ABOUT ANIMALS SHELTER...

THE FIFTEEN THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING NEXT TO CENTRAL CITY PARK... IS A FORMER SCRAP METAL CENTER... AND ACCORDING TO VOLUNTEER SUSAN MARSHALL GREGORY... IT'S THE PERFECT SPOT FOR A NEW SHELTER...
"THEY CAN TAKE THE DOGS TO THE RIVERWALK... THEY CAN TAKE THEM TO THE PARK... JUST TO WALK THE ANIMALS."

"OVERCROWDING AND THE POOR CONDITION OF THE BUILDING FORCED STATE INSPECTORS TO ORDER ALL ABOUT ANIMALS TO SHUT DOWN THIS FACILITY LAST AUGUST. THAT LEFT STAFF MEMBERS SCRAMBLING TO FIND HOMES FOR ABOUT ONE HUNDRED ANIMALS."

"IF WE DIDN'T GET THEM ADOPTED WE WERE AFRAID THEY'D BE EUTHANIZED."
THE STAFF WORKED TIRELESSLY TO GET EIGHTY OF THE ANIMALS ADOPTED... THE REST... LIKE THESE DOGS... WENT HOME WITH VOLUNTEERS.

GREGORY SAYS THEY HOPE ONE DAY THE BUILDING WILL HOUSE AN ADOPTION CENTER... VET CLINIC... KENNELS... AND AN EDUCATIONC CENTER...

THAT IS... IF THEY CAN FIND THE MONEY... SO FAR GREGORY SAYS THEY'VE RAISED ABOUT HALF OF THE ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS THEY'LL NEED TO PAY FOR THE FACILITY...
"IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT... A LOT OF BLOOD SWEAT AND TEARS."

BUT WITH A LITTLE LUCK... AND A LOT OF FUNDRAISING... GREGORY SAYS THE FACILITY WILL BECOME A TEMPORARY HOME TO ABOUT TWENTY WET NOSES AND WAGGING TAILS BY MARCH...

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GREGORY SAYS THE SHELTER CONSTANTLY NEEDS DONATIONS OF CASH AND SUPPLIES LIKE DOG FOOD.
THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP OUT... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
THERE... YOU'LL FIND INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS.

MORE THAN A DOZEN FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE FIFTY GEORGIA SERVICEMEN LOST IN RECENT COMBAT... CAME TOGETHER IN MACON TODAY.


THE GEORGIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SPONSORED THE PROGRAM... TO OFFER GRIEF COUNSELING AND OTHER SERVICES TO PEOPLE WHOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WERE KILLED WHILE SERVING OVERSEES.
IT'S CALLED THE FRESH START SURVIVOR'S SUMMIT.
STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICIALS HELPED FAMILIES PLAN BUDGETS AND MANAGE FINANCES.
TEENS COULD TAKE A BABYSITTING COURSE... TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE JOB WHEN A PARENT IS AWAY.
KATHERINE WESTGATE LOST HER HUSBAND OF FOURTEEN YEARS... IN OCTOBER OF 2009... AND SAYS THE BEST PART... WAS BEING ABLE TO TALK TO PEOPLE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING.

KATHERINE WESTGATE, SAVANNAH: "JUST TO BE IN A SITUATION WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL AND ARE IN SIMILAR SITUATIONS BRINGS COMFORT."


THE NATIONAL GUARD ALSO GAVE SURVIVORS SOCIAL SECURITY INFORMATION... AND MILITARY I-D UPDATES.
THE EVENTS WRAPPED UP WITH A BALLOON RELEASE... IN REMEMBERANCE OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES.


IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.
IT'S A FEATURE ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE THAT SHOWCASES NEWS AND EVENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT THE MILLEDGEVILLE PAGE... WHERE YOU CAN ATTEND A VALENTINE'S DAY CONCERT.
IT'S HAPPENING ON FEBRUARY 12TH AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH.
THE CONCERT STARTS AT 7-30 IN THE AFTERNOON AND WRAPS UP AROUND 10-30 THAT NIGHT.
ADMISSION IS FREE... BUT... THEY'RE REQUESTING DONATIONS.
TO GET MORE NEWS AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.. HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM. IT'S IN THE CENTER OF OUR HOMEPAGE.


HERE'S A LOOK AT A FEW EVENTS HAPPENING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY.

PRO WRESTLING IS RETURNING TO MILLEDGEVILLE.
JUST HEAD ON DOWN TO THE CENTENNIAL CENTER FOR CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING OVERLOAD.
ADULT TICKETS ARE ONLY 6 DOLLARS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS WITH A VALID COLLEGE ID WILL BE ADMITTED FOR ONLY 3 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 478-232-1432.
THE SHOW STARTS AT 7-30 P-M.

AND YOU CAN ENJOY SOME TUNES AT TODAY'S BIG BIRD BASH.
THE HUMMINGBIRD IS HOSTING A CONCERT FROM NOON TO 2 A-M AT ITS LOCATION ON CHERRY STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON.
FOR TEN DOLLARS YOU CAN BUY AN ALL ACCESS TICKET TO THIS EVENT.

TO GET MORE NEWS AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY..HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
IT'S IN THE CENTER OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

WE'RE SHARING YOUR PICTURES FROM THE 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM GALLERIES.
THESE ARE FROM THE AREN'T KIDS THE CUTEST GALLERY

THIS ONE SAYS... MOMMY'S LITTLE PRINCESS.

AND THIS ONE SAYS... READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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


ADLIB WEATHER

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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