Friday, February 4, Eyewitness News at 11

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

  WE HAVE AN UPDATE TONIGHT ON A STORY WE FIRST TOLD YOU ABOUT LAST YEAR ON EYEWITNESS NEWS..
    IT'S THE STORY OF A WARNER ROBINS MAN WHO LOST SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS WHEN HE PAID THE AMERICAN SHINGLE ROOFING COMPANY FOR WORK THAT WAS NEVER DONE... 
MIKE HODNETTE SAYS WHEN HE FOUND OUT THE COMPANY HAD FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY HE WAS ANGRY... AND DECIDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AFTER HOURS OF RESEARCH ON THE INTERNET AND PHONE..
"The insurance company sent me a brand new check, for the original amount. It looked identical to the first check so um we were able to get our roof repaired that way."
HODNETT HOPES OTHER PEOPLE CAN GET THEIR MONEY BACK TOO.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY'RE STEPPING UP PATROLS IN THE VINEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD STARTING MONDAY.
IT'S PART OF AN EFFORT TO REDUCE A SPIKE IN HOME BURGLARIES.
IN ALL OF LAST YEAR... CAPTAIN ERIC WOODFORD SAYS 715 RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES HAPPENED IN PRECINCT THREE.
PRECINCT FOUR FOLLOWS NEXT WITH 430.  
PRECINCT THREE SHOWED MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF  PRECINCT TWO... AND PRECINT ONE... WHICH WERE IN THE 300'S.   
WOODFORD SAYS MONDAY'S NEW DETAIL WILL HELP BOOST MANPOWER.
NEARLY A DOZEN STRIKE TEAM MEMBERS WHO FLOAT BETWEEN TROUBLE HOT SPOTS... WILL JOIN HIS TEAM TO HELP COMBAT THE BURGLARIES.  
Capt. Eric Woodford, Macon police 
"Drug stops, visibility, checking houses, just riding through the community do what we use called field interrogation cards, fill em' out, run those suspects, through NCIC, to check make sure they're not wanted."
VINEVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JIM STALLINGS SAYS A FEW MEMBERS RECENTLY COMPLAINED OF SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY... AND SUGGESTED ADDING SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS TO HELP MONITOR THE AREA.  
THE GROUPS SAY THEY HOPE TO MAKE A DECISION WITHIN A COUPLE MONTHS.  

MERCER UNIVERSITY'S TOWNSEND SCHOOL OF MUSIC HELD ONE OF THE PROGRAMS FREE CONCERTS FOR THE STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND THE COMMUNITY..
   TODAY'S EVENT FEATURED CLASSICAL MUSIC BY PIANO SOLOIST DAVID MURRAY.
Nats of Murray Playing (3 seconds)
MURRAY PERFORMED AT FICKLING HALL AS PART OF THE MASTERWORKS AT NOON SERIES THE SCHOOL MUSIC OFFERS TO THE PUBLIC.
MURRAY IS AND AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF KEYBOARD AREA AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY.
HE SAYS HE ENJOYS PLAYING CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR ALL WHO WANT TO HEAR.
David Murray, Pianist "When you are a classically trained and working pianist you spend a lot of time by yourself.  You spend a lot of time with a piano in a room behind a closed door so you don't bother anybody, just playing the same things over and over again, so the best part of my day is to get out and be with other people who want to hear this kind of music"
TO ATTEND ANY OF THE FICKLING HALL CONCERTS OR TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TOWNSEND SCHOOL OF MUSIC VISIT 13 WMAZ DOT COM AND CLICK ON THE LINK IN THE STORY.

STUDENTS FROM TWO COUNTIES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA SHOWED OFF THEIR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING SKILLS BY COMPETING AGAINST EACH OTHER AT A SCIENCE FAIR.
SIXTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADERS PARTICIPATED IN THE HOUSTON REGIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR.
THEY HAD TO DEVELOP SCIENCE PROJECTS AND PUT THEM ON DISPLAY TO BE JUDGED BY PROFESSIONALS FROM VARIOUS DISCIPLINES OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING.
MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY STUDENTS COMPETED IN THE REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR.
THEY CAME FROM HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS, PEACH SCHOOLS AND HOME SCHOOLS.
CHAIRPERSON OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVIEW COMMITTEE....CHERRI NIX SAYS THE STUDENTS HAVE A GREAT TIME PARTICIPATING IN THE FAIR.
Cherri Nix "They think back when they have to go through the scientific method and teaching them problem solving skills, they reflect back to this.  It's a lot of fun just to see the kids get enthusiastic"
THREE INDIVIDUAL GRAND PRIZES WERE AWARDED... TWO FOR SENIOR DIVISION AND ONE FOR JUNIOR DIVISION.
THIRTY SEVEN STUDENTS WERE HONORED WITH FIRST PLACE QUALIFIERS TO COMPETE AT THE STATE SCIENCE FAIR IN ATHENS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA ON APRIL FIRST AND SECOND.

THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES CHAMPION WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUE GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAM RECEIVED A CHECK FROM ONE OF THEIR SUPPORTERS... THAT WILL HELP THEM TO GO SEE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
THE  WYLE CORPORATION PRESENTED A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR CHECK TO WARNER ROBINS WORLD CHAMPION LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL TEAM.
THE COMPANY SAYS THEY WANTED TO SHOW HOW MUCH THEY CARE... AFTER HEARING THAT EACH TEAM MEMBER HAD TO PAY THEIR OWN WAY TO GO MEET PRESIDENT OBAMA LAST YEAR AND THAT SOME TEAM MEMBER WERE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND.
Avery Lamb, "It feels really good cause you know we will get to all go as a family and as a team and we will get to enjoy the time together"
Peter Green, WYLE Group President "Very exciting to be able to participate and help out a little bit and this is a neat cause to be able to help them all go and get some recognition at the white house, that is very exciting"
THE GIRLS VISIT TO WASHINGTON D. C. TO SEE PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS NOT YET BEEN SET.

IT'S A SAD DAY IN ATHENS....UGA EIGHT...U-G-A'S LATEST MASCOT...DIED EARLY TODAY.
HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHOMA LAST MONTH.
UGA-EIGHT DEBUTED IN OCTOBER...BUT BECAME TOO ILL TO TRAVEL TO THE LIBERTY BOWL ON NEW YEAR'S EVE.
THE UNIVERSITY SAYS NO FORMAL FUNERAL CEREMONY IS SCHEDULED.
FOR NOW...LAST YEAR'S INTERIM REPLACEMENT WILL RETURN TO FILL IN...HIS NAME IS RUSS.

     IT'S SUPER BOWL WEEKEND...AND YOU MAY WANT TO FUEL UP FOR THE BIG GAME WITH A NIGHT OUT. 
     SO YOU PROBABLY WANT TO KNOW HOW YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS FARED ON THEIR LATEST HEALTH INSPECTION..
      WE HAVE THIS WEEKS RESTAURANT RATINGS..
      FROM BIBB COUNTY STARTING WITH THE WEEK'S LOWEST SCORES.
     BELLA JAX ON EISENHOWER PARKWAY GOT AN 81....THAT'S A B...COMING AFTER A 95 AND AN A ON ITS LAST INSPECTION. 
     THE CHECKERS DRIVE-IN ON SPRING STREET SCORED 79....OR A C....COMING AFTER A 94...OR AN A...LAST TIME ROUND.
AND THE HONG KONG GARDEN ON HARTLEY BRIDGE ROAD GOT AN 86....THAT'S A B. 
THEY GOT A 97...OR AN A...ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
        NOW FOR OUR TOP SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES.
       KILLIANS PLACE ON CHERRY STREET.... GOT A 100 ON ITS LAST INSPECTION... COMING AFTER ANOTHER 100.
        NU-WAY WEINERS NUMBER SEVEN ON NORTHSIDE DRIVE ALSO SCORED A PAIR OF 100'S ON ITS LATEST TWO INSPECTIONS.
AND ZAXBY'S ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE... TWO MORE 100 SCORES ON THEIR LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
      ALL THOSE SCORES ARE A-S....OF COURSE.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO... 
      KILLIAN'S PLACE... WITH SEVEN STRAIGHT PERFECT SCORES.
      CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE AT KILLIAN'S.
      FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON "RESTAURANT RATINGS" UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
  FROM THERE... YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECK OUT INSPECTION SCORES FROM *YOUR* COUNTY.

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