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

FAMILY... FRIENDS AND MANY OTHER CENTRAL GEORGIANS SAID GOODBYE TO LONG-TIME LEADER ALBERT BILLINGSLEA EARLIER TODAY.

HUNDREDS ATTENDED THE MEMORIAL SERVICE... AT MACON'S CITY AUDITORIUM... TO PAY TRIBUTE TO BILLINGLEA.
82-YEAR-OLD BILLINGSLEA PASSED AWAY ON SUNDAY.
SPEAKERS INCLUDED BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART... FORMER BIBB CHAIRMAN LARRY JUSTICE... AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS.
THEY SPOKE NOT ONLY OF BILLINGSLEA'S LEGACY... BUT ALSO MEMORIES SHARED THROUGH THE YEARS.
BILLINGSLEA WAS A FORMER BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER... PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEMBER... AND CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST.
HIS FRIENDS CALL HIM A HUMBLE.... FAMILY MAN.

BILLINGSLEA WAS LAID TO REST AT MIDDLE GEORGIA MEMORY GARDENS.
HE'S SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE OF 63 YEARS MARGARET... AND DAUGHTERS KAREN... MARGARET ROSE... AND PAULA.

MORE THAN SIX-HUNDRED PEOPLE LOOKING TO SNAG A JOB AS HOUSTON COUNTY'S NEXT EDUCATOR... TOOK PART IN A TEACHER JOB FAIR TODAY.

THEY TRAVELED FROM ALL OVER THE SOUTHEAST... TO CHECK OUT THE EVENT AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL.
REPRESENTATIVES FROM 38-SCHOOLS WERE ON HAND... TO PERFORM SCREENING INTERVIEWS AND CHECK OUT RESUMES.
APPLICANTS WERE ALSO INTERVIEWED... BY SOME OF THE STUDENTS WHO THEY MAY TEACH.
TIM HELMS WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD... SAYS THOSE WHO DO WELL ON THEIR FIRST INTERVIEW... WILL BE INVITED TO COME BACK FOR A SECOND.
HE SAYS THE BOARD IS LOOKING TO FILL AT LEAST 100 HUNDRED NEW TEACHING JOBS... BY NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
TIM HELMS, HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM: "THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME OF YEAR, EACH YEAR WHEN WE HAVE THE HOUSTON COUNTY JOB FAIR, WE SEE SOME GOOD FOLKS THAT ROLL THROUGH HERE THAT ARE HIGH ENERGY, ENTHUSIASTIC, AND ARE LOOKING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE CHILDREN'S LIVES AND THAT'S THE TYPE PEOPLE WE'RE LOOKING FOR."

HELMS ALSO SAYS PEOPLE WHO MISSED THE EVENT... CAN STILL APPLY WITH HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS... HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT.

IF YOU'RE HEADED OUT THIS WEEKEND AND PLAN TO TRAVEL ON I-75.. LISTEN UP!

IN BIBB COUNTY... CREWS WILL BE ON I-75 SOUTHBOUND UNTIL 9 P-M BOTH TODAY AND TOMORROW.
CONSTRUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN MILE MARKER 167 AND 168... TRAFFIC WILL BE IN ONE LANE.
IN HOUSTON AND DOOLY COUNTIES... CREWS WILL START WORKON I-75... IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
CREWS WILL BE WORKING BETWEEN MILE MARKER 117 AND 127... TRAFFIC WILL BE IN ONE LANE.
THEY ARE WORKING TO REPLACE THE INSIDE SHOULDERS... AND TO DRAIN SEWAGE LINES.
THEY'RE EXPECTED TO WRAP UP THE WORK... TOWARDS THE END OF APRIL.

LOBBYIST HAVE ALREADY SPENT BIG BUCKS ON GEORGIA LAWMAKERS DURING THE OPENING WEEKS OF THE 2011 SESSION.
RECORDS SHOW LOBBYISTS SPENT MORE THAN 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON GIFTS.. MEALS... AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR LAWMAKERS.
TOP LEGISLATIVE LEADERS IN THE STATE HOUSE AND SENATE... RECEIVED THE BIGGEST SHARE OF THE FREEBIES.
HOUSE SPEAKER DAVID RALSTON RECEIVED OVER TWO-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN GIFTS LAST MONTH.
NEW ETHIC LAWS REQUIRE LOBBYISTS TO REPORT EVERY TWO WEEKS... WHAT THEY'RE SPENDING.... TO INFLUENCE LAWMAKERS
LEGISLATORS SAY THE GIFTS AND MEALS GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO GET UP TO SPEED ON THE ISSUES... BUT DON'T NECESSARILY INFLUENCE THEIR DECISIONS.

A WARNER ROBINS CHARITY... "BREAST FRIENDS FOREVER".. BROUGHT A LITTLE PINK TO THE GALLERA MALL.... FOR THEIR FIRST FUNDRAISER TODAY.

"GOING ONCE GOING TWICE 15 DOLLARS TO NUMBER TWO"
AS PART OF THE FUNDRAISER... SOME GOT FREE HAIR CUTS... IN EXCHANGE FOR A SMALL DONATION.
OTHERS SHOWED THEIR SUPPORT BY BUYING NEW OR GENTLY USED PURSES... IN AN AUCTION.
THE GROUP WHO HELPS PAY THE BILLS OF BREAST CANCER PATENTS IN A FINANCIAL BIND... ALSO RAFFLED OF A PURSE-SHAPED CAKE.
FOLKS AT THE EVENT SAY THIS EVENT... DESERVES SUPPORT.

JUDY MASON COORDINATOR "WE ARE TRYING TO FIND A CAUSE AND A CURE TO ERADICATE THIS DESIASE AND WE ALSO NEED TO HELP THE PATENTS SUFFERING THROUGH THIS DESISSES BECAUSE THEY NEED HELP FIGHTING IT."
MACHELE WILLIMAS WARNER ROBINS " I HAVE HAD AN AUNT WHO HAS DIED FROM IT SO WHEN I SAW IT I SAID OK I THINK IT IS GOOD CAUSE AND I WAS GOING TO GET MY HAIR CUT ANYHOW SO NOW IT WILL GO TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE."

IF YOU MISSED THE EVENT AND WOULD LIKE TO DONATE... CALL 478-953-1377... AGAIN THAT'S 478-953-1377.

SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE TAKING PROACTIVE STEPS FOR THEIR KIDS SAFETY.

ITS ALL PART OF A CHILD IDENTIFICATION EVENT... HOSTED BY THE GEORGIA MASONS AND CENTERVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
PEOPLE BROUGHT THEIR KIDS TO CENTERVILLE'S CITY HALL TO GET THEIR FINGER PRINTS TAKEN... ALONG WITH D-N-A TESTS.
KIDS ALSO TOOK PHOTO I-D'S AND MADE RECORDINGS OF THEIR VOICE.
ALL EFFORTS THAT AUTHORITIES SAY WILL HELP IN THE RECOVERY AND IDENTFICATION OF MISSING CHILDREN.
PARENT CINDY YON SAYS SHE'S HAD A CHILD ABDUCTED BEFORE... AND THANKFULLY.... GOT HER KID BACK.
YON SAYS THE CHILD-I-D KIT WOULD'VE BEEN HELPFUL... AND SAYS SHE WANTS TO BE MORE PREPARED.

CINDY YON, FORT VALLEY: "I MEAN IF YOU ARE SITTING THERE TRYING TO THINK, YOUR STRESSED YOU ARE LIKE OK WHAT DO THEY WEIGH HOW TALL ARE THEY UH HOW TALL ARE THEY UH AND THAT WAY THE PACKAGE IS RIGHT HERE AND ALL THERE INFROMATION WAS THERE SO YOU JUST HAND IT TO THEM AND IF YOU ARE TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY AND CANT THINK OF SOMETHING ITS ALREADY THERE"

THE EVENT IS PART OF THE GEORGIA CHIP PROGRAM.

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 PERRY PAGE.... WHERE THE PERRY CHIROPRACTIC HEALTH CENTER... PLANS TO HOST ITS ANNUAL DOCTORS WITH A HEART DAY ON FEBRUARY 15TH.
THE HEALTH CENTER WILL GIVE AWAY ITS SERVICES IN EXCHANGE FOR NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS... TO BE DONATED TO "LOAVES AND FISHES."
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY... HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

JASON...

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST JASON DISHAROON IN THE WEATHER CENTER.

THANKS JASON WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

YOU'RE ADDING LOTS OF PHOTOS TO OUR GALLERIES AT 13 W-M-A-Z DOT COM...THESE ARE FROM THE MY FIRST BIRTHDAY GALLERY.

THIS ONE SAYS... FEEDING DADDY CAKE.

AND THIS ONE SAYS... WHAT'S IN THE BAG

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.
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WE'LL SEE YOU LATER.


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