Friday, February 11, Eyewitness News at 6

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 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M FRANK MALLOY..
 AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

    WARNER ROBINS STATE REPRESENTATIVE ... WILLIE TALTON SAYS HE'S FALLEN BEHIND ON HIS PROPERTY TAXES... BUT FULLY INTENDS TO PAY THEM.
    ACCORDING TO TAX RECORDS... TALTON OWED ABOUT 17-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LATE PAYMENTS AS OF THIS MORNING.
    HE TOLD LORRA LYNCH-JONES... ITS A TOUGH TIME FOR EVERYONE.. HIMSELF INCLUDED.
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STATE REPRESENTATIVE WILLIE TALTON SAYS AFTER RETIRING FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT... HIS RENTAL PROPERTIES BECAME HIS MAIN SOURCE OF INCOME.
ACCORDING TO COUNTY PROPERTY TAX RECORDS... HE OWNS MORE THAN 70 IN WARNER ROBINS AND HOUSTON COUNTY.
Willie Talton: (13:40 ) "With the economy like it is, the rental business has been tough. The way my tenants are paying, basically you can't pay til you get it."
HE SAYS LATE PAYMENTS FROM TENANTS.... MADE HIM LATE ON SOME OF HIS PROPERTY TAXES.
(TAKE GFX)
AS OF FRIDAY MORNING... RECORDS SHOWED TALTON WAS LATE PAYING ABOUT 17,000 DOLLARS IN PROPERTY TAXES.
HE OWED ABOUT 15-HUNDRED FROM 2009... AND MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND FOR 2010.
RECORDS SHOWED 5 CURRENT LIENS.... AND MANY MORE... LIFTED IN THE PAST YEAR... AFTER LATE PAYMENTS.
Willie Talton: (15:00) "I own the property. I got to pay it, and I'm going to pay it."
IN FACT... TALTON SAID HE WAS ON THE WAY TO PAY .... WHEN 13WMAZ CALLED HIM FOR AN INTERVIEW AROUND NOON FRIDAY.
BY 1:30.. HE SHOWED US A RECEIPT SHOWING HE PAID THE 2009 TAXES... AND SOME TOWARD THE 2010 BILL... WITH MORE ON THE WAY.
Willie Talton: (14:32) "I'm working on paying by March or after. I realize I have to pay some interest, but I'm going to pay that."
TAX COMMISSIONER MARK KUSHINKA SAYS AFTER MARCH 20TH... THE COUNTY WILL TACK ON TEN-PERCENT. THE LIEN PROCESS WOULD BEGIN IN APRIL.
Mark Kushinka: (4:36) "He's not the only one in this county that hasn't paid 2010 taxes at this point."
Willie Talton: (17:10) "I'm just like everybody else. I'm unemployed and on a fixed income."
AND HE SAYS HIS STATUS AS STATE REPRESENTATIVE... DOESN'T EXEMPT HIM FROM TOUGH TIMES... OR THE TAXES HE OWES.
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>>    TALTON SAID HE DIDN'T RECEIVE A NOTICE ABOUT THE 2009 PROPERTY LIENS UNTIL LAST NIGHT... WHEN HE RETURNED FROM HIS LEGISLATIVE DUTIES IN ATLANTA.
    HE SAID THAT'S WHY HE WAS ON THE WAY TO PAY THEM TODAY... WHEN WE CALLED TO SPEAK WITH HIM.

    TWO CENTRAL GEORGIA POST OFFICES WILL PERMANENTLY CLOSE THEIR DOORS NEXT WEEK.
    THE BRANCHES AT MACON MALL AND NORTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS WILL SHUT DOWN ... THANKS TO A DECLINE IN MAIL VOLUME.
    BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS.
<<    FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS SUSIE DEAN'S FAMILY LEASED THIS POST OFFICE BOX IN WARNER ROBINS.
    BUT ON TUESDAY.. THIS LOCATION BECOMES HISTORY.
Susie Dean, Warner Robins, "What about all the people that walk. We have a lot of walkers. A lot of seniors."
    THE CLOSING MOVES CUSTOMERS TO THE MAIN BRANCH ON RUSSELL PARKWAY.
Darius Ivey, Warner Robins, "Shocked. I was shocked man. I couldn't believe it."     
Albert Solomon, Warner Robins, "A lot of people are like me and they depend on this post office to transact their business, and when they have to go way across town there's to do it there's going to be long lines."
    POSTMASTER ANGELA COLLIER SAYS THE CLOSING IS BASED ON A LEASING DISAGREEMENT.... IT'S ALSO A MOVE TO CONSOLIDATE AND ADJUST OPERATIONS....
    BUT POSTAL SERVICE OFFICIALS HOPE TO MAKE THE CHANGE AS EASY ON CUSTOMERS AS POSSIBLE.
Angela Collier, Postmaster: "Except for going to a different location they should have anything different because they're going to have the same box number they're going to have the same zip code."
    EVEN THOUGH THE POST OFFICE IS SHUTTING DOWN... PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF TOWN WON'T BE WITHOUT MAIL SERVICE...
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    EXCEPTIONAL MAIL AND MORE OPENED ON FEBRUARY FIRST...
Tod Cowart, Exec. Dir. Happy Hour: "The city knew that postal service still needed to be offered and I just think we're all grateful we can do it."
    THE STORE... WHICH A DIVISION OF HAPPY HOUR SERVICE CENTER.... PROVIDES JOBS FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED ADULTS.... WHILE MEETING ALL YOUR MAILING NEEDS...AT THE SAME COST AS THE POSTAL SERVICE.
Tod Cowart: "Just provide the same services you had with the United States Post office and keep you from having to drive over to Russell Parkway."
    BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
    THE MACON MALL POST OFFICE IS CLOSING BECAUSE OF LOWER REVENUE AND BECAUSE OWNERS PLAN TO TEAR DOWN THAT WING OF THE MALL.
     POST OFFICE SPOKESWOMAN NANCY GIBBS SAYS THEY'RE APPROVING CLOSINGS ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS...AND NO OTHER CLOSINGS ARE SCHEDULED FOR CENTRAL GEORGIA AT THIS TIME.

     A WOMAN IS IN JAIL THIS AFTERNOON AFTER POLICE SAY SHE TRIED TO ASSAULT A RESTAURANT WORKER WITH A SYRINGE.
      WARNER ROBINS POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH SAYS 33-YEAR-OLD MELBI AVILA TRIED TO ASSAULT A WORKER AT STEVIE B'S PIZZA ON WATSON BOULEVARD WITH A SYRINGE CONTAINING AN UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE.
    AVILA WAS ARRESTED... AND PUGH SAYS CHARGES ARE PENDING.
    PUGH SAYS SHE DOESN'T KNOW IF AVILA AND THE WORKER KNEW EACH OTHER.

    A GROUP OF FORMER HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATES ARE COMING TOGETHER TO HELP A CHILD IN NEED OF A LIVER TRANSPLANT.
    IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT...SEE HOW A FAST PACED FITNESS CLASS HOPES TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR A TWELVE YEAR OLD IN GRAY.    
 Zumba fitness instructor Carol Johnson loves breaking a sweat.
With lots of music and dance moves...she works to keep people in shape. This Saturday she says she'll share those moves with people who show up at a fundraiser for a 12 year old in need of a liver transplant.

sot: We all have children and we all live our lives day to day and one little thing can throw it off.

Johnson and some former high school classmates have a fundraiser set to help the son of Sheila Hodges...12 year old Brock Hodges who was born with liver disease. She says she heard about their need through Facebook and wanted to do something fun to get the community involved.

SOT: "Through the power of facebook we reconnected and as a mother, I felt her mother's heart going through this with her child and just felt like we had this opportunity with what we're doing with Zumba to contribute and help."

SOT: Brock, whe he was born, he was born with a liver disease at 5 weeks old. At 5 1/2 months old he went in for a liver transplant. I was actually his donor the first time.

Sheila says the transplant was a treatment and not a cure and after some recent complications, Brock now needs another.
She says hospital visits had added up quick...They now owe more than 250 thousand dollars in medical bills.
She and her son say they are thankful for how the community is communing together to help.

sot: I love being a kid that I have a whole lot of people caring for me.

the fundraiser will incorporate a zumba class for beginners....a silent auction and much more at the gray 8 skate center in Gray
Johnson says it's the least she can do for a friend and fellow mother who continues to pray for a miracle.
    THE ZUMBA PARTY FUNDRAISER FOR BROCK HODGES GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW AT GRAY 8 SKATE FROM 10-11:30AM.
    DOORS OPEN AT 9:30 AND THERE IS A $10 DONATION TO GET IN.        

     SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE LOOKING AT A PRETTY WEEKEND...AND YOU MAY HAVE PLANS TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.
     AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTUARANT RATINGS..
THIS WEEK...WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY... AND WE'LL START WITH OUR LOW SCORES FIRST.
THE K-F-C ON SAM NUNN BOULEVARD IN PERRY GOT AN 80....THAT'S A B.... COMING AFTER ANOTHER B LAST TIME... AN 83.
    THE INSPECTOR SAYS FOOD WAS NOT COVERED WHEN STORED... AND THAT HOT AND COLD FOODS WEREN'T BEING HELD AT THE PROPER TEMPERATURES.
    THEY ALSO SAID NOT ALL SURFACES WERE PROPERLY CLEANED.
    THE LITTLE CAESARS ON RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS GOT A 77.... A C... AFTER AN 83... OR A B... ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
    THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS PERMITS AND SAFETY INFORMATION WERE NOT POSTED... EQUIPMENT WAS NOT PROPERLY STORED... AND THEY SAID THE STAFF NEEDED TO IMPROVE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.
    ON RE-INSPECTION...THEY GOT AN 82...THAT'S ANOTHER B.
     THE ZAXBY'S ON NORTH DAVIS DRIVE GOT AN 89....OR A B...COMING AFTER ANOTHER B...AN 84...LAST TIME AROUND.
    THEY SAID EQUIPMENT MUST BE STORED PROPERLY....PLUMBING WAS NOT PROPERLY INSTALLED...AND THEY ALSO CITED THE STAFF'S     PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.
    NOW FOR OUR HIGH SCORES OF THE WEEK.
THE BURGER KING ON WARREN DRIVE GOT A 100.... AFTER  A 90... LAST TIME.    NEIGHBORS BAR AND GRILL ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD GOT A 100....AFTER A 95 ON ITS LAST INSPECTION.
    AND SHENANIGANS PUB... ALSO ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE... GOT A 100... AFTER ANOTHER 100 LAST TIME.
    ALL OF THOSE SCORES ARE A-S. TUNE IN TONIGHT AT ELEVEN TO FIND OUT THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER... FRANK...LEAH?
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.
    YOU CAN ALSO CHECK THEM OUT IN THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION

    SOME TEACHERS IN BIBB COUNTY ENDED THIS WEEK WITH A CELEBRATION LUNCHEON.
    IT'S A STORY THAT COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
     TEACHERS AT SKYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WERE SERVED IN HONOR OF TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY.
    THE P-T-O ORGANIZED THE EVENT TO SAY THANK YOU TO BOTH TEACHERS AND STAFF.
    PRINCIPAL JUDY VICKERS SAYS STAFF MEMBERS WERE THRILLED TO BE RECOGNIZED AND HONORED THAT FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ALBERT ABRAMS...AND FORMER SUPERINTENDENT SYLVIA MCGEE....CAME TO HELP SERVE.
Judy Vickers, Principal:"it was actually a surprise to see them here serving our teachers it put a different perspective on education"
Regina Thurmond,  Teacher: "they're taking their time out of their day to come and tell us how much they appreciate us and what we do for their children really makes an impact.
    ORGANIZERS SAY TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND HONOR THE IMPACT THAT TEACHERS HAVE ON STUDENTS.

     VALENTINES DAY IS MONDAY... AND IF YOU HAVEN'T PICKED UP A SPECIAL PRESENT FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE... YOU'LL NEED TO HIT THE STORES THIS WEEKEND.
     TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... HOW MUCH WILL YOU SPEND ON VALENTINES DAY?
      SO FAR... 5 PERCENT OF VOTERS SAY THEY'LL SPEND MORE THAN A HUNDRED DOLLARS.
      19 PERCENT WILL SPEND BETWEEN 50 AND 100.
      47 PERCENT WILL SPEND LESS THAN 50...
      AND 29 PERCENT DON'T PLAN TO SPEND ANYTHING.
  TO CAST YOUR VOTE... VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
    LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL LINK IN THE DON'T MISS SECTION ON OUR HOMEPAGE.






















































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