Saturday, February 12, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 6.

THE BIBB COUNY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A WOMAN IS STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION TONIGHT... AFTER BEING SHOT BY A MAN SHE WAS DRIVING HOME---FROM A PARTY.

A NEWS RELEASE SAYS 41-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL DEON HOWARD IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND PAROLE VIOLATION.
INVESTIGATORS SAY HE SHOT 34-YEAR-OLD KEEVIE VARNADO IN THE HEAD.

THEY SAY IT HAPPENED IN A VAN EARLY THIS MORNING ON YELLOWSTONE WAY... AFTER HE ARGUED WITH VARNADO FOR HOURS AT THE PARTY.
THE RELEASE SAYS JUST BEFORE FOUR-O-CLOCK... HOWARD TOLD SOMEONE TO CALL 9-1-1... BECAUSE HE SAID... THERE WERE SHOTS FIRED IN THE AREA.

WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED... THE CALLER TOLD THEM THERE WAS A SUSPICIOUS PERSON---HOWARD... SITTING ON THEIR FRONT PORCH.
AS DEPUTIES DROVEHOWARD HOME... THEY SPOTTED A WHITE DODGE CARAVAN---STILL RUNNING... THAT HAD HIT A PARKED VEHICLE.
THEN... DEPUTIES FOUND VARNADO ON THE GROUND.

INVESTIGATORS ARE SEARCHING FOR THE WEAPON USED.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CALL THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441... AGAIN THAT'S 478-746-9441.

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

IN HOUSTON AND DOOLY COUNTIES... CREWS WILL WORK ON I-75... IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
IT WILL HAPPEN BETWEEN MILE MARKER 117 AND 127... TRAFFIC WILL MERGE TO 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.

MANY CENTRAL GEORGIANS FISHED FOR INTERESTING WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR OUTDOOR GAME THIS WEEKEND.

BUT OF COURSE... SOME FIRST PREPARED FOR THE TURKEY CALL CONTEST.
OTHERS FLOATED BETWEEN THE 500 VENDORS... THAT COVERED THE PERRY AG-CENTER FLOOR.
MORE THAN TEN-THOUSAND PEOPLE GOT TIPS ON HUNTING... FISHING--- AND LEARNED THEIR WAY AROUND SOME NEW OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT.
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO CHECK IT OUT... THE EVENT CONTINUES TOMORROW AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS... FROM NINE-IN THE MORNING UNTIL FIVE-P-M.
JERRY MCCOLLUM WITH THE GEORGIA WILDLIFE FEDERATION... SAYS THIS IS THE LARGEST SHOW THEY'VE HAD IN A DECADE... AND EXPECTS THOUSANDS TO TURN OUT TOMORROW.

JERRY MCCOLLUM, GA. WILDLIFE FEDERATION
ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE FOR FISHING PLUS WE HAVE A LOT OF GUIDES HERE WHERE YOU CAN ACTUALLY COME IN AND BOOK A FISHING TRIP IF YOU'RE NOT SUCH A GOOD FISHERMAN WE HAVE EXPERTS HERE WHO YOU CAN PAY TO TAKE YOU ON A FISHING TRIP WHERE YOU GONNA REALLY HAVE SOME SUCCESS.
JERRY ROBERTS, PERRY
LOOK LIKE WE HAD A LOT OF TRAFFIC COME THROUGH TODAY, HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE INQUIRING ABOUT DIFFERENT TURKEY CALLS, AND IT'S JUST BEEN A GREAT SHOW SO FAR

THE SHOW ALSO FEATURES A SNAKE EXHIBIT FOR KIDS... AND YOU CAN ALSO CHECK OUT THE "GO FISH" DISPLAY ON THE FAIRGROUNDS.
AGAIN... THE EVENT CONTINUES TOMORROW FROM NINE-A-M TO FIVE-P-M.
SOME PEOPLE GATHERED IN DUBLIN TO LEARN ABOUT HOUSE RESOLUTION 186 TODAY.
IF PASSED... THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT WOULD ALLOW GEORGIANS TO VOTE IN 20-12... ON WHETHER TO MAKE BETTING ON HORSE RACING LEGAL.
PAST ATTEMPTS TO MAKE IT LEGAL HAVE FAILED... BUT AS LAUREN DISPIRITO EXPLAINS... SOME SUPPORTERS SAY THIS YEAR... THERE'S A BETTER CHANCE IT COULD PASS.

NATS "THIS IS OUR HORSE IN WEST VIRGINIA"

ANNA MAY SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND ROBERT FULFILLED A LIFE-LONG DREAM ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO... WHEN THEY BEGAN RAISING RACE HORSES ON THEIR RENTZ FARM.

ANNA MAY, RENTZ: "I'VE ALWAYS LOVED HORSES, SINCE I WAS A CHILD WE HAD HORSES, HE'S GROWN UP AROUND HORSES."

ROBERT MAY SAYS THEY SEND THEIR HORSES AS FAR AS NEW YORK... SINCE THEY CAN'T RACE THEM IN GEORGIA..

ROBERT MAY: "IF WE COULD GET PARI-MUTUEL WAGERING TO ALLOW HORSE RACING IT WOULD BRING A LOT OF REVENUE TO THIS STATE THAT IS ACTUALLY LEAVING."

THE MAYS ORGANIZED SATURDAY'S GEORGIA EQUINE EDUCATIONAL PROJECT MEETING IN DUBLIN. THE GROUP WORKS TO MAKE BETTING ON HORSE-RACING LEGAL.

NATS PRESENTER

PRESIDENT ED GADRIX SAYS THE RESOLUTION HAS A BETTER SHOT OF GETTING TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK NOW... BECAUSE IT GOES BEFORE A COMMITTEE... THAT'S LIKELY TO DISCUSS IT. STATE REPRESENTATIVE MATT HATCHETT SAYS HE SUPPORTS THE IDEA.

MATT HATCHETT:"I TEND TO AGREE TO LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON IT AND LET THEM DECIDE, I THINK THAT'S WHY WE'RE THERE, IT'S A DEMOCRACY."

HUGH GILES, MONROE CO: "WE'VE GOT OTHER GAMBLING THAT THE STATE AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVE APPROVED SO WHY SHOULDN'T WE HAVE HORSE RACING?"

THE GROUP SAYS IN GEORGIA... THE INDUSTRY COULD BE WORTH 1 BILLION DOLLARS AND CREATE MORE THAN 10 THOUSAND JOBS. SOME PEOPLE IN THE AREA SHARED THEIR FEELINGS ON THE RESOLUTION.

ANITA MCRAE, DUBLIN: "MAYBE THE ECONOMY WOULD BE BETTER HERE IN LAURENS COUNTY AND IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA"
BIL HARVEY, BRUNSWICK: "I DON'T THINK THEY'LL GAIN AS MANY JOBS AS THEY THINK THEY WILL"

ANNA MAY SAYS SHE HOPES TO ONE DAY RAISE A KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER...

ANNA MAY: "THIS IS HOME, I WANT TO DO STAY HOME TO DO THIS

FOR NOW... SHE WANTS HORSE-BETTING IN GEORGIA TO GET ON NEXT YEAR'S STATEWIDE BALLOT... AND LET VOTERS DECIDE.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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EYEWITNESS NEWS

GADRIX SAYS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS... HE EXPECTS A HOUSE COMMITTEE TO HOLD A HEARING ON THE ISSUE.
HE SAYS ITS UP TO THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS... TO DECIDE WHETHER TO TAKE A VOTE ON THE RESOLUTION.

ABOUT A-HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS ROLLED-UP THEIR SLEEVES AND GOT TO WORK... FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP IN MILLEDGEVILLE THIS MORNING.

CITY LEADERS... COLLEGE STUDENTS... AND PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE AREA... TOOK TO THE STREETS OF THE OCONEE HEIGHTS AND MILLEDGEVILLE MANOR COMMUNITIES.
THEY PICKED UP BROKEN BOTTLES... TRASH.... AND USED TRACTORS TO KNOCK DOWN DEAD TREES.
IT'S ALL PART OF AN EFFOR TO SRUCE UP THE AREA... AND BOOST THE NEIGHBORHOOD'S PRIDE.
WESLEY CHAPLE A-M-E CHURCH PASTOR TONY FRALEY ORGANIZED THE EVENT.
HE SAYS TODAY'S CLEAN UP EFFORT IS PART OF A LONG TERM PROJECT TO HELP THE AREA'S IMAGE.

TONY FRALEY: MACON
"THAT WE SEE A COMMUNITY RESTORED. PREHAPS WERE THERE ARE NO SIDEWALKS WE COULD GET ENOUGH GRANT MONEY TO PUT SIDEWALKS. WHERE THE ABANDONED HOMES ARE EITHER THEY ARE TORN DOWN OR FIXED UP FOR LIVING."

FRALEY SAYS THIS IS THE THIRD CLEANUP EVENT THIS YEAR.
SOME FOLKS TESTED OUT THEIR ARTISTIC SKILLS TODAY.

THEY CAME OUT TO THE MASSEE LANE GARDENS IN FORT VALLEY TO GET SOME PAINTING TIPS.
PEOPLE CREATED PICTURES OF CAMELLIAS... WHILE LEARNING SOME ART BASICS.
THEY ALSO LEARNED HOW TO PAINT USING THE ONE-STROKE TECHNIQUE.
THE CLASS FEATURED LOCAL ARTISTS... SHIRLEY RAINWATER AND MARY PARKS... WHO ALSO TAUGHT THE CLASS.
JO-ANN DANKEL OF FORT VALLEY SAYS SHE'S NOT A PROFESSIONAL PAINTER... BUT THE CLASS WAS A FUN WAY TO DISCOVER A NEW TALENT AND GET INVOLVED WITH PEOPLE IN THE AREA.

JOANN DANKEL, FORT VALLEY: " I LEARNED THAT ITS OKAY TO MAKE A MISTAKE, THAT NOBODY ELSE KNOWS ITS A MISTAKE BUT YOU AND YOU CAN FIX THE THINGS THAT YOU'RE NOT REALLY HAPPY WITH SO, ITS REALLY MAINLY FOR FUN AND JUST KIND OF BE FREE AND DO WHATEVER YOU LIKE."

MASSEE LANE GARDEN'S NEXT EVENT... WILL BE THE MIDDLE GEORGIA CAMELLIA SHOW ON FEBUARY 26TH AND 27TH.

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