Sunday, February 13, Eyewitness News at 6

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

CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE DISTRICT 136 ARE WINDING DOWN THEIR CAMPAIGNS... AS TUESDAY'S SPECIAL ELECTION DRAWS CLOSER.
JUDYE SELLIER... ROBERT DICKEY... AND SHARON HOWARD ARE MAKING THEIR LAST PUSHES FOR VOTES.
VANESSA RUFFES SAT DOWN WITH THE CANDIDATES -- ALL THREE SAY THEY HOPE VOTERS MAKE TIME FOR THEM--- AND GET TO THE POLLS TUESDAY.

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BACK IN THE RACE AFTER A STINT IN THE HOSPITAL... DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE SHARON HOWARD SAYS SHE DIDN'T WANT TO STOP HER CAMPAIGN... EVEN AFTER DOCTORS FOUND A VEIN HAD HEMORRHAGED OUTSIDE HER BRAIN.

HOWARD "I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE ROBBERY IF I DID NOT STAY IN THIS RACE"

A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR EDUCATION... HOWARD SAYS HER TEMPORARY ILLNESS ALSO MADE HER BETTER UNDERSTAND THE ISSUE OF HEALTHCARE. SHE SAYS... THOUGH SHE'S A FULL-TIME EMPLOYEE... SHE DOESN'T HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE... AND KNOWS SHE'S NOT ALONE. NOW... SHE HOPES TO MAKE UP THE CAMPAIGNING TIME SHE LOST ... AND IS HOLDING A FINAL MEET-AND-GREET MONDAY FROM 4 TO 6 AT TIPS LOUNGE IN CENTERVILLE.

HOWARD "GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT ME, MEET ME ON A PERSONAL LEVEL. I WANT YOU TO SEE ME FOR WHO I AM, NOT FOR WHAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING YOU ABOUT ME."

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FOR JUDYE SELLIER... THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS WILL BE FOR WINDING DOWN A BUSY TWO-MONTH CAMPAIGN WITH A FEW OF HER GRASSROOTS SUPPORTERS.

SELLIER "WE'VE GOT A FEW MORE THINGS TO GET DONE, A FEW MORE SIGNS TO GO, AND A FEW MORE PHONE CALLS TO MAKE."

THE WIFE OF THE LATE REPRESENTATIVE TONY SELLIER... THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE SAYS SHE'S READY TO START WORK AT THE CAPITOL...
SHE FAVORS SOME BILLS ALREADY PROPOSED... LIKE THE FETAL PAIN BILL... WHICH WOULD LIMIT ABORTIONS AFTER THE 20TH WEEK OF PREGNANCY.... AND THE SUNDAY SALES BILL... WHICH WOULD LET VOTERS DECIDE LOCALLY WHETHER THEY WANT ALCOHOL SALES IN STORES ON SUNDAYS.

SELLIER "FOR THE MOST PART, THIS IS OUR RIGHT. SO GIVE THE PEOPLE THE RIGHT TO VOTE ON THIS."

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ROBERT DICKEY SAYS HE HOPES CENTRAL GEORGIANS EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO VOTE TUESDAY... AND IS MAKING FINAL CAMPAIGN CALLS TO REMIND THEM.

'IT'S THE ONLY ELECTION GOING ON, SO HOPEFULLY EVERYONE WILL TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND GET OUT AND VOTE."

ALSO A REPUBLICAN... HE SAYS HIS VIEWS FALL IN LINE WITH HIS POLITICAL IDEOLOGY... BUT HE'S READY TO WORK WITH ALL SIDES ON THE ISSUES.

"WE'LL SEE WHAT THE LEADERSHIP IS LEANING TOWARD AND TRY TO WORK WITH EVERYBODY."

DICKEY SAYS BALANCING AN INTENSE CAMPAIGN WHILE RUNNING HIS PEACH FARM IS JUST ONE WAY HE'S PREPARED TO HELP TACKLE THE STATE BUDGET...

BUT REGARDLESS OF TUESDAY'S OUTCOME... HE... SELLIER.. AND HOWARD SAY THEY'RE READY FOR THE RESULTS... AND FOR DISTRICT 136 TO BE REPRESENTED IN A LEGISLATIVE SESSION ALREADY UNDERWAY.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE SPECIAL ELECTION IS SET TO FILL THE SEAT OF THE LATE REPRESENTATIVE TONY SELLIER... WHO DIED IN NOVEMBER.
POLLS ARE OPEN TUESDAY FROM SEVEN A-M UNTIL SEVEN P-M.
HOUSE DISTRICT ONE-36 INCLUDES CRAWFORD COUNTY AND PARTS OF BIBB... HOUSTON... LAMAR... MONROE... PEACH AND UPSON COUNTIES.

SOME BARGAIN-HUNTERS DUG DEEP TO FIND HIDDEN TREASURES IN THEIR HOMES--THIS WEEK.

THEY TOOK THEIR ANTIQUES TO A GOLD TRADE SHOW IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
EXPERTS TOLD THE CUSTOMERS THE VALUE OF THEIR GOODS... INCLUDING JEWLERY... COINS AND OLD PAPER CURRENCY.
THE INTERNATIONAL COIN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION HOSTED THE MILLEDGEVILLE SHOW... SINCE TUESDAY--IT WRAPPED UP TODAY.
DANIEL MENDOZA WITH THE GROUP CALLED GOLD AND SILVER COINS... THE MOST POPULAR ITEMS.
HE SAYS ABOUT 300 PEOPLE TURNED OUT FOR THEIR EVENT.

DANIEL MENDOZA, MILLEDGEVILLE
"A LOT OF PEOPLE IN TODAY'S ECONOMY COULD USE THE EXTRA MONEY NOT REALIZING THAT THE MONEY THEY HAVE TUCKED AWAY IN THEIR DRAWER IN THEIR JUNK BOXES IS ACTUALLY WORTH SOME MONEY. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE REALLY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT AND USING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GET SOME MONEY BACK ON THAT."

MENDOZA SAYS ONE COLLECTOR THIS WEEK SPENT TEN-THOUSAND DOLLARS ON SIX GRATED GOLD COINS.
HE SAYS THE NEXT EVENT WILL BE TUESDAY... IN BRUNSWICK... AT THE HAMPTON IN... ON VENTURE DRIVE.

THOUSANDS OF SOON-TO-BE-BRIDES---AND GROOMS--- GOT AN EARLY START ON PLANNING THEIR PERFECT WEDDING.

THE COUPLES HEADED TO THE GEORGIA BRIDAL SHOW AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM... HOPING TO SNAG SOME SWEET DEALS FOR THIER BIG DAY.
ABOUT 45 VENDORS WERE ON HAND TO HELP MAKE WEDDING PLANNING A LITTLE SMOOTHER.
PEOPLE CHECKED OUT EVERYTHING FROM TUXEDOS AND DRESSES TO FANCY CHINA...CATERERS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE CAKE.

AMBER CONLON, WARNER RONBINS: "I CAME HERE LOOKING TO FIND EVERYTHING THAT I NEED FOR THE WEDDING, PHOTOGRAPHERS, CAKES, EVERYTHING, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, SO IT'S BEEN VERY INFORMATIVE AND I'VE GOT LOTS OF BAGS."

EVENT ORGANIZER TOMMY VAUGHN SAYS ONE OF THE TOP WEDDING TRENDS SO FAR... SEEMS TO BE VERY COLORFUL WEDDINGS... ESPECIALLY IN THE DECORATIONS. AMBER CONLON SAYS HER WEDDING ISN'T UNTIL NEXT JULY... BUT SAYS SHE'S PLANNING EARLY--- TO AVOID LAST MINUTE WORRIES.

SONYA...

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST SONYA STEVENS IN THE WEATHER CENTER.

THANKS SONYA WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

TOSS TO SONYA

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
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