Sunday, February 13, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

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.

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 SAYS HER WEDDING ISN'T UNTIL NEXT JULY... BUT SAYS SHE'S PLANNING EARLY--- TO AVOID LAST MINUTE WORRIES.

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.

THE COUNTDOWN IS ON... WITHIN A HALF HOUR... CUPID'S ARROW WILL STRIKE MANY HEARTS.
YOU MAY BE GEARING UP FOR A ROMANTIC DAY WITH YOUR VALENTINE TOMORROW... AND IF YOUR PLANNING ON FLOWERS--- YOU'RE NOT ALONE.

LAWRENCE MAYER FLORISTS IN MACON... SAYS THEY'VE GOT A BUSY DAY SET.
THEY'VE GOT 300 DELIVERIES SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW... AND CLOSED EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON--- TO GET READY FOR THE RUSH.
JOHN MAYER WITH THE SHOP...SAYS THE MOST POPULAR ITEMS ARE FLOWERS AND CHOCOLATES.

ONE NEWLY-ENGAGED COUPLE WE SPOKE TO... SAYS THEY CELEBRATED ON FRIDAY... BY WATCHING A PLAY... BUT SAY THERE'S MORE PLANS TO COME.

ALEXANDRA BURNETT, RYAN VANDIJK
AND THEN FOR HIS VALENTINES IT'S A SURPRISE,
I HAVE NOT GOT THE FAINTEST CLUE ABOUT WHAT IT IS
SOMETHING I'M COOKING UP WE'RE GONNA TO GO SOMEWHERE SPECIAL OUT OF STATE.

THE U-S NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ESTIMATES THAT ONE-POINT-SEVEN BILLION DOLLARS... WILL BE SPENT ON VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS THIS YEAR.
MIKE..

WE JOIN METEOROLOGIST MIKE FULLER IN THE WEATHER CENTER.

THANKS MIKE WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER.

HERE'S MIKE WITH A QUICK CHECK ON YOUR WEATHER.

CUPID'S LIKELY WORKING LATE TONIGHT... GEARING UP FOR TOMORROW'S BIG DAY.
SOME OF YOU--- MAY BE BREWING UP ROMANTIC IDEAS FOR YOUR VALENTINE... WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS TO TELL US... THERE BEST VALENTINES DAY GIFTS.
HERE'S WHAT SOME OF YOU HAD TO SAY.

THIS YEAR MY KIDS GAVE ME V-DAY GIFTS FOR THE FIRST TIME.
MY FIVE-YEAR OLD GAVE ME A CHOCOLATE ROSE... AND MY THREE-YEAR-OLD... GAVE ME A HEART HE COLORED BY HIMSELF.
BEST GIFTS I'VE EVER GOTTEN... THAT'S FROM ROBIN THOMAS.

DENISE JACKSON SAYS... I MARRIED MY BEST FRIEND.... 13-YEARS-AGO... TOMORROW.
AND KRISTINA PIKE SAID... MY ENGAGEMENT RING... THE ONE I REALLY REALLY WANTED.

YOU CAN LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR FAVORITE VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT WAS... ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HEAD OVER TO OUR 13WMAZ DOT COM FACEBOOK PAGE.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER WITH MIKE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS 24-7 ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

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