Monday, March 7, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY.. AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11..

THE PRICES ARE CONTINUING THEIR CLIMB AT THE PUMP.
ACCORDING TO TRIPLE-A... THE AVERAGE PRICE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR UNLEADED GAS HAS BEEN THREE DOLLARS AND 43 CENTS FOR THE PAST TWO DAYS... NEARLY A FIFTY CENT HIKE SINCE THIS TIME A MONTH AGO.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH SOME DRIVERS THIS EVENING TO SEE HOW THEY'RE DEALING WITH SKYROCKETING FUEL PRICES.
"Tuesday it was 3.09... the next Friday it was 3.17 and now it's sitting at 3.45."
JASON HINKLE SAYS HE'S TIRED OF WATCHING PRICES RISE AT THE PUMP...
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"It's just too high."
HINKLE BOUGHT THIS FORD ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO...
"The day I got it I spent about thirty seven dollars to fill it up."
NOW HE SAYS HE RARELY FILLS UP HIS CAR... BUT IF HE DID IT WOULD COST ABOUT SIXTY BUCKS.
"Hurts my paycheck."
THE TWIGGS COUNTY MAN SAYS GAS PRICES HAVE HIM HANGING OUT AT HOME MORE THESE DAYS...
" I can't go to the movies, I can't go here, I can't really do anything because of the way the economy is number one and because of gas prices."
GAS PRICES HAVE RISEN 15 CENTS IN A WEEK... ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A. NOW... THEY'VE TOPPED 3-40 A GALLON.
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PRICES LIKE THAT HAVE REGINALD FISHER CHANGING HIS ROUTINE AT THE PUMP...
"I ain't gonna fill up but I'll keep some in there."
BUT NO MATTER WHAT HOW HIGH THE NUMBERS IN LIGHTS GO... HE SAYS ONE THING IS STILL TRUE.
"You got a car, you gotta have gas."
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TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... WHAT ARE YOU DOING DIFFERENTLY DUE TO HIGH GAS PRICES?
59 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU'RE DRIVING LESS.
17 PERCENT OF YOU ARE CUTTING BACK ELSEWHERE.
AND 24 PERCENT OF YOU AREN'T MAKING ANY CHANGES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

TWO INMATES MADE A DASH FOR FREEDOM TONIGHT BUT IT DIDN'T LAST LONG..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE..
DEFOE SAID THE TWO INMATES RAN FROM THE BIBB COUNTY COURTHOUSE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS LOADED OTHER INMATES INTO A TRANSPORT VAN.
IT HAPPENED AROUND SEVEN O'CLOCK AFTER A LATE COURT SESSION..
DEPUTIES , BAILIFFS, MEMBERS OF THE U.S. MARSHALL'S FUGITIVE TASK FORCE AND MACON POLICE CHASED 18 YEAR OLD JEREMY ANTWON TAYLOR AND 18 YEAR OLD TRYONE BROWN JR. TO THE SPRING STREET BRIDGE.
TAYLOR WAS CAUGHT RUNNING DOWN THE BRIDGE.
BROWN WAS CAPTURED HIDING UNDER THE BRIDGE..

SIX PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED FOR EBT CARD FRAUD TOTALING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN WILKINSON COUNTY..
THAT'S ACCORDING TO SHERIFF RICHARD CHATMAN..
CHATMAN SAID OPERATION HANDOUT FOCUSED ON SHINHOLSTER'S GROCERY & MEAT MARKET IN IRWINTON AND NORTHWIND MINI-MART IN MCINTYRE.
THE TWO STORES WERE TARGETED FOR CASHING OUT THE CARDS FOR CASH.
CHATMAN SAYS THE STORE OWNERS GAVE THE CARDHOLDERS A SEVENTY/THIRTY SPLIT OF THE MONEY.
HE SAID INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE SHINHOLSTER'S COMMITTED MORE THAN FOUR AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN FRAUD BETWEEN 2006 AND 2011, AND NORTHWIND COMMITTED MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN FRAUD BETWEEN 2009 AND 2011..

THE HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD IS ELIMINATING SOME POSITIONS... BUT NOT THE PEOPLE THAT FILL THEM.
SUPERINTENDENT ROBINS HINES THEY'RE CUTTING 21 ACHIEVEMENT SPECIALIST JOBS IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS... BECAUSE FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THOSE POSITIONS IS RUNNING OUT.
FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS... THE SYSTEM PAID FOR THE SPECIALISTS TO HELP STUDENTS CONSIDERED "AT-RISK"... USING THREE-POINT-SIX MILLION DOLLARS IN AMERICAN REINVESTMENT AND RECOVERY ACT FUNDING.
HINES SAYS THEY'RE SAD TO SEE THE POSITIONS GO... BUT THEY'VE PLACED ALL THE PEOPLE IN OTHER JOBS.

WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL WELCOMED FORMER GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE HOME TONIGHT.
THEY GAVE HIM AND HIS WIFE MARY... WHAT'S CONSIDERED THE CITY'S HIGHEST HONOR.... A KEY TO THE CITY. MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN THANKED PERDUE FOR HIS EIGHT YEARS OF LEADERSHIP... CALLING THE FORMER GOVERNOR A ROLE MODEL AND GREAT CHRISTIAN LEADER.
PERDUE ALSO RECEIVED A KEY FROM THE CITIES OF CENTERVILLE AND PERRY... WITH BOTH MAYORS PRESENT.
HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN... TOMMY STALNAKER ALSO ATTENDED TO SHOW PERDUE HIS APPRECIATION.
Sonny Perdue, Houston County: "I'm glad weve been received so well, to reacquaint with so many friends. Eight years is a long time, and we were not able to get home very much while we were in office. It was a full time job. To be able to come back and see friends we've known most of our lives is really special."
CITY COUNCIL ALSO GAVE EACH OF THE WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP GIRLS... A KEY TO THE CITY... CALLING THEM AMBASSADORS.
THEY PRESENTED ANOTHER KEY TO A LOCAL MARINE WHO WAS AWARDED THE BRONZE STAR FOR VALOR.... FIRST SERGEANT CHRISTOPHER ADAMS.

GEORGIA VOTERS WILL STILL HAVE TO SHOW VALID PHOTO I-D AT THE POLLS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A RULING BY THE STATE SUPREME COURT.
THEY SAY THE 2006 LAW IS REASONABLE... AND DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE.
STATE SENATOR CECIL STATON FROM MACON SPONSORED THAT BILL... AND HE SAYS THE LAW MAKES VOTING SAFER.State Sen. Cecil Staton, Macon: "There's absolutely nothing wron giwth expecting people to identify themselves when they come to vote. This is just a common-sense requirement that furthers our attempts to reduce the opportunity for voter fraud." STATON SAYS THE MOST RECENT RULING WON'T CHANGE ANYTHING FOR VOTERS BECAUSE THE LAW HAS BEEN IN EFFECT FOR SEVERAL ELECTION CYCLES.

MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS AGO... THE FIRST TEXTILE PLANT OPENED UP SHOP IN EAST DUBLIN.
THIS SPRING... THE LAST REMAINING PLANT WILL CLOSE FOR GOOD.
LAUREN DISPIRITO TALKED WITH FORMER TEXTILE WORKERS... WHO SAY THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY'D SEE A DAY WITHOUT THE INDUSTRY WHICH WAS ONCE PART OF THE FABRIC OF THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL GEORGIANS.
Nats John Sheppard "All of this was here in the front"

OUTSIDE EAST DUBLIN'S OLD J-P STEVENS TEXTILE PLANT... JOHN SHEPPARD REMEMBERS THE GOOD OLD DAYS.

John Sheppard, East Dublin: "You never did have a Saturday off, but it was good because the overtime is what made you, is what you made to get by with."

LOOKING OUT AT THE BUILDING WHERE HE SPENT MUCH OF HIS ADULT LIFE ... NOW A SHELL OF WHAT IT ONCE WAS... IS ALMOST TOO MUCH TO BEAR.

John Sheppard, East Dublin: "Makes you want to cry...yeah...sad."

NEXT MONTH... MORE THAN SIXTY YEARS OF LAUREN'S COUNTY'S ONCE THRIVING TEXTILE INDUSTRY COMES TO END... AS MOHAWK INDUSTRIES PREPARES TO CLOSE IT'S EAST DUBLIN PLANT.

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FORMER TEXTILE WORKERS... INCLUDING EAST DUBLIN MAYOR GEORGE GORNTO... SAY THEY NEVER IMAGINED THE DAY WOULD COME.

George Gornto, Mayor East Dublin:"I couldn't envision this place being empty"

BETWEEN THE 1950S TO MID 80S... GORNTO SAYS TEXTILE FACTORIES KEPT THOUSANDS IN LAURENS AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES WITH A ROOF OVER THEIR HEAD.

George Gornto, Mayor East Dublin: "fed a lot of people, clothed them, sent their kids to school, bought houses, cars"

FOR THE FIRST TIME... HE SAYS... THE REGION'S WORKFORCE MOVED OFF OF THE FARMS... AND INTO FACTORIES.
HUNDREDS MADE CARPET AT MOHAWK'S NATHANIEL DRIVE PLANT... AND J.P. STEVENS' DUEL WOOL PLANTS EMPLOYED THOUSANDS.

John Sheppard, East Dublin "we just had a good time, I mean we cut up, but we worked"
Ralph Jeffers, Laurens County: " (laughs) When I went to work with J. P. Stevens it was the place to go"

RALPH JEFFERS WENT TO WORK AFTER GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL... AND SAYS THEY FORMED A TIGHT-KNIT FAMILY.

Ralph Jeffers, Laurens County: "when the first original lay off happened it was a big surprise"

MOHAWK LAID OFF HALF OF ITS WORKERS TWO YEARS AGO...SENDING SHOCK WAVES THROUGH A COMMUNITY ALREADY SUFFERING FROM THE CLOSURE OF THE FORMER J-P STEVENS - THEN FORSTMANN PLANT.

Emory Lake, County Commissioner: "we were raised up with these industries and it's had a real impact on our community of raising children and our families here, and it's sorta sad."

COUNTY COMMISSIONER EMORY LAKE SAYS EVEN AS BUSINESSES FADED OUT... THE END OF YET ANOTHER ONE.. SO INTEGRAL TO THE FABRIC OF EAST DUBLIN'S PAST AND PRESENT... SURPRISED HIM.

John Sheppard: "It was your life, it was your family"

JOHN SHEPPARD SAYS HE'LL HANG ON TO HIS FAVORITE MEMORY... TAKING HIS LOVED ONES TO THE PLANT... FOR THEIR ANNUAL FAMILY DAYS.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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TWO WEEKS AGO... MOHAWK INDUSTRIES TOLD EMPLOYEES AT THEIR EAST DUBLIN PLANT THEY PLAN TO CLOSE DOORS PERMANTENTLY NEXT MONTH.

IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE STORIES MAKING HEADLINES IN THE ENTERTAINMENT WORLD TODAY. HERE'S BEN WITH A SCENE 13 SNIPPET. THE OTHER SHOE HAS DROPPED FOR CHARLIE SHEEN.
TONIGHT... WARNER BROTHERS FIRED THE ACTOR FROM HIS STARRING ROLE IN "TWO AND A HALF MEN."
SANDRA HUGHES HAS THE DETAILS FROM LOS ANGELES.<<
Television's highest paid actor is out of a job. Warner Brothers announced it's severing ties with Charlie Sheen, stating.....

((GFX))

"After careful consideration, Warner Bros. Television has terminated Charlie Sheen's services on "Two and a Half Men" effective immediately."

In a text to the Associate Press, Sheen responded "They lose." And when asked if he planned to sue....Sheen replied "big."

((nats -- how are ya charlie?))

This is the latest chapter in the 45 year old actor's very public meltdown... the apparent effect of his partying lifestyle, repeat hospitalizations and a bitter campaign against his studio bosses.

Two and Half Men was put on hiatus when Sheen briefly entered rehab in January. But production on the rest of the season was canceled last month after the actor's angry rant against producer and co-creator, Chuck Lorre:

((sot- radio show))

"Chaim Levine, yeah that's Chuck's real name...."

Sheen has taken his campaign viral --- collecting a record number of Twitter followers and starting his own webcast.... "Sheen's Korner."

((nat SOT))

"Winning. Winning - winning."

And he apparently tattooed the catch-phrase on his wrist.

((STANDUP BRIDGE))

"CBS CEO Les Moonves said he hoped 2 And A Half Men wasn't over - and so far no one has said it's been cancelled."

But the fate of the number one comedy is unclear. Media outlets reported John Stamos as a possible replacement before Sheen was even fired. Sheen pounced on it, and later apologized to Stamos:

((SOT)) Charlie Sheen (WEDN11) 03-02-11

"you're a beautiful man, a talented man. And if you get the gig, we should talk."

But for now, there's just one and a half men left.

>> CHARLIE SHEEN HAD BEEN MAKING A REPORTED 1-POINT-8 MILLION DOLLARS PER EPISODE.

CHARLIE SHEEN ISN'T THE ONLY ONE MAKING ENTERTAINMENT HEADLINES TODAY....
THE ORGANIZERS OF THE GOLDEN GLOBES ARE HEADING TO COURT TO DECIDE WHO WILL BROADCAST THE STAR-STUDDED SHOW.
THAT'S AFTER ORGANIZERS SUED THE SHOW PRODUCER AND ITS NEW OWNERS... CLAIMING THEY SOLD BROADCAST RIGHTS TO N-B-C THROUGH 2018... WITHOUT PERMISSION.
THE TRIAL ON WHO OWNS THE RIGHTS... WILL BEGIN IN SEPTEMBER.
ACTRESS DEMI LOVATO SAYS SHE'S READY TO HEAD BACK TO WORK.
THE 18-YEAR-OLD DISNEY ACTRESS WENT INTO A TREATMENT FACILITY IN NOVEMBER TO DEAL WITH EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL ISSUES.
LOVATO HAD TO DROP OUT OF A TOUR WITH THE JONAS BROTHERS... AND IT WAS REVEALED THAT SHE HAD FOUGHT WITH A BACKUP DANCER.
WHILE THE "SONNY WITH A CHANCE" STAR SAYS SHE'S READY TO RETURN... DISNEY SAYS HER MANAGEMENT WILL LET THEM KNOW WHEN SHE'S READY TO GET BACK TO WORK.
FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... JUST HEAD OVER TO THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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