Saturday, March 12, Eyewitness News at 11

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

WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUERS MOURNED THE LOSS OF TWO OF THEIR OWN TODAY.
HUNDREDS GATHERED TO OPEN THE SEASON WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR SISTERS... LESLIE AND BRIDGET SULLIVENT... WHO DIED AFTER THEIR CAR CRASHED WEDNESDAY.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU HOW FAMILY MEMBERS... AND TEAMMATES HONORED THE SISTERS' LOVE FOR THE GAME.

A WREATH... SHOWING ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD BRIDGET SULLIVENT'S NUMBER SEVEN STOOD ON THE MOUND SATURDAY... WHERE LITTLE LEAGUE PRESIDENT JIMMY DUNN SAYS THE STAR PITCHER.. AND HER 17-YEAR-OLD SISTER LESLIE.. LED BY EXAMPLE.

JIMMY DUNN, WRALL PRESIDENT: "IT IS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT THESE GIRLS LOVED THREE THINGS IN LIFE, THE LORD, THEIR FAMILY AND SOFTBALL."

GATHERED TO KICK OFF THE SEASON... HUNDREDS OF PLAYERS... AND FANS PAUSED FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE... TO REMEMBER THE WARNER ROBINS SISTERS WHO DIED AFTER THEIR CAR CRASHED WEDNESDAY.

NATS ANTHEM

FAMILY AND FRIENDS WORE T-SHIRTS WITH THE GIRLS' PHOTOS.
FORMER GOVERNOR SONNY PERDUE GAVE JAMES AND MELVA SULLIVENT HUGS OF SUPPORT... AS BRIDGET'S TEAMMATES LEANED ON EACH OTHER.
JAMES... KNOWN TO MANY AS SULLY... THREW A CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH.

JAMES "SULLY" SULLIVENT: "IF MY CHILD CAN BE HERE, BOTH OF THEM, LESLIE AND BRIDGET, THEY WOULD BE RIGHT HERE ON THIS FIELD TODAY, THERE'S NO OTHER PLACE THAT MY CHILD WOULD BE OTHER THAN A SOFTBALL FIELD."

THE OLDER OF THE TWO.. LESLIE... SPENT TWO YEARS AS A WARNER ROBINS LITTLE LEAGUE CATCHER... AND MENTORED OTHER PLAYERS.
THIS SEASON WOULD HAVE BEEN YOUNGER SISTER BRIDGET'S FIFTH.

STEPHANIE FORTSON, TEAMMATE: "SHE JUST GAVE ALL THAT SHE HAD ON THE SOFTBALL FIELD"

TEAMMATES WORE BRIDGET'S NUMBER... AND BUTTONS HONORING BOTH GIRLS.

MACK... COFFEE, TEAMMATE: "WE KNOW WE HAVE TO GO OUT THERE AND BE OUR BEST FOR BRIDGET."
COURTNEY WALKER, TEAMMATE: "I THINK SHE WAS REALLY HERE WITH US AND SHE WOULD LIKE FOR US TO TRY HARD AND NEVER GIVE UP."

COMFORTING EACH OTHER... LOVED ONES REMEMBERED THE GIRLS' PASSION FOR THE SPORT... A LEGACY THEY SAY WILL REMAIN IN THEIR HEARTS... EACH TIME THEY STEP ON THE FIELD.

JIMMY DUNN, WRALL PRESIDENT: "WE DO KNOW WITHOUT ANY DOUBT THAT THE GOOD LORD HAS ONE HECK OF A PITCHER CATCHER COMBINATION FOR HIS ALL-STAR TEAM IN HEAVEN."

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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FUNERAL SERVICES FOR THE GIRLS WILL BE TUESDAY AT FOUR O'CLOCK.... AT SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH ON MOODY ROAD.

VISITATION WILL BE MONDAY NIGHT... FROM 7 TO 9... ALSO AT THE CHURCH.

BARBECUE... HANDMADE JEWLERY... AND LIVE MUSIC.
BOOTHS AT THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL OFFER A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING.
THOUSANDS FILLED THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN FORSYTH... FOR THE SIGNATURE YELLOW FESTIVAL TODAY.
KAREN MANUS-PENNINGS WITH THE FESTIVAL SAYS THEY EXPECT 25-THOUSAND OVER THE TW0-DAY EVENT.
I SPOKE WITH SOME FESTIVAL GOERS WHO SAY ITS MORE THAN THE TASTY GRUB THAT KEEPS THEM COMING BACK.

NATS LEE SMITH "ALRIGHT IN THE PITTS WE GOT"

LEE SMITH'S VOICE BELLOWS BEYOND THE EARS OF HIS HORSEHOE TOURNAMENT PLAYERS.

NATS "RUNAWAY SHOE, RUNAWAY SHOE."

SMITH SAYS THE IDEA TO RUN HIS OWN GAME CLINKED 16 YEARS AGO.... AFTER HE READ ABOUT A NATIONAL HORSESHOE CHAMPIONSHIP IN PERRY.

SMITH,
"I HAD THIS SPARE GRASS LAWN NEXT TO MY SHOP"

THE HAIR STYLIST CLIPPED THE GRASSY PLOT OF LAND... TO CREATE A FAST-PACED HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT AT THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL. ALLEN RACKLEY IS ONE OF 64 COMPEITORS WHO GOT HOOKED.

ALLEN RACKLEY,
"WELL I LIKE THE GAME BECAUSE ANYBODY CAN PLAY, WE HAD A COUPLE OF PEOPLE TODAY WHO WERE NOT PLANNING ON PLAYING THAT HE CALLED IN OFF THE STREET AND THEY WALKED IN AND PLAYED RIGHT THEN."

THE GAME IS ONE OF THE MANY ATTRACTIONS THAT DRAW THOUSANDS TO THE FESTIVAL EACH YEAR. MORE THAN 70 VENDORS SHOWED OFF THEIR ARTS AND CRAFTS... INCLUDING JEWLERY.

NATS "SEASONING,"

THE SMELL OF OF BARBECUE... CORN DOGS... AND FUNNEL CAKE FILLED THE FESTIVAL STREETS. BUT SOME SAY THE HOT PLATES OF GRUB... WASN'T THE ONLY THING THAT HIT THEIR SWEET SPOT.

CASEY BUNN, APRIL MORRIS
" SEEING PEOPLE WE DON'T SEE EVERYDAY ANYMORE, GETTIN OUT' SEEING PEOPLE WE USE TO GO TO SCHOOL WITH."
MATT FESMIRE, MACON
"WALKING AROUND, LOOKING AT ALL THE NICE ARTS AND CRAFTS, AND ALL THE GOOD FOOD TO TASTE."
DEMETRIA GRIER,
THE RIDES, THE FOOD, THE ENTERTAINMENT, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE."

NATS MUSIC

SOME BASKED IN THE SPRING-LIKE TEMPERATURES... WHILE ENJOYING LIVE PERFORMANCES AT A NEARBY STAGE. ORANIZERS SAY SUNNY SKIES HELPED MAKE THEIR SIGNATURE YELLOW EVENT... ONE OF THEIR LARGEST SATURDAY TURNOUTS.

NATS SMITH

BY MID AFTERNOON... SMITH'S PIPES MAY SOUND A LITTLE HOARSE...

NATS "I GET A LITTLE VOICE FADE, CONSTANT TALKING FROM 10AM TO 3"

BUT HE SAYS ITS ALL FOR THE LOVE OF THE GAME... HIS CITY... AND THE FESTIVAL THAT BRINGS THOUSANDS TO IT.

BOFTA YIMAM 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

SMITH SAYS HE STARTS TAKING NAMES FOR THE COMPETITION IN EARLY FEBRUARY... BUT SAYS SOME CAN GET ON A STAND-BY LIST ON THE DAY OF THE FESTIVAL.
FOR A FULL LISTING OF TOMORROW'S FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL EVENTS.. GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON WHERE YOU LIVE... THEN SELECT FORSYTH.
THE FESTIVAL WRAPS UP TOMORROW AT FIVE P-M.

ITS A BARGAIN HUNTER'S DREAM... 200 MILES OF ODDS AND ENDS... UP FOR GRABS.

THOUSANDS CAME OUT FOR THE PEACHES TO BEACHES YARD SALE... ON HIGHWAY 341 IN FORT VALLEY.
THE MASSIVE SALE STRETCHES FROM BARNESVILLE TO BRUNSWICK... WITH SOME SITES ON JEKYLL ISLAND.
SHOPPERS PICKED UP HIDDEN TREASURES... OLD BOOKS...TOYS AND ELECTRONICS.
PEACH COUNTY CHAMBER OF OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT PERRY SWANSON SAYS ITS A FAMILY FUN EVENT... BUT ALSO DRIVES PLENTY OF BUSINESS TO THE AREA.

PERRY SWANSON, PRES. PEACH COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: "ITS GREAT FOR THE COMMUNITY WE'VE HAD PROBABLY 2 TO 3 THOUSAND PEOPLE COME THROUGH ATLEAST, PEOPLE FROM SEVERAL DIFFERENT STATES, ITS A GREAT WAY TO SHOW CASE YOUR COMMUNITY."

THE GOLDEN ISLES PARKWAY ASSOCIATION.. WHO ORGANIZES PEACHES TO BEACHES... SAYS ITS THE STATE'S LONGEST YARD SALE.

NEARLY 200 NATIONAL GUARD AIRMEN WERE HONORED AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY

MEN AND WOMEN FROM THE 116TH AIR CONTROL WING AND THEIR FAMILIES... WERE RECOGNIZED IN THE SECOND HOMETOWN HEROES SALUTE CEREMONY.
THEY RECEIVED A FRAMED LETTER OF APPRECIATION SIGNED BY THE COMMAND CHIEF.
FAMILY MEMBERS WERE ALSO GIVEN SMALL TOKENS OF THANKS.
HONOREES SAY THEY ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE RECOGNITION.

MSGT. MARK MCKINNEY GEORGIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD "
"IT SINCE OF PRIDE.. IT'S A TEAM ACCOMPLISHMENT OBVIOUSLY BECAUSE YOUR TEAM IS HERE WITH YOU"
LT COL.ROBERT NASH GEORGIA AIR NATIONAL GUARD"
"GREAT... IT'S GREAT THAT THE COMMUNITY RECOGNIZES WHAT THE PEOPLE DO AND WHAT OUR FAMLIES DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR COUNTY."

THOSE HONORED EACH SERVED ON THE WAR FRONT WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS.

HUNDREDS PUT THEIR TAE KWON DO SKILLS TO THE TEST TODAY.

IT'S ALL PART OF THE NATIONAL (HEY-SUN) HAESAN MARTIAL ARTS CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNMENT.
FOLKS OF ALL AGES... FROM MORE THAN 300 HUNDRED MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY... SHOWED OFF THEIR TALENTS.
COMPETITORS BROKE BOARDS... PRESENTED TAE-KWON-DO FORMS... AND SPARED WITH ONE ANOTHER.
SOME WHO TOOK PART... SAY TAE KWON DO IS CHALLENGING... BUT WORTH A SHOT... FOR THOSE LOOKING TO TAKE ON A NEW SPORT.

LAURA BIALON MACON "ITS A MARTIAL ART IT TAKES A LOT OF FOCUS AND SOME PHYSICAL CONDITIONING BUT YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A TRI-AFTHLON SUPPER ATHLETE TO DO IT"
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