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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..... I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

PERRY HIGH STUDENTS MOURN THE LOSS OF16-YEAR OLD JOSEPH DAVENPORT AFTER HE DROWNED AT LAKE JULIETTE ON SUNDAY.
THE FRESHMAN WAS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE J-R-O-T-C PROGRAM.
BRITTINY BARBER SPOKE WITH FRIENDS WHO SAY HE EMBRACED THE CORE VALUES OF THE UNIT.
<< AN EMPTY SEAT IN THE J-R-O-T-C CLASSROOM AT PERRY HIGH... SHOWS THE VOID LEFT IN THE PROGRAM.
Corey Singleton: "I walk to class and I'm expecting him to be somewhere and he's not there.""
16-YEAR OLD JOSEPH DAVENPORT DIED SUNDAY WHILE SWIMMING WITH FAMILY aT LAKE JULIETTE.
BUT FRIENDS SAY THEY CHOOSE TO REMEMBER HIM FOR THE GOOD TIMES... LIKE HOW HE GOT HIS NICKNAME.
Chad Hamilton: Perry High Student: "It was pretty cold outside and everyone had their jackets on. He unfortunately didn't and so his hands turned like bright blue and purple. And we're like your new nickname is frostbite that's it. And he's LIKE all right that's cool."
COLONEL CRAIG LIGHTFOOT SAYS DAVENPORT WAS A DEDICATED MEMBER OF THE AIR FORCE J-R-O-T-C PROGRAM.
Col. Craig Lightfoot, Perry High School: "We made him commander of a color guard which is pretty much unheard of as a freshman. Well liked and he really had plans of staying in ROTC for four years and probably going on into the military.""
AND CLASSMATES SAY HE EMBRACED THE CORE VALUES.
Shanna Hornaday, Cadet Corps Commander: "Service before self . He put everyone before he did. He put the community first. He put his school members first."
THE SCHOOL BROUGHT IN COUNSELORS FOR STUDENTS ON MONDAY.... TO HELP THEM DEAL WITH THE LOSS.
Corey Singleton: Perry High Student: "Everybody was crying. Then one of my friends that was his bestfriend. He came he didn't find out so Chief had to tell him and he dropped his bag and stuff and that's when I had started crying."
STUDENTS ARE SIGNING A CARD WITH JOSEPH'S PICTURE.
BUT THOSE WHO KNEW HIM.... SAY NOTHING CAN REPLACE THE HOLE LEFT IN THE GEORGIA 66TH UNIT.
Col Craig Lightfoot : "I would say he was courageous and I don't say that flippantly. If there was something that had to be done and everybody else would shy away from it Joseph would do it."
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> COLONEL LIGHTFOOT SAYS THE FUNERAL WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AT FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH. HE SAID DAVENPORT WILL BE BURIED IN HIS UNIFORM...
STUDENTS IN THE J-R-O-T-C PROGRAM PLAN TO ATTEND IN UNIFORM...TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THEIR CLASSMATE.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILL REMEMBER ONE OF ITS OWN TOMORROW... FIVE YEARS AFTER HE WAS KILLED DURING A DRUG RAID.
DEPUTY JOSEPH WHITEHEAD WAS SHOT ON MARCH 23, 2006... WHILE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS SERVED A NO-KNOCK SEARCH WARRANT ON A MACON HOME.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS IT WILL REMEMBER WHITEHEAD WITH A BRIEF CEREMONY TOMORROW AT 10 A.M. IN THE LOBBY OF THE BIBB COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLEX. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED.
TWO MACON MEN, ANTRON FAIR AND DAMON JOLLY....ARE STILL AWAITING TRIAL IN THE CASE..THEY COULD FACE THE DEATH PENALTY IF CONVICTED..

DISCUSSION BEGAN TODAY BETWEEN MACON'S TWO STATE SENATORS...ON PLANS TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY OF MACON AND BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.
SENATOR CECIL STATON SAYS HE HAS MORE THAN THIRTY QUESTIONS ABOUT STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN'S PROPOSAL.
HE DISCUSSED SOME OF THE SENATOR STATON'S CONCERNS INCLUDE THE SIZE OF THE NEW COUNCIL THAT WOULD PASS LAWS FOR MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.
BROWN WANTS ELEVEN MEMBERS.. STATON WANTS SEVEN. BUT STATON SAYS A COMPROMISE IS POSSIBLE.M WITH RANDALL SAVAGE.
Cecil Staton, State Senator: We're going to continue to have conversations about that. I hope at the end of the day that's not an ultimate deal breaker because there are pros and cons for both sides of that argument. But I still believe the smaller more efficient government should be the goal of consolidation.
ANOTHER DIFFERENCE... BROWN WANTS TO RETAIN PARTISAN LOCAL ELECTIONS.. STATON HOPES TO END THEM. Cecil Staton, State Senator:I think we're one of only one or two cities in the entire state of Georgia that continue to have partisan elections., I'm simply of the opinion that if we could remove political tensions and save the costs of primaries for our elections that probably would be a good thing for Macon and Bibb. BUT STATON SAYS LEGAL QUESTIONS REMAIN OVER WHETHER NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS CAN BE INCLUDED IN A CONSOLIDATION CHARTER.
BROWN ALSO PROPOSES A SMALL BUSINESS DEPARTMENT .. STATON ISN'T SO SURE ABOUT THAT. Cecil Staton, State Senator: I simply want to make sure that we don't get off into quotas or other kinds of issues that I think would be derogator;y or a negative for our community. So we're trying to learn more about what his vision is for that particular office.
STATON SAYS HE ALSO DOESN'T LIKE THE PROPOSAL TO ABOLISH THE FIVE-MEMBER ELECTED MACON WATER AUTHORITY.. AND REPLACE IT WITH A SEVEN-MEMBER APPOINTED AUTHORITY.
FRANK.. LEAH.
YOU CAN WATCH THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH SENATOR STATON BY VISITING OUR HOME PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM..

A NEW RECOMMENDATION ON CAR SEATS MAY CHANGE THE WAY YOU BUCKLE UP YOUR CHILD. THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS NOW SAYS.... CHILDREN SHOULD RIDE FACING BACK... UNTIL AGE TWO.
GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES THAT CHILDREN BE A YEAR OLD... AND WEIGH AT LEAST 20 POUNDS BEFORE THEY CAN RIDE FACING FORWARD...
BUT BIBB COUNTY HEALTH EDUCATOR NICKY GARY SAYS.... ITS BEST TO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATION AND KEEP KIDS LOOKING BACK AS LONG AS YOU CAN.
SHE SAYS THAT WAY... THE CAR SEAT ABSORBS SOME OF THE IMPACT IN A CRASH.
Nicky Gary, Health Educator: "I think all parents want to do what's best for their child so with that it's going to be an easy transition once parents understand why it's necessary."
IF YOU WANT TO HAVE YOUR CHILD'S CAR SEAT INSPECTED TO MAKE SURE IT'S THE RIGHT SIZE AND INSTALLED CORRECTLY......
YOU CAN CONTACT THE BIBB COUNTY OFFICE OF HEALTH EDUCATION TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT... AT 478-749-0113.
THAT NUMBER AGAIN... 478-749-0113.
IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR SEAT... YOU CAN ASK ABOUT HELP GETTING ONE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ.COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CHILD CAR-SEAT RULES?
SO FAR 28 PERCENT OF VOTERS THINK THEY'RE TOO STRICT
20 PERCENT SAY NOT STRICT ENOUGH
AND 52 PERCENT THINK THEY'RE ABOUT RIGHT.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THE PERRY ROTARY CLUB NEEDS ANGLERS FOR A GOOD CAUSE THIS SATURDAY.
ITS ANNUAL BASS FISHING TOURNAMENT NETS MONEY FOR SEVERAL LOCAL PROJECTS... BUT IT'S CASTING A WIDER NET TO TOUCH LIVES OVERSEAS TOO.
ONE WAY IS BY COLLECTING AND SHIPPING MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO NEEDY HOSPITALS OVERSEAS.
THROUGH FUNDS RAISED AT THE TOURNEY... ROTARY HAS HELPED CENTERS IN MONGOLIA AND THE PHILIPPINES.
ONE DOCTOR AND PERRY ROTARIAN SAYS HE GREW UP NEAR ONE OF THOSE HOSPITALS... AND SAYS THE HELP DOES NOT GO UNNOTICED.
Cabasares "I know what it's like to be poor... and to know that there are people out there, in other parts of the world who care for you, that to me is very very touching."
PERRY ROTARY SAYS THE TOURNEY TYPICALLY RAISES ABOUT 17 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN ONE DAY... THROUGH ENTRY FEES... SPONSORSHIPS... AND DONATIONS.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO ENTER... IT COSTS 125 DOLLARS PER TEAM... YOU HAVE UNTIL NOON FRIDAY TO DO IT.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... CHECK OUT THIS STORY ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM PAGE.

PEOPLE ACROSS MACON ARE THINKING PINK ALL WEEK LONG... AND CELEBRATING THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS.
AMY AUBERT IS OUT AT CENTRAL CITY PARK WHERE THE NIGHT TIME FESTIVITIES ARE IN FULL BLOOM... AMY?
THANKS FRANK AND LEAH. AS MANY PEOPLE MAY KNOW... IT'S NOT JUST CENTRAL CITY PARK THAT'S KICKING OFF THE ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK.
MACON'S GARDEN CLUB HOSTS A "TASTE OF THE SOUTH" LUNCHEON... WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY... ARE ENJOYING WHAT SOME CALL... THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH.<<
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THE HUM OF LUNCHTIME CHATTER... AND CLANKING OF SILVERWARE... IS SOMETHING ALL TOO FAMILIAR... THIS TIME OF YEAR... FOR MEMBERS OF MACON'S GARDEN CLUB.

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AS A GARDEN CLUB VOLUNTEER... DOT WILLIAMS SAYS SHE'S SEEN PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY... STOP IN FOR A SOUTHERN LUNCHTIME COUSINE.

Dot Williams, Garden Club: "They look forward to it now, it's become a tradition."

IT'S A TRADITION THAT JANET MALONEY HAS BEEN A PART OF FOR EIGHTEEN YEARS.

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SHE FLIES DOWN FROM CINCINNATI TO VISIT HER SISTER IN MACON... AND SAYS THIS TIME OF YEAR... IT'S ALL ABOUT THINKING PINK.

Janet Molony, Cincinnati: "It's wonderful. This year is really great, the trees are absoultly beautiful."

AND MACON'S GARDEN CLUB'S "A TASTE OF THE SOUTH" LUNCHEON... SERVES UP A FEW SOUTHERN SPECIALTIES... LIKE FRIED CHICKEN...MACARONI AND CHEESE....AND BANANA PUDDING.....SHE SAYS SHE CAN'T GET BACK HOME.

Janet Molony: "The cornbread pancake was really different."

GARDEN CLUB MEMBERS SAY AS MANY AS 75 PEOPLE HAVE KICKED OFF THEIR DAY... WITH THE LUNCHEON TO CELEBRATE MACON'S CHERRY BLOSSOMS.

Dot Williams: "It's a sense of Macon coming together and working together to showcase our beautiful city."

WILLIAMS SAYS... SHE'S READY TO SEE MORE MORE VOLUNTEERS COME INTO FULL BLOOM... YEAR ROUND.

Dot Williams: "If everybody pitches in a little bit, then we can accomplish great things."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> MEMBERS OF THE GARDEN CLUB SAY THEY'RE ANTICIPATING A BUS LOAD OF TOURISTS FROM IOWA... LATER THIS WEEK. FRANK... LEAH?
THANKS AMY.
IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN MAKING RESERVATIONS TO THE LUNCHEON... VISIT OUR WEBSITE... AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

MACON'S FIRED FORMER PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR...HAS ONE WEEK TO REQUEST AN APPEAL HEARING.
RICHARD POWELL WAS FIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR BY MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT...AND HE WANTS THE COUNCIL TO REVIEW IT.
TODAY...THE COUNCIL SAID HE SHOULD FOLLOW PROCEDURE...AND ASK FOR A FORMAL HEARING.
POWELL JUST TOLD ELEANOR LISSITZYN THAT HE WILL REQUEST A HEARING. IF HE DOES...AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WILL RUN IT...AND THE MACON CITY COUNCIL WILL ACT AS JURY.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL PLANS TO OPEN A SATELLITE CAMPUS IN DOWNTOWN MACON THIS FALL.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SCHOOL SAYS THE NEW CAMPUS WILL SERVE STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS LIVE OR WORK NEAR DOWNTOWN.
THE SCHOOL PLANS TO START THE SATELLITE CAMPUS AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH WITH 3-K AND 4-K STUDENTS.
THE RELEASE SAYS THEY'LL ADD ONE GRADE A YEAR THROUGH FIFTH GRADE.
THE DOWNTOWN CAMPUS WOULD ALLOW EARLY DROPOFF AND LATE PICKUP.


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