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 HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
    AND I'M LORRA LYNCH-JONES.  FRANK MALLOY IS OFF TONIGHT.


THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES EXPECTED SCHOOLS OF PEOPLE TO COME TO THEIR FISH FARM IN PERRY.
THEY ESTIMATED 100-THOUSAND PEOPLE PER YEAR.. VISITING THE GO-FISH EDUCATION CENTER.
BUT IN FIVE MONTHS... ITS HOOKED ONLY 7-THOUSAND PEOPLE... PROMPTING NEW EFFORTS TO GET GO-FISH TO CATCH ON.
<<nats- (224/:12) "Come here look at this."
FIVE-YEAR OLD JONAH DAVIS CAN'T GET ENOUGH.
224"It rains. Watch."
nats- rain
HE'S ENAMORED BY BOATS....
(nats- 226/clicking)
LIKES CASTING A ROD.. (228/"uhh, just do.")  
AND LOVES THE FISH... (232/"ooh, look at the baby fish.")
HE'S GOT PLENTY OF ROOM....EVEN SPACE TO RUN (234/"it's over here.") WITH A LOT MORE FISH THAN PEOPLE IN THIS 30-THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING.
Dianna Davis, Ft. Valley: (3:42) "It just needs to get out there. Let people know it's here."
JONAH'S GRANDMOTHER... DIANNA DAVIS... CALLS IT AN AWESOME TOUR....
Dianna Davis: "It's really inexpensive.
FOR A CHEAP PRICE.
FIVE BUCKS FOR ADULTS... THREE FOR KIDS.
nats- testing water
SENIOR BIOLOGIST MIKE GRAMLEY SAYS PEOPLE JUST NEED TO TEST THE WATERS. . 
Mike Gramley: (261/2:10) "I like to say were one of the best attractions in Georgia, not alot of people know about it."
HE SAYS ADVERTISING SLIPPED OFF THE RADAR... WHEN THE STATE CUT FUNDING FOR GO FISH MARKETING JOBS.
NOW.. IT'S UP TO BIOLOGISTS... (261/2:43 "None of us are pr or marketing peoole.") TO LURE VISITORS IN.  
nats- water
THEY'LL TRY TO DO THAT WITH DISCOUNTS... A DOLLAR OFF FOR HOUSTON RESIDENTS THIS MONTH... 
nats- fishing rod
PLUS... THEY HOPE TO CAPTURE PROMOTION WITH LOCAL TOURISM BUREAUS... AND SNAG MORE SCHOOL GROUPS.
Mike Gramley (1:40) "We entertain and educate four year olds all the way up to college."
Jonah: (234)"See that alligator there?"
JONAH FOUND HIS FAVORITE EXHIBIT.
Jonah: (234)"There he is. I see him. See him right there?"
HE CAME BACK FOUR TIMES IN ONE MORNING.
Jonah: (234)"He's scary."
AND MADE GRANNY PROMISE... (243/"Wow") ANOTHER ROUND... ANOTHER DAY.
>> ASSISTANT CHIEF OF FISHERIES TED WILL SAYS SO FAR THIS YEAR... THEY'RE NOT MEETING THEIR OPERATING BUDGET OF ABOUT 200-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
HE SAID TICKET SALES AND CONCESSIONS PRODUCED ABOUT 30-THOUSAND... BUT THAT DOESN'T INCLUDE RENTAL FEES FOR EVENTS OR SCHOOL TRIPS.
WILL SAYS THEIR ORIGINAL VISITOR ESTIMATES ALSO COUNTED ON THE GO-FISH CENTER BEING OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
RIGHT NOW... IT'S ONLY OPEN THREE... FRIDAYS... SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.... BECAUSE OF A TIGHT BUDGET.


THE GUITARS... KEYBOARDS AND CLOTHES AT THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME COULD MOVE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA. 
THAT JUST ONE PART OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LISA LOVE'S PLAN ADOPTED BY THE BOARD ON THURSDAY.
BRITTINY BARBER BREAKS DOWN THE DETAILS.
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FIFTH GRADERS FROM TELFAIR COUNTY SCHOOLS SPENT THE DAY LEARNING ABOUT GEORGIA'S MUSICAL HISTORY.
 Mary Beth Schlenz: Fifth Grader: "Everywhere we went we saw their clothes, what they wore, what they played. It was really fun."
THEIR TEACHER BROUGHT THEM TO THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME... WHILE SHE STILL CAN.
Kim Seay: Band Teacher: "The situation the museum is in is one reason i felt it was important to start bringing my kids back to help to see that it is a vital part of not only our educational system, but a part of our community and a part of the state of Georgia."
DON WILLIAMS AND HIS WIFE... CAME FROM WOODSTOCK TO SEE THE SITES AND HEAR THE TUNES AT THE HALL OF FAME...
THEIR HOME TOWN... HOPED BECOME THE HALLS NEW HOME.... BUT THE BOARD DENIED ALL FOR PROPOSALS ON THURSDAY.
Don Williams:Woodstock: "I would be lying to you if I didn't tell you I would love to see it come to my home town of Woodstock, but I know it's good for the town of Macon."
FOR NOW IT STAYS IN MACON.
THE BOARD ACCEPTED A CONTINGENCY PLAN FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LISA LOVE.
GFX IT GIVES THREE RECOMMENDATIONS.
TO ADDRESS THE HALL'S ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE.... TRANSFER THE COLLECTION TO LIBRARIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, GEORGIA STATE, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA... AND MOVE THE FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS TO PERMANENT ARCHIVES OR STATE RECORDS.
THE PLAN ALSO FOCUSED ON A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THE MUSEUM'S CURRENT HOME.
Brittiny Barber, Eyewitness News: "One of the problems with the building here is the HVAC system. Executive director Lisa Love says it's hard to control temperature and humidity in the building and that could and that could harm the collection."
LOVE WOULD NOT COMMENT ON HER PLANS.
BRITTINY BARBER 13WAMZ EYEWITNESS NEWS>> THE HALL STAYS IN MACON FOR THE NEXT YEAR...IF THEY CAN RAISE ABOUT 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO KEEP IT OPEN.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT DOESN'T THINK THE CITY WILL GIVE MONEY FOR JUST ONE YEAR... 
BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART HAS NOT RETURNED OUR REQUEST FOR COMMENT.


    TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... SHOULD MACON AND BIBB COUNTY PAY TO SUPPORT THE GEORGIA MUSIC HALL OF FAME FOR THE NEXT YEAR?
     SO FAR 54 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
     AND 46 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
     VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.


     INVESTIGATORS SAY THEY STILL DON'T KNOW HOW A MERCER CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENT DIED YESTERDAY.
     BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAID AN AUTOPSY THIS MORNING DID NOT FIND A CAUSE OF DEATH FOR 24-YEAR-OLD (QUAN-LANG-ZHANG).TIANLIANG ZHANG.
     ROOMMATES FOUND THE 24-YEAR-OLD DEAD YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT AN APARTMENT ABOUT A BLOCK FROM CAMPUS.
     JONES SAID ZHANG HAD BEEN DEAD FOR AT LEAST A DAY.
     YESTERDAY... MACON POLICE CALLED HIS DEATH SUSPICIOUS.... BUT SAID THERE WERE NO VISIBLE INJURIES OR SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY.


BIBB COUNTY IS ADDING SECURE ENTRANCES TO FIFTEEN OF ITS SCHOOLS.
GEORGIA LAW REQUIRES THAT ALL SCHOOL VISITORS SIGN IN... BUT NEW DOORS AND ENTRANCES AT SOME SCHOOLS WILL MAKE IT SO THAT PEOPLE CAN'T ENTER WITHOUT REPORTING TO THE OFFICE.
ROSA TAYLOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL SUSAN SIMPSON SAYS AS MANY AS 50 VISITORS PASS THROUGH HER BUILDING EACH DAY.
NEW GLASS DOORS WILL GUIDE VISITORS STRAIGHT TO THE OFFICE.
THEY PLAN TO KEEP THE DOORS LOCKED DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
SIMPSON SAYS THE CHANGE MAKES SOME PARENTS SKEPTICAL... BUT SAYS ITS WORTH IT FOR SAFETY.
Susan Simpson, Principal: It gives us that added protection of knowing who is in the building and where they're going in the building and also who is coming and going out of the building"
TAYLOR'S NEW ENTRANCE IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF NEXT WEEK.
BIBB ADMINISTRATOR BRENDA STOKES SAYS THE ENTRANCE UPGRADES AT ALL 15 SCHOOLS COSTS ABOUT 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THEY'RE USING MONEY RAISED FROM A PENNY SALES TAX THAT VOTERS APPROVED TWO YEARS AGO.


THE CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING SERVICE WILL HOST ITS FIRST FINANCIAL WELLNESS FAIR... NEXT SATURDAY APRIL NINTH.
COMMUNITY EDUCATOR KISSTINA WEBB SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO LEARN MONEY MANAGEMENT SKILLS... INCLUDING UNDERSTANDING CREDIT REPORTS... AND SCORES.
SHE SAYS YOUR CREDIT CAN DETERMINE INTEREST RATES...AND LOAN APPROVAL FOR CARS... AND MORTGAGES.  
THE FINANCIAL WELLNESS FAIR WILL OFFER FREE CREDIT REPORT WORKSHOPS... FORECLOSURE PREVENTION... AND FIRST TIME HOMEBUYER PROGRAMS.    
WEBB SAYS SOME WITHOUT JOBS... MAY FEEL THEY'RE NOT READY TO TALK ABOUT FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.  
BUT WEBB STRESSES TAKING PROACTIVE STEPS.
Kisstina Webb
"They feel like once I get a job once I get back on my feet, then I'll be ready to get with those creditors, we always tell them regardless of how much money you have coming in it needs to be managed."
THE FINANCIAL WELLNESS FAIR TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY APRIL NINTH AT THE NORTH MACON RECREATIONAL PARK... ON WIMBISH ROAD... FROM 10-AM TO 3-P-M.
WEBB SAYS THEY'LL OFFER FREE CREDIT REPORTS AND SCORES FOR THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE.
AFTER THAT... ITS THREE DOLLARS. 


IT SOUNDS LIKE WE'RE IN STORE FOR SOME NICE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND... SO YOU MAY BE LOOKING TO GET OUTDOORS.
IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
WAFFLE HOUSE AT 8-40 RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... SCORED A 74... OR C... AFTER A 98... AN A... ON IT'S LAST INSPECTION.
THE INSPECTOR NOTED THAT MORE THAN ONE SURFACE WAS NOT CLEANED AND SANITIZED... AND THE FOOD WASN'T STORED AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE.
CHECKER'S DRIVE-IN AT 91 SPRING STREET IN MACON SCORED AN 84... A B... AFTER SCORING A 98... OR AN A... THE LAST TIME AROUND.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTIONS REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT MARKED WITH THE CORRECT DATES... AND EMPLOYEES DID NOT HAVE ADEQUATE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.
AND STEPHEN'S DINER AT 30-90 NAPIER AVENUE IN MACON GOT AN 85... A "B"... AFTER A 96... OR AN A... ON THE PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
THE INSPECTOR SAYS THE RESTAURANT DID NOT HAVE PROPER EATING... DRINKING... OR TOBACCO USE... WHICH HE NOTES IS A KNOWN RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
NOW FOR A LOOK AT THIS WEEK'S TOP SCORES...
CHEN'S WOK ON NORTHSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... SERVED UP A PERFECT SCORE... AFTER ANOTHER 100 PERCENT... LAST TIME.
FRESH AIR BARBEQUE ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE IN MACON... ALSO RECEIVED TWO PERFECT SCORES... ON ITS LAST INSPECTIONS.
AND MARKET CITY CAFE ON CHERRY STREET IN MACON... GOT A 97 PERCENT... AN "A" AFTER A PERFECT SCORE ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....LEAH...LORRA?
FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES TAB... THEN CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK.


      IT'S APRIL FIRST... AND SOME OF YOU ARE GETTING IN ON THE APRIL FOOLS FUN.
      SO TODAY... WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK CROWD TO SHARE THE BEST APRIL FOOL'S JOKES THEY'VE SEEN.
       ROCKY MERCADO SAID... "WHEN APRIL FIRST FELL ON A SATURDAY... MY SUPERVISOR CALLED ME INTO WORK AT SIX A-M.  THE PLANT WAS SHUT TIGHT.  HE LATER PAID ME FOUR HOURS PAY... BUT LOTS OF FOLKS HAD A BIG LAUGH AT ME."
       CINDIE ORTIZ WROTE... "THE PRINCIPAL TOLD THE KIDS THAT THE COMPANY LOST THE STANDARDIZED TESTS AND WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN, INCLUDING THE SPECIAL TUTORING SESSIONS."
     MISTY FARTHING'S BEST APRIL FOOL'S DAY PRANK WAS... "ON APRIL 1, 2000 AT 9:23 PM WHEN MY DAUGHTER RAVEN WAS BORN... ACCORDING TO THE DOCTOR WE WERE TO HAVE A BOY AND TURNED OUT WHEN SHE WAS BORN WE WERE SHOCKED WITH A BEAUTIFUL BABY GIRL INSTEAD."
      AND CRISSIE KROMER COMMENTED... "MY KIDS GET ME EVERY YEAR WITH THE MOST COMMON ONE OUT THERE AND THAT IS "MOMMY THERE IS A SPIDER ON YOU" OF COURSE I JUMP AND SCREAM."
      JOIN  US ON FACEBOOK AND SHARE YOUR APRIL FOOL'S BEST... OR GET INTO ONE OF THE OTHER DISCUSSIONS ON THE PAGE.
      JUST VISIT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ AND CLICK THE "LIKE" BUTTON TO BECOME A FAN..


POLICE OFFICERS IN TWIGGS COUNTY HONORED FALLEN HEROES TODAY.
DEPUTIES FROM ALL OVER THE STATE FOLLOW THE FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL WALL TO MOUNT ZION CHURCH TO PAY TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THEIR OWN.
THE WALL TRAVELS THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF GEORGIA HONORING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WHO ARE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF TWIGGS COUNTY DEPUTY RICHARD DANIELS WATCH AS HIS NAME IS REVEALED ON THE WALL. 
DANIELS WAS KILLED IN THE EARLY HOURS OF JUNE TWENTY-SECOND LAST YEAR WHEN HIS PATROL CAR STRUCK A FALLEN TREE ON U. S. EIGHTY.
DANIELS' PARTNER EXPLAINS WHAT THE MEMORIAL MEANS TO HIM. 
 Deputy Howard Street, Twiggs County "Its a place where we can come you know, look back remember good times. You know look back on a good guy that lived a good life, was a good father and a good friend."
LAST YEAR TEN LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA.












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