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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
FORT VALLEY POLICE SAY THEY'VE RULED A DEAD MAN'S BODY FOUND NEAR RAILROAD TRACKS... AS ACCIDENTAL.
THAT'S NEAR HIGHWAY 49.... AND WYE STREET.
MAJOR LAWRENCE SPURGEON SAYS THE CALL CAME IN AROUND FOUR THIS AFTERNOON.
SPURGEON SAYS IT DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE SUSPICIOUS... BUT THEY'RE STILL LOOKING INTO THE CAUSE OF DEATH.
HE SAYS THEY DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THE BODY MAY HAVE BEEN THERE ...BUT ARE CONFIRMING IT ACCIDENTAL.

POLICE SAY THEY PLAN TO HOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE TOMORROW... BUT NO TIME HAS BEEN SET.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE CASE... CONTACT FORT VALLEY POLICE AT 478-822-6982... AGAIN THAT'S 478-822-6982.
TOMORROW IS THE 43RD ANNIVERSARY OF THE ASSASSINATION OF DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JUNIOR... AND THE LOCAL N-DOUBLE A-C-P BRANCH HOPES PEOPLE WILL MARK THE DAY... WITH A COMMITMENT TO UNITY.
MACON-BIBB NAACP PRESIDENT... DAVID BOOKER SAYS THEY'RE GEARING UP FOR A PLEDGE DRIVE TOMORROW.
VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS WHY HE SAYS THEY NEED RECRUITS--- MORE THAN EVER BEFORE.

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DAVID BOOKER PASSES OUT FLIERS FOR THE NAACP'S "WE ARE ONE" EVENT.

THE LOCAL CHAPTER PRESIDENT SAYS MACON WILL JOIN OTHER CITIES MONDAY -- TO MARK 43 YEARS SINCE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST DOCTOR MARTIN LUTHER KING WAS ASSASSINATED.

SINCE TAKING OFFICE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR... BOOKER SAYS THERE'S ONE LOCAL ISSUE HE'S FOCUSED ON.

BOOKER "THERE'S DISUNITY IN CHURCHES. THERE'S DISUNITY IN GOVERNMENT."

THAT'S WHY HE'S TAKING THE DAY... TO SPREAD THE WORD.

BOOKER "YOU'RE NOT GOING TO UNITE ALL THE TIME, BUT THE UNITY PART OF IT IS COMING TOGETHER ON COMMON ITEM ISSUES."

SOME OF THOSE ITEMS HE SAYS INCLUDE EDUCATION... CRIMINAL JUSTICE... AND YOUTH WORK... JUST A FEW AREAS HE SAYS NEED WORK IN MACON.

BOOKER PLANS TO SPEAK MONDAY -- HOPING TO REACH PEOPLE WITH EXPERIENCE IN THOSE FIELDS -- HE WANTS TO SPARK INTEREST SO NEW MINDS WILL OFFER UP WHAT THEY HAVE TO THE GROUP.

BOOKER "I ALWAYS SAY WE'RE LOOKING FOR KNOWLEDGE. WE'RE LOOKING FOR RESOURCES AND WE'RE LOOKING FOR CAPITAL."

... AND APRIL 4TH HE SAYS... THEY'LL LOOK FOR A PLEDGE -- FOR VOLUNTEER WORK OR A CONTRIBUTION TO THE NAACP.

"I HOPE THEY SIGN A PLEDGE SAYING THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT PEACE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT PROSPERITY IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD, AND THEY'RE GOING TO SUPPORT JUSTICE IN THE CITY."

IDEALS... HE SAYS... THAT WOULD GO HAND IN HAND WITH THOSE MARTIN LUTHER KING SUPPORTED.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE "WE ARE ONE" KICKS OFF AT NOON TOMORROW.

IT TAKES PLACE AT THE FAMILY INVOLVEMENT CENTER AT 905 MAIN STREET IN MACON.
BOOKER PLANS TO SPEAK... THEN AFTERWARDS... YOU'LL GET A CHANCE TO SIGN THE PLEDGE.




JENNIE-O TURKEY STORE IS RECALLING NEARLY 55-THOUSAND POUNDS OF FROZEN... RAW TURKEY BURGERS... SINCE IT MAY BE CONTAMINATED WITH SALMONELLA.
12 PEOPLE IN TEN STATES... INCLUDING GEORGIA HAVE BECOME ILL OVER THE LAST FOUR MONTHS-- PROMPTING THE RECALL.

THE BURGERS WERE SOLD AT SAM'S CLUB STORES NATIONWIDE.
THE RECALL INCLUDES FOUR POUND BOXES OF JENNIE-O'S "ALL NATURAL TURKEY BURGERS WITH SEASONINGS LEAN WHITE MEAT."
LOOK OUT FOR USE-BY DATE OF DECEMBER 23RD 2011.
EACH BOX HAS 12-INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED BURGERS.
CUSTOMERS SHOULD RETURN THE BURGERS TO THE STORE FOR A REFUND.


THE WARM WEEKEND TEMPERATUERS... MAY HAVE SOME PARENTS THINKING OF SUMMER PLANS--INCLUDING CAMPS.

THE HEPHZIBAH CHILDREN'S CENTER HELD AN OPEN HOUSE TO GET AN EARLY-SIGN UP GOING TODAY.
KIDS ENJOYED TOYS... ACTIVITIES AND SOME SNOW CONES... WHILE PARENTS REGISTERED THEM FOR SUMMER DAY CAMP.
DAY CAMP DIRECTOR DEBBIE NEWTON SAYS THE CAMP HELPS TO SUPPORT THE GROUP'S EFFORT TO PROVIDE FOR HOMELESS AND ABUSED KIDS ... PLUS... OTHER OUTREACH PROGRAMS.
NEWTON SAYS THE PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE THE KIDS WITH LIFE LESSONS.
DEBBIE NEWTON: "WE'RE NOT JUST OFFERING THEM OPPORTUNITIES BUT WE'RE ALSO WORKING ON HELPING THEM TO LEARN THINGS TO BUILD THEIR SELF ESTEEM TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO HELP THEM TO BECOME THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT GOD CREATED THEM TO BE."

YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO SIGN YOUR KID UP FOR THE CAMP... THE CAMP STARTS ON MAY 31ST.



VIOLINISTS... TRUMPET PLAYERS AND OTHER MUSICIANS SHOWED OFF THEIR SKILLS... TO HELP INSPIRE FUTURE ARTISTS.

MORE THAN A HUNDRED KIDS CAME OUT TO THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE TO CHECK OUT THE LIVE MUSIC.
THE MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PLAYED THEME MUSIC FROM POPLAR MOVIES... TO GET THEM MORE INTERESTED IN MUSIC.
THE ORCHESTRA PLAYED SONGS FROM MOVIES LIKE SUPERMAN... BATMAN THE DARK NIGHT... AND HARRY POTTER.
KIDS WORKED ON TRIVIA QUESTIONS FOR SOME OF THE SONGS.... AND A FEW EVEN GOT A CHANCE TO CONDUCT THE ORCHESTRA.
SHERYL TOWERS WITH THE ORCHESTRA SAYS ITS IMPORTANT TO ENGAGE THEM AT AN EARLY AGE.


SHERYL TOWERS MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA "IT IS A TREMENDOUS FEELING, AND IT IS WHAT MAKES IT ALL WORTH WILD. TO FEEL THAT WE ARE OPENING DOORS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE POSSIBILITIES AND WHAT WE HOPE IS THAT THEIR MIND AND THEIR HEARTS JUST EXPAND WHEN THEY ARE IN THE MODEST OF EXPERIENCING THIS."

SOME ACTORS WITH THE THEATER OF MACON ALSO PERFORMED FOR THE KIDS.
A 20-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE PEYTION ANDERSON FOUNDATION... HELPED MAKE THE EVENT POSSIBLE.



SOME FOLKS GOT HOOKED INTO... THE LAST DAY OF THE KOI AND GOLD FISH SHOW IN PERRY.

FISH LOVERS CAME OUT TO THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS TO CHECK OUT THE COLORFUL KOI.
ABOUT FIVE VENDORS WERE ON HAND TO SELL FISH... PLUS SHARE SOME TIPS ON FEEDING... AND CARING THE FOR THEM.
PEOPLE ALSO PICKED UP SUPPLIES LIKE NETS AND FOOD.. WHILE OTHES COMPETED WITH THEIR OWN KOI FOR TROPHIES.
CHUCK JONES SAYS HE'S KEPT KOI FISH FOR YEARS... AND SAYS THEY'RE HIS FAVORITE TYPE.


CHUCK JONES: "THEY'RE JUST A DIFFERENT TYPE FISH, YOU KNOW, THE LONGEVITY OF THEM, THE SIZE OF THEM, THE BIGGER THEY GET THE PRETTIER THEY GET."

BART ATKINSON WITH THE MIDDLE GEORGIA KOI SOCIETY SAYS ONE OF THE TOP SELLERS AT THE EVENT WAS "BACKYARD FISH PONDS."

IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.

IT'S A FEATURE ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE THAT SHOWCASES NEWS AND EVENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT THE CITY OF MILLEDGEVILLE...THE 2011 FLANNERY O'CONNOR CONFERENCE.. "STARTLING FIGURES" BEGINS WEDNESDAY APRIL 13 AND RUNS THROUGH APRIL 16.
THE TITLE STARTLING FIRGURES COMES FROM A LINE IN O'CONNOR'S ESSAY "THE FICTION WRITER AND HIS COUNTRY."
TO GET MORE NEWS AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY..HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM. IT'S IN THE CENTER OF OUR HOMEPAGE.



OUR JUNIOR JOURNALISTS ARE GETTING READY TO GRADUATE FROM THE PROGRAM... AND YOUR CHILD CAN BE PART OF THE NEW CLASS.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON APRIL 4TH AT THE GALLERIA MALL IN CENTERVILLE... AND APRIL 5TH AT THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES IN MACON.
BOTH AUDITIONS WILL BE FROM 4-6 IN THE AFTERNOON.

KIDS LOOKING TO TRY OUT... MUST BE BORN BETWEEN AUGUST 1ST 19-98 AND AUGUST 1ST 2001.
PARENTS... THERE IS ONE THING YOU MUST AGREE TO BEFORE YOUR CHILD CAN BE A JUNIOR JOURNALIST.
YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DRIVE YOUR CHILD TO EACH SHOOT... WHICH CAN BE ANYWHERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND THE STATION IN MACON.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AUDITIONS.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE.

WE'RE SHARING YOUR PICTURES FROM THE 13-W-M-A-Z DOT COM GALLERIES.

TONIGHT... WE'RE SHOWING OFF YOUR PHOTOS FROM THE ARENT MY KIDS THE CUTEST GALLERY.

HERE'S A PHOTO OF A LITTLE COWBOY POSING FOR THE CAMERA.

AND THE CAPTION ON THIS PHOTO SAYS...UH OH IM IN TROUBLE.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS... LOOK FOR PHOTO GALLERIES UNDER "FEATURES" IN THE MENU BAR AT THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.
WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.
THE NEWS COULD START LATE... DEPENDING ON WHETHER THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS RUNS OVER.

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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