Saturday, April 9, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M VANESSA RUFFES.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THE DISCOVERY OF HUNDREDS OF GRAVES... UNCOVERS MORE OF CENTRAL GEORGIA'S HISTORY.
LAUREN DISPIRITO EXPLAINS WHY VOLUNTEERS WORKING AT MACON'S LINWOOD CEMETERY... SAY A RECENT FIND ENCOURAGES THEM TO CONTINUE CLEANING UP... AND PROTECT THE REGION'S PAST.
LOCATOR: PURSLEY STREET, MACON

NATS ALEXIS WEED WHACKER

TEN-YEAR-OLD ALEXIS GUNERMAN DOESN'T MIND GETTING DIRTY... IF IT MEANS HELPING CUT GRASS AT MACON'S HISTORIC LINWOOD CEMETERY.

ALEXIS GUNERMAN, 10, WARNER ROBINS: LIKE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER USED A WEED WHACKER AND IT'S REALLY FUN"

SHE JOINED DOZENS WHO VOLUNTEER EACH MONTH... TO CLEAN UP THE NEARLY 120 YEAR OLD SITE.

NATS LEAF BLOWER

IT'S THE RESTING PLACE OF PROMINENT BLACK AMERICANS... LIKE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT SERGEANT RODNEY DAVIS... WHO WAS KILLED IN VIETNAM... AND THE FIRST BLACK U-S CONGRESSMAN... JEFFERSON LONG.

NATS MOWERS

PEOPLE HAVE WORKED FOR YEARS TO REMOVE OVERGROWN BRUSH...

NATS "THIS HAS BEEN CUT DOWN, I MEAN IT WAS JUST AS THICK AS THIS."

BUT ORGANIZER ALICE JACKSON SAYS BIBB COUNTY INMATES UNCOVERED HUNDREDS MORE GRAVES WHILE CLEARING TREES LAST MONTH .

ALICE JACKSON: "COMPLETELY COVERED WITH GRASS, DIRT, TREES, DEBRIS, YOU NAME IT, WE DID NOT SEE ANY GRAVES UNTIL THEY CAME IN

NOW CALLED SECTION "K"... JACKSON SAYS MANY OF THE GRAVES ARE THOSE OF VETERANS.

"NATS "PRIVATE 157 DEPOT BRAGG"

SHE READS THE HEADSTONE OF MILES L. LUNDY JUNIOR.

NATS "DIED SEPTEMBER 29TH 1936"

JACKSON PLANS TO RECORD NAMES... THAT FOR SO LONG... REMAINED COVERED UP.

ALICE JACKSON: "IT'S JUST AMAZING TO FIND THE HISTORY, TO UNCOVER OUR HISTORY HERE... NOT JUST BLACK AMERICAN HISTORY, AMERICAN HISTORY IN THIS CEMETERY."

NATS PULLS BRUSH OFF GRAVES

SATURDAY... THEY DISCOVERED MORE HEAD STONES.

NATS DAISY WEST

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ALICE JACKSON: "JUST SCRATCHING OFF THE SURFACE TO SEE WHO THEY ARE, WHEN THEY WERE BURIED

ALICE JACKSON: "EVERYTIME WE COME OUT, IT IS SOMETHING NEW"

NATS WEED WHACKER ALEXIS

GUNERMAN SAYS SHE'LL STICK AROUND... AS THEY FIND MORE GRAVES... TO HELP MAINTAIN THEM.

ALEXIS GUNERMAN, 10, WARNER ROBINS: "I LIKE BEING IN GROUPS AND WORKING TOGETHER, AND MAKING A CHANGE IN, YOU KNOW, HISTORY AND LIFE."

VOLUNTEERS PLAN TO MARK THE NEWLY FOUND VETERANS GRAVES AT A MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY IN MAY.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
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SINCE STARTING THE CLEAN-UP YEARS AGO... JACKSON SAYS THEY FOUND 4 THOUSAND GRAVES.
VOLUNTEERS HOPE TO RUN TOURS OF THE HISTORICAL CEMETERY ONE DAY.

ABOUT 50 MILITARY SPOUSES ... DEPENDENTS AND SERVICE MEMBERS ATTENDED AN ARMED FORCES BENEFITS EXPO IN WARNER ROBINS TODAY...

A DOZEN VENDORS WERE ON HAND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT PROGRAMS AND BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES OF DEPLOYED SERVICE MEMBERS.
SOME AGENCIES REPRESENTED DEAL WITH EDUCATIONAL ... FINANCIAL... AND MEDICAL SERVICES.
ONE MILITARY WIFE SAYS HER HUSBAND WAS JUST DEPLOYED... NOW MAKING HER ELIGIBLE FOR CERTAIN PROGRAMS.
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MIA JACOBS:"WITH THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN INFORMATION THAT WAS GOING ON, ALOT OF THINGS WERE CANCELED BUT IT IS VERY BENEFICIAL FOR OUR TRADITIONAL MEMBERS WHO LIVE IN OTHER PLACES THAT DONT KNOW WHAT THE MILITARY HAS TO OFFER THEM."

THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY THE GEORGIA NATIONAL GUARD'S YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM.

IT'S FINANCIAL LITERACY MONTH... AND ONE CREDIT COUNSELING AGENCY TOOK THE DAY TO TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT FINANCIAL WELLNESS.

CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELING OF MIDDLE GEORGIA GAVE THE FIRST TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE FREE CREDIT REPORTS... AND A ONE ON ONE CREDIT ANALYSIS.
ORGANIZERS WANTED TO TEACH PEOPLE HOW THEIR CREDIT SCORES CAN IMPACT THINGS LIKE GETTING A JOB... AND INSURANCE RATES.
THEY ALSO WANTED TO SHOW PEOPLE HOW TO INCREASE THEIR SCORES.

PAMELA YOUNG, JONES COUNTY "VERY HELPFUL FOR ME, BENEFICIAL. BECAUSE I WANT TO GET TO A PLACE THAT I GET OUT OF DEBT AND BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS."

ORGANIZERS SAY THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR FOR THE FAIR...
THEY WANT TO MAKE IT AN ANNUAL EVENT.

PEOPLE FLOCKED TO PERRY FOR A CHANCE GET A GOOD DEAL AND TASTE SOME GREAT FOOD AT THE PERRY DOGWOOD FESTIVAL.

IT'S THE FIRST DAY FOR THE FESTIVAL... WHICH TURNS 23 THIS YEAR.
TODAY KIDS ENJOYED A ROCK CLIMBING WALL AND SOME TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL FOODS... WHILE PARENTS SHOPPED FOR GOOD DEALS AT SOME OF THE 90 VENDORS.
ONE FESTIVAL-GOER SAYS HE LIKES TO SPEND TIME WITH LOVED ONES AT THE DOWNTOWN EVENT.

 

SHANNON BYRD WARNER ROBINS "IT BRINGS THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER AS A HOLE INSTEAD OF PEOPLE JUST GOING OUT ON DIFFERENT THINGS WE ALL JUST ALL COME TOGTHER."

TOMMOROW THERE WILL BE A DESSERT CONTEST AT THE PERFECT PEAR RESTAURANT ON DOWNTOWN PERRY'S CARROLL STREET.
YOU CAN PAY 3 DOLLARS TO BE A JUDGE.

 

ABOUT A DOZEN CENTRAL GEORGIANS PULLED OUT THE GRILLS TODAY AND SHOWED OFF THEIR BARBEQUE SKILLS IN A CONTEST.

THEY WERE JUDGED IN CATEGORIES INCLUDING BEST PULLED PORK ... CHICKEN ... RIBS AND SAUCE.

OUR OWN SUZANNE LAWLER WAS ONE OF 40 JUDGES.
THE EVENT WAS RAISED MONEY FOR THE GA CHIP PROGRAM ... WHICH HELPS IDENTIFY MISSING CHILDREN.

 

DENNIS SNIDER: "ITS LIKE THE SHRINER'S SAYING IS A MAN NEVER STOOD SO TALL IS WHEN HE STOOPS TO HELP A CHILD ... THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ABOUT ... IT JUST GIVES YOU A GOOD FEELING."

ORGANIZERS SAY THEY HOPE TO RAISE AT LEAST 2 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THAT MONEY WILL GO TO SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT FOR CHIP.
THE PROGRAM HAS IDENTIFIED NEARLY 57 THOUSAND MISSING CHILDREN IN GEORGIA.

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