Saturday, April 9, Eyewitness News at 11

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TONIGHT AT 11..

AUTHORITIES SAY A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN DUBLIN TODAY.
WE'LL TELL YOU HOW IT HAPPENED..
EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11 IS NEXT.
TONIGHT AT 11..

THE DISCOVERY OF HUNDREDS OF GRAVES... UNCOVERS MORE OF CENTRAL GEORGIA'S HISTORY.
HOW VOLUNTEERS AT MACON'S LINWOOD CEMETERY... WANT TO PROTECT THE PAST.
EYEWITNESS NEWS IS NEXT.

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M VANESSA RUFFES.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

AUTHORITIES IN DUBLIN SAY A THREE-YEAR-OLD BOY WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT THIS AFTERNOON.

GEORGIA STATE PATROL TROOPER CHAD HARRISON SAYS IT HAPPENED ON OLD MACON ROAD IN DUBLIN AROUND 5 OCLOCK.
HE SAYS THE WOMAN DRIVING LOST CONTROL OF HER CAR... WENT OFF THE ROAD INTO A DITCH... AND HIT A TREE.
HE SAYS THE THREE YEAR OLD WAS AIR-LIFTED TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THE CHILD WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD SHORTLY AFTER.

 

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 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.

 

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.

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: "IT JUST GIVES YOU A GOOD FEELING WE JUST FOUND OUT LAST YEAR THERE WERE 6 CHILDREN IN GEORGIA FOUND USING OUR IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM AND SO THAT GIVES YOU A PRETTY GOOD FEELING TO KNOW THAT YOU HELPED FIND A CHILD THAT WAS MISSING."

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

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.

WE'RE SHARING YOUR PHOTOS FROM THE 13 WMAZ DOT COM GALLERIES.
THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE NATURE'S BOUNTY GALLERY.

HERE'S A PHOTO OF A CAMELLIA AT MASSEE LANE GARDENS.

AND THIS VIEWER SNAPPED A PHOTO OF A ROSE TRYING TO BLOSSOM FOR SPRING.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

 

IF YOU MISSED OUT ON SOME OF THE EVENTS TODAY ... HERE'S A COUPLE EVENTS TAKING PLACE TOMORROW.

YOU CAN HEAD TO DOWNTOWN PERRY FOR THE LAST DAY OF THE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL.
THE EVENT LASTS FROM NOON UNTIL 5.
AND DONT WORRY THERE WILL BE PLENTY TO DO...LIKE KID ACTIVITIES ... THE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT STAGE.
THIS EVENT IS FREE.

AND IF YOU'RE HANGING AROUND MACON TOMORROW...YOU MIGHT WANT TO HEAD OVER TO MAGNOLIA STREET ... NEAR WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK FOR THE SOAPBOX DERBY.
SOAPBOX DERBY TEAMS WILL COMPETE FOR TROPHIES FOR THE FASTET AND MOST CREATIVE CAR.
THAT EVENTS KICKS OFF AT 1:00 PM.

 

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