Sunday, April 24, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BOFTA YIMAM.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
ABOUT 200 PEOPLE... INCLUDING FAMILY... AND RESCUE CREWS HEADED BACK OUT IN THE WATER TODAY....SEARCHING FOR A MISSING TEENAGER.

KEITH BYERS WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS THE 18-YEAR-OLD WAS LAST SEEN FISHING WITH A FRIEND ON THE OCONEE RIVER AROUND 4-30 YESTERDAY MORNING.
LAST NIGHT... D-N-R BROUGHT IN A LARGE SONAR FROM GREENE COUNTY.... WHICH SCANS DEEPER AND LARGER AREAS THAN THE SMALLER SONAR THEY FIRST USED.
THIS MORNING... CREWS ALSO BROUGHT IN SEARCH DOGS.
BYERS SAYS DIVE CREWS FOUND A SHOE BELONGINGTO THE TEEN SHORTLY AFTER THE SEARCH BEGAN.

FIRE DEPARTMENT VOLUNTEERS SAY THEY DON'T BELIEVE FOUL PLAY OR ALCOHOL IS INVOLVED.
THE TEENS' FRIENDS SAY THE 18-YEAR-OLD IS A SENIOR AT WEST LAURENS HIGH SCHOOL.
SOME FOLKS WOKE UP EARLY TO CATCH COLEMAN HILL'S EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE.

PEOPLE RELAXED ON LAWN CHAIRS AND BLANKETS... AS THEY LISTENED TO REVEREND TOMMY MARTIN'S SERMON ON THE RESURRECTION .
THE CONGREGATION ALSO SANG TRADITIONAL CHURCH SONGS WITH THE CHOIR.
THIS IS THE 95TH YEAR OF THE SUNRISE SERVICE.
JAN KUNZELMANN MACON" I LOVE COMING I HAVE BEEN COMING FOR TEN YEARS IT IS JUST SO WORSHIP FULL AND SO PEACEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL"
REVEREND TOMMY MARTIN MULBERRY STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH" IT IS A COMMUNITY TRADITION NOT JUST A CHURCH TRADITION WE HAVE HOSTED IT FOR MEAN MEAN YEARS BUT IT IS WHERE THE COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER AND CELEBRATES THIS HOLY OCCASION"

THE SERVICE IS ORGANZED BY MULBERY STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
SOME SAY THE EARLY START-- IS PART OF THEIR SPECIAL EASTER TRADITION.

OTHERS CELEBRATED EASTER...AND TOOK IN AFRICAN CULTURE AT THE FINAL DAY OF THE PAN-AFRICAN FESTIVAL.
SOME KIDS SCOOPED UP EGGS.... AT THE AFTERNOON EASTER EGG HUNT.

OTHERS ENJOYED A PETTING ZOO... MOON BOUNCE... AND TOOK IN SOME LIVE MUSIC.
ABOUT 35 VENDORS WERE ON HAND AT TATNALL SQUARE PARK... SELLING JEWLERY... FOOD AND BOOKS.
THE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES AFRICAN CULTURE... INCLUDING TRADITIONAL DANCES AND SONGS.
ZELL DANIELS SAYS SHE'S BEEN TO THE FESTIVAL BEFORE... AND TAKING IN OTHER CULTURES.

ZELL DANIELS, MACON: "IT GIVES THE YOUNG PEOPLE MORE CHANCES TO LEARN ABOUT THE AFRICAN HERITAGE, FIND OUT ABOUT THE DIFFERENT ARTS, AND YOU KNOW JUST SEE WHAT'S GOING ON, INSTEAD OF BEING JUST, WELL THIS IS MACON, ITS ALL I'VE EVER KNOW, YOU KNOW THAT ALL I SEE AND JUST MINGLE."

THE FESTIVAL IS SPONSORED BY MACON'S TUBMAN MUSEUM.

THIS MONTH'S SURGE OF STORMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE COUNTRY... INCLUDING THE SOUTH... HAS SPARKED AN INTEREST IN BEING MORE PREPARED.
IN SEVERAL STATES... COMPANIES SPECIALIZING IN STORM SHELTERS... HAVE REPORTED MORE CALLS.
AS VANESSA RUFFES FOUND OUT... SOME FAMILIES HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ARE MAKING THE INVESTMENT TOO.

NATS, "HERE'S THE DOORWAY TO THE SHELTER. IT'S ABOUT A QUARTER INCH, MAYBE THREE-EIGHTHS OF AN INCH THICK..."
STEVE HORNE STARTED WORK ON THIS STORM SHELTER LAST FALL... AFTER SOME DIGGING FROM THE MISSUS...
HORNE "WE'VE HAD A FEW CLOSE CALLS IN THE AREA SO WE DECIDED TO GO AHEAD AND PUT ONE IN."
IT'S NOT DONE YET... BUT HE SAYS THE RECENT BOUTS OF SEVERE WEATHER HAVE PUT A CRUNCH ON THE DEADLINE.
HORNE "SEEMS LIKE STORMS ARE GETTING WORSE AS TIME GOES BY."
STANDUP "JUST LAST WEEKEND, STRONG STORMS SWEPT THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS MONTH, DOWNING TREES, DAMAGING HOMES, AND CUTTING POWER ACROSS THE AREA."
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CONFIRMED THREE TORNADOES STRUCK CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS MONTH.
HORNE AND HIS WIFE CHERI RODE OUT THE WINDS AND LIGHTNING THAT REACHED THEIR EATONTON NEIGHBORHOOD... WITH SECURITY.
CHERI "HERE, WITH ALL THE TREES, I'D JUST AS SOON GO IN THERE AND SET IT OUT... I KNOW I'M SAFE."
NATS, TOURING SHELTER
THAT SAFETY TOOK A LITTLE CREATIVITY... HORNE SAYS.. AS A THOUSAND-DOLLAR BUDGET CALLED FOR A DO-IT-YOURSELF SOLUTION.
"I CALLED A SEPTIC TANK COMPANY OVER IN SANDERSVILLE AND THEY BROUGHT OUT THIS 15-HUNDRED GALLON SEPTIC TANK AND SET IT IN THE HOLE FOR ME."
IT WAS BRAND NEW OF COURSE...
NATS, SHELTER TOUR
HORNE SAYS THE SHELTER STILL NEEDS A CONCRETE TOP... BUT ALL THINGS CONSIDERED... HE'D RATHER SPEND A GUSTY NIGHT HERE... THAN ANYWHERE ELSE...
"WE HAVE A REAL BIG SIZED DITCH THAT IF WE HAD TO GO IN, WE COULD. BUT THIS IS A LOT CLOSER AND A LOT CLEANER THAN A DITCH IS."
NATS, CLOSES DOOR.
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THREE WEEKS AGO... A DODGE COUNTY MAN DIED AFTER AN EF-TWO TORNADO PICKED UP HIS MOBILE HOME AND FLIPPED IT.
THAT MORNING... AN EF-1 TORNADO ALSO TORE THROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS IN SOUTH BIBB COUNTY.
LAST SATURDAY... AN EF-ONE CAUSED SEVERAL MILES OF DAMAGE IN NORTH MACON.

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