Sunday, May 8, 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.
A WARNER ROBINS MAN DIED AFTER ANOTHER DRIVER POSSIBLY RAN A RED LIGHT... AND HIT HIS CAR.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE INTERSECTION OF THE OFF RAMP AT 475 NORTH BOUND AT MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE.
THEY SAY 37-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER SMITH OF MACON WAS DRIVING A JEEP LIMITED... WHEN HE COLLIDED WITH ANTHONY BARRINEAU JENKINS' FORD ESCORT.
DEFOE SAYS 39-YEAR-OLD JENKINS DIED FROM HIS INJURIES.
HE SAYS WITNESSES SAY... SMITH RAN A RED LIGHT ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE... AND HIT JENKINS... WHO WAS DRIVING OFF THE 475 RAMP.

CHARGES ARE PENDING.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION CONTACT 478-746-9441... AGAIN THAT'S 478-746-9441.

AS GEORGIA ENTERS A KEY MONTH FOR AGRICULTURE... CLIMATE EXPERTS SAY THE MODERATE DROUGHT WE'RE EXPERIENCING WON'T LET UP ANY TIME SOON.
SO FAR THIS YEAR...13WMAZ METEOROLOGIST MIKE FULLER SAYS... WE HAVE A RAINFALL DEFICIT OF ABOUT FIVE AND A HALF INCHES.
AS VANESSA RUFFES EXPLAINS... SOME LOCAL FARMERS AREN'T WORRIED YET... BUT THEY ARE TAKING PRECAUTIONS.

NATS, PICKING INSPECTING FRUIT
AL PEARSON PREPARES FOR THE FIRST PEACH PICKING OF THE SEASON...
"THEY LOOK A LITTLE SMALL.."
THE FORT VALLEY FARMER SAYS "A LITTLE SMALL" IS OK RIGHT NOW...
NATS, "THAT SHOULD BE NORMAL, WITH SOME PEACHES LARGER THAN THAT.."
... BUT HE SAYS IF THE DROUGHT DOESN'T LIGHTEN UP SOON... THE FRUIT WON'T BE HANGING VERY HEAVY ON THE TREES...
"PEACHES ARE WHAT? 80-90 PERCENT WATER? WE HAVE GOOD CLAY SOIL THAT HOLDS MOISTURE REALLY WELL, BUT WE REALLY HAVEN'T HAD ANY RAIN IN THE LAST MONTH."
LAST MONTH WAS THE DRIEST APRIL ON RECORD... WITH JUST OVER 1 INCH OF RAIN -- 2 INCHES BELOW APRIL'S AVERAGE.
CLIMATE EXPERTS ARE CALLING THE CONDITIONS... A MODERATE DROUGHT -- MEANING SOME CROPS COULD BE AT RISK.
NATS, WALKING IN ORCHARD
PEARSON'S NOT PANICKING YET... BUT HE SAYS THE DRY SPELL HAS LOCAL FARMERS TALKING.
"YOU ASK PEOPLE WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND THEY'RE IRRIGATING WHERE THEY CAN AND WISH THEY COULD IRRIGATE MORE OR WISH THEY COULD HAVE IRRIGATED SOONER."
IT'S TOO LATE TO WATER THESE EARLY PEACHES... BUT PEARSON SAYS THEY'LL IRRIGATE THEIR MID- AND LATE-SEASON CROPS.
NATS, PRUNING
MEANTIME... HE SAYS A LITTLE PRUNING WILL STOP BUDS FROM COMPETING FOR WATER... ALLOWING THEM TO SWELL.
NATS "IF I HAD MY DRUTHERS, I WOULD HAVE HAD TWO PEACHES ON THAT LIMB... NOT FIVE."
HE'LL GIVE THEM A DECENT SHOT AT REACHING MARKET SIZE...
BECAUSE PEACHES TOO SMALL TO MAKE THE FRUIT BASKET... END UP IN ANOTHER BIN.
"THEY'LL BE RECYCLED. HOW ABOUT THAT?"
(OFF-CAM) "FERTILIZER?"
"FERTILIZER, YES."
VANESSA RUFFES 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
PEARSON SAYS.. ONE POSITIVE EFFECT OF A DROUGHT... IS SWEETER PEACHES... THAT KEEP BETTER.
STATE CLIMATOLOGIST DAVID STOOKSBURY SAYS A DRY LA NINA WINTER COULD BE THE CAUSE OF THE DRY CONDITIONS.
HE SAYS THAT DRYNESS COULD LAST THE REST OF THE SUMMER... AND POSSIBLY GET WORSE THROUGH AUGUST.

THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR WRAPPED UP TODAY.
ORGANIZERS SAY THEY'RE HOPEFUL THE NUMBERS WILL SHOW AN INCREASE FROM LAST YEAR--- BUT SAY THEY DON'T KNOW WHETHER THAT WILL BE ENOUGH TO MAKE THE FAIR TURN A PROFIT.
AS VIDEOJOURNALIST ALLEN LINCOLN SHOWS YOU... MANY FOLKS WHO TURNED OUT... HOPE THE FAIR WILL SURVIVE ANOTHER YEAR.

NATS: BUMPER CARS

STEVIE MALCON MACON 7SEC "I JUST WANTED TO COME OUT AND ENJOY THE DAY WITH MY FAMILY, I HAVEN'T BEEN TO THE FAIR IN A LONG TIME SO I LOOK FOWARD TO ENJOYING MYSELF"

NATS:YEAH GOOD JOB GIRL FRIEND

NATS PERSON BEING SERVED CORN DOGS

RICHARD HARRISON MACON 28 SEC "MY FAVORITE PART IS COMING OUT AND SEEING THE PEOPLE AND EATING THE FOOD WATCHING THE RIDES"
NATS: GUN SHOOTING

RICHARD HARRISON MACON "HEY I WOULD SAY THAT THIS FAIR IS DEFIANRLTY IMPORTANT TO MACON I'D REALLY HATE TO SEE IT LEAVE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT COME BACK NEXT YEAR

NATS: OF SMEONE BEING SERVED A DRINK" YOU ENJOYING THE FAIR YOU HAVING FUN, YEAH"

STEVIE MALCON MACON "OH YEAH IT SHOULD DEFITENLTY STAY IN MACON CAUSE WE DONT WANT TO BE GOING TO FAR OUT TO GO TO A FAR WHEN WE COULD JUST COME TO ONE RIGHT HERE IN THE CITY

NATS: RIDES

RICHARD HARRISON MACON "I LIKE JUST HAVING IT RIGHT HERE IN MACON, MACON HAS A NICE LOCAL FAIR EVENT WE JSUT NEED TO KEEP IT AROUND"

ORGANIZERS SAY THEY TRIED SOME NEW THINGS THIS YEAR... LIKE A DIFFERENT LAYOUT THAT MIXES UP THE RIDES... GAMES AND FOOD VENDORS.

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