Thursday, May 12, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON.. AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

THIS SEPTEMBER CENTRAL GEORGIANS WILL HAVE A NEW WAY TO GET TO THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY.... BY TRAIN.
OFFICIALS ARE MEETING MONDAY TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS OF A SPECIAL TRAIN RIDE FROM MACON TO THE SPEEDWAY
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... THEY HOPE THE ONE-TIME RIDE WILL LEAD TO A MORE PERMANENT ONE.
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Nats of train....
SOME CENTRAL GEORGIANS ARE ALL FOR TRADING THEIR CAR KEYS.... FOR RAIL TICKETS.
"When I think of a long hot drive from Atlanta to Macon as opposed to sitting on a train leisurely reading the paper, It would have been so much nicer."
WELL, THEY MAY SOON GET THE CHANCE... A STATE-OWNED EXCURSION TRAIN WILL LEAVE FROM MACON ON SEPTEMBER SECOND.
IT'LL RUN FROM TERMINAL STATION TO THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY TWO DAYS BEFORE THE LABOR DAY CLASSIC 500.
AT LEAST ONE OF THE 400 SEATS IS ALREADY SPOKEN FOR.
Mayor: "I'd love to! I'd love number one to go to the race and number two love to ride the train to the race. I think it would be a great combination."
THE RIDE WILL GIVE PUBLIC OFFICIALS, BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, AND ANYONE ELSE A TASTE OF COMMUTER RAIL TRAVEL.
Mayor: "It would demonstrate to people how pleasant and enjoyable it is. How efficient it is. How you can get quicker and easier to your final destination."
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER TIM ECHOLS SAYS IT WAS HIS IDEA....A WAY TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR A PERMANENT MACON-ATLANTA ROUTE.
"Of the 50 fastest-growing private companies in Georgia, none of them are south of I-20 and that's not right. We need to make this area attractive, and a passenger rail would go a long way to doing that."
ECHOLS SAYS WHETHER YOU'RE SKEPTICAL....
"I don't know it depends on what the price of the tickets would be."
.... OR ON BOARD
"a train would be good"
GET A TASTE OF RAIL BEFORE YOU MAKE UP YOUR MIND.
>> ECHOLS SAYS A MACON-ATLANTA TRAIN IS A LONG WAY FORM REALITY... IT HAS TO MAKE IT THROUGH A SELECTION PROCESS IN JUNE... AND ANOTHER IN OCTOBER.... BEFORE MAKING IT TO THE BALLOT IN 2012.

AND TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
WOULD TRAIN SERVICE TO ATLANTA BOOST DEVELOPMENT IN MACON?
SO FAR 52 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES
AND 48 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

A MACON ANIMAL CONTROL WORKER WHO WAS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WHILE THE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES HIS HANDLING OF A CASE - RESIGNED AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED IN A SEPARATE CASE.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A NEWS RELEASE FROM MACON POLICE.
DEPARTMENT LEADERS SAYS NUMEROUS DOG LOVERS HAVE CONTACTED THEM... SAYING THAT BRUCE ROZIER LAST MONTH LET "LUCKY" A THREE-LEGGED DOG DIE AFTER BEING STUCK IN A SEWER PIPE ON MONROE AVENUE.
POLICE SAY INTERNAL AFFAIRS IS INVESTIGATING.
BUT SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET WROTE TODAY THAT ROZIER... RESIGNED AFTER HE WAS ARRESTED WEDNESDAY AND CHARGED WITH VIOLATING THE STATE'S ANIMAL CONTROL PROTECTION ACT.
SHE DID NOT PROVIDE DETAILS AND COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR FURTHER COMMENT.

MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTERS ARE INVESTIGATING A FIRE THAT DAMAGED FOUR HOMES THIS MORNING.
BATTALION CHIEF PRESTON THOMAS SAYS A CALL CAME IN AT 7:15 ABOUT A FIRE ON WHITEHALL STREET.
DAVID SHEPPARD SENT US THESE PICTURES.
CHIEF THOMAS SAYS THE HOME WAS DESTROYED..
HE ALSO SAID NO ONE WAS LIVING IN THE HOUSE AND THERE WAS NO GAS OR ELECTRICITY HOOKED UP AT THE HOME..
THEY ARE INVESTIGATING WHETHER THE FIRE WAS STARTED INTENTIONALLY.
THE FIRE ALSO DAMAGED THREE OTHER HOMES AND A CAR.
THOMAS SAYS NO ONE WAS HURT..

BIBB AND MONROE COUNTIES WILL MAKE THEIR FINAL ARGUMENTS ON MAY 31-ST WHERE THE COUNTY LINE WILL BE SET... UNLESS THEY SETTLE THE CASE FIRST.
WEDNESDAY... SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP WROTE AN ORDER SETTING A DATE FOR A FINAL HEARING ON THE CASE.
LAST MONTH... A STATE JUDGE BACKED MONROE COUNTY IN THEIR DECADES-LONG BORDER DISPUTE WITH BIBB COUNTY.
IF KEMP ACCEPTS THAT RULING... 500 ACRES AND DOZENS OF HOMES COULD MOVE FROM BIBB COUNTY TO MONROE.
BUT KEMP WROTE... HE STRONGLY ENCOURAGES THE TWO COUNTIES TO MEET BEFORE THE 31ST TO TRY TO REACH A SETTLEMENT.

SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES AND A NEW CITY POLICY PROMOTING "WHISTLEBLOWING" ARE JUST A COUPLE TOPICS WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL WILL DISCUSS TONIGHT IN ITS PRECOUNCIL SESSION.
THE CITY WILL ALSO LOOK AT THE LONG-DISCUSSED INCREASE IN COUNCIL MEMBERS' YEARLY GAS ALLOWANCE... WHICH HASN'T BEEN CHANGED SINCE THE LATE NINETIES.
VANESSA RUFFES WILL BE AT TONIGHT'S MEETING... AND WILL HAVE MORE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SOME BRAND NEW TECHNOLOGY AT A CENTRAL GEORGIA LIBRARY THANKS TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF RENOVATIONS.
WE SPENT TIME AT THE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY DURING ITS REVEAL TO SEE THEIR NEW COMPUTERS AND WHAT ELSE THEY HAVE IN STORE THE NEXT TIME YOU PAY A VISIT.
IT LOOKS MORE LIKE A COMPUTER LAB THAN A LIBRARY.... BUT THAT'S PRECISELY WHAT LIBRARY LEADERS AND DONORS ENVISIONED WHEN THEY DECIDED TO REVAMP THIS LIBRARY.

SOT: To not have access and not be literate in using digital tools, you're a second class citizens in today's digital economy. So this is really the start of universal access to free equipment, training and use of the internet.

THANKS TO CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION... BIBB COUNTY... AND FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY.... WASHINGTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY HAS A NEW LOOK TO GO WITH ITS NEW TECHNOLOGY.

SOT: It's my favorite place....

AND SOME ATTRACTIVE FEATURES THAT ARE A SIGN OF THE TIMES.

SOT: There's always some new books and lots of interesting stuff.

DIRECTOR OF LIBRARIES...THOMAS JONES SAYS THE CHANGE WAS LONG OVERDUE.

SOT: We had an ancient facility with a small number of computers, twenty-two computers that had a 99 percent fail rate. In other words, they were constantly used and we had people waiting.

NOW WITH EIGHTY-FIVE NEW COMPUTERS... LIBRARY USERS CAN TAKE MORE TIME SURFING THE WEB.

SOT: It's extremely important to have access to the internet, access to laptops and computers as well as access to training so we can all be 21st century citizens through working in a digital world.

THE CHILDREN'S CORNER HAS CHANGED TOO... ALONG WITH NEW CARPET... PAINT... AND LIGHTING THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING.
AND CHECK OUT ISN'T LIMITED TO BOOKS ANYMORE.
KNIGHT FOUNDATION DIRECTOR... BEVERLY BLAKE SAYS NOW YOU CAN NOW CHECK OUT A LAP TOP AND LOG ON OUTSIDE AT THE PARK IF YOU WANT.
TRANSFORMING THIS HISTORIC BUILDING INTO A DIGITAL LEARNING LAB FOR EVERYONE.
WASHINGTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY SAYS IT'LL OFFER A SERIES OF COMPUTER CLASSES THAT THEY'LL BE DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS.
IF YOU NEED A LIBRARY CARD... THEY'RE FREE.
JUST BRING IN A PHOTO I-D AND PROOF OF ADDRESS.

COLLEGES ARE HOLDING GRADUATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY... AND MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2011 ARE LOOKING FOR JOBS.
IN THIS WEEK'S JOB MARKET THURSDAY CAREERBUILDER TIP... WE'RE LOOKING AT THE TOP-PAYING JOBS FOR THOSE NEW GRADS.
CAREERBUILDER SAYS THINGS SEEM TO BE LOOKING UP FOR THE CLASS OF 2011.
EMPLOYERS PLAN TO HIRE 19 PERCENT MORE NEW COLLEGE GRADUATES THIS FALL THAN THEY DID IN THE FALL OF 2010.
ANALYSTS ARE LOOKING FOR CHEMICAL ENGINEERING MAJORS TO BRING IN THE HIGHEST AVERAGE SALARY... JUST UNDER 67 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
COMPUTER SCIENTISTS RANKED SECOND... WITH AN EXPECTED 63 THOUSAND DOLLAR AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARY.
AND ANALYSTS THINK MECHANICAL ENGINEERING MAJORS WILL EARN THE THIRD HIGHEST SALARY... AN AVERAGE OF 60 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
TO CHECK OUT THE OTHER THIRTEEN JOBS THAT MADE THE LIST.. .AND FIND OUT ABOUT JOBS AVAILABLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THE DON'T MISS BOX ON THE HOMEPAGE.

AROUND 9 O'CLOCK THIS MORNING... A CHAIN GROCERY STORE... ALDI... OPENED ITS DOORS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... FOR THE FIRST TIME.
AND HUNDREDS OF MONEY SAVING HOPEFULS... WAITED IN LINE FOR NEARLY 20 MINUTES... WITH SHOPPING CARTS IN HAND.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... SOME SHOPPERS SAY HAVING A DISCOUNT FOOD STORE... IS IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY.
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Nats, shopping cart wheels

FOR SHOPPERS AT ALDI... THURSDAY MORNING WASN'T ANY TYPICAL GROCERY RUN.

Van Adams, Warner Robins: "Good price for cucumbers."

VAN ADAMS SAYS HE'S ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT TO SAVE A BUCK.

Van Adams, Warner Robins: "It always tickles my fancy to get a good deal. My daughters call me cheap, I consider myself just frugal."

HE SAYS LATELY... THE PRICE OF FOOD... PUTS A DENT... IN HIS WALLET.

Van Adams: "We try to save money any way we can. We cut down on our shopping based on gas prices. And we try to conserve."

HE'S NOT THE ONLY ONE...

Nats, shuffeling feet

HUNTING FOR DEALS.

Beverly Sessions, Warner Robins: "Me and my friends, we came out here to see what kind of bargains we could find."

BEVERLY SESSION HIT THE JACKPOT... SHE SAYS... IN THE PRODUCE DEPARTMENT.

Nats, flicking watermelon, "That one sounds pretty good."

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "The store's district manager says you can save about 30% on your bill here, because they use mostly private brands. He says the produce, like these bananas for 44 cents a pound, can run you can you run you about 50 cents and up elsewhere."

Nats: "I'm gonna try it for $1.79."

SO WHILE SOME SAVE BIG... ON NEW TREATS... OTHERS... FILL THEIR CARTS...

Nats: "$1.19."

...WITH THE BASICS.

Nats, putting carrots in cart.

AND WHEN IT'S TIME TO RING UP...

Nats, scanning items

...THEY'RE FILLING THEIR CARTS WITH MORE...

Nats, dropping juice into cart.

...FOR LESS.

Van Adams: "All in all, I'd say we probably saved 20 dollars."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

>> ALDI OPENED TWO STORES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY... ONE IN WARNER ROBINS... AND ANOTHER IN MACON.

THE CENTRAL GEORGIA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS HONORED 12 HOMETOWN HEROES TODAY...
MEMBERS OF THE HERO ARMY.. MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.
"today we are gathering to honor our local hometown heroes, emphasis on the word local")
13WMAZ'S FRANK MALLOY WELCOMED THE CROWD AT MACON STATE COLLEGE.
MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY NOMINATED OTHERS THEY SAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ACTS OF COURAGE OR GIVING TO OTHERS.
EACH HERO RECEIVED A TROPHY.
8-YEAR-OLD WINN MURRAY.. WHO HELPED BUILD A WELL FOR KIDS IN AFRICA.. WAS RECOGNIZED AS A PAVING THE WAY YOUTH HERO... AND JUDY SAMUELS WAS AWARDED THE FIRE RESCUE HERO.
SHE SAYS... SHE ENJOYS GOING INTO CLASSROOMS AND TEACHING KIDS ABOUT FIRE SAFETY.
Judy Samuels: "It makes me feel like I've served my community, I'm very honored for it, and it's for all our firefighters, it's not just my award it's for all of them"
Winn Murray: "I was learning about water scarcity in my REACH class and I wanted to do something about it"
OTHER WINNERS INCLUDED... PATTI JONES AS THE ANIMAL ADVOCATE HERO.. WARREN SELBY AS THE COMMUNITY IMPACT HERO.
JAMIE POWERS WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE DISASTER RELIEF HERO... THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE HERO WENT TO STEPHANIE WELCH.. RICHARD HARTRY EARNED THE GOOD SAMARITAN HERO...
DOREEN SAMS WAS THE GO GREEN HERO.. REVEREND RHETT BAIRD WAS THE GUARDIAN ANGEL HERO.
THE INTERNATIONAL HERO AWARD WENT TO JANET CAMPBELL.. THE MILITARY HERO WAS DETECTIVE JOSEPH VAMPER... AND THE MARY PERSONS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2011 ALSO RECEIVED THE PAVING THE WAY YOUTH HERO AWARD..
ALSO, SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARYS CHOOL STUDENT WINN MURRAY WAS RECOGNIZED AS A HERO FOR RAISING TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS TO BUILD A WELL IN AFRICA..

IT'S PICTURE TIME... AND WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME OF THE PHOTOS FROM THE "AREN'T MY KIDS THE CUTEST" ONLINE GALLERY.
THE CAPTION ON THIS ONE SAYS "REFLECTION OF INNOCENCE... KHLOE'S WAITING ON DAD TO PICK HER UP."
AND THE CAPTION HERE SAYS... "IS KISSING A FISH DIFFERENT THAN KISSING A FROG? STILL NO PRINCE!"
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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