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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.


     A YEAR AND A HALF BEFORE THE NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION... THE CAMPAIGN IS ALREADY UNDER WAY.
     AND TONIGHT...MACON TAKES CENTER STAGE...AS THE NEWEST OFFICIAL CANDIDATE SPEAKS OUT.
     IT'S PART OF THE GEORGIA REPUBLICANS 2011 CONVENTION... HAPPENING TONIGHT AND TOMORROW AT THE CENTERPLEX.
     ELEANOR LISSITZYN HAS MORE ON WHAT THE GRAND OLD PARTY HAS IN STORE.
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Staff behind me are busy getting ready for the Georgia State Republican Convention.  Over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend this sold-out event this evening.  The big-ticket item, of course, Newt Gingrich.  He's planning to give his first public speech since announcing his candidacy for President this past Wednesday.  Organizers tell me he's expected to take the stage at around 7:15 and speak for about 45 minutes.  He's just one of the many high-profile speakers for the event this weekend.  Tomorrow, we'll be hearing from Presidential hopeful Herman Cain as well.  Of course, we'll have full coverage of both of those events on 13WMAZ Eyewitness News
>>      LAST MONTH..... THE PUBLIC POLICY POLLING GROUP ASKED 400 GEORGIA REPUBLICANS ABOUT THEIR CHOICE FOR 2012. 
      THEY SAY GINGRICH IS RUNNING SECOND IN THE FIELD....CAIN THIRD.
      GEORGIA'S LEADER BY ONE POINT ACCORDING TO THE POLL...IS FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE.


THE SPORTS AND MUSIC HALLS OF FAME HAD SOME BIG-NAME VISITORS TODAY...
NINE STATE LAW MAKERS TOURED THE MUSEUMS.
AS CANDACE ADORKA EXPLAINS... THE VISIT IS A FIRST FOR A NEW COMMITTEE.
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***Nats of tour***
REPRESENTATIVE NIKKI RANDALL IS NO STRANGER TO THESE HALLS
"i was one of the first employees here at the music hall of fame..."
NOW SHE SITS ON THE COMMITTEE THAT OVERSEES THE AUTHORITY THAT RUNS IT.
"This is a treasure not just to macon but to all of our state."
THE COMMITTEE IS BRAND NEW.... THE TOUR IS THEIR FIRST MEETING.
"Our purpose here is to for the new members of this committee to familiarize themselves with the sports and music hall of fame, for them to know the outstanding treasures that we have here."    
***Nats: Q&A***
THE LEGISLATORS WERE BRIEFED ON THE MUSEUM'S UNCERTAIN FUTURE. 
****nats Godsey "We're waiting for the authority to make a decison...."
IN ABOUT A MONTH AND A HALF, STATE FUNDING FOR THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME WIL DRY UP.
THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY IS DECIDING IF  LOCAL FUNDING CAN KEEP THE MUSEUM IN MACON.
SENATOR JEFF MULLIS SAYS THAT DECISION IS OUT OF THE COMMITTEE'S HANDS. 
"we have no activity as far as the decision making. Our role is to just watch and observe the authority boards to see that they're doing their jobs and i think they're trying to, it's just a tough decission." 
SHE MAY NOT HAVE A VOTE, BUT RANDALL HAS MADE UP HER MIND.
nikki: "Our community has pulled otgether to do everyhing that we can to make sure that the music hall of fame authority understands that we are ready and willing to support this treasure remaining in macon."
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. 
>> THE MUSIC HALL OF FAME AUTHORITY HAS NOT YET SET A MEETING DATE TO ANNOUNCE ITS DECISION.
IT STILL HAS ONE MORE WEEK TO MEET WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND FOUNDATIONS TO TALK ABOUT FUNDING 


TWO DAY AFTER MACON POLICE ARRESTED AN ANIMAL CONTROL WORKER... A CITY COUNCILWOMAN SAYS SHE WANTS TO SEE CHANGES IN THE DEPARTMENT.
COUNCILWOMAN NANCY WHITE SAYS SHE AND COLLEAGUE LAUREN BENEDICT MET WITH POLICE CHIEF MIKE BURNS AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER THOMAS THOMAS TUESDAY... TO SHARE REPORTS OF ANIMAL EXPLOITATION AND ABUSE.
WHITE SAYS SOME PEOPLE ALLEGED THAT BRUCE ROZIER DID NOT USE REQUIRED SEDATIVES WHEN HE EUTHANIZED DOGS.
POLICE ARRESTED ROZIER THE NEXT DAY.. AND CHARGED HIM WITH VIOLATING THE STATE'S ANIMAL CONTROL PROTECTION ACT. 
POLICE SAY THEY'RE ALSO INVESTIGATING WHETHER HE LET A DOG DIE AFTER IT WAS STUCK IN A STORM DRAIN LAST MONTH.
ROZIER RESIGNED AFTER HIS ARREST.
WHITE SAYS SHE'S HEARD COMPLAINTS ABOUT MACON'S ANIMAL CONTROL DEPARTMENT SINCE SHE JOINED THE COUNCIL.
SHE SAYS SHE HOPES THE CITY'S INVESTIGATION LEADS TO CHANGES AT THE TOP.
Nancy White, Macon City Council: "What came back this week is horrific, but unfortunately falls into a pattern of accusation and I'm personally tired of this pattern and I'm ready for a leadership and culture change at macon animal control."
NANCY WHITE SAYS SHE WANTS COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE.
MACON ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTOR JIM JOHNSON AND CHIEF BURNS DID NOT RETURN OUR  CALLS TODAY.
JAIL RECORDS SHOW ROZIER IS OUT ON 13 HUNDRED DOLLAR BOND.


THE DEVASTATION CREATED BY THE STORMS IN ALABAMA AND GEORGIA... STRUCK A CORD WITH HOUSTON COUNTY BAND STUDENTS.
LORRA LYNCH JONES SHOWS YOU HOW THEY'RE DRUMMING UP SUPPORT FOR RELIEF EFFORTS... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
<<nats(17:00) band director
nats- drums
BEATING OUT A MESSAGE
THAT'S LOUD AND CLEAR...
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BAND STUDENTS FROM ALL FIVE HOUSTON HIGH SCHOOLS WANT THE COMMUNITY'S HELP.
nats- drums
Cat Shaw: (7:37) "We saw the need. It's something we thought about and prayed about."
THE ASSISTANT BAND DIRECTOR AT PERRY HIGH SAYS THEY DECIDED...
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IN UNISON... TO FILL THEIR SEMIS-- EACH BAND OWNS ONE-- WITH DONATIONS FOR TORNADO VICTIMS.
Cat Shaw: (8:30) "We are in major need of non-perishable food, cases of bottled water would be great."
STUDENT... BRITANY DAVENPORT... STARTED ORGANIZING THE COLLECTION...
Britany Davenport: (6:10) "We went through the piles and boxes."
nats- drums
THE REAL ROLL OUT FOR THE START OF THE COLLECTION DRIVE BEGINS SATURDAY... 
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PEOPLE CAN DROP-OFF DONATIONS THE NEXT THREE WEEKENDS... BEFORE THEY DELIVER.
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Lorra Lynch Jones: (15:20) "Two semis will go to Ringold Georgia and three to Tuscaloosa Alabama. They're also hoping people will donate gas money to get them there."
AFTER A LOW... SEEING THE DISASTER
Britany Davenport: (4:38) "It made me cry."
DAVENPORT WANTS THE DRIVE TO A HIT HIGH NOTE...
nats- drums
NOT ONLY WITH THOSE RECIEVING... BUT ALSO PEOPLE WHO HEAR THE CALL...
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TO GIVE.'
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STD.>>


>> YOU CAN DROP OFF DONATIONS AT ALL FIVE HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOLS STARTING TOMORROW FROM TEN UNTIL TWO.
FOR A FULL LIST OF ITEMS THEY NEED TO COLLECT... GO TO 13-WMAZ-DOT-COM... AND LOOK FOR THE LINK IN THIS STORY.


    IN HONOR OF RELAY FOR LIFE EVENTS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR SURVIVOR STORIES.
     GO TO THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LET US KNOW ABOUT A CANCER SURVIVOR WHO INSPIRED YOU.
     CHOOSE YOUR COMMUNITY IN THE "WHERE  YOU LIVE" SECTION ON THE HOMEPAGE... THEN CLICK ON "MORE NEWS."
     WHEN YOU GET TO THE COMMUNITY PAGE... CLICK ON THE ARTICLE... AND COMMENT TO SHARE YOUR STORY.


IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT THIS WEEKEND... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....
APPLEBEE'S AT 36-52 EISENHOWER PARKWAY... SCORED A 77... A "C". THAT'S DOWN ONE POINT FROM THE 78... ALSO A "C"... THEY SCORED ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION. 
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SAYS PROPER FOOD REHEATING PROCEDURES WERE NOT FOLLOWED.
HE ALSO SAYS TOXIC SUBSTANCES WERE NOT PROPERLY IDENTIFIED... STORED... AND USED. 
QUIZNOS SUBS AT 46-59 PRESIDENTIAL PARKWAY IN MACON... SCORED AN 84... A "B"... AND ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... THAT'S THE SUB SHOP'S FIRST SCORE.
THE REPORT SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED AND ACCESSIBLE... WHICH IS A KNOWN RISK FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESS.
IT ALSO SAYS UTENSILS WERE NOT PROPERLY STORED.
AND TAKI STEAK HOUSE AT 62-55 ZEBULON ROAD IN MACON... GOT AN 80... A "B"... COMING AFTER AN 87... ANOTHER B... ON THE LAST INSPECTION.
ACCORDING TO THE INSPECTION REPORT... FOOD WAS NOT PROPERLY LABELED... AND WIPING CLOTHS WERE NOT PROPERLY USED... AND STORED.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES... 
DOLCE VITA CAFE AND BAR... AT 4-84 CHERRY STREET IN MACON... SERVED UP A 97... THAT'S AFTER A PERFECT 100... LAST TIME. 
SALEEM'S FISH SUPREME... AT 21-98 PIO NONO AVENUE IN MACON... WHIPPED UP TWO PERFECT SCORES... ON ITS LATEST INSPECTIONS.
AND TUCKER'S BARBECUE AND DRIVE-IN... AT 45-91 BROADWAY IN MACON... ALSO GOT TWO 100'S... ON ITS LAST TWO INSPECTIONS.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER.... FRANK... LEAH?
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE FEATURES LINK... AND SCROLL DOWN TO RESTAURANT RATINGS. 


    WARNER ROBINS MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN'S BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR CALLS FOR A SMALL TAX INCREASE... BUT ISN'T BALANCED YET.
    SHAHEEN'S OFFICE TODAY RELEASED THE 35 POINT SIX MILLION BUDGET...FOR THE 2012 BUDGET YEAR.
    SO FAR....SHAHEEN'S FOUND ONLY 34 POINT SEVEN MILLION IN REVENUE.
THAT LEAVES THE BUDGET ALMOST 900 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS IN THE HOLE...ON PAPER.
AND THAT INCLUDE A TAX INCREASE...OF SEVEN TENTHS OF A MILL.
   BUT THE BUDGET MUST BE BALANCED BEFORE CITY COUNCIL ACCEPTS HIS BUDGET.
    SHAHEEN COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT THIS AFTERNOON. THERE'S NO WORD YET ON WHEN HE'LL PRESENT IT TO THE COUNCIL.


ABOUT A DOZEN BOATS DOCKED ON LAKE SINCLAIR THIS AFTERNOON... WAXED... SHINED... AND READY TO GO.
IT'S A PART OF a 2-DAY ANTIQUE BOAT SHOW.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... EACH BOAT IS FILLED WITH A LITTLE HISTORY... AND A STORY OF its OWN.
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Nats, driving boat.


FOR CHARLES MISTELE... BEING ON THE WATER...


Nats, steering


... IS NOTHING NEW.


Charles Mistele, South Carolina: "In my former youth, I was an olympic class sailor, the Dragon Class; raced for the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1964."


BUT DRIVING AT A STEADY PACE... 


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...IS.


Charles Mistele, South Carolina: "March 20th 1931, the boat went 102.256 miles an hour, on the Indian Creek in Florida.


HE SAYS IT'S THE FIRST BOAT EVER... TO BREAK THE 100 MILE AN HOUR MARK. 


Nats, boat going fast


HES OWNED IT... FOR 41 YEARS.


BUT MISS AMERICA 9... ISNT THE ONLY ONE... WITH A STORY TO TELL.


Andrew Smith, Buford: I bought a drawing and just started building.


IT TOOK ANDREW SMITH THREE YEARS TO BUILD THIS BOAT FROM SCRATCH.
A SMALLER IDENTICAL VERSION... CAME NEXT.


Andrew Smith: It gives you an opportunity to have something to play with while your standing around.


Nats, Andrew Smith: Thats Christy on there driving!


A BARBIE LOOK-A-LIKE OF HIS WIFE... HE SAYS... BEHIND THE WHEEL.


Nats, throttle


FOR CHARLES MISTELE... THE STOP IN EATONTON... IS JUST ANOTHER RIDE THROUGH HISTORY.


Charles Mistele: The original engines were a part of history, they were used as patterns for WWII PT boats by the Department in the Navy.


AND HIS IS JUST ONE OF MORE THAN 20 ANTIQUE BOATS... READY FOR SHOW.


EACH ONE DOCKED ON A STORY... WAITING TO BE TOLD.


Nats, boat squeaking


AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS. 
>> THE BOAT SHOW CONTINUES TOMORROW AT THE CROOKED CREEK MARINA IN EATONTON.
SO FAR... MORE THAN 20 BOATS ARE SIGNED UP. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SHOW... VISIT OUR SITE AT 13 WMAZ... DOT COM. 

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