Tuesday, May 17, 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.

PUBLIC POOLS IN MACON OPEN NEXT SATURDAY... MAY 28TH... AT NOON.
AS CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS.. CREWS HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD TO GET THE POOLS READY ON TIME AND ON BUDGET.
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IT'S TAKEN WEEKS FOR THE CITY OF MACON TO TURN THIS....
INTO THIS... SO THAT PEOPLE LIKE HANNAH CLARK AND HER KIDS CAN COOL OFF THIS SUMMER.
Clark: "My oldest son, he's kinda afraid of the water but my youngest son, he likes it."
CLARK SAYS GOING TO THE POOL IS FUN FOR HER KIDS... BUT IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO HER AS A PARENT.
Clark: "Especially single parents, it gives you the opportunity to have that quality time with your children."
Doc: "This is actually our last last pool, Frank Johnson, that's being filled up with water today"
MACON-BIBB PARKS AND REC DIRECTOR DOC DOUGHERTY (DOCKERTY) SAY'S HE'S PROUD THE WORK IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE BECAUSE EACH YEAR... GETTING THE DECADES-OLD POOLS READY FOR THE PUBLIC ON A TIGHT BUDGET IS A CHALLENGE.
Doc: "Every year as we prepare for pool opening we find some glitches with old mechanics and pools that need some resurfacing... but they'll be ready for the kids this summer as they were last summer and we're looking forward to it."
Candace: "Dougherty says over the years, public pools have been getting fewer and fewer visitors... people are opting for private pools and clubhouses. But at only a dollar per person, public pools still appeal to a lot of people, including Clark."
Clark: "Some people don't have that kinda money to go to those areas and i'm one of them. I'm a single parent and I don't have that kind of money."
THE POOLS EACH HAVE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SCHEDULES... BUT DOUGHERTY (DOCKERTY) SAYS THEY'RE GENERALLY OPEN FROM NOON TO 7 P-M... SIX DAYS A WEEK.
CANDACE ADORKA, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> CITY LIFEGUARDS ARE ALSO GETTING READY FOR THE POOL OPENINGS NEXT WEEKEND.
DOUGHERTY (DOCKERTY) SAYS THEY WILL HAVE A SWIM TEST THIS FRIDAY AND ON MAY 28TH BEFORE THE POOLS OPEN.

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY CHAIRMAN SAM HART WANT YOUR IDEAS ON HOW TO SPEND SPLOST MONEY.
THEY'RE LAUNCHING A LISTENING TOUR OF THE CITY AND COUNTY THAT STARTS THURSDAY.
THE TWO PLAN TO ASK FOR A SPLOST QUESTION IN NOVEMBER... PARTLY TO PAY FOR RECREATION IMPROVEMENTS....
AND THEY WANT TO HEAR YOUR SUGGESTIONS ON USING SPLOST FUNDS...IF THE SALES TAX QUESTION PASSES.
THEIR FIRST SESSION IS SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. AT EAST MACON PARK ON OCMULGEE EAST BOULEVARD.
AND TOMORROW... HART AND REICHERT WILL JOIN US LIVE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX TO TALK ABOUT THE SPLOST....AND HOW YOU CAN HELP.

MACON VOTERS MAY DECIDE WHETHER TO ALLOW PACKAGED SALES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON SUNDAY.
THIS WEEK ON CLOSE-UP... MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT DISCUSSES CONSOLIDATION OF THE CITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENTS.. A PROPOSED SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.. THE CITY LANDFILL.. AND REICHERT SAYS HE'LL CALL FOR A NOVEMBER REFERENDUM ON WHETHER TO ALLOW GROCERY STORES AND LIQUOR STORES TO SELL PACKAGED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON THE SABBATH.
Robert Reichert, Mayoral Candidate: Let the people decide whether or not to allow package sales of beer and alcohol. We've already got sales of alcohol on Sunday in restaurants that serve more than 50 percent food, where more than 50 percent of their revenue is comprised of food sales.
REICHERT IS ONE OF FOUR DEMOCRATS SEEKING THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IN THIS YEAR'S CITY ELECTIONS. THE OTHERS ARE STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN.. FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS.. AND MACON FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON.
REPUBLICAN DAVID COUSINO IS ALSO RUNNING.
YOU CAN CATCH CLOSE-UP IN ITS ENTIRETY AT NOON SATURDAY AND SIX A-M SUNDAY ON WMAZ.

HOUSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER TOMMY STALNAKER SAYS HE DOESN'T EXPECT NEW TAXES IN THE NEXT BUDGET YEAR.
HE SAYS HE'LL "NEVER SAY NEVER"... BUT A MILL INCREASE IS NOT LIKELY.
STALNAKER SAYS THE NUMBERS AREN'T FINAL YET... BUT HE'S NOT PLANNING JOB CUTS EITHER.
HE'S "HOLDING THE LINE" ON EXPENSES... AND LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO CREATE REVENUE.
HE'LL PRESENT HIS 2012 BUDGET TO THE COMMISSION JUNE 21ST.

A 43-YEAR-OLD DUBLIN MAN WHO WAS MISSING FOR NEARLY A WEEK WAS FOUND BEATEN AND SHOT TO DEATH.
JEFFERSON COUNTY CORONER EDWARD JAMES SAYS INVESTIGATORS FOUND ANTHONY HOLMES' BODY IN WOODS OFF THE MARTIN LUTHER KING EXTENSION IN WADLEY.
THAT'S EAST OF WASHINGTON COUNTY.
THEY FOUND HIS BODY AROUND 2:30 P.M. YESTERDAY AFTER SOMEONE SAW HIS CAR THERE.
HE'D BEEN MISSING SINCE TUESDAY.
WADLEY POLICE CHIEF WESLEY LEWIS SAYS TWO PEOPLE OF INTEREST IN THE CASE TURNED THEMSELVES IN TODAY... AND THE G-B-I IS QUESTIONING THEM.

STUDENTS OFTEN FACE CHOICES THAT COULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER.
HOUSTON COUNTY IS WORKING TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE HOW TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES..AND HOW THE WRONG ONES CAN HAVE SEVERE CONSEQUENCES.
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Johnathan Harkins "The pictures really got my attention"

JOHNATHAN HARKINS SAYS HE WAS SHOCKED BY WHAT HE DIDN'T KNOW.

Johnathan Harkins, Bonaire Middle "Learned a lot some of the stuff I didn't have any idea about"

HARKINS ALONG WITH MORE THAN TWO THOUSAND HOUSTON COUNTY EIGHTH GRADERS ATTENDED A TEEN HEALTH FORUM.

Nats of Students

THEY LEARNED ABOUT DECISIONS THAT CAN CHANGE THEIR LIVES...IF THEY CHOOSE WRONG.

Nats of Speaker

DOCTORS AND EDUCATORS SPOKE TO THE STUDENTS ABOUT ALCOHOL, DRUGS, PEER PRESURE, NUTRITION, SEX AND MORE.

We are targeting the issues that we know are facing are teens today and we target eigth graders because we find this is an age where they really start making decisions for themselves.

BETH JONES DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICES WITH HOUSTON HEALTHCARE SAYS

Beth Jones "We want to equip them with the knowledge so that when they are faced with a choice they make the right choice"

Nats of Alison

ALISON TRIBBLE SAYS SHE FEELS BETTER PREPARED NOW...TO CHOOSE.

Alison Tribble "I think this will help me and my other students to just know that it's not a joking matter and that it's serious and that If they learn about the consequences then they can be protected and be careful"

CONSEQUNCES TRIBBLE SAYS NOW HELP HER MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES FOR HER FUTURE.

Alison Tribble "Be careful who I hang out with. Be careful who I talk to and just watch my decisions and think carefully before I decide something"
>> THIS MARKS THE 20TH YEAR THAT HOUSTON HEALTHCARE AND OTHER SPONSORS HAVE HOSTED THE TEEN HEALTH FORUM.

WHEN YOU'RE SEARCHING FOR A JOB... YOUR RESUME IS ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS SEE.
THIS WEEK.. WE'RE WORKING WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND THEIR RESUMAY CAMPAIGN TO GIVE YOU SOME HELPFUL TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR RESUME SHINE.
YOU CAN CALL OUR PHONE JOB BANK WITH YOUR RESUME AND JOB-HUNTING QUESTIONS BETWEEN 4 AND 6-30 THURSDAY AFTERNOON... AND GET HELP FROM CERTIFIED DEPARTMENT OF LABOR RESUME WRITERS.
AGAIN... THAT'S THIS THURSDAY... BETWEEN 4 AND 6:30.

THINGS WILL BE COOLING OFF SOON AT ONE OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
GEORGIA'S OLD CAPITAL MUSEUM SOCIETY RECEIVED A GRANT FOR UPGRADES AT ONE OF ITS ATTRACTIONS... THE SANFORD HOUSE MUSEUM.
AS AMY AUBERT EXPLAINS... MEMBERS OF THE GROUP SAY THEY'RE WORKING TO PAY FOR THEIR SHARE OF THE WORK.
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Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "The $8700 grant comes from the Georgia Economic Department of Tourism and Product Division, but they told the Brown-Stetson-Sanford House that they'd have to match that price. The home, built in 1825 as a tavern, is the only surviving tavern from when Milledgeville was a frontier capital. Amy Wright is the Executive Director at Georgia's Old Capital Museum in Milledgeville. She says the home museum used funding to match the cost, but with no outside funding, that money needs to be replaced."

Amy Wright, Georgia's Old Capital Museum: "It's a structure like all old homes, the people that own it are the ones that really work. We work to secure the funding to take care of the roof leaks, the bats int he attic, the bees and 200 gallons of honey in the walls; those things that are the constant challenges of owning an old home."

Amy Aubert: "With the grant money, the museum replaced three of the five heating and air conditioning units. She says the new ones--like this one here-- help cut utility costs. Wright says they're looking to fundraisers to replace the museum's funds. She says a yard sale at the begining of the moneth raised a little over 900 dollars. Wright says they're holding an anniversary party for the Sanford House on June 24th to raise more money. In Milledgeville, I'm Amy Aubert, 13 WMAZ, Eyewitness News."
>> THE SANFORD HOUSE MUSEUM IS LOCATED ON WEST HANCOCK STREET...IN DOWNTOWN MILLEDGEVILLE
THE CAPITOL SOCIETY TOOK IT OVER IN 1966...AND THEY'RE PLANNING A 45TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY THERE ON JUNE 24TH FROM 4 TO 6 P-M.
FOR TICKETS... YOU CAN CALL... 478-453-1803.
AGAIN... THAT NUMBER... 478-453-1803.

IT'S A DISEASE THAT AFFECTS MORE THAN 20 THOUSAND CENTRAL GEORGIANS..
Bill: "Watching..watching what's coming down the road and worrying about what's going to happen"
BILL'S WIFE.. JOAN SUFFERS FROM ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE.
WHILE IT CAN BE A DEVESTATING DIAGNOSIS... THIS BIBB COUNTY COUPLE FACES EVERY DAY WITH SMILES... AND MAKING THE BEST OF WHAT'S TO COME.
STEPHANIE SUSSKIND WILL SHARE THEIR INSPIRING STORY TOMORROW AT 6:30.. ON EYEWITNESS NEWS MORNIN.

I-PADS AREN'T JUST FOR ON-THE-GO ADULTS...
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"good job"
AT BIBB COUNTY'S NORTHWOODS ACADEMY... PRE-KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS USE THE TECHNOLOGY TO LEARN PATTERNS... AND LETTERS.
TEACHER LAUREN STEPHENS SAYS THE I-PAD KEEPS KIDS ENGAGED... AND LET'S HER TRACK STUDENTS' PROGRESS.
THE SCHOOL USES ITS I-PAD IN SMALL GROUP AND INDIVIDUAL LESSONS.
KIDS LIKE THE GAMES BECAUSE THEY'RE FUN... AND LET THEM LEARN HANDS-ON.
Lauren Stephens, Pre-K teacher: "When they see what happens, such as playing a matching game, doing patterns and different things like that, they're actually learning at the same time and they really enjoy using them"
NORTHWOODS ACADEMY USED GRANT FUNDS TO GET THEIR IPAD.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DOES USING TECHNOLOGY AT AN EARLY AGE IMPROVE LEARNING?
SO FAR... 75 PERCENT SAY YES.. IT DOES.
WHILE 25 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.. IT DOES NOT IMPROVE LEARNING.
TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

WE CAN HELP YOU KEEP UP WITH NEWS AND TRENDS FROM THE TECH WORLD WITH GEEK 13 EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT.
TONIGHT AT 11... WE'RE LOOKING INTO THE TECH UPGRADES AT MACON'S WASHINGTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY... INCLUDING E-BOOKS AND LAPTOP CHECKOUTS.
AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL TUESDAY... YOU CAN ALWAYS CHECK OUT THE GEEK 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK IN THE "DON'T MISS" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

YOU'RE SENDING US PLENTY OF PROM PHOTOS... LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THEM.
TACHINA AND QUERRY ARE HAVING FUN AT THE MARY PERSONS HIGH SCHOOL PROM.
AND CANDICE AND AKEEM TOOK A MOMENT TO POSE BEFORE HEADING OFF TO THEIR PROM.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE... WE'LL SHOWCASE THEM ONLINE... AND YOU MIGHT SEE THEM HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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