Friday, June 3, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

PARTS OF A HISTORIC SANDERSVILLE CHURCH WERE DESTROYED AFTER A FIRE THAT STARTED THIS MORNING.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... THE FIRE THAT CONSUMED FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH... HASN'T PUT A DAMPER ON THE CONGREGATION'S FAITH.
INSTEAD OF SONGS OF WORSHIP... INSIDE THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH... SOUNDS OF DRIPPING WATER ECHOED OFF THE PEWS.
A FIRE TORE THROUGH THE HISTORIC BUILDING'S ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR YEAR SANCTUARY ON FRIDAY MORNING.
"I didn't think they could save any of it from what it looked like at first."..
PASTOR DALE ANDREWS SAYS CREWS WERE DAYS AWAY FROM COMPLETING A FOUR YEAR RESTORATION OF THE SANCTUARY AND THE ROOF... WHEN ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF THE CONGREGATION'S DONATIONS... WENT UP IN FLAMES.
"This is a landmark. You know where you are in town by checking this little roof line over here."
"And so when I saw that center part of that roof as it began to cave in, that was heart wrending."
SANDERSVILLE FIRE CHIEF RUSSELL RINER SAYS THE FIRE DESTROYED THE SANCTUARY.
RINER SAYS FIREFIGHTERS GOT THE CALL AROUND ELEVEN A.M... BUT BY THE TIME THEY ARRIVED FIRE CONSUMED TOO MUCH OF THE ROOF TO SAVE IT. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT STARTED THE FIRE...
BUT THROUGH THE DESTRUCTION... LIGHT SHONE THROUGH... RINER SAYS MOST IF NOT ALL OF THE CHURCH'S STAINED GLASS WINDOWS SURVIVED.
CHURCH MEMBER JOY PENDRY SIFTED THROUGH WHAT ELSE COULD BE SALVAGED INSIDE THE THRIFT SHOP ACROSS THE STREET.
SHE SAYS THE CONGREGATION'S FAITH... EXTENDS FAR BEYOND THESE FOUR WALLS...
"What we believes is that the chruch is not the building the church is the people."
THE CHURCH HISTORIAN SAYS THE LOSS LEFT HER STUNNED... BUT SHE KNOW'S SHE'LL FIND SUPPORT.
"Were just a church that tries to be there for everybody."
AND SHE SAYS AT A TIME LIKE THIS... SHE'S SURE THE COMMUNITY WILL RETURN THE FAVOR.
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PASTOR ANDREWS SAYS FIRST CHRISTIAN WILL HOLD SERVICES OUTSIDE THIS SUNDAY... IT JUST HAPPENED TO BE THE DATE FOR THE ANNUAL OUTDOORS SERVICE.
HE SAYS OTHER LOCAL CHURCHS OFFERED THEIR SANCTUARY UNTIL THEY CAN FIGURE OUT WHAT DO TO NEXT.
THE CHURCH IS INSURED... BUT HE SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW IF THEY'LL RESTORE IT.

A SEARCH THAT SPANNED THREE COUNTRIES ENDED WHEN A MISSING TEEN WAS FOUND IN NORTH BIBB COUNTY TODAY.
18-YEAR-OLD EUSTACE MARTIN WENT MISSING FIVE DAYS AGO AFTER HE APPARENTLY VANISHED AT THE ATLANTA AIRPORT.
THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE CANADIAN TEEN WAS ON HIS WAY HOME TO VANCOUVER... AFTER VISITING HIS FATHER IN SAINT KITTS.
AFTER A LAYOVER IN ATLANTA ON SUNDAY... SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS MARTIN SLEPT AT THE AIRPORT... AND GOT ON A GROOME VAN THE NEXT MORNING.
HE SAYS THE TEEN ENDED UP IN MACON AND SPENT THREE DAYS LIVING IN THE WOODS NEAR THE GROOME STATION.
MODENA SAYS FINDING THE TEEN IN NORTH BIBB COUNTY AROUND 8 A-M... WAS A HAPPY ENDING TO AN UNUSUAL STORY.
Sheriff Modena: "He came into the Altanta airport where he got lost and disoriented, and he took a Groome vehicle that brought him down here and him out in this area where he slept in the woods again. And then this mornign he started knocking on doors and trying to get help, he's a boy, he's 18 years old, and he recognized at that point that he needed some help.
MODENA SAYS... THE TEEN SURVIVED ONLY ON WATER... AND WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR TREATMENT OF DEHYDRATION AND MALNUTRITION.
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE SAID MARTIN WAS PICKED UP BY AN AUNT TONIGHT IN MACON AND DRIVEN BACK TO ATLANTA FOR A REUNION WITH HIS MOM..

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THE MACON AREA NOW MEETS FEDERAL SMOG STANDARDS.
THAT'S NOT ONLY A GOOD THING FOR YOUR HEALTH... BUT ALSO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.
HOUSTON COUNTY'S REPRESENTATIVE ON THE REGIONAL CLEAN AIR COALITION SINCE 2004.... NED SANDERS SAYS AIR POLLUTION IS AN ISSUE CONSIDERED BY THE BRAC COMMISSION.
THAT MEANS BASE REALIGNMENT AND CLOSURE.... AND ANOTHER ROUND IS EXPECTED IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS.
SANDERS SAYS MEETING SMOG STANDARDS PUTS ROBINS IN A POSITION TO KEEP AND ATTRACT MORE MISSIONS.
Ned Sanders, On the Phone: (5:03) "If you bring in anything that's going to add to the pollution indices, you have to get rid of a like amount, so you have to find someway to reduce what you're already trying to do."
SANDERS SAYS ROBINS WORKED WITH THE CLEAN AIR COALITION TO REDUCE POLLUTION.
EFFORTS INCLUDED CREATING A BUS LINE TO MACON... AND ADDING CARPOOL OPTIONS.

BIG IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING TO TATTNALL SQUARE PARK...THANKS TO A MILLION DOLLAR STATE GRANT.
THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE ANNOUNCED THE GRANT THIS AFTERNOON TO IMPROVE THE COLLEGE STREET SIDE OF THE PARK FROM OGLETHORPE STREET TO COLEMAN AVENUE..
THE GRANT WILL PAY FOR A NEW RETAINING WALL....MORE PARKING...BIKE LANES AND SIDEWALKS.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE ALLIANCE SAYS THE WORK SHOULD ALSO IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW AND PARKING FOR ALEXANDER 2 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

PLANS FOR A BENEFIT ARCHERY TOURNAMENT ARE UNDERWAY.
IT'S IN MEMORY OF A MILLEDGEVILLE TEEN WHO DIED IN APRIL IN A CAR ACCIDENT.
WE CAUGHT UP WITH SOME ARCHERS WHO ARE BRUSHING UP ON THEIR SKILLS... BEFORE THE BIG EVENT.
Nats, crunching leaves

CHRIS CAPE IS NO STRANGER... TO THE OUTDOORS.

Nats, shooting arrow.

Nats: "This will be a ten point shot."

ESPECIALLY BEHIND HIS BOW.

A FEW MONTHS BACK... HE SAYS... HE WOULD'VE BEEN HITTING THE TARGETS... NEXT TO A GOOD FRIEND.

Chris Cape, Milledgeville:

HE'S DESCRIBING HIS FRIEND...18-YEAR-OLD HUNTER RENFRO WHO DIED IN A CAR ACCIDENT IN BALDWIN COUNTY IN APRIL WHILE ON HIS WAY HOME. HE SAYS RENFRO LOVED THE OUTDOORS AND SPENDING TIME WITH PEOPLE HE CARED ABOUT.

SOT: One thing that surpassed his love of being outside and hunting would be his friends.

TO HONOR HIS FRIEND'S MEMORY... CAPE IS SHARPENING HIS SKILLS FOR AN ARCHERY BENEFIT.

SOT: I wanted to do something for him. I love to shoot. We got a lot of people around here who love to shoot bows and we just figured we do something good around here year in and year out to keep his legacy living on.

A LEGACY THAT CAPE SAYS OTHERS CAN LEARN FROM.

SOT: Real respectful no matter who he was talking to. Had a real good work ethic and a great, great friend to everybody. Wasn't anything he wouldn't do for anybody.

CAPE SAYS HE HOPES THE COMMUNITY WILL SHOW SUPPORT AND HELP RAISE MONEY FOR THE HUNTER FUND... A PROJECT DESIGNED TO ASSIST FAMILIES DEALING WITH TOUGH TIMES....

SOT: He loved to help folks and we figured this would be a great way to do it.
THE ARCHERY TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF NEXT SATURDAY AT CREEKSIDE TAXIDERMY IN MILLEDGEVILLE FROM 8AM TO 3PM.
THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL AGES AND THE COST IS TWELVE DOLLARS PER PERSON.
CAPE SAYS THE TOURNAMENT WILL BENEFIT THE HUNTER FUND AT JOHN MILLEDGE ACADEMY WHERE HUNTER WAS A SENIOR.
THE MONEY WILL GO TO HELP WITH TUITION FOR FAMILIES IN NEED.

WARNER ROBINS FIREFIGHTERS TEED OFF TO BENEFIT THE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION THIS MORNING.
28 TEAMS CAME TO THE INTERNATIONAL CITY GOLF COURSE TO PLAY 18 HOLES.
THE WARNER ROBINS FIRE DEPARTMENT STARTED HELPING M-D-A 21 YEARS AGO.
THEY HOST THE ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT... PLUS SEVERAL OTHER FUNDRAISERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.
CHIEF ROBERT SINGLETARY SAYS THE SUCCESS OF THEIR DONATION DEPENDS ON HIS STAFF'S INVOLVEMENT.
Robert Singletary, Fire Chief: (650) Weve got buy in from everybody in the fire department, 100-percent participation, whether its standing in the store for boot campaign, we have our boston butt cooks, we have a lot of people participate, alot of fire fighters play in the golf tournament today.
SINGLETARY SAYS THE TOURNAMENT RAISED ABOUT SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR M-D-A.
THE DEPARTMENT HAS RAISED MORE THAN TWO-MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE ORGANIZATION SINCE 1989.

THIS WEEKEND 13WMAZ AND THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL ASK FOR YOUR HELP... IN DONATING MONEY TO SICK KIDS.
THE HOSPITAL SEES THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND THIER FAMILIES EVERY YEAR WHEN PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH ONE OF THE WORST TIMES IN THEIR LIVES.
STARTING TOMORROW NIGHT AT SEVEN O'CLOCK YOU CAN PHONE IN YOUR PLEDGE..
EVERY DOLLAR RAISED STAYS RIGHT HERE AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL..
YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THE CHILDRENS MIRACLE NETWORK BY GOING TO OUR WEB SITE.
YOU CAN FIND THE LINK IN THE 'CHECK IT OUT' BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOME PAGE.

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.
WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY FOR THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS... STARTING WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST.
SUBWAY RESTAURANT ON HIGHWAY 96 IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 87 OR A B AFTER A PERFECT SCORE ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
SONIC DRIVE IN ON RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 86 OR B AFTER AN 80... ANOTHER B... ON ITS PRIOR INSPECTION.
AND CAPTAIN D'S ON NORTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED AN 86... A B... AFTER A 98 OR A ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND OUR GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES.
SHENANIGAN'S PUB ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 99 AFTER A 100 ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION... BOTH A'S.
MOMMA GOLDBERG'S DELI ON WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A PERFECT 100 AFTER A 98 ON ITS PREVIOUS INSPECTION.
AND ARBY'S ON WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS MADE A 96... AN A... AFTER 97... ANOTHER A... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FOUR SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO....
SHENANIGANS PUB... WITH A FOUR-SCORE AVERAGE OF 98.75.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT SHENANIGANS... AND JOIN US NEXT WEEK AS WE HEAD BACK TO BIBB COUNTY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS.
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YOU CAN CHECK THEM OUT ON THE "WHERE YOU LIVE" SITES... OR CLICK ON "RESTAURANT RATINGS" UNDER THE "FEATURES" TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.

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A MACON MAN HAS VEGAS DREAMS....AFTER PICKING UP HIS WINNINGS FROM THE GEORGIA LOTTERY TODAY.
59-YEAR-OLD ULYSSES TRIPP WON A MILLION DOLLARS FROM A SCRATCH OFF LOTTERY TICKET... AT A CONVENIENCE STORE ON GRAY HIGHWAY IN EAST MACON.
AFTER TAXES....THE LOTTERY SAYS HE'LL TAKE HOME ALMOST 35 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR...FOR 20 YEARS.
THE COUPLE HAS BIG PLANS FOR THE MONEY... A TRIP TO VEGAS... A NEW BUSINESS... AND A HOME IN THE COUNTRY...
BUT THEY SAY EVEN WITH THAT... THEY WILL REMAIN DOWN TO EARTH.
ULYSSES TRIPP: "Well first i seen it, i had to call my little grandboy to look at it too. i thought i was seeing things"
LATRELLE TRIPP: "Money don't change us. it changes some people though, but i still want to remain humble and remain myself."
TRIPP TOOK THE DAY OFF FROM HIS JOB AS A STONE MASON FOR CLARK MEMORIAL IN MACON... BUT SAYS HE'LL BE BACK TO WORK MONDAY...CUTTING TOMBSTONES.


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