HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON... FRANK MALLOY IS ON ASSIGNMENT.
OUR TOP STORY AT SIX... A FEW SEVERE STORMS ROLLED THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
TO SEE WHAT'S IN STORE FOR TONIGHT... ...WE JOIN CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES IN THE WEATHER CENTER.
the national weather service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Telfair County until 6:15 pm. and Wilcox County until 6:45 p.m.
THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.
A PAYNE CITY RESTAURANT AND PUB IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS TONIGHT AFTER AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING THAT INJURED ONE PERSON.
THE SHAMROCK'S OWNER TOLD LORRA LYNCH JONES... DESPITE THIS CRIME... THE TINY "CITY-WITH-IN A CITY" IS SAFE.
WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 160 PEOPLE... AND A FOOTPRINT THAT COVERS LESS THAN A SQUARE MILE...
ONE VIOLENT CRIME IN PAYNE CITY... STOPS TRAFFIC.
Paul Harpin, Restaurant Owner: (3:25) "I sort of thought oh, Payne City, oh dear."
PAUL HARPIN SAYS NEWS OF A SHOOTING AT A RESTAURANT NEAR HIS OWN ALARMED HIM... BUT NOT FOR LONG.
Paul Harpin: (4:19) "I'm not worried about it. It's an incident. It'll be an isolated incident. It happens, as I say."
Lorra Lynch Jones: (15:40) "Owner of the Shamrock Dargan McAfee says he was at work when the incident happened. The was too upset to talk about it on camera Thursday morning, but said it happened after closing time. He had just gone out the porch to pick-up some trash and came back inside, when he heard the words, "Get down."
MCAFEE SAID HE SAW THREE MEN WITH RED BANDANNAS COVERING THIER FACES. ONE FIRED A GUN... SHOOTING ONE OF TWO CUSTOMER'S STILL INSIDE... IN THE ARM. THE MEN THEN TURNED... AND RAN.
Jan Capps: (8:20) "A gun shot, somebody was shot, that's a little disturbing."
A FREQUENT CUSTOMER AT PAYNE CITY SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS... INCLUDING THE SHAMROCK... JAN CAPPS CALLED THE CRIME "RANDOM".... AT WHAT'S NORMALLY A SAFE SPOT.
Jan Capps: (7:58) "It's a family atmosphere. I've taken her for dinner before, seen church groups there."
AND SAYS SHE'LL COME BACK... NOT ONLY TO THE SHAMROCK... BUT TO THE TINY OLD MILL TOWN TUCKED IN ON ALL SIDES BY MACON.
STD>> SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE WITH THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THIS IS THE SECOND AGGRAVATED ASSAULT THERE THIS YEAR.
HE SAYS TODAY'S VICTIM .. JOHN HARRISON... IS IN STABLE CONDITION.
DEFOE SAID THE SUSPECTS DIDN'T DEMAND MONEY OR TAKE ANYTHING FROM THE SHAMROCK. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CASE CAN CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-746-9441.
AGAIN.. THAT'S 478-746-9441.
WITH MACON'S TWO HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY JUST TWELVE YEARS AWAY.. DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL CANDIDATE C. JACK ELLIS PROPOSED CREATING A
BI-CENTENNIAL COMMISSION TO PREPARE FOR THE CELEBRATION.
THE FORMER MAYOR SAYS THE COMMISSION WOULD ALSO HELP REDEVELOP EAST MACON.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE.
<<DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL CANDIDATE C. JACK ELLIS WANTS TO GET A JUMP START ON CELEBRATING MACON'S BICENTENNIAL...IN 2023.
Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: This is Macon's birthplace.
SO HE CHOOSE AN EAST MACON SITE TO ANNOUNCE PLANS TO CREATE A SPECIAL COMMISSION TO GET THINGS MOVING.
707 2419 01 -- 2:45 C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: When I'm elected mayor, one of my first orders of business will be to establish a bi-centennial commission
ELLIS SAYS ALMOST TWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTER EAST MACON WAS CREATED.. THE CITY'S BIRTHPLACE NEEDS A FACELIFT.
C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: We have blight to our left. We have blight to our right. We have empty houses behind me.
AND THAT COMMISSION WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RESTORING EAST MACON.. A MOVE THAT WOULD EXTEND PROJECTS DONE DURING HIS TWO TERMS AS MAYOR.. HE MENTIONED BEALL'S HILL AND THE MARRIOTT HOTEL.
707 2419 01 -- 3:03 C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: I contend that we can do better than what we're doing now with Main Street and with Macon's birthplace .
ELLIS SAYS PEOPLE IN EAST MACON ARE GETTING SHORT-CHANGED.
707 2419 01 -- 4:35 C. Jack Ellis, Democratic Mayoral Candidate: People living on this side of the river for the most part if they want to have a decent meal or go to a theatre or just maybe to have a leisurely walk along the streets, they have to go elsewhere.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ELLIS SAYS TEARING DOWN DAVIS HOMES WOULD BE PART OF THE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT.. TENANTS WOULD RECEIVE HELP FINDING OTHER HOUSING.
ELLIS IS ONE OF FOUR DEMOCRATS SEEKING THE MAYOR'S OFFICE.
THE OTHERS INCLUDE FORMER MACON FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON.. FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.
THEY MEET IN THE JULY 19TH DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.
THERE ISN'T A REPUBLICAN MAYORAL CANDIDATE.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE FIELD OF MACON MAYORAL CANDIDATES?
SO FAR 81 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
19 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
TONIGHT... ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE CELEBRATES ITS 70TH BIRTHDAY.
THE PARTY IS SCHEDULED TO KICK OFF AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN LESS THAN HALF AN HOUR.
THE EVENT WILL FEATURE THE B THAT'S WHERE WE FIND FRANK MALLOY... FOR A LOOK AT THE FESTIVITIES.
FRANK...HOW'S IT GOING OUT THERE?AND OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE.
Frank ad-libs about the party and the history of the base
WE'LL HAVE A FULL LOOK AT THE CELEBRATION TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
ONE COUPLE PASSING THROUGH CENTRAL GEORGIA DONATED A FEW PIECES OF HISTORY.
ROB AND JUDY STEINAU VISITED MILLEDGEVILLE IN APRIL... AND DAYS LATER... OFFERED THEIR ANTIQUE COLLECTION OF FURNITURE... RUGS... AND WASHBOWLS... TO THE BROWN-STETSON-SANFORD HOUSE.
VOLUNTEERS SPENT THURSDAY AFTERNOON UNLOADING 19 PIECES OF ANTIQUE FURNITURE.
THEY APPEAR TO COME FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA...AND THE MID 19TH CENTURY.
AMY WRIGHT IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE OLD CAPITAL MUSEUM.
SHE SAYS THE DONATIONS HELP TELL THE STORY OF THE HOME.
Amy Wright, Georgia's Old Capital Museum: "The pieces are so appropriate, they would have been pieces that might actually have been in the house, the type of pieces that might have been in the house, and they represent the lifestyle of this upper-middle class family."
THE BROWN-STETSON-SANFORD HOUSE RUNS ON DONATIONS AND GRANT MONEY.
NEXT FRIDAY... THE MUSEUM PLANS TO HOLD THE SANFORD HOUSE REVISITED... WHICH SHOWCASES WORK FROM THE PAST YEAR... AND CELEBRATES THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOUSE'S RELOCATION.
A SUMMER PROGRAM THAT WORKS TO SHOWCASE STUDENTS' TALENTS AND TEACH THEM SOMETHING NEW CONTINUED TODAY.
WE TALKED WITH SOME HOUSTON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GET THEIR REACTION TO SPENDING PART OF THEIR SUMMER IN THE CLASSROOM.
Nats: 3-2-1... rocket lifting off..
This is not your typical middle school classroom... but students are learning and having fun at the same time.
SOT: It's really cool to see it. Sometimes they blow up. It's pretty cool.
Huntington Middle School student Johanna Bagay says she's enjoying her summer learning about rocketry.
SOT: We build rockets and we learn how they work and all the parts of them work and we put them together and launch them off.
She's one of many students enrolled in Houston County's Summer Enhancement gifted program. Among several courses including...archery...and participating in a play....
students work to disSect sharks...something Damian Patterson says is a real challenge.
sot: We're disSecting a shark right now and as you can see on my face, I am not liking it and if you were here right now you would smell something that you would not want to smell.
Program Director Jan Jacobsen says STUDENTS HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF OPTIONS.
SOT: We offer about 35 classes. These are classes that students are not able to take during the regular school year, so what they sign up for are what they're very interested in.
THE TWO WEEK PROGRAM will come to a close tomorrow.. but IT LEFT A lasting impression on MANY students.
Johanna Bagay, student: "Well I do know some people that got invited but they didn't come because they just wanted to stay home but it's just so much fun and everybody should come it's really a great system."
STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM BASED ON THEIR GRADES OR HONOR ROLL STATUS..
DIRECTOR OF GIFTED EDUCATION... JAN JACOBSEN SAYS THE PROGRAM STARTED ALMOST FOURTY YEARS AGO.
WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE AT WORK... IT CAN BE TOUGH TO ADMIT IT AND TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
IN THIS WEEK'S CAREERBUILDER TIP... WE'RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO OWN UP TO YOUR WRONGDOINGS... AND MOVE PAST THEM.
FIRST... ADMIT THE MISTAKE QUICKLY.
TELLING YOUR BOSS RIGHT AWAY WILL HELP PROVE THAT YOU'RE TRUSTWORTHY... RESPONSIBLE... AND CONCERNED ABOUT CORRECTING YOURSELF.
SECOND... BE READY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT.
CAREER EXPERTS SAY THE TIME AFTER YOU MAKE AN ERROR ISN'T THE TIME FOR PRIDE OR EGO.
INSTEAD... BE PREPARED TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO CORRECT YOUR MISTAKE.
THIRD... MAKE SURE TO SHARE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED.
AFTER YOU'VE CLEARED THINGS UP... SIT DOWN WITH YOUR BOSS AND TALK ABOUT WHAT WENT WRONG... HOW IT WENT WRONG AND HOW YOU'LL CHANGE THINGS IN THE FUTURE.
AND FINALLY... ASK FOR FEEDBACK.
AFTER YOU'VE TOLD YOUR BOSS WHAT YOU LEARNED... ASK WHAT OTHER LESSONS YOU SHOULD GET FROM THE EXPERIENCE.
FOR THE COMPLETE LIST OF TIPS FOR OWNING UP TO YOUR MISTAKES... VISIT THE JOB MARKET THURSDAY PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK IN THE "CHECK IT OUT" BOX ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.
TATTNALL SQUARE ACADEMY HAS A NEW MAN IN CHARGE.
CHAIRMAN YANCEY HOUSTON SAID THE 15-MEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECIDED... BY UNANIMOUS VOTE.. TO REPLACE LARRY COLLINS AS HEADMASTER AFTER TWO YEARS.
HE SAID THAT WAS BASED...IN PART...ON COLLINS' PROFESSIONAL EVALUATION.
THEY ANNOUNCED TODAY MICHAEL DRAKE WILL SERVE AS INTERIM HEAD OF SCHOOL.
DRAKE SPENT THE LAST TWO YEARS AS TATNALL'S ACADEMIC DEAN.
HE'S ALSO A FORMER HEAD OF THE GEORGIA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL ASSOCIATION....GISA.
YOUR SNAPPING A LOT OF PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS... TODAY WE'RE SHOWCASING THE AREN'T MY KIDS THE CUTEST GALLERY...
HERE WE HAVE MISS BALLERINA RACHEL... SHOWING OFF AT HER DANCE RECITAL IN COCHRAN.
...AND HERE WE HAVE COOPER RICE... SMILING BIG FOR THE CAMERA.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE... WE'LL SHOWCASE YOUR PICTURES ONLINE... AND RIGHT HERE DURING OUR NEWSCAST.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.