GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
MACON MAYORAL CANDIDATES ATTENDED A POLITICAL FORUM THIS EVENING.
ALL FOUR QUALIFIED CANDIDATES AND A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE ATTENDED THE EVENT AT CITY HALL.
AS ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... IT WAS A CHANCE TO SPEAK DIRECTLY TO VOTERS ABOUT THE ISSUES THE CANDIDATE'S FEEL GO TO THE HEART OF THE 2011 ELECTION.
THE QUESTION AND ANSWER FORUM LASTED ABOUT AN HOUR AN A HALF... AS MODERATORS THE CANDIDATES ON EVERYTHING FROM RACE RELATIONS... TO CONSOLIDTATION.
CURRENT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS HE THINKS THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING MACON IS ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT... AND SAYS HE'S GOT THE CITY ON THE RIGHT PATH.
MR: "The urban redevelopment plan the tax allocation districts the second street boulevard.All of these plans that we have made we need the opportunity to implement."
FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS CALLED CRIME HIS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY... TELLING LISTENERS THAT IF ELECTED HE WOULD 'SCOUR THE NATION' FOR A TOUGH POLICE CHIEF.
CJE: "This is a very important race. Critical time in our city's history. And obviously I think I have the experience, the leadership ability and the know-how."
FORMER MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTER PAUL BRONSON SAYS HE COMPENSATES FOR HIS LACK OF POLITICAL EXPERIENCE... WITH A GENUINE DESIRE TO SERVE.
PB: "We focus our attention on making people the primary purpose in our decision making process then we'll do just fine with the city.'
FORMER STATE SENATOR ROBERT BROWN RELIQUISHED HIS SEAT TO RUN FOR MAYOR... HE SAYS CRIME...AND ENSURING ALL OF MACON RECIEVES EQUAL TREATMENT AND PROTECTION FROM POLICE IS HIS TOP CONCERN.
Brown: "We need to make a uniform effort to combat crime in all areas of our community. Shirley Hills, Pleasent Hill, Unionville."
DAVID CoUSINO... WHO MADE AN UNSUCCESSFUL BID FOR MAYOR IN 2007... SAYS HIS STATUS AS A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE SHOWS HE IS THE TRUE NON-PARTISAN POLITICIAN... CAPABLE OF STEPPING ACROSS BOTH POLITICAL AND RACIAL BOUNDARIES.
STDTHE FORUM WAS SPONSORED BY THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY NAACP.
THE FIELDS ARE NOW SET FOR TWO STATE RACES ON THE JULY 19TH BALLOT.
QUALIFYING ENDED TODAY...
IN THE STATE SENATE DISTRICT 26 RACE.
FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS IS RUNNING FOR ROBERT BROWN'S OLD SEAT..LUCAS IS A DEMOCRAT
ALSO RUNNING... REPUBLICAN BOBBY GALE OF IRWINTON...A MINISTER.
AND MACON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS... ALSO A DEMOCRAT.
TWO DEMOCRATS QUALIFIED FOR DAVID LUCAS' HOUSE DISTRICT 139 SEAT..
OPTOMETRIST JAMES BEVERLY WILL FACE CHIROPRACTOR ANISSA JONES IN THE JULY 19 ELECTION..
BIBB COUNTY ELECTIONS SUPERVISOR ELAINE CARR SAYS IF THEY CAN GET THE BALLOT READY IN TIME....EARLY VOTING ON MACON'S CITY ELECTION...AND THOSE TWO STATE RACES....WILL START JUNE 28TH.
GEORGIA FIREFIGHTERS SAY TWO RAPIDLY SPREADING WILDFIRES OUTSIDE THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP HAVE NOW BURNED A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 60 SQUARE MILES IN SEVERAL COUNTIES..
MIKE LYONS WITH OUR GANNETT-SISTER STATION FIRST COAST NEWS TELLS US THE STORY OF THOSE FORCED TO FLEE THE FIRE..
FIREFIGHTERS SAY MOST OF THE LAND THAT'S BEING BURNED IS PRIVATE TIMBERLAND ADDING TO WHAT'S ALREADY BEEN A YEAR OF RECORD LOSSES FOR GEORGIA TIMBER OWNERS.
STATE TEST RESULTS SHOW THAT THE STAFF AT A BONAIRE RESTAURANT... IS TUBERCULOSIS FREE.
EARLIER THIS WEEK... WE TOLD YOU ABOUT THE SAIGON NOODLE HOUSE... WHERE ONE FORMER EMPLOYEE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH T-B...
JENNIFER JONES WITH THE NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS CHEST X-RAYS FOR ALL CURRENT STAFF MEMBERS GAVE THEM A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH.
SHE SAYS EVERYONE WHO'S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH THE FORMER WORKER WAS NOTIFIED.
STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY TUBERCULOSIS IS NOT SPREAD BY CASUAL CONTACT.
THEY SAY THE RESTAURANT HANDLED THE MATTER PROPERLY... AND THERE WAS NO HEALTH RISK TO ITS CUSTOMERS.
IN AN EFFORT TO CLEAN UP ONE CENTRAL GEORGIA NEIGHBORHOOD... A GROUP OF MINISTERS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS HAVE COME TOGETHER.
THE GOAL THEY SAY IS TO SWEEP OUT CRIME AND INSPIRE YOUNG PEOPLE TO TAKE CHARGE OF LIVING A BETTER LIFE.
Donna Cason is a longtime resident of the Village Green community. She says she's seen the area go from bad to worse.
SOT: I'd like to see people come together and try to make it a better neighborhood and make it where kids can play around here and not worry about if they're going to get run over or shot.
She says she's concerned every time her grandkids come over to play. Her daughter Stephanie Newberry shares that same feeling.
SOT: Everytime we come here to visit, I worry for them all the time. This is not a good neighborhood. From what I know of it, I don't think it's safe.
That's why folks like Johntellis Mathis are teaming up with Unity in the Community and the Evangelical Ministerial Alliance to clean up the area.
SOT: I feel like as neighbors and residents of this neighborhood, we've got to start putting in diligent and vigorous efforts to bring it back because there are a lot of things that go on that shouldn't be going on. I just feel like as a community, we've got to step up and do it. We can't expect Macon Police to do it.
The clean up will include a cookout and outreach opportunities for young people and parents.
SOT: We can't afford to look the other way, we can't afford to continue to neglect them cause we're already losing them and we've got to encourage them.
It's a step toward changing the mind set of those who live here to take take better care of their neighborhood so that parents and grandparents like Cason can have peace of mind.
The groups will host a clean up tomorrow in Macon's Village Green neighborhood starting at 10am.
They'll have a cookout to follow where youth ministers will be on hand to mentor young people and parents in the neighborhood.
MACON POLICE SAY A MAN ARRESTED THIS MORNING IN THE VILLAGE GREEN NEIGHBORHOOD WAS CARRYING A MOBILE METH LAB IN A BACKPACK.
A POLICE NEWS RELEASE SAYS THE ARREST HAPPENED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON DEEB DRIVE AFTER POLICE SAY THEY STOPPED THREE PEOPLE WALKING TOGETHER..
POLICE SAY ONE MAN HAD SYRINGES IN HIS POCKET AND ADMITTED USING HEROIN.
A SECOND MAN WAS WEARING A BACKPACK WITH AN INACTIVE METH LAB INSIDE.
POLICE SAID RON KILLGO WAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING METH..
AND DAVID NEEL DOLES WAS CHARGED WITH MANUFACTURING METH...OBSTRUCTION...AND HEROIN POSSESSION.
ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT MIDDAY...WE INCORRECTLY REPORTED THE NAME OF ANOTHER PERSON.WHO WAS NOT CHARGED IN THE CASE.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE DOLES GAVE OFFICERS A FALSE NAME... WHICH WAS THAT OF A RELATIVE.
IF YOUR FATHER'S DAY PLANS INCLUDE TREATING DAD TO A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID DURING THE HEALTH INSPECTOR'S VISIT.
WE'RE IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK FOR YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... STARTING OFF WITH THE LOWEST SCORES FIRST.
STEVI B'S PIZZA ON WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 77 OR A C ON ITS LATEST INSPECTION AFTER A 95 OR A ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
OLE TIMES COUNTRY BUFFET ON RUSSELL PARKWAY SCORED A 76 OR C AFTER A 97 OR A ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND SISTA'S FISH AND CHICKEN ON NORTH DAVIS DRIVE SCORED A 61 OR U ON ITS MOST RECENT INSPECTION AFTER A 97 OR A ON THE ONE BEFORE.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK AND OUR GOLDEN SPATULA NOMINEES.
TASTY CRUST PIZZA ON SOUTH HOUSTON LAKE ROAD MADE A PAIR OF 100'S ON ITS LATEST TWO INSPECTIONS... BOTH A'S OF COURSE.
EL JALISCIENSE ON HIGHWAY 96 IN KATHLEEN SCORED A 99... AN A... COMING AFTER A 100 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND YESTERDAZE BAR AND GRILL ON MOODY ROAD IN WARNER ROBINS SCORED A 99 ON ITS MOST RECENT INSPECTION AND A 98 ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE... BOTH A'S.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
TASTY CRUST PIZZA WITH A CURRENT SCORE AND FOUR-SCORE AVERAGE OF 100.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OVER AT TASTY CRUST.
FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK UNDER THE "FEATURES TAB IN THE MENU BAR ON THE HOMEPAGE.
VOLUNTEERS CAN GET IN THE GAME FOR THIS YEAR'S SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL LITTLE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT.
A VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION MEETING IS TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH.
IT STARTS AT 6 P-M AT THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS... OFF SNELLGROVE DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS.
OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE EVERYTHING FROM SELLING CONCESSIONS TO PICKING-UP TRASH.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR JEN COLVIN SAYS THEY NEED PEOPLE WHO WANT WORK..
Jen Colvin: "Were not looking for people to be volunteering from six in the morning until midnight, but at the times we are going to schedule folks to take on that task, we just ask that they be there and then enjoy the environment after their task is done."
WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO THE ON-LINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION THAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING TO THE JUNE 28TH MEETING ALONG WITH A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PHOTO I-D.
LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEB-SITE... 13-WMAZ-DOT.
AS PEOPLE ACROSS CENTRAL GEORGIA GEAR UP TO CELEBRATE THEIR DADS THIS FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND... WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S THE BEST LESSON YOUR DAD HAS TAUGHT YOU.
SO... WE ASKED OUR FACEBOOK FANS.
CHYNELL REPLIED... "HOW TO RESPECT OTHERS INCLUDING MY ELDERS... AND ABOVE ALL... HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER."
VALERA WROTE... "I AM A DADDY'S GIRL. MY DAD TAUGHT ME TO BE A BETTER FISHERWOMAN THAN MOST MEN!!! THANKS DADDY!"
APRIL COMMENTED... "HE TAUGHT ME TO LAUGH! HE WAS ALWAYS CUTTING UP AND ALWAYS LAUGHING. I DON'T THINK I EVER SAW HIM WITHOUT A SMILE ON HIS FACE!"
MICHAEL SAID... "WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD AND MY DAD AND I WERE RIDING IN THE CAR, HE SAID, 'TWO THINGS WILL GET YOU A LONG WAY IN LIFE.
BE ON TIME AND BE POLITE.' HE WAS RIGHT!"
AND WANDA COMMENTED... "MY DAD TAUGHT ME THAT EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE, IGNORANCE WASN'T TOLERATED IN HIS HOUSE."
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