Thursday, June 23, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>
GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THEY WORK LATE HOURS... UNDER STRESSFUL CONDITIONS... AND THEY DO IT ALL FOR FREE.
THEY'RE THE REACT VOLUNTEERS.
THAT STANDS FOR RADIO EMERGENCY ASSOCIATED COMMUNICATIONS TEAMS.
THE GROUP DOES EVERYTHING FROM SEARCH FOR MISSING PEOPLE... TO DIRECTING TRAFFIC AWAY FROM ACCIDENTS...
AND TONIGHT... THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE HONORED THEM FOR THEIR HARD WORK.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
nats
whoop whoop
WAYNE WATSON IS ONE OF ABOUT THIRTY REACT VOLUNTEERS.
"Very dedicated, very committed."
WHO ANSWER THE CALLS NOBODY ELSE CAN TAKE.
"We've actually been out locating missing persons, and during the holidays we participate in the armed robbery patrols."
"We're short, just pure and simple."
BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF JERRY MODENA SAYS REACT VOLUNTEERS ARE PRICELESS...
Sheriff: "The're coming and in essance saving the taxpayers a great deal of money because they come in and step into the slots that we don't have the personel to fill."
NATS "In greatful appreciation of Middle Georgia REACT."
THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HONORED THEIR HARD WORK WITH A HOT MEAL THURSDAY NIGHT....
Stand up:"According to REACT officials.. this group of racks up 10,000 volunteer hours a year. Not only do they work for free, they also use their own money to buy all of the gizmos gadgets and radios you see in all these cars."
Edwards: "I've been to train wrecks I've been to plane crashes."
ROBERT EDWARDS JOINED REACT FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 1992...
"It's a very thankless thing when you get called out at one or two in the morning to go sit on a road."
BUT HE SAYS HE'S MOTIVATED BY A DESIRE TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.
AND TO THESE FOLKS IT'S NOT A JOB... JUST A CALLING
nats "Ten four. Thank you."
AND THEY SAY THEY'RE HAPPY TO ANSWER.

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IF YOU KNOW A HERO... WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THEM.
GO TO 13WMAZ DOT COM AND CLICK ON "HERO CENTRAL" UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
THEN... LOOK FOR THE LINK THAT SAYS 'CONTACT 13WMAZ'S HERO CENTRAL' AND YOU CAN JOIN THE HERO ARMY TODAY..

HOUSTON COUNTY'S SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED ITS 2012 BUDGET TODAY.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT STEVE THUBLIN SAYS THIS YEAR'S BUDGET INCREASED BY MORE THAN TEN MILLION DOLLARS.
THE 2012 GENERAL FUND BUDGET IS SET AT MORE THAN 215 MILLION DOLLARS.
THAT'S UP FROM 206 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2011'S BUDGET.
FURLOUGHS AND TAX INCREASES WERE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR'S BUDGET.
THUBLIN SAYS HOUSTON COUNTY WILL ALSO ADD A TOTAL OF 39 NEW PERSONNEL.

A CENTRAL GEORGIA MAN IS WAITING TO BE SENTENCED AFTER HE ADMITTED TO TAKING PART IN AN INTERNATIONAL RING THAT SOLD FIGHTER-JET PARTS TO IRAN.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO U-S ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE.
MICHAEL TODD ALLEGEDLY SOLD THE PARTS .... THROUGH HIS COMPANY --'THE PARTS GUYS'.
THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE AND OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY.
MOORE SAYS TODD PLEADED GUILTY LAST MONTH TO VIOLATING FEDERAL LAW.
ACCORDING TO MOORE... TODD BOUGHT FIGHTER JET AND HELICOPTER PARTS IN THE U-S... THEN SOLD THEM TO COMPANIES IN IRAN AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
IN ALL... SEVEN PEOPLE AND FIVE BUSINESSES IN FOUR COUNTRIES..... WERE CHARGED.
U-S Attorney Michael Moore, Middle District for Georgia: "While mnay nations are involved in obtaining sensitive technology from the united States, Justice Dept Presecutions aroud the country indicate that Iran is one of the more active. Unfortunately Iran found a willing supplier of these military parts right here in Maocn Ga.
THE U-S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE SAYS TODD WORKED OUT OF A WAREHOUSE AT THE MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT.

STATE PLANS TO WIDEN FOREST HILL ROAD IN MACON STARTED 17 YEARS AGO... FIVE YEARS BEFORE C. JACK ELLIS BECAME MAYOR.
NOW... ELLIS SAYS HE WANTS TO GET A NEW ROADWORK PLAN STARTED.
HE SAYS HE WALKS FOREST HILL EVERY MORNING... AND HE'S OPPOSED TO WIDENING THE ROAD TO FOUR LANES BETWEEN VINEVILLE AND WIMBISH.
INSTEAD... HE SAYS HE'D LIKE TO SEE A ROUNDABOUT AT THE INTERSECTION OF FOREST HILL AND RIDGE AVENUE.
C. Jack Ellis, Mayoral Candidate: "Are we not going to listen to the citizens of this community? Or are we going to continue to shove down their throats and literally bulldoze their communities to destroy mature trees and all the other havoc that we will wreck on the environment out here? I say no. I say that we stop this road, that we get a sensible design, that we listen to the citizens."
KIMBERLY LARSON WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS SHE HASN'T HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT ROUNDABOUT PLANS FOR FOREST HILL ROAD.
SHE SAYS THE DEPARTMENT SHOULD FINISH PURCHASING THE RIGHT OF WAYS FOR THE THREE LANE EXPANSION WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH.
BECAUSE THAT WORK IS ALREADY UNDER WAY... LARSON TELLS US CHANGING IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT.

STARTING IN JUST OVER A WEEK... WHEN YOU DRIVE PAST A BICYCLIST... STATE LAW SAYS MOVE OVER.
THE NEW RULE TAKES EFFECT JULY FIRST... AND MAKES IT A MISDEMEANOR TO DRIVE WITHIN 3 FEET OF A CYCLIST TRAVELING IN THE SAME DIRECTION.
THE LAW IS DESIGNED TO PROTECT PEOPLE LIKE ANGELA MICHAEL...
LAST FEBRUARY SHE WAS RIDING DOWN HOUSTON LAKE ROAD WHEN A PICKUP TRUCK HIT HER.
Angela Michael "I'm hoping that maybe it there's more focus on that, is there are stronger penalties on failure to give a cyclist proper room when they're riding on the road, that maybe... maybe people will pay attention a little but mor ethan they have."
THE LAW CLARIFIES THE OLD LAW....WHICH SIMPLY SAYS DRIVERS MUST PASS BICYCLISTS AT A "SAFE DISTANCE."

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... DO YOU MOVE OVER FOR BICYCLISTS WHILE DRIVING?
SO FAR... 88 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU DO.
AND 12 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU DON'T.
VOTE NOW.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THE CITY OF MACON... THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION AND CODE FOR AMERICA ARE WORKING TO PUT A 300 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT TO USE.
KNIGHT FOUNDATION MEMBER BEVERLY BLAKE SAYS MACON WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT WANTS TO DEVELOP PROGRAMS FOR PEOPLE TO INTERACT WITH GOVERNMENT.
THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION WILL FUND THE PROJECT IN 2012..
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS THE INITIATIVE IS A WAY TO HELP CITY LEADERS COMMUNICATE WITH THE PEOPLE THEY SERVE.
Mayor Robert Reichert: "How nice would it be if you were able to go online access a simple, easy point-click menu to report a pot hole and then actually give the location of the pot hole and then actually create a work order which would go directly into the public works department."
MACON... PHILADELPHIA AND DETROIT WILL TAKE PART IN THE CAMPAIGN.

YOU CAN HELP SEND SUPPLIES TO FIREFIGHTERS BATTLING THE BLAZES IN THE OKEFENOKEE SWAMP.
THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE STORIES YOU'LL FIND ON THE MILLEDGEVILLE PAGE OF OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE SECTION AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
THE BALDWIN COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS HELPING THE WAYCROSS CHAMBER COLLECT DONATIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS IN OKEFONEKEE SWAMP.
IF YOU WANT TO HELP, CHECK OUT THE LIST OF NEEDED ITMES ON THE MILLEDGEVILLE PAGE AND DROP THEM OFF AT THE CHAMBER DURING BUSINESS HOURS.
TO FIND OUT IF YOUR COMMUNITY IS TAKING PART... HEAD OVER TO YOUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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WELL MET, NOBLE LORDS AND LADIES FROM THE REALM OF MIDDLE GEORGIA! MATURE ADULTS AND WEE LITTLE FOLK ALIKE - 'TIS TIME FOR A MIDSUMMER'S EVE FESTIVAL.

LET US GO THITHER TO CELEBRATE THE SUMMER SOLSTICE IN FLOOOOO-VILLA! INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE - RIGHT NEXT TO INDIAN SPRING STATE PARK - IS WHERE ALL MEDIEVAL MERRIMENT'S GOING DOWN. NOW, A MIDSUMMER'S EVE IS JUST NOT A MIDSUMMER'S EVE WITHOUT A FEW FAIRIES (THANK YOU SHAKESPEARE) AND THEN YOU'VE GOT YOUR TROLLS AND, OF COURSE, THE NOBLE-BORN. CELTIC MUSIC FILLS THE AIR WHILE KNIGHTS GO SWORD TO SWORD. YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE BLACKSMITH IN ACTION AND LEARN HOW TO DANCE -RENAISSANCE STYLE. I'D SHOW YOU HOW TO DO IT, BUT I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE TOO ENVIOUS - I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO DO A MEAN TANGLE BRANSLE. ALRIGHT FOLKS, NOW I COULD GO ON AND ON...AND ON ABOUT THE MIDSUMMER'S EVE FESTIVAL - THERE'S SO MANY THINGS TO DO - BUT TO MAKE IT EASY ON YOU - I'M GONNA SUGGEST YOU HEAD ONLINE TO EQUAL-KNIGHT-DOT-COM TO FIND OUT ALL ABOUT IT. GET THEE TO THE LAND OF FLOVILLA THIS SATURDAY - THE ACTION'S HAPPENING FROM THREE TO STROKE OF MIDNIGHT.

NOW LET'S TAKE A TRANQUIL DRIVE TO EATONTON WHERE THE HARMONY ROAD BAND STRUMS IT UP FOR THE CROWDS AT THE PLAZA ARTS CENTER. JULI-DERANEY MALCOM JOINS THE BAND AS THEY KICK OFF THE SUMMER'S DOWNTOWN OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES! BREAK OUT THE LAWN CHAIRS AND COOLERS AND BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY OUT FOR AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND FUN. YOU ALSO MIGHT WANT TO BREAK OUT THOSE DANCIN' SHOES SO YOU CAN WIN THE DANCE CONTEST - THE PRIZES ARE MUI BUENO! THE GOOD TIMES ROLL THIS SATURDAY AT SEVEN-THIRTY. CHECK OUT THE-PLAZA-ARTS-CENTER-DOT-COM FOR YA TICKET INFO.

THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE IN MACON IS ROLLIN' OUT THE RED CARPET FOR AN EVENING OF ROCK-TASTIC MUSIC! THE WET WILLIE BAND'S IN THE HIZ-OUSE! OPENING UP THE NIGHT - YOU'VE GOT DIANE DURRETT AND SOUL SHUGA FEATURING YONRICO SCOTT. NOW THAT'S A WHOLE LOTTA MELODIOUS GOODNESS. DOORS OPEN AT SEVEN...THE SOUL STARTS FLOWIN' AT EIGHT. CALL 257-6391 OR VISIT COX-CAPITOL-THEATRE-DOT-COM TO GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.
AND WRAPPING UP THE WEEKEND, A SERIES OF EVENTS TAKING PLACE ALL WEEKEND...HONORING ONE OF MACON'S OWN...

HE WAS AN ARTIST AND A MUSICIAN...AND THIS WEEKEND HIS LEGACY LIVES ON IN MUSIC!

FRIDAY, ENJOY A FREE FRIDAY FEST CONCERT IN THIRD STREET PARK FROM FIVE TO SEVEN. SATURDAY, GET YOUR BRUNCH ON AT TIC TOC ROOM FROM ELEVEN TO TWO. AND SUNDAY IN WASHINGTON PARK...

GET OUT AND EXPERIENCE HOT JAZZ - A WEEKEND FOR WILFRED - IN DOWNTOWN MACON. TUBMAN-MUSEUM-DOT-COM'S THE PLACE TO GO FOR EVERY BIT OF YOUR EVENT INFO.

FARE THEE WELL, FINE FOLK! I BID YOU WELL AND WISH FOR YOU UNCOMMON AMOUNTS OF WONDROUS GOOD TIMES. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, ADIEU AND ADIEU - TO YOU AND YOU AND YOU - FOR NOW, WE WRAPPETH...
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WHETHER YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A MOVIE THE ENTIRE FAMILY CAN ENJOY... OR ONE JUST FOR THE GROWN-UPS... THIS WEEK'S NEW RELEASES COULD HAVE JUST WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR.
FIRST UP... LIGHTNING MCQUEEN IS BACK.... IN DISNEY PIXAR'S "CARS 2".
HE'S TAKING THE CREW OVERSEAS FOR THE WORLD GRAND PRIX RACE... AND INTERNATIONAL ADVENTURE.
LARRY THE CABLE GUY... OWEN WILSON AND MICHAEL CAINE ALL LEND THEIR VOCAL TALENTS TO THE FLICK... AND IT'S RATED G.
BUT IF YOU'RE PLANNING TO CHECK OUT "BAD TEACHER"... YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME.
CAMERON DIAZ STARS AS A FOUL-MOUTHED JUNIOR HIGH TEACHER PROWLING THE HALLS FOR NEW LOVE.
WHEN SHE SETS HER EYESE ON A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER PLAYED BY JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... SHE FINDS OUT THAT SHE'S GOT SOME COMPETITION.
"BAD TEACHER" IS RATED R.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF SHOWTIMES AND THE LATEST IN ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... CHECK OUT THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
YOU'LL FIND THE LINK IN THE MENU BAR AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

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WE PICK OUR FAN OF THE DAY RANDOMLY.

A DECADE AFTER THE WARNER ROBINS INTERNATIONAL CITY FESTIVAL CALLED IT QUITS... THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WANTS TO BRING IT BACK.
THE CITY DOESN'T FUND THE AUTHORITY.
MEMBERS GENA DUBOSE AND TONY ROBBINS SAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE DOWNTOWN.. THEY NEED MONEY.
THEY CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO RESTART THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FESTIVAL.
THE MONEY WILL GO TO DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS... SUCH AS BENCHES... LANDSCAPING AND REVAMPING STOREFRONTS.
Gena Dubose, Warner Robins: (4:20) "This was a good opportunity to bring back something to bring the community together and make some money in a way the city and community would be proud of."
A FALL FESTIVAL... A SMALLER VERSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FESTIVAL... IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER FIRST.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
ON LETTERMAN TONIGHT: ACTOR JASON SEGEL.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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