Thursday, July 21, Eyewitness News at 6

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<<opening for eyewitness news at six>>
"He embarrassed himself, he embarrassed the city."
"That's not true, that's a Republican line."
IT'S THE SECOND DAY OF THE RUNOFF CAMPAIGN... AND THE MAYORAL RACE IS HEATING UP AGAIN.
HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

AS THEIR RUNOFF ELECTION FOR MAYOR OF MACON HEATS UP...ROBERT REICHERT.... AND C. JACK ELLIS... ARE TALKING ABOUT THEMSELVES... AND EACH OTHER.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN SPOKE WITH BOTH CANDIDATES TODAY ABOUT WHY THEY SHOULD BE THE NEXT MAYOR OF MACON.
ELEANOR?
BOTH CANDIDATES ARE WORKING HARD TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING AS WE HEAD TOWARD THE RUN-OFF.
I SPOKE WITH FORMER TWO TERM MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS... WHO SAYS HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND STATE AND NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ARE TWO REASONS VOTERS SHOULD CHOOSE HIM.
BUT HE ALSO SAYS HIS STRONG EMOTIONAL CONNECTION WITH MACON MAKES HIM THE BEST CHOICE.
"My passion for this city, my compassion for the people, for the majority of people in this city. A lot of people who have been left out and left behind. I have a direct connection with them. But also I have a good working relationship with the business community. So I walk on both sides of the track if you will."
WHEN I ASKED MAYOR REICHERT WHY VOTERS SHOULD CHOOSE HIM... HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
BUT HE SAYS WHAT REALLY SETS HIM APART... IS THE STABILITY HE'S BROUGHT TO CITY HALL.
"What you see is what you get. What you see is what you got yesterday, and what you get today, and what you'll get tomorrow. I grew up in the community, I've been in this community, and I've been a steady hand at the wheel during rough and turbulent times. So if people are looking for stability, and moving the city in the right direction, and continuing to move us in tehr ight direction, they want to keep a good thing goign they want to election RR"
MAYOR REICHERT SAYS ONE OF HIS GOALS IN OFFICE HAS BEEN TO RESTORE DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY TO CITY HALL.
HE SAYS HIS PREDECESSOR DAMAGED MACON'S IMAGE.
"I think it hurt it. I really do, I don't think Mayor Ellis himself recognises and realizes the extent that he embarrassed himself and he embarrassed the city of Macon."
"That's not true. That's a republican lie. That's their line. That has nothing to do with reality, I brought over a hundred million dollars into this community while I was mayor. Is that an embarrassment?"
ELLIS SAYS HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS ... SUCH AS HELPING TO BRING THE MARRIOTT HOTEL TO MACON... SHOW HE CAN GET THINGS DONE.
BUT HE SAYS REICHERT IS TRYING TO TAKE THE CREDIT.
REICHERT SAYS HE FINISHED WHAT ELLIS COULDN'T... INCLUDING THE RENOVATION OF TERMINAL STATION.
Reichert: "Unfortunatly he was never able to execute the reconstruction of the main portion of the terminal, or build the transfer station. Basically that ship had run aground when I got here. You can call the state DOT office, they were very frusterated and the project was at a stand still."
Ellis: "He didn't have anything to do with that. That was my vision before. All the plans were drawn, all the moeny was in place. All we needed was a project manager to oversee the development of it. That's not a mayor's job, that's a project managers job."
REICHERT WON 48 PERCENT OF THE VOTE IN TUESDAY'S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY....ELLIS 38 PERCENT.
FRANK... LORRA?
THANK YOU ELEANOR... MACON VOTERS WILL MAKE THEIR CHOICE ON AUGUST 16TH..

ABOUT 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE CAME SEARCHING FOR WORK AT A JOB FAIR IN PERRY TODAY.
THAT'S HALF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ATTENDED THAT SAME JOB FAIR LAST YEAR.
MEL WAGES WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THOSE NUMBERS MAY INDICATE THAT THE JOB MARKET IS IMPROVING.
BUT AS ONE EXPERIENCED BUSINESSMAN EXPLAINED... IT'S STILL VERY TOUGH TO SNAG A GOOD JOB.
<< Keven Harper talks about his 15 years of experience in management and business. He was laid off two weeks ago and is sending out ten resumes a week. He has a masters degree and says he just wants to get his foot in the door.>> MORE THAN 80 EMPLOYERS CAME TO TODAY'S JOB FAIR.
TONIGHT AT ELEVEN... ANOTHER JOB SEEKER SHARES IN HER OWN WORDS HOW SHE'S COPING WITH A TOUGH MARKET.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HAVE YOU EVER GOTTEN A JOB THROUGH A JOB FAIR?
SO FAR 97 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU HAVEN'T.
3 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YOU HAVE.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

A FORSYTH MAN FACES A FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGE...AFTER HIS DOG WAS NEARLY DECAPITATED BY A METAL CABLE.
MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF SPOKESWOMAN ALLISON SELMON WILLIS SAYS...
19-YEAR-OLD MONTERION DAVIS USED THE CABLE TO KEEP THE MIXED-BREED DOG TIED UP OUTSIDE.
SHE SAYS THE DOG WAS SENT FOR EMERGENCY CARE TWO WEEKS AGO... AFTER SOMEONE FOUND IT WITH A SEVERED THROAT.
THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT ARRESTED DAVIS TODAY.
SELMAN WILLIS SAYS THEY'RE NOT SURE IF DAVIS INJURED THE DOG INTENTIONALLY.... OR THROUGH NEGLECT.
THE DOG IS RECOVERING AFTER SURGERY....AND ITS MEDICAL TEAM HAS GIVEN IT A NEW NAME...HOPE.

THE STATE SAYS FEWER GEORGIA SCHOOLS MADE ADEQUATE YEARLY PROGRESS... BUT MORE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS MADE THE GRADE.
15 BIBB SCHOOLS MADE A-Y-P DURING THE STATE'S ANNUAL SUMMER REPORT CARD... UP ONE FROM LAST YEAR.
STATEWIDE... THE NUMBER OF SCHOOL MAKING THE BENCHMARK DROPPED THIS YEAR.
THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE THE STANDARDS ARE GETTING TOUGHER.
A BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS NEWS RELEASE NOTES THAT MOST BIBB SCHOOLS STILL DON'T MAKE A-Y-P.
ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE.... SUPERINTENDENT ROMAINE DALLEMAND SAID... "PAST AND CURRENT PRACTICES ARE NOT BRINGING ABOUT THE SUCCESS FOR WHICH WE STRIVE; THEREFORE, CHANGE IS BOTH NECESSARY AND IMMINENT."

THE SCHOOL BELLS AT THE ELAM ALEXANDER BUILDING ON RIDGE AVENUE IN MACON MAY HAVE RuNG FOR THE LAST TIME.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... NEIGHBORS SAY THEY HOPE THE HISTORICAL SITE ISN'T JUST ANOTHER DOWNTOWN BUILDING... SITTING EMPTY.
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Nats, watering plants.

FOR 11 YEARS... MITTIE JACKSON HAS CALLED DRURY DRIVE... HOME.

Mittie Jackson, Macon: "I never dreamed I would live here. I never dreamed, but when this house came on the market, I liked it, and I thought, 'Gee, I'm right behind the school."

THAT SCHOOL... ELAM ALEXANDER... WAS BUILT IN THE 1930'S AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES FOR JACKSON.

Mittie Jackson: "I graduated 7th grade right over there."

IT WAS CALLED ALEXANDER 4 THEN. BUT JACKSON SAYS... WHAT ONCE REMINDED HER OF CHILDHOOD... COULD SOON BECOME AN EYESORE.

Mittie Jackson: "I'm concerned about vandalism. And the school being damaged, it would just bring the neighborhood down if it goes down."

THAT'S BECAUSE THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WHO USED THE BUILDING UNTIL THIS YEAR... WILL NOW ATTEND A REMODELED ELAM ALEXANDER ACADEMY ON SECOND STREET....THE FORMER BURKE ELEMENTARY.

Nats, Josh Rogers: "These are the original design drawings from William Oliphante before the building was constructed."

HISTORIC MACON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... JOSH ROGERS... SAYS HE'S SHOWING DEVELOPERS THE BLUE PRINTS... TO BUILD UP INTEREST.

Josh Rogers, Historic Macon Foundation: "once a building becomes vacant, it's open to vandalism and and simple things like roof leaks can cause major damage that destroy the the structure of the building in a really short period of time."

Pop, pulling weed.

WANDA TUCKER LIVES ACROSS THE STREET.

Wanda Tucker, Macon: "We would just hate for a building that's nice to remain vacant in our neighborhood, because it has such potential."

SO FOR NEIGHBORS... IT'S ABOUT KEEPING THE HISTORY... UP TO DATE.

Mittie Jackson: "Keeping the neighborhood looking nice, we don't want the neighborhood to go down."

AMY AUBERT... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> ROGERS SAYS HE HOPES TO GET THE BUILDING ON THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES SOON.
HE SAYS... THEY'RE OPEN TO IDEAS ON WHAT TO DO WITH THE BUILDING.
BUT SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS IT NEEDS TOO MUCH WORK...TO MAKE IT PRACTICAL FOR THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT.

94 VOLUNTEERS... INCLUDING SOME FROM WISCONSIN... BRAVED THE HEAT TO FIX EIGHT MACON HOUSES TODAY.
nats saw :02
PEOPLE SEND IN AN APPLICATION TO BE A PART OF SIDEKICK MISSIONS.
REBUILDING MACON INSPECTS THE HOUSES AND VOLUNTEERS LIKE THIS GROUP FROM THE MOUNT ZION UNITED METHODIST CHURCHES TAKE ON THE PROJECT.
THEY PAINT... REBUILD ROOFS... AND CLEAN UP YARDS.
ANTHONY ROTH SAYS HE GOES ON A MISSION TRIP EVERY YEAR.. IT'S AN EXPERIENCE HE ENJOYS.
Anthony Roth, Boscobel Wisconsin: "We're here today and all this week working on houses for paint projects and for roof projects and we're helping....trying to minister to people...with.. like doing free work to show that God loves you. We're here to be his hands and feet.
ROTH AND HIS TEAM WILL HEAD HOME TO WISCONSIN ON SATURDAY.
REBUILDING MACON FIXED THREE HUNDRED HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED LAST YEAR AND THEY SAY THEY ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING FOR REBUILDING MACON CALL 478-744-9808.
AGAIN... 744-9808.

THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL IS JUST A FEW WEEKS AWAY.
FOR PARENTS... THAT MEANS IT'S TIME FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL SHOPPING.
BUT SOME JUST CAN'T AFFORD ALL THE SUPPLIES THEIR CHILD NEEDS... AND THEY NEED YOUR HELP.
TUESDAY YOU CAN TAKE PART IN OUR OPERATION BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS STOP BY ALL WALMARTS IN MACON.. WARNER ROBINS.. PERRY.. MILLEDGEVILLE.. DUBLIN OR FORSYTH AND DROP OFF A FEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES.
WE'LL BE TAKING DONATIONS BETWEEN NOON AND 7 P-M.
IT'S YOUR CHANCE TO HELP... STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.

NASA'S SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM HAS ENDED.
ATLANTIS TOUCHED DOWN AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER EARLY THIS MORNING... MARKING THE END OF THE 30-YEAR PROGRAM.
THE FINISH OF THE PROGRAM GOT SOME OF OUR FACEBOOK FANS CHATTING.
STACI WROTE... "I THINK IT'S REALLY SAD FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAM TO END. I WAS REALLY INTO THAT STUFF WHEN I WAS A KID/TEEN AND WANTED TO BE AN ASTRONAUT."
DEANNA COMMENTED... "I REMEMBER IN SCHOOL WATCHING THE SPACE SHUTTLE TAKE OFF. MY OLDEST HAS NEVER WATCHED IT AT SCHOOL. OUR CHILDREN WON'T BE ABLE TO DREAM ABOUT BEING AN ASTRONAUT FOR THE USA."
AARON SAID... "IT IS SAD THAT IT IS ENDING. BUT THE SHUTTLE HAS OUTLIVED ITS PLANNED USE BY A LONG TIME ALREADY. IT IS 30-YEAR-OLD TECHNOLOGY AND TIME TO MOVE ON FROM IT.
AND ALPHONSO SPECULATED ON WHAT'S NEXT FOR NASA... "DEEP SPACE, MARS, RETURNING TO THE MOON. HOPEFULLY BUILDING FASTER SPACECRAFTS. IF WE COULD ONLY MATCH OUR IMAGINATION AND VISIONS OF WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MOVIES."
JOIN THE DISCUSSION AT FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ.
JUST LIKE US AND BECOME A FAN TO GET INVOLVED.
THERE COULD BE A COFFEE MUG IN IT FOR YOU... BUT MORE ON THAT TONIGHT AT 11.

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


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