Thursday, July 21, Eyewitness News at 11

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

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS MEET IN A RUN-OFF ELECTION IN LESS THAN FOUR WEEKS..
TONIGHT THE TWO ARE TALKING ABOUT THEMSELVES AND EACH OTHER..
ELLIS SAYS HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND STATE AND NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ARE TWO REASONS VOTERS SHOULD CHOOSE HIM.
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."
MAYOR REICHERT ALSO TALKED ABOUT HIS LEADERSHIP SKILLS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE STABILITY HE'S BROUGHT TO CITY HALL.
" 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 elect Robert Reichert"
REICHERT ALSO SAID ONE OF HIS GOALS AS MAYOR W TO RESTORE DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY TO CITY HALL.
HE SAYS ELLIS' TIME IN OFFICE HURT 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?"
REICHERT WON 48 PERCENT OF THE VOTE IN TUESDAY'S DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY....ELLIS 38 PERCENT.
THE RUNOFF ELECTION WILL BE HELD AUGUST 16TH.
FOR MUCH MORE ON THIS STORY... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ.COM.

ABOUT 15-HUNDRED PEOPLE SEARCHED FOR WORK AT A JOB FAIR IN HOUSTON COUNTY TODAY.
ONE OF THE JOB SEEKERS WAS A MOTHER OF THREE DAUGHTERS FROM PERRY... WHO SAYS THERE'S A LOT OF COMPETITION OUT THERE ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE.
<< april stanley from perry lost her job in january. she has three daughters and needs a job to support her family. she has a lot of experience, but no college degree. she says that is making it difficult for her to find a good job.>>
ABOUT HALF THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE JOB FAIR THIS YEAR AS OPPOSED TO LAST YEAR.
MEL WAGES WITH THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THAT COULD INDICATE THE JOB MARKET IS IMPROVING.

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...AND SHERIFF CARY BITTICK CALLS IT THE WORST ANIMAL ABUSE CASE HE'S EVER SEEN.
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.

A GEORGIA MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING HIS PARENTS AND SISTER WAS EXECUTED IN WHAT WAS LIKELY THE NATION'S FIRST VIDEO-RECORDED EXECUTION IN ALMOST
TWO DECADES.
ANDREW DEYOUNG DIED BY LETHAL INJECTION NIGHT AT THE STATE PRISON IN JACKSON AFTER COURTS TURNED DOWN HIS APPEALS.
THE VIDEO TAPING WAS REQUESTED BY
ANOTHER DEATH ROW INMATE SEEKING EVIDENCE OF PROBLEMS WITH
GEORGIA'S RECONFIGURED LETHAL INJECTION PROCEDURE.

THE SCHOOL BELLS AT THE ELAM ALEXANDER BUILDING ON RIDGE AVENUE HAVE RUNG FOR THE LAST TIME.
THE SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WHO USED THE BUILDING UNTIL THIS YEAR... WILL NOW ATTEND A REMODELED ELAM ALEXANDER ACADEMY ON SECOND STREET... THE OLD BURKE ELEMENTARY.
BUT HAVING THE 1930'S ERA BUILDING EMPTY HAS NEIGHBORS CONCERNED.
SOME SAY... THEY'RE WORRIED IT'LL BRING IN VANDALISM... AND DE-VALUE THEIR PROPERTY.
HISTORIC MACON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOSH ROGERS SAYS HE'S SHOWING DEVELOPERS THE BLUE PRINTS... IN HOPES OF DEVELOPING PLANS FOR THE BUILDING.
Josh Rogers, Historic Macon Foundation: "The school board has done an excellent job of maintaining this facility as long as it's been in use, so we're really lucky that we've got an intact, secure building. The bad thing is, once a building becomes vacant, it's open to vandalism, and simple things like roof leaks can cause major damage and destroy the structures of the building in a really short period of time. So it's incredibly important that we move quickly to find someone that wants to reuse this building for an appropriate use that's going to preserve it for the next generation."
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.
BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS SPOKESMAN CHRIS FLOORE SAYS IT NEEDS TOO MUCH WORK TO MAKE IT PRACTICAL FOR THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT TO USE AS OFFICE SPACE..

VOLUNTEERS FROM WISCONSIN'S SIDEKICK MISSIONS TRAVELED SOUTH TO HELP REBUILD SOME HOUSES.
THEY JOINED UP WITH A GROUP FROM MOUNT ZION METHODIST CHURCH AND REBUILDING MACON... AND VIDEOJOURNALIST JENNIFER MOULLIET WAS THERE TO CAPTURE THE ACTIVITY..
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Anthony Roth, Boscobel Wisconsin: "All this week working on houses we have four paint projects and four roof projects We're here today and all this week working on houses for paint projects and for roof projects."

nats "saw"

Anthony Roth, Boscobel Wisconsin: "Trying to minister to people with like doing free work to show that God loves you and we're here being his hands and feet."

Melissa Knudson, Jamesville, Wisconsin: "We're painting her house because it was really really beat up and like the white paint was like yellowish."
"It's just great I feel like we made a really big impact."

"that two by four is gonna fall"

nats "saw"

"is this what you need though?"

nats "saw"

Debra Rollins, Executive Director of Rebuilding Macon: I have the best job in the world, because everyday I see the affects of what we've done"

nats "drilling"

nats "climing ladder"

Anthony Roth, Boscobel Wisconsin: "The kids are tired but they've worked their hearts out they're doing a really great job everybody got done early today"

nats "drilling"

nats "saw"

Anthony Roth, Boscobel Wisconsin: "We leave saturday morning early and then we'll stay in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and then we'll be back to Boscobel late sunday night"

nats "saw"

>> REBUILDING MACON FIXED UP 300 HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY AND DISABLED LAST YEAR.
IF YOU'D LIKE TO PITCH IN AND HELP THEM OUT... GIVE THE GROUP A CALL AT 478-744-9808.
AGAIN... 744-9808.

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OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN', OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I'VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL FEELING - SCENE THIRTEEN'S BRINGIN' MUSIC AND THEATRE AND MORE AWESOME ENTERTAINMENT YOUR WAY! CAN I GET A BRAGG JAM?

THE MAGIC THAT IS BRAGG JAM IS COMING TO A DOWNTOWN MACON NEAR YOU NEXT WEEKEND! JULY THIRTIETH, FESTIVITIES KICK OFF WITH A FULL DAY OF ARTS IN THE PARK - IN THE NEW LOCATION AT CHERRY STREET PLAZA - AND THEN CAP OFF WITH A HUGE CONCERT CRAWL FEATURING OVER THIRTY BANDS AT NINE DIFFERENT VENUES .

BUT HANG ON TO YOUR BRITCHES THERE, PARTNER! YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEKEND TO GET YOUR BRAGG JAM PARTY STARTED. THE MUSIC FEVER BEGINS THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM WITH A CONCERT BY JAMEY JOHNSON! OPENING FOR THE COUNTRY MUSIC ARTIST - YOU'VE GOT RANDY HOUSER AND COREY CROWDER. HUGE CONCERT, GREAT MUSIC...SORT OF A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME NEXT WEEKEND AND IT'S ALL HAPPENING THIS FRIDAY AT SEVEN O'CLOCK. HEAD ONLINE TO TICKETMASTER OR TO THE MACON CENTREPLEX TO GRAB TICKETS WHILE THEY'RE AVAILABLE. AND GET READY FOR A BRAGG JAM!

NOW, HOW'S ABOUT A LITTLE MU-SI-CAL OF THE OLD WEST VARIETY?!

THE PERRY PLAYERS YOUTH PRESENT ROGERS' AND HAMMERSTEIN'S OKLAHOMA...YOU KNOW, WHERE THE WIND COMES SWEEPING DOWN THE PLAIN?

COME GET YOUR HOEDOWN ON WITH CURLY, LAURIE AND THE REST OF THE OKLAHOMIANS! THE SHOW OPENS FRIDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN. CALL THE THEATRE AT 987-5354 TO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS.

IN MACON, THERE'S ENTERTAINMENT OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS AT MACON LITTLE THEATRE!

THE THEATRE GOES OLD TESTAMENT WITH A SUPER MODERN MUSICAL TWIST AS THEY PRESENT JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT!

IT'S MUSIC - IT'S FUN - IT'S DON'T MISS THEATRE, FOLKS! MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS BY CALLING 471-PLAY.

MILLEDGEVILLE'S GETTIN' IN ON THE MUSIC ACTION WITH A BIG FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT. COWBOYS - FORMERLY KNOWN AS COWBOY BILLS - PRESENTS A COUNTRY BAND STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART OF THE UNITED KINGDOM - BLIMEY Y'ALL - EMMA KING AND THE HEART SETS. IF YOU'VE NEVER HEARD THEM, NOW'S YOUR CHANCE TO CHECK THEM OUT LIVE! DEFINITELY WORTH IT, FOLKS. THEY'LL GO ON ROUND ABOUT EIGHT-ISH. CHECK OUT COWBOYS-MILLEGEVILLE-DOT-COM TO FIND OUT ABOUT MORE UPCOMING SHOWS.

ALRIGHT, PEOPLE! MIDDLE GEORGIA'S WHERE IT'S AT THIS...AND EVERY...WEEKEND! UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, MAY THE FUN BE WITH YOU. THAT'S A WRAP.
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IF YOU HAVE A TASTE FOR MOVIES THIS WEEKEND... THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER SEASON MARCHES ON AS THE FIRST AVENGER HITS THE BIG SCREEN... AND MILA KUNIS AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE ANSWER THE AGE-OLD RELATIONSHIP QUESTION... CAN YOU REALLY JUST BE "FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS?"
FIRST UP... STEVE ROGERS MAY NOT BE FIT FOR COMBAT... BUT HE'S THE RIGHT GUY TO BE AMERICA'S FIRST SUPERHERO.
IN "CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER..." ROGERS SIGNS UP FOR A TOP SECRET MISSION AND BECOMES CAPTAIN AMERICA AFTER THE MILITARY TELLS HIM HE CAN'T FIGHT IN WORLD WAR TWO.
THAT MISSION... DEFEND AMERICA'S IDEALS AGAINST NAZI PROPAGANDA.
"CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER"... IS RATED PG-13.
AND IN "FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS"... TWO FRIENDS PROMISE TO KEEP THEIR RELATIONSHIP STRICTLY PHYSICAL... NO ROMANCE ALLOWED.
MILA KUNIS AND JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE STAR IN THIS ROMANTIC COMEDY WITH A TWIST.
LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME FOR THIS ONE... IT'S RATED R.
FOR SHOWTIMES AND OTHER ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... LET SCENE 13 BE YOUR GUIDE.
YOU'LL FIND WHAT YOU NEED UNDER THE SCENE 13 TAB ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IT'S BETSY BRINDGER'S DAY TO BASK IN THE FAN OF THE DAY SPOTLIGHT... AND HER DAY TO EMAIL US AT FAN-OF-THE-DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO RECEIVE HER COFFEE MUG.
YOU TOO CAN CRUISE ON DOWN TO FAN-OF-THE-DAY LAND.
JUST PAY A VISIT TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... BECOME A FAN... AND GO WITH THE FLOW OF CONVERSATION.
LIKE RAIN IN THE SUMMER... FAN OF THE DAY IS ALL RANDOM.

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.

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: HARRISON FORD.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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