Thursday, July 28, 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.

THE MACON TRANSIT AUTHORITY SAYS MAYORAL CANDIDATE C-JACK ELLIS AND A SUPPORTER WERE OUT OF LINE.
ELLIS SAYS THE CITY BUS LINE...IS TRYING TO INFRINGE ON HIS RIGHTS.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN EXPLAINS.
C JACK ELLIS SAYS HE'LL CONTINUE TO CAMPAIGN INSIDE TERMINAL STATION.
THATS AFTER THE MACON TRANSIT AUTHORITY LOOKED AT CREATING A POLICY TO KEEP CANDIDATES FROM CAMPAIGNING INSIDE THE BUS STATION.
Jack Ellis: "Anytime that you can knock down barriers to voting, such as offering people a free ride to the polls, then we ought to do it.
TRANSIT AUTHORITY GENERAL MANAGER RICK JONES SAYS AN ARGUEMENT INSIDE TERMINAL STATION ON ELECTION DAY IS AN EXAMPLE OF WHY THEY WANT TO CREATE THE POLICY.
IN THIS SURVEILLANCE VIDEO YOU CAN SEE A CAMPAIGN SUPPORTER IN AN ELLIS TEE SHIRT AND JONES.
JONES SAYS THE VOLUNTEER WAS AGGRESSIVE... AND THREATED TO HAVE HIM FIRED IF HE DIDN'T SUPPORT ELLIS.
"Let me say that that's not the tone of my campaign. We do not condone that type of behavior."
ACCORDING TO MATT CARROTHERS OF THE GEORGIA SECRETARAY OF STATE'S OFFICE, THERE IS NO LAW THAT MAKES IT ILLEGAL FOR CANDIDATES TO CAMPAIGN INSIDE THIS BUS STATION
BUT WHAT ABOUT A CANDIDATE COMPENSATING A VOTER FOR A BUS TICKET?
THIS VIDEO TAKEN ON ELECTION DAY ALLEGEDLY SHOWS ELLIS PULLING OUT HIS WALLET WHILE CAMPAIGNING IN THE BUS STATION.
ELLIS SAYS HE HELPS PEOPLE OUT WITH BUS FARE ALL THE TIME.
I ASKED HIM IF HE GAVE ANY VOTERS BUS FARE IN EXCHANGE FOR LETTING HIM DRIVE THEM TO THE POLLS.
HERE'S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.
"Let me tell you one thing. And I want to make sure this is loud and clear. For you to even ask that question. President Obama says we're in the 'silly season' of politics. To even ask such a question is an insult to think that as hard as African Americans had to work to get the right to vote, that we would sell our vote for a dollars and quarter, or that I would stoop so low to think someone would be stupid enough to to sell their vote for a dollar and a quarter. Shame on you."
CARROTHERS SAYS THERE IS NOTHING ILLEGAL ABOUT CANDIDATE'S COMPENSATING PEOPLE FOR BUS TICKETS.
HE SAYS IT WOULD ONLY BE ILLEGAL IF A CANDIDATE OFFERED SOMEBODY MONEY IN DIRECT EXHANGE FOR THEIR VOTE... WHCIH ELLIS SAYS NEVER HAPPENED.
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ACCORDING TO MATT CARROTHERS OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE.... GEORGIA LAW SAYS YOU CAN'T CAMPAIGN WITHIN 150 FEET OF A POLLING PLACE WHEN VOTING'S UNDER WAY...AND CAN'T PUT UP SIGNS ON PUBLIC PROPERTY.
BUT NOTHING SAYS YOU CAN'T CAMPAIGN OR HAND OUT FLIERS IN A PUBLIC BUILDING.
ELLIS AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FACE OFF IN AN AUGUST 16TH RUNOFF.

FOUR WEEKS AFTER POLICE DISCOVERED LAUREN GIDDINGS' BODY OUTSIDE HER MACON APARTMENT... INVESTIGATORS ARE STILL WAITING FOR F-B-I TEST RESULTS... AND THEY HAVEN'T MADE ANY ARRESTS.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SPOKE WITH GIDDINGS' SISTER KAITLYN WHEELER BY PHONE... ABOUT THE INVESTIGATION INTO HER SISTER'S DEATH.
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Kaitlyn Wheeler, Laurel, Maryland: "We are impatient because we want all the answers we can find, but we are not in a rush. We are very confident in the police, the FBI, the GBI and we want them to do the best job they can and if that takes time then that's what it takes. I want to know every detail, obviously they're not all good details but um for me to have closure I need to know everything that's going on, so I do check the news a lot more than I used to and keep in contact with I mean I've always been in good contact with my dad but obviously not about a situation like this."
Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "As details come out in the investigation do you feel like police have told you enough so far, that they're keeping you informed even though they can't tell you very much?"
Kaitlyn Wheeler, Laurel, Maryland: "They're keeping us up to date as in calling us everyday even if they can't tell us anything and that's all we ask that they keep, more keeping in touch, not up to date, but like I said I think it's a good thing, obviously I want to know everything but I'd rather the investigation be safe than my piece of mind."
>> KAITLYN WHEELER SAYS THEY'VE PLANNED A FUNERAL FOR LAUREN GIDDINGS IN HER HOMETOWN OF LAUREL MARYLAND.
IT WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY... AUGUST SIXTH.

SEVEN YEARS AFTER THE FIRST SEED WAS PLANTED - A COMMUNITY GARDEN IN PLEASANT HILL IS STILL GROWING STRONG.
YOUTH MISSION GROUPS FROM VIRGINIA AND THE CAROLINAS HELPED WEED AND PLANT IN THE GARDEN THIS WEEK..
AS CANDACE ADORKA SHOWS US - TODAY WAS THEIR LAST DAY... AND LAVELLE JOHNSON... THE GARDEN'S FOUNDER... SAYS SHE NEEDS MORE LOCAL HANDS ON DECK.
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LaVelle Johnson: "To date we have given out more than 3000 pounds of fresh, anturally-grown vegetables to the seniors and physically- challenegd people in the community."
"We are proving that you can do things without having thousands and thousands of dollars."
Emily Holladay: "Passport is a camp to do mission work during th day, learn bible study and do a lot of community building within an ecumenical christian community."
Lillie Royal: "It's been hot but its been fun. We've gotten really close and it feels really good to know you're helping the community." -
Johnson: "We have a problem with obesity, we have a problem with getting fresh vegetables in our area, affordable, so let's grow them."
Davis Moore: "It makes me want to go home and do somethign like this. What she's trying to do, she's trying to save the community.
Johnson: Peter and I basically are the only two people to come out here and on a constant basis, do the maintennce that needs to be done.
Moore: You should come out here and help, maybe once a week, or once a month. You dont have to do it every day. Just come out here and help because, its a lot of work for two people.
Holladay: Thank you to the Macon community for letting us be out here and for letting us come and learn how to serve God in this community and to be a part of this community even if for a brief couple weeks.
>> THE PLEASANTVILLE COMMUNITY GARDEN ALSO OFFERS INDIVIDUAL PLOTS... BUT JOHNSON SAYS THEY COULD ALWAYS USE MORE HELP IN THE COMMUNAL AREA.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED... LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOME PAGE... 13 WMAZ-DOT-COM.

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PARTY PEOPLE! WE'RE HEADED TO A LITTLE PLACE CALLED ENTERTAINMENT. BRAGG JAM'S BACK AGAIN, SO CHECK IT...ARE YOU READY FOR SOME...GOOD TIMES?!

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THEN ON SATURDAY, FAMILIES VENTURE FORTH FOR A DAY OF ARTS IN THE PARK! CHERRY STREET PLAZA COMES ALIVE WITH SUPREME ACTION OF THE FESTIVAL VARIETY STARTING AT TEN A.M. ARTS IN THE PARK FESTIVITIES WRAP AROUND SIX.

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AND WRAPPING ITALL UP...A WEEKEND-IVERSARY OF EPIC, I MEAN LIKE NINETY-YEARS EPIC, PROPORTIONS! THE DOUGLASS THEATRE CELEBRATES ITS LONG, AMAZING HISTORY WITH A FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY FULL OF GOOD TIMES.

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ALRIGHT GOOD PEOPLE FROM THE LAND OF MIDDLE GEORGIA! THERE'S ENTERTAINMENT TO BE HAD, SO GET TO THE FUNNIN'. I'M OUT - AND THAT'S A WRAP...
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AND IF YOU'RE HEADING TO THE MOVIES... YOU'LL FIND COMEDY... COWBOYS AND SMURFS THIS WEEKEND.
FIRST UP... THE OLD WEST MEETS OUTER SPACE IN THE PG-13 RATED "COWBOYS AND ALIENS"
DANIEL CRAIG STARS AS A MAN WHO STUMBLES INTO A WESTERN TOWN WITH NO MEMORY OF HIS NAME.
WHEN CREATURES START ATTACKING FROM THE SKY... THE TOWNSPEOPLE REALIZE HE MAY BE THEIR ONLY HOPE.
"COWBOYS AND ALIENS" ALSO STARS HARRISON FORD.
IN "CRAZY STUPID LOVE"... STEVE CARELL STARS AS A MAN WATCHING HIS MARRIAGE UNRAVEL.
AS HE TRIES TO DATE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES... HE FINDS THAT HE JUST CAN'T GET OVER HIS WIFE... PLAYED BY JULIANNE MOORE.
"CRAZY STUPID LOVE" IS RATED PG-13.
AND THE SMURFS ARE COMING TO NEW YORK FOR A 3-D ADVENTURE.
THE TINY BLUE CREATURES ARE ON THE RUN FROM THE EVIL GARGAMEL.
THE PG-RATED FLICK FEATURES AN ALL-STAR CAST THAT INCLUDES NEIL PATRICK HARRIS... KATY PERRY AND GEORGE LOPEZ.
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