Wednesday, August 10, 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.

WITH TEMPERATURES SOARING... PEOPLE ARE OFTEN TOLD TO STAY INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS TRYING TO MAKE THE CUT FOR THEIR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM OR PERHAPS THE MARCHING BAND?
AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU HOW ONE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL WITH SEVERE DEHYDRATION..

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FOR ONE BALDWIN TEEN... LATELY... HER GLASS IS HALF FULL.

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Breeanna Callaway, Milledgeville: "I was kinda scared, not as bad as I was when I found out how close I was to dying."

A FEW WEEKS AGO... BREEANNA CALLAWAY WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR TWO DAYS... WITH SEVERE DEHYDRATION.

Janet Callaway, Milledgeville: "Even though the stomach and stuff is vital, her body had quite hydrating those parts, it was only hydrating the most vital organs."

FOR JANET CALLAWAY... THAT'S NEWS NO PARENT WANTS TO HEAR.

Janet Callaway: "To know that I wasn't there when she needed me, and she didn't feel like she had anybody there for her, it really upsets me."

THAT'S WHEN THE SINGLE MOM MADE PHONE CALLS... TO FIND OUT BALDWIN COUNTY SCHOOL'S WATER POLICY.

SHE SAYS... SHE TOOK A SIGNED DOCTOR'S NOTE TO THE PRINCIPAL.

Janet Callaway: "For all future outdoor activities, it is essential that she and all other students who are doing outdoor activities be allowed frequent water breaks at least every 15 minutes."

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BUT THE SCHOOL'S ATHLETIC DIRECTOR... ALLEN MARTIN... SAYS THEY ALREADY DO THAT.

Allen Martin, Athletic Director: "Our band takes it one step past that. Our band actually has these gallon coolers that they have issued to every band member, if they're thirsty they drink out of it right then."

BUT CALLAWAY SAYS IT'S NOT THAT EASY.

Amy Aubert: "Do any of your friends take that time to run off the field to get water?"
Breeanna Callaway: "No ma'am. They're too intimidated and scared they're going to tell them to go back out there."

Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Clint Rayburn, the school's band director, could not talk to me on camera, but says he follows the guidelines in the school's water policy "to a T." Both Martin and Rayburn could not comment on any dehydration cases, but say they are aware that Callaway was hospitalized."

SO FOR THE CALLAWAYS... IT'S ABOUT PLAYING IT SAFE... WHEN IT COMES TO HYDRATION.

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AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
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CALLAWAY SAYS SHE TOOK A STOPWATCH TO A BAND PRACTICE... AND TIMED OUT ONLY ONE BREAK AT A FIFTEEN MINUTE INTERVAL... THE SCHOOL COULD NOT COMMENT ON CALLAWAY'S CASE.
MARTIN SAYS THE SCHOOL FOLLOWS GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ASSOCIATION GUIDELINES... AND ADDED A FEW OF THEIR OWN.
THE GUIDELINES ARE POSTED ON THE SCHOOL'S WEBSITE.

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THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

THERE'S TROUBLE IN THE BRIAR PATCH.
PUTNAM COUNTY SHERIFF HOWARD SILLS SAYS SOMEONE STOLE THE STATUE OF BRER RABBIT...FROM THE GROUNDS OF THE UNCLE REMUS MUSEUM IN EATONTON.
HE SAYS IT HAPPENED SOMETIME OVERNIGHT SUNDAY.

SILLS SENT US THIS PICTURE.
HE SAYS THIEVES STOLE THE 3-FOOT....250 POUND IRON STATUE...BUT LEFT THE GRANITE BASE.
THE MUSEUM HONORS THE WORK OF JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS...WHO COLLECTED THE SOUTHERN FOLK TALES ABOUT BRER RABBIT...BRER FOX....AND OTHER RESIDENTS OF THEIR MYTHICAL BRIAR PATCH.

SILLS SAYS ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE THEFT CAN CALL THE PUTNAM SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT AT 706-485-8557.
AGAIN THAT'S 706-485-8557.

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT NOW MUST PAY TO CLEAN UP METH LABS... THAT'S BECAUSE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CUT FUNDING TO THE FEDERAL PROGRAM... THAT USED TO HELP PAY FOR IT.

FUNDING FOR THE COPS-- OR COMMUNITY ORIENTING POLICING SERVICE PROGRAM... ENDED IN MARCH..
SINCE THEN MACON POLICE HAVE BUSTED TWO ALLEGED METH LABS.. INCLUDING THIS ONE ON TRINITY PLACE.
SERGENT JOHN HORTON SAYS COSTS CAN RANGE FROM LESS THAN TWO THOUSAND TO ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO GET RID OF THE HAZARDOUS WASTE FROM METH LABS.

ACCORDING TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S 2011 BUDGET.... THE FUNDING FOR THE PROGRAM WAS REDIRECTED TO SUPPORT OTHER INITIATIVES.

HOUSTON COUNTY'S SCHOOL SUPERINDENTENT SAYS THE FIRST PRIORITY OF A NEW PENNY SALES TAX... WOULD BE IMPROVING SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY.
THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTED YESTERDAY TO PUT A QUESTION ON THE NOVEMBER BALLOT... ASKING VOTERS TO EXTEND THE CURRENT SPLOST.
LORRA LYNCH-JONES TAKES A LOOK AT HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND UP TO 125 MILLION DOLLARS RAISED WITH THE TAX.

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MEDIA SPECIALIST MELISSA LANE STARTED WORK AT PERRY PRIMARY 5 YEARS AGO.
Melissa Lane: (7:10) "Every class comes in the library. We read books, play games, and the kids absolutely love it."
SHE MAXIMIZES THE EXPERIENCE WITH MINIMAL TOOLS... IN ONE OF THE COUNTY'S OLDEST SCHOOL BUILDINGS.
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STUDENTS STARTED USING THIS BUILDING IN 1953.
Melissa Lane, Perry: (8:45) "There's mold in the building. The kids might not be as sick. Teachers would definitely benefit as well."
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FACILITIES DIRECTOR JASON DANIEL SAYS EXTENDING A PENNY SALES TAX... WOULD REPLACE PERRY PRIMARY WITH A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.
Jason Daniel: (11:13) "The cost of renovating this building versus the cost of new construction go to the point where it's more beneficial for a new building."
ITS ONE OF ONLY A FEW BUILDING PROJECTS ON THE 2012 SPLOST LIST.
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SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES SAYS THE MONEY WOULD MAINLY GO TOWARD TECHNOLOGY... SAFETY AND UPgRADED FACILITIES FOR ALL 38 HOUSTON SCHOOLS.
Robin Hines: (18:16) "We want to provide a learning environment that's consistent with what's going on today. We are behind where that's concerned. This is an opporunity for us to get up to that level."
HINES SAYS HEAT AND AIR SYSTEMS NEED REPLACING... SCHOOLS NEED MORE SECURITY CAMERAS... AND EVERY CLASSROOM SHOULD INCLUDE THE MOST ADVANCED LEARNING TOOLS.
Robin Hines: (17:20) "Technology is the most important."
EACH PROJECT WILL BE PRIORTIZED BASED ON NEED.
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HINES PUTS PERRY PRIMARY NEAR THE TOP OF THE LIST...
Melissa Lane: (7:42) "We definitely need a new building."
LANE SAYS IT COULD OPEN A WHOLE NEW chapter FOR HER SCHOOL.
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THE CURRENT PENNY SALES TAX BEGAN IN 2007 AND ENDS IN MARCH 2012.
IT PAID FOR BUILDING PROJECTS SUCH AS HILLTOP ELEMENTARY... MOSSY CREEK MIDDLE AND VETERANS HIGH SCHOOL.

THE DEADLINE FOR MACON CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH A PENNY SALES TAX IS FAST APPROACHING.
THERE ARE SEVERAL PROJECTS UP FOR DEBATE... INCLUDING ONE.. PROPOSED BY MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.
HE WANTS 9 MILLIONS DOLLARS OF THE MONEY TO GO TOWARDS IMPROVING AND EXTENDING SECOND STREET... ALL IN AN EFFORT TO REVITALIZE DOWNTOWN MACON.
REICHERT SAYS EVEN THOUGH COMMISSIONERS DISAGREED WITH HIM YESTERDAY... HE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR THE IDEA.

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make my case to indvidual comissioners right now. i talked to them as a group yesterday and tried to convice them that this is an economic development item as much as it is anything else.

BIBB COUNTY COMISSIONER SAM HART SAYS HE AGREES WITH MAYOR REICHERT AND BELIEVES THAT OTHER COMISSONERS COULD COME AROUND AND VOTE FOR IT.

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it is an economic development piece and i think if it comes from the city i think we're going to be able to get comissioners to come over and support it.

OFFICALS HAVE UNITL MONDAY TO FINALIZE THEIR LIST OF PROJECTS.
YOU CAN WATCH THIS ENTIRE INTERVIEW RIGHT NOW ON OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ DOT COM .


TOMORROW MAYOR REICHERT AND FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS WILL MEET AT 7 P.M. IN 13WMAZ'S STUDIO FOR OUR MAYORAL ELECTION FORUM.
THE TWO WILL FACE EACH OTHER IN NEXT WEEK'S RUNOFF ELECTION.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CANDIDATES... OUR PANEL - RANDALL SAVAGE, LORRA LYNCH JONES AND ANITA PONDER -- WILL USE YOUR IDEAS IN DRAWING UP THEIR QUESTIONS FOR REICHERT AND ELLIS.

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SOME CHILDREN GOT A FROSTY SURPRISE TODAY... FREE DAIRY QUEEN BLIZZARDS TO KICK OFF MIRACLE TREAT DAY.

IT'S A STORY THAT COMES.. STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.

CHILDREN AT MACON'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CHOWED DOWN ON THE OREO... COOKIE DOUGH.. AND PEANUT BUTTER ICE CREAM TREATS.
FOLKS FROM DAIRY QUEEN HANDED OUT THE BLIZZARDS THIS AFTERNOON.... TO KIDS WHO ARE STAYING IN THE HOSPITAL AND THEIR FAMILIES.
TOMORROW ...PROCEEDS FROM ALL BLIZZARD SALES AT CENTRAL GEORGIA DAIRY QUEEN RESTAURANTS GO TO THE HOSPITAL.
CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK COORDINATOR KATHY TOLBERT SAYS IT'S A COOL TREAT FOR CHILDREN WHO MAY BE STUCK INDOORS.

Kathy Tolbert, Children's Miracle Network: "Anything to stay cool right now would be an encouraging thing, what more excuse to beat the heat and come get a blizzard to support the children's hospital."

THIS YEAR'S EVENT MARKS THE SIXTH ANNUAL MIRACLE TREAT FUNDRAISER.
KATHY TOLBERT SAYS LAST YEAR... CENTRAL GEORGIA DAIRY QUEENS RAISED MORE THAN 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

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THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM IN MACON IS FEATURING ONE OF THEIR ROTATING EXHIBITS.
THE GALLERY SHOWCASES AFRO-FUTURISM... WHICH EXPLORES AFRICAN AMERICANS IN A SCI-FI WORLD.


THE MUSUEM OFFERS A LOOK AT CLASSIC MASKS... SCULPTURES... AND PAINTINGS CREATED BY LOCAL ARTISTS.
THIS SHIP... MADE FROM WIRE WAS MADE BY WOODROW GRAY... A LOCAL MACONITE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM VISIT OUR WEBSITE... 13 WMAZ-DOT COM LOOKS FOR THIS STORY ON OUR HOMEPAGE.


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