HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
YOU STILL HAVE ABOUT AN HOUR TO CAST YOUR BALLOT AS MACON PICKS A MAYOR... AND A STATE SENATOR.
CURRENT MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS ARE IN THE RUNOFF FOR THE CITY'S TOP OFFICE.
FORMER MACON CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS AND FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE DAVID LUCAS ARE VYING FOR THE SENATE DISTRICT SEAT.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN IS AT THE POLLS AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL... SHE'S JOINING US WITH A LOOK.
eleanor gives a live look at the polling place
THANK YOU ELEANOR.
MACON'S MAYORAL CANDIDATES BRAVED THE HEAT TODAY... IN HOPES OF GETTING MORE PEOPLE OUT TO THE POLLS.
FORMER MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS SPENT THE AFTERNOON AT MURPHY HOMES... ALSO KNOWN AS ALPHABET CITY OFF EISENHOWER PARKWAY.
HE KNOCKED ON DOORS AND RALLIED SUPPORTERS.
VOLUNTEEERS ALSO OFFERED TO TAKE PEOPLE TO THE POLLS.
ELLIS SAID HE WOULD FIGHT FOR EVERY LAST VOTE.
C. Jack Ellis, Mayoral Candidate: "We are making noise and letting people know we're calling with texting we're faxing we're doing whatever we have to do. WE're facebooking we're tweeting. We're doing eveyrthing we know how to do, texting to reach the voting that's the most important thing."
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ALSO TOOK TO THE STREETS...
VOLUNTEERS JOINED HIM WAVING SIGNS AT ACME PAINTS ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE THIS AFTERNOON.
HE SAYS RIGHT NOW HE'S ANXIOUS... AND EXCITED.
REICHERT SAYS HIS TEAM CONTINUED REACHING OUT TO VOTERS ALL DAY.
Robert Reichert, Mayoral Candidate: "We've still got people calling, telephoning down at headquarters. We're still sending out messages on facebook and email, but this it the old tried and true get out and wave on the side of the road and remind people literally as they're in the car on the way home, Oh yeah I need to go vote."
THE POLLS OPENED AT SEVEN THIS MORNING AND MANY PEOPLE CAST THEIR VOTE BEFORE HEADING INTO THE OFFICE.
THE LINE WAS OUT THE DOOR THIS MORNING AT NORTHMINISTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON WIMBISH ROAD.
POLL WORKERS SAY THEY WERE BUSY IN SOUTH MACON AT CENTRAL CHURCH OF CHRIST ON KEY STREET WHEN THEY OPENED... BUT THEN THE VOTING SLOWED DOWN.
WE SPOKE TO A FEW VOTERS ABOUT WHY THEY HEADED TO THE POLLS.
Regina Davis, South Macon: "People are going to come out to cast their votes toward the candidate of their choice that who they feel is the best candidate for the city."
Meri Cribb, North Macon: "Whoever is elected we're going to support them."
Jeffrey Stewart, South Macon: "It doesn't make a difference to me who's the mayor, I mean I voted but to me both of them are good."
Glenn Cribb, North Macon:"It's going to be close I think."
SUPPORTERS OF DAVID LUCAS AND C. JACK ELLIS SAY THEY'RE GIVING RIDES TO VOTERS WHO NEED TO GET TO THE POLLS TODAY.
THIS BUS WAS PROVIDED BY C. JACK ELLIS' CAMPAIGN... THE DRIVER SAYS THERE ARE MULTIPLE BUSES AND DRIVERS.
THEY PICKED UP RESIDENTS FROM AN ASSISTED LIVING CENTER ON MONROE STREET... TO MAKE SURE THEY GOT A CHANCE TO CAST THEIR BALLOTS.
PERSONAL CARE HOME ASSISTANT TEQUILLA IRVIN SAYS SHE'S THANKFUL FOR THE TRANSPORT.
Tequilla Irvin, Personal Care Home Assistant: "cause if it wasn't for the van, they wouldn't of had a way to come out and vote, a lot of them are disabled and can't get around so we have a van that comes out and picks them up so that they can come out and vote today."
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO CAST YOUR VOTE... THE POLLS CLOSE AT SEVEN TONIGHT.
TONIGHT BOTH THE MACON CITY COUNCIL AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISISON WILL VOTE ON WHETHER TO APPROVE THE LIST OF PROJECTS FOR THE PROPOSED SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.
YESTERDAY OFFICIALS COMPLETED THE SPLOST LIST.. AND IF COUNCIL AND THE COMMISSION AGREE TONIGHT.. THE LIST GOES TO THE CITY AND COUNTY ATTORNEYS.
COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS THE ATTORNEYS WILL PUT TOGETHER AN AGREEMENT COVERING THAT LIST AND IT WIILL GO BACK TO COUNCIL AND THE COMMISSIONERS NEXT WEEK FOR FINAL APPROVAL.
THEN.. THE SPLOST REFERENDUM WILL BE READY FOR THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT.
AMONG THE PROJECTS ON THE PROPOSED SPLOST LIST IS THE TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM AND THE FORT HAWKINS HISTORICAL SITE.
THEY ALSO AGREED TO THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT ASKED FOR TO EXTEND AND DEVELOP THE SECOND STREET CORRIDOR.
A MACON PLANT WILL NOW PAY LESS THAN HALF AN ORIGINAL FINE LEVIED AGAINST IT FROM THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMISTRATION.
AEROSPACE DEFENSE COATINGS OF GEORGIA.. A METAL COATING AND PAINTING PLANT... NOW OWES 130 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN HEALTH VIOLATION FINES.
ACCORDING TO A RELEASE... OSHA FOUND 19 HEALTH VIOLATIONS.
THAT INCLUDES SOME EMPLOYEES EXPOSURE TO AS MUCH AS 50 TIMES THE LEGAL LIMIT OF CHROMIUM.. WITHOUT BEING INFORMED OF IT... ACCORDING TO THE CITATIONS.
MICHAEL WALD WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR SAYS THE ORIGINAL FINE IN NOVEMBER 2010 WAS FOR MORE THAN 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THE TRIAL IS NOW UNDERWAY FOR A BOSTON MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER TWO TWIGGS COUNTY BEATINGS IN FEBRUARY.
BRANDON FAIRCLOTH.... DEPUTY CHIEF ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR THE DUBLIN-AREA CIRCUIT.... SAYS THE TRIAL FOR 32-YEAR-OLD JOHN TAYLOR STARTED JUST BEFORE 10 A.M. TODAY.
TAYLOR IS ACCUSED OF BEATING 76-YEAR-OLD ROBERT EUGENE SAULS AND 51-YEAR-OLD GENE ALLEN MUSGRAVE AT THE AMBASSADOR INN AT 51-93 HIGHWAY 96 WEST IN TWIGGS COUNTY ON FEBRUARY 26.
MUSGRAVE WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS MOTEL ROOM.
TAYLOR IS CHARGED WITH MURDER, KIDNAPPING, ENTERING AUTO, AUTO THEFT, BURGLARY AND AGGRAVATED BATTERY.
OUR SUZANNE LAWLER AND KIMBERLY BURDEN ARE WORKING THEIR WAY UP TO WILLIAMSPORT PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.
ALTHOUGH THEY'RE STILL TRAVELLING... THE WARNER ROBINS ALL-STARS ARE ALREADY IN PENNSYLVANIA PREPARING FOR THURSDAY'S GAME.
SUZANNE SPOKE WITH THE TEAM'S COACH AND SENT US THIS REPORT FROM THE ROAD.
"Frog Hollow Cabins, Pumpkin Festival, back to the Blue Ridge Parkway, all kinds of good stuff here on the road, that's what road trips are all about. But wait a minute here, we've got to get to Williamsport! Enough of all that. We just got off the phone with manager Buddy Deal and he says the kids in Pennsylvania, he called it a 'whirlwind time'. They knocked out ESPN interviews this morning, they've been trading pens and t-shirts with the Japanese players and they've had some great defensive practices. So lots of stuff going on, we're getting back on the road. We're right outside Winston-Salem right now, about halfway there. We will keep you updated on our progress. Reporting alongside videojournalist Kimberly Burden, Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness Sports."
WARNER ROBINS' 1ST GAME IS THURSDAY NIGHT AT 8 O'CLOCK AGAINST LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA
A DAY AFTER MACON-BIBB ANIMAL CONTROL ANNOUNCED THE SHELTER'S TEMPORARY CLOSING BECAUSE OF DISEASE OUTBREAKS... PEOPLE GOT TO WORK... PREPARING A MAKESHIFT HOME FOR MORE THAN 80 DOGS.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... MORE THAN A DOZEN VOLUNTEERS CAME OUT... TO HELP GET THE SHELTER BACK ON TRACK.
Nats, truck filling wheelbarrow
VOLUNTEERS FILLED AN ENTIRE DAY PREPARING FOR SOME NEW GUESTS.
Patti Jones, Central Georgia Cares: "We want to have people there who are availble to reassure them that they're okay and that we are going to take care of them."
PATTIE JONES... WITH CENTRAL GEORGIA CARES SAYS... TUESDAY NIGHT ABOUT 70 DOGS WILL CALL THESE MULCH FILLED CAGES... HOME... BUT JUST FOR A LITTLE WHILE. FOR NOW....OFFICIAILS DON'T WANT TO DISCLOSE THE LOCATION...TO KEEP THE DOGS SAFE.
Patti Jones: "As soon as we get clearance that the building has been sanitized as much as much as possible, then we will send the animals back."
Amy Aubert, Eyewitness News: "Jones says she's shocked by the number of volunteers asking what they can do to help. She says people are doing everything from bringing cleaning supplies out here to the shelter, to offering to help take care of some of the animals."
SANDRA JONES IS ONE OF THEM.
Sandra Jones, Macon: "When I heard this, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, what are they gonna do now? What are they gonna do now?'"
SO SHE DROPPED OFF A TRUNK FULL OF SUPPLIES.
Nats, car leaving
JUST WHAT VETERINARIAN DR. DEBBIE GADD... SAYS THE SHELTER NEEDS.
Nats: "These are all Macon Animal Control puppies in here."
DR. GADD SAYS THE STATE GAVE ANIMAL CONTROL PERMISSION TO EUTHANIZE ALL ANIMALS IN CONTACT WITH THE OUTBREAK... BUT SHE AND SHELTER WORKERS WERE ABLE TO SAVE 89 DOGS.
Nats, dog in cage
THIS UNNAMED PUPPY... WAS THE ONLY ONE DIAGNOSED WITH GIARDIA... BUT DR. GADD SAYS SHE'LL BE ABLE TO NURSE THE PUP... BACK TO HEALTH.
SO FOR 70 OTHER DOGS... THEY'LL STAY IN THIS NEWLY "RENOVATED" PLACE... UNTIL THE SHELTER REOPENS.
AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> YESTERDAY... THE SHELTER ANNOUNCED THE CLOSING BECAUSE OF AN OUTBREAK OF PARVO AND GIARDIA.
A NEWS RELEASE SAYS 18 PUPPIES WERE EUTHANIZED BECAUSE OF THE DISEASE TODAY.
THE SHELTER REMAINS CLOSED.... UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY.
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL QUESTION ASKS... DOES MACON NEED A NEW ANIMAL SHELTER?
SO FAR 84 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 16 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE.
LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
POLLS CLOSE IN ABOUT HALF AN HOUR IN TODAY'S RUNOFF ELECTION... LET'S CHECK BACK IN WITH ELEANOR LISSITZYN AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL.
ELEANOR... HOW DOES IT LOOK?
eleanor gives a live look at the polling place
THANK YOU ELEANOR.
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