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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M FRANK MALLOY.
AND I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES... THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

ELEVEN MEMBERS OF THE MACON-BIBB NAACP... INCLUDING SEVEN ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD... ARE REQUESTING CHAPTER PRESIDENT DAVID BOOKER'S VOLUNTARY RESIGNATATION.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO DOCUMENTS OBTAINED BY 13WMAZ.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN HAS MORE ON WHY THE NAACP IS ASKING BOOKER TO STEP DOWN
THE LETTER WAS WRITTEN AFTER A SPECIALLY CALLED MEETING ON JULY SEVENTH...
IT SAYS DURING THAT MEETING THEY TOOK A 'MAJORITY VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE'.
THE LETTER WENT ON TO REQUEST BOOKERS 'VOLUNTARY DEPARTURE FROM BEING THE PRESIDENT... BY TAKING AN INDEFINITE LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM YOUR POSITION AND DUTIES."
ACCORDING TO THE LETTER... MEMBERS ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE WAY BOOKER HAS BEEN TREATENING NAACP MEMBERS... CALLING HIS BEHAVIOR 'INTIMIDATING AND DISRESPECTFUL.'
THEY ALSO SAY HE HASN'T SUBMITTED PROPER FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS.
AND THAT HE'S WORKING ON THE BEHALF OF HIS PERSONAL AGENDA... NOT THE NAACP'S.
I SPOKE WITH DAVID BOOKER.
HE SAYS HE WILL NOT RESIGN.. BUT HE CAN'T GO INTO DETAIL ABOUT THE COMPLAINT BECAUSE IT VIOLATES THE NAACP'S BI-LAWS.
WE ALSO CALLED NAACP STATE PRESIDENT EDWARD DUBOSE TO GET HIS COMMENTS ON THE RESIGNATION REQUEST.
HE HAS NOT YET RETURNED OUR CALLS.

THERE WILL BE NO GEORGIA STATE FAIR IN 2012.
THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR ASSOCIATION DECIDED TODAY THE FAIR HAS BEEN LOSING TOO MUCH MONEY OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS.
CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE FAIR BOARD.
HE SAYS THE BOARD RECOMENDED THE FAIR STAY OPEN IN 2012... BUT THE FINAL DECISION WAS LEFT UP TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WHO CAST THEIR VOTES.
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THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR ASSOCIATION CAST THEIR VOTES HERE AT THE IDYL HOUR COUNTRY CLUB.
STATE FAIR BOARD PRESIDENT DON JOHSTONO SAYS THERE WAS A LONG DISCUSSION BEFORE HAND.
"Pros and cons, lots of different opinions and lots of different feelings, some looking at it from purely a financial analysis, some looking at it from their heart strings and the tradition."
IN THE END JOHSTONO SAYS... NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE WERE ATTENDING THE FAIR... WHIHC HAS BEEN IN MACON SINCE 1851.
HE SAYS HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO CHANGE THE ASSOCIATION'S VOTE AND PUT ON THE FAIR AFTER 2012 BUT IT COULD HELP IF THE SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX PASSSES IN NOVEMBER WITH IMPROVEMENTS TO CENTRAL CITY PARK.
"we're dealing with buildings down there where we host the fair that are aging, falling apart, not functioning for what we need, so the fact that we operate with that fairground that is old and falling apart is something that's always been kind of a problem."
SINCE 1947...WHEN THEY STARTED COUNTING... JOHSTONO SAYS THE FAIR HAS ADDED MORE THAN 5 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE LOCAL ECONOMY AND DONATED ITS PROCEEDS TO AREA CHARITIES.
"There's gonna be some impact. I think the most noticeable impact will be, you know, here's a recreational and educational opportunity that the community had that because they havn't supported it, may well go away forever."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR HAS BEEN HELD AT CENTRAL CITY PARK SINCE 1856.
THE EXCHANGE CLUB HAS BEEN RUNNING IT SINCE 1942.

TONIGHT ITS TIME FOR THE WARNER ROBINS ALL STARS TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS.
THEY HIT THE FIELD FOR GAME ONE AGAINST LOUISIANNA LAYAYETTE AT 8PM.
THE BOYS ARRIVED IN PENNSYLVANIA SUNDAY... AND AS SUZANNE LAWLER AND VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN SHOW YOU... THEY'VE HAD A GOOD TIME SO FAR SOAKING IN THE EXPEREINCE.
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Nat sound - parade
THE WARNER ROBINS ALL STARS HAVE ALREADY GOTTEN THE STAR QUALITY TREATMENT IN WILLIAMSPORT.
BEFORE THEY FIELDED THE FIRST GROUND BALL THEY CLIMBED ON BOARD FLOATS IN A TWO HOUR PARADE.
23:15 Evan Lasseter The parade was a lot of fun we had kids throwing candy at us it was just a great time for all of us.
22:10Austin Burnette Its all fun its just the experience of gettin to do this not many kids get to do this.
202 KIDS TO BE EXZACT GET TO DO ALL THIS.
THE GEORGIA BOYS SAY THEY'VE ENJOYED ALL THE PRE-GAME CELEBRATIONS INCLUDING THEIR CHANCE TO CARRY THE SOUTHEAST FLAG IN OPENING CEREMONIES.
25:22 Logan Morris The opening ceremonies was cool it was hot out there but it was pretty cool.
Nat sound -- We're going to go upstairs and we're going to have lunch.
Suzanne Lawler Sure the kids are getting the rockstar treatment but they say the best experience is happening here in the dorms.
23:04 Evan Lasseter Well so far playing in the rec room with all the other countries and other regions.
26:39 Buddy Deal, Manager They love playing with the Japanese players ping pong. And watching them grow like we've seen them grow these last couple of days I feel guilty because I see it first hand and the parents and the media all outside the grove they don't get to see it and its a once in a lifetime thing I can't believe it.
22:16 Austin Burnette, It's amazing... once in a lifetime chance... its just awesome.
REPORTING ALONGSIDE VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN.... SUZANNE LAWLER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE BOYS HAD A NAP THIS AFTERNOON IN PREPARATION FOR TONIGHTS GAME.
WE WILL HAVE MORE ON THE BOYS COMING UP IN SPORTS.

MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS HE HAS PLANS TO MOVE THE CITY FORWARD... BUT HOW MIGHT HE GO ABOUT THAT?
JOINING US NOW TO OFFER SOME INSIGHT... MACON ARTS ALLIANCE DIRECTOR JIM COLEMAN... PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION TRUSTEE KIRBY GODSEY... AND PRESIDENT AND C-E-O OF NEWTOWN MACON MIKE FORD.
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE GENTLEMEN.

LAURENS COUNTY STUDENTS HEADED BACK TO THE CLASSROOM TODAY... AND PLENTY OF PROUD PARENTS SNAPPED PHOTOS OF THEIR YOUNG SCHOLARS TO SHARE IN THE GALLERIES ON OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES.
10TH GRADER KAYLA... 6TH GRADER VANNA AND FIRST GRADER SHANE ARE ALL READY FOR THEIR FIRST DAY. AND MARINA IS HEADING INTO 9TH GRADE... WHILE BIG SISTER MARESA IS STARTING HER SENIOR YEAR.
WE WANT YOUR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTOS... JUST EMAIL THEM TO WHERE YOU LIVE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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