HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US. I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
ONE DAY AFTER THE EXCHANGE CLUB OF MACON ANNOUNCED THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR WILL NOT OPERATE IN 2012 - PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO BENEFITTED FROM THE FAIR ARE EXPRESSING THEIR REGRESTS OVER THE DECISION..
CANDACE ADORKA TAKES A LOOK AT WHY THE FAIR CLOSED... AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE COMMUNITY.
P<< FOR DIANA GLYMPH.... PRESIDENT OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS IN MACON... AND HER LITTLE SISTER...
"her name is kiosho"
THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR IS FULL OF MEMORIES.
"So she gets on that ride and it stops and when she gets back down and she's like, OK, we're not doing that one again!"
BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS HAS RECIEVED SOME OF THE PROCEEDS FROM THE STATE FAIR THROUGH THE MACON EXCHANGE CLUB... ALONG WITH THE CRESCENT HOUSE AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS.
"it's a loss for the non-profit community because they have poured just hundreds of thousands of dollars into this comminty that they've given back."
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT SAYS IT'S NOT JUST THE NON-PROFITS THAT WILL MISS THE FAIR.
"i can remember my children getting so excited about going to the fair and my wife loved corn dogs from the fair. So it'll have a significant impact on the city and we're losing an event that has been a lot of fun and meant a lot to a lot of people."
REICHERT SAYS THE STATE FAIR COULDN'T OVERCOME COMPETITION.
"I think people made the decision to go to the Georgia national fair in Perry as opposed to the state fair in Macon, and I think that's what started the decline in numbers. And once the decline in numbers starts and you try to cut back on cost and get rid of some things, then you have even less people show up."
BUT GLYMPH SAYS CENTRAL GEORGIANS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT LOCAL INSTIUTIONS LIKE THE FAIR.
"Until we actually start as a community recognizing what good things we have here and trying to hang on to them, i think we're gonna keep losing things, we're gonna keep losing the music hall of fame--we don't go!"
CANDACE ADORKA... 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> DON JOHSTONO... PRESIDENT OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR BOARD... SAYS ITS POSSIBLE THE FAIR COULD COME BACK IN THE FUTURE...
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHAT STOPPED YOU FROM ATTENDING THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR?
SO FAR 16 PERCENT OF YOU SAY COST.
51 PERCENT SAY SAFETY.
24 PERCENT WENT TO OTHER FAIRS.
AND 9 PERCENT OF YOU SAY IT WASN'T FUN ENOUGH.
YOU HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TO VOTE... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
25 POSITIONS REMAIN OPEN AT THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.... AND NOW THEY'RE ACTIVELY RECRUITING... IN SOME NEW WAYS.
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS WHY THE SHERIFF SAYS THEY'RE STILL STRUGGLING TO FILL THE VACANCIES.
SHANNON CHANDLER CAME ONBOARD AT THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE ABOUT A MONTH AGO.
Shannon Chandler: "My bachelors degrees is actually in criminal justice also and then my masters degree is in criminal justice management."
SHE MOVED FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO MACON... TO TRY TO ACHIEVE HER LIFE-LONG GOAL.
Shannon Chandler: "my brother was a deputy sheriff when I was younger so it's always been a dream to actually be a deputy sheriff
EVEN WITH CHANDLER'S ADDITION TO THE FORCE... THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE REMAINS UNDERSTAFFED BY ABOUT 25 PEOPLE.
Sheriff Jerry Modena: It puts every man and woman that's working the road, it puts them, it throws that threat level up on them a little higher.... it becomes dangerous."
Brittiny BArber: "Here's just one example of what the Bibb County Sheriff's Office is doing to encourage people to apply for those open positions."
Sheriff Jerry Modena: "We've hit the media. We've got some billboards up. We work with the human resources at the county to go ahead and put it out by word of mouth if we have job fairs."
BUT THE SHERIFF SAYS FACTORS LIKE RECENT RETIREMENTS... AND LOW STARTING PAY HAVE LED TO THE TWO DOZEN VACANCIES.
Sheriff Jerry Modena: "We're we start out at $25,688, you've got agencies that start at $28-thousand, 29-thousand 30, 31-thousand."
CHANDLER SAYS...THAT WON'T STOP HER FROM MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF IN THE FIELD.
Shannon Chandler: "I actually see myself as Sheriff Shannon Chandler one day."
AND SHE ENCOURAGES OTHERS FOLLOW HER LEAD... IN CHOOSING A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
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A MERCER STUDENT WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN HIS APARTMENT IN APRIL... DIED OF AN ENLARGED HEART.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES.
(QUAN-LANG-ZHANG).TIANLIANG ZHANG WAS FOUND IN A SHAMROCK STREET APARTMENT... ABOUT A BLOCK FROM CAMPUS.
IN APRIL... JONES SAID THEY NEEDED TO WAIT FOR TESTS ON THE CHINESE EXCHANGE STUDENT'S BODY TO DETERMINE HOW HE DIED.
A LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE GEORGIA SPORTS HALL OF FAME BUILDING HELPED SEAL THE DEAL FOR IT TO STAY IN MACON FOR NOW THAT'S ACCORDING TO MIKE FORD WITH NEWTOWN MACON..
HE SAYS THE STATE WOULDN'T LEASE IT TO A PRIVATE COMPANY... BECAUSE THERE WAS AN OUTSTANDING BOND ISSUE ON THE BUILDING.
SO THE DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF BIBB COUNTY STEPPED IN AND THEN SUB-LEASED IT TO NEWTOWN MACON..
FORD SAYS THEY ALSO NEGOTIATED WITH THE STATE ON THE COST OF RENT.
HE SAYS THE STATE WANTED ABOUT $400-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR... BUT NOW THEY WILL PAY ABOUT $130-THOUSAND.
FORD SAYS THE DECISION SHOULD KEEP THE SPORTS HALL OF FAME IN MACON FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
MIKE BRASHEAR SAYS HE'S TIRED OF THE NEGATIVE ATMOSPHERE HE SAYS SURROUNDS WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL.
TODAY HE ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE POST FOUR SEAT.
nats "It's way time that we need to make some changes" :02
BRASHEAR SAYS IF ELECTED... HE WANTS TO WORK AS A TEAM WITH THE OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS... TO HELP ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE AND BUILD MORE RECREATIONAL PARKS ON THE WEST SIDE OF WARNER ROBINS.
HE SAYS THE COUNCIL HAS LOST ITS FOCUS ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE CITY.
Mike Brashear, Candidate for Post 4: "If elected I'm going to bring a much more open-mindedness to the position, I think I'll be much more cooperative, I think I'm better at stating my position on matters without losing my temper."
BRASHEAR WILL RUN AGAINST CURRENT POST FOUR SEAT HOLDER BOB WILBANKS.
YOU MAY HAVE HEARD HIM ANNOUNCING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ON YOUR RADIO... NOW RETIRED ASSISTANT FIRE CHIEF MIKE DAVIS IS RUNNING FOR WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL... POST SIX.
nats :02 "I just want to serve the citizens of warner robins."
DAVIS SAYS HE WANTS TO GET THINGS BACK ON TRACK FOR CITY COUNCIL AND GIVE THE CITIZENS THE SERVICE THEY DESERVE.
DAVIS DISAGREES WITH CURRENT POST SIX COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS WHO TOLD US YESTERDAY HE HAD TWO LIVES... A PRIVATE ONE AND A PUBLIC ONE..
Mike Davis, Candidate for Post 6: "To me your life is one, you don't have two lives you have one life and what you live everyday is what you are. You don't have two different lives. You have a public life if you're in the public you have a public life all the time so I just had a hard time with that statement."
DAVIS SAYS HE'S JUST A REGULAR CITIZEN WHO WANTS TO DO SOMETHING IN THE COMMUNITY.
JOHN WILLIAMS SAYS HE WILL RUN AGAIN TO KEEP HIS COUNCIL SEAT..
WILLIAMS ALSO SAYS HE DOESN'T THINK SEVERAL CONTROVERSIES HE'S BEEN INVOLVED IN WILL SWAY VOTERS.
John Williams, Warner Robins City Council: "I've been a councilman that you don't intimidate, you don't bribe, when you want something done, if it's for the good of the whole city I get it done. If it's for personal interest, it doesn't happen."
WILLIAMS SAYS THE CITY IS IN THE MIDDLE OF SEVERAL LARGE PROJECTS AND HE INTENDS TO COMPLETE THEM.
A NEW BUSINESS PLANS TO OPEN ITS DOORS INTO AN UNTAPPED INDUSTRY IN MILLEDGEVILLE. THE GEORGIA DISTILLING COMPANY MOVED INTO AN OLD FACTORY ON BLANDY ROAD... AND HOPE TO FILL ITS FIRST BOTTLE OF MOONSHINE... NEXT MONTH.
CO-FOUNDER OF THE COMPANY... SHAWN HALL... SAYS PLANS HAVE BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE OCTOBER OF 2009... AND THEY'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO KEEPING THE GLASSES HALF FULL IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
HALL SAYS THEY'LL START WITH A FAMILY MOONSHINE RECIPE... BUT EVENTUALLY... THEY'LL BOTTLE GIN... WHISKEY... BOURBON... AND OTHER LIQUORS.
HE SAYS SOME OF THE DRINKS WILL BE SPECIAL TO THE PEACH STATE.
HALL SAYS THROUGH TAXES... MILLEDGEVILLE AND BALDWIN COUNTY WILL MAKE AROUND 80 CENTS FOR EVERY SIX-BOTTLE PACK THE DISTILLERY SELLS.
THE WARNER ROBINS ALL STARS HAVE HAD SOME TIME TO REFLECT BACK ON LAST NIGHTS TOUGH LOSS TO LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA IN GAME ONE OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.
OUR SUZANNE LAWLER AND VIDEOJOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN ARE IN WILLIAMSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA.
TONIGHT THEY SHOW YOU WHY THE PRESSURE IS ON FOR THE LITTLE LEAGUE DREAM TO STAY ALIVE FOR THE BOYS FROM GEORGIA.
Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness Sports This is a situation the kids have not found themselves in this tournament. Its double elimination so they've got to win on Saturday to stay alive.
Nat sound -- 36:45 They said practice at nine.
FLANKED BY WARNER ROBINS FAITHFUL THE ALL STARS HIT THE FIELD FRIDAY TRYING TO REGROUP.
Nat sound -- 40:00 I'm not planning on losing.
COACH BUDDY DEAL LAID OUT THE STARK REALITY FOR THE BALL PLAYERS....
Nat sound -- 33:45 Come on lets go to work... gotta see who wants it.
THURSDAY NIGHTS 2-0 LOSS TO LAFAYETTE PUTS THEM IN A PRESSURE FILLED SITUATION.
42:10 Buddy Deal, Coach It's two and through and we understand we've got to win some ball games now and they believe they can and I believe they can.
43:29Austin Burnette Go out there work hard and we gotta fight for a place to play our next game everthings going to be elimination now.
AUSTIN BURNETTE'S GOING TO MOVE FROM CENTER FIELD INTO THE SHORT STOP POSITIONS SATURDAY... JAKE FROMM HAD THE SPOT... BUT HE'S PULLED A MUSCLE IN HIS BACK... ITS A BIG BLOW TO THE TEAM.
42:55 Buddy Deal Workin on his back tryin to loosen it up got a little twings in it playing practice by practice and we'll see how he feels.
THE TEAM DOESN'T WANT TO FEEL THE DISAPPOINTMENT OF ANOTHER LOSS THIS WEEK..... BUT BUDDY FEELS EVEN IN DEFEAT THE KIDS CAN LEARN TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES.
42:25 Buddy Deal I think sometimes a good loss will make you grow and that's where we're at.
44:00 Austin Burnette Everybody's going to be a good team its going to be hard to beat somebody in the Little League World Series its going to be hard but we'll just practice like we always do get out there play hard and go to work.
Nat sound -- 33:45 Come on lets go to work... gotta see who wants it.
Nat sound -- 35:00 Make that play baby make that play... good job.
Nat sound -- 40:53 You guys did great today I'm proud of you.
41:15 Nat sound -- Shake and bake.
Suzanne Lawler, Eyewitness Sports After practice the coaches got the team together and said guys this is baseball its the game you love... we just got to play seven games instead of five. Stay focused, stay relaxed and get the win... that's the message. Reporting alongside videojournalist Kimberly Burden... Suzanne Lawler 13WMAZ Eyewitness Sports
>> WRALL TAKES ON SOUTH DAKOTA SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT AT THREE O'CLOCK INSIDE LAMADE STADIUM.
COACH BUDDY DEAL SAYS IF JAKE FROMM IS SEMI-OKAY THEY MAY LET HIM PLAY FIRST BASE.
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