Monday, September 26, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO DRAGGED A DOG BEHIND THEIR VEHICLE FOR UP TO A MILE ON A TWIGGS COUNTY ROAD..
WE WERE THERE WHILE DOCTORS AT A MILLEDGEVILLE VET WORKED TO NURSE A DOG THEY'VE NICKENAMED "TROOPER" BACK TO HEALTH.
SOME OF THE IMAGES IN THIS STORY MAY BE DIFFICULT TO WATCH.
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Nats of Nurse Opening Door

NURSES SAY IT WILL BE A LONG RECOVERY FOR THE DOG THEY HAVE COME TO LOVE.

Nats of Wrapping Leg

THE DOG NOW KNOWN AS "TROOPER" WAS BROUGHT TO OLD CAPITAL PET CARE IN MILLEDGEVILLE A LITTLE OVER A WEEK AGO.
HE SUFFERED SEVERE INJURIES...AND TWIGGS DEPUTIES SUSPECT HE WAS DRAGGED BY A CAR.

Nats of Dog

HE WAS FOUND IN THE WOODS NEAR ACADEMY SPORTS IN TWIGGS COUNTY ON SEPTEMBER 18TH. SERGEANT JOSHUA HASTY SAYS A WOMAN FOLLOWED A TRAIL OF BLOOD FOR MORE THAN A MILE ON HAMLIN FLOYD ROAD. HASTY SAYS THE DOG HAD ROAD RASH AND SCRAPES ACROSS MUCH OF HIS BODY.

Laurie Flord "He was just laying there. He was in a lot of pain and hurting really bad and I knew I needed to get him straight to the vet"

LAURIE FLOYD WAS CALLED TO PICK UP TROOPER AND SAYS SHE COULDN'T BELIEVE HER EYES.

Laurie Floyd, "I was wondering how somebody could leave a dog like this in so much pain and just not even care"

Nats of Valerie

THE OWNER OF HAVE A HEART SAVE A LIFE SHELTER.... VALERIE BUCKLEY SAYS SHE'LL DO ALL SHE CAN TO PLACE TROOPER IN A GOOD HOME.

Valerie Buckly, "He is under our wing and we are going to see him through all of this"

Nats of Trooper playing with Duckie

WITH ALL TROOPER HAS BEEN THROUGH... THE STAFF SAYS HE STILL HAS A LOT OF SPIRIT IN HIM.

Lauire Floyd "It just amazes me that he can even love on people after going through this. Today I saw him wag his tail. He has been given kisses and loving on me and it makes me so happy"
>> THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS ASKED ACADEMY SPORTS FOR ANY SURVEILLANCE VIDEO THAT MIGHT SHOW WHO DRAGGED THE DOG.
ANYONE WITH INFORMATION CAN CALL THE TWIGGS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AT 478-945-3357

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE IS DISCUSSING HOW THE POLICE DEPARTMENT WOULD USE SIX NEW OFFICERS...AND EVEN WHETHER THEY NEED THEM AT ALL.
RIGHT NOW...THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE IS TALKING ABOUT MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT'S REQUEST FOR 300 HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS....FOR NEW OFFICERS.
THAT'S PART OF REICHERT AND CHIEF MIKE BURNS' RESPONSE....TO A RECENT WAVE OF STREET CRIMES.
COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN VIRGIL WATKINS ASKED BURNS HOW THE DEPARTMENT WOULD MEASURE... WHETHER THOSE EFFORTS ARE A SUCCESS.
AND COUNCIL PRESIDENT JAMES TIMLEY SAYS WE DON'T NEED MORE POLICE... WE JUST NEED TO USE THEM MORE EFFECTIVELY.
CHIEF BURNS TOLD THE GROUP THAT PAST YOUTH INTERVENTION PROGRAMS HAVE FAILED... AND HE NEEDS MORE OFFICERS TO REACH KIDS BEFORE THEY GET INVOLVED IN CRIME.
BUT HE ADMITS IT'S A LONG-TERM SOLUTION....NOT A QUICK FIX.

A FEDERAL AGENCY CLAIMS A NU-WAY RETAURANT MANAGER SEXUALLY HARASSED TWO EMPLOYEES... THEN FIRED THEM FOR COMPLAINING.
THE FEDERAL EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION FILED THE CLAIM IN U-S DISTRICT COURT ON FRIDAY.
THE COMPLAINT SAYS MANAGER CHARLENE DAVIS SUBJECTED TWO WOMEN TO A "DAILY BARRAGE OF LEWD SEXUAL COMMENTS AND GESTURES."
NU-WAY CO-OWNER JAMES CACAVIAS TOLD 13WMAZ THAT THE SUIT CAME FROM COMPLAINTS BY "DISGRUNTLED EMPLOYEES."
HE SAID THE TWO WOMEN WEREN'T HARASSED... AND WEREN'T FIRED FOR COMPLAINING.
INSTEAD... CACAVIAS SAYS THE TWO WERE LAID OFF WHEN NU-WAY COMBINED ITS HOUSTON AVENUE AND BACONSFIELD STORES.

BIBB COUNTY LEADERS SAY TOMORROW THEY'LL ANNOUNCE A PLAN TO CUT DOWN ON TRUANCY.
IT'S PART OF A CITY AND COUNTY CAMPAIGN TO KEEP YOUNG PEOPLE FROM COMMITTING CRIMES.
CANDACE ADORKA SPOKE WITH PEOPLE WHO SAY POLICE AND SCHOOLS NEED TO DO MORE...TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL.
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KIMBERLY SMITH SAYS SHE DRIVES HER TWO TEENAGERS TO AND FROM SCHOOL EVERYDAY.
5883 :25 "if they're out of school theyre at home with me because they're usually sick."
SHE SAYS IT'S PARENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO KEEP THEIR KIDS IN SCHOOL... BUT IT WILL TAKE MORE THAN THAT.
5883 :51 "it needs to be a community effort. the schools need to work witht he parents and the parents need to work with the schools and the community leaders also need to get involved.
COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE LUCAS SAYS CUTTING TRUANCY IN BIBB COUNTY USED TO BE A PRIORITY.
5371 :16 "Both the city and the board of education have recognized for years that we have a truancy problem, that there was a problem in getting kids to school and keeping them in school."
SHE SAYS THERE USED TO BE TRUANCY OFFICERS AND OTHER PROGRAMS... UNTIL BUDGET CUTS.
5371 3:18 "a lot of the prevention efforts, things that really worked, the truancy program, mignight basketball the dare program, all of those programs have been cut."
5883 3:53 "There's nothing here for the kids to do so they're bored. My son tells me that everyday- Momma i'm bored, I'm so bored."
SMITH SAYS EVEN IN A RECESSION STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS NEED TO MAKE YOUTH PROGRAMS A PRIORITY.
5883 5:15 "They're forgetting, these kids are our future, and they're our leaders, so i'f theres nothing here to keep them here, or to keep them interested then theyre gonna go out and there's gonna be crime. Simple as that."
COUNTY COMMISSIONER LONZY EDWARDS SAYS ON TUESDAY HE'LL ANNOUNCE WHAT LOCAL AGENCIES CAN DO TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS SKIPPING SCHOOL DOES INCREASE DROP OUT RATES AND DECREASE TEST SCORES.
THE STATE SAYS IF SCHOOLS COULD IMPROVE ATTENDANCE BY 5 SCHOOL DAYS PER CHILD... 30-THOUSAND MORE GEORGIA KIDWOULD PASS THE
C-R-C-T MATH TEST.

THE IDEA OF COLLEGE HILL... BEGAN IN A CLASSROOM FOUR YEARS AGO... AND TURNED INTO A PLAN TO REVAMP THE COLLEGE CORRIDOR FROM MERCER UNIVERSITY TO DOWNTOWN.
IN 2009... THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION GAVE A FIVE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO FUND THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE FOR THREE YEARS.
NOW... THAT CONTRACT IS NEARING ITS END... AND IF IT EXPIRES... SO DOES THE ALLIANCE.
THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE HELPED CREATE IDEAS TO GET PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA INVOLVED IN THEIR COMMUNITY.
THE GROUP HOSTS SECOND SUNDAY... FREE MONTHLY CONCERTS IN WASHINGTON PARK FROM MARCH THROUGH NOVEMBER.
THEY ALSO HOST FREE OUTDOOR MOVIES AT PARKS IN THE AREA... CALLED BIG SCREEN MOVIE NIGHTS.
THE CONTRACT WITH THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION WILL EXPIRE IN JUNE... AND THE COLLEGE HILL ALLIANCE IS PREPARING FOR A TRANSITION.
Nadia Osman, College Hill Alliance: "Have the community understand how vital the project is and we've kind of spear-headed it, catalized it, we'll help them apply for grants and funding to take it to the next level and make sure that that program continues for years to come past the life of the Alliance."
BEVERLY BLAKE... SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION SAYS IT WAS NEVER INTENDED FOR THE ALLIANCE TO SUSTAIN AFTER THREE YEARS... BUT THE FOUNDATION WILL DECIDE NEXT YEAR WHETHER TO CONTINUE FUNDING.

SOME PEOPLE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL DIAL A NEW NUMBER WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING FOR THEIR STATE CONGRESSMAN NEXT YEAR..
THAT'S BECAUSE THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY'S NEWLY REDRAWN MAPS MOVE PAUL BROUN'S 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT INTO NEW AREAS..
THE REPUBLICAN'S NEW AREA WILL INCLUDE BALDWIN... HANCOCK... JOHNSON AND WASHINGTON COUNTIES.
BROUN SAT DOWN WITH ELEANOR LISSITZYN TODAY... TO TALK ABOUT HIS NEW DISTRICT.
ELEANOR TALKS WITH STATE CONGRESSMAN PAUL BROUN ABOUT HIS NEW DISTRICT AND WHAT HIS PRIORITIES ARE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR CONGRESSMAN?
SO FAR 6 PERCENT OF YOU SAY EXCELLENT.
16 PERCENT SAY GOOD.
32 PERCENT OF YOU SAY FAIR
AND 46 PERCENT SAY YOUR CONGRESSMAN IS DOING A POOR JOB.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT NEWS AND EVENTS FROM YOUR AREA... WITH OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGES.
TONIGHT... WE'RE LOOKING AT THE WARNER ROBINS PAGE.
THIS SATURDAY YOU CAN HEAD OUT TO THE INTERNATIONAL CITY FALL FESTIVAL FROM NINE UNTIL SIX.
THE DAY FEATURES LIVE MUSIC, A 5K RUN, POKER RUN, ARTS AND CRAFTS, TWO STAGES WITH MORE THAN A DOZEN BANDS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
THAT IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER FIRST FROM NINE UNTIL SIX.
FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN HEAD OVER TO OUR WARNER ROBINS WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE.

ONE BIBB COUNTY TEACHER CELEBRATES A NEW TITLE AS BEST IN THE STATE.
MARKETING TEACHER AND ADVISOR OF HOWARD HIGH SCHOOL JASON WEISS WON THE OUTSTANDING NEW CAREER AND TECHNICAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE AND ROBERT DICKEY PRESENTED WEISS WITH THE HONOR.
THE AWARD IS GIVEN TO TEACHERS WHOSE STUDENTS ARE BEST PREPARED FOR REAL-WORLD JOBS.
WEISS SAYS.... AS A NEW TEACHER HE FEELS HONORED TO RECEIVE THE AWARD.
Jason Weiss Award Recipient "Its a very different title to have to be the best or what is classified as the best I feel that I am the best because of my students my students my students made me the best"
WEISS HAS ONLY BEEN TEACHING AT THE SCHOOL FOUR YEARS.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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