Sunday, October 9, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THIS LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS....
I'M BRITTINY BARBER.

A NEW STUDY SAYS MORE PEOPLE WANT TO MOVE TO DOWNTOWN MACON... BUT THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ROOM FOR THEM RIGHT NOW....
ACCORDING TO THE FIRM ZIMMERMAN- VOLK AND ASSOCIATES... DEVELOPERS COULD ADD 235 UNITS A YEAR OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO DOWNTOWN... AND PEOPLE WOULD BUY OR RENT THEM....
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE....

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DOCTOR NEEMA FROUTAN SAYS HE LOVES HIS APARTMENT... ESPECIALLY THE BATHROOM.
"I have a two-person hot tub... shower with a body mister...
HE LIVES IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN MACON... WITH HIS FOUR-LEGGED ROOMMATE BEAMER.... RIGHT ABOVE MARKET CITY CAFE... IN A 12-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT STUDIO LOFT...
"you can't find one of our apartments empty for more than a few days before someone's already leased it out."
ACCORDING TO A RESIDENTIAL MARKET STUDY THAT NEW TOWN MACON PAID FOR... THAT DEMAND IS SEEN ACROSS DOWNTOWN.
THE STUDY SAYS MACON CAN ADD ALMOST 12-HUNDRED HOUSING UNITS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.
"This is Arlington Place... this house has 3 partments in it..."
DEVELOPER BRYAN NICHOLS SAYS HIS 2 YEARS' EXPERIENCE FIXING UP AND RENTING UNITS DOWNTOWN SUPPORTS THE FINDINGS.
" The demand was higher than my supply, and higher than even the supply here because, I couldn't even recomend, hey cal so and so because they didnt have anything!"
THE STUDY FOCUSED ON PEOPLE WHO MADE 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR OR MORE... AND OUT OF THAT... THOSE WHO WANT TO LIVE DOWNTOWN ARE MOSTLY YOUNGER...
BUT NICHOLS SAYS PEOPLE OF ALL INCOME LEVELS ARE SNATCHING UP HIS UNITS.
"From one little suite to a 2,000 square foot, there's demand for all of it."
THE FINDINGS IN THE STUDY MAKE SENSE TO FROUTAN BECAUSE HE SAYS IF YOU'RE YOUNG AND YOU'RE GONNA MOVE TO MACON... DOWNTOWN'S THE PLACE TO BE.
"When I first moved to Macon, everyone was like, oh you shouldn't move downtown it's dangerous, its this and that.. and it's not at all.... There are lots of restaurants lots of bars and clubs and just general hang outs for people my age."
HE SAYS HE HOPES MORE APARTMENTS ARE DEVELOPED DOWNTOWN TO BRING MORE MONEY... PEOPLE... AND LIFE TO MACON.
"It's a shame that the newest parts of the city are up north. It seems like we're moving closer and closer to Forsyth and that shouldnt happen we should be our own city."
CANDACE ADORKA.. .13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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ZIMMERMAN-VOLK AND ASSOCIATES DID THE SAME STUDY IN 2008....
THEY SAY THE DEMAND THIS YEAR... INCREASED 24 PERCENT OVER 4 YEARS AGO.

AS YOU HIT THE ROADS FOR YOUR COMMUTE MONDAY .... YOU MAY FACE SOME DETOURS....

THE RAILROAD CROSSING AT NORTH DAVIS DRIVE AND HIGHWAY 247... WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 A.M. - 5 P.M IN WARNER ROBINS FOR CONSTRUCTION....
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT....
THEN ON TUESDAY THE CROSSING AT GREEN STREET AND HIGHWAY 247 WILL CLOSE....

ALSO NEXT WEEK... THE CROSSING AT MARTIN LUTHER KING AND HIGHWAY 247.... THAT TOO WILL CLOSE... FROM 8 A.M. UNTIL 5 P.M.

AND FINALLY NEXT WEEKEND ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY... YOU NEED TO AVOID THE CROSSING AT WATSON BOULEVARD AND HIGHWAY 247... BECAUSE IT WILL SHUT DOWN FROM EIGHT UNTIL FIVE... AS WELL

TOMORROW... PEOPLE IN MACON CAN ASK QUESTIONS AND VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE CITY... TO MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.

HE'LL HOST MAYOR'S NIGHT IN... AT CITY HALL....
THE MAYOR WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS LIVE ON CHANNEL 14.. FROM 5 UNTIL 5-30 P-M....
AFTER THAT.. HE'LL HAVE A QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION AT HIS OFFICE.... FROM 5:30 TO 6:30.
IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE MAYOR.. YOU CAN EMAIL YOUR THEM THROUGH THE CITY'S WEBSITE.. AT MACON-GA-DOT-GOV....
OR.... TO SPEAK TO THE MAYOR DURING THE LIVE PORTION... YOU CAN CALL 478-803-2437... THAT NUMBER AGAIN 803-2437.




MORE THAN 15 HUNDRED KIDS FROM ALL OVER THE STATE... SHOWED OFF THEIR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS.. AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR....

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THE JUNIOR LIVE STOCK COMPETITION WAS IN FULL SWING THIS WEEKEND... WITH KIDS PRESENTING ANIMALS OF ALL KINDS...
TODAY THEY SHOWED OFF STEERS.. COWS AND LAMBS....
THE ANIMALS WERE JUDGE ON THEIR STANCE... HOW WELLTHEY LISTENED TO THEIR HANDLER... AND THEIR BODY STRUCTURE.....
KIDS COMPETING IN THE SHOW SAY... RAISING LIVESTOCK... TEACHES THEM LIFE LESSONS....

Davis Colmen Hartfiled "Its just all about responsibility when you are showing your Lamb out there you can see if someone has worked with it or not"
Logan White Perry "In order for your animal to bound with you and do what you want it do in the show ring you have to bond with it outside the show ring, and that goes with animal cow, lamb, or pig"

MICHELE TREPTOW WITH THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR... SAYS THE LIVE STOCK SHOW HAD OVER 5-THOSUAND ENTRIES.
SHE SAYS THERE WERE MORE THAN 1-THOUSAND ENTRIES IN THE GOAT COMPETITION ALONE....

MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE DROPPED THEIR CANOES AND KAYAKS IN THE RIVER THIS WEEKEND...

TO PROMOTE THE 54 MILE OCMULGEE RIVER BLUE WAY.. WHICH RUNS FROM TWIGGS TO PULASKI COUNTY..
PADDLERS MADE THE SIX HOUR JOURNEY.... AT THEIR OWN PACE...
ORGANIZERS SAYS THE EVENT BROUGHT OUT FIRST TIMERS TO PROFESSIONALS...
AND IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO GET OUT TO ENJOY THE FRESH AIR AND SMOOTH RIVER....

Lamar Phillips, Ga Canoeing association: "People are looking for ways for entertainment, very economical entertainment, and you know to get outdoors and enjoy nature and so forth. I think people are gettign more involved in wanting to clean up the rivers."

ORGANIZERS SAY THEY PLAN TO MAKE THE PADDLE... AN ANNUAL EVENT.

A DAY BEFORE COLUMBUS DAY.. A LOCAL CIVIC GROUP PASSED OUT SWEET TREATS AT THEIR ANNUAL TOOTSIE ROLL DRIVE.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS.. SPENT THE DAY RAISING MONEY FOR THE PHOENIX CENTER AND THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS....
BOTH ARE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH THE MENTALLY HANDICAPPED....
MEMBERS OF COUNCIL 43-71.... HANDED OUT TOOTSIE ROLLS... IN EXCHANGE FOR A DONATION....
RANDY RYNDERS SAYS HE'S HAPPY TO SPEND HIS DAY.... HELPING OUT.

"Well its really a good feeling. In fact we get some people that come and say well my son or my daughter or my family members have benefitted from our donations.. and uh that gives a real good feeling.. without a doubt"

IF YOU WANT TO DONATE THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS... YOU CAN CONTACT THEM AT 478-923-9155... AGAIN THATS 923-9155.

STILL AHEAD ON EYEWITNESS NEWS...
KIDS TENTS THAT COULD CUT YOU.. AND CRIBS THAT AREN'T SAFE FOR YOUR BABY.. WE'RE RUNNING DOWN A LIST OF RECENTLY RECALLED PRODUCTS IN THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP.
PLUS...

ONE PRESIDENTAIL HOPEFUL'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.... CONTINUES TO BE A HOT BUTTON ISSUE....
FIND OUT WHAT THE OTHERS G-O-P CANDIDATES HAD TO SAY ABOUT MITT ROMNEY... AFTER THE BREAK.

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.
STAY UP TO DATE WITH YOUR LOCAL NEWS 24-7 ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT EVERYONE.

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