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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.

A FRIDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TWO TRADITIONAL RIVALS TURNED UGLY.
WARREN COUNTY'S SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS HER FOOTBALL COACH WAS BEATEN WITH A HELMET....AFTER HIS TEAM DEFEATED HANCOCK CENTRAL HIGH FRIDAY.
SHE'S ASKED THE G-B-I TO INVESTIGATE.
JENNIFER MOUILLET WENT TO SPARTA TODAY..AND SHE HAS MORE.
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Superintendent Carol Jean Cary says the Warren County Football team was walking back to the visitor lockeroom after defeating the Hancock Central Bulldogs 21 to 2 when they realized the doors were locked.

She says she doesn't know who started the fight but says a hancock central player hit a warren county player and that's when warren county head coach dave daniels stepped in.

According to carey the hancock central player struch daniels in the head with a helmet

Carol Jean Cary, Superintendent Warren County Schools: " His facial injuries were pretty bad he had surgery on his eye but they were not able to fix his tear duct and then he had some facial surgeries. The bones above and below his eye and over near his ear were crushed sort of looked like cornflakes and they're going to decide what to do about that in the near future but right now they're sort of letting the swelling go down and let him recover from the first two surgeries."

carey says daniels won't coach friday but she says he's ready to move on.
in hancock county jennifer moulliet 13 wmaz eyewitness news.
>> HANCOCK COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON BREAK THIS WEEK.
WE TRIED TO REACH SUPERINTENDENT GWENDOLYN REEVES... THE PRINCIPAL... AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR. THEY COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT.
WE WERE ALSO UNABLE TO REACH TOM DAVIS... THE AGENT IN CHARGE OF THE G-B-I'S MILLEDGEVILLE OFFICE..

A WEAVER MIDDLE SCHOOL EIGHTH GRADER IS CHARGED WTIH TERRORISTIC THREATS...AFTER THE SCHOOL WAS EVACUATED THREE TIMES TODAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
THEY SAY THE 15 YEAR OLD CALLED THE COUNTY 911 CENTER FROM A CELL PHONE DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
THEY TRACED THE PHONE AND HE WAS ARRESTED AT SCHOOL AROUND 2:30 THIS AFTERNOON.
THE STUDENT'S NAME HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED....AND HE'S BEEN TURNED HIM OVER TO JUVENILE AUTHORITIES.

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... AND IN BIBB COUNTY THAT MEANS PEOPLE WILL GET TO VOTE ON A SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.
CANDACE ADORKA JOINS US FROM A MEETING FOR MACON-BIBB WINS... WHICH IS A GROUP ADVOCATING FOR THE SPLOST....
MACON BIBB WINS IS HOLDING A MEET UP WHERE ANYONE CAN DROP BY AND CHAT ABOUT THE PENNY SALES TAX.
ONE ISSUE THAT MAY COME UP IN CONVERSATION IS THE TUBMAN MUSEUM.
IT'S THE ONLY PROJECT LISTED UNDER THE SPLOST THAT'S IFFY.
2-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS OF SPLOST MONEY WOULD GO TO FINISH THE NEW TUBMAN AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM... QUOTE... DEPENDING UPON FEASIBILITY.
THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S ILLEGAL TO USE SPLOST MONEY FOR A PRIVATELY-OWNED ENTITY... LIKE THE TUBMAN.
ONE SOLUTION ON THE TABLE IS TO HAVE THE MACON-BIBB URBAN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY TAKE OVER BOTH TUBMAN BUILDINGS....THE OLD AND NEW.
THE TUBMAN WOULD LEASE THE BUILDINGS... UNTIL THEY PAID BACK SOME OR ALL THE SPLOST MONEY.
THEY'RE NEGOTIATING HOW MUCH OF THAT 2 AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS THEY'D HAVE TO PAY BACK.
ALEX MORRISON... THE AUTHORITY'S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR... SAYS THEY'RE WORKING ON A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE TUBMAN.
IT WOULD SPELL OUT HOW LONG THE LEASE WOULD LAST.... AND HOW MUCH THE TUBMAN WOULD PAY EACH MONTH.
HE SAYS THEY'VE BEEN WORKING ON THE AGREEMENT SINCE EARLY SEPTEMBER... AND THEY HAVE UNTIL NOVEMBER 8TH TO COMPLETE IT.
BUT THAT MEANS PEOPLE VOTING ON THE BIBB COUNTY SPLOST MAY NOT KNOW THE BOTHANKS CANDACE... TTOM LINE ON THE TUBMAN DEAL...UNTIL AFTER THEY VOTE.

IN HOUSTON COUNTY... VOTERS WILL DECIDE THREE WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCIL RACES AND SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTIONS IN CENTERVILLE... PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS.
SEVERAL OTHER CITIES ALSO HAVE MAYORAL RACES ON THE BALLOT... INCLUDING BYRON... DUBLIN... FORSYTH... SPARTA AND WRIGHTSVILLE.
BIBB COUNTY EARLY VOTERS ELLEN AND DAVID CHURCHILL SAY THEY ALWAYS VOTE EARLY TO AVOID THE HASSLE OF LINES AND CHAOS ON ELECTION DAY.
Ellen Churchill "It's a marvelous opportunity vote and vote early and don't stand in line. I'm also going out of town for a week so I thought it was a good opportunity to do it and get it done before I go"
EARLY VOTING ENDS NOVEMBER FOURTH...
ELECTION DAY IS THE EIGHTH.
FOR VOTING HOURS IN YOUR COUNTY...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS.

THANK YOU FRANK.
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DO YOU THINK THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS HAVE A POINT?
SO FAR 48 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... THEY DO.
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OLD JACK-O-LANTERN'S SMILE...MAY NOT BE AS WIDE THIS HALLOWEEN.
THAT'S BECAUSE CENTRAL GEORGIA'S PUMPKINS.....ARE SMALLER THAN IN YEAR'S PAST.
WE WENT TO A LIZELLA PUMPKIN PATCH TODAY...TO FIND OUT WHY.
SOUND: "Right here you see how it would tap on to the gorund and get mostuire out of the drit and this year there was no mosture in the dirt"

PUMPKINS THIS YEAR JUST AREN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE AT ELLIOTT FARMS IN LIZELLA.
DEBRA ELLIOTT SAYS THAT's BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT.

SOUND "see this is were they tap on right here this is here they come in a tap on to the groun and these little roots they abrob the moisture out here in the dirt were in the bed we just water that bed this is were they gett alot of there growth at"

THIS HALLOWEEN SHE SAYS HER PATCH IS COVERED WITH MUCH SMALLER PUMPKINS.

Debra Elliott Co-Owner of Elliott farms "like right now have been seeing about seventeen or 18 pounds usaually we would get up to about 25 pounds, and some larger but this year they just did not get that big'

SHE SAYS FAMILIES USED TO GETTING A NICE..PLUMP PUMPKIN... Will HAVE TO SETTLE FOR ONE THAT'S A LITTLE ON THE LIGHTER SIDE.

Debra Elliott Co-Owner of Elliott farms "The amount is still here but just the very large ones some people like to carve the very large ones the water was not avablie for them this year."

BUT SHE SAYS FOLKS ON THE HUNT FOR THE PERFECT PUMPKIN CAN STILL GET EXCITED ABOUT HER COLORFUL INVENTORY.

Debra: When they see these shapes and sizes and that the ribs are real deep in them, thaty just love them.....They love these better. They are called Georgia Bulldog pumpkins.

THE PRICE OF A PUMPKIN THIS YEAR AT ELLIOTT FARMS....75 CENTS A POUND.
THAT MEANS THEIR BIGGEST PUMPKINS....ABOUT 18 POUNDS....COST ABOUT 13-FIFTY.

HERE'S SOME BREAKING NEWS FROM MONROE COUNTY.
A MAJOR ACCIDENT IS SLOWING TRAFFIC IN BOTH DIRECTIONS ON HIGHWAY 87....THAT'S RIVERSIDE DRIVE....NEAR THE BIBB MONROE LINE
THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS THE TWO-VEHICLE ACCIDENT HAS CLOSED LANES IN BOTH DIRECTIONS.
THERE'S NO WORD ON INJURIES.
DRIVERS SHOULD AVOID THE AREA.

THE BOOKS ARE CLOSED ON ANOTHER YEAR AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR IN PERRY.
THIS WEEK.. VENDORS WILL PACK UP THEIR WARES AND CREWS WILL BE CLEANING UP AFTER TEN DAYS OF RIDES... SHOWS... AND LIVESTOCK COMPETITIONS.
SPOKESWOMAN MICHELE TREPTOW SAYS JUST UNDER 440 THOUSAND PEOPLE ATTENDED THE FAIR THIS YEAR DESPITE SOME RAINY WEATHER.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RANDY MOORE SAID THIS WAS THE THIRD BEST FAIR TURNOUT IN THEIR HISTORY.

AS THE FAMILY GETS READY FOR HALLOWEEN... YOUR FURRY FRIENDS ARE HAVING THEIR SHARE OF THE FUN AS WELL.
HERE'RE SOME OF THE PHOTOS YOU'VE SHARED IN OUR PET PALS GALLERY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
SAVANNAH IS CONSIDERING THIS PINK HAT....
WHILE THESE GUYS ARE ALL READY FOR SOME TRICK OR TREATING.
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...

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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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