Monday, October 17, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A TWO-YEAR-OLD BONAIRE GIRL IS DEAD AFTER HER MOTHER FOUND HER FACE DOWN IN A BATHTUB YESTERDAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY CORONERS.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS THE CHILD'S MOTHER LEFT HER ALONE IN THE BATHTUB BRIEFLY... AND RETURNED TO FIND HER FACE DOWN.
HOUSTON COUNTY CORONER DANNY GALPIN IDENTIFIED THE GIRL AS NELLY FOX.
HE SAYS SHE WAS RECUSCITATED YESTERDAY AND TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
JONES SAYS SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AROUND 4 P-M TODAY.

WARREN COUNTY'S SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT WANTS THE G-B-I TO INVESTIGATE AFTER THEIR HEAD FOOTBALL COACH WAS BEATEN AFTER FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAME IN HANCOCK COUNTY.
SUPERINTENDENT CAROL JEAN CAREY SAYS THE WARREN COUNTY TEAM WAS WALKING TO THEIR LOCKER ROOM WHEN THEY WERE SURROUNDED BY HANCOCK COUNTY PLAYERS.
SHE CLAIMS SOME OF THE HANCOCK PLAYERS STARTED HITTING PEOPLE WITH THEIR HELMETS.
CAREY SAYS COACH DAVE DANIELS STEPPED IN WHEN HE SAW A HANCOCK PLAYER HIT ONE OF HIS PLAYERS.
SHE SAYS THE PLAYER HIT DANIELS IN THE HEAD WITH A HELMET INJURING HIS EYE AND CRUSHING BONES IN HIS FACE.
CAREY SAYS SHE UNDERSTANDS THAT TENSIONS RUN HIGH DURING GAMES... BUT SAYS IT'S NO CAUSE FOR VIOLENCE.
Yeah, this is just something that is most unfortunate. It's totally unacceptable it should never happen. A game is a game. You win, you lose and you shake hands and you, you know go on. But this is just, not acceptable.
CAREY SAID DANIELS UNDERWENT SURGERY EARLY SATURDAY.. AND IS NOW HOME.
HANCOCK COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE ON BREAK THIS WEEK.
WE COULD NOT REACH SUPERINTENDENT GWENDOLYN REEVES.... AND HANCOCK CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL'S PRINCIPAL AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR 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 OVER TO JUVENILE AUTHORITIES.

WARNER ROBINS COULD ONE DAY... GET A WATER PARK AND NEW RECREATION FACILTIES.
CITY COUNCIL VOTED TONIGHT TO PAY ABOUT 37-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A RECREATION MASTER PLAN... AND A STUDY ON THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING A WATER PARK.
LORRA LYNCH EXPLAINS WHY SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS DISAGREED ON THE EXPENSES.
<<nats- talking at podium
16-YEAR-OLD HUNTER FLOYD CAME TO COUNCIL... ASKING THE CITY TO BUILD A SKATE PARK.
nats- "We would like to present options for a public skate park."
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS THAT'S JUST ONE OF THE MANY REQUESTS FOR MORE PARKS... AND IMPROVED RECREATION CENTERS HE'S HEARD.
Chuck Shaheen (13:26) "They want us to hear their voice, whether its a walking park, a doggie park, sports complex, skate board park, water parks."
SHAHEEN AND COUNCIL MEMBER DARON LEE SAY TO BUILD TO THEM... THE CITY NEEDS A MASTER PLAN.
Daron Lee: (8:30) "We need someone to come in that are experts at planning. We don't have that within the city."
A MAJORITY OF COUNCIL AGREED TO PAY 25-THOUSAND DOLLARS... FOR A TEN AND 20 YEAR PLAN FOR PARKS AND REC.
THE ALSO VOTED TO PAY 12-THOUSAND 5-HUNDRED DOLLARS... FOR A SEPERATE SURVEY ON THE POSSIBILITY OF BUILDING A WATER PARK.
nats- (6:01) "Yes sir, we should look at these."
COUNCIL MEMBERS BOB WILBANKS AND JOHN WILLIAMS VOTED AGAINST BOTH EXPENSES.... AFTER HEATED DEBATE BETWEEN LEE AND WILLIAMS OVER WHY THE CITY NEEDS THE STUDIES.
Daron Lee: (3:45) "You don't know anything about strategic planning. I don't know who you know in the community that knows about strategic planning that we want to invest $25,000 in."
John Williams: (5:04) "We have paid for study after study after study. I'll go in the storeroom and show you a stack of studies as high as my head, studies taxpayers paid for we have not implemented. Why are spending more money on studies were not going to implement?"
SHAHEEN SAID THE LONG-TERM PLAN WILL BE PUT INTO ACTION... BUT MADE NO PROMISES ABOUT THE WATER PARK.
HE SAYS THAT SURVEY WILL BE IMPLEMENTED... ONLY IF IT SHOWS A WATER PARK IS A GOOD FIT FOR WARNER ROBINS.
STD>>
ALSO TONIGHT... MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN BROKE A TIE VOTE ON A PROPERTY TAX HIKE.
THE MILLAGE RATE IS NOW SET AT 9-POINT-NINE-NINE MILLS... RAISING TAXES BY 24 DOLLARS A YEAR ON A 100-THOUSAND DOLLAR HOME.
COUNCIL MEMBERS DARON LEE...BOB WILBANKS AND JOHN WILLIAMS VOTED AGAINST THE INCREASE.

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY... WHICH MEANS BIBB COUNTY VOTERS CAN CAST THEIR VOTE IN FAVOR OF... OR AGAINST... A NEW SPECIAL PURPOSE LOCAL OPTION SALES TAX.
PEOPLE IN MACON AND BIBB COUNTY CAME TOGETHER THIS EVENING TO TALK ABOUT THE SPLOST AT AN INFORMAL MEETING HELD BY PRO-SPLOST ADVOCATE GROUP MACON-BIBB WINS.
THEY HAD A BROAD DISCUSSION AND RAISED QUESTIONS... SUCH AS WHETHER FIRE STATIONS WILL CLOSE AS A RESULT OF THE SPLOST... AND ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO PAY FOR SOME OF THE PROJECTS ON THE LIST.
ACCOUNTABILITY WAS A RECURRING THEME... AS PEOPLE WONDERED WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND THE 190-MILLION DOLLARS IN SPLOST FUNDS FAIRLY AND EFFICIENTLY.
George Muhammad: "We really need mor emoney and this is a good way of bringing it in. but the problem also is a lot of past SPLOST have wasted money and really they've not been honest with the way they spend money. And one of the glaring examples is that Houston Ave situation where a road SPLOST passed and it was 13 years before it was paved."
Carol Lystlund: "There's nothing I can complain about here. I just wanna make sure the information we're getting is true and what they say theyre gonna do, they actually follow through and do it and that it will be done in a timely manner."
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAY THEY'LL FORM AN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE TO UPDATE CITIZENS ON HOW THE SPLOST FUNDS ARE BEING SPENT IF IT PASSES.

EARLY VOTING IS UNDERWAY IN OTHER PLACES AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA AS WELL.
IN WARNER ROBINS - VOTERS WILL DECIDE THREE CITY COUNCIL RACES AND SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTIONS IN CENTERVILLE... PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS.
SEVERAL OTHER CITIES 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 EALRY VOTING HOURS IN YOUR COUNTY...CONTACT YOUR LOCAL BOARD OF ELECTIONS OFFICE..

SPONSORS OF MACON'S PROPOSED SMOKING LAW SAY COUNCIL COULD DISCUSS IT AGAIN TOMORROW.
LAST WEEK... COUNCIL'S PUBLIC SAFETY COMITTEE DECIDED NOT TO SEND THE ORDINANCE FOR A FULL COUNCIL VOTE.
THE LAW'S SPONSORS SAY THEY PLAN TO ASK COUNCIL TO VOTE TO DISAGREE WITH THE COMMITTEE AT TOMORROW NIGHT'S MEETING.
IF THAT HAPPENS... IT MEANS THE PROPOSAL WILL LIKELY PASS FULL COUNCIL.
COUNCILMAN LARRY SCHLESINGER SAYS HE THINKS MOST OF THE CITY SUPPORTS THE PROPOSAL... EVEN THOUGH SOME BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE SPOKEN OUT AGAINST IT.
Rabbi Larry Schlesinger: "From the statistics we have the majority of people in and around the city of Macon would like to see a no smoking ordinance passed. So if at first you don't succeed try, try again and that's exactly what we're doing."
THE ORDINANCE WOULD BAN SMOKING IN MANY PUBLIC PLACES...INCLUDING BARS AND RESTAURANTS.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT VETOED THE FIRST VERSION LAST APRIL.
HE SAID THERE WERE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH IT... INCLUDING THE FACT THAT IT RESTRICTED SMOKING IN TOO MANY OUTDOOR PLACES.

TODAY MARKED A MONTH OF THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT.
AND OVER THE WEEKEND - A SMALL GROUP GATHERED IN MACON FOR OCCUPY MACON.
EARLIER TODAY... GREG GEORGE.. DIRECTOR FOR THE CENTER FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AT MACON STATE COLLEGE SAT DOWN WITH US IN THE STUDIO TO CHAT ABOUT THE OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT.
HE SAYS SOME OF THE ECONOMIC MEASURES TAKEN THREE YEARS AGO... WERE CONSIDERED NECESSARY BY MANY ECONOMISTS TO GET THE COUNTRY OUT OF THE RECESSION.
Greg George: "We were facing a very severe crisis, and the measures that were taken ended up getting us out of some of the worst part of the trouble. We knew it would be a long time and that the recovery would extend three, four, even five years. So we can anticipated that people are going to get restless and I think this is what we're seeing."
TO WATCH OUR FULL INTERVIEW WITH GREG GEORGE... JUST VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM... AND LOOK FOR THE VIDEO ON OUR HOMEPAGE.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...
DO YOU THINK THE OCCUPY WALL STREET PROTESTERS HAVE A POINT?
SO FAR 52 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO THEY DON'T AND 48 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES THEY DO..
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

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.
SHE SAID THAT NUMBER WAS DOWN FIVE PERCENT COMPARED TO LAST YEAR'S RECORD ATTENDANCE WHEN THE FAIR ENJOYED TEN DAYS OF PERFECT WEATHER..
TREPTOW SAYS THIS YEAR ATTENDANCE FIGURE RANKED THIRD BEST IN FAIR HISTORY DESPITE FOUR DAYS OF RAINY WEATHER LAST WEEK..
SHE SAID LAST YEAR'S FAIR WAS THE BEST AS FAR AS ATTENDANCE.

IF YOU ARE SHOPING AROUND FOR PUMPKINS YOU MAY NOTICE THAT THE PUMPKINS YOU FIND ARE A LITTLE BIT SMALLER THIS YEAR.
DEBRA ELLIOTT WITH ELLIOTT FARMS SAYS THAT HER PUMPKINS GET WATER FROM AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM AS WELL AS GROUND WATER.
BUT THE LACK OF RAIN THIS YEAR MADE THE GROUND DRYER THAN USUAL AND THAT MEANS SMALLER PUMPKINS.
HOWEVER.... ELLIOTT SAYS THIS YEAR'S CROP IS STILL A GOOD ONE..Debra Elliott Co-Owner of Elliott "The amount is still here but just the very large ones that people like to carve, the very large ones. The water was not available for them this year, like from the grounds."
ELLIOTT SAYS LAST YEAR HER LARGEST PUMPKINS WERE OVER 25 POUNDS.
THIS YEAR SHE SAYS ELLIOTT FARMS PUMPKINS ARE TOPPING OUT AROUND 18 POUNDS.

TONIGHT'S FACEBOOK FAN OF THE DAY IS ANITA SANDEFUR.
ANITA... YOU'LL NEED TO EMAIL FAN OF THE DAY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM TO CLAIM YOUR COFFEE MUG.
JUST THINK OF GETTING INTO THE RUNNING FOR FAN OF THE DAY AS A BUDDY COMEDY.
ONCE YOU LOG ON TO FACEBOOK DOT COM SLASH 13WMAZ... ALL TYPES OF CRAZY THINGS START HAPPENING.
BUT YOU AND YOUR SIDEKICK THE LIKE BUTTON WILL WEATHER IT ALL... AND YOU MIGHT EVEN GET INTO A FEW CONVERSATIONS WHILE YOU'RE AT IT.

THIE BIG QUESTION ON THE MIND OF MOVEIGOERS HEADING INTO THE WEEKEND - COULD FOOTLOOSE KNOCK OUT THE THING WHEN IT CAME TO BOX OFFICE NUMBERS?
FOOTLOOSE MAY HAVE WON OUT OVER CREEPY CREATURES IN THE BATTLE OF THE REMAKES... BUT, FOR ALL ITS FANCY FOOTWORK, IT COULDN'T TRUMP 'REAL STEEL'.
ACCORDING TO STUDIO ESTIMATES SUNDAY, THE HUGH JACKMAN TALE ABOUT MACHINES IN THE BOXING RING TOOK IN 16-POINT-3 MILLION, WHICH MADE IT THE NUMBER ONE MOVIE FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT WEEKEND.
"REAL STEEL" EDGED OUT THE REMAKE "FOOTLOOSE"... WHICH OPENED AT 15-POINT-FIVE MILLION.
"FOOTLOOSE" IS A NEW TAKE ON A 1980'S FLICK ABOUT A YOUNG MAN CHALLENGING A TOWN'S BAN ON DANCING..
AND THE HORROR REMAKE, "THE THING" OPENED AT NUMBER 3...
IT'S THE STORY OF WHAT RESEARCHERS IN ANTARTICA DISCOVERED... BURIED DEEP WITHIN THE ICE.
THAT MOVIE PULLED IN ABOUT 8-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS.
ON A SIDE NOTE... STEVE MARTIN, JACK BLACK, AND OWEN WILSON'S BIRD WATCHING COMEDY, "THE BIG YEAR".. FLOPPED WITH A 3-POINT-3 MILLION OPENING





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