HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
AND I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
EARLY VOTING FOR THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS STARTED THIS WEEK AND THE CANDIDATES VYING FOR THE THREE OPEN POSITIONS... ARE WORKING TO GET VOTERS TO THE POLLS.
TONIGHT... LORRA LYNCH JONES INTRODUCES YOU TO FOUR OF THE FIVE PEOPLE RUNNING FOR THE POST TWO... CITY-WIDE SEAT.
WE WERE UNABLE TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW WITH THE FIFTH... ALTHOUGH WE TRIED FOR A WEEK.
THE CANDIDATES EXPLAINED WHY THEY'RE RUNNING AND THEIR STRATEGY FOR WORKING WELL WITH OTHERS.
THE CANDIDATES COMPETING FOR THE POST 2 SEAT... SAY A VARIETY OF CITY ISSUES CALLED THEM TO RUN FOR OFFICE.
Steve Rigby: (25:10) "With the issues we have in Warner Robins with Robins Air Force Base, I think I can make a difference in base closure and the expansion of the base."
Carolyn Robbins: (3:00) "I'm running because of the image the city was reflecting. I've been in the city for a long time. I worked in the city for a long time. I don't like a negative image of our city."
Alex Talley: (:20) "I felt I was not represented by the people I voted for. This has been a rough year, actually two years. Rather than complain, I thougth I'd step up to the plate."
Tim Thomas: (14:15) "I care about this city. I feel like the employees need to be taken care of, a raise, the taxpayers. I wasn't happy about th tax increase."
DEVELOPER STEVE RIGBY... RETIRED CITY CLERK CAROLYN ROBBINS... RETIRED CITY PURCHASING AGENT ALEX TALLEY AND BUSINESSMAN TIM THOMAS LISTED DIFFERENT PRIORITIES IF ELECTED. ALL STRESSED A DESIRE TO IMPROVE THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CITY LEADERS AND EXPRESSED DISAPOINTMENT WITH THE CURRENT COUNCIL'S TRACK RECORD.
WE ASKED HOW THEY COULD DO IT BETTER.
Tim Thomas: (22:30) "You're going to get a councilman that's up front with you. If I don't agree with you, I'm going to tell you why. I am going to do it respectfully."
Alex Talley: (1:40) "Respect. I think we owe that to each other, to listen to somebody's elses opinion, to know they have a difference of opinion and to respect, but ultimatley to vote your own convictions."
Carolyn Robbins: (3:40) "If we have differences, we don't need to bring them downstairs to the public. We need to settle our differences upstairs at our meetings. You're not always going to have a unanimous vote."
Tim Thomas: (32:30) "If I don't like a council member, I'll leave that at the door when I walk in the chamber. I'll do my job first, which is being a councilman for the city, not for my personal needs."
>> AGAIN... FIFTH CANDIDATE IS JEFFREY WALKER. HE SAYS HE'S A RETIRED PASTOR AND PARA-LEGAL.
THIS IS HIS THIRD RUN FOR A COUNCIL SEAT.
THE CURRENT POST TWO COUNCIL MEMBER... TOM SIMMS JUNIOR IS NOT RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION.
THE GENERAL ELECTION IS NOVEMBER 8TH.
THE GBI SAYS IT'S NOW INVOLVED IN THE INVESTIGATION OF A FRIDAY-NIGHT BRAWL IN HANCOCK COUNTY THAT SEVERELY INJURED A VISITING FOOTBALL COACH.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM GBI SPOKESMAN JOHN BANKHEAD SAYS THEY'LL GET INVOLVED AT THE REQUEST OF HANCOCK COUNTY SHERIFF TOMLYN PRIMUS.
WARREN COUNTY COACH DAVE DANIELS SUFFERED SEVERE FACIAL INJURIES WHEN A HANCOCK PLAYER ALLEGEDLY STRUCK HIM IN THE FACE WITH A HELMET.
HE WENT THROUGH SURGERY LAST WEEK FOR FACE AND EYE INJURIES.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS HE'S BACK AT HOME AND WATCHING FILMS AND HELPING HIS TEAM PREPARE FOR FRIDAY'S GAME.
HANCOCK SHERIFF PRIMUS HAS NOT RETURNED OUR PHONE CALLS.
WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL'S MASCOT.. THE SEMINOLE MAY SOON BE GOING THROUGH SOME CHANGES.
LAST AUGUST.. THE SCHOOL RECEIVED A LETTER FROM A LICENSING COMPANY... ALLEGING THE HIGH SCHOOL WAS INFRINGING ON FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY'S RIGHTS BY USING DESIGNS AND WORD MARKS... LIKE SEMINOLE AND NOLE... WITHOUT A LICENSE.
F-S-U'S LAWYER AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ATTORNEY WROTE UP A SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT.. BUT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS YET TO SIGN OFF ON IT.
THE AGREEMENT STATES... THAT F-S-U HAS THE RIGHTS TO THE WORD AND DESIGN MARKS.
WESTSIDE WOULD HAVE ROYALITY-FREE LICENSE TO REFER TO THEMSELVES AS THE SEMINOLES OR NOLES FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.... BUT WESTSIDE HIGH SCHOOL... OR WESTSIDE WOULD HAVE TO APPEAR NEXT TO THE WORD MARK.
BALDWIN COUNTY NOW HAS MORE THAN A MILLION DOLLARS FOR A PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE WITH MENTAL AND SUSBTANCE ABUSE DISORDERS.
IT'S PART OF A FEDERAL GRANT FOR A BEHAVORIAL HEALTH TREATMENT COURT PROGRAM.
IT'S WHERE A COURT RULES WHETHER A PERSON WHO COMMITTED A CRIME... NEEDS COUNSELING INSTEAD OF JAIL TIME.
OCMULGEE JUDICIAL CIRCUIT SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE... HULANE GEORGE SAYS.... THE PROGRAM COULD SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN JAIL COSTS.
SHE SAYS ABOUT 20 PERCENT OF INMATES AT THE BALDWIN COUNTY JAIL HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES... AND THE PROGRAM GIVES THE GROUP AN ALTERNATIVE.
Judge Hulane George, Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit: "It's and approach and it's basically not at a mental health problem, but really all of the other avenues. And all the other issues that come when you have a mental health slash drug court problem... or drug problem."
BALDWIN COUNTY IS GETTING NEARLY 400 THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE PROGRAM... FOR THREE YEARS.
IT'S ONE OF 11 PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY SELECTED FOR THE GRANT.
TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... HOW SHOULD THE COURTS TREAT NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS?
SO FAR 37 PERCENT OF YOU SAY PRISON SENTENCES
AND 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY TREATMENT AND COUNSELING
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
NEARLY TWO MONTHS AFTER MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT LAID OUT A SWEEPING- ANTI GANG AND YOUTH VIOLENCE AGENDA... HE SAYS HE'S BEEN UNABLE TO IMPLEMENT MANY PARTS OF THE PLAN.
HE SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE THINGS LIKE BEEFING UP THE DARE PROGRAM... AND THE POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE... NEED POLICE OFFICERS TO IMPLEMENT THEM.
BUT CITY COUNCIL HASN'T APPROVED THE THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS HE ASKED FOR.... TO HIRE SIX NEW OFFICERS.
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAID FIRST....THEY WANT MORE SPECIFICS ON EACH OFFICER'S ROLE.
BUT REICHERT SAYS THAT'S A BACKWARD APPROACH.
"A good way to do this would be to hire the people and tell them to develop the programs and then hold them accountable for the results. To me that's the effective way to administer this type program, not to continue to talk it to death trying to hash out what the details are before you ever hire the professionals."
HE SAYS HE'S ALSO STILL TOYING WITH WHETHER TO PROPOSE A STRICTER TEEN CURFEW.
"We keep looking for anecdotal evidence that a curfew law would have helped and in all of the recent homicides, in all of the recent violence the curfew law would have absolutely no appication, wouldn't have changed the outcome one bit."
THAT'S BECAUSE HE SAYS ALL THE SUSPECTS IN THE RECENT RASH OF TEEN SHOOTINGS... WERE EITHER TOO OLD ... OR COMMITTED THE CRIMES OUTSIDE CURFEW HOURS.
BUT THE MAYOR SAYS HE'S STILL CONSIDERING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CURRENT LAW... WHICH SAYS TEENS SIXTEEN AND UNDER MUST BE OFF THE STREETS BY MIDNIGHT.
HE MAY PROPOSE AN EARLIER CURFEW FOR CHILDREN FOURTEEN AND UNDER.
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ISN'T UNTIL 2012... BUT THE FIELD OF REPUBLICAN CONTENDERS IS ALREADY GETTING HEATED.
GEORGIA COLLEGE POLITICAL SCIENTIST CLIF WILKINSON IS JOINING US NOW TO ANALYZE HOW THINGS ARE SHAPING UP... A YEAR BEFORE THE ELECTION.
Tuesday's night's debate got pretty heated. Why do you think that happened?
Does that help or hurt the Republican field and their chances of beating the president?
Some analysts say Mitt Romney is looking like he could be his party's nominee. How does it look to you?
How do you account for the rise of Herman Cain? Do you think he has staying power in the race?
THREE HISTORIC MACON HOMES ARE ON THE MOVE.
THEY'RE HEADED FROM MERCER VILLAGE... TO THE BEALL'S HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ON OGLETHORPE STREET.
BUILT IN THE LATE 1800s... MERCER UNIVERISITY DECIDED TO DONATE THE HOMES.. INSTEAD OF TEARING THEM DOWN TO MAKE WAY FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE LOFTS AT MERCER VILLAGE.
ONCE THEY'RE AT THEIR NEW LOCATION... JENNIFER MAYER WITH THE HISTORIC MACON FOUNDATION SAYS THEY PLAN TO RENOVATE AND SELL THE HOMES.
Jennifer Mayer, :"They're all on the national register of historic places and they all have some very intersting archetectural fesatures and everything like that. they're just wonderful typrs of homes to be restored and they can be preserved for the future."
THE HOMES START THEIR JOURNEY ON SATURDAY AT 7 A-M.
MAYER SAYS THE MOVE SHOULD WRAP UP ON SUNDAY.
ON SATURDAY... MACON POLICE SAY THEY'LL CLOSE MONTPELIER AVENUE.. COLEMAN AVENUE... AND ASH STREET.. FROM MERCER VILLAGE TO ROSS STREET.ROSS WILL ALSO CLOSE.
ON SUNDAY.. ROSS STREET AND PARTS OF OGLETHORPE WILL BE SHUT DOWN...
MACON POLICE SAY YOU AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE..
MANY OF YOU HAVE ASKED US... "WHEN'S TRICK OR TREATING WHERE I LIVE?"
AND WITH HALLOWEEN ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AWAY... WE'RE MAKING A LIST OF THE AREAS HAVING TRICK OR TREAT TIMES.
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