GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.. I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
AMERICAN TROOPS WILL BE HOME FROM IRAQ BY THE END OF THE YEAR.
SPEAKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE THIS AFTERNOON... PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID AFTER NEARLY NINE YEARS... AMERICA'S WAR IN IRAQ WOULD BE OVER AND ALL 40 THOUSAND TROOPS THERE WILL BE HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
"Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq, tens of thousands of them, will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in their support for our troops. That is how America's military efforts in Iraq will end."
LET'S LOOK AT A BRIEF TIMELINE FOR THE IRAQ WAR....
The bombing of Baghdad began on March 20, 2003. Grounds troops also moved in, beginning an occupation that would last for years.
Two and a half months later, President Bush took to the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln and announced "mission accomplished".
In December 2003, forces captured Saddam Hussein. He would be hanged three years later.
In April of 2004, images from the Abu Ghraib prison show US troops torturing and abusing Iraqi prisoners.
December 2005... President Bush says the decision to invade Iraq was the result of faulty intelligence, but maintains the decision was justified.
In January 2007, President Bush announces the surge ... 20,000 more troops will be heading to Iraq.
Two years ago IN JANUARY 2009, the U-S hands of control of the Green Zone to the Iraqis. That same month, the US embassy opens in Baghdad.
LAST AUGUST, President Obama announced the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, which is the end of combat operations.
And today, he announced all US troops will be out of Iraq by the end of the year.
AFTER THE PRESIDENT'S STATEMENT... THE WHITE HOUSE'S DEPUTY SECURITY ADVISOR SAID IRAQ IS SECURE... STABLE... AND SELF-RELIANT.
When the president laid out a vision for the future of Iraq in February 2009 down in Camp Lejeune, many of you were there, he said what we're looking for is an Iraq that's secure, stable and self- reliant, and that's exactly what we got here. So there's no question this is a success.
UNDER A DEAL STRUCK BETWEEN THE U.S. AND IRAQ IN 2008 WHEN GEORGE W. BUSH WAS PRESIDENT... ALL TROOPS WERE TO LEAVE IRAQ BY THE END OF 2011.
A WARNER ROBINS WOMAN IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT LATE THIS AFTERNOON.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO WARNER ROBINS POLICE SPOKESWOMAN TABITHA PUGH.
SHE SAYS 56-YEAR-OLD BARBARA SAUNDERS WAS WALKING ACROSS NORTH DAVIS DRIVE AROUND 5:30 WHEN SHE WAS HIT BY A CAR DRIVEN BY 40-YEAR-OLD MARY MONTGOMERY.
PUGH SAYS SAUNDERS IS IN CRITICAL CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA.
PUGH SAYS THE DEPARTMENT IS STILL INVESTIGATING.
ONE MONTH AFTER EIGHT MACON-BIBB FIREFIGHTERS FOUND OUT THEIR PUNISHMENTS FOLLOWING A ROOKIE HAZING STUNT... MORE THAN HALF HAVE FILED APPEALS.
ONE OF THEM... SERGEANT JOSH BREWER SAYS HE SUPPLIED THE CAMERA FOR THE HOAX.
BREWER SAYS IF THE PUNISHMENT STAYS... IT COULD TAKE HIM FOUR YEARS TO GET BACK TO HIS CURRENT POSITION... AND OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER... IT COULD COST HIM 24 TO 26 GRAND.
Josh Brewer: "You know, I put a lot of hard work and a lot of hard effort into getting where I was as quickly as I had. You know, it's pretty demoralizing for to be demoted and for as hard as I've worked to get it over something like this."
BREWER AND FIREFIGHTER CHRIS HUGHES... WHO LOST HIS JOB BECAUSE OF THE INCIDENT... HAVE HEARINGS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 14TH.
THE OTHER THREE FIREFIGHTERS WHO FILED FOR APPEALS... SAY THEY HAVEN'T BEEN GIVEN A HEARING DATE YET.
WARNER ROBINS CITY COUNCILMAN JOHN WILLIAMS SAYS HE'S NOT RESIGNING... AND EXPECTS TO BE FOUND INNOCENT OF EXTORTION CHARGES.
A FEDERAL INDICTMENT ACCUSES WILLIAMS OF TRYING TO TAKE A 17 HUNDRED DOLLAR COMMISSION ON A CAR PURCHASE BY THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
HERE HE'S LEAVING COURT AFTER TUESDAY'S HEARING.. WHEN HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO EXTORTION, FALSE STATEMENTS AND WITNESS TAMPERING.
YESTERDAY.... WE ASKED HIM TO RESPOND TO RUMORS THAT HE MIGHT RESIGN.
BY TEXT MESSAGE.... WILLIAMS SAID HE'S STAYING IN THE RACE.
HE WROTE...IN PART..."I HAVE DONE NOTHING TO RESIGN.....THE TRUTH OF INNOCENCE WILL PREVAIL.
IN THIS CASE... I WILL BE FOUND COMPLETELY INNOCENT."
HE FACES TWO CHALLENGERS FOR HIS POST 6 SEAT IN THE NOVEMBER EIGHTH CITY ELECTION.
MORE BIBB COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOLERS COULD BE COLLEGE-BOUND... THANKS TO A 2-POINT-8 MILLION DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT.
THE GEAR UP GRANT WILL PAY FOR SERVICES AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 36-HUNDRED SIXTH AND SEVENTH GRADERS IN THE DISTRICT.
THE SERVICES WILL INCLUDE TUTORING... SATURDAY AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES AND COLLEGE VISITS.
THE DISTRICT WOULD HAVE TO SHOW ITS PROGRESS WITH THE PROGRAM IN ORDER TO RECEIVE MORE MONEY EACH YEAR.
OVER THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS... THE SYSTEM COULD RECEIVE MORE THAN 19 MILLION DOLLARS.
THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SAYS THE GOAL IS TO LEARN FROM THE PROGRAM.
"What we're hooping is that what we learn through the implementation of this grant is something that we might be able to continue to replicate in years beyond that."
BIBB COUNTY WAS THE ONLY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE TO RECEIVE THE GRANT.
THE DISTRICT HASN'T DECIDED YET HOW TO PICK STUDENTS TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAM.
TWO BUTTS COUNTY MEN ARE LIVING THEIR DREAM...OF STARTING UP AN OLD-FASHIONED SOUTHERN DISTILLERY.
WE WENT TO THEIR NEW MLLEDGVILLE PLANT TO SEE WHY THEY SAY THEY'VE GOT MOONSHINE IN THEIR BLOOD.
A SECRET RECIPE SIMMERS TOGETHER IN THIS LARGE VAT.
sot: We're actually making moonshine from a multi-generational recipe that people have made sitting on a creek, selling it illegal. This is the same recipe. This is authentic moonshine.
THE FINISHED PRODUCT WILL FILL THESE GLASS CONTAINERS AND THEN SHIP OFF. IT'S THE FIRST LARGE ORDER HERE AT THE GEORGIA DISTILLING COMPANY IN MILLEDGEVILLE.
sot: We're making a moonshine and a vodka for country music singer Colt Ford.
CO-OWNER SHAWN HALL SAYS HE AND HIS PARTNER BILL MAULDIN HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF BOOTLEGGERS.
sot: Moonshine is a name given to an untaxed paid spirit. It was made under the light of the moon.
THAT FAMILY HISTORY.... NOW BOTTLED UP HE SAYS.... IS A WINNER WITH CUSTOMERS.
sot: This is a genuine as it gets and the feedback that we've had has been really great because people taste it and say, "How can you do this legally?" It's legal! We're paying taxes on every bit of this stuff but we're just making an authetic moonshine but it's legal.
THE TWO PARTNERS ARE NEIGHBORS IN BUTTS COUNTY. THEY STARTED PLANNING TWO YEARS AGO....FIRST LOOKING IN JACKSON....THEN IN JONES COUNTY....AND FINALLY LANDING IN MILLEDGEVILLE. NOW HE SAYS THEIR FOCUS IS KEEPING UP WITH DEMAND.
sot: We're still getting equipment piped in and everything up to speed. We need our cookers up for that. As soon as we can we are bringing cookers online to start cooking grain and producing our brown spirits, single malt rise and bourbon.
HALL SAYS THEY'RE NOW DISTRIBUTING THEIR PRODUCTS IN GEORGIA AND TENNESSEE...AND HOPE SOON TO SHIP TO STATES AROUND THE SOUTHEAST....AND BEYOND.
TOMORROW... YOU CAN HELP A WARNER ROBINS SECOND-GRADER WITH A BIG MISSION... JUST BY BUYING A SMALL CUP OF LEMONADE.
ANNABELLE BALDUCCI WILL SET UP A STAND AT THE SACRED HEART CATHOLIC SCHOOL'S FALL FESTIVAL.
SHE TALKED WITH LORRA LYNCH JONES AND EXPLAINED WHY ALL THE MONEY WILL GO TO THE ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL... IN TONIGHT'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.
<<nats- setting up roof
FORGET A TABLE AND POSTER BOARD...
COMPARED TO THAT... ANNABELLE BALDUCCI'S LEMONADE STAND LOOKS LIKE THE TAJ MAHAL.
(:5) Back here is mainly pink and yellow."
SHE PICKED OUT THE COLORS.
(:37) "Over here is picture of my sisters."
HER PAINTING IS THERE TOO.
IT ALL CAME ABOUT.. SIMPLY BECAUSE ANNABELLE WANTED TO CUT HER HAIR TO LOOK LIKE HER BABY SISTER'S.
Annabelle: (1:20) "All I said was, mommy, can I cut my hair, so I can be like Sammy? She let me do it."
MOM SUGGESTED SHE GIVE THE HAIR TO LOCKS OF LOVE.
Annabelle: (1:05) "This is my locks of love bear I got from Santa when I cut my hair."
THE GIVING SPIRIT GREW...
nats- pouring lemonade
INTO ANNABELLE'S DESIRE TO GIVE MORE BY SELLING LEMONADE AT HER OWN STAND.
Maria Balducci: (11:50) "I said well, go talk to Ms. Erwin, the principal and see if she will let you have it at the fall festival. I said, I will go with you. Annabelle, being Annabelle went by herself and asked Ms. Erwin."
OTHER STUDENTS AT SACRED HEARD WANTED TO HELP.
Max Merritt: (7:50) "I always wanted a lemonade stand outside in my front yard so I could just get money, but I never was going to raise money and give it to someone."
NOW MAX MERRITT IS SELLING ADVANCED TICKETS ... 200-DOLLARS SO FAR.
ANNABELLE SET HER GOAL AT 3-THOUSAND.
Annabelle: (2:45) "It's about raising money for kids at St. Jude to help find a better medecine to help kids get better."
THAT SWEETNESS... PLUS LEMONADE WILL BE ON SALE SATURDAY.
>> THE SACRED HEART FALL FESTIVAL IS TOMORROW FROM 9 A-M UNTIL 5 P-M. AT THE SCHOOL ON SOUTH DAVIS DRIVE IN WARNER ROBINS.
A SMALL CUP OF LEMONADE COSTS A DOLLAR... AND FOR TWO DOLLARS... YOU CAN GRAB A LARGE CUP.
ALSO TOMORROW... VOLUNTEERS NATIONWIDE WILL WORK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE... BY VOLUNTEERING THEIR TIME.
IT'S PART OF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY... AND YOU CAN TAKE PART IN EVENTS RIGHT HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA.
MERCER UNIVERSITY'S DELTA SIGMA PI CHAPTER WILL COLLECT GREETING CARDS FOR ANY OCCASION.
THE GROUP WILL DONATE THE CARDS TO ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN HOSPITAL.
TO DONATE... SEE ANY MEMBER OF DELTA SIGMA PI AT MERCER.
ALSO IN MACON.. VOLUNTEERS WILL COLLECT AND SORT CHILDREN AND TEEN SIZE COATS
THE COAST WILL BE GIVEN OUT ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK WITH THE YOUTH AND HOMELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS.
FOR INFORMATION CALL CALL 478-742-6677. AGAIN THAT NUMBER 742-6677.
THE MACON DONOR CENTER IS ASKING VOLUNTEERS TO DONATE BLOOD TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS.
YOU CAN VISIT THEIR LOCATION AT 37-55 BLOOMFIELD ROAD IN MACON TO GIVE BLOOD AND MAKE A DIFFRENCE.
AND "CREATE THE GOOD" BY A-A-R-P NEEDS VOLUNTEERS TO LEAD AN EXCERSICE CLASS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS AT A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES TO AN HOUR.
YOU CAN CALL 478-722-9963 FOR INFORMATION. THAT NUMBER AGAIN 722-9963.
FOR EVENTS HAPPENING IN YOUR AREA... VISIT THE MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY WEBSITE AT MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY DOT COM.
AND ONCE YOU'RE DONE VOLUNTEERING... YOU CAN HEAD TO DOWNTOWN MILLEDGEVILLE... TO CHECK OUT THE DEEP ROOTS FESTIVAL.
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THE ANNUAL EVENT... ONCE KNOWN AS THE SWEETWATER FESTIVAL... KICKS OFF AT 10 A-M... AND THINGS WILL BE ROCKING UNTIL MIDNIGHT.
FESTIVALGOERS CAN CHECK OUT A CAR SHOW... ARTS AND CRAFTS... A BARBECUE COMPETITION... AND LIVE MUSIC.
FIVE DOLLARS WILL GET YOU INSIDE BEFORE 5 P-M... AFTER THAT... ADMISSION IS 15 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR MILLEDGEVILLE "WHERE YOU LIVE" PAGE OR CALL 478-414-4014.
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THE WEEKEND IS HERE... AND IF YOU'RE PLANNING A DINNER OUT... YOU MAY WANT TO SEE HOW YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS DID... WHEN THE HEALTH INSPECTOR DROPPED IN.
AMY AUBERT HAS WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS...
<<WE'RE BACK IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES FIRST....CHECKERS AT 1-13 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS GOT AN 80... THAT'S A "B".... COMING AFTER AN 88... ANOTHER "B" LAST TIME.
PIZZA HUT AT 6-70 LAKE JOY ROAD IN KATHLEEN SCORED AN 85... A "B"... FOLLOWING A 99... OR "A" ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
SUBWAY AT 600 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS ALSO GOT AN 85... COMING AFTER A 94... OR "A" LAST TIME.
AND ZAXBY'S AT 29-31 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS... GOT A 79... A "C"... COMING AFETR A 95... OR "A"... ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER...
DUNKIN DONUTS AT 866 HIGHWAY 96 IN WARNER ROBINS... SERVED UP A PERFECT 100... AFTER SCORING AN 84... A "B"... LAST TIME.
MCCALL'S TASTES TO REMEMBER AT 10-01 WATSON BOULEVARD IN WARNER ROBINS ALSO WHIPPED UP A PERFECT 100... FOLLOWING A 96... OR "A" ON THE INSPECTION BEFORE.
AND SUBWAY AT 49-93 RUSSELL PARKWAY IN WARNER ROBINS SERVED UP A 100... COMING AFTER A 92... AN "A"... LAST TIME.
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS...
MCCALL'S TASTES TO REMEMBER IN WARNER ROBINS... WITH A FIVE-SCORE-AVERAGE OF A 97.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE OF AT MCCALL'S... JOIN US AGAIN NEXT FRIDAY FOR MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS... AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>> FOR ALL YOUR BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
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