Saturday, October 22, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BRITTINY BARBER.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

OUR TOP STORY TONIGHT... THREE HOUSES IN MACON ARE LITERALLY ON THE MOVE... AND THEY'RE ROUTE MAY EFFECT YOUR MORNING DRIVE TOMORROW.

THE HISTORIC HOMES SAT ON COLEMAN AVENUE FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY.
BUT TODAY... THEY RODE SLOWLY AROUND TATTNAL SQUARE PARK... ON THE WAY TO THEIR NEW HOME ON OGLETHORPE STREET....
THE HISTORIC MACON FOUNDATION AND MERCER UNIVERSITY PARTNERED TO MOVE THE HOUSES.... INSTEAD OF DEMOLISHING THEM... TO MAKE ROOM FOR PHASE TWO OF THE LOFTS AT MERCER VILLAGE...
THEY PLAN TO RESTORE AND SELL THEM ONCE THEIR AT THEIR NEW LOCATION....
BOWDEN TEMPLETON SAYS HE LIVES JUST AROUND THE CORNER FROM WHERE THE HOUSES ARE MOVING....
AND HE SAYS HE CAME OUT THIS MORNING TO SEE THE SPECTACLE....

"Most of us have never seen sienthing like this and houses arent supposed to be on wheels moving so it doen't make sense in many ways and theres also for me the engineering feat of itwhich i just think is kinda fascinating that you can pick a house up and pput it on wheels and move it."

THE HOMES WILL STAY PARKED ON ROSS STREET TONIGHT... AND THEY'LL FINISH THE MOVE TOMORROW MORNING.

MACON POLICE SAY.. ROSS STREET AND PARTS OF OGLETHROPE WILL BE SHUT DOWN.
THEY ASK THAT YOU AVOID THE AREA IF POSSIBLE.

AFTER FIVE WEEKS.. THE NATIONAL OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT IS SHOWING NO SIGNS OF SLOWING DOWN.
EARLIER TODAY GROUP OF DEMONSTRATORS CAME OUT FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF MACON'S VERSION OF THE RALLY.

OCCUPY MACON GATHERED FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST SATURDAY... AND TODAY THE GROUP PLANNED TO MARCH TO DOWNTOWN BANKS....
THEY HELD UP SIGNS PROTESTING BANK FEES... AND ASKING PEOPLE TO HONK IF THEY KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS A JOB...
NATHAN (BOO-SHAR) BOUCHARD SAYS HE DROVE DOWN FROM GRIFFIN WHICH.... IS JUST SOUTH OF ATLANTA... TO PROTEST CORPORATE GREED....

"What the banks have done over the past five, ten years and going before that, have just been a horrible thing or this country. And we're seeing overseas, we're seeing in Greece, we're seeing in Spain, we're seeing for the European Union right now, it's just been a terrible thing, a global thing."

THE GROUP PLANS TO COME OUT AND DEMONSTRATE NEXT WEEKEND AS WELL....
THEY SAY THEY ALREADY HAVE A PERMIT FROM PARKS AND RECREATION.

ABOUT 100 PEOPLE CAME TOGETHER THIS MORNING....TO HONOR ROBERT (PEL-LE-SEAR) PELISSIER.
A MACON MAN WHO DIED IN A PLANE CRASH IN AUGUST.

FOLKS GATHERED AT THE WARNER ROBINS AIR PARK ESTATES... ACROSS FROM HOUSTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL... FOR A FLAG POLE AND PLAQUE DEDICATION CEREMONY....
(PEL-LE-SEAR'S) PELISSIER'S DAUGHTERS READ A BIBLE VERSE DURING THE CEREMONY.
THEY ALSO RELEASED BALLONS TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE.

CHAPTER 38 OF THE EXPERIEMNTAL AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATON HOSTED THE CEREMONY.
(PEL-LE-SEAR) WAS A MEMBER OF THAT GROUP...

SOME FOLKS IN WARNER ROBINS HELPED THEIR COMMUNITY.... BY CLEANING UP EVERYTHING FROM PLASTIC BOTTLES TO RUSTY BIKES..

THEY'RE PART OF A GROUP CALLED "KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL"... AND THATS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WORKED TO DO...
KIDS AND ADULTS ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES TO CLEAN UP... AROUND BAY GALL CREEK....
THEY FILLED OVER 50 BAGS WITH TRASH....
SOME OF THE VOLUNTEERS WERE SURPRISED BY HOW JUST MUCH THEY PICKED UP.

"My thoughts and purpose, is to come out here and clean up the community a little bit. With all the trash out here, the wild animals can get into all the trash and eat it and get caught up in it. And it can kill our wild life.

KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL HOSTS EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR... INCLUDING A CHRISTMAS TREE GIVEAWAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS.

FAMILIES OF CHILDREN BORN PREMATURE AND THE DOCTORS THAT HELPED NURSE THEM BACK TO HEALTH... MET TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE YOUNG LIVES...

IT WAS THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA'S ANNUAL PREMIE PARTY.
THE EVENT GIVES THE HOSPITAL STAFF A CHANCE TO SEE HOW THE BABIES ARE THRIVING... AND THE PARENTS A CHANCE TO SAY THANK YOU...
THIS YEAR'S PARTY HAD A SUPER HERO THEME....
THE KIDS GOT TO TAKE PICTURE WITH THEIR FAVORITE COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS... PLAY MUSIC... AND DO SOME PAINTING.
KRISTIE RUSS SAYS THE EVENT WAS WELL WORTH THE DRIVE FROM VALDOSTA.

"We don't get to see th enurses very often, and we made such wonderful relationships with them, and with doctor rodriguez and also we met a lot of friends up here but we dont get to see em very often, so this was justa good pportunity for us to drive up and see em."

DOCTOR MITCH RODRIGUEZ SAYS OUT OF THE 650 BABIES ADMITTED TO INTENSIVE CARE EACH YEAR... 45 PERCENT ARE BORN VERY PREMATURE... AND 3 TO 6 PERCENT ARE EXTREEMELY PREMATURE... MEANING THEY ONLY WEIGH ABOUT A POUND.

 

TONIGHT... CLEAR WITH LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S.
SUNDAY... SUNNY WITH HIGHS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 70S.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH LOWS NEAR 40.

THANKS FOR THAT LOOK AT THE FORECAST. WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN IN A FEW MINUTES FOR AN EXTENDED OUTLOOK.

THE WEATHER TURNED OUT GREAT.. AS MUSIC AND GAMES FILLED HENDRICKS PARK IN JEFFERSONVILLE ... FOR THE THIRD ANNUAL PIONEER DAYS FESTIVAL.

IT HELPS RAISE MONEY FOR THE TWIGGS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE....
ORGANIZERS HAD TO CANCEL THE FESTIVALS FISHING TOURNAMENT BECAUSE OF LOW WATER LEVELS... BUT THEY DIDN'T LET THE STOP THE DRY FUN....
A 3-D ARCHERY TOURNAMENT FOR KIDS... DEBUED THIS YEAR INSTEAD...
FOLKS ALSO BATTLED IT OUT IN A CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT... SPONSORED BY THE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT....
ORGANIZERS SAY THE FESTIVAL IS A GREAT WAY TO BRING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR SOME FUN....

" It's very important to bring your family together. And we all can fellowship together, eat together, and play all kinds of games together, and all that good stuff".

ALSO AT THE FESTIVAL.. A CAR SHOW AND A LARGEST BUCK HUNTING COMPETITION.

LET'S CHECK OUT SOME OF YOUR PICTURES... THESE PHOTOS ARE FROM OUR PET PALS GALLERY.

THIS PHOTO IS OF LUCY ALL DRESSED UP AND READY FOR TRICK OR TREATING.

THIS PHOTO IS FROM TERESA CARROLL...HER DOG SHOOTER CELEBRATES HIS 3RD BIRTHDAY AND CANT WAIT TO SHARE HIS TREATS WITH HIS PAL DALLAS.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE...
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LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER
TONIGHT... CLEAR WITH LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S.
SUNDAY... SUNNY WITH HIGHS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 70S.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH LOWS NEAR 40.

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