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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.

VOTERS IN ALL THREE HOUSTON COUNTY CITIES WILL DECIDE ON NOVEMBER 8TH IF THEY WANT SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES.
IN ALL THREE CITIES.. THEY'LL BE ASKED IF PACKAGE SALES OF BEER... WINE AND LIQUOR SHOULD BE ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS... BETWEEN 12-30 P-M AND 11-30 P-M.
IN PERRY AND WARNER ROBINS... VOTERS WILL ALSO DECIDE IF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES SHOULD BE SOLD BY THE DRINK ON SUNDAYS.
IN CENTERVILLE... RESTAURANTS CAN ALREADY DO THAT.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TALKED WITH PEOPLE IN PERRY... ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE.
<<nats- frying tomatoes
ORDERS OF FRIED GREEN TOMATOES... MAKE-UP A BIG PORTION OF THE PROFITS AT PERRY'S SWANSON RESTAURANT.
nats- owner
OWNER KIM SHERIDAN SAYS BEER AND WINE... NOT SO MUCH.
Kim Sheridan: (28:00) "Alcohol is a very small portion of our sales."
BUT THAT'S NOT STOPPING HER FROM COOKING-UP SUPPORT FOR THE SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTIONS.
Kim Sheridan: (28:40) "I do think it will have a large impact for other restaurants, especially those closer to the interstate, or those who are going after the convention business."
nats- Cosey
DAVIS COSEY OWNS FIVE PERRY CONVENIENCE STORES.
Davis Cosey: (33:00) "The prospect of becoming an island of inconvenience to both the traveling public, the folks staying in our hotels, would not be a good thing for Perry."
HE SAYS SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES WOULD BE... ESTIMATING THEY WOULD RAISE OVERALL SALES 12 PERCENT... AND GENERATE AN ADDITIONAL 65-THOUSAND IN TAX DOLLARS ANNUALLY.
nats- liquor
KIPALA PATEL AT SQUIRE PACKAGE STORE DOESN'T WANT THE ADDED BUSINESS.
Kipala Patel: (52:29) "I don't like to open the liquor store on Sunday.
SHE SAYS THAT'S HER FAMILY'S DAY TO WORSHIP AND REST.
Kapila Patel: (52:40) "We always spend Sunday at the temple."
THEY WORK THE OTHER SIX DAYS...
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SHE SAYS IF THE VOTE PASSES... THEY LIKELY WON'T OPEN SUNDAYS... BECAUSE HER OTHER EMPLOYEES...
Kapila Patel: (53:10) "I don't think they are willing to work on Sunday either."
STD.>>

97 COUNTIES AND CITIES ARE SET TO HOLD SUNDAY SALES REFERENDUMS.
IN CENTRAL GEORGIA THAT INCLUDES WARNER ROBINS... PERRY... CENTERVILLE... BYRON..... MACON... AND UNINCORPORATED BIBB COUNTY.
ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH.

A MACON MAN WAS SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON TODAY FOR SELLING JET PARTS TO IRAN.
MICHAEL TODD WAS ALSO FINED 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND ORDERED TO SURRENDER MORE THAN 160 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PROPERTY IN RESTITUTION ACCORDING TO U.S. ATTORNEY MICHAEL MOORE.
TODD WAS SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS' PROBATION.
IN JUNE... FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAID HE WAS PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL RING THAT SUPPLIED PARTS FOR FIGHTER JETS AND ATTACK HELICOPTERS.
THAT'S A VIOLATION OF THE U.S. TRADE EMBARGO AGAINST IRAN.
TODD ALLEGEDLY BOUGHT AND SOLD PARTS THROUGH HIS BUSINESS.. THE PARTS GUY... FORMERLY BASED AT MIDDLE GEORGIA REGIONAL AIRPORT.
MOORE SAID TODD PLEADED GUILTY IN MAY.

ONE OF THE LARGEST KROGER IN THE STATE TODAY OPENED ITS DOORS TO HUNDREDS OF CUSTOMERS... IN BALDWIN COUNTY.
BUT FOR SHOPPERS... THE MEGA GROCERY STORE MEANS MORE TO THE COMMUNITY THAN GOOD DEALS.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... SOME HOPE THE SUPERMARKET BRINGS MORE THAN BARGAIN HUNTERS TO NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY.
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Nats, drums

WEDNESDAY... THE KROGER GROCERY CHAIN ... DRUMMED UP HUNDREDS OF DEAL HUNGRY SHOPPERS... IN ONE OF ITS BIGGEST STORES IN GEORGIA.

Nats, cart

BUT LOCALS FROM BALDWIN AND PUTNAM COUNTIES... SAY THEY'RE HOPING MORE BUSINESSES COME TO TOWN...AND ADD TO THEIR SHOPPING LISTS.

Nats: "Parmesian cheese should be around here somewhere..."

DONNA BECKUM TAKES HER MOTHER SHOPPING ONCE A WEEK....

Nats, shopping

...AND SAYS SHE'S HOPING THE MEGA STORE... RAKES IN DEAL SEEKERS FROM ALL OVER.

Donna Beckum, Baldwin County: "Anything that can be influxed into a community is always better, especially in this day and age."

BALDWIN DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR ANGIE GHEESLING SAYS IT'S A FRESH START... TO BUILDING UP THE NORTH END OF THE COUNTY.

Angie Gheesling, Development Director: "I think growth in this area will now begin to take on what we envisioned 20 years ago."

GHEESLING SAYS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO... THEY GOT FUNDING TO LAY SEWAGE LINES TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT.

Nats, cars

FINGERS CROSSED... SHE SAYS... THAT COMPANIES WOULD BUILD.

Angie Gheesling: "It took vision and it took really leaping out there and making an investment that we knew that the community knew you might not see a return for a while."

Nat, scan

THE FIRST DEVELOPMENT... CAME THROUGH KROGER....AND SOME HOPE BRINGING IN SHOPPERS... WILL GET OTHER BUSINESSES ON BOARD.

Kristin Proper, Putnam County: "We have friends that even live toward Lake Oconee and they come down to the Kroger when it was in the old store."

SO THEY SAY BARGAIN HUNTERS COMING FROM NEAR AND FAR...

Nat

COULD FILL JOBS AND DEVELOPMENT... FOR NORTH BALDWIN COUNTY.

Nat, cart away

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>
THE 93 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT STORE FEATURES A DRIVE-THRU PHARMACY... EAT-IN AREA... AND KROGER'S LARGEST FUEL CENTER IN THE STATE.
THE FUEL CENTER... JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM LAKE SINCLAIR... IS DESIGNED WITH ENOUGH ROOM FOR PEOPLE TO FILL UP TOWING BOATS.
KROGER FILLED 150 NEW POSITIONS AT THE STORE.

A BLECKELY COUNTY MAN FACES MURDER CHARGES AFTER AN EARLY MORNING SHOOTING IN COCHRAN.
TODD LOWRY WITH THE G-B-I- SAYS ...
31-YEAR-OLD TERRY BLUE IS SUSPECTED OF SHOOTING 20-YEAR-OLD SADAVIAN BENT.
COCHRAN POLICE CHIEF JIM SANDERS SAYS THE SHOOTING HAPPENED JUST BEFORE 2 A-M IN THE HAPPY HILL HOMES AREA... NEAR JOHNSON STREET.
SANDERS SAYS IT'S A COCHRAN HOUSING AUTHORITY COMPLEX.
BIBB COUNTY CORONER LEON JONES SAYS DENT DIED AROUND 5-30 THIS MORNING IN THE OPERATING ROOM AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA... FROM GUNSHOT WOUNDS.
THE G-B-I IS INVESTIGATING.

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL IS IN THE AUGUSTA BURN CENTER AFTER A COOKING ACCIDENT IN MACON LAST NIGHT.
ACCORDING TO A MACON POLICE REPORT... THE GIRL'S FAMILY WAS FRYING CHICKEN IN A ROOM AT THE MACON INN ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE.
THE REPORT SAYS THE GIRL'S MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE OUT OF THE ROOM WHEN THE GIRL KNOCKED OVER SOME GREASE.
SHE SUFFERED SECOND DEGREE BURNS ON MUCH OF HER BODY.

ONE AGENCY AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE HAS SHIPPED MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF MILITARY SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT...AROUND THE GLOBE.
TODAY...WARNER ROBINS' DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY CELEBRATED ITS SUCCESS OF CONSOLIDATING AND TRANSFERING
IT WAS CREATED AT ROBINS AFTER THE 2005 BASE REALIGNMENT.
THE ORGANIZATION WORKS AS A DISTRIBUTION CENTER TO RECEIVE, STORE AND SHIP SUPPLIES.
SOME OF THAT GOES TO SUPPORT TROOPS IN SOUTHWEST ASIA.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR DEBRA MCBEATH SAYS MORE SUPPLY AND DEMAND HAVE KEPT THEM BUSY.
We have gotten tremendous feedback from headquarters in D.C. our customer.
We have cut delivery time by three days. There was a severe backlog. There was a three month backlog.
MCBEATH SAYS THE CCP NOT ONLY FACILITATED AN INFLUX OF MATERIAL FROM OTHER DEFENSE LOGISTIC AGENCIES... IT INCREASED THE VOLUME OF MATERIALS IT CAN HANDLE AND SHIP OVERSEAS.

IN A LITTLE LESS THAN TWELVE HOURS FROM NOW.. CHICK-FIL-A LOVERS CAN CHECK OUT A NEW RESTAURANT ON BASS ROAD IN BIBB COUNTY.
BUT A HUNDRED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THERE ALL DAY.. AND WILL STAY THERE UNTIL TOMORROW'S SIX A-M GRAND OPENING.
RANDALL SAVAGE TALKED WITH SOME OF THE CAMPERS.
<<THE OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING OF THIS CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT IS SCHEDULED FOR SIX A-M THURSDAY.. AIMEE LASHLEY.. CHICK-FIL-A'S MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR CENTRAL GEORGIA.. SAYS THIS WILL BE THEIR FIFTH RESTAURANT IN BIBB COUNTY.
IN ADDITION TO HER MARKETING DUTIES.. LASHLEY'S STAYED BUSY KEEPING THE ONE HUNDRED EARLY GUESTS OCCUPIED DURING THE TWENTY-FOUR HOURS BEFORE THE GRAND OPENING.
LASHLEY SAYS THE FIRST HUNDRED CUSTOMERS WILL GET REWARDED.
Aimee Lashley, Area Marketing Director: They're going to get free Chick-fil-A's for a year. So what that entails is 52 combo meals. They can use one a week and that's 52 and works out to one a week for a year.
ATLANTA RESIDENT DOUG MILLER AND HIS WIFE MADE THE FIRST 100 GUEST LIST AT EIGHT OUT OF NINE CHICK-FIL-A GRAND OPENINGS.. EARNING THEM STEADY DIETS OF FREE CHICK-FIL-A FOR FOUR YEARS.. AMONG HIS FAVORITE FOODS...
Doug Miller, Chick-Fil-A Lover: Chick-fil-A and Chick-fil-A salads. Mostly a lot of Chick-fil-A.
STEPHEN STAPLES OF CLAYTON COUNTY GAVE ONE REASON FOR CRACKING THE FIRST 100 LIST.
Stephen Staples, Wants Sandwiches: Might be cause I missed so many meals, man.
MOLLY ANDREWS OF BARNESVILLE PLANS TO MARRY ON NOVEMBER 5TH.. SO SHE AND THREE FRIENDS HELD A BACHELORETTE PARTY AND MADE WEDDING PREPARATIONS WHILE WAITING ON THE FREE SANDWICHES..
Molly Andrews, Bride-To-Be: We're folding coffee filters to make puff balls for wedding decorations.
ANDREWS SAYS HER BACHELORETTE PARTY PLANS TO PUT TOGETHER ABOUT 400 HUNDRED PUFF BALLS.. AND LOOK AT PICTURES OF HER FUTURE HUSBAND.. DURING THEIR STAY IN THE CHICK-FIL-A PARKING LOT.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> LASHLEY SAYS IN ADDITION TO THE FIFTY-TWO CHICK-FIL-A MEALS.. THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED GUESTS ALSO RECEIVE T-SHIRTS THAT HAVE THE LOCATION AND OPENING DATE ON THEM.
SHE SAYS THE FIRST ONE HUNDRED GUESTS MUST REMAIN ON THE PROPERTY UNTIL THE SIX A-M OPENING OR LOSE THEIR PLACE TO AN ALTERNATE.

AND TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...WOULD YOU WAIT IN LINE FOR 24 HOURS FOR FREE CHICK-FIL-A FOOD FOR A YEAR?
SO FAR... 79 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO... YOU WOULDN'T.
AND 21 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES YOU WOULD.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IT'S A LEAN... GREEN... VEGETABLE MACHINE... AND IT COULD BE ON IT'S WAY TO A LOCATION NEAR YOU.
IT STILL LOOKS A LITTLE LIKE AN AMUBULANCE... BUT IT STRIVES TO IMPROVE LIVES... IN A DIFFERENT WAY.
THE COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKS' 'VEGGIE VAN' IS A MOBILE PRODUCE STORE.
ORGANIZERS SAY IT WILL SOON BRING FRESH.. LOCALLY GROWN... FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO PEOPLE WIITHIN THE CITY THAT HAVE A TOUGH TIME GETTING THEM TO THE DINNER PLATE.
IT WILL BEGIN ROLLING THROUGH MANY MACON HOUSING AUTHORITY LOCATIONS... BRINGING MORE GREEN TO AREAS KNOWN AS 'FOOD DESERTS.'
GREG DENT WITH COMMUNITY HEALTH WORKS SAYS HE HOPES IT WILL IMPROVE PEOPLE'S HEALTH.
"Over the long term, we think it helps create a culture of health and wellness. In Central Georgia we have some of the highest obesity rates in the state and over the long term, we hope to reduce those obestiy rates."
EBT USERS CAN ONLY GET MORE BANG FOR THEIR BUCK BY SHOPPING AT THE VEGGIE VAN. FOR EVERY DOLLAR SPENT USING EBT... CUSTOMERS GET TWO DOLLARS WORTH OF PRODUCE.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE AND WHEN YOU CAN CATCH THE VEGGIE VA... HEAD ON OUR TO OURWEBSITE... 13WMAZ.COM

SOME OF YOU ARE ALREADY ADDING PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS ALL DECKED OUT FOR HALLOWEEN TO OUR HALLOWEEN CUTIES SWEEPSTAKES.
THE CAPTION ON THIS ONE SAYS "SWEET AS CANDY"
AND CHECK OUT JAYCI'S GROOVY COSTUME.
THIS LITTLE LION WILL DEFINITELY BE ON THE PROWL FOR SOME SWEETS COME MONDAY...
YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO SNAP A PICTURE OF YOU KIDS IN THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AND ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES.
JUST VISIT OUR WHERE YOU LIVE SITES AND UPLOAD ONE PHOTO OF YOUR CHILDREN DRESSED IN THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES.
YOUR PHOTO WILL BE ENTERED INTO A RANDOM DRAWING FOR A $100 GIFT CARD TO LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS.
THE SWEEPSTAKES ENDS NOVEMBER 4-TH...YOU'LL FIND OFFICAL RULES AND SWEEPSTAKES DETAILS ON OUR WEBSITE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
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THE EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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