Sunday, October 30, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M BRITTINY BARBER.

THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF ONE ITS MOST DEVOTED PUBLIC SERVANTS....

ACCORDING THE SGT. SEAN DEFOE.....

FORMER SHERIFF RAYMOND WILKES SR..... DIED YESTERDAY OF NATURAL CAUSES...

WILKES RETIRED AS SHERIFF OF BIBB COUNTY IN 1992....

DEFOE SAYS VISITATION WIL BE HELD AT INGLESIDE BAPTIST CHURCH TOMORROW... FROM 2 P.M. UNTIL 4 P.M. AND 6 UNTIL 8.

FUNERAL SERVICES ARE SET FOR TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1 AT 10 A.M.

MACON POLICE SAY THEY DON'T THINK THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A MAN IN EAST MACON YESTERDAY WAS DRUG RELATED... THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT...

31-YEAR OLD ALENIO CULVER WAS SHOT IN HIS CAR ON LITTLE SHORT STREET... AROUND 2:30 SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

ACCORDING TO POLICE... MACON-BIBB FIGHTFIGHTERS FOUND CULVER AFTER THEY RESPONDED TO A CALL OF A CAR OVERHEATING....

OFFICERS SAYS CULVER'S FOOT WAS PRESSED ON THE GAS PEDAL... AND WHEN THEY APPROACHED THE CAR... THEY SAW HE HAD BEEN SHOT...

POLICE SAYS CULVER WAS ALONE IN HIS 1997 BLACK CROWN VICTORIA.. AT THE TIME..

THEY BELIEVE HE WAS SHOT WITH A HANDGUN..

AND MACON POLICE SAY CHARGES HAVE NOT BEEN FILED AGAINST THE MERCER STUDENTS WHO STOLE AND DAMAGED THE BEAR IN TATTNALL SQUARE PARK YESTERDAY...

THAT'S WHEN THE WHEN POLICE SAYS THEY KICKED THE BEAR.. THEN REMOVED IT FROM ITS FOUNDATION....

JOHNATHAN DYE WITH THE MACON ARTS ALLIANCE SAYS THEY'RE TRYING TO FIND OUT THE COST TO REPLACE THE STATUE....

DYE SAYS SINCE THE BEAR WAS HAND PAINTED BY AN ARTIST... REPLACING IT DEPENDS ON HER AVAILABILITY.

ACCORDING TO THE POLICE.... THE TWO 21-YEAR-OLD MEN... WERE INTOXICATED SATURDAY NIGHT...

A CELBRATION TODAY AT A CENTRAL GEORGIA CHURCH... PROVED THEY COULD OVERCOME THE STORM...

HICKORY GROVE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH IN SPARTA DEDICATED THEIR NEW WORSHIP CENTER...

MORE THAN TWO YEARS AFTER A TORNADO DESTROYED THEIR CHURCH... THEY SHOWCASED THEIR NEW BUILDING... THAT'S TWICE THE SIZE OF THE OLD ONE WITH MORE HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT...

PASTOR MICHAEL CURRY SAYS THIS NEW STRUCTURE... SHOWS TO STRENGTH OF THE CONGREGATION.

Curry: In 2009 a tornado came by and destoryed our church but it did not destroy our hope our joy and our faith."

CURRY SAYS THEY HELD SERVICES AT SEVERAL LOCATIONS WHILE THEY WORKED ON THE NEW BUILDING.

PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS HE'S HELPING PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR STUDENT LOAN DEBT... WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM CONGRESS....

LAST WEEK HE ANOUNCED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO HELP STUDENTS... EFFECTIVE IN 2012 INSTEAD OF 2014.

CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS ON WHAT SOME CENTRAL GEORGIA STUDENTS THINK OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSALS.

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MERCER GRADUATE LEIGHTON ELLIOT SAYS WHEN HE THINKS OF HIS SONS... ALEX AND ELI... HEADING OFF TO COLLEGE.... HE HAS ONE CONCERN.

"Once I'm finally done paying my debt, am I going to wanna get into more debt paying for them to go to school."

ELLIOT RACKED UP ABOUT 80-THOUSAND IN PRIVATE AND FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS WHILE WORKING ON HIS MASTERS IN BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING... EVEN THOUGH HE'D BEEN WORKING SOMETMES UP TO THREE JOBS... SINCE HIS FRESHAMN YEAR.

"It's stressful. Just having to think how am I gonna eat every week when I have to pay this $800 bill."

THAT'S A QUESTION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS TRYING TO ANSWER...THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER TO HELP STUDENTS AND SOME RECENT GRADUATES....

ACCORDING TO THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY... STARTING IN 2012 THE PLAN ALLOWS FOR LOWER MONTHLY PAYMENTS FROM 15 TO 10 PERCENT OF WHAT YOU MAKE AFTER TAXES...

IT WOULD FORGIVE THE BALANCE OF THE LOANS AFTER 20 YEARS INSTEAD OF 25.

AND IT WOULD LOWER INTEREST RATES IF GRADUATES CONSOLiDATED THEIR FEDERAL LOANS.

"These changes will make a difference for millions of Americans. It will save you money. It will help more young people figure out how to afford college. It can put more money in your pocket once you graduate."

"I feel like the reductions that were made were a little slim."

ROCHELLE SMALLS IS GETTING HER MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY.

SHE SAYS THE GOVERNMENT COULD DO MORE TO SUPPORT ADVANCED LEARNING... SINCE THE JOB MARKET HAS NOW BECOME SO COMPETITIVE.

"It's the standard to have an undergrad and in order to really put yourself above average you need that master's degree or some sort of technical training that puts you a step above and really makes you a little bit different."

SHE SAYS ONE WAY IS TO HAVE MORE ADVANCED LEARNING IN HIGH SCHOOL SO STUDENTS CAN CUT DOWN ON THEIR COLLEGE YEARS.

AND ELLIOT SAYS ANOTHER WAY IS TO CONSIDER MORE AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITIES.

"Don't get me wrong, I am grateful and enjoyed thoroughly my education at Mercer and I think it was better. and I did get the education I deserved for what we were paying, but I still think that in the long run, it just wasnt worth it enough to deal with this debt."

CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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THE WHITE HOUSE SAYS MORE THAN 47-THOUSAND GEORGIA STUDENTS WOULD BE ABLE TO LOWER THEIR MONTHLY PAYMENT.... AND 109-THOUSAND BORROWERS IN THE STATE COULD LOWER THEIR INTEREST RATES BY CONSOLIDATING THEIR FEDERAL LOANS.

A GROUP OF CAROLERS PUT A SPOOKY TWIST ON SOME CHRISTMAS CLASSICS... ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY.

"JASON VORHEES WAS PUSHED INTO THE LAKE BUT HE WAVED GOODBYE SINGING NOT A BAD TRY I'LL BE BACK AGAIN SOMEDAY."

 

FOLKS FROM THE WALK THROUGH BEDLAM HAUNTED YARD.... AND STUDENTS FROM THE VETERANS HIGH BETA CLUB.... DID A LITTLE SCARE-O-LING THIS WEEKEND. ...

THE TWO GROUPS TWISTED CHRISTMAS FAVORITES TO FIT THE SCARING SEASON.... AND RAISE MONEY FOR THE JOHANNA MACAFEE CHILDHOOD CANCER FOUNDATION.....

SOME OF THE SONGS INCLUDED... 12 DAYS OF HORROR... SILENT NIGHT FREDDY'S NIGHT... AND SCREAMS OF FEAR... TO THE TUNED ON SILVER BELLS.

SCARE-O-LER MARISA BARTHOLOMEW SAYS.... ALL DONATIONS HELP IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER....

"Well there are a lot of kids with childhood cancer and there really does need to be a cure and the money really helps with research."

"It helps reach out to peopel more I think than just going up to them and asking them for money"

THE GROUP WILL ALSO PERFORM AT WALK THROUGH BEDLAM HAUNTED YARD IN WARNER ROBINS TOMORROW NIGHT.

TURNING TO SPORTS... FOLKS LACES UP THEIR CLEATS AND GRABBED A GLOVE FOR THE ANNUAL... FUNDRAING SOFTBALL GAME.

LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD IN MACON FILLED WITH FANS.. CHERRING ON SOME 13WMAZ'S VERY OWN...

MARVING JAMES...BEN JONES...... AND FRANK MALLOY TOOK THE FIELD THIS AFTERNOON TO BENEFIT G-E- D AND THANKSGIVING PROGRAMS FOR THE TEENAGERS....

BASKETBALL STAR SHARONE WRIGHT STARTED THE EVENT 3 YEARS AGO.... AND SAYS THAT THEY DO SCORE EVENTS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY... BUT HE LOVES COMING HOME.

Sharone Wright Founder of I am S.C.O.R.E" My favorite part is to be here we do score themes all over the place, I am all over the country doing things but when we do thing here that is the biggest part of it cause I am at home and i always want to make the bigest differnce at home"

SCORE STANDS FOR SAVING CHILDREN WITH OUT REACH RECREATION AND EDUCATION.

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF YOUR PICS.. FROM OUR HALLOWEEN CUTIES GALLERY.

HERE'S.. EVAN'S TRICK OR TREATING AS KERMIT THE FROG THIS YEAR.

IT'S BELLA'S FIRST HALLOWEEN AS A LADYBUG.

KEEP SENDING US PHOTOS OF YOUR KIDS DRESSED IN THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES.

YOU COULD WIN A HUNDRED DOLLAR GIFT CARD TO LANE'S ORCHARDS.

TO FIND OUT MORE LOOK FOR THE HALLOWEEN CUTIES LINK.. INSIDE THE CHECK IT OUT BOX..ON OUR HOMEPAGE.

 

THANKS FOR JOINING US TONIGHT.

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WE'LL SEE YOU AT FIVE A-M FOR FIRST MORNIN'.

LAW CALL IS UP NEXT.

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