Thursday, November 17, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

PARENTS OF BIBB COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS... HAVE A CHANCE TO LET THE DISTRICT KNOW WHAT THEY'D LIKE THEIR CHILD TO FOCUS ON.
STUDENTS WERE SENT HOME WITH A LETTER TODAY NOTIFYING PARENTS ABOUT AN ONLINE SURVEY.
THAT SURVEY ASKS PARENTS TO WEIGH IN ON THEIR TOP CHOICES... IF THEIR STUDENT COULD ATTEND A SPECIALIZED SCHOOL.
THE DISTRICT IS LOOKING AT CREATING MORE SCHOOLS WITH SPECIFIC AREAS OF FOCUS... COMMONLY KNOWN AS MAGNET SCHOOLS.
SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND CALLED THEM PORTFOLIO SCHOOLS... AND SAYS HE WANTS TO INCLUDE MORE OF THEM IN HIS STRATEGIC PLAN.
WE SPOKE TO SOME PARENTS OUTSIDE OF INGRAM PYE ELEMENTARY... ABOUT THE POSSIBLE CHANGE.
"I think they should have all around, math, science, social studies, I think they should do a little bit of everything, not just focus on one thing."
"I think it would be more better for the student, because sometimes the children wants to learn. A lot of the time some of the stuff in public schools, regular schools, they cant learn."
THE GOAL OF DALLEMAND'S STRATEGIC PLAN IS TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND HELP THEM COMPETE GLOBALLY.
IN ADDITION TO PORTFOLIO SCHOOLS... HE'S FLOATED SOME IDEAS LIKE YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS... AND INCORPORATING THE STUDY OF MANDARIN CHINESE IN THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM.
HE PLANS TO PRESENT IT TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IN JANUARY.

AS WE GET INTO THE SEASON OF GIVING... MANY FAMILIES IN CENTRAL GEORGIA ARE IN NEED BECAUSE OF THE SAGGING ECONOMY.
THAT'S WHY 13WMAZ IS TEAMING UP WITH KROGER AND THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK TO HELP SOME STRUGGLING FAMILIES PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE.
ALL IT TAKES IS A TRIP TO YOUR LOCAL KROGER.
JUST PICK UP A FEW EXTRA CANS AND DROP THEM IN YOUR CART.
AFTER YOU CHECK OUT... TAKE YOUR DONATIONS TO THE FRONT OF THE STORE.
THERE... LOOK FOR THE BIG BOX... AND DROP YOUR DONATION INSIDE.
YOU CAN DONATE AT ANY KROGER IN MACON... WARNER ROBINS... PERRY... BONAIRE... DUBLIN OR MILLEDGEVILLE... BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY.
ALL OF THE DONATIONS WILL GO TO THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK.
YOU CAN ALSO MAKE A CASH DONATION TO KROGER'S "CAN HUNGER" CAMPAIGN WHEN YOU CHECK OUT.
THAT RUNS THROUGH CHRISTMAS EVE.... AND WILL ALSO BENEFIT THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOOD BANK.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... ARE YOU SPENDING LESS ON FOOD DUE TO THE ECONOMY?
SO FAR 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... YOU ARE.
AND 37 PERCENT SAY NO... YOU'RE NOT SPENDING LESS.
VOTE NOW... LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

IF YOU THINK YOU ARE SEEING A LOT MORE ACTIVE SENIORS OUT THERE..THERE ARE NUMBERS TO BACK IT UP.
A NEW STUDY FROM THE U-S CENSUS BUREAU SAYS PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER.
IN FACT THE STUDY SAYS THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS AGE NINETY AND OLDER HAS TRIPLED OVER THE PAST THIRTY YEARS.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO SOME SENIORS TODAY ABOUT SOME OF THE JOYS OF OLD AGE.
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Gladys Davis, 87: I think it's a blessing that we're still here.
Annie Thorpe, 94: I just enjoy being this old, just enjoy it.
Pauline Carswell, 85: It's just a joy and a privilege and everything. It's just wonderful to get old.
Gladys Davis, 87:16 in my family and all of them gone but me and I really thought that I would be gone but the Lord see fit to stay here a little while longer.
Pauline Carswell, 85: In my younger days, I was a little sickly along the way and I just didn't, it just didn't ever cross my mind that I would be able to get 85 years old.
Gladys Davis, 87: Not to do drugs, not to drink liquor or beer, and please don't smoke.
Annie Thorpe, 94: Just living the life that I live, just working hard and listen to older folks.
Pauline Carswell, 85: Keep active. Don't just sit down when you get a certain age, just do you, you'll get stiff, so just keep active.
THE CENSUS SAYS THEY EXPECT THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO ARE NINETY AND OLDER TO KEEP RISING -- TO ONE OUT OF 10 SENIORS BY THE YEAR 2050.

THE MACON MAN WHO WAS GUNNED DOWN LAST NIGHT WAS SHOT MORE THAN TWICE... AND INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE HE WAS AMBUSHED.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO MACON POLICE.
39-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL HENDERSON WAS SHOT AND KILLED IN FRONT OF HIS ROCKY CREEK ROAD HOME.
HIS WIFE CHENELDRA HENDERSON SAYS SHE WAS IN BED WHEN SHE HEARD SHOTS.
SHE SAYS HER HUSBAND WAS LEAVING FOR THE STORE AND HAD STARTED HER CAR WHEN HE WAS SHOT.
A MACON POLICE REPORT SAYS HENDERSON'S PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW WAS SHATTERED... AND HE WAS LYING ON THE STREET IN FRONT OF THE HOME.
THE CAR WAS TAKEN TO MACON'S CRIME LAB FOR INVESTIGATION.
THE REPORT ALSO SAYS EITHER A SHOTGUN OR A RIFLE WAS USED.

MORE THAN 70 K-9 OFFICERS DESCENDED ON THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS TODAY CHASING DOWN BAD GUYS AND SNIFFING OUT DRUGS.
THIS ATTACK WAS ACTUALLY A SIMULATION AND NO ONE GOT HURT.
THE TRAINING EXERCISE WAS A PART OF A WEEK LONG COURSE FOR K-9 TEAMS.
LIEUTENTANT MIKE STOKES FROM THE HOUSTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE DOGS AND THEIR HANDLERS CAME FROM ALL ACROSS THE NATION.
THE GOAL IS TO FINE TUNE THE DOGS ABILITY TO HELP OFFICERS CATCH CRIMINALS.
Lt. Mike Stokes: (6:20) "We really have a lot more people run from us now days. The dogs track. If people decided they want to fight us, it gives us another tool to take them into custody without having to use deadly force on them."
THE HOUSTON AND DOOLY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICES HOSTED THE K-9 COURSE.
COURSES INCLUDED C-P-R FOR DOGS... AND HELICOPTOR TRAINING TO GET THE K-9'S COMFORTABLE WITH FLYING.

NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS COULD BECOME A BIGGER PART OF BIBB COUNTY POLITICS.
LOCAL OFFICIALS INCLUDING STATE COURT JUDGE BILL ADAMS AND DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS URGED COUNTY LEGISLATORS TO CONVERT THEIR ELECTED POSITIONS TO NON-PARTISAN.
THE REQUEST CAME DURING THE ANNUAL PRE-LEGISLATIVE FORUM... WHICH GIVES LOCAL LEADERS A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES WITH LAWMAKERS.
STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN PEAKE SAYS HE PLANS TO PUSH FOR NON-PARTISAN ELECTIONS.
Allen Peake, State Representative:" People want non partisan elections. They're tired of the partisan rhetoric. They're tired of the wasted money that we spend on primaries and so I think it's time now to move forward with legislation that will allow for non partisan elections in our community."
OTHER ISSUES ON THE TABLE INCLUDE JAIL OVERCROWDING... THE COST OF HOUSING STATE PRISONERS IN COUNTY JAILS... AND CONSOLIDATING MACON AND BIBB COUNTY.
THE 2012 SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS SCHEDULED TO CONVENE ON JANUARY 9TH.

HERMAN CAIN WILL BECOME THE FIRST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER TO GET SECRET SERVICE PROTECTION.
THE GEORGIA BUSINESSMAN REQUESTED THE DETAIL... AND HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY JANET NAPOLITANO AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AGREED TO PROVIDE IT.
CAIN HAS RISEN IN THE POLLS... DESPITE ALLEGATIONS OF PAST SEXUAL HARASSMENT.
PRESIDENT OBAMA ALSO RECEIVED AN EARLY SECRET SERVICE DETAIL IN MAY 2007 WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

'TIS THE SEASON, Y'ALL! ALRIGHT...SO I KNOW IT'S PROBABLY A BIT FAUX PAS-ISH TO START DISHING ON CHRISTMASY TYPE EVENTS PRE-THANKSGIVING, BUT...WELL? THEY'RE JUST SO DARN GOOD, HOW COULD WE NOT?

SHOPPERS - PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR A WEEKEND OF MERRY MADNESS AT THE MISTLETOE MARKET! THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS IN PERRY TURNS IN TO A PARADISE FOR ALL YOU BROWSER AND BUYERS. ALL YOUR FAVORITE SHOPPES FROM ACROSS GEORGIA WILL BE ON HAND FOR YOUR PERUSING PLEASURE. THERE'S LIKE ALMOST ONE HUNDRED SET UP SO, THEORETICALLY, YOU COULD GET ALL YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DONE IN ONE WEEKEND. CHECK IT ALL OUT NOW AT MISTLETOE-MARKET-DOT-COM.

WE NOW VENTURE TO THE LAND OF THEATRE. AND WHAT SAYS JOLLY-HOLLY-HOLIDAYS BETTER THAN THAT CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CAROL? NOTHING - I SAY! THAT'S WHY IT MAY BEHOOVE YOU TO GET ON DOWN TO THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT FOR - YOU GUESSED IT - A CHRISTMAS CAROL! THE STAR OF THE SHOW - JEREMY WEBB - ACTUALLY PLAYS ALL THIRTY CHARACTERS. FROM TINY TIM TO OLD SCROOGE HIMSELF, WEBB TRULY DOES STEAL THE SHOW. IT'S ACTUALLY VERY COOL AND PERFECT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. CATCH A CHRISTMAS CAROL LIVE AT THE COX CAPITOL THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AT SEVEN-THIRTY. GET TICKETS NOW AT COX-CAPITOL-THEATRE-DOT-COM.

SO LET'S BREAK FROM THE CHRISTMAS MAGIC FOR A MOMENT AND GET INTO SOME MUSIC AWESOMENESS! ALSO ON FRIDAY EVENING, ALSO IN DOWNTOWN MACON, THE ROOKERY INVITES YOU OUT TO EXPERIENCE THE SHANIQUA BROWN. ITS ROCK, IT'S LOUD AND IT'S SO MUCH FUN! THIS CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA BAND HITS THE STAGE 'ROUND ABOUT NINE O'CLOCK AND - WELL, JUST BE PREPARED TO GET YOUR PARTY ROCK ON! IT'S GONNA BE GOOD.

AND NOW, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN - FANTASTICAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTERTAINMENT OF THE THEATRE-KIND ARE HAPPENING ACROSS THE MIDSTATE ALL WEEKEND. HERE WE GO...

WESLEYAN COLLEGE PRESENTS PRINCESS IDA! IT'S A PERFECTLY FITTING TALE FOR THIS ILLUSTRIOUS INSTITUTION AS IT IS ALL ABOUT A LOVELY PRINCESS WHO FORGOES HER PLANNED MARRIAGE TO A PRINCE IN ORDER TO OPEN A WOMEN'S COLLEGE. AND IT'S A GILBERT AND SULLIVAN OPERETTA! GOOD STUFF! CHECK IT OUT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT EIGHT AND SUNDAY AT TWO AT WESLEYAN'S PORTER AUDITORIUM. CALL 757-5259 FOR TICKET INFORMATION.

THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE IN DOWNTOWN MACON WELCOMES CIRQUE SHANGHAI: BAI XI FOR TWO EXCITING SHOWS! SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING AT SEVEN-THIRTY, ACTION, ARTISTRY AND FEATS OF ACROBATIC MASTERY ASTOUND YOUR EYEBALLS AS THIS AMAZING SHOW HITS THE STAGE. THE-GRAND-MACON-DOT-COM - HEAD THERE NOW FOR TICKETS.

AT THE HOMER J. WALKER CIVIC CENTER IN WARNER ROBINS, GOSPEL COMEDY LIVENS UP YOUR SATURDAY NIGHT AS THE NEW PASTOR DEBUTS! WHEN FOLKS IN HIS CONGREGATION WANT THEIR NEW PASTOR GONE, THEY COOK UP A PLAN THAT GOES HORRIBLY AND HILARIOUSLY AWRY. THIS IS FUN AND FUNNY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY, FOLKS! 929-0229 - CALL NOW FOR TICKET INFORMATION OR GET THEM AT THE DOORS...THEY OPEN AT EIGHT.

AND LASTLY, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEASTLY...HA-HA...THE FANTASTIC FOLKS WHO TOGETHER MAKE UP THE MILLEGEVILLE PLAYERS INVITE YOU OUT FOR A LITTLE SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN...HOMECOMING STYLE. NOW CHECK THIS OUT - THIS IS THE LAST WEEKEND TO SEE THE SHOW AT ALLEN'S MARKET IN DOWNTOWN MILLEGEVILLE...FRIDAY'S SHOW IS SOLD OUT, BUT YOU CAN STILL GRAB SATURDAY OR SUNDAY TICKETS. VISIT MILLEGEVILLE-PLAYERS-DOT-ORG FOR ALL THE DEETS.

ALRIGHT, THAT'S ALL FOR THIS PRE-THANKSGIVING WEEKEND! HAPPY ALMOST THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL...MAY YOUR FORKS STAY STRONG! CAUSE THAT'S A TURKEY, DRESSING AND GRAVY WRAP...(FADE OUT WITH VO - MAYBE A LITTLE CRANBERRY SAUCE ON THE SIDE...A PUMPKIN PIE FOR DESSERT...)

IF YOU HAVE MOVIES ON YOUR MIND... IT'S THE WEEKEND "TWILIGHT" FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR... THERE'S A DAD WITH SOME SERIOUS FAMILY BAGGAGE... AND MUSICAL PENGUINS ARE ON A MISSION TO SAVE THEIR HOME.
FIRST UP... BELLA... JACOB AND EDWARD ARE BACK.
IN "THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART ONE"... EDWARD AND BELLA... PLAYED BY ROBERT PATTINSON AND KRISTEN STEWART... GET MARRIED AND SOON FIND OUT THEY'RE EXPECTING.
BUT THE HAPPY NEWS TAKES A DARK TURN... AND THEIR UNBORN CHILD PUTS LIVES AT RISK... INCLUDING BELLA'S
JACOB... PLAYED BY TAYLOR LAUTNER... STEPS IN TO PROTECT THE WOMAN HE LOVES.
THE FOURTH PART OF THE FIVE-PART SERIES IS RATED PG-13.

IN "THE DESCENDANTS"... GEORGE CLOONEY PLAYS MATT KING... A DAD FORCED TO STEP UP AND TAKE CARE OF HIS DAUGHTERS WHEN HIS WIFE IS IN A SERIOUS ACCIDENT.
CONFRONTED BY A FAMILY SECRET... HE HAS TO REASSESS HIS PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
"THE DESCENDANTS" IS RATED R.
AND IF YOU LOVED THE MUSICAL PENGUINS THE FIRST TIME AROUND... THIS IS YOUR WEEKEND.
IN "HAPPY FEET TWO"... MUMBLE THE MASTER OF TAP IS FRUSTRATED BECAUSE HIS SON DOESN'T SHARE HIS TALENT FOR DANCING.
BUT FATHER AND SON WILL HAVE TO TEAM UP TO SAVE THEIR HOME WHEN DANGER THREATENS.
FEATURING FAMILIAR VOICES INCLUDING ROBIN WILLIAMS... BRAD PITT AND MATT DAMON... "HAPPY FEET TWO" IS RATED PG.
FOR MUCH MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS... VISIT THE SCENE 13 PAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

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THEN IT'S ALL ABOUT THE WAITING.... THINGS ARE RANDOMLY DONE OVER THERE.

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