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GOOD EVENING ... AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M BRITTINY BARBER
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX

A MACON WOMAN WAS SHOT OVERNIGHT... AND SHE DIDN'T REALIZE IT UNTIL SHE DROVE OFF... THAT'S ACCORDING TO THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE...

IT HAPPENED AT OLYMPIA FAMILY FUN CENTER... ON MERCER UNIVERSITY DRIVE....
SERGEANT SEAN DEFOE SAYS A CONCERT LET OUT AROUND 12-30 THIS MORNING...
HE SAYS A GROUP OF MEN STANDING ON A NEARBY SIDEWALK... FIRED SHOTS INTO THE AIR THEN RAN.

INVESTIGATORS SAY ONE OF THE BULLETS.. CAME DOWN AND WENT THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD OF 64-YEAR OLD CAROL MORRIS'S VEHICLE... AND GRAZED HER ABDOMEN AS SHE WAS PICKING UP HER GRANDCHILDREN....
BUT DEFOE SAYS SHE DIDN'T KNOW SHE WAS HIT... UNTIL HER GRANDCHILD NOTICED SHE WAS BLEEDING
THAT'S WHEN SHE PULLED OVER AND CALLED 9-1-1...
MORRIS IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION....
AND NO ONE ELSE WAS INJURED.

IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THIS INCIDENT... CALL THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE 478-746-9441... AGAIN THAT 746-9441.

WITH THANKSGIVING LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY... IT'S EASY TO GET CAUGHT UP IN HOLIDAY TO-DO LISTS....
BUT ONE GROUP MAKES THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD A HOT MEAL... A TOP PRIORITY...
AS MAY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... HUNDREDS WORKED TOGETHER FOR THIS YEAR'S "FEED THE CITY"... TO GIVE FAMILIES A THANKSGIVING MEAL ALL THEIR OWN.

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Nats, lifting bag

FILLING YOUR CART WITH ALL THE HOLIDAY TRIMMINGS...

Nats, putting bad down

... COSTS A PRETTY PENNY.

Nats, turkey

AND FOR NEARLY 2 THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO BENEFITTED FROM NEW HOPE INTERNATIONAL'S THANKSGIVING DINNER GIVEAWAY... THE MEAL MIGHT OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN TOO EXPENSIVE.

Ronicia Rome, Warner Robins: "My thing is, somebody got turkeys, somebody got potatoes, if we put them together everybody can eat."

SINGLE MOM RONICIA ROME SAYS SHE COULDN'T AFFORD TO SPLURGE ON A TURKEY DINNER FOR HER AND HER SON.

Ronicia Rome: "You know, you can't afford it, but just for him to be able to look around and say, 'We have a turkey.'"

Nats, paper bag

THAT'S WHERE MORE THAN 300 VOLUNTEERS STEPPED IN.

Nats: "We'll get him in a minute."

ORGANIZER JEFF POOLE SAYS THEY HANDED OUT 19 HUNDRED TURKEYS...

Nats, bags

AND BAGS FILLED WITH ALL THE TRADITIONAL SIDES... FOR FREE.

Jeff Poole, Senior Pastor: "When you see somebody in need, your heart goes out to them. You know, it could be me, it could be you, it could be anybody."

Nats: "I'm going to carry this to your car for you."

AND EVEN A GROUP OF DAISY GIRLSCOUTS... CAME OUT READY TO HELP.

Catherine Barrett, Perry: "When I asked them do they want to come they said yes we would want to go and help others."

Nats: "I got a turkey. I got a turkey."

AND FOR ROME... THAT HELP... PLUS THE ABILITY TO COOK A THANKSGIVING MEAL.... GIVES PERFECT REASON... TO CELEBRATE.

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>

POOLE SAYS THEY RAISED 15 THOUSAND DOLLARS OVER THE PAST YEAR... TO SPEND ON THE DINNER GIVEAWAY.
HE SAYS IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS.

PEOPLE IN MILLEDGEVILLE ALSO ROLLED UP THEIR SLEEVES TODAY TO HELP THOSE IN NEED....

VOLUNTEERS SORTED THROUGH AND PACKED UP... MORE THAN 40 *THOUSAND POUNDS OF POTATOS... AT THE 10TH ANNUAL POTATO DROP...
IT'S SPONSORED BY GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERISTY...
COORDINATOR KENDALL STILES SAYS THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE POTATOS.. THEY SIMPLY ARE NOT WANTED BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL....
THEY GIVE OUT 10 POUND BAGS TO CHURCHES.. FOOD PANTRIES.. AND OTHER AGENCIES WHO THEN DISTRIBUTE THEM TO PEOPLE IN THEIR AREA....
STILES SAYS HER FAVORITE PART... IS SEEING THE STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT....

Kendall Stiles " I thinks esp now since how the economy is, so many people are out of jobs and dont have food. This is a very basic thing that we are helping with the basic needs for the community".

ORGANIZERS SAY THE DONATIONS WILL FEED ABOUT ONE HUNDRED AND FOURTY THOUSAND PEOPLE...

FOLKS IN JONES COUNTY ALSO GOT INTO THE GIVING SPIRIT TODAY....

DIXIE AEROMASTERS HOSTED A TOYS FOR TOTS FLY-IN.....
MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE SHOWED UP AT COMISSIONERS FIELD IN JONES COUNTY.. TO CATCH SOME OF THE MOST WELL-KNOWN RADIO CONTROLLED AIRPLANES IN THE WORLD...
THOSE FLYING THE PLANES... CAME FROM ALL ACROSS THE STATE....
THE EVENT WAS FREE... BUT ORGANIZERS DID TAKE DONATIONS TO BENEFIT TOYS FOR TOTS.



TONIGHT... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A STRAY SHOWER POSSIBLE AND LOWS IN THE UPPER 40S TO NEAR 50.
SUNDAY... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED SHOWERS POSSIBLE, PARTICUARLY IN THE MORNING, AND HIGHS IN THE LOWER-TO-MID 70S.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH LOWS IN THE LOWER 50S.




THANKS ... WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU LATER FOR AN EXTENDED LOOK AT THAT FORECAST.

CIVIL WAR BUFFS CELEBRATED A HISTORIC BATTLE TODAY...
FOLKS GATHERED TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE THAT FOUGHT AND LOST THIER LIVES.. AT THE BATTLE OF GRISWOLDVILLE...

(5 secs of nats)
PEOPLE GOT A CHANCE TO WITNESS REACTMENTS...
THEY ALSO LEARNED ABOUT THE WEAPONS THEY USED DURING THE 1860'S
RENACTORS SHOT OFF CANNONS..... TO HELP TEACH PEOPLE ABOUT THE HISTORICAL EVENT....
THERE'S ALSO BIG PLANS IN THE WORKS FOR THE SITE....
A FOURTEEN FOOT HIGH MONUMENT MADE OUT OF GEORGIA GRANITE... WILL SOON HAVE THE NAMES OF THE TROOPS THAT FOUGHT AND DIED IN THE BATTLE...

Martin Bell"We wanted to come here today to memorialize those that fought on both sides for this battle. They both believed in their causes. We want to memorialize all those who fought here".

BELL SAYS THAT IT COULD TAKE A FEW MORE MONTHS BEFORE THEY START ON THE MONUMENT...
IT WILL COST BETWEEN 29 AND 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THEY MAY NOT BE THE FASTEST THING ON FOUR WHEELS... BUT DOZENS HIT THE TRACK... TO RACE ... LAWMOWERS...

ABOUT 70 RACERS CAME OUT TO SOUTHERN OUTLAW SPEEDWAY IN BYRON... TO REV THEIR WEED WHACKING ENGINES...
SOME EVEN SUPPED UP EVERYDAY ITEMS... AND DROVE THEM AROUND THE RACEWAY...
ORGANIZERS SAY THE RACE BRINGS OUT DRIVERS OF ALL AGES... TOPPING OFF AT SPEEDS OF UP TO 75 MILES PER HOUR...

RACES CONTINUE TOMORROW... THEY START WARMING THEIR ENGINES WITH PRACTICE RUNS AT 11...

IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR PICTURES. THIS ONE COMES FROM OUR AREN'T MY KIDS THE CUTEST GALLERY...

HERES A PHOTO OF SIX MONTH OLD LONDON WHO IS ALL SMILES FOR THE CAMERA.

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