HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES. THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
WE'LL CHECK IN WITH FRANK MALLOY IN JUST A COUPLE OF MINUTES.
THE NEXT CHAIRMAN OF THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COULD BE FULL TIME...AND COULD MAKE A 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR.
COMMISSIONERS VOTED YESTERDAY TO MAKE THE CHAIRMANSHIP A FULL TIME POSITION STARTING IN 2013.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS... CURRENT CHAIRMAN SAM HART SAYS HE'S UP FOR THE JOB.
AS A PART TIME COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN... SAM HART PLANNED TO WORK 20 HOURS FOR 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS AND 20 HOURS MANAGING HIS TWO LEARNING CENTERS.
BUT HE SAYS HE SPENDS CLOSE TO 40 HOURS A WEEK TO FULFILL ALL HIS COUNTY DUTIES.
HE PLANS TO RUN FOR THE NEXT TERM WHEN A FULLTIME CHAIRMAN WILL MAKE 100 THOUSAND A YEAR... AND HE SAYS THAT'S WHAT IS NECESSARY TO RUN THE COUNTY.
"it's a full time job. So again, that person who comes in ought to have as his only responsibility to make sure again that this county grows and prospers and I think to give that full attention requires a full time person. So I would say you're paying for what you're getting."
ELMO RICHARDSON ChAIRS THE FINANCE COMMITTEE AND HE ASKED HIS FELLOW COMMISSIONERS TO CONSIDER THE CHANGE.
HE SAYS THE EXTRA MONEY CAN BE ADDED TO THE COUNTY'S BUDGET..
"We have a contingency fund that we budget every year and we can take it out of that if necessary but we're talking about FY 13 a budget that will not be set until May and June so we have time to plan accordingly."
COMMISSIONER LONZY EDWARDS CAST THE ONLY NO VOTE. HE SAYS THE STATE LEGISTURE SHOULD PERMANENTLY DECIDE IF THE CHAIRMANSHIP SHOULD BE FULL TIME.
"We have a long history of i think abusing that position in the sense that if it serves anybodys interests at a given time they flip flop it back and forth between part time and full time. I think it's time for us to stop those shenanigans."
THE CHANGE WON'T TAKE EFFECT UNTIL THE NEXT TERM STARTS IN 2013.
CANDACE ADORKA... 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE CHAIRMANSHIP WAS FULL TIME IN THE 1980'S UNTIL 2003 WHEN CHAIRMAN TOMMY OLMSTEAD LEFT OFFICE.
SAM HART TOOK OFFICE IN 2008. HE IS THE SECOND PART TIME CHAIRMAN... AFTER CHARLIE BISHOP.
THE COUNTY STILL HAS TO ADVERTISE THE RAISE FOR THREE WEEKS BEFORE IT GOES INTO EFFECT.
HE PITCHED HIS WAY INTO THE SPOTLIGHT STARTING AT VINE-INGLE LITTLE LEAGUE - THROUGH HIS HIGH SCHOOL CAREER AT F-P-D AND INTO THE BIG LEAGUES WITH THE ATLANTA BRAVES..
BUT HIS COMMENTS OFF THE FIELD EARNED HIM ALMOST AS MUCH NOTORIETY..
JOHN ROCKER HAS WRITTEN A BOOK TOUCHING ON BASEBALL, HIS INFAMOUS SPROTS ILLUSTRATED INTERVIEW AND A VARIETY OF OTHER TOPICS AND HE JOINS US NOW..
"SCARS AND STRIKES." IS THE BOOK'S TITLE..
TODAY... WE'RE CONTINUING OUR 13 DAYS OF GIVING... WITH A LOOK AT A GROUP THAT HELPS OUT PETS IN NEED AROUND CENTRAL GEORGIA.
THOUSANDS OF HOMELESS DOGS FACE CERTAIN DEATH EACH YEAR... BUT GEORGIA CANINE RESCUE AND REHAB WORKS TO SAVE AS MANY PUPS AS POSSIBLE.
THE GROUP HELPED FIND HOMES FOR NEARLY THREE THOUSAND DOGS IN THE LAST TWO YEARS.
BRITTINY BARBER SHOWS YOU HOW HARD WORK MAKES IT ALL POSSIBLE.
RUSSELL DILLER CAME TO GEORGIA CANINE RESCUE AND REHAB IN COCHRAN... TO PICK UP A NEW ADDITION TO HIS FAMILY...
Russell: "We recently lost a dog it was a 17 year old male that had some medical problems and we had to put him down so we were one short."
HE SAYS HE MADE A SPECIAL POINT TO RESCUE...
Russell: " We wanted to save a dog's life instead of going out and purchasing one."
AFTER WORKING AT A LOCAL VETERINARIANS OFFICE... WHERE SHELTER DOGS WERE EUTHANIZED... HEATHER ZARESKY DECIDED TO OPEN THE RESCUE FIVE YEARS AGO.. FIRST OUT OF HER HOME... THEN MOVING THIS FORMER VETS OFFICE...
HeatheR Zaresky: "It was absolutly crazy to me because we have a very small population of like 35-hundred in this area. and the number of dogs that were being euthanized that were homeless was just unimaginable."
FROM JEFFREY THE DEAF GREAT DANE MIX... TO THIS MOM AND HER PUPPIES FOUND STARVING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD...
NOW THEY TAKE IN ANIMALS OF ALL SHAPES AND SIZES... FROM KILL SHELTERS MOSTLY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA...
Heather: "we generally have anywhere between 80-150 in our program."
TO MAKE MONEY... THEY BOARD AND GROOM DOGS ON SITE AND SELL PET PRODUCTS...
JESSICA FOSKSEY SAYS SOMETIMES IT GETS TOUGH MAKING ENDS MEET..
Jessica Foskey "unfortunately we're bound by what we have and we're always pretty close to that limit of oh goodness.. some months it's harder than others."
THAT'S ONE REASON THEY DECIDED TO HOLD A CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE THIS YEAR...
Heather: "If we dont' have to buy food then it saves funds for us to spend on other things like medical and even overhead.
FOCUSING ON OTHER THINGS TO HELP MOVE THESE PETS TO A FOREVER HOME...
Jessica: "It's victory. you're just so happy because you know. especially when you get the happy pictures a year down the road."
nats: this little girl just came in..."
Russell: "It provides people with an opportunity and a place to be able to find a pet and to keep a dog from being put down..."
WORKING TO UNITE ANIMALS WITH A LOVING FAMILY... THEY SAY... TO MAKE BOTH LIVES BETTER..
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> TRACTOR SUPPLY IN BYRON HELPED ORGANIZE THE FOOD DRIVE... YOU CAN DROP OFF DONATIONS THERE... AT THE PETSMART IN WARNER ROBINS OR AT GEORGIA CANINE RESCUE IN COCHRAN...
FOR MORE INFORMATION.. CHECK OUT THIS STORY ON13WMAZ-DOT-COM
70 YEARS LATER.. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELTS WORDS STILL RING TRUE.
DECEMBER 7TH 1941... IS A DAY THAT LIVES IN INFAMY.
THE JAPANESE ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR... KILLING MORE THAN 2-THOUSAND PEOPLE... AND PROMPTING THE U-S TO ENTER WORLD WAR TWO.
A NATIVE TO HAWAII.. NOW IN WARNER ROBINS... REMEMBERS THE ATTACK AS CLEARLY AS THE DAY HE WATCHED IT FROM HIS FRONT YARD.
SEVEN DECADES AND 45-HUNDRED MILES SEPARATE ERNIE OSUMI FROM HIS CHILDHOOD HOME IN HAWAII.
HE'S 82 NOW... BUT RECALLS DECEMBER 7TH 1941... AS EASILY AS PUSHING A BUTTON.
Ernie Osumi: "The Sunday December 7th, we woke up to a lot of aircraft noise. Still, we didn't think nothing of it, because of the increased activity since July."
OSUMI... AT 12-YEARS-OLD...WATCHED WITH HIS BROTHERS FROM THEIR YARD... WHAT SEEMED TO BE A DRILL.
Ernie Osumi: (1:34) "We thought, they're really doing a good job of imitating war manuevers, because the plane was marked with a red ball on the wings and the fuselage indicating the Japanese, you know?"
BUT THE PLANES FLEW LOWER THAN USUAL...
Ernie Osumi: "The japanese plane was all open with the plexi-glass, so you could see the pilot, real clear. Uniform and everything."
THEY DROVE TO A NEAR-BY AIR FIELD TO GET CLOSER LOOK.. DODGING AMMUNITION SHOOTING FROM THE PLANES.
Ernie Osumi: "We thought it was blanks. Then, we saw bullets hitting the road, making sparks as it hit."
THEY LOOKED ACROSS THE BAY.... TRYING TO SEE THE NAVAL BASE...
Ernie Osumi: "On a clear day, you could see Pearl Harbor. You could see the boats, the ships. When we got there, you couldn't see nothing because of the smoke." "On the radio, we heard the announcer come on and say, this was no manuever. It was the real McCoy. So, we really got scared."
AS THE JAPANESE DESTROYED PEARL HARBOR.... OSUMI AND HIS BROTHERS HURRIED HOME FOR SHELTER.
HE SAYS THE AIR STRIKES CONTINUED THROUGH THE DAY AND NIGHT... BUT IT TOOK WEEKS FOR THEM TO LEARN OF THE DAMAGE... AND DEATHS.
Ernie Osumi: "We really didn't know anthing about two weeks, when the newspaper came out with some photographs."
YEARS LATER... AFTER WATCHING FILMS AND VISITING PEARL HARBOR MEMORIALS... HE REALIZED SOMETHING ELSE.
Ernie Osumi: "I really felt how lucky were were we weren't killed. How stupid we really were."
AND HOW REMARKABLE.. THAT ON THE DECEMBER MORNING... HE WOKE-UP TO WORLD HISTORY... AND A LIFETIME LATER... HE'S STILL SHARING THAT STORY.
>> A DAY AFTER THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR... PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT ASKED CONGRESS TO DECLARE WAR ON JAPAN.
DURING WORLD WAR TWO... MORE THAN 16 MILLION AMERICAN MEN AND WOMEN SERVED... ABOUT 292-THOUSAND WERE KILLED.
THE NUTCRACKER BALLET OFFICIALLY OPENS TO THE PUBLIC TONIGHT AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE.
BUT THIS MORNING... SOME LUCKY STUDENTS GOT A CHANCE TO TAKE A SNEAK PEEK INTO THE CHRISTMAS CLASSIC.
IT'S A STORY THAT COMES... STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART.
THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE OPEN ITS DOORS TO 960 STUDENTS FROM CENTRAL GEORGIA.
TITLE 1 SCHOOLS FROM CRAWFORD, HOUSTON AND BIBB COUNTY ALL ENJOYED THE PERFORMANCE OF THE CHRISTMAS BALLET.
THE FIRST PUBLIC PERFORMANCE IS TONIGHT AND IT RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.
FOR TICKETS TO THE NUTCRACKER CALL THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE AT 478-301-5470. AGAIN THAT NUMBER IS 478-301-5470
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