Thursday, December 15, Eyewitness News at 6

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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M FRANK MALLOY..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
LEAH JOHNSON HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

THE FORMER FOUNDERS OF ANGEL FOOD MINISTRIES FACE FORTY-NINE CHARGES RANGING FROM WIRE FRAUD... CONSPIRACY AND MONEY LAUNDERING.
JENNIFER MOULLIET ATTENDED WESLEY JOSEPH AND LINDA WINGO'S ARRAIGNMENT... AND HAS MORE ON THEIR PLEAS.

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Wesley Joseph Wingo and Linda Wingo entered a plea of not guilty. After walking into the courtroom with around ten supporters they both sat silently looking straight ahead and Linda Wingo appeared to be reading what looked like a bible. Judge Charles Weigle denied Mr. Wingo's request for a court appointed attorney saying quote "He should have enough finances to hire any lawyer in the state." Weigle's decision was based on what he says is a substantial amount of taxable income and he finds it hard to believe that Wingo spent all of that money in just three years. The defense has until December 23rd to gather their resources for the case and prosecution is gathering a list of witnesses for the trial.

In Macon Jennifer Moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news.


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THE WINGO'S HAVE UNTIL NEXT FRIDAY TO APPROVE THE WITNESS LIST.
JUDGE C. ASHLEY ROYAL WILL HEAR THE CASE.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE MEETING HIT A BUMP THIS AFTERNOON... AFTER ALLEGATIONS THAT TWO MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE HELD AN ILLEGAL MEETING YESTERDAY.
ELEANOR LISSITZYN JOINS BY PHONE NOW WITH MORE.

(ELEANOR TALKS ABOUT MEETING)


THANKS ELEANOR.
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THAT MEETING.. TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

WARNER ROBINS MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS HIS SECOND YEAR IN OFFICE IS "NO COMPARISON" WITH THE FIRST.
HIS ASSESSMENT OF THE CITY'S AND HIS OWN PROGRESS... CAME AT THE ROBINS REGION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE'S ANNUAL EGGS AND ISSUES BREAKFAST.
LORRA LYNCH JONES TELLS YOU WHAT'S CHANGED AND WHAT THE MAYOR SAYS LIES AHEAD.

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BEFORE A CROWD OF HOUSTON COUNTY LEADERS.. CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS HE'S A MUCH IMPROVED LEADER AT THE END OF HIS SECOND YEAR AS MAYOR.
Chuck Shaheen: (15:21) "The first year was like chaos. This second year, I think we got the train on the track."
HE SAYS THE CITY FINALLY STARTED BUILDING A NEW LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER... UPDATED OLD EMPLOYEE POLICY'S... AND QUASHED WHAT WAS VERY PUBLIC DISSENSION AMONG CITY LEADERS.
Chuck Shaheen: (16:45) "I'm proud of our demeanor. It's not about bricks and mortar. It's not about passing laws and resolutions. It's about how we work together as a mayor and council."
HE'S ALSO WORKING WITH POLICE CHIEF BRETT EVANS... A MAJOR CHANGE FROM THIS TIME LAST YEAR WHEN THE TWO WERE MIRED IN CONTROVERSY OVER ALLEGATIONS THAT EVANS VIOLATED CITY POLICY. HE WAS CLEARED... AND NOW... .
(16:12) Chuck Shaheen: "The chief is a problem solver (cover- 16:12) "I've got such high respect for him."
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (20:15) "Shaheen says his third year in office will bring more progress. That includes a big change to the Georgia Robins Aerospace Maintanence Partnership or G-RAMP."
Chuck Shaheen: (11:06) "We got three options here."
HE SAYS THE CITY COULD CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE PURSUIT OF AN INDUSTRIAL SITE AT THE END OF ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE THEMSELVES...
Chuck Shaheen: (11:15) "I don't know if the city can take on that big of a project."
DONATE THE LAND TO THE BASE...
OR SELL IT TO A PRIVATE DEVELOPER..
Chuck Shaheen: (14:30) "I'm more inclined to selling it to a developer."
COUNCIL WOULD HAVE TO OK THAT DECISION... AND SHAHEEN SAYS IT WILL BE A PRIORITY IN HIS THIRD YEAR.
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SHAHEEN SAID HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF G-RAMP WITH COUNCIL AT A RETREAT IN FEBRUARY.
THERE WILL BE THREE NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS NEXT YEAR... MIKE DAVIS... CAROLYN ROBBINS AND MIKE BRASHEAR.

BIBB COUNTY'S FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL MAY NOT GET THE CHANCE TO OPEN ITS DOORS NEXT YEAR.
THE MACON ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE CHARTER SCHOOL WAS SET TO OPEN IN JULY 20-12... BUT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS VOTED IN COMMITTEE A FEW MINUTES AGO TO REVOKE THE CHARTER FOR THE MACON ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE..
THE DISTRICT'S DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING RECOMMENDED THE TERMINATION BECAUSE THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HAVE AN EDUCATION MANAGEMENT COMPANY OR A CURRICULUM PROVIDER.
THE SCHOOL HAD CONTRACTED WITH TWO MANAGEMENT COMPANIES... BUT THE COMPANIES RECONSIDERED FOR UNKNOWN REASONS.
DR. GAIL FOWLER - CHAIRPERSON FOR THE AMCON ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE SAID THE DECISION WAS DISAPPOINTING BUT NOT UNEXPECTED. SHE ALSO SAID THEY PLAN TO APPLY FOR ANOTHER CHARTER..
WE'LL HAVE MORE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD'S DECISION TONIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THE U-S WAR IN IRAQ... OFFICIALLY CAME TO AN END TODAY AND SEVERAL SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN STATIONED AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL SOON MAKE THIER WAY BACK HOME.

AT A SMALL CEREMONY ATTENDED DEFENSE SECRETARY LEON PANETTA... TROOPS WATCHED AS U-S SOLDIERS WRAPPED THE IRAQ FLAG AROUND ITS STAFF AND PACED IT IN CAMOFLOUGE.. FORMALLY KNOWN AS CASING IT... ACCRODING TO ARMY TRADITION.
THE WAR COST THE U-S 800 BILLION DOLLARS.
THE ENDING OF THE WAR MEANS... THE FOUR THOUSAND REMAINING TROOPS WILL BEGIN MAKING THEIR WAY HOME.
THAT INCLUDES SOME PEOPLE STATIONED AT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE.

ROBINS SPOKESWOMAN CHRISSY MINER SAYS THIS SATURDAY... ABOUT 20 MEMBERS OF THE 689-TH COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS WING WILL RETURN FROM IRAQ... AFTER BEING DEPLOYED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS.
SHE SAYS THEY'RE PART OF THE LAST GROUP TO COME HOME.. BUT WERE ALSO SOME OF THE FIRST ON THE GROUND WHEN THE WAR BEGAN.
THEY HELPED SET UP THE BASES IN IRAQ.
THE BASE HAS NOT ANNOUNCE WHAT TIME THE TROOPS WILL RETURN ON SATURDAY.

TODAY'S 13 WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS...

SHOULD WE BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN?
SO FAR 86 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES
AND 14 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO

TO VOTE NOW.. VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.. AND LOOK FOR THE WEB POLL QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

ben gives three day forecast


THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

STUDENTS AT MERCER UNIVERSITIES JOURNALISM SCHOOL .

WILL SOON GET THE CHANCE TO WORK WITH PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS.. WE'LL TELL YOU HOW A GRANT FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION HELPED MAKE IT HAPPEN.

AS WE GO TO BREAK.. HERE'S A LOOK AT TODAY'S AVERAGE GAS PRICE IN MACON ACCORDING TO TRIPLE A.
WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.


A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION WILL HELP UNITE MERCER'S JOURNALISM SCHOOL.. THE TELEGRAPH AND GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING...
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE JOURNALISM AT MERCER WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY..
BRITTINY BARBER EXPLAINS HOW THEY HOPE TO USE THE IDEA.. TO BRING PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS AND STUDENTS TOGETHER...

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BEVERLY BLAKE WITH THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION SAYS THEIR 4 POINT SIX MILLION DOLLAR GRANT .. ... SERVES AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM...
Beverly Blake, Program Dr. Macon John S. and James L. Knight Foundation: "The goal is to create an enhanced flow of news and information in our community."
3-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLARS GOES TO MERCER...
President William Underwood: "WE'll use part of it to fund the facility and the equipment and then part of it to hire new faculty, so we'll be doubling the size of our journalism department."
THE TELEGRAPH'S NEWS STAFF WILL MOVE OUT OF ITS DOWNTOWN MACON OFFICE AND INTO THE NEW FACILITY ON MERCER'S CAMPUS.
ABOUT 900-THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL HELP G-P-B INCREASE ITS STAFF AND PROGRAMMING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA...
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MERCER BOARD OF TRUSTEES CHAIR... DAVID HUDSON SAYS THE COLLABORATION BENEFITS ALL GROUPS INVOLVED...
David Hudson:"Veteran journalists will be inspired by the enthusiasm and idealism of the students. Students will be guided by the experience and expertise of veteran journalists."
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FOR JOURNALISM PROFESSOR JAY BLACK... THURSDAY'S ANNOUNCEMENT WILL GIVE STUDENTS A MORE HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE...
Jay Black, Journalism Professor: "It's more of an emphasis on more professional work rather than a college level. It kind of raises the bar on what's expected from the students."
BLAKE SAYS THIS IS THE ONLY PARTNERSHIP SHE KNOWS... OF ITS KIND... ----
Blake: "which will strengthen the academic mission but also strengthen the business missions of g-p-b and the telegraph."
THE IDEA COMES TO LIFE... UNDERWOOD SAYS WHEN THE NEW CENTER OPENS IN JULY OF NEXT YEAR...
BRITTINY BARBER 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
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THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION.. WHICH FUNDED THE GRANT... WAS CREATED BY FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE FORMER OWNERS OF THE TELEGRAPH AND KNIGHT- RIDDER NEWSPAPERS...

OUR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK IS A LEADER ON THE COURT AND ONE DAY WANTS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN FORENSIC SCIENCES.


YEA WE'LL DROP SOME CLUES TO BRAXTON TALTON'S SUCCESS WITH THE SEMINOLES... PLUS.

Obviously its an honor to be chosen and I'm excited to be here.

THE FIRST ANNUAL SENIOR ALL STAR BOWL IS TWO DAYS AWAY.
TONIGHT WE'LL BREAK DOWN THE GAME PLAN FOR THE EAST... AND LET YOU KNOW HOW TO CHECK OUT ALL THE ACTION THIS WEEKEND.
ALL THAT'S JUST AHEAD IN SPORTS.

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOME YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS PHOTOS... AFTER THE BREAK.


IT'S TIME TO TAKE A LOOK AT WHERE YOU LIVE.

IT'S A FEATURE ON OUR 13 WMAZ DOT COM HOMEPAGE THAT SHOWCASES NEWS AND EVENTS SPECIFIC TO YOUR COMMUNITY.

TODAY WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR PERRY PAGE... WHERE THIS FRIDAY YOU CAN ENJOY LIVE MUSIC AT A CONCERT BENEFITTING TOYS FOR TOTS.
IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT.. OUR PLACE... THAT'S ON OLD MACON ROAD.

ORGANIZERS ASK THAT YOUR BRING A TOY.
THE SHOW IS SET TO START AT 6 P-M.
TO GET MORE NEWS AND EVENTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY..HEAD OVER TO OUR "WHERE YOU LIVE" FEATURE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM. IT'S IN THE CENTER OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF YOUR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS.
THESE ARE FROM THE PHOTO GALLERIES ON OUR WHERE YOU LIVE PAGES.

THIS ONE WAS SENT IN BY NELSON AND DENISE FLOYD.
THEY SAY THE DECORATIONS INCLUDE A 20 FOOT CHRISTMAS TREE.

AND HERE'S ONE SENT IN BY TOM FROM GRAY.

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS...LOOK FOR *PHOTO GALLERIES* UNDER FEATURES IN THE MENU BAR ACROSS THE TOP OF OUR HOMEPAGE.

AND IF YOU WANT TO SHOW OFF SOME OF YOUR HOLIDAY LIGHTS.
YOU CAN EMAIL THOSE PICTURES TO WHERE YOU LIVE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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