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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US....I'M LEAH JOHNSON..
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

SOME MACON STATE COLLEGE STUDENTS SAY THEY LIKE THE IDEA OF MACON STATE GROWNG...AND ABSORING A SMALLER SCHOOL IN COCHRAN.
YESTERDAY THE STATE'S BOARD OF REGENTS APPROVED THE MERGER OF MACON STATE AND MIDDLE GEORGIA COLLEGE.
THE GOAL IS TO CUT COSTS.
THEY SAY IT'LL HAPPEN BEFORE THE END OF 2013.
THE REGENTS SAYS BOTH CAMPUSES WILL STAY OPEN BUT OTHER DETAILS STILL HAVE TO BE ADDRESSED.
WE SPOKE WITH SOME MACON STATE STUDENTS WHO SHARED THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE SCHOOLS MERGING TOGETHER.
Venderla Everett "It will give the students a vast choice of different areas to attend their programs and for more students to be able to attend Macon State if they put it together"
Thomas Davis, "Im just glasd to be in school and I honestly haven't given any thought to it and it doesn't really matter that much to me"
Jaworski Wiggins, Junior "Macon State is growing up but its not as big as it should be or as populated and you don't have a lot of student activites so doing this will make it a lot better i think"
Hannah Encinas, Junior "It's going to be bigger so it's going to expand everything"
MACON STATE PRESIDENT JEFFERY S. ALLBRITTEN JOINS FRANK MALLOY NOW TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE MERGER MEANS FOR BOTH COLLEGES.

G-B-I AGENTS ARRESTED WILKINSON COUNTY'S TAX COMMISSIONER... ON A THEFT-BY-TAKING CHARGE.
G-B-I AGENT TOM DAVIS SAYS KEVIN RAUSCHER IS ALSO CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF THE PAINKILLER HYDROCODONE.
DAVIS WOULD NOT SAY HOW MUCH MONEY RAUSCHER IS ACCUSED OF TAKING.
HE SAYS THAT'S STILL UNDER INVESTIGATION.
IN JUNE... WE TOLD YOU THAT G-B-I AGENTS SEARCHED THE COUNTY TAX OFFICE AND REMOVED RECORDS AND COMPUTERS... BUT WOULDN'T SAY WHAT THEY WERE LOOKING FOR.
THE G-B-I SAYS DISTRICT ATTORNEY FRED BRIGHT LAUNCHED THE INVESTIGATION.
BRIGHT COULD NOT BE REACHED FOR COMMENT TODAY.

A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT PLANT SCHERER IN JULIETTE RELEASES THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF GREENHOUSE GASES THAN OTHER POWER PLANTS IN THE U-S.
PLANT SCHERER IS OPERATED BY SOUTHERN COMPANY.
ACCORDING TO THE STUDY.. POWER PLANTS RELEASED 72 PERCENT OF THE GREENHOUSE CASES REPORTED TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL AGENCY IN 20-10.
WE ASKED THE PLANT'S OWNER.....SOUTHERN COMPANY.... FOR COMMENT
IT SAYS PLANT SCHERER TOPPED THE LIST...JUST BECAUSE IT'S THE NATION'S BIGGEST COAL-BURNING PLANT.
SOUTHERN COMPANY SAYS EVERY YEAR... IT SPENDS 6 BILLION DOLLARS STATEWIDE ON POLLUTION CONTROLS ...AND CALLS PLANT SCHERER'S SYSTEM....STATE OF THE ART.

THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS MAY SELL ONE GOLF COURSE TO BUY ANOTHER.
MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN AND A FEW OTHER CITY LEADERS HEARD A PITCH TODAY FROM THE OWNERS OF THE LANDINGS GOLF CLUB ABOUT BUYING THE COURSE.
THE OWNERS WANT TO SELL IT AFTER FILING FOR BANKRUPTCY LAST MONTH.
LORRA LYNCH JONES EXPLAINS WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.
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THERE'S ABOUT 500 HOMES IN STATHAMS LANDING NEIGHBORHOOD... BUT FEWER THAN HALF OF THE HOMEOWNERS JOINED THE GOLF COURSE..
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C-E-O... ED WOLFE... SAYS THE LACK OF SUPPORT... PLUS THE POOR ECONOMY.... LED TO THE LANDINGS FINANCIAL DOWNFALL.
Ed Wolfe: (3:45) "I have 120 days to put forth a reorganization."
THE COURSES OWNERSHIP... THE LANDINGS INVESTMENT GROUP FILED BANRUPTCY... AND WOLFE SAYS THEY WANT THE CITY TO BUY IT.
Ed Wolfe: (4:12) "They didn't shoot me down. They didn't say they'll jump on board."
WOLFE LIVES IN STATHAMS LANDING... SAYS HE BELIEVES MOST OF HIS NEIGHBORS WOULD SUPPORT THE SALE.
Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: (21:00) "We talked to a few of the homeowners in Stathams Landing. None wanted to talk on camera, but none had any real objections to the city buying this golf course. They say they want to see it stay open, and they believe the city would eventually annex this area anyway."
ITS IN THE COUNTY BUT CITY SEWER LINES RUN TO THE COURSE AND SOME OF THE HOMES.
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MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN SAYS ANNEXING THE AREA WOULD CREATE A HALF MILLION IN TAX REVENUE... BUT SAYS HE'S FOCUSED ON THE COURSES RECREATIONAL VALUE TO THE CITY.
Chuck Shaheen: (12:30) "You'll have a nice restaurant and cluB house. You've got 27 holes, teaching, a big driving range."
HE SAYS ITS AN IMPROVEMENT OVER THE CURRENT CITY-OWNED GOLF CLUB... AND THAT BUYING THE LANDINGS WOULD LIKELY MEAN SELLING THE INTERNATIONAL CITY COURSE.>>

THE LANDINGS OWNERS AND THE CITY DID NOT TALK ABOUT A SALE PRICE OR OPERATING COSTS TODAY.
THE MAYOR SAYS HE'LL BRING THE IDEA TO COUNCIL AT THURSDAY NIGHT'S PRE-COUNCIL MEETING.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE WILL LOSE A TOTAL OF 452 JOBS... AS A RESULT OF AIR FORCE WIDE BUDGET REDUCTIONS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO ROBINS SPOKESWOMAN... CHRISSY MINER.
THE 452 JOBS IS LESS THAN THE ORIGINAL NUMBER GIVEN BY BASE LEADERS...WHEN THE CUTS WERE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.
MINER SAYS THE NUMBER TAKES JOB LOSSES AND JOB GROWTH INTO ACCOUNT.
ALSO... MINER SAYS ANOTHER 600 PEOPLE CAN APPLY FOR EARLY RETIREMENT OR EARLY OUT PACKAGES... FOR A TOTAL OF 12-HUNDRED AT ROBINS.
SHE SAYS THE BASE IS ENCOURAGING PEOPLE IN THE 402ND MAINTENANCE TO APPLY FOR THE PACKAGES... BECAUSE THEY ANTICIPATE SOME MORE JOB CUTS TO THAT PROGRAM.
AIR LOGISTICS CENTER COMMANDER... GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON... PLANS TO MEET WITH REPORTERS TOMORROW... TO TALK ABOUT TODAY'S ANNOUNCEMENTS.

SOME OTHER COUNTIES DON'T USE THEM. AND SOME NEEDY PEOPLE IN BIBB COUNTY ...SAY THEY'RE TIRED OF THEM.
BUT THE MACON-BIBB COUNTY ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL SAYS THOSE OVERNIGHT LINES OF PEOPLE WAITING FOR HOME HEATING ASSISTANCE...AREN'T GOING AWAY ANYTIME SOON.
RANDALL SAVAGE HAS MORE.
<<LUCRETIA HARDEN OF MACON ARRIVED AT ST. PAUL A-M-E CHURCH AT EIGHT-THIRTY TUESDAY NIGHT. IN HOPES OF BEING ONE OF THE FIRST TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY PEOPLE IN LINE TO RECEIVE HEATING ASSISTANCE.
DESPITE THE RAIN AND LACK OF FACILITIES....SHE STAYED THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING.... WHEN THE MACON-BIBB ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL OPENED ITS DOORS FOR APPLICANTS.
1:52 Lucretia Harden, Heat Assistant Client: I think it would be better, you know, if we didn't have to stand out in the rain, especially when it rains. it would be better for people to come in need, a restroom, use the restroom.
OTHER AGENCIES....LIKE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION...WHICH SERVES HOUSTON AND SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES...SAYS IT'S UNHEALTY...AND UNSAFE...TO MAKE CLIENTS CAMP OUT FOR HEATING HELP.
BUT MACON-BIBB E-O-C DIRECTOR JIMMIE SAMUEL SAYS THIS SYSTEM WORKS BEST FOR HIS AGENCY.
57 Jimmie Samuel, EOC Director: How another agency does it is really up to them. They can make appointments, and I hope it works for them. But for us we experiemented over the years. This works the best for us, and I think it works the best for other folks.
MACON COUNCILMAN LONNIE MILEY SAYS MACON-BIBB HANDLES MORE PEOPLE THAN MANY RURAL COUNTIES...WHICH MAKES IT HARDER TO HANDLE PHONE-IN APPLICATIONS
Lonnie Miley, EOC President: Under their agencies, their counties may handle it differently, depending on which county is dealing with the energy assistance program. Macon Bibb EOC is one of the metropolitan agents, community action agents we have a lot more people to serve.
CARLOTTA BLASH OF MACON ALSO STOOD IN LINE THIS WEEK.. AND DIDN'T GET ASSISTANCE. BUT SHE REMEMBERS WHEN MACON-BIBB USED TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS BY PHONE.
Carlotta Blash, Assistant Applicant: I think that they ought to go back to the old way they used to do it.
RANDALL SAVAGE.. 13 WMAZ.. EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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YESTERDAY...TWO OTHER AGENCIES THAT DISTRIBUTE HOME HEATING HELP TOLD US THEY USE PHONE APPLICATIONS....NOT OVERNIGHT LINES....TO SET UP APPOINTMENTS WITH CLIENTS.
ONE IS THE DODGE COUNTY COMMUNITY SERVICE CENTER....WHICH SERVES PEOPLE IN NINE COUNTIES.
THE OTHER IS THE MIDDLE GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY.. WHICH HANDLES AID FOR PEOPLE IN HOUSTON AND 11 OTHER COUNTIES.
DEPUTY DIRECTOR ROBIN DOSTER SAYS THEY HELP ABOUT 48 HUNDRED PEOPLE.

TEN DOGS AT THE MACON BIBB ANIMAL SHELTER GOT A NEW LEASH ON LIFE TODAY...THANKS TO A LOCAL BUSINESSMAN.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO MYSHEA ROBINSON....OF CENTRAL GEORGIA CARES.
SHE SAID TOM WAGONER DONATED 750 DOLLARS... TO SPONSOR FREE ADOPTIONS FOR 10 DOGS SCHEDULED TO BE EUTHANIZED.
ONE OF THOSE 10 ALREADY HAS A NEW FAMILY....AND LEAVES THE SHELTER TONIGHT.
WAGONER TOLD US HE WROTE A CHECK WHEN HE HEARD ABOUT PROBLEMS AT THE SHELTER...BECAUSE HE JUST HATES TO HEAR ABOUT DOGS BEING PUT DOWN.
DOGS AT MACON ANIMAL CONTROL CAN BE TRANSFERED.. .ADOPTED... OR PUT DOWN IF THEY ARE NOT CLAIMED BY THEIR OWNERS...OR ADOPTED... WITHIN 7 DAYS.
FOR INFORMATION ON ADOPTION...YOU CAN CALL THE SHELTER AT 751-9200. AGAIN THAT'S 751-9200.

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