GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
INVESTIGATORS WERE ON THE SCENE AGAIN TODAY... AT THE SIGHT OF THE FLORIDA PLANE CRASH THAT KILLED COLISEUM HEALTH C-E-O ALLEN GOLSON.
THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND NOON ON FRIDAY... IN OCALA FLORIDA.
LEAD INVESTIGATOR RALPH HICKS... WITH THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD... SAYS THEY SPENT THE WEEKEND GOING THROUGH THE PLANE'S WRECKAGE... WHICH WAS CLEARED FROM THE SCENE SATURDAY AFTERNOON.
HICKS SAYS THEY SPENT SUNDAY LOOKING AT THE LANDING GEAR.
HE DESCRIBES IT AS ALMOST UP OR RETRACTED... AND SAYS THE PILOT'S HANDLE WAS IN THE RETRACTED POSITION.
HICKS ALSO SAYS THEY SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY TAKING APART THE ENGINES.
Ralph Hicks: "As of now, we see no obvious signs of engine failure, such as a hole in the crane case or anything, anything like that. Everything appears to be normal in appearance at this time. And the in-crank shafts, one on each that rotate freely, we see no signs at this point of no internal engine failure."
HICKS SAYS THE CRASH SIGHT WAS A HALF MILE SOUTH... SOUTHWEST APPROACHING THE RUNWAY IN OCALA, FLORIDA.
HE SAYS THEY HAVE NOT YET LOCATED THE AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE RECORDS.
ABOUT 75 COMMUNITY LEADERS JUMPSTARTED A 5-YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS IN CENTRAL SOUTH MACON.
THEY KICKED OFF THE CHILDREN'S PROMISE NEIGHBORHOODS PROJECT YESTERDAY.... A WEEK BEFORE THE SUPERINTENDENT OF BIBB COUNTY SCHOOLS LAUNCHES HIS TRANSFORMATIVE PLAN FOR THE WHOLE DISTRICT.
CANDACE ADORKA FOUND OUT HOW THE TWO PLANS ARE SUPPOSED TO WORK TOGETHER.
<<KIDS AT INGRAM-PYE AND HARTLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS... BALLARD HUDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL... AND SOUTHWEST HIGH SCHOOL... WILL BE GETTING SPECIAL ATTENTION FROM A GROUP OF LEADERS WHO ARE KICKING OFF THE MACON CHILDRENS PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT
"This is a historic moment ..."
MERCER PROFESSOR PETER BROWN CO-DIRECTS THE PROJECT... WHICH HAS ABOUT 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN FEDERAL GRANTS AND DONATIONS.
HE SAYS THEY HAVE A YEAR TO DESIGN A PLAN TO IMROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE AT THE 4 SCHOOLS.
"It's a remarkable opportunity to have this much resources to plan with to be sure that we have a sustainalble 5-year plan that we can launch."
THEY'RE LAUNCHING THIS PROJECT JUST AS BIBB SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND PLANS TO KICK OFF HIS OWN 5-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.
IT'S BEEN IN THE WORKS SINCE LAST SUMMER.
"We want to have a plan that will be the Macon Miracle."
BROWN SAYS THE TWO PLANS WILL GO HAND IN HAND.
"We would not be where we were today if Superintendent Dallemand had not seen this fit very closely with his aims, one of which is to engage the community in supporting the school system."
BROWN SAYS THE FOCUS OF THE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PROJECT WILL BE INITIATIVES OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL LIKE SUMMER AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, TECHNOLOGY AT HOME, AND JOB TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS.
SUZANNE GRIFFIN-ZIEBART... A DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF BIBB SCHOOLS... SAYS THE PROJECT WILL SUPPORT THE DISTRICT-WIDE PLAN.
"I would expect, just by the very nature of a collaborative effort that the strategic plan will be strengthened by the promise enighborhoods folks and the promise neighborhood's group work will be strengthened by the strategic plan. I just see it as a win win."
RIGHT NOW THE PROJECT IS JUST IN THE TINDALL HEIGHTS AND UNIONVILLE NEIGHBORHOODS... BUT BROWN SAYS THAT'S ONLY TEMPORARY.
"If we prove we can do it, resources will become available to us, and we can do it elsewhere, we can do it in Bloomfield, we can do it in East Macon, we can do it in Pleasant Hill..."
HE SAYS THAT WILL TAKE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY... AND IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM... WORKING TOGETHER.
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL REVEAL HIS PLAN ON FEBURARY 10TH AT THE MACON CENTREPLEX.
BROWN SAYS ONCE THE PROMISE NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN IS COMPLETED... THEY WILL APPLY FOR A GRANT OF UP TO 30-MILLION DOLLARS TO IMPLEMENT THE PLAN.
A GROUP OF GEORGIA DADS SAY THEY SHOULDN'T BE PUT IN JAIL.. BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THEIR CHILD SUPPORT.
IN A LAWSUIT.. FIVE FATHERS SAY JAILING PARENTS WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT CREATES A MODERN DAY DEBTOR'S PRISION.
THEY SAY PUTTITNG THEM BEHIND BARS.. CAUSES THEM TO LOSE THIER JOBS.. MAKING IT EVEN HARDER TO PAY UP.
THE GROUP OF MEN WANT THE STATE TO PROVIDE THEM ATTRONEYS AT CHILD SUPPORT HEARINGS.
THEY SAY THAT COULD HELP KEEP THEM OUT OF JAIL.
ATTORNEYS FOR THE PEACH STATE SAY JUDGES ARE JUST USING THE LAW FOR THE WORST OFFENDERS.
THOUSANDS OF OTHER PARENTS.... IN JAIL FOR FAILING TO PAY THEIR CHILD SUPPORT.. RECENTLY JOINED THE LAWSUIT.
G-O-P FRONTRUNNERS MITT ROMENY AND NEWT GINGRICH SPENT THEIR SUNDAY MAKING LAST MINUTE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN FLORIDA.
ROMNEY WENT AFTER THE HISPANIC VOTE TODAY.
HE SPOKE TO CROWD OF A COUPLE HUNDRED PEOPLE IN A CITY OF HIALEAH... WHERE NEARLY 95 PERCENT OF THE COMMUNITY COMES FROM HISPANIC OF LATINO ORIGIN.
ROMNEY ALSO TOOK SOME TIME TO CARVE A SLOW-ROASTED PIG INSIDE A LOCAL RESTUARANT.
A RECENT POLLS OF LIKELY LATINO VOTERS IN FLORIDA.. SHOW ROMENY WITH 49 PERCENT OF THEIR SUPPORT.
GEORGIA NATIVE.. NEWT GINGRICH ATTENED A CHURCH SERVICE IN LUTZ FLORIDA TODAY.
WHEN IT WAS OVER... GINGRICH TOOK SOME TIME TO RESPOND TO NEW POLLS THAT SHOW ROMNE HAS A COMFORTABLE LEAD OVER HIM IN THE SUNSHINE STATE.
I think that the election will be substantially closer than the two polls that came out this morning, you'll notice that 48 hours ago there was another poll that showed us tied, I think there are a lot of things going on, the most significant thing in both the poll this morning is that when you add the two conservatives together, we clearly beat Romney.
RICK SANTORUM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE BACK IN FLORIDA CAMPAIGNING TODAY BUT HE IS BACK HOME WITH HIS DAUGHTER WHO IS IN THE HOSPITAL.
RON PAUL CHOSE NOT TO ACTIVELY CAMPAIGN IN STATE.
FLORIDA'S PRIMARY IS ON TUESDAY.
AT LEAST 10 PEOLE ARE DEAD... AND 18 MORE INJURED AFTER A SERIES OF OVERNIGHT CRASHES ON TWO NORTH FLORIDA HIGHWAYS.
AUTHORITIES SAY AT LEAST 12 VEHICLES WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACCIDENT.. ON BOTH SIDE OF INTERSTATE 75... SOUTH OF GAINESVILLE.
THEY SAY IT HAPPEND JUST BEFORE 4 A-M.
OFFICIALS ARE BLAMING DARKNESS... AND POOR VISIBILITY FROM SMOKE FROM A NEARBY FIRE.
ONE WITNESS DESCRIBED THE SCENE AT "MASS CHAOS".. WITH PEOPLE CRYING.. AND SOME STUCK IN THEIR CARS.
THE HIGHWAYS HAD BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE OF LOW VISIBILITY... BUT WERE REOPENED BEFORE THE CRASHES HAPPENED.
SEVERAL BRIDES-TO-BE GOT A HEAD START ON PLANNING THEIR BIG DAY.
THE SECOND ANNUAL FOREVER YOURS BRIDAL SHOW... HOSTED BY BLOSSOMS FLORIST... HAD MANY BRIDES LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING WEDDING BELLS.
Sabrah Braddy, Owner Blossoms Florist: " We're having the second annual bridal show at the mall."
"we'll have a fashion show, a couple of contests for the brides to participate in,
"one two three"
"i got it don't pull it"
"we're giving out raffle prizes every fifteen min"
"alright ladies an gentleman lets get your tickets out one more time we're going to to another raffle"
"ticket ending in 542."
Danielle Barnes "I got engaged November thirteenth two thousand eleven." "He took me down to the gazebo and he said doubts in life don't matter I just want to spend the rest of my life with you and then he got down on one knee and propsed."
"There are a lot of vendors here a lot of local vendors there's a lady over here that owns a fabric store in her house and she does bridal gowns."
"looking around here it doesnt make me as nervous because there are a lot of ways that I can meet a budget and people are offering all kinds of specials and deals."
"i'm having a free raffle too."
THE GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY INCLUDED A DISCOUNTED FLORAL PACKAGE FROM BLOSSOMS... AND A FEATURE IN D-I-Y WEDDINGS MAGAZINE.
EVERYDAY... YOU TRUST THAT THE THINGS YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME ARE SAFE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. BUT WHEN THOSE PRODUCTS DON'T WORK THE WAY THEY SHOULD... THE COMPANY ISSUES A RECALL TO PROTECT YOU.
COLUMBIA PAR CAR IS RECALLING ABOUT 14 HUNDRED OF ITS GOLF SERVICE AND UTILITY VEHICLES.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE LOWER STEERING YOKE CAN LOOSEN WHERE IT ATTACHES TO THE STEERING RACK... CAUSING THE DRIVER TO LOSE CONTROL AND CRASH.
SO FAR... NO INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE 2009... 2010... AND 2011 MODELS ARE BEING RECALLED... THEY COST BETWEEN 5 AND 12 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CALL 800-222-4653.
B-J'S RECALLED ITS L-E-D FLASHLIGHT SETS DUE TO FIRE AND BURN HAZARD.
SO FAR... ONE MINOR BURN HAS BEEN REPORTED... PLUS PLUS A REPORT OF ONE UNIT BURNING AND MAKING A LOUD NOISE.
THE SET WAS SOLD AT B-J'S WHOLESALE CLUBS FROM JULY 2011 THROUGH DECEMBER 2011 FOR ABOUT 15 BUCKS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT B-J'S BY CALLING 800-B-J-S-CLUB.
EURO ASIA IMPORTS IS RECALLING ITS BICYCLE HANDLEBARS BECAUSE OF FALL HAZARD.
THE COMPANY SAYS THE HANDLEBARS CAN BREAK AS THE USER IS RIDING THE BIKE.
SO FAR... ONE INJURY AND TWO INCIDENTS OF THE HANDLEBARS BREAKING HAVE BEEN REPORTED.
THE HANDLEBARS WERE SOLD IN SPECIALTY BIKE SHOPS NATIONWIDE BETWEEN JANUARY 2008 AND JULY 2011.
THEY COST BETWEEN 60 AND 80 DOLLARS.
FOR MORE INFORMATION... YOU CAN CONTACT THE COMPANY AT 888-662-1814.
THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S RECALL WRAP... FOR MORE INFORMATION ON RECALLED PRODUCTS... VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
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THE STAGE IS SET AND REHEARSALS ARE UNDERWAY FOR THE CIVIC SHOW IN MACON AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE.
THE MUSICAL REVIEW IS DONE EACH YEAR TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL CHARITIES.
THE SHOW FEATURES ABOUT 20 SONGS.. RANGING FROM COUNTRY... TO POP AND BROADWAY
OPENING DAY IS WEDNESDAY... AND SHOW CHAIRMAN.. SCOTT SPIVEY SAYS TICKETS ARE GOING FAST.
ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM TICKET AND AD SELLS GOES TOWARDS A CHARITY.
LAST YEAR THEY GAVE TO 44 CHARITIES... THIS YEAR THEY CURRENTLY HAVE EIGHT.
THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR.. LIVING THE DREAM
Scott Spivey (show chairman) "we're focusing really this year on Macon, living in Macon and hopefully gettting to live your dream in Macon".
FOR TICKETS TO LIVING THE DREAM... YOU CAN CALL THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE AT 478-301-5470.. AGAIN THAT 301-5470.
THE SECOND ANNUAL ....GREAT SOUTH PREDATOR AND WILD HOG CHALLENGE WRAPPED UP TODAY.
SCURRY OUTDOOR SOUTH PARTNERED WITH BASS PRO SHOPS TO HOST THE EVENT THAT STARTED JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY.
FIFTY FIVE TEAMS REGISTERED TO COMPETE IN THE THREE DAY CHALLENGE.
TEAMS OF TWO AND FOUR WERE ELIGIBLE FOR THE NO FIRE ARM HUNT.
THE HOG AND PREDATOR HUNTERS... PULLED IN WITH THEIR CATCH TO WEIGH IN AT BASS PRO SHOPS.
JEFF SCURRY... OWNER OF SCURRY OUTDOOR SOUTH ... SAYS THIS EVENT IS THE ONLY ONE OF IT'S KIND IN GEORGIA AND IT GROWS EACH YEAR.
Jeff Scurry, Owner of Scurry Outdoor South: "People look for a sport before turkey season and after deer season they still want to get out in the woods and hunt predators and hogs so it's a great opportunity to keep the hunting community involved and give them something to do."
THE TEAM WITH THE HEAVIEST CATCH IN THE WILD HOG DIVISION AND PREDATOR DIVISION RECEIVED A ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR PRIZE.
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