GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED PEOPLE PACKED THE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM TONIGHT... TO SPEAK THEIR MINDS ABOUT THE MACON MIRACLE PLAN.
KATELYN HECK WAS THERE AND HAS MORE ON WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY.
IT WAS A PACKED HOUSE WITH OPINIONS FLYING FROM ALL DIRECTIONS... BUT NO ONE SPOKE AGAINST THE STRATEGIC PLAN AS A WHOLE... ONE COMMUNITY MEMBER EVEN ASKED ANYONE *AGAINST* THE MACON MIRACLE TO RAISE THEIR HAND... AND NOT ONE HAND WAS IN THE AIR.
INSTEAD.. PEOPLE QUESTIONED *PARTS* OF THE PLAN... MAINLY CONCERNING SAFETY...DISCIPLINE... AND THE BUDGET
OTHERS SAID THEYRE TIRED OF ALL THE QUESTIONS AND BEGGED BOARD MEMBERS TO VOTE ON THE PLAN QUICKLY.
i dont understand what were still here for. its been a month since he released the plan. four weeks ago today he released the plan. lets vote, lets move on.
SOME PEOPLE CHALLENGED DALLEMANDS COMMUNICATION SKILLS WITH THE COMMUNITY AND BOARD MEMBERS.
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BUT WHEN I SPOKE WITH DALLEMAND AFTER THE FORUM... HE SAID HES BEEN AN OPEN BOOK.
every monday i meet with at least 16 people from the community. every monday afternoon. so ive been meeting with folks. we have a community with 152,000 people so ive been meeting with 16 individuals every monday. so i have been responding to folks. ive been going to churches all over the community, i mean ive been to a lot of other forums.
BOARD MEMBERS GARY BECHTEL AND LYNN FARMER SAY THEYRE NOT READY FOR A VOTE... THEY PLAN TO MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT SOMETIME THIS WEEK TO GET THEIR OWN QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
YOU CAN FIND MORE ON DALLEMAND'S STRATEGIC PLAN... ON OUR WEBSITE... AT 13 WMAZ DOT COM.
THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL RACE CAME TO CENTRAL GEORGIA TODAY WHEN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL NEWT GINGRINCH STOPPED IN NORTH BIBB COUNTY.
GRINGRIC HELD A FUNDRAISER AND A RALLY AT HEPZIBAH MINISTRIES OFF ZEBULON ROAD.
CANDACE ADORKA REPORTS HE GOT THE CROWD FIRED UP BY BASHING THE CURRENT PRESIDENT.
"Let me make very clear what the difference is betweek Barack Obama and myself..."
NEWT GINGRICH ADDRESSED THE CROWD AT THE HEPZIBAH CHILDRENS HOME LIKE HIS OPPONENT IS THE CURRENT WHITE HOUSE OCCUPANT... AND NOT OTHER REPUBLICAN PRIMARY COMPETITORS.
"I wan't an American foreign policy that makes us independent of the middle east, I want an American energy policy so no president ever again bows to a saudi king.
HE SPENT MOST OF HIS 42-MINUTE SPEECH ATTACKING THE PRESIDENT'S ENERGY AND FOREIGN POLICY, PROMISING CENTRAL GEORGIANS LESS PAIN AT THE PUMP.
"A Gingrich candidacy means two dollar and 50 cent a gallon gasoline while you dont pay attetion to saudi arabia and you don't wrry about china, that's a pretty good baragin."
HE PAINTED OBAMA'S FOREIGN POLICY AS WEAK AND CONCILIATORY TO RADICAL ISLAM, USING HIS RECENT APPOLOGY FOR THE BURNING OF QUORANS IN AFGHANISTAN AS AN EXAMPLE.
"It is shameful for th ecommander in chief to appologize at a time when his men are being killed. And obama's apollogy is being used int he united nations as an admission of guilt when there was no guilt."
BEYOND FORIEGN POLICY... GINGRICH RALIED AGAINST OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE LAW... ECONOMIC POLICY... AND HIS STANCE ON SOCIAL ISSUES RELATED TO RELIGION.
"This is the most anti-religious administration in American history. And you have my commitment that on the very forst day, i will issue an executive order that turns over every single anti-religious action of barack obama."
GINGRICH CAPPED THE NIGHT BY MEETING HIS SUPPORTERS... LIKE 10-YEAR OLD CAROLINE ARNOLD WHO GOT HIS AUTOGRAPH.
"he's gonna make th egas go lower, and he's not doing what barack obama's doing."
"it's time for a real change for America."
WENDELL HARROLSON SAYS HE'S BEEN A GINGRICH FAN FOR YEARS...
"He has the answers, he's done it before, I dont knwo anybody else that's capable of handling constitutional affairs like newt gingrich."
"He is very sincere, I don't think he's a showman he just says what he believes and what he can do."
GINGRICH IS LEADING HIS OPPONENTS IN THE POLLS IN GEORGIA... BUT SAYS HE WILL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR VOTES... HOPING TO LEAVE A LASTING MARK THIS SUPER TUESDAY.
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GINGRICH'S PRESIDENTIAL RIVALS WERE ALSO BUSY ON THE CAMPAIGN TRIAL AHEAD OF SUPER TUESDAY.
RICK SANTORUM HELD A COUPLE OF CAMPAIGN EVENTS IN THE PEACH STATE.
THIS MORNING HE SPOKE AT A RALLY IN DALTON..LATER HE APPEARED IN ATLANTA.
SANTORUM SPOKE ABOUT HIS CHANCES OF UPSETTING GINGRICH IN GEORGIA ON TUESDAY
"There will be lots of surprises on Super Tuesday. There will be no bigger surprise if, on Super Tuesday Rick Santorum is the winner of the GA primary, this will change this election! Thank you and God bless you, (cheering) thank you."
REPUBLICAN FRONT-RUNNER MITT ROMNEY SPENT THE DAY CAMPAIGNING IN THE MIDWEST... MAKING STOPS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND IDAHO.
HE'S TRYING TO CAPITALIZE ON THIS WEEK'S VICTORIES IN ARIZONA AND MICHIGAN.
IN IDAHO... ROMENY GEARED HIS SPEECH TOWARDS BALANCING THE NATIONS' BUDGET AND GETTING RID OF OBAMA CARE.
STACY BLOODSWORTH IS NOW OFFCIALLY OUT AS SHERIFF OF WILCOX COUNTY.. THIS COMES MORE THAN A WEEK AFTER HE WAS INDIECTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY.
BLOODSWORTH SUBMITTED HIS RESIGNATION LAST WEEK TO A PROBATE JUDGE... WHO THEN FORWARDED IT TO GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL FOR APPROVAL.
LAST WEEK.. IN FEDERAL COURT... BLOODSWORTH AGREED TO RESIGN AS SHERIFF AS PART OF HIS BOND AGREEMENT.
BLOODSWORTH ALONG WITH 3 OTHER MEN WERE INDICTED ON CHARGES INCLDUING ASSAULTING INMATES AND LYING TO FEDERAL AGENTS.
IN THE PAST MONTH....FOUR STUDENTS AT DODGE COUNTY SCHOOLS WERE CHARGED WITH CRIMES
SHERIFF JEFF HINSON SAYS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL... A 16-YEAR OLD STUDENT WAS FOUND WITH MARIJUANA... AN 18-YEAR OLD BROUGHT A KNIFE TO SCHOOL.. AND A 15 YEAR OLD GIRL TOLD POLICE SHE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED.
THAT FEMALE LATER ADMITTED SHE FALSELY REPORTED THE CRIME.
AT NORTH DODGE ELEMENTARY.. A 12-YEAR OLD BROUGHT A GUN TO SCHOOL.
NO ONE WAS INJURED.. AND HINSON SAYS THE RECENT CRIME IS ODD FOR THE DISTRICT.
Hinson: "I don't know of in the history that since I've been here that all that would happen all at one time. I think you lay it to ti's kind of like just crimes in general they just happen at those times. I don't think iit was planned."
HINSON SAYS THE COUNTY PULLED RESOURCE OFFICERS FROM THE DISTRICT IN JANUARY TO CUT COSTS.
BUT HE SAYS DEPUTIES STOP BY THE SCHOOLS SEVERAL TIMES A DAY.
THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION EXPECTS MORE THAN SEVEN HUNDRED APPLICANTS AT SATURDAY'S TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR.
IT'S AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL ON SOUTH DAVIS DRIVE... STARTING AT NINE A-M AND LASTS UNTIL NOON.
PARKING IS AT McCONNELL-TALBERT STADIUM.
APPLICANTS SHOULD BRING NUMEROUS RESUMES.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR MARK SCOTT SAYS STAFF FROM ALL 38 HOUSTON SCHOOLS WILL BE THERE. .
EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALLY DRESSED AND PREPARED FOR AN INTERVIEW.
SCOTT SAYS THEY EXPECT TO HIRE ONE-HUNDRED TO 150 TEACHERS.
ABOUT THE SAME AS LAST YEAR.
Mark Scott, Human Resources Director: (9:20) "It's a competitive environment, and you have 700 attendees. There is going to be competition and we often see that competition in the early grades. We have a lot of people competing for those jobs."
SCOTT SAYS PEOPLE SHOULD ALSO FILL OUT AN ON-LINE APPLICATION BEFORE THE EVENT.
WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO THAT... AND MORE TIPS..
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THANKS BEN.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.