GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED THAT AN E-F3 TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN HARELSON COUNTY... THAT'S IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA. THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE TWISTER PACKED WINDS OF UP TO 165 MILES PER HOUR.
IT WAS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL DEADLY TWISTERS THAT KILLED MORE THAN THREE DOZEN PEOPLE... ACROSS THE MIDWEST AND SOUTH... INCLUDING ONE IN GEORGIA.
ALPHARETTA POLICE SAY THE BODY OF AN 83-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS FOUND IN A CREEK MORE THAN 100 YARDS AWAY FROM HER HOME.. JUST NORTH OF ATLANTA.
AUTHORITIES SAY THE WOMAN'S BODY WAS WASHED INTO THE CREEK... AFTER SHE TRIED TO TAKE SHELTER IN A DRAINAGE PIPE.
AUTHORITIES IN PAULDING COUNTY SAY AT LEAST 40 HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY LAST NIGHTS STORMS.
AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE COUNTY AIRPORT ALSO GOT HIT HARD BY THE STORM.
GEORGIA E-M-A REPORTED THAT 22 PLANES WERE DAMAGED AND A HANGER WAS DESTROYED.
FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF MERCER LAW GRAD LAUREN GIDDINGS FILLED THE STANDS FOR A MEMORIAL SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT TODAY.
GIDDINGS' BODY WAS FOUND NEAR HER MACON APARTMENT LAST JUNE.
GIDDINGS UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL... AGNES SCOTT COLLEGE IN ATLANTA....HOSTED THE TWO DAY TOURNAMENT IN HER HONOR.
KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH SOME OF GIDDINGS FORMER TEAMMATES WHO DESCRIBED HER AS A STANDOUT FIRST BASEMAN... AND AN ALL-STAR FRIEND.
THE COLOR PINK FILLED THE STANDS OF THE LAUREN GIDDINGS CLASSIC... AS FRIENDS... FAMILY... AND FORMER TEAMMATES REMEMBERED LAUREN GIDDINGS... AND HER LOVE OF SOFTBALL.
(SOT: lauren would love this... and anything we can do to keep her memory alive and her spirit... it just glorifies who she was.)
(SOT: all the family is coming down... all her friends.. and its great to see girls that didnt even know her coming out and suporting her.. it means a lot.)
GIDDINGS SUITED UP FOR THE AGNES SCOTT SOFTBALL TEAM AS A FIRST BASEMAN... BEFORE MOVING TO MACON FOR LAW SCHOOL.
HER FORMER TEAMMATES SAY THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HER FANCY FOOTWORK ON THE FIELD.
(SOT: this is the move that she did when she was getting ready after each play........)
(NATS: laurens mother will throw out the ceremonial first pitch)
GIDDINGS MOTHER SAYS HER DAUGHTER WAS RIGHT BY HER SIDE AS SHE TOOK THE MOUND.
(NATS: come on lauren...)
(NATS: at this time former teammates.... and former assistant coach with flowers and laurens framed number three jersey.)
AND BEFORE TAKING THEIR POSITIONS... THE TEAM HONORED GIDDINGS WITH A MOMENT OF SILENCE.
HER TEAMMATES SAY COMING BACK TO THEIR OLD STOMPING GROUND... BROUGHT GIDDINGS MEMORY BACK TO LIFE.
(SOT: 'its good memories of all the fun things we did together' ... 'and lauren would love the fact that she has a softall tournament named after her, she would love that' ... 'and shirts and coozies.. with her monogram and everything.')
AGNES SCOTT PLANS TO DONATE THE MONEY RAISED FROM THE GIDDINGS MEMORABILIA... TO THE LAUREN GIDDINGS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND.
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AGNES SCOTT SAILED PAST WESLEYAN COLLEGE IN THEIR FIRST GAME TONIGHT.
THE SCHOOL SAYS THEY PLAN TO CONTINUE THE TOURNAMENT EVERY YEAR.
PEACH COUNTY VOTERS CAN HIT THE POLLS TUESDAY... AND DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT TO CONTINUE THE SPLOST.
THE SPLOST IS A ONE PERCENT COUNTY SALES TAX.
THAT MONEY COULD GO TO SPECIAL PROJECTS... LIKE PAVED ROADS AND A TRAINING CENTER.
AUSTIN LEWIS SHOWS YOU WHY ONE COUNTY COMMISSIONER SAYS IT'LL PAVE THE WAY TO SUCCESS... FOR THEIR COMMUNITY.
<< MATHEWS ROAD IN FORT VALLEY...DIDN'T ALWAYS LOOK LIKE THIS.....
IT USED TO BE AN UNPAVED, DIRT ROAD, BUT THAT ALL CHANGED... THANKS TO THE PEACH COUNTY SPLOST.
Chairman Melvin Walker, Peach County: 02:57 we are able to do things that we just can't do from our revenue.
ACCORDING TO COUNTY COMMISSIONER MELVIN WALKER ROADS LIKE THIS ONE...COULD BE TRANSFORMED...IF VOTERS DECIDE TO PASS ANOTHER SPLOST.
Chairman Melvin Walker, Peach County:04:39 We have a long range plan for getting all the roads paved, and this would be a continuation of that plan.
AND SOME WHO DRIVE THESE STREETS EVERYDAY SAY THEY'RE READY TO LEAVE DIRT ROADS IN THE DUST.
Clara Bradshaw, Fort Valley: We have so much need here in Peach County, especially in Fort Valley, to upgrade the roads and the highways.
Charlotte Woolfolk, Fort Valley: 01:04 I think it will be a great thing for Fort Valley, even making it look better as far as the environment, and get people to come to our community.
Austin Lewis, Eyewitness News: Walker says the SPLOST money could go into creating a Workforce Development Center. He says this center will help them get commercial driver licenses and it could be a goOD thing for Peach County.
Chairman Melvin Walker, Peach County:03:24 Middle Georgia tech, we're working with them, the tech school out in Warner Robins, and they are going to actually operate the facility so the outlay for the county is getting the intial investment to get the facility up and running.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ESTIMATE THE SPLOST WOULD BRING IN ROUGHLY 21.7 MILLION DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS.
3 POINT 8 MILLION OF THAT MONEY WOULD GO TOWARD ROAD PROJECTS.
ANOTHER THREE MILLION TO THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT CENTER WHICH WOULD BE RUN BY MIDDLE GEORGIA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
AND TWO MILLION FOR A SEWER SYSTEM IN SOUTHWEST PEACH COUNTY.
WALKER SAYS THE REST WOULD BE USED ON OTHER PROJECTS... LIKE MORE COMPUTERS FOR LIBRARIES AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CARS.
Chairman Melvin Walker, Peach County: 01:50 The sales tax rate won't change as a result of them voting for this, except that if they didn't vote for it, it would probably go down, but it won't go up.
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FOLKS IN PEACH COUNTY CAN CAST THEIR VOTE ON THE SPLOST ON TUESDAY MARCH 6TH.
ROADS IN TWO OTHER CENTRAL GEORGIA COUNTIES COULD SOON BE GETTING A FACELIFT... THAT'S ACCORDING TO STATE TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS.
THE GEORGIA D-O-T ANNOUNCED ABOUT 20 MILLION DOLLARS IN TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTS AROUND THE STATE.
800 THOUSAND DOLLARS WILL GO TOWARD RESURFACING 12 MILES OF CITY STREETS AND COUNTY ROADS IN BLECKLEY AND DODGE COUNTIES.
OTHER PROJECTS INCLUDE... BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION IN HEARD.. HALL... AND TATTNALL COUNTIES.
THE D-O-T HAS STARTED 172 NEW CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THE FISCAL YEAR 20-12... VALUED AT MORE THAN 642 MILLION DOLLARS.
A RESTAURANT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... WILL SAY CHEERS... TO OPENING ITS DOORS TO A PIECE OF HOLLYWOOD NEXT WEEK.
OSCAR WINNING ACTOR AND DIRECTOR CLINT EASTWOOD... JOINED BY CAST AND CREW MEMBERS... WILL VISIT A MACON HOT SPOT... TO SHOOT A SCENE IN AN UPCOMING FILM.
CHEERS RESTAURANT ON NORTHSIDE DRIVE IN MACON WILL BE THE BACKDROP FOR ONE OF THE SCENES IN THE MOVIE "TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE."
THE MOVIE STARS CLINT EASTWOOD... AMY ADAMS... AND JUSTIN TIMERLAKE.
CHEERS OWNER... JIMMY PIERSON SAYS A COUPLE WEEKS AGO... SOME WARNER BROTHERS EMPLOYEES CHECKED OUT MACON... AND SNAPPED SOME SHOTS OF HIS RESTAURANT... TO SHOW THE DIRECTOR.
A FEW DAYS LATER... HE GOT THE CALL FROM HOLLYWOOD... THAT THE LOCAL BAR WOULD BE VISITED BY SOME BIG NAMES... BRIGHT LIGHTS... AND MOVIE CAMERAS.
PIERSON SAYS IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE FOR HIM... AND SAYS THE RESTUARANT'S REGULARS... CAN'T WAIT.
Jimmy Pierson, Owner "We're real excited and the employees are excited and whats neat is that the customers are excited because this is their bar, so Clint Eastwood is coming to have a drink in their bar and eat in their bar and they are very excited about that"
DIRECTOR OF "TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE" ROBERT LORENZ WILL ROLL INTO MACON NEXT WEEK TO SHOOT THE SCENE AT CHEERS.
HUNDREDS OF TEACHING HOPEFULS LOOKING TO GET IN FRONT OF THE CLASSROOM... HAD THEIR CHANCE TO LAND A JOB IN HOUSTON COUNTY THIS MORNING.
THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION HELD A TEACHER RECRUITMENT FAIR AT WARNER ROBINS HIGH SCHOOL ON SOUTH DAVIS DRIVE.
DESPITE THE RAIN... A CROWD OF POTENTIAL TEACHERS FLOODED THE HALLS SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT SCHOOL.
HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTOR... MARK SCOTT... SAYS STAFF FROM ALL 38 HOUSTON SCHOOLS WERE ON HAND AND DOING INTERVIEWS.
JOB SEEKERS SAY THEY LIKE THE WAY THE JOB FAIR WAS SET UP.
Jessica McLaughlin, Macon "I like how the schools are spread out and everyone gets a chance to interview you. They have a lot of employees that are working for each school and you actually get to sit down and talk to someone it feels like a real personal connection and conversation"
SCOTT SAYS THE SYSTEM EXPECTS TO HIRE ONE-HUNDRED TO 150 TEACHERS.
A MONTEZUMA MAN... IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT... AFTER POLICE SAY HE STABBED HIS MOTHER MULTIPLE TIMES.
24-YEAR-OLD COLBY WILLIAMS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT... AGGRAVATED BATTERY... POSESSION OF TOOLS OF THE COMMISSION OF A CRIME.... AND OBSTRUCTION.
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE MONTEZUMA POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS POLICE GOT A CALL FRIDAY FROM LETHA WILLIAMS... SAYING SHE WAS BEING TAKEN TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR STAB WOUNDS... SHE SAYS WERE FROM HER SON.
COLBY WILLIAMS REMAINS IN THE MACON COUNTY JAIL.
HIS MOTHER IS LISTED IN STABLE CONDITION AT THE MEDICAL CENTER.
WARNER ROBINS POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO ROBBED A B-B AND T BANK THIS MORNING.
A POLICE PRESS RELEASE SAYS IT HAPPENED AT THE B-B AND T ON WATSON BOULEVARD AROUND 11-30 A-M.
THE RELEASE SAYS A MAN WALKED INTO THE BANK AND GAVE THE TELLER A NOTE DEMANDING MONEY.
ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE THE MAN LEFT THE BANK WITH AN UNKNOWN AMOUNT OF CASH.
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THIS CASE... CALL THE WARNER ROBINS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 478-929-6911.. AGAIN THATS 929-6911.
WITH SUPER TUESDAY JUST DAYS AWAY... THREE G-O-P PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SPENT SATURDAY CAMPAIGNING IN OHIO.
IT'S THE MOST CRITICAL OF NEXT WEEK'S 10 CONTESTS.
AND WASHINGTON STATE HELD ITS CAUCUSES TODAY.
CBS NEWS PROJECTS MITT ROMNEY IS THE WINNER.
DREW LEVINSON HAS MORE ON CAMPAIGN 2012.
MITT ROMNEY/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 42-48
RICK SANDORUM/ (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 101-109
NEWT GINGRICH / (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE 118-123
(--LOCATOR: VANCOUVER, WA--)
Inside some caucus sites it was standing room only in others --voters were turned away -- as tens of thousands of Washington State Republicans made their picks for a presidential nominee.
Frontrunner Mitt Romney won the contest.
Ron Paul.. dropped-in on caucus-goers Saturday.. pushing hard for his first victory.. but came up short.
The Washington State win may give Romney a boost heading into the critical Super Tuesday contests.
Saturday he rallied supporters in Ohio.. where he's locked in a close race with Rick Santorum - but Romney stuck to hammering President Obama and highlighting his business background.
(--MITT ROMNEY/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE--)
"WITH JOBS SO BADLY NEEDED, WITH INCOMES GOING DOWN. WE NEED A PRESIDENT WHO KNOWS THE ECONOMY TO FIX THE ECONOMY."
(--LOCATOR; BLUE ASH, OH--)
Santorum used a 2009 USA today editorial to challenge Romney on health care.
In it Romney said he supported individual mandates and tax penalties that inspired President Obama's health care bill.
(--SOT RICK SANTORUM/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE--)
YOU KNOW, IT'S BAD ENOUGH THAT HE RECOMMENDED IT. IT'S WORSE THAT HE WOULDN'T COME CLEAN WITH THE PEOPLE IN THIS PRIMARY THAT HE DID IT!"
(--WEST CHESTER, OH--)
Speaking near Cincinnati Newt Gingrich said although he is counting on a win in Georgia the state he represented for 20 years.. he feels he'll do well in Ohio .
(--SOT: NEWT GINGRICH/(R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE--)
WELL, WE OUGHT TO GET AS MANY DELEGATES AS WE CAN, OBVIOUSLY WE SEE REAL OPPORTUNITIES HERE."
More than 400 delegates are up for grabs Super Tuesday.
GINGRICH FINISHED A DISTANT FOURTH IN WASHINGTON STATE.
ROMNEY'S VICTORY THERE COMES ON THE HEELS OF WINS EARLIER THIS WEEK IN MICHIGAN AND ARIZONA.
MORE THAN 70 GIRLS STRUTTED THEIR STUFF TODAY... HOPING TO BE CROWNED MISS FORSYTHIA.
IT'S AN EARLY KICKOFF TO THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL... WHICH STARTS NEXT WEEK.
STEPHANIE HOPSON RUNS THE PAGEANT... SHE SAYS GIRLS IN DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS HAVE A SHOT AT THE CROWN... AND WILL BE FEATURED IN NEXT WEEK'S FESTIVAL ALONG WITH FORSYTH'S CHRISTMAS PARADE LATER IN THE YEAR.
SHE SAYS IT GIVES THE GIRLS A CHANCE TO SHINE... AND A BOOST OF SELF CONFIDENCE.
AND SOME OF THE CONTESTANTS... AGREE.
Madison Lewis, Forsyth: "It teaches you not to be scared of people, like when you get into college and stuff, you have to talk in front of a lot of people. If you do this, you won't be scared because you have to talk in front of people anyway."
Sarah Hankinson, Forsyth: "I just like how fun it is and everyone's so nice and you make lots of friends."
THE FORSYTHIA FESTIVAL KICKS OFF NEXT SATURDAY... MARCH 10TH.
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