Sunday, March 4, Eyewitness News at 6

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M AMY AUBERT, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.


JUST DAYS AFTER A WARNER ROBINS CHURCH WAS VANDALIZED... THE CONGREGATION SPENT THE DAY CELEBRATING.
IT COMES AFTER A HALF WEEK OF CLEAN-UP... AFTER THE VANDALISM.
LAST TUESDAY... CHURCH MEMBERS FOUND THE SANCTUARY COVERED IN WHITE FOAM FROM AT LEAST TWO FIRE EXTINGUISHES.
ANNE PICOSA... THE CHURCH'S DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR... SAYS IT TOOK A CLEAN UP COMPANY ABOUT THREE AND A HALF DAYS TO GET THE CHURCH READY FOR AN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION THIS AFTERNOON.
A BI-LINGUAL MASS... FOLLOWED BY MULTI-ETHNIC FOOD AND DANCING... MARKED 5 YEARS SINCE THE CHURCH WAS BUILT AND DEDICATED.
SOME CHURCH GOERS SAY IT WAS ALSO A CELEBRATION OF THEIR RESILIENCE.
"It was really heart breaking, we were approaching the celebration like we're doing today and we didn't want it to be a setback. As a matter of fact one of our proests father Pablo made a statement that there's not enough fire extinguishers in the world that could ever extinguish the flame that goes on in sacred heart parish."
Anne Picosa "We're just so thankful to them and all the work that they've done, and to everybody that's reached out to us, our Catholic members, the whole community has reached out and offered to help people showed up the next morning dressed, ready to workswhat could they do."
PICOSA SAYS THE CHURCH IS MOSTLY CLEANED UP.
ALL THAT'S LEFT IS SOME FIRE EXTINGUISHER FOAM ON THE RAFTERS.



RESIDENTS IN THE TORNADO-STRICKEN HEARTLAND ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO CLEAN UP THEIR COMMUNITIES.
FRIDAY'S VIOLENT STORMS KILLED AT LEAST 37 PEOPLE IN FIVE STATES.
SUSAN MCGINNIS IS IN HARD-HIT HENRYVILLE, INDIANA.
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PKG:

(nats -singing "And pray...")

((NARR-1)) Henryville, IN

SUNDAY SERVICES AT CHURCHES ACROSS HENRYVILLE WERE EMOTIONAL.

CHURCH-GOERS WIPED AWAY TEARS, AND HUGGED ONE ANOTHER.

((SOT)) Pastor Richard Cheeks

"What we're hearing is that people how have lost everything are showing up to help their neighbors. And friends and family. So I don't believe there's hope lost, there's hope renewed. "

(nats - car door)

((NARR-2))

NURSE PENNY MITCHELL DROVE FIVE HOURS FROM CHICAGO TO HELP.

(nats - Miss New?)

SHE WENT DOOR TO DOOR, CHECKING ON RESIDENTS LIKE JUNE NEW....WHO SAYS IN THE MIDST OF THE DEVASTATION -- SHE FEELS BLESSED.

((sot)) June New/Henryville Resident

"Look around you, there is a lot left. There is a lot left. "

((NARR-3))

SHERRIF'S DEPUTY BRIAN LOVINS DELIVERED BOTTLED WATER. HE HELPED PEOPLE TAKE SHELTER IN A CHURCH BASEMENT WHEN THE STORMS HIT.

THAT BUILDING - IS NOW GONE.

((sot)) Brian Lovins, Sherrff's Deputy (teary)

"I was telling everybody, the church isn't the building, the church is the people."

((STANDUP BRIDGE)) Susan McGinnis, CBS News, Henryville, IN

The people of Henryville spent Sunday praying, helping each other and cleaning up their homes from Friday's devastating tornados.

It's a sight repeated across the south and midwest, including hard-hit Kentucky.

(nat sot) 13:45:20 "This'll be enough for me, thank you."

((NARR-4))

TIM WECHSLER DELIVERED FOOD TO WORK CREWS AND RESIDENTS IN WEST LIBERTY, KENTUCKY.

((SOT)) Tim Wechsler

"There's a lot of people out here who probably haven't had a hot meal."

((NARR-5))

HOMES THERE WERE BLOWN OFF THEIR FOUNDATIONS.... AND A SCHOOL BUS WAS DEPOSITED ON TOP OF A BUILDING.

SOME PEOPLE LOST EVERYTHING.

((sot)) Jonathan (no last name available)

besides losing everything we own, and our house - almost getting killed in it - we're still alive.

((NARR-6)) Henryville, IN

COMMUNITIES ARE VOWING TO REBUILD... WORKING AS HARD AS THEY CAN TO PUT THINGS BACK TOGETHER.

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STATE POLICE IN INDIANA SAY THEY THINK THEY'VE ACCOUNTED FOR ALL RESIDENTS IN THE MOSTLY RURAL AREA THAT WAS HIT BY FRIDAY'S TORNADOES






FRESH OFF OF A WIN IN WASHINGTON STATE... MITT ROMNEY BROUGHT HIS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TO GEORGIA TODAY.
THE FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR HOSTED A PANCAKE BRUNCH AT BROOKWOOD HIGH SCHOOL IN SNELLVILLE.
ROMNEY HEADS INTO SUPER TUESDAY WITH A FIVE STATE WINNING STREAK.
GEORGIA HAS 76 DELEGATES UP FOR GRABS NEXT WEEK... THE MOST OF ANY SUPER TUESDAY STATE.
DURING THE VISIT... ROMNEY CRITICIZED HOW PRESIDENT OBAMA IS HANDLING THE SITUATION IN SYRIA.
The president has failed the Arab spring, it's become the Arab winter in too many respects. And I want to make sure that stand with voices that share our values.
WHILE ROMENY WAS IN GEORGIA... TWO OF HIS RIVALS... NEWT GINGRICH AND RON PAUL... WE'RE BUSY DEFENDING THEIR CHOICES TO STAY IN THE RACE.
GINGRICH SAYS DESPITE A STRING OF RECENT LOSSES... HE BELIEVES HIS CAMPAIGN CAN COME BACK FOR THE THIRD TIME.
I accept the fact that he can run as long as he wants to. We had this dialogue a month-and-a-half ago. I've had seven different surges two of them by Herman Cain in which various people came and went I keep coming back. I have twice been the frontrunner in the national polls, and I think with two dollar and fifty cents a gallon gasoline and with American energy plan designed to give us independence from the Middle East so that no American president will ever again bow to a Saudi King. I think we're coming back again for a third time.




ON CBS' FACE THE NATION... RON PAUL ADMITTED THE CHANCES OF HIM WINNING THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION ARE SLIM.. BUT HE SAYS ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
Do I believe I can win? Yes. Do I believe the chances are slim? Yes, I do. But things happen in this world that we don't have total
control of. And we live in a world that is very much in flux, you know, internationally and monetarily, that just might make the
circumstances different.
THE OTHER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFUL... RICK SANTORUM SPENT PART OF HIS SUNDAY CAMPAIGING IN MEMPHIS.
ALL FOUR MEN HOPE TO BE BIG WINNERS THIS WEEK... ON SUPER TUESDAY.




TODAY CHURCH GOERS IN ALABAMA... INCLUDING 30 MEMBERS OF THE KENNEDY FAMILY... WERE URGED TO CONTINUE THE LEGACY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.. BY TAKING PART IN A SIX-DAY MARCH FROM SELMA TO MONTGOMERY.
THE MARCH WILL COMMEMORATE THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE 19-65 DEMONSTRATION THE BECAME KNOWN AS "BLOODY SUNDAY"... AFTER POLICE ATTACKED PEACEFUL PROTESTORS.
BUT DEMONSTRATORS WILL ALSO USE THE MARCH TO PROTEST ALABAMA'S VOTER I-D AND IMMIGRATION LAWS.
HUDREDS ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE THE 50-MILE WALK TO MONTGOMERY OVER THE NEXT FIVE DAYS.
ON FRIDAY.. THE DEMONSTRATION WILL END WITH A RALLY AT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR'S.. DEXTER AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH.




THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND SCIENCES PARTNERED WITH THE MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO OFFER HUNDREDS OF KIDS AN INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO.
CHILDREN TRAVELED THROUGH THE DIFFERENT SOUNDS IN THE MUSEUM IN THEIR SIXTH ANNUAL EVENT.
THE EVENT WAS GEARED TOWARD YOUNG KIDS... AND GAVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH AND LISTEN TO LOCAL MUSICIANS.
THOSE WHO DIDN'T HAVE AN INSTRUMENT COULD MAKE ONE OF THEIR OWN.
FROM BRASS... WOODWIND... AND STRINGS... EVERY MUSICAL GROUP WAS REPRESENTED.
SHERYL TOWERS... C-E-O OF THE MACON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA... SAYS SHE THINKS THE ZOO IS GREAT... AND WE SPOKE TO SOME STUDENTS WHO AGREE.
Sheryl Towers, CEO Macon Symphony Orchestra: "Many of them find that they make a committment to learning to becoming involved with music for a lifetime."
Marcelene Leverette, nine year old:" I wanted to come here to see the instruments."
Emma Heath: "So far it's pretty fun"
EACH CHILD RECIEVED A PASSPORT AND EARNED STAMPS AS THEY NAVIGATED THROUGH THE INSTRUMENTAL FAMILIES.





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