Thursday, March 8, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..

AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

CENTRAL GEORGIA GOT A LITTLE TASTE HOLLYWOOD TODAY.
LEGENDARY ACTOR AND DIRECTOR.. CLINT EASTWOOD STOPPED IN MACON TO FILM SCENES FOR HIS UPCOMING MOVIE.. TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE.

ACCORDING TO I-M-D DOT COM.. THE BASEBALL THEMED FILM IS SET TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER.
JUDY LE IS AT LUTHER WILLIAMS FEILD IN CENTRAL CITY PARK... WHERE THEY ARE STILL FILMING RIGHT NOW.


CLINT MANIA HAS SPREAD THROUGHOUT MACON...AND IT ALL STARTED AT CHEERS.

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JUST AFTER TWO PM...FANS HAD SOMETHING TO CHEER ABOUT...AS CLINT EASTWOOD ROLLED INTO CHEERS.
HEATHER BURNS SAID SHE WAITED FOR TWO HOURS TO SEE THE MOVIE STAR.
Heather Burns, Macon: It's crazy I think it's totally crazy cause we're just Macon and we're small and certainly Cheers. It's like the smallest bar in town and so it's amazing, it's fun, it's one in a lifetime, it's Clint Eastwood.
SHE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF THE ACTOR...BUT JOHN GARRARD ...MANAGED TO SNAP A PICTURE WITH HIM.
John Gerrard, Macon: I cound't believe it for a second. Like, am I really holding Clint Eastwood? That's awesome!
EASTWOOD WRAPED UP AT CHEERS AND MOVED ON TO THE LUTHER WILLIAMS FIELD AROUND 4 TO SHOOT A SCENE THAT DEPICTS A MINOR LEAGUE GAME.
JERRY HALSTEAD DROVE UP FROM FLORIDA, HOPING TO BE CAST AS AN EXTRA.
Jerry Halstead, florida: Drove last night, got in here in the middle of the night, slept in my car in the parking lot because I was told it was a 7 am call-time and I was the only one here.
HALSTEAD EVENTUALLY MADE THE CUT ....AND LEFT A CROWD OF EASTWOOD FANS STANDING BEHIND THE YELLOW TAPE.
EIGHT YEAR OLD, JAKE HONRATH SAID HE'D BEEN ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIRTY MINUTES.
Jake Honrath, WR - Well, he's old so he has white hair...He's cool for a cowboy, I guess
MORE THAN A DOZEN FANS GATHERED OUTSIDE THE FIELD TO SNEAK A PEAK AT EASTWOOD.
BUT IT WAS MAYOR REICHERT WHO WAS ABLE TO GLIDE PAST THE YELLOW TAPE TO SAY HELLO.
JUDY LE, 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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CREWS ARE SET THE FILM THE SCENE... DEPICTING A MINOR LEAGUE GAME THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.
MORE THAN 20 CENTRAL GEORGIANS WERE SELECTED AS BALL PLAYERS FOR THE FILM.
FRANK.. LEAH?

MANY OF HAVE SNAPPED PICTURES OF EASTWOOD THROUGHOUT THE DAY... AND SHARED YOUR PHOTOS WITH US.

HERE'S A COUPLE TAKEN BY JOHN RAWLS... FROM HIS OFFICE NEXT TO THE CHEERS.

AND HERE'S A PHOTO FROM PAULA LUMBRERAS...WHO'S FROM SPAIN AND WAS VISTIING HER COUSIN IN TOWN.
SHE TOLD US THEY FOUND A SPOT NEXT TO THE DECK OUTSIDE CHEERS.... AND SHOT THIS PICTURE AS HE ENTERED THE BAR.
PAULA TOLD US CLINT EASTWOOD SMILED... BUT DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING TO THEM.

FOR MORE PICTURES LOOK FOR THE CLINT EASTWOOD COMES TO MACON SLIDESHOW ON OUR HOMPAGE AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

FACULTY AND STAFF AT FORT VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY WILL GET A FEW UNPAID DAYS OFF BECAUSE OF A BUDGET SHORTFALL..
RONALD STARK.. VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS AND FINANCE SAYS.. THE COLLEGE IS NEARLY A MILLION DOLLARS OVER BUDGET WITH A FEW MONTHS LEFT IN THE FISCAL YEAR.
EMPLOYEES MAKING 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR LESS WILL TAKE THREE FURLOUGH DAYS.
THOSE MAKING MORE THAN 30-THOUSAND WILL TAKE FIVE.
STARK SAYS HE'S BEEN ON THE JOB FOR JUST A COUPLE OF MONTHS AND SAYS HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT HE WAS WALKING INTO.

<< Ronald Stark, VP Business & Finance: "There's been some over expenditures in the departments. There has been some items that were not budgeted appropriately, but it's no one particular thing but a series of small things." >>


STARK EXPECTS THE FURLOUGH TO SAVE MORE THAN 80-THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY.
THE UNIVERSITY IS ALSO CUTTING BACK ON TRAVEL AND CANCELLING PURCHASE CARDS THROUGH THE END OF JUNE.
STARK AND FORT VALLEY PRESIDENT LARRY RIVERS WERE IN ATLANTA TODAY REQUESTING HELP FROM THE STATE BOARD OF REGENTS.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS SAYS HE HASNT HEARD FROM THREE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO CALLED FOR AN INVESTIGATION OF SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMANDS SPENDING.
GARY BECHTEL... LYNN FARMER... AND SUSAN SIPE RELEASED A STATEMENT LAST NIGHTMACON MIRACLE VOTE... CALLING FOR A REVIEW BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY OR SCHOOL BOARD AUDITOR.
THEIR WRITTEN STATEMENT SAYS...

"SINCE WE DO NOT HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT MONEY HAS ALREADY BEEN SPENT... HOW CAN WE SAY 'GO SPEND MORE'?"

THE STATEMENT ALSO QUESTIONS DALLEMANDS BUDGET MANAGEMENT... SAYING...

"THE EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENT APPEARS TO BE EXCESSIVE AND OUT OF LINE WITH STATE POLICY AND THE LANGUAGE IN THE SUPERINTENDENTS CONTRACT.

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT OTHER SPENDING IS ALSO EXCESSIVE AND OUT OF LINE WITH STATE AND LOCAL POLICY?"

WE SPOKE TO BECHTEL TODAY....WHO DECLINED TO COMMENT FURTHER ON HIS STATEMENT.
FARMER AND SIPE DID NOT RETURN OUR PHONE CALLS.
WINTERS....THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE AND MACON POLICE... ALL SAY THE THREE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE NOT CONTACTED THEM.
TO BE FAIR AND BALANCED....WE CALLED SUPERINTENDENT DALLEMAND. HIS OFFICE SAID HE WAS NOT AVAILBLE FOR COMMENT

A HOUSTON COUNTY JURY RULED THAT AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT... NOT HIS BOSS... IS THE RIGHTFUL OWNER OF A 750 THOUSAND DOLLAR WINNING LOTTERY TICKET.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO A SUPERIOR COURT CLERK.

IN 2010... THE GEORGIA LOTTERY SAID JOSE ANTONIO CUA-TOC BOUGHT A WINNING TICKET.
HIS BOSS - ERICK CERVANTES CLAIMED THE WINNINGS WERE HIS ...SAYING HE GAVE CUA-TOC MONEY TO BUY THE TICKET.
CUA-TOC WAS LATER CHARGED WITH THREATENING CERVANTES AND HIS FAMILY.
AUTHORITES SAID CUA-TOC IS AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT.
THE COURTS FROZE THE JACKPOT UNTIL THE CASE WAS SETTLED.

MACON POLICE ARRESTED A 41-YEAR-OLD MAN FROM LOUISIANA TODAY.. FOR TWO DIFFERENT ROBBERY ATTEMPTS.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS ON WEDNESDAY

JASON STOCKSTILL BROKE INTO THE CLUB SENSATION ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE... AND TRIED BREAK INTO THE SAFE.
GAUDET SAYS STOCKSTILL WAS FIRED FROM THE CLUB..JUST DAYS EARLIER.

SHE SAYS WHEN HE RETURNED TO MOTEL 6.. WHERE HE WAS STAYING... ALSO ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE... STOCKSTILL DEMANDED MONEY FROM THE REGISTRATION DESK.
GAUDET SAYS WHEN THE CLERK WOULDN'T GIVE IT TO HIM... STOCKSTILL.. JUMPER OVER THE COUNTER... TOOK SOME CASH AND RAN.
HE REMAINS IN THE BIBB COUNTY JAIL.

A DISCUSSION ON HOW COMMUNITIES CAN HELP TROOPS RETURNING HOME FROM WAR MISSIONS HIGHLIGHTED THE ANNUAL MIDDLE GEORGIA LUNCHEON TODAY AT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION IN HOUSTON COUNTY..


HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED THE LUNCHEON AND FORUM INCLUDING MAJOR GENERAL BOB MCMAHON AND FORMER UNITED STATES SENATOR SAM NUNN..
NUNN'S WIFE COLLEEN HAS HOSTED THE EVENT FOR MANY YEARS TO BENEFIT THE MUSEUM OF AVIATION FOUNDATION..
TODAY'S DISCUSSION ENTITLED - ALL THE WAY HOME - CENTERED AROUND COMMUNITY RESPONSE TO RETURNING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES..MACON NATIVE AND FORMER HEAD OF CNN - TOM JOHNSON SAYS IT'S CRITICAL COMMUNITIES RALLY AROUND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVE THEIR COUNTRY OVERSEAS AND THEN COME BACK HOME..

Tom Johnson:...What can we do as the greater community, Bibb County, Warner Robins, Central Georgia to assist with the returnees that are coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan.

JOHNSON SAYS HELP CAN BE SHOWN IN A VARIETY OF WAYS INCLUDING HELPING SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN FIND JOBS WHEN THEY LEAVE THE
MILITARY..

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