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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
THIS IS A VERY LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS.

AN ACCOUNTING FIRM WILL DIG DEEPER INTO ISSUES SURROUNDING SPENDING BY THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
THE COMPANY... MCGLADREY.... GAVE ITS PRELIMINARY FINANCIAL AUDIT RESULTS AT THURSDAY NIGHTS BOARD MEETING... AND RAISED SOME RED FLAGS.

THEY POINTED OUT 150 DISTRICT EMPLOYEES WHO CONTINUED TO RECEIVE PAYCHECKS OVER THREE MONTHS AFTER THEIR TERMINATION.

THE AUDITORS ALSO BROUGHT UP THE USE OF DISTRICT CREDIT CARDS BY BIBB SCHOOLS.
THEIR REPORT SAYS ONLY THREE OUT OF SEVEN SCHOOLS PROVIDED THEIR CREDIT CARD DOCUMENTS FOR INVESTIGATION.

MCGLADREY SAYS THEY NOTICED SEVERAL PAYMENTS BY SCHOOLS AND THE DISTRICT...WITHOUT PROPER INVOICES OR RECEIPTS.

BOARD MEMBER SUSAN MIDDLETON SAYS SHE WANTS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CREDIT CARD USE BY EACH SCHOOL.

the real crux... the real question that came was what you provide for reimbursement, if there was something on there that you purchased for yourself or something you needed to pay back or there was some comments made about documentation too.

SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION NEEDS TO FIND A NEW WAY TO MONITOR SPENDING AND BUDGETING.

we need to have a system in place where theres accountability. we need to have a system in place where policies and procedures are followed. we need to have a system in place where the adults are held accountable for their behavior.

THE AUDITORS ALSO INVESTIGATED TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS FOR DALLEMAND AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS.
THEIR REPORT SAYS THEY FOUND PAYMENTS FOR EXPENSES THAT DON'T MATCH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY... INCLUDING SPENDING MORE ON MEALS THAN THE ALLOWED AMOUNT.
THE SCHOOL BOARD ALSO ASKED AN ATTORNEY TO LOOK INTO DALLEMANDS SPENDING ON MEALS IN THE MACON AREA.
A MACON ATTORNEY WROTE A LETTER TO THE BOARD SAYING THE SUPERINTENDENT DID NOT VIOLATE HIS CONTRACT FOR BUYING FOOD FOR HIMSELF AND SCHOOL EMPLOYEE CANDIDATES.

THE BOARD ASKED MCGLADREY TO CONTINUE INTO PHASE TWO OF THEIR RESEARCH.
THIS INCLUDES A MORE DETAILED LOOK INTO THE QUESTIONS RAISED IN THEIR INITAL REPORT.

LAWYER'S FOR ACCUSED KILLER STEPHEN MCDANIEL SAY IF THEIR CLIENT IS GRANTED A BOND HEARING.. THEY'LL TRY TO PROVE THAT HE IS NOT FLIGHT RISK.
IN A MOTION FILED TODAY IN BIBB COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT... MCADANIEL'S LAWYERS ARGUED THAT DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS FAILED TO TAKE MCDANIELS CASE TO A GRAND JURY WTHIN 90 DAYS AFTER HIS ARREST.
THEY'RE ASKING A JUDGE TO SET REASONABLE BOND.

MCDANIEL IS CHARGED WITH KILLING LAUREN GIDDINGS.... HIS NEIGHBOR AND FELLOW LAW STUDENT... BACK IN JUNE.
HE WAS INDICTED IN NOVEMBER.
BUT D-A WINTERS SAID LAST YEAR BECAUSE MCDANIEL FACED OTHER CHARGES... LIKE BURGLARY AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY.... THAT GAVE HIM ADDITIONAL TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE CASE... BEFORE THE 90-DAY RULE KICKED-IN.
FRANKLIN HOGUE IS ONE OF THE LAWYERS REPRESENTING MCDANIEL.
HE SAYS HE'LL ASK A JUDGE TO LET HIS CLIENT GET OUT OF JAIL ON BOND..

Franklin Hogue, Attorney
"We asked for a hearing, and at that hearig, we'll present evidence that Stephen does not pose a risk of flight or a danger to any other person in the community."

HOGUE SAYS MCDANIEL IS ASSISTING HIS LAWYERS WITH THE CASE FROM JAIL... AND HIS HEALTH IS GOOD.

Franklin Hogue, Attorney
"He's fine, as fine as anybody can be having lived in the county jail for nine months. He's holding up well"

WE COULD NOT REACH BIBB COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY GREG WINTERS FOR COMMENT.

A NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CUT ANOTHER STUDENT WITH A KNIFE DURING A FIGHT THURSDAY.

A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS THE FIGHT.. BETWEEN TWO TENTH GRADE STUDENTS... HAPPENED AROUND 9:30 THIS MORNING.
IT SAYS A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL CUT A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL ON THE TIP OF HER FINGER.
SHE WAS NOT SERIOUSLY HURT..
THE 15-YEAR-OLD FACES CHARGES OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND POSSESSING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.

A 17-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO HANDLED THE KNIFE AFTER THE FIGHT AND A 17-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO HID THE KNIFE UNDER A COMPUTER.. ALSO FACE CHARGES FOR WEAPONS POSSESSION IN SCHOOL.
ALL THREE WERE ARRESTED.

STUDENTS IN HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE MOVING INTO THE DIGITAL AGE... WITH TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOMS.
TECHNICIANS ARE IN THE PROCESS OF INSTALLING 24-HUNDRED NEW COMPUTERS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

NATS- TEACHER
THE INTERACTIVE STUDENT RESPONSE SYSTEMS... SMART BOARDS AND DESK COMPUTERS WILL BE PAID FOR WITH THE PENNY SALES TAX FOR EDUCATION.
VOTERS APROOVED IT IN NOVEMBER.
COLLECTIONS DON'T START UNTIL MAY... BUT SUPERINTENDENT ROBIN HINES SAYS THEY'RE USING CASH RESERVES AND BONDS TO PRE-PAY FOR THE TECHNOLOGY.
HE SAYS THE BOARD ORGANIZED THIS EVENT AT QUAIL RUN ELEMENTARY... TO SHOW VOTERS HOW THEY'RE SPENDING MONEY.

Robin Hines, Superintindent: (56:20) " We feel its very important to let taxpayers know were doing what we said were going to do. We said technology was the priority of this SPLOST. It has been. Were moving forward. "

THE 2012 HOUSTON EDUCATION PENNY SALES TAX IS EXPECTED TO PAY FOR 30 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF TECHNOLOGY FOR SCHOOLS... DURING THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

GEORGIA'S LOTTERY PLAYERS TAKE THE TOP PRIZE AS THE BIGGEST SUCKERS.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG NEWS.
THE 2010 CENSUS SHOWS GEORGIANS SPEND FIFTY-THREE-BILLION-DOLLARS A YEAR IN TICKETS FOR STATE-RUN GAMES... LIKE CASH THREE AND THE POWER BALL.

IN A YEAR... THE AVERAGE GEORGIAN SHELLS OUT ABOUT 471 DOLLARS ON TICKETS.
MACONITE BARBARA APPLING...SAYS SHE PREFERS THE SCRATCH-OFFS.
EVERY WEEK... SHE SPENDS ABOUT 75 DOLLARS IN HOPES OF STRIKING IT BIG.

WE SPOKE TO A WESLEYAN COLLEGE ACCOUNTING PROFESSOR BY PHONE... ON THURSDAY.
SHE SAYS MOST PEOPLE BUY LOTTERY TICKETS AS A FORM OF INVESTMENT.

>>Dr. Kel-Ann Eyler, Associate Professor of Accounting, Wesleyan College: "I initially felt the use of the term "suckers" was quite unfortunate. I would have to see all the statistics but it appears to me to be an inappropriate term. I think most people that buy lottery tickets in Georgia consider it a form of investment in many ways."<<

THE GEORGIA LOTTERY RELEASED A STATEMENT CALLING THE BLOOMBERG ARTICLE UNFAIR AND INACCURATE.
THE STATEMENT SAID...IN PART....

"ADULTS HAVE THE FREEDOM AND THE RIGHT TO SPEND THEIR DISCRETIONARY DOLLARS AS THEY CHOOSE, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT GEORGIANS SUPPORT

THEIR LOTTERY AND THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IT FUNDS."

THE GEORGIA LOTTERY ALSO SAID CALLING PLAYERS "SUCKERS" IS "DISRESPECTFUL, UNFAIR AND IRRESPONSIBLE."

PEOPLE LIVING IN MONROE COUNTY MAY HEAR A SIREN BLARING IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD FRIDAY.
THAT'S BECAUSE THE MONROE COUNTY E-M-A SAYS... WEATHER PERMITTING... THEY PLAN TO ACTIVATE THEIR OUTDOOR WARNING SIRENS.
THE TEST IS SET FOR NOON.
A RELEASE FROM THE MONROE COUNTY E-M-A SAYS PEOPLE WITHIN A MILE AND HALF OF THE SIRENS CAN EXPECT TO HEAR THE NOISE.
THE RELEASE SAY UNLESS YOU ARE REPORTING AN EMERGENCY THERE IS NO NEED TO CALL 9-1-1 ABOUT THE SOUND.
THE MONROE COUNTY E-M-A PLANS TO HOSTS SEVERAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS... TO EXPLAN WHAT TO DO WHEN THE SIRENS ARE ACTIVATED IN A REAL EMERGENCY.

SOME GOOD NEWS FOR DUBLIN AND LAURENS COUNTY...A DANISH MANUFACTURING PLANT ANNOUNCED IT WILL SET UP SHOP IN THE CITY.

THE DINEX GROUP MAKES AUTOMOTIVE EMISSIONS CONTROLS AND EXHAUST.
THE COMPANY PLANS TO HIRE ABOUT 250 PEOPLE OVER THE NEXT SIX YEARS AND WILL INVEST 15 MILLION DOLLARS IN THIS BUILDING.
THURSDAY CITY AND COUNTY LEADERS ALONG WITH COMPANY OFFICIALS CELEBRATED THE NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY.

DINEX HOPES TO OPEN IT'S DOORS BY THE END OF SEPTEMBER.

THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH.. OFFICIALLY KICKS OFF FRIDAYN AT NOON BUT HUNDREDS OF BOOK WORMS SHOWED UP FOR THE FORTY-FOURTH ANNUAL OLD BOOK SALE... AN OFFICIAL CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENT.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERED OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND BOOKS FOR DEALS SOME SAY THEY COULDN'T GET ANYWHERE ELSE.

"WHISTLE... DOWN ON THE RIGHT DOWN ON THE RIGHT"
THE CHECK OUT LINE WRAPPED AROUND THE ROOM... BUT THAT DIDN'T STOP READERS FROM BUYING.
AT FIFTY CENTS TO FIVE DOLLARS A BOOK... THESE BARGAIN HUNTERS TOOK LOOKING FOR LITERATURE SERIOUSLY.
SOME EVEN LINED UP HOURS BEFORE THE DOORS OPENED... LUGGAGE... AND CARTS IN TOW.
BUT DON'T WORRY IF YOU DIDN'T MAKE IT TODAY... THERE'S PLENTY OF BOOKS TO LAST THROUGH THE WEEKEND.

Duncan McDonell, Board of directors: "We put as many out as we can on all of the tables and then the extras are under the tables and we have volunteers that continually refill the supply."

THE OLD BOOK SALE OPENS BACK UP THIS MORNING AT TEN.

ben gives three day forecast

(BEN AD LIBS SCENE 13 TEASE)

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WE'RE THINKIN' PINK...WE'RE GOIN' GREEN...IT'S A COLORFUL, FESTIVAL, PARTY KIND OF A WEEKEND IN THE MIDSTATE...

IT'S BEEN ROCKIN' CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR NIGH ON THIRTY YEARS! AND THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH IS HERE AGAIN. THE TWO-THOUSAND-AND-TWELVE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL COMMENCES THIS WEEKEND! OPENING CEREMONIES TAKE PLACE AT NOON ON FRIDAY AND THEN...THE FLOODGATES OF FUN OPEN WIDE!

AT SEVEN O'CLOCK - FRIDAY NIGHT - CHECK OUT A MASSIVE GOSPEL CONCERT AT NEW FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH. AND SPEAKING OF MUSIC, THE A-2-Z BAND KICKS OFF THE SERIES OF FREE NIGHTLY CONCERTS IN CENTRAL CITY PARTY AT EIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT.

SATURDAY KICKS OFF WITH THE PINK PANCAKE BREAKFAST...ALSO IN CENTRAL CITY PARK. THEN HEAD DOWN TO CHERRY STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON FOR THE SUPER EXCITING BED RACE AT ONE FOLLOWED BY THE HIGH HEEL FUN RUN AT TWO. THEN AT FOUR, GET ON OVER TO MACON STATE COLLEGE FOR AN AWESOMELY GOOD TIME AT TUNES AND BALLOONS. CHECK OUT LIVE MUSIC BY CAMPBELL AIRLINES, ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDDOS, AND OF COURSE, THE STARS OF THE EVENING - THE GIANT HOT-AIR BALLOONS! TAKE A TETHER-RIDE OR JUST ENJOY THE SHOW.

THEN ON SUNDAY, IT'S TIME FOR A PARADE! THE ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE KICKS OFF AT THREE. GET THERE EARLY FOR A PRIME VIEWING SPOT! LATER IN THE DAY, THE MIDDLE GEORGIA CONCERT BAND PRESENTS MUSIC FOR THE WORLD CONCERT AT WESLEYAN COLLEGE'S PORTER AUDITORIUM. THAT HAPPENS AT SEVEN-THIRTY.

ALRIGHT, SO THAT'S AN AWFUL LOT OF INFORMATION TO IMPART TO YOU GUYS AND UNLESS YOU TOOK GOOD NOTES - YOU PROBABLY WON'T REMEMBER IT ALL. SO HERE'S WHAT YOU DO - HEAD ONLINE TO CHERRY-BLOSSOM-DOT-COM AND CLICK ON THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TO FIND OUT EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE FEST.

YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS, BUT BECAUSE I KNOW THIS I'LL IMPART THIS KNOWLEDGE TO YOU SO THAT YOU TOO MAY KNOW...SAINT PATRICK'S DAY IS SATURDAY! YES, I KNOW, YOU'RE WELCOME. SO HERE'S SOMETHING ELSE YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED TO KNOW...DUBLIN, GEORGIA ROCKS ONE OF THE GREATEST SAINT PATRICK'S FESTIVALS IN THE WORLD! I THINK IT'S ESPECIALLY SPECIAL 'CAUSE IT HAPPENS RIGHT HERE IN THE CENTRAL GEORGIA WE CALL HOME! NOW THE FESTIVAL ACTUALLY KICKED OFF WAY BACK AT THE BEGINNING OF FEBRUARY, BUT THIS WEEKEND - YOU KNOW, BEING ALL SAINT PATRICKY AND EVERYTHING - IT'S THE BIG WEEKEND. SATURDAY KICKS OFF WITH THE LEPRECHAUN ROAD RACE AND THEN THINGS JUST GET CRAZY FROM THERE! THERE'S THE ARTS AND CRAFTS FEST, THE SAINT PAT'S PARADE...ART SHOW, TRUCK SHOW, GOSPEL SING, BIKE RIDE AND...THE IRISH CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER, JUST TO NAME A FEW. GET YOURSELVES ONLINE TO DUBLIN-S-T-PATRICKS-DOT-COM TO CHECK OUT ALL THE SAINT PATRICK'S FESTIVAL FUN!

AND I'M GONNA WRAP THIS WEEKEND PARTY WITH ONE MORE OPPORTUNITYYOU'RE YOUR SAINT PATRICK'S DAY. SATURDAY NIGHT, THE DOUGLASS THEATRE WELCOMES GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUEGRASS LASSIE CLAIRE LYNCH FOR A GRAND EVENING OF A CONCERT. ITS BLUEGRASS WRAPPED UP WITH TRACES OF ROCK, SWING, AND CONTEMPORARY FOLKS MUSIC...AND IT'S SO, SO VERY GOOD! DON'T MISS THE MAGIC, FOLKS - IT'S GONNA BE A GOOD TIME. DOUGLASS-THEATRE-DOT-COM IS WHERE YOU NEED TO GO TO GRAB THOSE TICKETS.

ALRIGHT PEOPLE - GET OUT AND GET YOUR PINK, YOUR GREEN...OR JUST GET YOUR GOOD TIME ON. WE'LL SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT TIME. FOR NOW, THAT'S A WRAP.
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STARTING TOMORROW... QUILT LOVERS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA CAN CHECK OUT MORE THAN 200 QUILTS THAT TOOK OVER TWO YEARS TO MAKE.

HEART OF GEORGIA QUILT GUILD WILL SHOW QUILTS OF DIFFERENT SHAPES... SIZES AND TECHNIQUES AT THEIR 2012 QUILT SHOW.
SIX VENDORS WILL BE ON SITE TO SELL QUILT MAKING TOOLS.
THE SHOW WILL ALSO OFFER A SILENT AUCTION.. A RAFFLE... AND LIVE DEMINSTRATIONS.

Donna McDowell, Co Chair of Quilt Show "It's wonderful for the general public to come in an appreciate what we've done and get to enjoy what we enjoy everyday in our quilting life"

THE QUILT SHOW RUNS THROUGH SATURDAY.. AT VINEVILLE METHODIST CHURCH FROM 9 A-M UNTIL 5 P-M.

NATIONAL MOOSE LODGES WANT TO COMFORT CHILDREN EXPOSED TO CRIMES.
THAT'S WHY... THEY GIVE FUZZY FRIENDS TO POLICE DEPARTMENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.

nats :02 "box opening"

FIVE DOZEN MOOSE POPPED OUT OF BOXES AT THE MACON POLICE DEPARTMENT.
LODGE MEMBERS CALL THE FURRY PAL... TOMMY.
THEY GAVE MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND TO OFFICERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY.
TOMMY THE MOOSE ALSO TAGS ALONG WITH EVERY GEORGIA STATE TROOPER.
LIEUTENANT AMY WHEELER SAYS THEY WANT A STUFFED ANIMAL IN EVERY PATROL CAR TO SOOTHE YOUNG CHILDREN THAT WITNESS CRIMES.

Amy Wheeler, Lieutenant with MPD: "We definitely want to make sure that the children understand that we are here to help them and these stuffed animals go a long way to make sure that we can basically reach out to these children and let them know we're not the enemy."

MOOSE LODGE MEMBERS HOPE DONATING TOMMY MOOSE STUFFED ANIMALS WILL OFFER CHILDREN COMFORT AND COMPANIONSHIP WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES.

AND ONE LAST QUICK LOOK AT TOMORROW'S FORECAST WITH CHIEF METEOROLOGIST BEN JONES.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

LETTERMAN'S NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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