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HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX...

FORMER EMPLOYEES STILL GETTING PAID...CHARGES ON CREDIT CARDS THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CANCELED...AND SCHOOLS THAT CAN'T PRODUCE THEIR CREDIT-CARD STATEMENTS.
THOSE WERE ALL PART OF AN AUDIT OF HOW THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SPENDS ITS MONEY.
AND SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS THAT IS EVIDENCE OF A SYSTEM HE CALLS....VERY DYSFUNCTIONAL.
KATELYN HECK BREAKS DOWN MORE ISSUES FROM THE AUDIT.
THIS PACKET READ AT LAST NIGHTS BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING.... HIGHLIGHTS PROBLEMS IN THE BIBB SCHOOL SYSTEM... FROM DUPLICATE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS IN THE EMPLOYEE DIRECTORY....TO SCHOOLS ISSUING BLANK CHECKS.

THIS REPORT FROM ACCOUNTING FIRM MCGLADREY AND PULLEN SAYS THEY FOUND 150 PEOPLE GETTING PAYCHECKS MORE THAN THREE MONTHS AFTER THEY WERE TERMINATIED.
ONE OF THOSE PAYCHECKS WAS SENT OUT NINE YEARS AFTER THE EMPLOYEE LEFT THE SYSTEM.

OVERTIME CHARGES ALSO MADE MCGLAMREYS LIST OF POTENTIAL ISSUES.
ALMOST 900 EMPLOYEES FILED OVERTIME FROM JULY 2008 TO JANUARY 2012.
THEY POINTED OUT ONE EMPLOYEE WHOSE REGULAR PAYCHECK CAME IN AT 278 DOLLARS... BUT RAKED IN OVER 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN OVERTIME PAY FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

BOARD MEMBERS EYEBROWS RAISED WHEN AUDITORS SAID ONLY THREE OUT OF SEVEN SCHOOLS PROVIDED THEIR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FOR INVESTIGATION.
NONE OF THE SCHOOLS COULD GIVE DOCUMENTS SHOWING THEY CANCELED THEIR CREDIT CARDS WHEN THE DISTRICT ASKED THEM TO IN FEBRUARY OF 2011.
THE REPORT SAYS THEY FOUND PAYMENTS ON THOSE ACCOUNTS ALMOST SEVEN MONTHS LATER.
AUDITORS ALSO NOTICED PERSONAL PURCHASES ON THE DISTRICT CREDIT CARDS.
THEY FOUND DOCUMENTS SHOWING THAT PEOPLE REIMBURSED THE SCHOOLS FOR THE AMOUNT... BUT AUDITORS WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THOSE PAYMENTS WHEN THEY START PHASE TWO OF THEIR INVESTIGATION.
SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND SAYS ALL THAT SUPPORTS HIS PUSH FOR A NEW SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL CONTROLS.
ive been saying from the beginning that w have a system thats very disfunctional and ive been saying that over and over throughout the community.
THE SECOND REPORT WILL TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT EACH OF THE ISSUES RAISED IN THEIR INITIAL AUDIT.
KATELYN HECK
13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS
TO READ THE COMPLETE PRELIMINARY AUDIT....LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ-DOT-COM.
WE WERE UNABLE TO REACH BOARD MEMBERS AND DISTRICT OFFICIALS TODAY FOR COMMENT..

THE RACE FOR BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SEATS IS GETTING STARTED... WITH TWO CANDIDATES ANNOUNCED ALREADY.
ATTORNEY JASON DOWNEY PLANS TO RUN FOR THE NORTH MACON SEAT...
AND FORMER MACON CITY COUNCILWOMAN THELMA DILLARD WILL RUN FOR THE CENTRAL MACON SEAT HELD BY SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES.
DILLARD JOINS LEAH NOW TO TALK ABOUT HER RUN FOR THE BOARD.

THANKS FOR JOINING US....
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE LATEST NEWS OF FINANCIAL DISCREPENCIES IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?

WHAT'S YOUR VIEW OF THE MACON MIRACLE? WHAT ROLE WOULD YOU PLAY AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN PUTTING IT INTO EFFECT?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM?

YOU'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY FOR MANY YEARS. WHY ARE YOU RUNNING AGAIN FOR OFFICE NOW?

WHY SHOULD PEOPLE VOTE FOR YOU?

THE NEW IPAD LAUNCHED TODAY...ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND NINE DIFFERENT COUNTRI JUDY LE AND THE GEEK 13 CREW SPOKE TO A T & T SALES REP KIRA (KEE-ra) HENDERSON TO COMPARE THE OLD AND NEW.ES.
24 j: So I'm holding the Ipad 3, Erica's holding the Ipad 2...Can you tell me the difference between the two?
k: The ipad 3 is going to be a lot faster than the ipad 2, you've got your quad core processor int here. you've got a much better quality camera..you've got 5 megapixels for camera.1080p hd viewing on your screen. it's bigger, brighter, faster...it's all things great. 46

46 j: we're going to break it down. if you could give me the speed. how can we show that?
52 k: you can both definitely go to the internet and go to a website. and defintely see the difference in how it works 57
j: so we're both goign to type in 13.wmaz...and see how fast that load. did you see how fast that was? 114

115 we've got the speed down, that was pretty good...i was seeing a little lag time
k: yes
j: is that obvious a pretty obvious thing? 124
k: it is. it's def obvious for somebody who is def going to be using their ipad to the extent of downloading, uploading apps...watchign videos and facebook and all these great things...you def want the speed to go with it. 134

135 let's talk about the picture. whats the biggest change?
k: the biggest change is going ot be your 1080 p viewing on your screen. it's the new retina display, so it's going to be a lot more clearer, a lot more crisp. it's the same thing you're used to watching your tv at home. 151

152 so earlier, erica and i took a stock photo and compared it. and here's what it looks like. you can notice the ipad 3 has a little brighter color, a little crisper. that one's a little dull. that's because that's the ipad 2. 215

217 you said there's a 5 megapixel camera. what's the difference between a 5 versus a 3 versus a 2?
222 k: well it's just goign to be a lot clearer, a lot crisper. kind of thnk about taking yoru digital camera out and going out and about. you don't have to do that anymore. you've got the same thing in your ipad. 233

235 you said earlier that youtube, is really fast, it shows 1080 ip...p?
k: 1080 p
what exactly is that for a person who doesn't know those kinds of terms?
k: think about what you look at when you're watching tv at home. most tvs, most hd tvs, are going to show in 1080p hg. so that's the kind of thing you're looking for.
and that's not the antennas?
k: no, def not...far from the antennas 301
THE NEW VERSION OF THE I-PAD LOADED WEB PAGES MORE QUICKLY ON OUR FIRST TEST... BUT IT DIDN'T DO SO CONSISTENTLY ON SOME LATER TESTS.
THE TABLETS START FROM 4-99 TO 8-29 DEPENDING ON THE FEATURES.

OUR 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WHEN DO YOU UPGRADE YOUR TECHNOLOGY?
SO FAR 63 PERCENT OF YOU SAY WHEN YOUR OLD DEVICE DIES.
35 PERCENT OF YOU SAY WHEN YOU HAVE THE MONEY.
AND 2 PERCENT SAY WHEN A NEW VERSION COMES OUT.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL KICKED OFF TODAY WITH A CELEBRATION AT CENTRAL CITY PARK.
MACON MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT AND OTHER LOCAL OFFICIALS JOINED EVENT ORGANIZERS TO CUT THE RIBBON.. OFFICALLY PUTTING THE FESTIVAL IN FULL SWING.
RIDES ROARED AND DELICIOUS FOODS SIZZLED... AS DOZENS OF FOLKS CAME OUT FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY.
FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN STEVE FARR SAYS THEY EXPECT ABOUT 300-THOUSAND VISTORS... AS MACON GETS PAINTED PINK WITH ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS.

TOMORROW AFTERNOON YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE ANNUAL TUNES AND BALLOONS EVENT.
IT HAPPENS AT AT MACON STATE.. FROM FOUR P-M UNTIL 9:30 P.M.
ADMISSION IS FIVE DOLLARS... AND CHILDREN UNDER 6 GET IN FREE.
THE BIBB SHERIFF'S OFFICE HAS SOME ROAD DETOURS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IF YOU'LL BE TRAVELING IN WEST BIBB COUNTY.
THE DELAYS WILL AFFECT EISENHOWER PARKWAY FROM HARRISON ROAD WEST TO IVEY DRIVE ...THAT'S INCLUDING THE I-475 INTERCHANGE AND RALEY ROAD.
THEN YOU SHOULD USE CAUTION AT COLUMBUS ROAD... FROM INTERSTATE DRIVE TO IVEY DRIVE
ALSO... YOU WANT TO BE CAREFUL AT CAVALIER DRIVE AT COLUMBUS ROAD.

THE HEALTH INSPECTORS ARE ALWAYS OUT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... KEEPING TRACK OF THE CLEANLINESS IN RESTAURANT KITCHENS.
LET'S SEE HOW SOME SPOTS RATED DURING THE PAST TWO WEEKS.
BRITTINY BARBER JOINS US WITH THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATINGS.
WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
O'CHARLEY'S AT 37-40 BLOOMFIELD RD SCORED A 85.. OR A "B"... COMING IN AFTER A 90.. WHICH IS AN "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION...
ACCORDING TO THE REPORT ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED OR ASSESSABLE.. AND THAT'S A KNOWN RISK FACTOR FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESSES.
BONEFISH GRILL ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE GOT A SCORE OF 80.. OR A "B".. THAT'S AFTER A 98.. OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
THE HEALTH INSPECTOR SAID HANDS WERE NOT CLEANED OR PROPERLY WASHED... A KNOWN RISK FACTOR FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESSES.
AND WOK N ROLL OF DONG... LOCATED AT 55-40 THOMASTON RD.. SCORED A 73 WHICH IS A "C".. COMING AFTER A 90 OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
THE REPORT SAYS ADEQUATE HANDWASHING FACILITIES WERE NOT SUPPLIED OR ASSESSABLE.. WHICH IS A KNOWN RISK FACTORS FOR FOODBORNE ILLNESSES.
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
BURGER KING ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE BROUGHT IN A 99 OR "A"... ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION THEY RECEIVED A 100.
ZANDER'S MARKET AT 15-68 FOREST HILL ROAD SCORED A 100.. AND THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
AND FRESH AIR BARBEQUE ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE GOT A SCORE OF 100.. COMING IN AFTER ANOTHER 100.
JOIN US AGAIN TONIGHT AS WE AVERAGE OUR NOMINEES PAST FIVE SCORES TO GIVE YOU THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER....FRANK...LEAH?
FOR ALL YOUR CENTRAL GEORGIA RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.
CLICK ON THE NEWS TAB.. THEN LOOK FOR FEATURES... THEN CLICK ON THE RESTAURANT RATINGS LINK

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