Friday, March 16, Eyewitness News at 11

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<<opening for eyewitness news at eleven>>

GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY.
THIS IS A LATE EDITION OF EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

SOME STRONG STORMS MOVING THROUGH PARTS OF CENTRAL GEORGIA... METEROLOGIST CHRISSY MINER IS IN THE EYEWITNESS WEATHER CENTER WITH THE LATEST.

chrisy gives three day forecast


THANKS CHRISSY.. WE'LL TALK WITH YOU AGAIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.

PRESIDENT OBAMA MADE A STOP IN THE PEACH STATE ON FRIDAY...LOOKING TO RAISE CASH FOR HIS CAMPAIGN.

THE PRESIDENT TOUCHED DOWN AT HARTSFIELD JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AROUND 5-30 THIS AFTERNOON... AND LEFT AROUND 11 P-M.
THIS TRIP MARKS OBAMA FIRST VISIT TO GEORIGA IN 18 MONTHS.
WHILE IN ATLANTA HE MADE STOPS AT THREE DIFFERENT FUNDRAISERS... INCLUDING ONE PUT ON BY FILM PRODUCER TYLER PERRY.
HEALTH CARE WAS JUST ONE OF THE TOPICS ON THE PRESIDENTS MIND.

change is healthcare reform. you call it obamacare? that's ok cuz I do care and thats why we passed it. That is why we passed it because I care about folks who are going bankrupt because they were getting sick and I care about children who have preexisting conditions and families couldn't get them any kind of insurance

THE PRESIDENT KICKED OFF HIS FIVE STOP FUNDRAISING BLITZ IN HIS HOMETOWN OF CHICAGO EARLIER ON FRIDAY.
THE CHEAPEST SEATS AT THAT EVENT WENT FOR 25 HUNDRED DOLLARS.
PRESIDENT OBAMA WAS EXPECTED TO RAISE MORE THAN 5 MILLION DOLLARS BY THE END OF FRIDAY NIGHT.

MONEY WAS ALSO ON THE MIND OF G-O-P HOPEFUL..NEWT GINGRICH.
GINGRICH IS ASKING SUPPORTERS FOR DONATIONS AS SMALL AS TWO DOLLARS AND 50 CENTS... THE PRICE HE SAYS A GALLON OF GAS WOULD COST.. IF HE BECOMES PRESIDENT.

THE FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER TOLD A NEW ORLEANS AUDIENCE ON FRIDAY... THAT HE'S GAINING 500 TO A THOUSAND DONORS A DAY.
GINGRICH TOLD THE AUDIENCE.... THAT HE CAN'T RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS FRONT RUNNER MITT ROMNEY... BUT SMALL DONATIONS COULD LEAD TO LARGER CONTRIBUTIONS LATER.
GINGRICH WAS IN LOUISIANA.. AHEAD OF THAT STATE'S PRIMARY ON MARCH 24TH.
IF ELECTED HE PROMISES TO PROMOTE THE STATES... ENERGY.. TOURISM.. AND SEAFOOD INDUSTRIES.

THIS WEEKEND.. ALL FOUR G-O-P HOPEFULS WILL FACE OFF IN CONTESTS IN PUERTO RICO AND MISSOURI.

MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD WATCHED THE YOUTUBE VIDEO KONY 20-12 THAT WAS PRODUCED BY THE FOUNDATION, INVISIBLE CHILDREN.
IT SHOWS THE LEADER OF THE LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY....JOSEPH KONY.
INVISIBLE CHILDREN SAYS KONY AND HIS ARMY KIDNAPPED NEARLY 30-THOUSAND CHILDREN.... AND TURNED THEM INTO CHILD SOLDIERS.
THE GOAL OF THE KONY 20-12 MOVEMENT... IS TO BRING AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD SOLDIERS AND BRING KONY TO JUSTICE.
AUSTIN LEWIS TALKED TO A LOCAL GROUP INVOLVED WITH MOVEMENT....AND AN AFRICAN STUDIES PROFESSOR ABOT HOW IT COULD IMPACT UGANDA.

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nats of we've heard their cries.
IT WAS THE SHOT HEARD AROUND THE WORLD...IN THE KONY 2012 VIDEO PRODUCED BY A GROUP CALLED INVISIBLE CHILDREN
THE ORGANIZATION SAYS UGANDAN REBEL LEADER JOSEPH KONY TURNED THOUSANDS OF CENTRAL AFRICAN CHILDREN INTO SOLDIERS.
.Morgan Cramer, Macon: 02:38 But when it's thrown in your face, you have that gut-wrenching heartache to see this horrible human condition that nobody is paying attention to.
THE VIDEO CAPTURED THE ATTENTION OF MILLIONS
BUT SOME SAY IT DOESN'T TELL THE ENTIRE STORY.
Chester Fontenot, Director of Africana Studies, Mercer University: 05:21 The Ugandan government and the Ugandan military have used child soldiers. And then comes Joseph Kony and he uses child soldiers as well and here comes a foreigner and says child soldiers this is horrible, you're right child soldiers is horrible, but the government itself used them.
CHESTER FONTENOT TEACHES AFRICANA STUDIES AT MERCER UNVERSITY....
HE SAYS KONY IS JUST ONE PROBLEM AND BRINGING HIM TO JUSTICE WON'T PROVIDE AN EASY FIX.
Chester Fontenot, Director of Africana Studies, Mercer University: 05:53we want to get rid of Kony, he's a horrible person, he's doing terrible things, demonic as far as I'm concerned, but to get rid of Kony the question is the problem with child soldiers going to stop. Ugandans say no
nats of poster making
HERE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA...A GROUP SUPPORTS INVISIBLE CHILDREN...PLASTERS KONY'S NAMES....ON POSTERS AND SIGNS.
Morgan Cramer, Macon:03:39 We're giving people information and telling people what they can do to get involved and giving them the networking opportunities to stay current.
THEY SAY THE KONY 2012 VIDEO IS ABOUT GETTING THE CONVERSATION STARTED ON HOW TO HELP UGANDANS HURT BY KONY'S LORD'S RESISTANCE ARMY.
Patrick Hudson, Macon:03:07 Invisible Children has always been about rehabilitating and rebuilding the culture that's been affected by the LRA, not specifically the LRA, it's more about the people.
THE GROUP'S ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO POST FLYERS LIKE THESE AROUND MACON ON APRIL 20TH....LIKE OTHER GROUPS AROUND THE WORLD....BUT THEY SAY INVISIBLE CHILDREN COULD CHANGE THOSE PLANS SOON SINCE MANY NOW KNOW WHO JOSEPH KONY IS.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS. >>

THE GROUP SAYS THEY ARE IN TOUCH WITH INVISIBLE CHILDREN AND WILL UPDATE PEOPLE THROUGH THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE.
FOR MORE INFORMATION....GO TO 13-WMAZ DOT COM.

A MISSING BARNESVILLE MAN WAS FOUND DEAD EARLY FRIDAY..
BARNESVILLE POLICE CHIEF CHUCK KEADLE SAID FAMILY MEMBERS REPORTED 76 YEAR OLD JOHN DIXSON MISSING LATE THURSDAY NIGHT..
CLUES LED INVESTIGATORS TO SUSPECT FOUL PLAY..
THEY FOUND DIXSON'S BODY IN THE SOUTHERN TIP OF LAMAR COUNTY.. NEAR THE MONROE AND UPSON COUNTY LINES..
CHIEF KEADLE SAYS THEY HAVE A SUSPECT IN CUSTODY.. HE THINKS ROBBERY MAY HAVE BEEN THE MOTIVE FOR THE CRIME.
DIXSON WAS THE OWNER-OPERATOR OF A CAB COMPANY.

FORT VALLEY NOW HAS A TEMPORARY PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR.
MAYOR JOHN STUMBO SAYS HE AND CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO FIRE THE FORMER DIRECTOR... JOHN DAVID ANDERSON THURSDAY.
ANDERSON WAS PLACED ON LEAVE EARLIER THIS MONTH.. PENDING AN INVESTIGATION... AFTER A POLICE OFFICER FILED A SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST HIM.
STUMBO SAYS THE RESULTS OF THE INVESTIGATION DID NOT PROVIDE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THE CLAIM.... BUT SAYS ENOUGH WAS FOUND TO JUSTIFY THE FIRING.
ANDERSON WAS HIRED AS POLICE CHIEF IN 2006... AND MADE PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR IN 2010.
STUMBO SAYS COUNCIL NAMED MAJOR LAWRENCE SPURGEON AS ACTING PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR.

THE 30TH ANNUAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL KICKED OFF ON FRIDAY 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 SOARED AND DELICIOUS FOODS SIZZLED... AS DOZENS OF FOLKS CAME OUT FOR THE OPENING CEREMONY.

Farr: "We expect over 300,000 visitors in central Georgia. they include a lot of international guests. The festival has over a 19 million dollar annual impact so it's a very important festival. Its one of the premmier festivals throughout the nation"

THE PINKEST PARTY ON EARTH CONTINUES THROUGH MARCH 25TH.

IN JUST FEW HOURS... YOU CAN CHOW DOWN ON SOME PINK PANCAKES... AT CENTRAL CITY PARK.
THE PANCAKE BREKFAST STARTS AT 7 AND WRAPS UP AROUND 10.

ALSO LATER SATURDAY 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.

THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER EVENTS GOING ON THROUGHOUT THE FESTIVAL.

CEREMONIES, CONCERTS, SPECIAL EVENTS AND SALES ARE BLOOMING ALL OVER TOWN....AND WE HAVE A FULL LISTING OF THEM ALL ON OUR WEBSITE... 13-WMAZ DOT COM.
JUST SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE TO OUR "CHECK IT OUT" SECTION.
CLICK ON THE FESTIVAL RESOURCE GUIDE LINK.
YOU'LL FIND CHERRY BLOSSOM EVENTS...STORIES.. AND VIDEO.
THAT'S ON THE FESTIVAL RESOURCE GUIDE ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

STILL AHEAD ON EYEWITNESS NEWS... WE'LL FIND OUT WHICH BIBB COUNTY EATING SPOT TOOK HOME THE GOLDEN SPATULA THIS WEEK.

GEORGE CLOONEY MADE BIG NEWS FRIDAY.. AND IT WASN'T FOR HIS LATEST MOVIE..
WE'LL TELL YOU WHY THE STAR GOT ARRESTED..


THE HEALTH INSPECTORS ARE ALWAYS OUT IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... KEEPING TRACK OF THE CLEANLINESS IN RESTAURANT KITCHENS.

BRITTINY BARBER HAS THE GOLDEN SPATULA WINNER IN THIS WEEK'S RESTAURANT RATING.

WE'RE BACK IN BIBB COUNTY THIS WEEK...STARTING OFF WITH OUR LOWEST SCORES....
TAKE CG
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...
TAKE CG
BONEFISH GRILL ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE GOT A SCORE OF 80.. OR A "B".. THAT'S AFTER A 98.. OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
TAKE CG
AND WOK N ROLL OF DONG... LOCATED AT 5540 THOMASTON RD.. SCORED A 73 WHICH IS A "C".. COMING AFTER A 90 OR "A" ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION.
ON CAM
NOW FOR A LOOK THE TOP SCORES OF THE WEEK..
TAKE CG
BURGER KING ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE BROUGHT IN A 99 OR "A". ON THEIR LAST INSPECTION THEY RECIEVED A 100.
TAKE CG
ZANDER'S MARKET AT 15-68 FOREST HILL ROAD SCORED A 100.. AND THAT'S AFTER ANOTHER 100 ON THIER LAST INSPECTION.
TAKE CG
AND FRESH AIR BARBEQUE ON RIVERSIDE DRIVE GOT A SCORE OF 100.. ALSO COMING IN AFTER A 100.
REP. ON SET
WE AVERAGED OUR NOMINEES' PAST FIVE SCORES... AND THIS WEEK'S GOLDEN SPATULA GOES TO...
TAKE GRAPHIC
ZANDER'S MARKET AT 15-68 FOREST HILL ROAD ... WITH A THREE SCORE AVERAGE OF 100.
REP. ON SET
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE AT ZANDER'S. TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO FIND OUT MORE RESTAURANT RATINGS. BRITTINY BARBER... 13 WMAZ... EYEWITNESS NEWS.

FOR ALL YOUR RESTAURANT RATINGS... GO TO OUR WEBSITE 13WMAZ DOT COM.

CLICK ON "RESTAURANT RATINGS" UNDER THE FEATURES TAB ON THE HOMEPAGE.
FROM THERE... YOU CAN SCROLL DOWN THE PAGE AND CHECK OUT INSPECTION SCORES FROM *YOUR* COUNTY

CHERRY BLOSSOM ISN'T THE ONLY FESTIVAL HAPPENING IN CENTRAL GEORGIA THIS WEEKEND.

IT IS NOW OFFICIALLY SAINT PATRICKS DAY... AND THE CITY OF DUBLIN IS CELEBRATING THE GREEN HOLIDAY IN A BIG WAY... WITH THEIR ANNUAL SAINT PARTICKS DAYS FESTIVAL.

SATURDAY MORNING.. YOU CAN ENJOY FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.. AS THE STREETS COME ALIVE AT THE ANNUAL ST PATRICKS DAY FESTIVAL PARADE..
IT'S SET TO START AT 10-30 A-M IN DOWNTOWN DUBLIN.

AT 11-30 YOU CAN HEAD OVER THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH.. FOR THEIR CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE DINNER.
AND AFTER YOU 'VE HAD LUNCH...

YOU CAN CHECK OUT THE THE ANNUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL.
IT GOES ON UNTIL 7 P-M... AT SOUTHERN PINES AND THE AG CENTER.

FOR MORE SAIN'T PATRICKS DAY EVENTS... AND PICTURES FROM THE FESTIVAL... HEAD OVER TO OUR DUBLIN WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE.
YOU'LL FIND A LINK TO EVENTS... AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE.

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



THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WEEKEND MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 7 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

LETTERMAN'S NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

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