GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M AMY AUBERT, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.
THOUSANDS OF MUSIC LOVERS ARE CROWDING TATNALL SQUARE PARK... AND ROCKING OUT TO SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE TUNES.
MERCER UNIVERSITIES BEAR-STOCK CONCERT JUST ENTERED IT'S 6TH HOUR OF NON-STOP MUSIC.
14 BANDS PLAN TO STRIKE UP THE STAGE TODAY.
AUSTIN LEWIS IS THERE... WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW.
(Austin talks about bearstock... and interviews)
WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW.
YOU CAN STILL JOIN IN ON THE FESTIVITIES... BEARSTOCK CONTINUES THIS EVENING... UNTIL 11 O'CLOCK.
HUNDREDS MADE THEIR WAY TO DOWNTOWN PERRY TODAY... FOR THE ANNUAL DOGWOOD FESTIVAL .
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THE EVENT KICKED OFF ITS 24TH YEAR CELEBRATION... THIS MORNING.
FOLKS SAY THE FESTIVAL HAD SOMETHING FOR JUST ABOUT EVERYONE TO ENJOY.
KIDS GOT THE CHANCE TO CREATE ARTS AND CRAFTS... ENJOY RIDES AND ENTERTAINMENT... AND OF COURSE... CHOW DOWN ON SOME FAIR FOOD SWEETS.
Kayleigh Harkins, Perry "Love It, There's lots of vendors out here. I want to go do some shopping and do some more eating, get a fried candy bar or two"
Deborah Molton, Macon "I like the small town atmosphere and it's really friendly out here and I like looking at the different arts and crafts"
THE FESTIVAL GOT STARTED THIS MORNING WITH A PANCAKE BREAKFAST.
THIS YEARS ORGANIZERS ADDED TROLLEYS.. TO ELIMINATE PARKING ISSUES.
THE FUN CONTINUES TOMORROW FROM NOON UNTIL 5 PM.
THE CITY OF FORT VALLEY HAS SOME BIG PLANS... TO DRAW ATTENTION TO SOME HISTORIC BUILDINGS.
THEY NOW OWN ALL THREE TRAIN BUILDINGS IN THE CITY.
THAT'S THANKS TO A LOCAL WOMAN... AND A BIG DONATION.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS THE STORY.
<< FOR RENEE CAIRA... WALKING THROUGH THE PASSENGER DEPOT BUILDING... BRINGS BACK THE MEMORIES OF THE FIRST TIME SHE AND HER HUSBAND... SET FOOT HERE.
Renee Caira, Centerville: He took one walk through and he looked and he looked at it from every angle and he said I think I'd like to own a train depot and he said I think we can do a lot with this building.
AND THEY DID.
Renee Caira, Centerville: we ended up hiring a construction crew and we did a complete remodel on the building cause he wanted to protect and I guess protect the historical value of the building.
IT'S WHERE THEY RAN THEIR HOME FURNITURE STORE... AND LATER A LITTLE CAFE.
IN 2009... HER HUSBAND... STEVEN CAIRA... DIED FROM CANCER... AT AGE 52. HIS DEATH SPARKED QUESTIONS... ABOUT WHAT TO DO WITH THE BUILDING.
Renee Caira, Centerville: I went to bed that night, said a little prayer and the next morning I woke up and said you know the train depot needs to be completely at home in Fort Valley.
SHE DONATED THE BUILDING TO THE CITY... GIVING FORT VALLEY OWNERSHIP OF ALL THREE HISTORIC TRAIN BUILDINGS IN TOWN.
FOLKS WITH FORT VALLEY MAIN STREET SAY THEY ARE PLANNING TO HAVE AN AGRICULTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM IN THE FREIGHT BUILDING.
AND THE PASSENGER DEPOT WOULD BE PART OF THAT EXHIBIT.
Kathie Lambert, Fort Valley Main Street: One was because when Renee and Steve owned it part of it was a railroad cafe, it would make a wonderful railroad cafe, gift shop for the museum, maybe another small area for railroad club.
CAIRA SAYS SHE THINKS HER HUSBAND WOULD BE GLAD TO KNOW THAT HE'S CONTRIBUTING TO SOMETHING THAT CELEBRATES THIS HISTORIC BUILDING.
Renee Caira, Centerville: I think he is smiling down and looking at it, I think he really is.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
THE BUILDING WAS APPRAISED AT 187-THOUSAND DOLLARS.
THERE WILL BE A RECEPTION ON MONDAY AT THE PASSENGER DEPOT IN RENEE AND STEVE'S HONOR.
BEST BUY ANNOUNCED THE LOCATIONS OF 50 STORES THEY PLAN TO CLOSE THIS YEAR... AND TWO OF THEM ARE IN GEORGIA.
LAST MONTH THE STRUGGLING ELECTRONICS CHAIN SAID THEY PLAN TO CLOSE STORES... CUT CORPORATE JOBS.. AND TRIM 800 MILLION DOLLARS IN COSTS.
THE TWO GEORGIA FRANCHISES ARE IN THE ATLANTA AREA.. ONE IN FAYETTEVILLE.. THE OTHER IN LOGANVILLE.
MOST OF THE STORES WILL CLOSE BY MAY 12TH.. THE OTHERS... LATER THIS SUMMER.
BEST BUY SAYS IT WILL TRY TO FIND OTHER JOBS IN THE COMPANY FOR THE WORKERS.
PRESIDENT OBAMA AND OTHER WORLD LEADERS ARE IN COLOMBIA RIGHT NOW.. ATTENDING THE SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS.
OBAMA SAID THE U-S IS EXCITED TO WORK WITH LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES.. AS EQUAL PARTNERS.
BEFORE THE MEETING... THE PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SMALL BUSINESS NETWORK OF THE AMERICAS.
OBAMA SAYS IT WOULD HELP BUSINESSES GAIN ACCESS TO MARKETS SOUTH OF THE U-S BORDER.
THE DRUG WAR IN THE REGION IS ALSO HIGH ON THE AGENDA.
THIS IS THE SIXTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS.
THE MEETING WAS OVERSHADOWED BY NEWS THAT SEVERAL SECRET SERVICE MEMBERS WERE RELIEVED OF DUTY AND REPLACED.
THEY ARE ACCUSED OF BRINGING PROSTITUTES TO A HOTEL.
PEOPLE IN GRAY TOOK ADVANTAGE TOOK OF TODAY'S GREAT WEATHER... AND HIT THE STREETS FOR THE TOWN'S SECOND SATURDAY EVENT.
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KIDS ENJOYED TRAIN RIDES AND DANCE TIME WITH A ZUMBA INSTRUCTOR AT THE DOWNTOWN EVENT.
MANY LOCAL SHOPS WERE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND VENDORS LINED THE STREETS.
ADULTS GOT A CHANCE TO MEET AUTHOR CLIFF CHANDLER AND HEAR MUSIC FROM JOEY STUCKEY ALL IN HOPES TO PROMOTE THE DOWNTOWN AREA AND SHOPPING LOCALLY.
Ami Phillips, Gray "I remember being a child here and knowing the jewerly store was where the bank is and other stores that are around here, so it's wonderful memories but I absolutely love being able to contribute to the success that we are having"
THE CITY WILL HOLD ANOTHER SECOND SATURDAY EVENT ON MAY 12TH.
PEOPLE IN FORT VALLEY HIT THE TRAILS... AND SADDLED UP... FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
FORT VALLEY UNIVERSITY HELD THE EVENT... AIMED AT RAISING MONEY... FOR ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL IN MEMPHIS.
KIDS GOT THE CHANCE TO TAKE PONY RIDES... CHOW DOWN ON SOME GOOD EATS... AND RACE ACROSS THE FIELD... IN A BARREL RACE.
THE STUDENT EQUESTRIAN AND ANIMAL SCIENCE CLUBS AT FORT VALLEY UNIVERSITY... HELD THE EVENT... AND CHARGED BETWEEN ONE BUCK TO 15 DOLLARS FOR THE ACTIVITIES.
Stephanie Bonnell, Participant: "I think its important that we continue doing research for cancer and helping others just in general. So anytime that I can do a charity event, that's a bonus for me."
Linda McKinnney, Fort Valley: "It's just a different way to see the scenery, to see the sights, go into the woods, and enjoy the commrodary."
ST. JUDE'S HOSPITAL TREATS CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND OTHER DIESEASES... AND IS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CANCER RESEARCH.
THE EVENT WRAPPED UP AT 5 P-M.
A LOT OF SENIORS MAY HAVE BORROWED THE FAMILY CAR LAST NIGHT TO HEAD OFF TO PROM.
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