Eyewitness News at 11, Saturday, April 28

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US... I'M AMY AUBERT.
THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

MORE THAN 100 THOUSAND PEOPLE CROWDED ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY... READY TO SEE THE BLUE ANGELS AND OTHER ACTS IN FLIGHT.
BUT SOME VIEWERS SAY THEIR EXCITEMENT CAME TO A HALT... AS THEY WERE TRYING TO GET FROM THE SHUTTLE BUS TO THE BASE.
AND THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT IT... ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE.

HARRIET WEEKS PACKS SAYS... WE WATIED 3 HOURS. GOT THERE AT 10 AND GOT IN AT 1 P-M.
BOO TO YOU WARNER ROBINS.

KEITH GRAHAM SAID... GLAD IT WAS FREE.. OR I WOULD WANT MY MONEY BACK.
GO HERE... GO THERE... STAND IN LINE... SHUTTLE... WALK... AND YOUR 2 HOURS FROM YOUR SHOW UP TIME. GUESS I SHOULD HAVE READ THE FINE PRINT.

WE SPOKE TO BASE SPOKESWOMAN CHRISSY MINER... AND READ HER SOME OF YOUR COMPLAINTS.
HERE'S WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY.

"Logistically I understand that it was difficult in the transportation piece but with that amount of people you know it is difficult to metigate 100 thousand folks at one time so again if folks would just give us some patience and understanding and maybe stagger their times a little bit and understand that you know when that amount of people are going out to one location its quite an undertaking.. so you know hopefully overall they enjoyed the show."

MINER SAYS THEY DON'T PLANT TO MAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE SHUTTLE SERVICE FOR TOMORROW'S SHOW.
SHE SAYS THEY EXPECT THE WAIT TIME TO BE SHORTER SINCE LESS PEOPLE NORMALLY SHOW UP ON THE SECOND DAY.
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PARKING ISSUES ASIDE.... THOUSANDS STILL CAME OUT WITH BINOCULARS... EAR PLUGS... AND SUNSCREEN... READY TO KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE SKY.

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THE BLUE ANGELS... WHIPPED OVERHEAD... SHOWING OFF EXTREME TRICKS TO THE CROWDS BELOW.
THEY WEREN'T ALONE... DOZENS OF OTHER PLANES SOARED INTO ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE TODAY... TO KICK OFF THE AIRSHOW.
AUSTIN LEWIS HAS MORE ON THE EVENT.

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THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DESCENDED UPON ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE SATURDAY....
TO CATCH THE ACTION BOTH ON THE GROUND....
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AND IN THE AIR.
KENDALL EDWARDS CAMEPREPARED TO LOOK TOWARD THE SKY.
Kendall Edwards, Byron: Just a bunch of airplanes and jets and stuff
Kendall Edwards, Byron: Their speed, and trajectory, the way they take off is so loud.
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Teon White, Perry: Airplanes sometimes go fast
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THE AIR SHOW PERFORMANCES LASTED ALL DAY... HAVING THOUSANDS LOOKING UP.
Franekia West, Cordele: I just came out here to enjoy the show with my mom.
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WHILE PLANES SOARED OVER ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE... AIRCRAFTS ON THE GROUND DREW CROWDS TOO.
PEOPLE GOT THE CHANCE TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK.
Dale Rogers, Ashville: It always intrigues me to see what the air force is going to build next and still, what they bring out on display.
AND MANY MADE SURE THEY TOOK THE TIME...TO SHARE WHAT THEY SAW WITH THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
Jalacal Beguro, Norway: It's because I want to take it for rememberance because it's only for I Came here for once in a while.
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IT WASN'T JUST ABOUT THE AIRSHOW...THERE WERE PLENTY OF GAMES...FOOD...
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DRINKS...AND OTHER COLD TREATS TO HELP FIGHT THE HEAT.
Franekia West, Cordele It;s keeping me cool cause it has ice and flavor to it, mixed with all types of flavors.
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WHILE MANY WERE IMPRESSED BY THE FEATS OF THE AIRMEN...
KENDALL EDWARDS SAYS HE CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS CHANCE TO JOIN THEM IN THE SKY.
Kendall Edwards, Byron: I want to know what it's like to fly a real plane
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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IF YOU MISSED THE FESTIVITIES TODAY...YOU CAN STILL CATCH THE AIR SHOW TOMORROW.
IT'S SET TO START AT 11-15 A-M.
BUT BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT... HERE ARE A FEW THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW.

FIRST.. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SUNSCREEN... ESPECIALLY FOR YOUR KIDS.
BRING A CAMERA AND A PEN... FOR AUTOGRAPHS OR PICTURES.
EAR PLUGS ARE ANOTHER HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ITEM.

AND... DON'T FORGET YOUR FOLDING CHAIRS.
SEATING IS LIMITED ON THE FLIGHT LINE

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SHOW.. VISIT THE ROBINS WHERE YOU LIVE PAGE ON OUR WEBSITE.. 13WMAZ
MACON POLICE ARRESTED A MAN... THEY SAY FIRED SHOTS AT A CAR DRIVEN BY HIS WIFE.
POLICE SPOKESWOMAN JAMI GAUDET SAYS

JOSEPH BALLARD FACES CHARGES FOR AGGRAVATED ASSUALT FAMILY VIOLENCE AND POSSESION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON.
GAUDET SAYS POLICE GOT A CALL ABOUT SHOTS BEING FIRED ON VIRGINIA AVENUE AROUND 9-30 LAST NIGHT.
SHE SAYS SHELL CASINGS AND WHAT APPEARS TO BE A BULLET HOLE WERE FOUND IN THE VICTIM'S CAR.
ONE OF THE PASSENGERS TOLD POLICE THE DRIVER WAS BALLARD'S WIFE.
GAUDET DID NOT SAY IF ANYONE WAS HIT BY THE SHOTS.

MUSIC LOVERS MADE THEIR WAY TO THE BIG BIRD BASH IN DOWNTOWN MACON TODAY.. TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR A GOOD CAUSE.

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FOLKS GOT A CHANCE TO ENJOY MUSIC FROM LIVE BANDS LIKE FAREWELL DISASTER AND STEREOMONSTER.
THE HUMMINGBIRD STAGE AND TAPROOM CREATED THE ALL DAY MUSIC EVENT TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL BANDS.

Kristen Oneal-Director of marketing- "It's been a huge success. We've raised over ten thousand dollars for local musicans. That's helped them do everything from buy new band equipment that they need to produing their albums."

THE BASH CONTINUES UNTIL 2 A-M.
ONEAL SAYS THAT THE EVENT ALSO RAISED OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE CENTRAL GEORGIA CASA... AN ORGANIZATION AIMED TO REPRESENT CHILD ABUSE VICTIMS IN COURT.

 

TONIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH AREAS OF FOG POSSIBLE AND LOWS IN THE MID-TO-UPPER 50S.
SUNDAY... SUNNY WITH HIGHS AROUND 90.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH FOG POSSIBLE AND LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S.

THANKS JOHN.. .WE'LL CHECK BACK WITH YOU A LITTLE LATER IN THE SHOW.

STILL AHEAD ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11... OLD COMPUTERS.. PRINTERS AND VCR'S

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THOSE WERE JUST SOME OF THE ITEMS PEOPLE DROPPED OFF AS PART OF E-CYCLING DAY.
FIND OUT WHAT THE EVENT WAS ALL ABOUT.
PLUS..

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THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL WRAPPED UP TODAY IN DOWNTOWN MACON.
HEAR WHY SOME SAY THERE WAS SOMETHING FOR EVERY ONE...THAT'S COMING UP LATER IN THE SHOW.

PEOPLE CAME OUT TO WARNER ROBINS STOCKED WITH OLD COMPUTERS... PRINTERS... AND V-C-R'S.

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IT'S A PART OF AN E-CYCLING DAY... AIMED AT GETTING RID OF OLD ELECTRONICS... AND DISPOSING OF THEM PROPERLY.
DEBRA JONES WITH KEEP WARNER ROBINS BEAUTIFUL SAYS TODAY'S EVENT MARKED THE FOURTH YEAR FOR THE E-CYCLING PROGRAM.
JONES SAYS THEY HOPE TO KEEP THE ELECTRONICS OUT OF THE LANDFILLS... AND SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT TO GET RID OF THEM THE RIGHT WAY... BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS.

Tom Knight, Warner Robins "It's wonderful, its a good way to get rid of things that would be sitting by the road or thrown in the dump that could not be recycled and used"

THE EVENT WRAPPED UP TODAY AT ONE O'CLOCK.
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ABOUT 30 PEOPLE CAME OUT TO WOODWARD CEMETARY TO HONOR A FALLEN SOLDIER FROM 150 YEARS AGO.
IT'S A PART OF A CONFEDERATE MEMORIAL DAY.

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FOLKS DRESSED UP IN CONFEDERATE UNIFORMS AND LISTENED TO A READING ABOUT JAMES T. WOODWARD... WHO IS BURIED AT THE CEMETARY.
THE GROUP'S COMMANDER... STEVE SCROGGINS... SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE SOUTHERN HISTORY IS PASSED ON TO FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Austin Mannheim, Forsyth "We remember those who have really gone before unfortunately the older the dates get on the gravestone the more its forgotten and I think that's kind of ashamed that the older we get the more it gets lost and I think we do this for the memory to keep them alive"

MEMORIALS ARE BEING HELD ACROSS THE STATE TODAY.

CREWS SPENT THE DAY SPRUCING UP TWENTY HOUSES IN MACON... THAT NEEDED A LITTLE EXTRA T-L-C.
IT'S A PART OF REBUILDING MACON DAY... AND WE HAD A TEAM OF OUR OWN... LENDING A HELPING HAND.

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SOME PEOPLE FROM OUR STATION HEADED OUT TO MINNIE GARRET'S HOME ON CLINTON STREET.
THEY SPENT THE MORNING PAINTING... WEEDING... AND EVEN FIXING A COUPLE LEAKY FAUCETS.
THE TEAM OF ABOUT A DOZEN 13 WMAZ WORKERS... REVAMPED HER HOME TO MAKING IT LIKE NEW... ONCE AGAIN.
75-YEAR-OLD GARRET HAS LIVED IN THE HOME FOR 24 YEARS.

A LOCAL GEORGIA FESTIVAL TURNS SWEET 16 THIS YEAR AND CELELBRATED WITH A THEME OF LOVE.

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THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL KICKED OFF IT'S OFFICIAL LAST DAY WITH LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND VENDORS ON CHERRY STREET IN DOWNTOWN MACON.
VENDORS CAME OUT WITH UNIQUE ITEMS LIKE DRESSES, SUNGLASSES, AND MUCH MORE.
FAMILIES ENJOYED FOOD, MUSIC, AND ACTIVITIES AT TODAY'S FREE EVENT.

THE PAN AFRICAN FESTIVAL WRAPPED UP TONIGHT WITH AN OUTDOOR MOVIE "THE BLIND SIDE".

LET'S HAVE ONE LAST LOOK AT WEATHER
TONIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH AREAS OF FOG POSSIBLE AND LOWS IN THE MID-TO-UPPER 50S.
SUNDAY... SUNNY WITH HIGHS AROUND 90.
SUNDAY NIGHT... MOSTLY CLEAR WITH FOG POSSIBLE AND LOWS IN THE UPPER 50S.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.
THE NEWS CONTINUES ALL DAY EVERY DAY... ON 13WMAZ DOT COM.

JOIN US AT SEVEN A-M FOR WEEKEND MORNIN.
HAVE A GREAT NIGHT EVERYONE.

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