Tuesday, May 1, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

A MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ELECTED NOT TO TELL THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORATION THAT THE CITY DOESN'T SUPPORT THE FOREST HILL ROAD WIDENING PROJECT.
THEY REJECTED A RESOLUTION AT TONIGHT'S MEETING.
COUNCILMAN TOM ELLINGTON SAYS THE CURRENT PLANS ARE OUTDATED... AND TOO BIG FOR THE AREA.
AS AMY AUBERT SHOWS YOU... COUNCIL MEMBERS AGREE THE AREA NEEDS A CHANGE... BUT THE REJECTION MAY NOT BE THE END OF THE ROAD.
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Nats, Ellington: "City council never signed off on a conveyance of Forest Hill Road with GDOT."

IN A PUBLIC WORKS AND ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MEETING TUESDAY... MEMBERS TURNED DOWN A RESOLUTION TO OPPOSES THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION'S ROAD WIDENING PLAN.

Ficklin: "I'd hate for us to be in a fight with GDOT."

COUNCILMAN HENRY FICKLIN VOTED AGAINST IT... HE SAYS THE STATE PUT CONSIDERABLE TIME... EFFORT... AND ENGINEERING INTO THE PROJECT.

BUT COUNCILMAN TOM ELLINGTON BACKED THE RESOLUTION....ASKING THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO SLOW DOWN. HE SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO WALK AWAY FROM A FOREST HILL PROJECT... BUT THE CURRENT PLANS NEED TO BE UPDATED.

Tom Ellington: "I know exactly what the rebuttal is going to be. 'It's too late to redesign, we're going to take all the money away.'"

ELLINGTON SAYS FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS... HE'S BEEN TOLD IT'S TOO LATE TO CHANGE ANYTHING.

Ellington: "I've also heard second hand from the administration today that I can only describe as threats."

ELLINGTON SAYS HE HEARD SECOND HAND THAT IF TUESDAY'S RESOLUTION PASSED... G-DOT WOULD WALK AWAY FROM THE [ROJECT.

Moffett: "If we are not going to accept the road, then the likelihood that the project will not happen, you will not have any change on Forest Hill Road. And the money you have already invested in that project would be lost."

AND DIRECTOR OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS... KEITH MOFFETT... SAYS THAT WOULD BE A WASTE OF THE 3 POINT 1 MILLION DOLLARS OF SPLOST FUNDS...ALREADY SPENT ON THE PROJECT.

Nats, Ellington

FOR ELLINGTON... THE REJECTION CREATES A TEMPORARY ROADBLOCK... IN A PLAN HE SAYS CAN STILL MOVE FORWARD.

AMY AUBERT 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> STATE AND CITY OFFICIALS, AS WELL AS SOME PEOPLE IN THE CITY, HAVE DEBATED THE WIDENING FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.

THIS SUMMER... BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO CONSOLIDATE THE CITY AND COUNTY.
IF THEY APPROVE... THE BIBB COUNTY SHERIFF WOULD TAKE CHARGE OF THE COMBINED LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCY.
RIGHT NOW... THREE DEMOCRATS HAVE DECLARED THEIR INTEREST IN THE JOB.
DAVID DAVIS... ALBERT HALL AND BILL LUCAS SAT DOWN WITH RANDALL SAVAGE TONIGHT DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX..
ONE OF THE TOPICS THEY TACKLED - HOW TO STEM THE FLOW OF REPEAT OFFENDERS INTO AND OUT OF JAIL..
"our junior deputy program, going into the schools, going into the daycare centers like we do, the dare program, doing those things and there are a lot of other community organizations that are doing a lot of things to touch kids face-based, other community organzations, and its partly them that keep them from coming to jail to start with, and then when they come in and they become repeat offenders then we work with the district attorney, we work with even the legislators to strengthen some of the laws and some of the sentences if we have to to get these folks into the prisons or get them rehabilitated so they don't come back to jail."
ALBERT HALL SAID CERTAIN GROUPS OF PEOPLE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER..
"one of the ethings that i would like to implement is the same things that i did before i retired, and that is to have someone in place that will speak with the judges, the probation officers, the district attorney's office, to pull them together to show them this young man here has been in jail 10,15, 20 times, it's time for this guy to be sent off ' shouldnt they already know that?' they should, but a lot of times when you go to court, i've been in there too many times where they're put back on probation and are back out of the door."
BILL LUCAS SAYS HE'LL LOOK TO THE COMMUNITY FOR A HELPING HAND..
"see jail is not always the answer. what we have to do is start putting together programs where offenders can do better on the outside, now if they can't, they're going to jail and we'll send them off to prison, but you have to have an alternative and those alternatives have to be worked out with the community, the community, community, community, that's where the answer is to our problems."
QUALIFYING HAPPENS LATER THIS MONTH...BUT SO FAR THERE ARE NO ANNOUNCED REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES FOR SHERIFF.
THE PRIMARY ELECTION IS JULY 31ST.

TODAY... GEORGIA BECAME THE LATEST STATE TO BAN ABORTIONS FIVE MONTHS AFTER CONCEPTION.
GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SIGNED THE SO-CALLED "FETAL PAIN ACT" INTO LAW.
THE LAW INCLUDES EXCEPTIONS FOR PREGNANCIES THAT THREATEN THE MOTHER'S LIFE OR HEALTH.
DOCTORS COULD ALSO PERFORM AN ABORTION IF THE FETUS HAS A FATAL DEFECT.
GEORGIA'S NEW LAW DIFFERS FROM FEDERAL STANDARDS... WHICH ALLOW STATES TO LIMIT ABORTIONS WHEN THERE'S A REASONABLE CHANCE THE FETUS CAN SURVIVE OUTSIDE THE WOMB.
THAT'S USUALLY 23 OR 24 WEEKS.

FRIENDS OF THE PERRY ANIMAL SHELTER SAY THE BUILDING IS FALLING APART.
SO THEY SENT A THOUSAND LETTTERS TO THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL URGING THEM TO BUILD A NEW SHELTER.
THE SHELTER IS MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS OLD... SITS IN A HOLE... AND WHEN IT RAINS...WATER FLOODS THE CAGES INSIDE.
THE BUILDING ALSO HAS A LEAKY ROOF... MISSING SHINGLES... AND DRAINAGE PROBLEMS.
MEMBERS OF FRIENDS OF THE PERRY ANIMAL SHELTER RAISED MONEY TO ADD CAGES... BUT THEY SAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH AND THEY NEED A NEW FACILITY.
PERRY CITY COUNCIL DELAYED THEIR DECISION BECAUSE THEY'RE STILL EVALUATING WHETHER REPAIRING THE CURRENT BUILDING COSTS MORE THAN STARTING FROM SCRATCH.
Mayor Jimmy Faircloth: "Then we'll find cost estimates or gather cost estimates on exactly what it is that we can do in transition to the possiblity of building a small shelter to replace what they already have." PERRY'S CITY MANAGER... LEE GILMOUR SAYS THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILTY OF BUILDING THE SHELTER OFF BIG INDIAN DRIVE.
HE HOPES COUNCIL WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECISION IN SIX WEEKS.

PRESIDENT OBAMA PROMISED TO WIND DOWN THE DECADE LONG WAR OVER THE NEXT TWO AND A HALF YEARS.
IT WAS PART OF A SPEECH HE MADE AT A SURPRISE VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN TONIGHT.
HE'S PROMOTING A NEW SECURITY AGREEMENT... AND SAYS BY 20-14... AFGHANS WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SECURITY OF THEIR COUNTRY.
HE CALLS THE TRANSITION THE BEGINING OF A NEW CHAPTER.
Obama: As we move forward, some people will ask why we need a firm timeline. The answer is clear: our goal is not to build a country in America's image, or to eradicate every vestige of the Taliban. These objectives would require many more years, many more dollars, and many more American lives. Our goal is to destroy al Qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that. Afghans want to fully assert their sovereignty and build a lasting peace. That requires a clear timeline to wind down the war.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS THE VICTORY ON THE WAR ON TERRORISM IS WITHIN REACH.
HE SAYS THE INTERNATIONAL TROOPS WILL CONTINUE TO TRAIN... ADVISE... AND ASSIST AFGHANS AFTER THE 20-14 TURNOVER.

HISTORIC MACON HONORS PEOPLE WHO BRING NEW LIFE TO SOME OF THE CITY'S OLDEST BUILDINGS.
TONIGHT... THE PEACOCK BUILDING WON THE COMMERCIAL RESTORATION CATEGORY AT THE GROUP'S ANNUAL AWARD CEREMONY.
JUDY LE BRINGS US THE STORY OF THE 87-YEAR-OLD-BUILDING..
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(nat 15 secs: the peacock building has gone through a number of changes...with new and used furniture)
THE SUNNY BUILDING ON VINEVILLE AVENUE MADE ITS DEBUT IN 1925. TODAY IT'S STILL STANDING STRONG...AND WINNING AN AWARD.
sot lars anderson - 258 it means the building has been put back in a historically appropriate manner. that the contractor did a wonderful job.that the people who have the artistic sense who worked on the building...that would be my wife who directed me on the inside and ms roza who added the peacock on the outside have all done a wonderful job 322
ATTORNEY...LARS ANDERSON...BOUGHT THE BUILDING IN 2004 BUT STARTED THE GREAT FIX-UP SEVEN YEARS LATER.
(nat : i would say the crown molding is new. the ceiling is original. the walls are where they were)
MUCH OF THE EXTERIOR REMAINS THE SAME...EXCEPT FOR THE BUTTERY PAINT JOB.
standup: anderson says it took about 150k and roughly 3 months to restore this building. he hired local artist susan roza to paint the original peacock detail on the front of the building. he says she actually used car paint.
THE PEACOCK IS A REMINDER OF THE TIME THE BUILDING FUNCTIONED AS A PHARMACY UNDER THE PEACOCK BROTHERS.
FROM A PHARMACY TO A LAW OFFICE...ANDERSON PRESERVED THE 28-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT BUILDING FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES.
sot anderson: 338 if you redo this building in accordance to the state and federal guidelines..you get a wonderful tax benefit. and for being a small business person...my wife and i...this is the income for the family. for us to put a significant amount of money into a building...there had to be a financial return 357
AND THOUGH THE BUILDING HAS A NEW PURPOSE... THE SPIRIT OF THE PEACOCK BROTHERS REMAINS.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> THE BUILDING WENT THROUGH SEVERAL TRANSFORMATIONS... FROM A NEW AND USED FURNITURE STORE.. TO A PHARMACY...AND FINALLY A LAW OFFICE.

THE WARM WEATHER OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS.. CAUSED A GEORGIA TREAT TO MAKE AN EARLY DEBUT.
THE GEORGIA PEACH IS NOW RIPE FOR THE PICKING... A FEW WEEKS EARLIER THAN USUAL.
AUSTIN LEWIS WENT TO LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARDS TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS YEAR'S CROP.
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JUDY SHIELDS IS A FLORIDA GIRL.... BUT SHE LOVES A GOOD GEORGIA PEACH.
Judy Shields, Lakeland, FL.: Florida peaches, do not taste like Georgia peaches, we have great strawberries, I'll put our strawberries up, but not the peaches.
AND THIS SWEET FRUIT....IS HITTING THE SHELVES A LITTLE EARLIER THIS YEAR...
DUKE LANE, C-E-O OF LANE SOUTHERN ORCHARD...SAYS THESE PEACHES ARE RIPE FOR THE PICKING BECAUSE THEY GOT PLENTY OF SUN THIS YEAR.
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: It's 20 degrees actually above normal. You talking about 70 degree nights and 90 degree days, Peaches are really growing 24 hours.
HE SAYS THAT'LL MAKE THEM TASTE EVEN SWEETER.
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: We hadn't had any rain that amounted to anything in two weeks that amount to anything so there's nothing to dilute the sugar content.
BUT BEFORE THESE PEACHES COME HERE...
THEY HAVE TO COOL DOWN...
Duke Lane, Jr., President, Lane Southern Orchards: A peach will be 95, 100 degrees in the bins so in order to slow down the rippening process for purposes of shipping all up and down the east coast or midwest, we stop the ripening process by running them through the hydracooler at 34, 35, degrees.
THE FIRST PEACHES OF THE SEASON ALREADY HIT LANE'S STORE...AND SOME ARE MAKING THEIR WAY ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST.
Jeff Cleghorn, Warner Robins: I have a good friend that's in a rehab center in Nashville, and I am taking her some, she loves Georgia peaches and she's uh 83 years old and has a broken hip.
BUT C-J CLEGHORN HOPES... A COUPLE OF THEM WILL STAY CLOSE TO HOME.
C.J. Cleghorn, Warner Robins: I like to make peach cobbler
Judy Shields, Lakeland, FL.: It's almost like sugar, it's better than any candy better than any dessert... I had to have them.
FOR PEACH LOVERS...THIS FRUIT IS A SPECIAL TREAT.. BECAUSE YOU ONLY SEE THEM A FEW MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
AUSTIN LEWIS 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>>THIS YEAR'S STRAWBERRY PICKING SEASON STARTED EARLY AS WELL.

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DAY FIVE OF THE GEORGIA STATE FAIR HAS WRAPPED UP.
THE FAIRGROUNDS OPENED AT FOUR... BUT THE PREPARATION BEGAN EARLY THIS MORNING.
VENDORS... EXIBITORS... AND OTHERS BEHIND THE SCENES START AS EARLY AS NINE A-M... TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS YEAR'S FAIR IS WELL WORTH THE TIME AND MONEY OF THOSE WHO COME OUT. THINGS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP... BUT THE VENDORS WE TALKED WITH SAID IT'S ALL WORKING OUT FOR THE BEST.
Richard George, Food Concessionaire: " Everybody...every morning they get up... they do their maintenance checks. They check on the electricity...make sure everything's safe. The groundskeepers keep everything clean. The food staff make sure everything gets prepped and ready to go. Our management staff in the office...they make sure everything's ready to go and everything's efficient.
Stacey Tucker, Owner, Dixieland Carnival: "The best way I can describe it...it's like getting ready for Christmas... it'll take you all day to put up a Christmas tree and 20 minutes to take it down. It takes a lot of preparation to make sure everything is level...the ground is good."
YOU CAN CATCH THE FAIR FROM FOUR UNTIL TEN THROUGHOUT THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK.

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