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

A PEST PROBLEM AT MACON ANIMAL CONTROL COULD TURN INTO A HUGE PROBLEM FOR THE CATS AND DOGS WHO LIVE THERE.
IF THEY DON'T FIND A HOME BEFORE JUNE 7TH.. THEY WILL BE EUTHANIZED.
THAT'S WHEN THE SHELTER WILL BE CLOSED FOR THREE TO FIVE DAYS FOR PEST CONTROL TREATMENT.
JUDY LE HAS THAT STORY.
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OLD TIMER...PING 1 AND PING 2...AND EVEN BOOTS...THEY'RE ALL LOOKING TO ESCAPE EUTHANASIA...
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SLATED FOR JUNE 7TH.
sot van vandewalker, animal control officer - 205 we have until june 6th to get all animals out of the shelter because on june 7th there will be intense bombing for two to five days. 216
MACON ANIMAL CONTROL HAS BEEN PLAGUED WITH MICE AND OVERRUN BY COCKROACHES. THAT'S BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS OLD AND IT'S NEAR A DUMP SITE.
sot vandewalker - 239 in our break room, when you go in there to eat your lunch...if you go back there right now, you'll see mouse droppings on the table, on the counter. it's that bad 249
FIONA FRED...THE SHELTER CAT...MANAGED TO GETAWAY FROM A KILL DAY TWO YEARS AGO. HE'S NOW ON MOUSE DUTY...PICKING UP THREE OR FOUR MOUTHFULS A DAY.
standup - 4 there are 11 cats, 77 dogs in there like bailey who needs a home. before the pest control treatment, the goal is to get these animals adopted, transfered to antoher shelther, or fostered 20
PAWS FOR HOPE AND FAITH PRESIDENT...SHANE SMITH...SLIPPED THROUGH THE GATES TO SNAP PICTURES OF THE ANIMALS FOR HIS WEBSITE ...WHERE PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND CANADA CAN SEE THEM.
sot shane smith - 30 the intstate peopel can go to the shelter and adopt from the shelter. the out of state can go through a rescue. the rescue will come and pull the animal, set up transport, get it vetted, and get it delivered 42
IT'S A FIGHT AGAINST TIME TO SAVE THE ANIMALS...AND RECLAIM THE BUILDING...
JUDY LE...13WMAZ..EYEWITNESS NEWS
>> VANDEWALKER (VAN-DEE-WALKER)...SAYS DURING THE PEST TREATMENT...THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PICK UP STRAY ANIMALS.
BUT IF A WANDERING ANIMAL IS FOUND WITH A TAG ON IT... MAC OFFICERS WILL CONTACT THE OWNER AND WRITE UP CITATIONS.
FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO ADOPT... VISIT OUR WEBSTORY AT...13-WMAZ-DOT-COM

A BIBB COUNTY STATE LEGISLATOR SAYS SHE WANTS SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRMAN TOMMY BARNES TO GET HIS FACTS STRAIGHT.
AT A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TWO WEEKS AGO... BARNES SAID LEGISLATORS CHANGED ELECTION MAPS WITHOUT TELLING THEM.
TODAY... NIKKI RANDALL RELEASED A LETTER TO BARNES SAYING... THAT'S NOT THE CASE.
SHE INCLUDED COPIES OF EMAILS FROM STATE OFFICIALS DESCRIBING THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICTS....TO THEIR ATTORNEY.
RANDALL WROTE ....
IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT YOU FELT IT NECESSARY TO PUBLICLY QUESTION THE INTEGRITY OF THE BIBB COUNTY LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION....AND IMPLY THAT SOMETHING WAS DONE UNDER THE CLOAK OF DARKNESS.
INSTEAD... SHE WROTE... THE SCHOOL BOARD AND ITS LOBBYIST FAILED TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON.
THIS AFTERNOON... BARNES HUNG UP ON A REPORTER WHO CALLED HIM FOR COMMENT.

THE COMMANDER OF THE WARNER ROBINS AIR LOGISTICS CENTER... MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON... WILL RETIRE JUNE 15TH.
TODAY... MCMAHON REFLECTED ON HIS 34 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE... AND PAST TWENTY MONTHS AT ROBINS.
LORRA LYNCH JONES GIVES YOU A LOOK BACK... AND TELLS YOU WHAT'S AHEAD FOR THE GENERAL.<<nats (use file)
IN THE FALL OF 2010... MAJOR GENERAL ROBERT MCMAHON TOOK COMMAND OF ROBINS'... AND THE 16-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT WORK.
Maj. Gen. Robert McMahon: (15:10) "Whats made this assignment so special for Hope and I has been the men and women who have gotten the job done each and every day, the leadership that has helped to accomplish all that's been done and finally a community that truly appreciates all this base does."
HE SAYS THEN... THE WORK FORCE WAS FIRST CLASS.. BUT LACKED FOCUS.
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MCMAHON BELIEVES ROBINS REGAINED THAT UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP.
McMahon: (12:10) "They achieved that and with everybody pulling the wagon in the same direction have been able to recieve absolutely remarkable results."
HE'S MOST PROUD OF CLEANING UP ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES THAT MAY HAVE AFFECTED WORKERS' HEALTH.
McMahon (13:50) "We've gone from the outhouse to the penthouse."
HE PRAISED THE ON-TIME DELIVERY OF AIRCRAFT... WHICH DOUBLED DURING HIS TENURE.
14:10) "That means were supporting the warfighter in a way that they believe we ought to, and they've become our biggest fan."
McMAHON SAID ROBINS AND IT'S LEADERSHIP STILL FACE CHALLENGES... WHICH WILL BECOME A DUAL ROLE AS IT TRANSITIONS FROM AN AIR LOGISTICS CENTER... TO AN AIR LOGISTICS COMPLEX THIS YEAR.
McMahon: (18:40) "The challenges that both General George and Col. Buetekoffer have to do with financial challenges and the $487 billion that will have to come out of the defense budget."
HE BELIVES BOTH MEN ARE WELL PREPARE TO TAKE THE REINS.... AS HE TAKES ON A SELF-ASSIGNED NEW MISSION... CARING FOR HIS LIFELONG WINGMAN... HIS WIFE... HOPE.
Gen. McMahon: (25:40) "I will focus my energy on making sure that dinner is ready, the house is clean, the laundry is complete and that I can take care of her the same way she has taken care of me."
STD>> MCMAHON SAID HE AND HIS WIFE PLAN TO STAY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA... RECENTLY BUYING A HOUSE IN KATHLEEN.
HE SAID HE PLANS TO WORK AGAIN SOMETIME... POSSIBLY AS A CONSULTANT.... BUT SAID HE'S NOT THINKING ABOUT THAT UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT DATE.

FORMER MACON MAYOR C. JACK ELLIS SAYS HE TALKED ABOUT IT BUT DECIDED NOT TO RUN FOR BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION CHAIRMAN.
THIS MORNING.... ELLIS TOLD RANDALL SAVAGE MANY PEOPLE ASKED HIM TO RUN... AND HE GAVE IT SERIOUS CONSIDERATION.
ELLIS SAYS HE'S CONCERNED ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF CITY EMPLOYEES...WHOSE JOBS ARE BEING SHIFTED TO THE COUNTY THIS YEAR.
BUT AFTER A MEETING TODAY...ELLIS DECIDED NOT TO CHALLENGE CURRENT CHAIRMAN SAM HART.
QUALIFYING FOR COUNTY ELECTIONS BEGINS TOMORROW MORNING AT 9... AND RUNS UNTIL NOON FRIDAY.
HART...A DEMOCRAT.... PLANS TO SEEK RE-ELECTION.. BUSINESSMAN TOM WAGONER ALSO PLANS TO RUN FOR THE POSITION.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD ELLIS RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE AGAIN?
SO FAR 92 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
AND 8 PERCENT SAY YES... HE SHOULD.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

LAST NIGHT ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.....WE TOLD YOU ABOUT A DEVICE THAT CAN STOP KITCHEN FIRES BEFORE THEY SPREAD.
STOVE TOP FIRE STOP IS A CANISTER FILLED WITH FIRE EXTINGUISHING CHEMICALS... DESIGNED TO QUICKLY PUT OUT GREASE FIRES.
THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE FOR A SET OF TWO STOVETOP FIRESTOPS IS 50 DOLLARS.
THEY'RE AVAILABLE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA THROUGH SPECIAL ORDER AT LOWE'S.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS CONTACT THE COMMERCIAL SALES DEPARTMENT.
YOU CAN ALSO ORDER THE PRODUCT ONLINE AT LOUISVILLE FIRE AND SAFETY.
THE WEBSITE IS LOUISVILLE FIRE PROTECTION DOT COM.
YOU CAN GET A TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT IF YOU USE PROMO CODE "13WMAZ" AT CHECKOUT.
WE ALSO FOUND OUT THAT THE PULASKI COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT IN HAWKINSVILLE SELLS THE STOVETOP FIRESTOP.
AFTER SEEING LAST NIGHT'S STORY.... AT LEAST ONE OTHER CENTRAL GEORGIA FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING INTO OFFERING THE PRODUCT.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TEAMING UP WITH THE OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT TO GIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ANOTHER PATH TO SUCCESS.
STARTING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR... EACH OF THE SEVEN HIGH SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A CAREER COACH..
CANDACE ADORKA TELLS US THAT COULD PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH REAL WORLD WORK EXPERIENCE.<<
LEVON TARVER IS ONLY 23... BUT HE'S ALREADY AN INSTRUCTOR AT HUTCHINGS CAREER CENTER... THE SAME HIGH SCHOOL WHERE HE DISCOVERED HIS TALENT FOR AUTOMOTIVE SCIENCE... AND LANDED AN APRENTICESHIP WITH BMW OF MACON.
"I was an 11th grader and they started letting me work on BMW's. It's crazy thinking that a 16 or 17 year old kid can touch a 80-thousand to 120-thousand dollar automobile."
HE SAYS HE WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE AN AUTOMOTIVE INSTUCTOR WHO HELPED HIM FIND HIS PASSION... AND CARVE OUT A CAREER PATH.
"I just continues workign for BMW year after year as a technician and I ended up working for them for 5 years."
THE BIBB SCHOOL DISTRICT IS WORKING TO CREATE MORE SUCCESS STORIES LIKE TARVER'S. THEY'RE PARTNERING WITH THE MACON-BIBB OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT... AND HIRING A CAREER COACH FOR EACH OF THE 7 HIGH SCHOOLS.
"These career coaches will work with students to guide them through completing career interest surverys and condusting online career research, exploring career options so that they can find their passion."
"More students will stay in graduate, but graduate as being ready to go to work."
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR KATHY THOMPSON SAYS THEY'RE ALSO EXPANDING THEIR SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM TO PLACE STUDENTS AT CENTRAL GEORGIA COMPANIES YEAR-ROUND... WHILE THEY GET INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION... A DIPLOMA... AND MAYBE COLLEGE CREDIT.
"We need to demonstrate to employers first that we are graduating quality students that they would want to hire. That's our challenge and we have accepted that challenege."
CANDACE ADORKA 13 WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.
>> KATHY THOMPSON IS HERE WITH MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL.

WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE FACING STUDENTS ONE THEY GRADUATE?

SHOULD WE BE LOOKING AT DRIVING EVERY CHILD TOWARDS COLLEGE? WHY OR WHY NOT?

WHAT OTHER WAYS CAN THEY BE SUCCESSFUL OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE ROUTE, ESPECIALLY IN CENTRAL GEORGIA?

AND EMPLOYERS... ARE THEY SATISFIED WITH THE WORKFORCE OUR SCHOOLS ARE PRODUCING?

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT? THE OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT GAVE THE DISTRICT MORE THAN 150-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PAY FOR THE CAREER COACHES.
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S SHARE....ABOUT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

EACH YEAR THOUSANDS GATHER AT MCCONNELL TALBERT STADIUM IN WARNER ROBINS TO CELEBRATE THEIR INDEPENDENCE.
BUT THIS YEAR... PERRY IS JOINING THE PARTY IN ITS OWN WAY.
THE PERRY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IS PARTNERING WITH DAVID RAGAN..... FORD AND (WIRE-HOUSER) WEYERHAEUSER TO BRING YOU THE CITY'S FIRST ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE PARADE.
THE THEME IS PERRY'S PATRIOTIC PRIDE... AND THE PARADE WILL START ON WASHINGTON STREET... TURN ON MAIN STREET AND END AT THE GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIRGROUNDS.
Stacy Campbell, Chamber President: "We have a celebrity grand marshall a grand marshall from the area we have units from Robins Air Force base that will be participating we have a unit from the Army National Guard that will be coming in."
NASCAR DRIVER DAVID RAGAN IS THE GRAND MARSHAL.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON HOW YOU CAN JOIN PERRY'S INDEPENDENCE PARADE VISIT OUR WEBSITE 13-WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THIS WEB STORY.

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.
BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !
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HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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