Wednesday, May 23, Eyewitness News at 11

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

RIGHT NOW....A MILLEDGEVILLE MAN IS IN THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA...FIGHTING A THREE-WEEK BATTLE WITH A FLESH EATING BACTERIA.
HIS SON SAYS IT HIT 67 YEAR OLD PAUL BALES ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO
...AFTER HE SLIPPED ON HIS DOCK ON LAKE SINCLAIR.
TODAY... DOCTORS REMOVED HIS LEFT LEG...BELOW THE KNEE.
SON MIKE BALES HIS FATHER IS IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER THE SURGERY.
HE SAYS DOCTORS FOUND MORE INFECTED FLESH DURING THE SURGERY... AND MAY HAVE TO REMOVE MORE OF HIS FATHER'S LEG.
HE ALSO SAYS IT'S BEEN A SCARY RIDE FOR HIS FAMILY.
Mike Bales:"His vitals are all normal and he's able to talk to the nurses and to his family but you know he's just still in and out so it's difficult but he knows what's going on."
PAUL BALES IS FROM THE ATLANTA AREA AND RETIRED TO LAKE SINCLAIR.
HE'S THE FATHER OF THREE...AND GRANDFATHER OF SEVEN.


A LOT OF ACTIVITY ON DAY ONE OF QUALIFYING FOR STATEWIDE AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICES..
FOURTEEN DEMOCRATS AND NINE REPUBLICANS QUALIFIED TO RUN FOR OFFICE IN BIBB COUNTY WEDNESDAY..
THAT INCLUDES BIBB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOE ALLEN... WHO'S RUNNING TO KEEP HIS DISTRICT FOUR SEAT.
SO FAR... HE FACES REPUBLICAN OPPOSITION FROM NEWCOMER ROBERT ABBOTT.
DEMOCRAT LONZY EDWARDS IS LOOKING FOR ANOTHER TERM REPRESENTING DISTRICT ONE ON THE BIBB COUNTY COMMISSION..
FELLOW DEMOCRAT BERT BIVINS WANTS TO RETAIN HIS DISTRICT TWO SEAT.
FORMER BIB COUNTY CORONER ED BOND..CURRENT BIBB SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER GARY BECHTEL AND REAL ESTATE AGENT MALLORY JONES... ALL REPUBLICANS... WILL BATTLE IT OUT FOR THE DISTRICT THREE SEAT ELMO RICHARDSON IS LEAVING.
ON THE SCHOOL BOARD -. REPUBLICAN ANGELA FREEMAN... WIFE OF FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE ALLEN FREEMAN... WILL CHALLENGE DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENT SUSAN SIPE FOR THE DISTRICT THREE SEAT.
DEMOCRAT ELLA CARTER IS SEEKING A SECOND TERM IN THE DISTRICT ONE SEAT.
SHE'LL FACE BRENDA SUTTON IN THE JULY PRIMARY.
THELMA DILLARD IS RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT TWO SEAT.
LOCAL ATTORNEY LESTER MILLER HOPES TO CLAIM THE DISTRICT FOUR SEAT CURRENTLY HELD BY SUSAN MIDDLETON..
SHE CAN'T RUN AGAIN BECAUSE OF TERM LIMITS.
DISTRICT FIVE BOARD MEMBER TOM HUDSON WANTS TO KEEP HIS SEAT FOR ANOTHER TERM.
AND REPUBLICAN JASON DOWNEY IS RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT SIX SEAT VACATED BY GARY BECHTEL.
FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF CANDIDATES WHO QUALIFIED TODAY LOOK FOR THIS STORY AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.

BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL LEADERS ARE WORKING WITH JUDGES... LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OTHER AGENCIES TO CUT DOWN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS... WHO END UP IN COURTROOMS.
THEY'RE SET TO SIGN AN AGREEMENT FRIDAY.
UNDER THAT AGREEMENT... STUDENTS WHO COMMIT A FELONY OR ATTACK A TEACHER WILL STILL BE SENT TO JUVENILE COURT.
STUDENTS WHO COMMIT LESSER OFFENSES WILL GET A WARNING THE FIRST TIME.
FOR THE SECOND OFFENSE... THEY'LL FACE A COMMITTEE THAT CAN RECOMMEND COUNSELING OR OTHER SERVICES.
AND AFTER THE THIRD... THEY TOO WILL GO BEFORE A JUDGE.
VERONICA McCLENDON DRAFTED THE AGREEMENT... AND SAYS IT'S MODELED AFTER A CLAYTON COUNTY SYSTEM.
"Once you have that first offense on your record if you get in trouble for somethign else, you have that second offense, that opens the door for you to have more exposure to the justice system maybe even being sent to the YDC wich is a place where you're exposed to kids form the petty thieves to the murderers, and od we want the potentially bright-futured kid to encounter these rougher kids and end up maybe coming out worse than when they went in."
MCCLENDON ESTIMATES 600 STUDENTS A YEAR ARE REFERRED TO JUVENILE JUSTICE...
CANDACE ADORKA HAS MORE FROM ONE OF THE MEN WHO PLANS TO PLAY A ROLE IN CURBING THAT NUMBER.
Candace Adorka interviews District attorney Greg Winters.
WINTERS SAYS HE HOPES THEY CAN ROLL OUT THE NEW PROTOCOL BY THE TIME SCHOOL STARTS IN AUGUST... THOUGH THE PARTICIPATING AGENCIES WILL HAVE TO GET TOGETHER FIRST TO WORK OUT THE DETAILS.

TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... SHOULD NON-FELONY STUDENT OFFENDERS BE REFERRED TO COURT?
SO FAR... 60 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES.
AND 40 PERCENT SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

GEORGIA GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL AND THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ARE TACKLING THE PROBLEM OF CHILDHOOD OBESITY.
THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE ANNOUNCED THE SHAPE PROGRAM TODAY...
IT ADDRESSES THE ISSUE THROUGH GOVERNMENT, COMMUNITY AND ACADEMIC EFFORTS.
GOVERNOR DEAL'S OFFICE SAYS THAT GEORGIA HAS THE SECOND HIGHEST CHILDHOOD OBESITY RATE IN THE COUNTRY..
NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF THE STATE'S CHILDREN ARE CONSIDERED OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.
THE PLAN INVOLVES....URGING SCHOOLS TO GIVE EACH STUDENT 30 MINUTES A DAY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.

IF YOU'VE BEEN PUTTING OFF DOING A LITTLE SPRING CLEANING IN YOUR CLOSET...NOW MAY BE JUST THE TIME TO START.
GOODWILL HAS A NEW FACILITY IN WARNER ROBINS WHERE THEY'RE ACCEPTING DONATIONS.
WE SPENT TIME THERE TODAY TO TAKE A TOUR OF WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER THE COMMUNITY.
It's a department store atmosphere where bargains and discounts are not hard to come by.

SOT: You can go to the Goodwill and get excellent prices and nice quality and sometimes, many times with the tags still on it.

Sandra Wade says she's always depended on Goodwill to save her a few dollars and the opportunity to give. She says she drops off donations several times a year.
President and CEO of Goodwill Central Georgia Jim Stiff says THE NEW GOODWILL DONATION CENTER AND retail STORE on LAKE JOY Road was needed to meet THE DEMAND of SHOPPERS AND DONORS like Wade.

SOT: We've been studying in Middle Georgia where we wanted to have a permanent long term retail location. The Lake Joy area looked like for the next ten years would be a great growth community.

WEDNESDAY... EMPLOYEES HAD THEIR HANDS FULL during the center's grand OPENING DAY WORKING BUSY LINES AND SORTING THROUGH DONATION ITEMS. Vicki Mills, Director of Marketing and Sales says with more than 100 thousand donors from Houston County last year.. Goodwill is on the right track for continued success with giving back to the community with the help of their new store.

SOT: It's our newest and nicest store and our largest donation center so we're really excited to be here. The folks of Houston County have really embraced Goodwill and we really appreciate that.
THE NEW LAKE JOY FACILITY IS 26 THOUSAND SQUARE FEET AND EMPLOYS 21 PEOPLE.

STUDENTS.. FACULTY AND STAFF AT ONE BIBB COUNTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WANTED TO HONOR THEIR PRINCIPAL AS SHE PREPARES FOR RETIREMENT..
DOCTOR JACQUELINE WALDEN IS RETIRING AFTER NEARLY 35 YEARS AS AN EDUCATION..MORE THAN 20 OF IT IN BIBB COUNTY...
TODAY..STUDENTS AND TEACHERS AT RILEY ELEMENTARY HONORED DR. WALDEN WITH SONG..AND DANCE..
A PORTRAIT UNVEILING WAS ALSO PART OF THE FESTIVITIES..
THE KIDS SOLD CANDY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE PORTRAIT.
THERE WILL ALSO BE A PROGRAM SUNDAY..WHERE DOCTOR WALDEN'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY CELEBRATE HER RETIREMENT..

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... FIRST MORNIN COMES YOUR WAY AT 5 A-M.
THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ DOT COM.
LETTERMAN'S NEXT.
HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.


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