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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M LEAH JOHNSON.
FRANK MALLOY HAS THE NIGHT OFF.

THE SON OF A MILLEDGEVILLE MAN FIGHTING FLESH-EATING BACTERIA SAYS HIS FATHER LOVES THE LAKE WHERE HE MAY HAVE CONTRACTED THAT BACTERIA.
PAUL BALES WAS DIAGNOSED SUNDAY... AND HAD PART OF HIS LEFT LEG REMOVED YESTERDAY.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO HIS ELDEST SON MIKE BALES.
BALES SAYS HIS FATHER IS IN STABLE CONDITION AND THINKS HE GOT INFECTED WHEN HE CUT HIS LEG ON THE BOATING RAMP AT HIS HOME ON LAKE SINCLAIR.
Mike Bales, Dacula: he's on a lot of medication so he's in and out, he's able to talk to us, he knew, he knows what's going on, um and he know's he's got to have another surgery this weekend to remove eve more of his leg because the infection is higher than he thought it was going to be
BALES SAYS HE HASN'T BEEN IN THE WATER SINCE THE ACCIDENT... BUT HE DOESN'T WANT THE LAKE TO GET A BAD REPUTATION.
HE JUST WANTS PEOPLE TO BE AWARE... AND TAKE CARE OF CUTS WHEN THEY GET THEM.

SOME PEOPLE AT LAKE SINCLAIR TODAY SAID THEY WEREN'T WORRIED ABOUT THE DISEASE... BUT OTHERS SAID THE NEWS HAS MADE THEM THINK TWICE BEFORE GETTING WET.
IRMA BALLARD TOOK A DAY TRIP FROM NEWTON COUNTY WITH HER HUSBAND.
SHE SAID QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE DISEASE WORRY HER.
BUT CHARLES ALLEN OF DUBLIN SAID HE WAS CAREFUL NOT TO GET CUT... AND ISN'T PLANNING TO LET GO OF HIS LONG-TIME HOBBY.
"I've been coming out here since the mid-sixties, 1960's, and it's not a real concern, you don't have that many cases, but it is unusual to have four like we've had in the last few weeks."
"Going in the water or not going in the water, we have to find out where is this disease coming from and why we are getting this disease."
JENNIFER MOULLIET DUG A LITTLE DEEPER TO FIND THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS.
SHE SPOKE WITH DOCTOR WILLIAM (SHAFF-NER)SCHAFFNER... PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND PROFESSOR AT VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY.
SHE ASKED IF THOSE HEADED TO THE LAKE THIS WEEKEND SHOULD BE CONCERNED.
Jennifer Moulliet: "should they go in the water if they have any kind of cut because I believe the man in Milledgeville had a cut that a band aid could cover up."

Dr. William Schaffner: "That is a very, very unusual event and lots of us have gone swimming with little scrapes so fortunately this is a very, very rare infection. Make sure that when you come out you wipe yourself off, take a shower, clean any cuts that you have."

Jennifer Moulliet: "And you said before that this isn't common."

Dr. Wiliam Schaffner: "This is not common and you and I can go swimming in the lakes and rivers as thousands of people are going to and have a great deal of fun and enjoy the weekend."
TODAY'S 13WMAZ DOT COM WEB POLL ASKS... WILL NEWS ABOUT FLESH-EATING BACTERIA KEEP YOU AWAY FROM LAKES AND RIVERS?
SO FAR 70 PERCENT OF YOU SAY YES... IT WILL.
AND 30 PERCENT OF YOU SAY NO.
VOTE NOW... VISIT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND LOOK FOR THE QUESTION ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE HOMEPAGE.

TWO MORE REPUBLICANS QUALIFIED FOR OFFICE IN THE 20-12 ELECTIONS TODAY.
THAT MAKES ELEVEN GRAND OLD PARTY MEMBERS DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS.
THEY INCLUDE TOMMY TEDDERS.. THE TAX COMMISSIONER WHO'S SEEKING A THIRD TERM AND POLITICAL NEWCOMER ARTHUR THOMPSON THE THIRD.
HE'S A MACON BUSINESSMAN RUNNING FOR THE DISTRICT ONE SEAT ON THE BIBB COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
TEDDERS SAYS HE WANTS TO CONTINUE IMPROVING OPERATIONS OF THE TAX OFFICE.. AND THOMPSON SAYS HE WANTS TO HELP IMPROVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
Arthur Thompson III, School Board Candidate: We need a board that's willing to come in and work with Dr. Dallemand and let's perfect some of these things and either get the ball rolling because the way things have been going the board of education has been taking backsteps.
Tommy Tedders, Tax Commissioner: I'd like to see some more modernization ofthe office, up date our technology some, just makeit easier to serve the taxpayers of Bibb County.
SO FAR.. TEDDERS DOESN'T HAVE ANY OPPOSITION.
THOMPSON DOESN'T HAVE OPPOSITION IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY SO FAR.. BUT TWO DEMOCRATS HAVE QUALIFIED FOR THE OFFICE.. INCUMBENT ELLA CARTER AND NEWCOMER BRENDA SUTTON.
QUALIFYING CONTINUES ENDS TOMORROW AT NOON

JULY FIRST... BIBB COUNTY WILL OFFICIALLY OWN MACON ANIMAL CONTROL.
AND OFFICIALS SAY... THEY'RE WORKING ON A NEW SHELTER.
THE FACILITY SHOULD BE BUILT WITHIN TWO YEARS... BUT IT'S STILL IN THE PLANNING STAGES.
THEY'RE ALSO LOOKING FOR A NEW DIRECTOR.
RIGHT NOW... THE SHELTER SITS NEXT TO THE CITY LANDFILL.
THAT'S THE CAUSE OF MANY PROBLEMS... INCLUDING THEIR CURRENT VERMIN INFESTATION.
"When I was there they were running under foot so maybe they got bolder in the takerover of the place but hopefully their takeover will be short lived and we'll be able to get them out."
JUNE 7TH IS THE DEADLINE TO GET THE ANIMALS ADOPTED BEFORE THE SHELTER SHUTS DOWN FOR PEST CONTROL.
THERE ARE STILL 54 DOGS AND 4 CATS LOOKING FOR A HOME.
YOU CAN HELP... BY VISITING THE MACON ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8 A-M AND 4-30 P-M.
BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE AND A 75-DOLLAR ADOPTION FEE... IN CASH.
THE FEE ALSO INCLUDES SPAY AND NEUTER... AND RABIES SHOTS.
"When I was there they were running under foot so maybe they got bolder in the takerover of the place but hopefully their takeover will be short lived and we'll be able to get them out."
JUNE 7TH IS THE DEADLINE TO GET THE ANIMALS ADOPTED BEFORE THE SHELTER SHUTS DOWN FOR PEST CONTROL.
THERE ARE STILL 54 DOGS AND 4 CATS LOOKING FOR A HOME.
YOU CAN HELP... BY VISITING THE MACON ANIMAL CONTROL SHELTER ON WEEKDAYS BETWEEN 8 A-M AND 4-30 P-M.
BRING YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE AND A 75-DOLLAR ADOPTION FEE... IN CASH.
THE FEE ALSO INCLUDES SPAY AND NEUTER... AND RABIES SHOTS.

A LONG TIME WARNER ROBINS ORGANIZATION TOOK TIME TO RECOGNIZE THE HARD WORK OF THOSE IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.
THE WARNER ROBINS OPTIMIST CLUB HONORED SEVERAL PEOPLE TODAY FOR THEIR TIME AND TALENTS IN SERVING THE COMMUNITY.
MEMBERS OF THE OPTIMIST CLUB SAY TODAY'S RECOGNITION CEREMONY EXPRESSED THEIR GRATITUDE FOR THOSE DEDICATED TO KEEPING COMMUNITIES SAFE.
EYEWITNESS NEWS TALKED WITH ONE OF THE HONOREES ABOUT RECEIVING AN AWARD. "I was very suprised when I was notified. I appreciate the recognition that the Optimist Club gives for this award."
AWARD RECEPIENTS RECEIVED A PLAQUE, GIFT CARD AND A $500 DONATION IN THEIR NAME TO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL FUND.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE HONORED FALLEN HEROES TODAY WITH ITS ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CAMELLIA GARDENS.
FOR 36 YEARS... THE GARDENS HAVE SERVED AS THE MEETING PLACE FOR VETERANS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO GATHER IN TRIBUTE OF LOST LOVED ONES.
THE CEREMONY RECOGNIZED 51 HONOREES WITH SONG AND PRAYER.
CHAPLAIN PATRICK KNOESTER SAYS THE CEREMONY IS JUST A SMALL TOKEN OF APPRECIATION TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.
Patrick Knoester, Chaplain, RAFB: "This is what we do. We honor our heroes. Living... we nuture them and take care of them. Those who have fallen... who have passed on... we honor them and we memorialize what they've done."
THE CEREMONY HONORS DECEASED MILITARY AND CIVILIAN WORKERS WHO SERVED AT ROBINS.
THE GARDEN'S ENTRANCE BEARS THE NAMES OF MORE THAN SEVENTEEN HUNDRED PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN RECOGNIZED IN PREVIOUS CEREMONIES.

IT'S ALMOST MEMORIAL DAY... AND IF YOU HAVEN'T QUITE SET YOUR PLANS FOR THE LONG WEEKEND... SCENE 13 IS RUNNING DOWN EVENTS ALL OVER CENTRAL GEORGIA FOR YOU.
FIRST UP... THE PLAY'S THE THING IN DOWNTOWN MACON THIS WEEKEND.
YOU CAN CATCH THE LAST TWO PERFORMANCES OF THEATRE MACON'S "THE ODD COUPLE FEMALE VERSION" TOMORROW AND SATURDAY AT 8 P-M.
IT'S THE FAMILIAR PLOT... OF MISMATCHED ROOMMATES TRYING TO GET ALONG... BUT THESE ROOMMATES ARE FEMALE.
FOR TICKETS... JUST CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 746-9485 BETWEEN 10 A-M AND 3 P-M.
THEN... HEAD DOWN TO DUBLIN FOR A LITTLE WATERMELON SEED SPITTING... SOME ARMPIT SERENADES... AND A HEALTHY DOSE OF BOBBING FOR PIG'S FEET.
THAT'S RIGHT... THE REDNECK GAMES KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND.
YOU CAN GET IN ON THE FUN AT BUCKEYE PARK ON SATURDAY.
GATES OPEN AT 10 A-M... AND THE GAMES GET GOING AT HIGH NOON.
IT'LL COST YOU FIVE DOLLARS TO GET THROUGH THE DOOR... AND IF YOU'RE OVER 21... ORGANIZERS ADVISE YOU TO BRING YOUR I-D.
WHILE YOU'RE GEARING UP FOR THE GAMES... TAKE IN SOME TUNES FROM TRAVIS TRITT.
HE'S COMING TO THE MACON CITY AUDITORIUM TOMORROW NIGHT.
CENTRAL GEORGIA'S OWN SHANE BRIDGES WILL BE THE OPENING ACT BEFORE FANS ENJOY SOME OF THEIR FAVORITE TRITT TUNES.
THE SHOW GETS STARTED AT 7-30.... AND PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT THE A-R-C.
FOR TICKET INFORMATION... JUST CALL 751-9152.
THAT'S 751-9152.

AND IF YOU PLAN TO MAKE A TRIP TO THE MOVIES AS PART OF YOUR MEMORIAL DAY AGENDA... AN ALL-STAR CAST GREETS YOU AT "MOONRISE KINGDOM" AND THE WAR AGAINST OUT OF THIS WORLD FORCES... CARRIES ON.
I am getting too old for this ...
I can only imagine how you feel.
FIRST UP... THE MEN IN BLACK ARE BACK.
WILL SMITH AND TOMMY LEE JONES CONTINUE THEIR PURSUIT OF ENEMY ALIENS IN "MEN IN BLACK THREE"
THIS TIME... AGENT JAY MUST TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO TRY TO SAVE AGENT KAY.
ALSO STARRING JOSH BROLIN AS A YOUNG AGENT KAY... "MEN IN BLACK THREE" IS RATED PG-13
Shakusky, you in there?
Jiminy Cricket, he flew the coop
YOUNG LOVE TAKES HOLD OF A NEW ENGLAND TOWN IN THE ROMANTIC COMEDY "MOONRISE KINGDOM."
A YOUNG BOY AND GIRL RUN AWAY TOGETHER.... AND THEIR HOMETOWN SETS OUT TO FIND THEM.
WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST THAT INCLUDES BRUCE WILLIS... ED NORTON AND BILL MURRAY... "MOONRISE KINGDOM" IS RATED PG-13.
Reactor number 4.. where the disaster happened.
AND IN THE HORROR FILM "CHERNOBYL DIARIES"... A GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE PLANS A ONE-OF-A-KIND ADVENTURE... AND GET MORE THAN THEY ASKED FOR.
THEY HIRE A TOUR GUIDE TO TAKE THEM TO THE SITE OF THE 1986 NUCLEAR DISASTER... AND SOON FIND THEMSELVES FIGHTING TO GET OUT ALIVE.
LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME FOR THIS ONE... "CHERNOBYL DIARIES" IS RATED R.

A HOTEL COMES CRASHING TO THE GROUND... NASA GETS... ARTISTIC... AND IT'S RAINING HOT DOGS.
THAT'S RIGHT... IT'S TIME FOR "TAKE A LOOK AT THIS."
HERE'S ELIZABETH CORRIDAN.
TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!
THE PLAZA HOTEL IN COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS IS NOW JUST A PILE OF RUBBLE.
DEMOLITION CREWS BROUGHT DOWN THE 17-STORY BUILDING THURSDAY.
THERE WAS A DESIGNATED AREA WHERE SPECTATORS COULD WATCH THE EVENT SAFELY.
DEVELOPERS PLAN TO BUILD APARTMENTS AND RETAIL SPACE WHERE THE HOTEL ONCE STOOD.
THIS IS THE SUN LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE.
NASA CAPTURED THESE PICTURES OF THE SUN'S SURFACE.
IT WAS SHOT OVER A 24 HOUR PERIOD.
NASA ADMITS THERE IS NO SCIENTIFIC VALUE TO THE IMAGES, BUT THEY SURE ARE PRETTY.
AND TAKE A LOOK AT HOW ONE RESTAURANT CELEBRATED ITS 95TH ANNIVERSARY....
WITH A HOT DOG DROP!
THE AMERICAN CONEY ISLAND RESTAURANT TEAMED UP WITH A LOCAL RADIO STATION TO DROP 955-HOT DOGS FROM A HELICOPTER.
PEOPLE ON THE GROUND RUSHED TO GATHER THEM UP.
THE PERSON WHO SCOOPED UP THE MOST WON A LIFETIME SUPPLY OF CONEY HOT DOGS AND ONE THOUSAND BUCKS.
AND DON'T WORRY, THE HOT DOGS DIDN'T GO TO WASTE.
THEY WERE DONATED TO A DOG SHELTER.


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