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FIREWORKS LIT UP THE NIGHT SKY AT WARNER ROBINS ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION...

PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCH ON AN EVENING OF FESTIVITIES THAT FILLED MCCONNELL-TALBERT STADIUM.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

I'M FRANK MALLOY..

TONIGHT... 13 WMAZ'S JENNIFER MOULLIET SPEND THE EVENING IN WARNER ROBINS FOR ALL THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS...

WE'LL HEAR FROM HER AS SHE WRAPS UP THE DAY'S EVENTS IN JUST A MOMENT...

FIREWORKS LIT UP THE NIGHT SKY AT WARNER ROBINS ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION...

PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCH ON AN EVENING OF FESTIVITIES THAT FILLED MCCONNELL-TALBERT STADIUM.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT ELEVEN.

I'M FRANK MALLOY..

TONIGHT... 13 WMAZ'S JENNIFER MOULLIET SPEND THE EVENING IN WARNER ROBINS FOR ALL THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS...

WE'LL HEAR FROM HER AS SHE WRAPS UP THE DAY'S EVENTS IN JUST A MOMENT...

FIRST THOUGH... A MAJOR TOPIC OF DISCUSSION TODAY WAS THE POSSIBILITY THAT THIS IS THE LAST TIME CENTRAL GEORGIANS WILL HEAR THE AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND ENTERTAIN CROWDS AT THE ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY EVENT.

LEAH JOHNSON HAS MORE ON THAT.

= FRANK, THE AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND HAS BEEN A FIXTURE IN THE WARNER ROBINS COMMUNITY FOR DECADES.

BUT DUE TO BUDGET CUTS... IT'S SET TO DISBAND NEXT JUNE.

THAT WOULD MAKE TONIGHT'S INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT THE LAST ONE FOR THE GROUP.

BUT TODAY ON EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE... WARNER ROBINS MAYOR CHUCK SHAHEEN TOLD LORRA LYNCH-JONES... HE AND HIS COUNCIL ARE WILLING TO FIGHT AND PETITION TO MAKE SURE THE BEAT CONTINUES FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

 

It's a seventy year old band. It's been here since 1961. We just hope that we can talk to our senators and congressman about , if they wanna cut the budget, don't eliminate the Air Force Reserve Band. It just gives so much pride. That's why we're the best place to raise a child. Because for years, they played right here in our school system. And it just esteemed so much pride and patriotism in us as young kids growing up.

Lorra: So there's still a fight to keep the band here?

Oh, we're not giving up easy on that one.

THE SCHEDULED DEPARTURE OF THE AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND IS NOT THE ONLY CHANGE COMING TO ROBINS... COURTESY OF DEFENSE CUTS.

THE AIR FORCE IS ALSO CLOSING THE CURTAIN ON THE WARNER ROBINS AIR LOGISTICS CENTER... REPLACING IT WITH AN AIR LOGISTICS *COMPLEX.

THAT TRANSITION HAPPENS JULY 18TH.

INTERIM COMMANDER... COLONEL EVAN MILLER... SAYS PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BASE GATES WON'T NOTICE A BIG CHANGE.

ON THE INSIDE... A FEW OFFICES WILL BE SHIFTED AROUND.

BUT THE MAIN CHANGE IS IN THE AIR FORCE-WIDE STRUCTURE... SHIFTING FROM A 12 CENTER CONSTRUCT.... DOWN TO FIVE.

INSTEAD OF REPORTING DIRECTLY TO AIR FORCE MATERIAL COMMAND... ROBINS WILL REPORT TO THE AIR FORCE SUSTAINMENT CENTER ... TO BE FORMED AT TINKER AIR FORCE BASE IN OKLAHOMA.

Col. Evan Miller: (40:30) "Our goal is to going to be to continue to provide the very same support and be as successful as we have been over the last 18-20 months, delivering aircraft on time, delivering parts and communications and software on-time and on-cost, finding ways to be more efficient."

BRIGADIER GENERAL CEDRIC GEORGE WILL LEAD THE ROBINS TRANSITION FROM AN AIR LOGISTICS CENTER TO A COMPLEX... STARTING JULY 17TH.

MILLER SAYS THE CHANGE WILL TAKE ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF TO COMPLETE.

IN OTHER NEWS ... TWO BIG TICKET ITEMS CAME ACROSS TONIGHT'S MACON CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE AGENDA.

KATELYN HECK IS HERE TO BREAK IT ALL DOWN...

WELL, FRANK... DEBATE STARTED OVER HIRING SOMEONE TO OVERSEE THE SECOND STREET CORRIDOR PROJECT.

THE PEYTON ANDERSON FOUNDATION OFFERED TO GIVE THE CITY SEVENTY-FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLARS PER YEAR OVER A TWO YEAR PERIOD FOR THE POSITION.

WHAT WOULD THE PROJECT MANAGER OVERSEE?

THE PROJECT MANAGER WOULD TAKE CHARGE OF FINDING PRIVATE INVESTORS AS WELL AS HANDLING PUBLIC INFRASTUCTURE ISSUES.

COUNCIL GAVE HUNTLEY PARTNERS AND C-H-A COMPANY THE GO-AHEAD LAST WEEK TO CONTINUE PLANNING THE CORRIDOR PROJECT.

IN PHASE TWO OF THEIR RESEARCH THEY WILL START DRAWING BLUE PRINTS... AND FIGURING OUT HOW TO SPEND THE 8 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE SPLOST FUND.

RIGHT...BUT SOME CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS DID NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF A CONTRACTED PROJECT MANAGER... NOT A CITY EMPLOYEE... TAKING CHARGE OF THAT MONEY AND THE PROJECT.

The job description doesn't give oversight to the councils, to elected officials. It doesn't give oversight responcibility over this particular position to the oversight committee, the citizens oversight committee. i think it's a dangerous thing to take taxpayers money, 8 million of it and put it in the hands of someone who's contracted with no oversight.

BUT APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TOM ELLINGTON SAYS THE MANAGER WOULD HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE MAYOR... AND CITY COUNCIL WOULD STILL HAVE A HANDLE ON SPENDING.

THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE VOTED TO ACCEPT THE 150-THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT.

SO WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP IN HIRING THE PROJECT MANAGER?

THE POSITION'S NOT OFFICIALLY APPROVED YET. *THAT STILL HAS TO GO BEFORE CITY COUNCIL TOMORROW NIGHT....THEN IF APPROVED... THE MAYORS OFFICE WILL DRAW UP A CONTRACT TO LAY OUT THE SPECIFICS OF THE JOB AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY.

NOW AFTER ALL THAT WAS SETTLED... ANOTHER ISSUE POPPED UP...

CITY COUNCILMAN HENRY FICKLIN ACCUSED SOME MACON EMPLOYEES OF USING THEIR CITY CREDIT CARDS INAPPROPRIATELY.

It was considerable as far as I am concerned when you can have pizza parties with 200 dollars worth of pizza on a city purchasing card, i think that's just excessive, and i think that it should not be allowed

TONIGHT THE COMMITTEE CLEARED THE AIR... AND SPELLED OUT SPECIFICALLY WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE BOUGHT WITH THE CITY CARDS.

THEY PASSED AN ORDINANCE ADDRESSING ISSUES LIKE PERSONAL USE... ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES... TOBACCO... AND MEALS.

DID FICKLIN SAY WHERE HE SAW THE MOST MISUSE?

HE SAID BUYING MEALS WAS THE BIGGEST ISSUE.

A CITY EMPLOYEE CAN USE A CARD FOR FOOD... BUT ONLY WHEN THAT EMPLOYEE IS ON CITY BUSINESS OR DURING TRAVEL.

FICKLIN ALSO TOLD ME HE SAW A FEW RECEIPTS FROM BARS... BUT MENTIONED THAT SOME BARS SELL FOOD AS WELL... AND THE RECEIPTS DID NOT SPECIFY IF THE CARD WAS USED FOR A MEAL OR TO BUY ALCOHOL.

NOW THAT FICKLIN BROUGHT THIS BEFORE THE COMMITTEE.. WILL THERE BE ANY REPERCUSSIONS FOR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE MISUSED THEIR CARDS?

ELLINGTON TOLD ME FICKLIN WILL HAVE TO PRESENT ALL OF HIS EVIDENCE TO THE COUNCIL... AND FROM THERE... THEY WILL MAKE THE DECISION ON WHICH PURCHASES REQUIRE ANY FURTHER ACTION.

OK, THANK YOU KATELYN. YOU'LL BE AT TOMORROW'S COUNCIL MEETING... AND WE'LL HEAR FROM YOU ON WHAT MEMBERS DECIDE ABOUT THE PROJECT MANAGER POSITION.

A NEW MONTH MEANS BIG CHANGES FOR GEORGIA DRIVERS...

THE STATE'S SECURE I-D PROGRAM WENT INTO EFFECT JULY FIRST..

WHEN YOU APPLY FOR.. RENEW.. OR RE-INSTATE YOUR LICENSE OR GEORGIA I-D CARD.. YOU NOW HAVE TO GO IN PERSON TO DRIVER SERVICES.

YOU ALSO HAVE TO BRING ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS PROVING YOUR IDENTITY.. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER... AND RESIDENCY.

IN THE PAST..THOSE DOCUMENTS WERE ONLY REQUIRED WHEN YOU FIRST APPLIED FOR A GEORGIA LICENSE..

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES LIKE TEEN DRIVERS AND OUT-OF-STATE TRANSFERS REQUIRE DIFFERENT DOCUMENTS.

FOR A COMPLETE LIST .. GO TO OUR WEBSITE.. 13 WMAZ DOT COM.

ANOTHER NEW LAW... DESIGNED TO MAKE IT TOUGHER TO STEEL METAL... TOOK EFFECT JUST YESTERDAY.

IT ADDS NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR MERCHANTS AND RECYCLERS TO FOLLOW.

FOR EXAMPLE.. IT REQUIRES METAL RECYCLERS TO MAINTAIN MORE RECORDS OF PURCHASES, INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHS OR DIGITAL IMAGES OF THE PROPERTY,

A SIGNED STATEMENT FROM THE PERSON SELLING THE METAL SAYING THAT HE OR SHE IS THE RIGHTFUL OWNER,

AND A SCANNED COPY OF VALID PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION OF THE SELLER.

METAL RECYCLERS ALSO NOW CAN ONLY PAY OUT WITH CHECKS OR ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFERS, NOT BY CASH.

AND A BIG CHANGE... THE LAW REQUIRES ALL RECYCLERS TO REGISTER WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OF EACH COUNTY.

MOE'S SOUTHWEST GRILL... IN WARNER ROBINS... IS COOKING UP MORE THAN JUST BURRITOS, BEANS, AND QUESO THIS WEEK.

WE STOPPED BY THE RESTAURANT TO SEE HOW THEY TURNED THE TABLES ON PUBLIC SERVANTS...

IN TODAY'S HERO CENTRAL REPORT.

UNTIL THURSDAY.... MEMBERS OF LOCAL SHERIFFS... POLICE.. AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS CAN EAT FREE AT THE RESTAURANT.

OWNER... TAMMY CRUTCHFIELD SAYS THE WEEK OF THE 4TH OF JULY IS THE PERFECT TIME TO HONOR THOSE WHO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY.

THE EFFORT STARTED FOUR YEARS AGO... AND CONTINUES TO GET A GREAT RESPONSE FROM EACH DEPARTMENT..

 

Bill Smith, Chief Investigator, Houston County Fire Department: "It makes me feel very good that an establishment... a business such as Moe's... is willing to do this. It makes us very proud that we are appreciated."

 

 

 

OWNERS SAY... YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PUBLIC SERVANT IN HOUSTON COUNTY TO RECEIVE THE HONOR.

THOSE IN NEIGHBORING COUNTIES ARE WELCOME TO COME IN FOR A FREE MEAL AS WELL.

JUST SHOW UP WITH YOUR BADGE... OR EMPLOYMENT I - D.

NOW AS WE MENTIONED EARLIER... 13W-M-A-Z'S JENNIFER MOULLIET SPENT THE EVENING AT THE CELEBRATION IN WARNER ROBINS.

FRANK

SHE JOINS US WITH SOME OF THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS OF INDEPENDENCE DAY... WARNER ROBINS STYLE.

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HUNDREDS LINED UP OUTSIDE OF MCCONNELL TALBERT STADIUM TO GET A PRIME SEAT FOR THE ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION.

BOBBY HINES SAYS HE WAITS IN LINE EVERY YEAR FOR THE INDEPENDENCE CONCERT AT MCCONNELL TALBERT ... Bobby Hines, Warner Robins: "We did wait for about thirty minutes it wasn't too bad."

BUT THIS YEAR IT WAS EXTRA SPECIAL BECAUSE IT FELL ON HIS BIRTHDAY.

THE CONCERT BEGIN WITH THE NATIONAL ANTHEM

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AND A FLY OVER.

ITS SOMETHING LINDA GUNTER ENJOYS WATCHING EVERY YEAR.

Linda Gunter, Warner Robins: "We come every year on the forth of July it's wonderful and I hope if continues because I don't want this one to be the last."

JANET DEES SAYS SHE'S BEEN COMING OUT TO CELEBRATE FOR FIFTEEN YEARS AND SAYS SHE DOESN'T WANT THE PARTY TO END.

Janet Dees, Warner Robins: "This is a wonderful community event it brings out lots of families and we just need things for families to do in Warner Robins."

CONCERT GOERS WATCHED ANGIE JOHNSON PERFORM HER YOUTUBE HIT.

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Earl Strobush, Hawkinsville: This is something we do every forth as long as there is one we will be here if they want to come I love it I love this country I did twenty-eight years in the Air Force."

AND SEVEN YEAR OLD DAMON GOTTO WAITED ALL NIGHT FOR THE Damon Gotto: "Fireworks."

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"Happy Fourth of July"

JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS

EACH MONDAY NIGHT... WE RECAP WHICH MOVIES LED THE BOX OFFICE... AND THIS PAST WEEKEND...A DISNEY PRINCESS BRAVELY FOUGHT FOR HER THRONE...

"BRAVE"... THE TALE OF A FEISTY SCOTTISH ROYA... DROPPED TO A SOLID THIRD PLACE THIS WEEK.

THE DISNEY-PIXAR FILM ADDED AN ESTIMATED 34 MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS SECOND WEEKEND.

CHANNING TATUM...ALEX PETTYFER AND MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY STRUTTED THEIR WAY TO THE SILVER IN "MAGIC MIKE."

THE FILM ABOUT AN ALL-MALE REVUE... AND A BUDDING ROMANCE... BROUGHT IN AN ESTIMATED 39-POINT-TWO MILLION DOLLARS IN ITS DEBUT WEEKEND.

AND TOPPING THE NUMBERS THIS WEEK... A BEAR OF A MOVIE.

"TED"... MARK WAHLBERG AND SETH MCFARLANE'S COMEDY ABOUT A TALKING TEDDY BEAR... OPENED TO AN ESTIMATED 54-POINT-ONE MILLION DOLLARS.

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EARLIER IN OUR BROADCAST... WE SHOWED YOU SOME OF THE FIREWORKS FROM WARNER ROBINS INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION.

AND ON OUR HOMEPAGE... YOU CAN FIND LISTINGS OF FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS DISPLAYS WHERE YOU LIVE.

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