EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 6, 7/3/12

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FLOWERS SIT AT THE STATUE OF AN AMERICAN ICON TODAY.

ANDY GRIFFITH... PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 86.

THIS STATUE STANDS IN DARE COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA... WHERE GRIFFITH LIVED FOR YEARS.

TODAY... FANS EVERYWHERE MOURN THE ACTOR... BEST KNOWN AS ANDY TAYLOR.

HELLO EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.... I'M LEAH JOHNSON.

FOR DECADES, ANDY GRIFFITH HAS BEEN A FIXTURE IN MANY CENTRAL GEORGIA HOUSEHOLDS... COMING INTO YOUR HOMES EVERY DAY AT 5:32.. RIGHT HERE ON 13-W-M-A-Z.

WE'LL HEAR FROM FRANK IN JUST A MOMENT... HE'LL HAVE THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES OF GRIFFITH FROM OUR OWN STAFF MEMBERS.

THANKS, BEN.

ANDY GRIFFITH GOT HIS START IN FILM...AND ON RECORDED MONOLOGUES.

HIS T-V CAREER WAS LAUNCHED BY FELLOW ACTOR DANNY THOMAS.

BUT IT WAS HIS ROLE AS ANDY TAYLOR, THAT MANY SAY... EMBEDDED HIM IN AMERICAN CULTURE.

JIM RIBBLE TAKES US ON A JOURNEY BACK TO MAYBERRY..

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IN THE TUMULTUOUS SIXTIES, A SIMPLE, WHISTLED TUNE BECAME AN ICONIC TOUCHPOINT FOR A WHOLE COUNTRY.

"The Andy Griffith Show," starring Andy Griffith.

ANDY GRIFFITH'S CHARACTER, SHERIFF ANDY TAYLOR, EPITOMIZED GOOD PARENTING.

AND IN HIS FICTIONAL TOWN OF MAYBERRY, NORTH CAROLINA, DECENCY ALWAYS WON OUT.

The basic theme of our show was love. All the characters loved each other, and all the actors loved each other, too. And then, it was so very well-written. We could do all kinds of different stories. Some of them were little dramas. Some of them were out and out comedies.

IN THE '80S AND '90S, A NEW GENERATION LEARNED TO LOVE GRIFFITH AS "MATLOCK," A MURDER-SOLVING SOUTHERN ATTORNEY.

GRIFFITH'S TALENTS OFF-SCREEN EARNED HIM ACCOLADES.

HE GARNERED TWO TONY NOMINATIONS, AND WAS INDUCTED INTO THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

Andy Samuel Griffith

IN 2005, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AWARDED GRIFFITH THE PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF FREEDOM.

HE WAS DESCRIBED AS ONE OF AMERICA'S BEST KNOWN AND MOST BELOVED ENTERTAINERS.

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13-WMAZ WILL CONTINUE RUNNING EPISODES OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW... FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

WE HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE SHOW'S TIMELESS LIFE LESSONS AND HUMOR.

AMONG THOSE REMEMBERING ANDY GRIFFITH... IS RON HOWARD.

HE BECAME THE ACTOR'S YOUNG CO-STAR FIFTY-TWO YEARS AGO.

FRANK HAS MORE ON THAT.

BEFORE HE WAS AN AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR... EVEN BEFORE HE MET THE FONZ, PLAYING RICHIE CUNNINGHAM ON "HAPPY DAYS"...

RON HOWARD WAS GRIFFITH'S T-V SON... KNOWN ONLY AS OPIE TAYLOR.

TODAY VIA TWITTER, HOWARD SAID...

"HIS PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AND THE JOY HE TOOK IN CREATING SERVED GENERATIONS & SHAPED MY LIFE.

I'M FOREVER GRATEFUL.

R-I-P ANDY"

NOW AS WE SAID EARLIER... THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE FOR US HERE AT 13-WMAZ.

THAT UNFORGETTABLE WHISTLE SIGNALS THE TRANSITION BETWEEN OUR FIVE AND SIX P-M NEWSCASTS... GIVING OUR A VIEWERS A DOSE OF ANDY'S DOWN HOME CHARM FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

LORRA LYNCH JONES ASKED 13-WMAZ STAFF TO SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF ANDY GRIFFITH THE MAN... AND THE ICONIC TELEVISION SHOW NAMED FOR HIM.

<< 13WMAZ EMPLOYEES SHARE THEIR MEMORIES OF ANDY GRIFFITH AND WHISTLE OR HUM THE SHOW'S THEME SONG>>

13-WMAZ WILL CONTINUE RUNNING EPISODES OF THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW... FIVE DAYS A WEEK.

WE HOPE YOU CONTINUE TO ENJOY THE SHOW'S TIMELESS LIFE LESSONS AND HUMOR.

STATE SENATE CANDIDATE, DOCTOR SPENCER PRICE, SAYS HE'S PROMISED TO RUN A CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

BUT HE SAID ALLIES OF THE INCUMBENT, CECIL STATON, ARE ATTACKING HIM WITH FALSE ACCUSATIONS.

AFTER A LONG SHIFT WORKING IN THE E-R... PRICE SAT DOWN WITH JENNIFER MOULLIET.

HE SAID HE WANTED TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT.

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IT ALL STARTED WITH THIS EMAIL...FROM A PERSON NAMED BRIAN ZOROTOVICH... IT WAS SENT TO THE MONROE AND BIBB COUNTY GOP LISTS.

IN IT ZOROTOVICH CLAIMS PRICE HAS UNPAID TAXES.

"which is false I have documentation demonstrating that I in fact did pay a number of taxes that were overdue, due to circumstances relating to my son's illness and my time lost from work, I had a significant reduction in income for a number of years and Mr.has attempted to mischaracterize that circumstance."

HE ALSO SAYS PRICE HAD A BUSINESS TRASACTION WITH A LOAN THAT WAS UNPAID... PRICE... AN OFFICER IN THE NATIONAL GUARD SAYS HE GOT BEHIND WHILE DEPLOYED TO IRAQ.

"It was an investment in a business entity that I was developing the investor decided to withdraw the investment based on my deployment overseas and the fact that I was no longer able at that time to continue developing the business entity I returned the investment in full to the last penny."

THESE EMAILS SHOW PRICE'S CONVERSATION WITH THE STATE ETHICS COMMISSION IN AN EFFORT TO CORRECTLY SUBMIT HIS CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURES.

HE SAYS THAT'S WHY SEVERAL CAMPAIGN DISCLOSURES WERE SENT IN LATE.

HE SAYS IT WASN'T BECAUSE HE'S HIDING ANYTHING... LIKE ZOROTOVICH'S EMAIL SUGGESTS.

ZOROTOVICH SAYS PRICE ALSO OWE'S THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS... FOR FAILURE TO REPAY A LOAN.

THIS IS A COPY OF A CHECK ISSUED TO PRICE... FOR OVERPAYING WHAT HE OWED TO THE HOSPITAL.

IN THE EMAILS ZOROTOVICH DENYS HE IS ASSOCIATED WITH ANY CAMPAIGN... BUT PRICE'S CAMP SAYS ACCORDING TO AN INTERMURAL BASKETBALL ROSTER FROM GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY... ZOROTOVICH WAS ON THE SAME TEAM AS... ZACHARY LEWIS... CECIL STATON'S FULL TIME LEGISLATIVE AID.

"My opponent has a tremendous amount to lose if he is unseated he is the majority whip in the state senate."

PRICE SAYS THE EMAIL WAS AN ATTACK ON HIS CHARACTER... AND HE SAYS YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW SOMEONE'S CHARACTER UNTIL IT'S CHALLENGED.

"I have faced challenges to my character that most people will never face in their lifetime, I lost a child tragically, I lost a tremendous amount of time from work, I committed to paying all of the bills associated with his illness in honor of him and his life and to have done that rather than take the advice from the financial administrators at Egleston and file for bankruptcy is a demonstration of my core character and what I'm all about."

PRICE SAYS HE'S RUNNING BECAUSE HE'S LIVED A LIFE OF SERVICE...AS A DOCTOR... AND IN THE MILITARY AND HE SAYS SERVING DISTRICT EIGHTEEN WOULD BE AN EXTENSION OF THAT.

JENNIFER MOULLIET 13WMAZ EYEWITNESS NEWS.

 

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PRICE'S CAMP DID RESPOND TO THE EMAILS... AND THEY SAY ONCE ZOROTOVICH REALIZED THEY CONNECTED HIM WITH STATON'S CAMP... THE EMAILS STOPPED.... AND HE WITHDREW ALL OF HIS PREVIOUS POSTS.

TO BE FAIR AND BALANCED, WE ALSO CONTACTED CECIL STATON'S CAMPAIGN...

STATON CAMPAIGN AIDE ZACH LOUIS RESPONDED BY E-MAIL.

HE SAID...

"SPENCER PRICE'S PROFESSIONAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES ARE OF HIS OWN MAKING AND HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH SENATOR CECIL STATON."

THE FOURTH OF JULY IS COMING A LITTLE EARLY IN FORSYTH THIS YEAR...

YOU CAN ACTUALLY CATCH A FEW FIREWORKS TONIGHT...

JUDY LE IS THERE WHERE THE CELEBRATION HAS ALREADY BEGUN..

THE FOURTH OF JULY IS COMING A LITTLE EARLY IN FORSYTH THIS YEAR...

YOU CAN ACTUALLY CATCH A FEW FIREWORKS TONIGHT...

JUDY LE IS THERE WHERE THE CELEBRATION HAS ALREADY BEGUN..

A DOZEN STAR SPANGLED BANNERS (nat - hammer) SALUTE THE JULY 4TH HOLIDAY...

sot loraine khoury dir of forsyth better hometown - last year we had one badn and 3d glasses for 3d fireworks. this year we have two bands

NOT TO MENTION THE 350 FIREWORKS THAT WILL LIGHT THE SKY.

THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR FORSYTH BETTER HOMETOWN HAS SET UP THE HOLIDAY PARTY.

sot particularly now that our soldiers have given us so much in afghanistan iran and iraq, we need to be celebrating as a tribute to them

THE EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE MONROE COUNTY RECREATION PARK.

THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF GAMES...FOOD...AND SPACE TO ENJOY THE ENTERTAINMENT.

sot and we've got the double slides, blow up slides for the children and bouncey houses

THE 572ND AIR FORCE BAND FROM TENNESSEE AND BIG DADDY AND COMPANY WILL FILL THE AIR WITH MUSIC. THE EVENT IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC...THAT'S BECAUSE THE CITY PICKED UP THE TAB.

sot - fireworks usually cost 5k, we're lucky this year, the band...all we have to do is feed them so that's not a big expense.

LAST YEAR...THE CITY PAID 12-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO PUT ON THE SHOW.

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SMOKEY MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE RESERVE BAND

 

 

 

city of forsyth better hometown presents july 3rd fireworks

monroe county recreationpark

airforce band from tennesse

big daddy band

fireworks at 930

THE FIREWORKS SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 9-30 P-M.

DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE.. WE MET THE WORLD'S BIGGEST ANDY GRIFFITH FAN..

IT JUST HAPPENS TO BE BEN'S DAD..

YEP.. LORRA TALKED WITH MY DAD DURING EYEWITNESS NEWS AT FIVE.. ABOUT WHY ANDY MEANS SO MUCH TO HIM..

>>Eddie Jones, Andy Griffith Fan: "Particularly Andy's character, I think he showed the word empathy and that all the characters on the show sometimes they would be in their own little world but Andy would always save their day. Particularly Barney, Barney would always get into trouble, but Andy would do it in such a way that it would maintain Barney's self-esteem. If he took him down a little bit, he would bring him back up. I really admire that in the character and I know for a fact Andy Griffith the man was the same way."

 

 

 

 

 

THANKS FOR JOINING US.... WE'LL BE BACK TONIGHT AT 11.

BUT REMEMBER...THE NEWS IS ALWAYS ON AT 13WMAZ.COM !

THE EVENING NEWS IS UP NEXT.

HAVE A SAFE NIGHT EVERYONE.

 

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