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HELLO EVERYONE.

THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX. I'M LORRA LYNCH JONES.

FRANK MALLOY HAS THE EVENING OFF.

OUR TOP STORY THIS AFTERNOON... LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE STILL ON THE LOOKOUT FOR A WHITE POODLE WHO BIT TWO PEOPLE FROM BIBB COUNTY LAST WEEK.

IF THEY DO NOT FIND THE DOG TODAY... THE STATE REQUIRES THAT THEY ASSUME THE ANIMAL HAS RABIES... AND THE VICTIMS MUST START TREATMENT.

THIS COMES JUST OVER TWO WEEKS AFTER A RABID FOX INCIDENT IN BIBB COUNTY.

LEAH JOHNSON AND KATELYN HECK SPOKE WITH EXPERTS WHO SAY AS TEMPERATURES RISE... SO DOES THE RISK OF RABIES EXPOSURE.

THANKS FRANK...

JENNIFER JONES WITH NORTH CENTRAL HEALTH DISTRICT SAYS THEY SEE MORE RABIES CASES DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

SHE SAYS THAT'S BECAUSE MORE WILD ANIMALS MIGRATE TO POPULATED AREAS LOOKING FOR WATER.

WE'VE HAD SOME EXTREMELY HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS... SO I ASKED THE BIBB AND HOUSTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT HOW MANY CASES THEY HAVE HAD THIS MONTH.

THE MISSING POODLE IS THE ONLY ANIMAL SUSPECTED OF HAVING RABIES THIS MONTH IN BIBB COUNTY.

BUT OVER IN HOUSTON COUNTY ... THEY HAVE ALREADY TESTED FOUR ANIMALS... ONE OF THEM HAD THE VIRUS.

THE ANIMAL THAT TESTED POSITIVE WAS A KITTEN... WHICH IS ACTUALLY MORE COMMON THAN PEOPLE MAY THINK.

THATS RIGHT.... THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THERE ARE MORE RABID CATS THAN DOGS IN THE UNITED STATES.

BUT THEY ALSO SAY IN GEORGIA... RACCOONS ARE ONE OF THE BIGGEST CARRIERS.

WHEN I SPOKE WITH CHRISTINE BUFFINGTON WITH THE HOUSTON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT... I ASKED HER WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO DO IF THEY GET SCRATCHED OR BITTEN BY EITHER A DOMESTIC OR WILD ANIMAL.

THREE PEOPLE WANT THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SEAT THAT'S UP FOR GRABS IN THE JULY 31ST PRIMARY.

CURRENT DISTRICT SEVEN BOARD MEMBER... TOBY HILL.. IS NOT SEEKING REELECTION.

HERE'S AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CANDIDATES

Always go to a medical physician and make sure that you tell them about the incident. by law theyre required to report those to their health department. at that point what we do is investigate by their report.

THE ANIMAL WILL ALSO HAVE TO BE QUARANTINED FOR TEN DAYS.

IF SOMEONES PET IS SUSPECTED OF RABIES... DURING THAT QUARANTINE PERIOD... THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT WILL ACTUALLY LET THE OWNER KEEP THE ANIMAL AT THEIR HOME... AS LONG AS THEY DO NOT ALLOW IT TO COME IN CONTACT WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

THE ONLY WAY TO TEST A LIVING ANIMAL FOR RABIES IS BY MONITORING THEIR HEALTH OVER THAT PERIOD.

IF THE ANIMAL IS NOT ALIVE... THEY WILL SUBMIT PIECES OF BRAIN TISSUE FOR TESTING.

BUT SCIENTISTS DO NOT HAVE A WAY OF TESTING HUMANS FOR THE VIRUS.

BUFFINGTON TOLD ME THATS WHY THEY RECOMMEND PEOPLE START TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE... WHICH CONSISTS OF FIVE SHOTS OVER TWO WEEKS.

THREE PEOPLE WANT THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION SEAT THAT'S UP FOR GRABS IN THE JULY 31ST PRIMARY.

CURRENT DISTRICT SEVEN BOARD MEMBER... TOBY HILL.. IS NOT SEEKING REELECTION.

HERE'S AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CANDIDATES

<<Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: "The three candidates for the post say they all bring different levels of experience and qualifications to the table."

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GRIFF CLEMENTS, AGE 65, IS A SURVEYOR FOR THE CITY OF WARNER ROBINS.

HE HELD A BOARD SEAT FOR TWO TERMS.. BUT CHOSE NOT TO RUN IN THE LAST ELECTION.

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DAVID "DAVE" MCMAHaN IS 52... AND RETIRED FROM THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION... AS THE DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES.

THIS IS HIS FIRST RUN FOR POLITICAL OFFICE.

(TAKE GRAPHIC)

ANDY RODRIGUEZ IS 58... AND RETIRED AFTER 32 YEARS IN THE AIR FORCE... SPECIALIZING IN COMMUNICATIONS.

THIS IS ALSO HIS FIRST TIME SEEKING AN OFFICE.

Lorra Lynch Jones, EWN: "We asked each of the candidates to define the number one issue facing the Houston County Board of Education."

Griff Clements: (18:40) "Spending. Some of the decisions as to where they put things. I would like to see some of the old historical buildings preserved. Kind of like we did on Watson Boulevard, where Macon State College is now. That was rehabbed and is part of the college now."

Dave McMahan: (33:50) "Teachers just say there's so much paperwork now, elections or on paper, it's still the time consuming. I'd like to ask some questions, why? Why is there so much paperwork and wouldn't it be novel, if we let the teachers teach?"

Andy Rodriguez: (4:55) "Taxpayers and the community at large need to understand that they own the school system, take ownership of the school system. Take local control of the school system. That's my number one priority to ensure we have as much as possible, local control. We know what works for Houston County."

Lorra Lynch Jones: "Each one explained why they believe voters should choose them for the seat."

Andy Rodriguez: (5:35) "When people talk to me about the issues, I know what they are. I look at the website. I do the research and when were shifting from one policy to another, I'm ahead of that game."

Dave McMahan: (33:16) "I have seen how it operates, seen how budgets work. I know the issues and again, I've seen it from all different perspectives."

Griff Clements: (21:00) "I believe in fiscal responsibility. I know where the money comes from. Construction wise, I know how that works."

Lorra Lynch Jones: "Voters have the chance to choose their candidate on the July 31st ballot.

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A WARNER ROBINS COUPLE IS FACING SOME SERIOUS REPAIRS FOR THEIR HOME... NOT DUE TO DAMAGE FROM ANY OF THE RECENT POP-UP EVENING STORMS... BUT TO THE MESS AN OUT-OF-CONTROL CAR LEFT BEHIND.

AROUND NOON... A CAR TRAVELED UP THE 200 BLOCK OF KIMBERLY ROAD... TOWARD RUSSELL PARKWAY.

THE DRIVER LOST CONTROL AND CRASHED INTO THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE.

ONE OF THE OWNERS SAYS SHE WAS INSIDE... WHEN SHE HEARD A LOUD BOOM.

FIRST RESPONDERS CAME OUT TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH DAMAGE WAS DONE.

THE OWNER SAYS SHE'S THANKFUL BECAUSE THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE.

Linda Rhodes: "There was a lot of damage to it. So they're making sure that it's stable... that there are no gas leaks or electrical problems. Anything like that so... right now we're just at the first stages of figuring out what we're gonna do."

THE DRIVER WAS TAKEN TO THE MEDICAL CENTER... WITH MINOR INJURIES.

NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT.

AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO PENN STATE'S SEX ABUSE SCANDAL SLAMS THE UNIVERSITY'S MOST POWERFUL LEADERS.

SOME SAY THEY DID NOTHING TO STOP A PEDOPHILE... AND AS A RESULT....ALLOWED JERRY SANDUSKY TO PREY ON VICTIMS FOR MORE THAN A DECADE.

SUZANNE LAWLER HAS MORE ON WHAT'S NEW.

FORMER F-B-I DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH AND HIS INVESTIGATORS DISCOVERED EVIDENCE THAT PENN STATE'S PRESIDENT... ATHLETIC DIRECTOR..... AND ITS LEGENDARY COACH, JOE PATERNO.... ALL KNEW IN 19-98 THAT SANDUSKY WAS UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT.

BUT THEY DID NOTHING TO STOP HIM.

FREEH SAYS THE LATE COACH HAD ANOTHER CHANCE TO TAKE ACTION IN 2001... WHEN FORMER COACH MIKE MCQUEARY REPORTED SEEING SANDUSKY ABUSING A BOY IN A CAMPUS SHOWER.

OUR MOST SADDENING AND SOBERING FINDINGS IS THE TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF SANDUSKY'S CHILD VICTIMS BY THE MOST SENIOR LEADERS AT PENN STATE."

 

PATERNO'S FAMILY SAYS THE FORMER COACH ACKNOWLEDGED HE SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE .. BUT INSISTS HE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN PART OF A COVER-UP.

YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST MONTH.......A PENNSYLVANIA JURY CONVICTED JERRY SANDUSKY OF 45 COUNTS OF CHILD ABUSE.

THE JURY RULED THAT HE MOLESTED 10 YOUNG VICTIMS....OVER MORE THAN A DECADE.

LORRA... LEAH?

TODAY ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE BECAME THE STATE'S FIRST MILITARY INSTITUTION TO BE NAMED STORMREADY BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE... AND JENNIFER AND I GOT TO TOUR THEIR WEATHER CENTER.

THAT'S RIGHT BEN... WE GOT A LOOK AT THE INSTRUMENTS THEY USE TO MAKE FORECASTS FOR ALL OVER THE WORLD... AND WE LEARNED WHAT IT TAKES TO BE STORM READY... TAKE A LOOK

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Roddy Nixon, Meteorology Technician Warner Robins Flight: "We're a partner. We live and work in Robins in the greater middle georgia area so the impacts of severe weather are serious to us, it impacts us the same way it does someone in Centerville, Macon, Fort Valley."

RODDY NIXON... A METEOROLOGY TECHNICIAN WITH ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE... SAYS THEIR RELIEF EFFORTS DURING THE AMERICUS TORNADO MADE THEM WANT TO BECOME STORM READY.

"the main focus we wanted to initate here at robins is to help our National Weather Service partners, help our Emergency Management partners spread the word about safety and awareness and preparedness."

THEIR EFFORTS PAID OFF

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NIXON SAYS THEIR STAFF IS HIGHLY TRAINED... AND THEY'RE EQUIPPED TO TRAVEL TO ANY PART OF THE WORLD, SET UP THEIR GEAR AND INSTRUMENTS, AND START DELIVERING FULL FORECASTS WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS OF THEIR ARRIVAL.

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THATS ONE OF THE REASONS THEY WERE RECOGNIZED AS STORM READY.

BARRY GOODEN... WARNING COORDINATOR FOR THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS MOST COUNTIES HAVE THE ABILITY TO BE STORM READY... THEY JUST HAVE TO PROVE IT.

 

"The program is really just a matter of listing what your capabilities are in the county it's really not hard. Having ways to monitor the weather, having ways to dessiminate the information out to the community having ways of doing programs to let people know what to do when storms occur."

BIBB COUNTY IS ALSO STORM READY... AND GOODEN HOPES THE BASE WILL ENCOURAGE OTHER COMMUNITIES TO GET CERTIFIED.

"I would like to see all ninety-six of my counties storm ready and by having this opportunity now i'm hoping that there will be more in the middle Georgia area."

"It shows our community that we are serious about preparing and we want to be part of that effort to save lives."

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THEY ALSO MENTIONED HOW SOCIAL MEDIA PLAYS A MAJOR PART IN WARNINGS... AND HOW ROBINS HAS THEIR OWN WARNING SYSTEM.

THAT'S RIGH. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVIE WILL ISSUE WARNINGS FOR HOUSTON COUNTY... BUT ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE ISSUES WARNINGS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE BASE.

A NON PROFIT YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAM WORKS TO GIVE STUDENTS HANDS ON EXPERIENCE WITH CHOOSING THEIR CAREER FIELD.

WE CAUGHT UP WITH ONE TEEN TO FIND OUT HOW A SUMMER WITH A MACON JOB CLUB HELPED BRING HER DREAM OF BECOMING A PHARMACIST....A LITTLE CLOSER.

BREYONNA VICK JUST GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND SHE'S ALREADY GETTING REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE IN PHARMACY.

THANKS TO THE NEXT LEVEL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND THEIR PROGRAM CALLED THE JOB CLUB... VICK SAYS SHE'S GETTING TRAINING SHE NEEDS.

THE PROGRAM MATCHED HER WITH JOB AT A MACON PHARMACY.'

SINCE THEN... EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR LAKESIA TOOMER SAYS IT HAS BLOSSOMED INTO AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE BUILD CONFIDENCE AND STAY ON TRACK WITH THEIR CAREER GOALS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 781-0401..

THAT NUMBER AGAIN IS 781-0401.

YOU CAN ALSO LOOK FOR THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE AT 13WMAZ.COM.

 

 

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