Eyewitness News at 11, 7/26/11

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"Our employees here, the relationships and the experience of being here was what brought them back, not that we just served a good cup of coffee."

A MACON NEIGHBORHOOD STAPLE IS CLOSING ITS DOORS THIS WEEK AND CUSTOMERS SAY THEY'RE SAD TO SEE THEIR FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP AND HANG OUT GO.

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THE OWNERS OF THE JOSHUA CUP SAY THIS FRIDAY WILL BE THE FINAL DAY THAT THEY'LL SERVE CUSTOMERS.

WE FOUND OUT HOW THEY CAME TO THEIR DECISION TO CLOSE AND WHAT SOME OF THEIR FAITHFUL PATRONS THINK ABOUT THE NEWS.

NATS:

This is such a neat place. To imagine that it's closing, we just don't have words for it.

For the last ten years... Mark Sweat and his wife have made Joshua Cup their favorite place. He says they make the drive over from Soperton frequently.

Mark Sweat Soperton "Coming by with my wife this has always been our little place. You know we usually dont bring the family by or the kids by, it has just been a special place for us to spend time togther and it has been sort of like our little hide away our little secret spot."

But time is winding down

SOT: I think it's terrible....

for the folks here at this popular coffee shop.

Mainly I just take my computer and read a couple of books and just actually hang out.

Co-owner Jon Beachy says the decision to close was a tough choice but made sense for his family.

Well, my wife and I have been doing this for 12 years and we love it but as any small business owner can tell you, it's very stressful and in the interest of our family we needed to do something that was less stressful.

Although customers like Sweat understands Beachy's decision to put family first... that won't keep him and his wife from missing all the good times they've shared here at their favorite spot.

BEACHY SAYS THEY HAVEN'T ESTABLISHED AN OFFICIAL CLOSING TIME ON FRIDAY.

HE SAYS RIGHT NOW... THE PLAN IS TO LOCK THE DOORS WHEN THE LAST PERSON GETS TIRED OF DRINKING COFFEE.

A ROAD PROJECT THAT STALLED FOR MORE THAN A DECADE... IS FINALLY FINISHED.

HOUSTON COUNTY LEADERS CUT THE RIBBON ON THE CORDER ROAD WIDENING THIS MORNING.

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CORDER ROAD CONNECTS WATSON BOULEVARD AND RUSSELL PARKWAY.

IT CUTS THROUGH A MOSTLY RESIDENTIAL AREA OF WARNER ROBINS.

COMMISSION CHAIRMAN TOMMY STALNAKER SAYS THE COUNTY STARTED PLANNING FOR THE ROAD IN 1995... AND IT FINALLY GOT OFF THE GROUND IN 2009.

HE ANNOUNCED ITS COMPLETION TODAY... SPANNING ABOUT TWO MILES AND COSTING ABOUT THREE-POINT-EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE 2001 AND 2006 PENNY SALES TAX COLLECTIONS.

Tommy Stalnaker, Houston County Commissioner: (6:12) "It will be much safer. Turn lane from one to the other, so people doing left turns in all the many driveways up down Corder Road will now have the safety factor of that left turn lane without getting rear ended."

STALNAKER SAYS DRIVERS MAY SEE A FEW WORK CREWS IN THE AREA.

THEY'RE STILL LAYING DOWN SOME GRASS... AND ADDING SOME FINISHING TOUCHES

13-W-M-A-Z LEARNED THE NAMES TODAY... OF THE TWO PEOPLE WHO DIED IN A DOUBLE SHOOTING IN CRAWFORD COUNTY.

THE BROTHER OF 32-YEAR-OLD CLINTON DICKEY... SAYS INVESTIGATORS TOLD THE FAMILY DICKEY SHOT HIS 23-YEAR-OLD WIFE SHANNON.

SHERIFF LEWIS WALKER SAID HE COULDN'T CONFIRM THAT INFORMATION... BECAUSE THE INVESTIGATION'S STILL GOING ON.

BUT HE DID SAY BOTH WERE DEAD BY THE TIME OFFICERS ARRIVED.

HE ALSO SAID A SMALL HANDGUN WAS FOUND IN THE GARAGE.

WALKER EXPLAINED THE TWO WERE MARRIED... BUT HAD BEEN SEPARATED FOR THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

HIS BROTHER SAYS THE FAMILY SAW WARNING SIGNS.

he wasnt happy in his marriage. you know, wanting to be with somebody but that person dont want to be with you. some people can take it some peopel cant. this has been going on 4 or 5 years and he just lost it.

 

THE COUPLE HAD ONE CHILD TOGETHER... A YOUNG SON WHO WAS HOME AT THE TIME.

SHERIFF WALKER SAYS THE BOY IS NOW WITH HIS MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS.

HE COULD NOT CONFIRM IF THE CHILD SAW ANYTHING.

WE TRIED TO REACH SHANNON DICKEY'S FAMILY UNSUCESSFULLY... AND HER HUSBANDS RELATIVES TOLD US THEY KNEW LITTLE ABOUT HER.

THE PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES SAYS THE HARSH SANCTIONS LEVIED AGAINST ITS

FOOTBALL PROGRAM BY THE NCAA WERE NOT AS BAD AS A MULTIYEAR "DEATH PENALTY" THE ORGANIZATION HAD CONSIDERED.

THE BOARD MET WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON..

THE SCHOOL HAD COME UNDER SCRUTINY FOR HOW IT HANDLED THE CHILD MOLESTATION SUSPICIONS AGAINST FORMER DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR JERRY SANDUSKY.

THE NCAA ON MONDAY HANDED DOWN A $60 MILLION FINE, IMPOSED A FOUR-YEAR BOWL GAME BAN, REDUCED FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIPS AND NEGATED 111 WINS UNDER FORMER COACH JOE PATERNO.

ERICKSON CONFIRMED THE NCAA TALKED ABOUT BANNING PENN STATE FROM PLAYING FOOTBALL FOR FOUR YEARS..

FOLKS IN CENTRAL GEORGIA CAN COOL OFF WITH A COLD TREAT TOMORROW... WHILE HELPING KIDS AT THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL IN MACON.

DAIRY QUEENS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA WILL DONATE AT LEAST A DOLLAR FROM EACH BLIZZARD SOLD TO THE CHILDRENS MIRACLE NETWORK.

ITS CALLED MIRACLE TREAT DAY... AND ALL OF THE MONEY RAISED IN CENTRAL GEORGIA WILL GO TO THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AT THE MEDICAL CENTER OF CENTRAL GEORGIA IN MACON.

LAST YEAR... AROUND 15-THOUSAND DOLLARS POURED IN FROM MACON AND SURROUNDING AREAS...

we see over 45-thousand children a year so you can imagine the costs that we have and to keep updated with new technology and the latest and greatest medical equipment, and to make sure that its child friendly, this type of day for the childrens hospital is hugely important

FOLKS CAN PICK OUT THEIR FAVORITE FLAVORS AND TOPPINGS TOMORROW... BUT THE FEATURED TREAT OF THE DAY IS THE OREO BLIZZARD.

IN LESS THAN A WEEK... MACON AND BIBB COUNTY VOTERS WILL VOTE ON A CONSOLIDATION BILL THAT PASSED THE LEGISLATURE THIS PAST SESSON.

EACH WEEK, 13-W-M-A-Z BRINGS YOU STORIES TO HELP YOU UNDERSTAND CONSOLIDATION BETTER... AND GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO DECIDE BEFORE YOU REACH THE TOUCH-SCREEN.

ONE PART OF THE CONSOLIDATION BILL-- WOULD MERGE PAYNE CITY INTO THE UNIFIED MACON-BIBB COUNTY GOVERNMENT.

AND TODAY.. COMMISSIONER BERT BIVENS TOLD US HE'S STRONGLY OPPOSED.

HE JOINS FELLOW COMMISSIONER LONZY EDWARDS... AND SEVEN OTHERS ON CITY COUNCIL-- LONNIE MILEY... ELAINE LUCAS... JAMES TIMLEY...

VIRGIL WATKINS... HENRY GIBSON... HENRY FICKLIN... TOM ELLINGTON... AND CHARLES JONES.

JONES PREVIOUSLY TOLD US... HE'S NOT SUPPORTING ANYTHING THAT'S NOT COMPLETELY IRONED OUT... REFERING TO THE PROVISION FOR A TRANSITION TEAM THAT WORKS OUT THE DETAILS OF THE CHARTER.

THAT POINT ALSO BOTHERS BIVINS... ALONG WITH SPECIAL TAX DISTRICTS... JOB LOSSES HE SAYS WOULD RESULT FROM BUDGET CUTS... AND THE POWER THE PROPOSAL GIVES TO THE MAYOR.

"this bill does not include enough checks and balances. it makes the mayor a virtual dictator. that ensures strife. A minority would control the bidget process. 6 of the 9 members must vote on the budget. That is an uncommon practice in local government."

AMONG THE TOP ELECTED OFFICIALS... WE JUST SHOWED YOU WHICH TEN ARE AGAINST CONSOLIDATION...

AND NINE OTHERS SAY THEY SUPPORT IT-- RICK HUTTO... LARRY SCHLESINGER...NANCY WHITE... BEVERLY OLSEN... LAUREN BENEDICT...

AS WELL AS COMMISSIONERS ELMO RICHARDSON... AND JOE ALLEN... CHAIRMAN SAM HART AND MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT.

THEY SAY CONSOLIDATION WILL PROVIDE A MORE EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT AND BOOST ECONONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.. BUT BIVENS SAYS BIBB COUNTY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT CONSOLIDATING.

AS ELECTION DAY APPROACHES... WE'LL CONTINUE TO EXAMINE PARTS OF THE BILL.

AND YOU CAN FIND A ONE-STOP RESOURCE ON OUR WEBSITE... 13-W-M-A-Z-DOT-COM.

JUST SCROLL DOWN THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE PAGE TO THE CHECK IT OUT SECTION...

AND CLICK ON THE CONSOLIDATION BOX IN THE MENU.

DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS BROUGHT THEIR ELECTION YEAR FIGHT OVER EXTENDING TAX CUTS TO THE SENATE FLOOR TODAY.

DEMOCRATS ARGUED IT'S TIME TO LET TAX CUTS EXPIRE FOR HIGHER INCOME EARNERS.. REPUBLICANS SAID IF EVERYONE DOESN'T GET AN EXTENSION, FARMERS AND SMALL BUSINESSES WILL BE HURT.

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN CAME TO THE SENATE FLOOR TO HELP DEMOCRATS CLAIM A VICTORY IN AN ELECTION YEAR SHOWDOWN OVER TAXES.

ON A SIMPLE MAJORITY VOTE - DEMOCRATS WON PASSAGE OF A BILL THAT INCLUDES PRESIDENT OBAMA'S GOAL OF EXTENDING CUTS FOR COUPLES EARNING 250-THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR OR LESS.. AND LETTING THEM EXPIRE FOR HIGHER INCOME EARNERS.

REPUBLICANS LOST A VOTE ON THEIR PLAN - IT WOULD HAVE CONTINUED BUSH-ERA TAX CUTS FOR ALL INCOME EARNERS.

Sen. Harry Reid/ (D-NV) Majority Leader (:22-:33)

"WE CAN DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO SOLVE THE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY - WE SHOWED THAT TODAY."

Sen. Orin Hatch/ (R-UT) (:40-:48)

"ALL WE ARE PROPOSING IS EXTENDING CURRENT TAX LAW FOR ONE MORE YEAR, SO WE CAN DEDICATE THAT YEAR TO TAX REFORM"

IF CONGRESS CAN'T REACH AN AGREEMENT BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR - ALL AMERICANS WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES.

AS IF MAKING IT TO A HUNDRED WASN'T ENOUGH OF A MILESTONE, CENTEGENERIAN DIANA GOULD BECAME THE OLDEST TORCHBEARER OF THE 2012 OLYMPICS ON WEDNESDAY.

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GOULD CARRIED THE TORCH TO NORTH LONDON WITH CROWDS CHEERING HER ON FROM THE SIDE OF THE ROAD.

GOULD SAID THE WALK REALLY WASN'T ALL THAT HARD... JUST A LITTLE TOASTY.

 

"The sun was a bit hot, but the walk was fine. Absolutely. I used to live in Hendon, so I knew where I was walking. Fine."

"I think she did an amazing job. She didn't even use her stick - and she is 100. She carried the whole thing, all the way. And you saw the reception she got, absolutely incredible."

 

THE OLYMPIC TORCH IS NEARING THE END OF ITS 8,000-MILE JOURNEY.

THE TORCH RELAY ENDS WITH THE LIGHTING OF THE OLYMPIC CAULDRON TOMORROW EVENING IN THE PRESENCE OF 60,000 SPECTATORS INCLUDING QUEEN ELIZABETH, U.S. FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AND A HOST OF CELEBRITIES AND DIGNITARIES.

 

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