Eyewitness news at 6pm. August 4, 2012

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GOOD EVENING, AND THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I'M CANDACE ADORKA, AND THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT SIX.

 

THE LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPS FROM GEORGIA FOUND THEMSELVES ON THE WRONG SIDE OF A 10-2 SCORE FRIDAY NIGHT... WHEN THEY LOST THEIR OPENING REGIONAL GAME TO NORTH CAROLINA.
BUT THE ALL STARS FROM WARNER ROBINS GOT ANOTHER SHOT TODAY AGAINST FLORIDA...
COURTNEY LYLE SPENT THE MORNING IN THE INTERNATIONAL CITY... AND BRINGS YOU MORE ABOUT THE GAME.
COURTNEY..
CANDACE... WRALL WAS HOPING TO TURN THINGS AROUND AFTER AN UNCHARACTERISTIC PERFORMANCE FRIDAY NIGHT... AND THINGS DIDN'T START OUT WELL.
FLORIDA SLAMMED A THREE-RUN HOMER IN THE FIRST INNING TO JUMP OUT TO A BIG LEAD... BUT UNLIKE THE SQUAD OF LAST NIGHT THIS TIME THE BOYS RALLIED.
WRALL FOUGHT BACK FROM A 5 RUN DEFICET TO WIN 7 TO 6.
GEORGIA FINISHES UP POOL PLAY ON MONDAY AGAINST ALABAMA.
WE'LL HAVE FULL HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY'S GAME COMING UP IN SPORTS.
...CANDACE?
THANKS COURTNEY.
AND REMEMBER...WE'LL BE KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP ON TWITTER ALL WEEKEND... AND YOU CAN SHARE YOUR COMMENTS AS WELL.
JUST USE THE HASHTAG -- W-R-A-L-L.

 

 

GOVERNOR NATHAN DEAL SAYS HE WANTS STATE AGENCIES TO SLASH ANOTHER 553-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THEIR BUDGETS.
THE ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION SAYS ABOUT HALF OF THAT WOULD COME FROM HIGHER EDUCATION AND PUBLIC HEALTH.
THE ORDER MARKS THE FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR THAT THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE HAS TOLD DEPARTMENT HEADS TO COME UP WITH ADDITIONAL REDUCTIONS.

 

 

TWIGGS COUNTY STUDENTS GET A HALF DAY ON MONDAY...
A NEWS RELEASE FROM THE DISTRICT SAYS STUDENTS WILL GET OUT AT 11-30 BECAUSE THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT AT THE COMBINED MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL BROKE... AND THE DISTRICT WILL USE MONDAY AFTERNOON TO REPAIR IT.
BUT ALL TWIGGS COUNTY STUDENTS WILL BE RELEASED EARLY... NOT JUST THOSE AT THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL COMPLEX.
THEY SAY EVERYTHING SHOULD BE BACK TO NORMAL BY TUESDAY.

 

 

THE DROUGHT GRIPPING THE NATION IS DRAINING LAKES ALL OVER GEORGIA.
OFFICIALS AT LAKE LANIER (LA-NEER) SHUT DOWN SEVERAL OF THEIR BOAT RAMPS... AND CLOSER TO US... AT THE OCMULGEE PUBLIC FISHING AREA...THEY HAD TO DO THE SAME.
JUDY LE BRINGS YOU THAT STORY.
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nat - i don't think you'll be able to get any further up
ON A USUAL FISHING TRIP...LARRY CARVER CRUISES THE WATER IN A BASS BOAT..
larry carver, cochran - i came down about a week and a half ago and it was so low we decided to use the little jom boat
THE DROUGHT PLAGUING GEORGIA HAS DRAINED THE LAKE AT THE OCMULGEE PUBLIC FISHING AREA.
levi rose, cochran - well it's low and it's really dry. it's about as dry as dry as a popcorn fart
wyatt rose, 12 - if it were full, it'd be past me. i'd probably sit up there
ACCORDING TO THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES...LACK OF RAIN AND A SUSPECTED LEAK IN THE LAKE PLUMMETED WATER LEVELS MORE THAN 12 FEET BELOW FULL POOL.
levi - this is probably the fullest point in the lake
carver - oh its bad bad. i was talking to the game boys about a week and a half ago and they said they weren't going to close it as long as somebody can get a kayak in
BOAT RAMPS ARE CLOSED IN BLECKLEY AND PULASKI COUNTIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE...BUT PEOPLE STILL CAME OUT TO CAST A LINE
larry - came out at the crack of daylight to figure if we can fish a little bit. didn't have too much luck
levi - i'm here to catch fish so i can eat them for supper
EVEN THOUGH THERE'S A DROUGHT...MOTHER NATURE WILL HAVE TO WORK A LITTLE HARDER TO STOP PEOPLE FROM FISHING.
JUDY LE...13WMAZ...EYEWITNESS NEWS.
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THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS LAKE OCMULGEE WAS LAST AT FULL POOL IN APRIL 2011.

 

 

 

THE CITY OF (VAI-ENNA)VIENNA COULD SOON GET AN UPGRADE IN ITS DRINKING WATER INFRASTRUCTURE.
THE STATE IS LOANING THEM ONE-POINT-ONE-MILLION DOLLARS TO PAY FOR A NEW WELL... A NEW TREATMENT PLANT...AND A NEW WATER TOWER.
THE NEW SYSTEM WOULD REPLACE A 64-YEAR-OLD WELL... WHICH HASN'T PUMPED WATER IN ABOUT ABOUT A YEAR.
THE CITY HAS ONE OTHER WELL SERVING THE SAME AREA AS THE ONE THAT'S OUT OF COMMISSION... BUT CITY OFFICIALS SAY BEING DOWN A WELL PUTS THEM IN DANGER OF WATER SHORTAGES IF THE POWER IS OUT FOR MORE THAN A DAY.
MAYOR EDDIE DANIELS SAYS A NEW WELL WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Eddie Daniels, Mayor of Vienna: With the economy the way it we have been coping very well but with the new well we can see our water increase,our pressure increase it has been down for a while the citizens may not have noticed but we as city leaders recognized the problem .
THE STATE SAYS (VAI-ENNA)VIENNA WILL PAY NO INTEREST WHILE THEY'RE BUILDING THE WELL... AND THEY'LL PAY 1-PERCENT INTEREST AFTER CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE.

 

 

 

AUTHORITIES BELIEVE A FAST-MOVING WILDFIRE THAT DESTROYED MORE THAN 60 HOMES NEAR OKLAHOMA CITY WAS DELIBERATELY SET.
AS DREW LEVINSON REPORTS.... THE BLAZE BEGAN YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AND WAS FINALLY CONTAINED TODAY.
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Firefighters in Luther, Oklahoma Saturday, finally got the upper hand on a massive wildfire.
They believe it may have been the work of an arsonist. .

(--NATSOUND FROM HELICOPTER--)

"NOW THIS FIRE IS BURNING HOT AND IT IS BURNING FAST".

The fire charred four square miles-destroyed dozens of houses and buildings, and forced people to get out.
While firefighters continue their battle,the Oklahoma County Sheriff is investigating reports that someone in a black pickup truck Friday, tossed out newspapers that had been set on fire. So far police have made no arrests and no suspects.

In Creek County near Tulsa, a fires havealso forced residents from their homes.

Seba Whitehead; Evacuee
seba 1 - i'm 82 years old and i've never seen nothing like it before i've lived in this community all my life
This region is bone dry from the drought.
Temperature topped out at 113 degrees.
Conditions for the firefighters are treacherous

(--SOT: NEWT STEPHENS/CREEK COUNTY COMMISSIONER--)

"IT GETS TIGHT OUT THERE WHEN THE WIND COMES UP AND A BIG FLAME COMES ACROSS THEM CEDAR TREES IT LOOK LIKE DYNAMITE GOING OFF, IT GETS SCARY OUT THERE".

It will take days for firefighters to put all of the blazes out.
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OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN VISITED THE TOWN OF LUTHER TO SURVEY THE WILDFIRE DAMAGE EARLIER TODAY.

 

 

CENTRAL GEORGA HAS BEEN BUSY TODAY... MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY FRIED UP SOME FISH DOWN IN PERRY... AND NEWLY-LICENSED TEENS GOT SAFE DRIVING TIPS IN FORSYTH.
AND HERE IN MACON... DIFFERENT AGENCIES AUCTIONED OFF ITEMS THEY CONFISCATED THIS YEAR.
VIDEO JOURNALIST KIMBERLY BURDEN COVERED ALMOST 110 MILES TODAY... TO BRING YOU THIS WEEK'S WHERE YOU LIVE REPORT.
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