Eyewitness News at 11, 8/15/12

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Good evening, everyone.

Thanks for joining us for Eyewitness News at Eleven.

I'm Frank Malloy.

And I'm Leah Johnson.

This is Eyewitness News at 11.

Long lines and new policies...

That's what some Sonny Carter Elementary parents say they face every day...when they go to pick their kids up from school.

Judy Le talked to some of those parents while they waited..

At school filled with almost 600 students....the last student was picked up at 4:26.

That compared to yesterday's time...which was 4:53.

Bibb County school leaders today also told us this school year comes with new ways to deal with students who don't follow the rules...or cause trouble on campus.

Ed Judie is the Deputy superintendent of student affairs.

He says bullying other kids... Bringing drugs on campus..and truancy will now land a student ten days of suspension.

And that's not all...

A hearing would follow...and it could end in alternative school.

Under previous rules, students could have opted out of the alternative school program... But Judie says those days are over.

At school filled with almost 600 students....the last student was picked up at 4:26.

That compared to yesterday's time...which was 4:53.

Bibb County school leaders today also told us this school year comes with new ways to deal with students who don't follow the rules...or cause trouble on campus.

Ed Judie is the Deputy superintendent of student affairs.

He says bullying other kids... Bringing drugs on campus..and truancy will now land a student ten days of suspension.

And that's not all...

A hearing would follow...and it could end in alternative school.

Under previous rules, students could have opted out of the alternative school program... But Judie says those days are over.

<so for instance if a kid had a weapon and they were put out for 365 days, they would simply, if they chose to go to the alternative school, they could, but if not, they could go wait at home for the 365 school calendar year and then return to shcool, well that wont work in Bibb County this year. You must prove that you're academically sound to go back to school, behaviorally sound, and your attendance is sound.">

In addition to that mandatory alternative school...the district is offering counseling, and other programs to help students with behavior and academic problems.

Even though they approved the Master Plan over a year ago.. Bibb County is still working to find the money to fund more than 38-million dollars in upgrades at Lake Tobesofkee.

Commissioner Joe Allen says the commission is trying to find some public-private partnerships to make it all possible.

Brittiny Barber shows where they stand now.. And what they hope for in the future.

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Monty Beverly and his friend Roger Riner brought their crickets.. Poles and buckets.... out to Lake Tobesofkee.

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<that's what we're doing now trying to catch fish for a fish fry>

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It's been a while since the pair has hit the lake.... but they noticed a few things right away.

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<it's a nice camping area and all like they got. They really redone it. It really look good out here now. >

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And even more upgrades are in the works with the Master Plan... Including more pavilion space, cabins and a water park.

Commissioner Joe Allen says they're just waiting on the money.

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< we've got to get a team together, which the Chairman is writing a letter now, getting people to put it together to start looking at that. How we can do a public-private partnership with someone to come in and help do what we want to do with this park >

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The plan was approved by county leaders last spring.. And since then there's only been a few things done.

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<getting to down right doing what we need to do, we've not done it. We've not had the money. >

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<one thing they have been able to accomplish in the last year is getting out of the old management office which stood in this very location for about 40 years. Management says that the floors were falling in and it was an embarrassment to serve as the office. Now they've moved to a temporary location . >

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<so this it the temporary office>

Allen says with consolidation coming next year... they need to push forward to make these plans become a reality.

<having these new things that we want to do will just generate additional funds for the taxpayers of Bibb County. >

And many lake goers look forward to more activities to enjoy.

<it'd be nice to rent a cabin and stay in it instead of having to camp and be nice for the children for water parks >

Brittiny Barber 13wmaz eyewitness news

Allen says companies interested in joining the public-private partnership can contact the commissioners' office.

He says there's no timeline set for completing the Master Plan.

A Bonaire man faces seven years in prison after pleading guilty last week to child molestation.

Today.. we spoke to a representative from the Houston County District Attorney's office, who said

John Robert Killebrew received a twenty-year sentence, of which he'll serve seven years.

The charges stemmed from a 2009 case in which, officers say, Killebrew molested a 9-year-old girl.

When he gets out of prison, his name will go on the state's sex offender registry.

The case against a middle school teacher...once accused of sexually assaulting students...is closed.

District Attorney Greg Winters says... After interviewing witnesses...his office dropped the charges

against Samuel McPhee, who taught music at Weaver Middle School.

Winters says he reached the decision last month...after investigators couldn't prove any wrongdoing.

McPhee was placed on leave when he was arrested in May...and this year...the school's website doesn't list his name in its teacher directory.

In Campaign 2012 coverage tonight, the two men vying for the

Republican nomination for Georgia's 2nd district congressional seat hold slightly different views on some of the issues in their runoff campaign.

Both of Columbus, businessman Rick Allen and retired Army colonel John House support term limits for members of Congress.

< John House, Republican Hopeful: I'm not going to stay twenty years. I'd like to go and stay two terms. I think term limits are great. Four years, yes sir. I think if you stay too long, and too long varies by person. But if you stay too long, you get infected if you will by the environment of Washington, D.C. And begin to think that you're better than anybody else.

Rick Allen, GOP Candidate: Sometimes it's hard to get on committees. Sometimes it's hard to get the job done in two terms especially when you've got to battle to get re-elected again. I sort of think maybe a longer period. Senators are there for six years. Two terms for senators, twelve years. I think maybe the maximum twelve years. Maybe ten years. Maybe twelve years. I don't know. Two terms might be a little quick.>

The 2nd congressional district includes parts of Bibb and Peach, Taylor and Muscogee counties.

Allen and House meet in Tuesday's primary runoff. The winner faces Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop of Columbus.

Accusations about campaign misconduct...back in 2009...have ended up in the state attorney generals office.

They involve Loretta Lipsey...who ran for mayor of Gray back in 2009...and Benny Gray, who was elected to the city council.

A news release from the secretary of states office says Lipsey, Gray, and Evelyn Collins, a local voter, were all found with absentee ballots in their possession.

There are eleven claims in all.

They include absentee ballot voter fraud, forged signatures, candidates illegally helping voters with their absentee ballots, and receiving an absentee ballot from a nursing home resident with dementia... All ethical violations.

A spokesman for the secretary of state's office says...the state Board of elections will consider the accusations at a future meeting.

The City of Warner Robins can boast top fire fighter. Troy Hamilton from Station 5 was recently awarded Georgia Firefighter of the Year by the Georgia State Firefighters Association. . .

And as Tom George found out, it's more than just fighting fires that makes this winner top of the pack...

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This is where we answer the 911 calls...

Fire Station number 5 in in Warner Robins may be small, but it's home to a big winner.

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< I'm a Georgia Search and Rescue Team, I'm dive member, i'm a wild land firefighter.>

And now after 14 years ..., Troy Hamilton is also Georgia Firefighter of the Year.

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<That's kinda my nature. I want to be where the action's at. I enjoy running calls, I enjoy doing this.>

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<It all starts right here, when the 911 calls come in right here. He takes down their address ... Hops into the front of the truck and gets eve rything ready to go>

As an engineer and driver....his fellow firefighters rely on him.

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<Definitely, they're our lifeline inside the fire .. You know without him, we ain't got water, we ain't got what we need to resolve the situation>

But it's not just his day job that got him the award. He also volunteered his time helping after Hurricane Katrina, serving in the honor guard, and assisting with wildfires.

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<it's nice to know that the state and my guys have recognized me for the sacrifices that I do. >

In his nomination for the award, Hamilton was called " the one you can always count on to respond" and "someone the younger firefighters to look up to." But for Hamilton, it's all in a days work.

<I am kind of an adrenaline junkie. If there was more things to volunteer for, you know if we had some cliffs to jump off of, its just what I like to do>

In Warner Robins, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

We spoke with Georgia Ann Smith, the CEO of the Georgia State Firefighters Association who made the decision ... She called Hamilton a "go getter" and said that his work ethic and willingness to do activities above and beyond his job were what made him stand out.

The weekend's box office numbers are in.

Check it out.

Even with Matt Damon nowhere to be found...the latest installment in "The Bourne Identity" series knocked Dark Night out of place... "The Bourne Legacy" grossing 38-point-1 million.

The comedy... "The Campaign"...brought in laughs and profits... Arriving in the number 2 slot with more than 26-and-a half million dollars in earnings.

And "Dark Knight"...still in the top three... Rounding things out nicely with 18-point-1 million this weekend.

 

 

 

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