Eyewitness News at 6, 9-21-12

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First at six...three Central Georgia law enforcement agencies now have extra money to

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office.. Macon Police Department and Twiggs County Sheriff's office together received a 150-thousand dollar grant from the U-S department of Justice.

 

It's called Project Safe Neighborhoods... And the funds will be used for several initiatives and programs.

They include a community-wide gang assessment.. Creating a gang database...launching a gang intervention program for 40 juvenile offenders.. And cognitive behavioral treatment for 15 adult offenders.

Bibb Chief Deputy David Davis says this money will help the agencies face some big issues with gangs.

First at six...three Central Georgia law enforcement agencies now have extra money to

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office.. Macon Police Department and Twiggs County Sheriff's office together received a 150-thousand dollar grant from the U-S department of Justice.

It's called Project Safe Neighborhoods... And the funds will be used for several initiatives and programs.

They include a community-wide gang assessment.. Creating a gang database...launching a gang intervention program for 40 juvenile offenders.. And cognitive behavioral treatment for 15 adult offenders.

Bibb Chief Deputy David Davis says this money will help the agencies face some big issues with gangs.

< This grant will really help us in some regards to really build a profile or a picture of what a typical gang member is, what part of the community they maybe from, some of their educational background some of what caused them to become involved in gang activity. >

Davis says part of the money will be used for assessments in the jail.. in the community and in schools.

He says they'll use that information to gauge the extent of gang activity.. and that will help them fight it.

< In any kind of enforcement action and especially when you're dealing with gang issues, intelligence is just crucial to know what's going on who's involved is just essential and crucial. >

Three years ago... we told you how Macon police lost their last gang database... when a computer hard drive crashed.

Davis says the money will also help fund new software to let all three agencies access the same database.

< In any kind of enforcement action and especially when you're dealing with gang issues, intelligence is just crucial to know what's going on who's involved is just essential and crucial. >

Three years ago... we told you how Macon police lost their last gang database... when a computer hard drive crashed.

Davis says the money will also help fund new software to let all three agencies access the same database.

Another grant...this one totaling 2 point 3 million dollars....is aimed at opportunities...to bring jobs to Macon.

The College Hill Alliance announced today that the Knight Foundation...is sending in a second round of funds to focus on job development in the College Hill neighborhood.

In 2009...they received their first 2 million dollar grant to revitalize the area around Mercer Village.

The College Hill Alliance will work with Jumpstart America...a non profit based in Ohio.

The goal is to create what they call an *innovation corridor* to attract talent and keep Macon's college graduates in town.

<william Underwood, Mercer University President: This grants focus is on promoting economic prosperity in the College Hill Corridor so we're very excited about it all together the knight foundation has put more than 12 million dollars in the last two or three years so it's an exciting day for us.>

The alliance says JumpStart will do research on knowledge-based industries that could be viable additions to Macon's job market.

Then they'll help the alliance come up with a plan to get new businesses off the ground and help expand existing businesses.

For the third time in one month... The Macon-Bibb Animal Shelter is closed, due to parvo virus.

Bibb spokesman, Kevin Barrere says it will reopen in two weeks....October Fifth.

Two dogs were diagnosed with the disease on Thursday.

Barrere says the dogs had been at the shelter for a while.

The 14 day waiting period is to make sure other animals there don't have the disease.

The shelter's new director...Sarah Tenon....takes over October First.

Robins Air Force Base underwent big changes in its leadership since Major General Robert McMahon retired in June.

Another two star general didn't take his place... because of Air Force wide cost saving measures designed to create a more efficient military.

Instead... Col. Mitch Butikofer took on more duties as the installation commander... And what is now Robins' top job.

Butikofer says he's essentially the mayor or CEO of Robins... Overseeing a 250 million dollar budget.. safety and security... And the base's infrastructure.

He can hire and fire... Serves as the base's face to the community... And handles the legal issues.

But unlike former Robins commanders... He's not over the Air Logistics Complex... the maintenance wing that to many... Symbolizes Robins.

That falls to General Cedric George.

Butikofer explained the division of duties to Lorra Lynch Jones.

<its a partnership. He is now just like the AFRC, like the Air Force Reserve Command, or the 116th or the 461st, General Welsh or Col. Worley or Col. Scherr. They are mission partners here on the installation. They run certain mission sets. General George is in charge of the maintanence complex or air logistics complex. The maintanence complex is responsible for fixing our aircraft for the air Force. You've got like JSTARS which is responsible for providing capabilities to our warfigthers, and you've got combat com. They all couldn't function without us here. We provide the foundational, all the foundational stuff for those missions to continue, so they don't have to worry about the roads. They don't have worry about civilian personnell issues. They can focus on the bigger picture. They don't have to worry about the golf course or the medical support they are going to get. They can stay focused on their day to day mission of fixing aircraft. So example General George he can now spend his time focused on fixing aircraft and making sure were as efficient and effective as possible in fixing aircraft.>

 

Butikofer says the leadership transition and sharing of responsibilities is "working very well."

He said the community should know that Robins as a whole is "doing very well", and he expects to celebrate some of those successes in the near future.

This weekend...you can see a Hollywood icon...and a Macon icon...on screen together.

The film star of course is Clint Eastwood....and the local legend is Luther Williams Field...the city's historic ballpark.

They both appear in Trouble With the Curve...which hits movie theaters today.

While critics around the country gave it a mixed review.... some folks here called it a must-see.

Austin Lewis has more.

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Trouble with the curve...was the word at the box office here at the AmStar in Macon Friday afternoon.

Some Central Georgians came ready to get their tickets.

What drew these movie-goers here...was the chance to see Macon's big screen debut.

<Bobby Chastain, Macon: We try to see a lot of movies that we think are going to be good we kind of anticipate this one being good plus seeing sights from Macon kinda puts on the map maybe. >

<Angie Cheek, Lakemont: In fact Kathy my friend took me out to Luther Williams stadium today she said let's go see, it was filmed there. >

and of course Clint Eastwood.

<Evelyn Watson, Monroe County: We are fans of Clint Eastwood we have always fallowed him and his movies we love his expressions.

Eastwood plays a baseball recruiter who is losing his sight...who brings his estranged daughter Amy Adams on a last recruiting trip.

While the reviews have been mixed....after the movie...some people called it....a homerun.

<I guess I loved it because it was real and it was like the typical dysfunctional american family and the thing is that miscommunication where he is trying to protect her and she sees it as abandonment and how all those years they didn't understand each other.>

<it was good it had a little bit of baseball in it but a lot of it was people interacting, learning relationships it made you think about baseball but it also made you think about real people involved in real things.>

<I loved it it was fabulous it's a well worth movie to go see this is a must see movie.>

Some Maconites say seeing the film icon...and a few scenes of Macon....made their day.

Austin Lewis 13wmaz eyewitness news.

Some of the movie goers told us that before Trouble with the Curve, they saw a preview for the movie 42.

Now that's another movie that was shot here in Macon over the summer. We'll give you a look at that trailer tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

Ladies and gents from all over the country are dosie-doe-ing to Macon this weekend.

That's right...the city is hosting none other than the state Square Dancing Convention.

Today dancers of all skill-levels brushed up on their moves, so Katelyn Heck joined in on one of their practice sessions.

<the best thing about it is you've got all good people from different, everywhere, other states, even countries, square dancing is done in many other countries and its always done in english. >

<I watch the dancers. A lot of times they are color-coordinated and if it's people you don't know they're color-coordinated and you're able to work them around the square, get them to dance with everybody else in the square, and bring them back home which is where they started at.>

<you have to listen to the caller, and learn the moves that he's calling. Sometimes it's a little bit difficult but you've got to hang with it>

<1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and then we're standing there looking at some people waiting to do an left>

<that's where you go around around the circle shaking hands with everybody and then get back to your spot.>

<relay the doosey, that's a plus call, that's a more difficult call, and it takes about 32 steps to do that call>

<1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 woo good job guys!>

Dances start tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Folks can learn some moves of their own beginning at 11 Saturday morning.

The main room of the Macon Centreplex will serve as the square dancing floor.... but seven other rooms will be set up for line dancers, beginners, and kids.

Now after Katelyn tried out what she learned on the dance floor...she came back to pass along the fancy footwork.

Leah went out to the backyard garden.... For a personalized dance lesson.

<katelyn spent the day at the square dancing convention and had lots of fun an also learned some smooth moves......ok, back to you guys.>

so in our 5'o'clock broadcast...I learned something about myself.

TLC has a tool...where you can type in your name...and learn your 'honey Boo-boo' nickname...after the child reality TV star.

There's a link to that on our homepage...13WMAZ-dot-com.

So Frank, Leah...if I have to be "muffin Frosting"... You guys get nicknames too.

I'm going to ask for the help of Jacqueline Harnevious our WMAZ Web Producer....

 

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