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The first debate between President Obama and GOP contender Mitt Romney is now in the books...
Political pundits say Romney won the first round...and his supporters here in Central Georgia hope that momentum carries their candidate through election day.
Judy Le join reports on the Romney Ryan Rally in Byron.
About 100 Romney supporters splashed the town red in a rally for the republican presidential nominee at the Jailhouse Park in Downtown Byron.
<I'm supporting anything that will save America from the Obama takeover>
Decked in red, white, and blue...people bought pins and signs to raise money for Romney's campaign and reminding people to vote in the November elections.
<I wouldn't have voted for Obama if he had promised me the entire goldmine. He was promising everyone the goldmine but the only thing we got was the shaft>
Some supporters say they are voting Romney because he's a family man...business man...and better alternative for president.
<Romney has the ability, the expertise, that he has a record to be able to turn it around>
<The real terrorist is still alive and he's in the White House>
Some Obama supporters are shaking their heads saying....Romney supporters have got it all wrong
<I hope it's not racial. That's what I'm praying for...that it's not racial.Because he's an intelligent man. I mean, what else can you give America?>
<some people try to divide instead of bring people together and that kind of rhetoric is just unproductive. It is not based in fact>
Whether a Romney or Obama supporter...voters say they hope their vote will mean change in Washington.
Judy Le...13wmaz..eyewitness news.
Romney headed further south to host an event in the battleground state of Florida while Obama is off the campaign trail Saturday.
Bibb County democrats also made a showing in Central Georgia Today.
They held a voter registration drive at Henderson stadium.
The last day for voter registration is October 9th.
To register...you mist be at least 18 years old and a U.S citizen. You also can't have any felonies.
Early voting begins October 15th.
A Monroe County man died today when his truck ran off the road.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff's office, 46-year-old Bobby Deaton was heading north on Highway 42.
Near the Towaliga Bridge, his white Dodge pickup truck ran off the road, up an embankment, and flipped several times.
Deaton was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead on the scene.
The death toll in a rare fungal meningitis outbreak now stands at seven...
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention..more than 60 people have been affected..
The outbreak has been linked to tainted steroid injections produced by a specialty pharmacy in Massachusetts...
Almost 200 of those injections were given at a surgery center here in Macon.
The Forsyth Street Ambulatory Surgery Center is the only facility in Georgia that received a shipment of the potentially tainted steroid from the New England Compounding Center.
That's where the contamination originated.
Doctor Chuck Richardson, president of the Surgery Center says all the medicine has since been returned.
His staff identified 186 patients potentially at risk.
According to the doctor... 6 patients complained about mild symptoms, but their meningitis tests came back clean.
<first of all..there have been no reported incidents of any type of sickness from tainted vials in the state of Georgia and certainly not in our practice and this only refers to our surgery center. It does not refer to our main office where the company that supplies the steroid for that is completely different. >
Meningitis is the swelling of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord. It's typically caused by a virus or bacteria.
Doctor David Harvey, Director of the North Central Health district says that's why these particular cases caught health officials attention.
<fungal meningitis is not common at all..very few of us..even had my age have seen cases of it in their medical lifetime. It's very difficult to treat. Bacterial meningitist..antibiotics knock it out. Viral meningitis is self-limited and generally takes care of itself anyway. Fungal meningitis goes on and on and on and doesn't respond as quickly or as well to antibacterial or antibiotic therapies. >
The steroid has been recalled..and health officials are investigating how the contamination happened in the first place.
Last year, Central Georgia hosted its first fundraiser for the International Rett Syndrome Foundation.
It pulled in more than 35-thousand dollars.
This year, organizers have the bar set even higher.
More than 100 people came out for the second annual Georgia Strollathon.
17 families with children battling Rett Syndrome, along with friends and supporters, strapped on tennis shoes and marched on with strollers to raise money and awareness for the neurological disorder.
The event featured food, music, a silent auction, and much more, all to help reach this year's 50-thousand-dollar goal to find a cure for the disorder.
<The children are what is is all about. These children need this support, you know people get together for a good cause>
<Rett Syndrome will be cured in our lifetime and we know that it will be cured but it is only going to happen with the right funding, so we really need the support of the community. We really want to spread awareness as well because Rett Syndrome is a very rare disorder.>
Rett Syndrome is a genetic neurological disorder that mostly affects girls.
It leads to speech loss, seizures and scoliosis among other symptoms.
As those temperatures tick down slowly... So do gas prices.
Today the average price for a gallon of gas sits at 3-dollars 48-cents per gallon...
That's already down a penny from yesterday... And down a nickel from this time last week.
It's a far cry from September., when a gallon cost 3-70 cents.
But still-- if you compare it to last year, today's average price is 30 cents more.
When a Utah man received a mysterious phone... it made him think the worst.
Andrew Wittenberg explains why the man assumed his house was being robbed... and who was really at the other end of the line.
< BRUCE GARDNER'S CELL PHONE RANG JUST BEFORE 9 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING. THE CALLER ID SHOWED A FAMILIAR NUMBER-HIS HOUSE.
"I knew nobody was home, so I answered it."
WHAT HE HEARD ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE WAS SO STARTLING, HE IMMEDIATELY LEFT WORK AND CALLED POLICE. NO ONE WAS TALKING, BUT THE SOUNDS WERE WORTH A MILLION WORDS.
"You could hear some banging around, rifling around, some scratching.."
"My mind immediately went to, I'm being robbed."
POLICE CONVERGED ON HIS OREM RESIDENCE, SEARCHED THE PLACE, AND DIDN'T FIND A THING. THE DOORS AND WINDOWS ALL LOCKED. NOTHING WAS GONE.
"I've heard of some pretty strange things, this ranks right up there with something I've never heard of happening before."
TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE STRANGE, GARDNER AND THE COPS COULDN'T FIND THE CORDLESS PHONE THAT HAD MADE THE CALL, SO THE HOMEOWNER DID A LITTLE DIGGING. HE WENT TO THE BACKYARD AND CALLED BACK THE NUMBER THAT HAD PLACED THE MYSTERIOUS CALL.
"I could hear the ring and I started going towards the sound, and found it out here in the garden."
TURNS OUT THE CULPRIT WAS MAYA, THE FAMILY'S FOUR-YEAR-OLD LAB. SHE HAD TAKEN THE PHONE WHICH WAS LEFT OUTSIDE AND MADE IT HER OWN PERSONAL LINE.
"In the midst of chewing on it, it happened to hit redial, called the man cell phone, and then the dog buried the phone in the backyard in the garden."
MYSTERY SOLVED AND LESSON LEARNED.
"I don't leave things out here. You know, that I don't want eaten up."
GARDNER'S RELIEVED THAT NO ONE WAS ROBBING HIM, AND IT LOOKS LIKE NOW THE WORST THING THAT WILL HAPPEN IS A LITTLE TIME FOR MAYA IN THE DOG HOUSE. >
It was a perfect day to get out and enjoy the weather...and a bit of the Mediterranean..right here in Central Georgia.
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church celebrates its 5th Annual Greek Festival this weekend...with food, music, faith, dancing, and fun.
Video Journalist Kimberly Burden gives you a peek.
The money raised from the festival goes back to the church and to the Children's Hospital.
The festival continues Sunday from 11am to 3pm.
The church is at 859 First Street in Macon.
That is the show for tonight... But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com.