Eyewitness News at 11, October 17, 2012

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"As more and more of these developments take place, the pattern is going to emerge and all of a sudden people will say aha look at downtown macon it is a vibrant urban core that serves as a hub city for the middle Georgia region."
Columbus was the state's first consolidated government and Tomlinson congratulated Macon and Bibb for following suit.  
"It reduces the bureaucracy, it greatly increases your efficiency."
But reichert says the revitalization checklist goes beyond consolidation-- he wants to see the second street corridor plan implemented, and a connection between I-75 and I-16. He also wants to improve and bolster the Middle Georgia regional airport.
Though the work may seem daunting, Tomlinson was there to offer hope. 
"There are those times when you think you're doing everything you can and it's just not happening yet, but a lot of things bubble under the surface... And so you never know exactly what its gong to be but once it happens, your community is never the same, you're on that trajectory to a whole other chapter in your city's history it's a very exciting thing to see."
Some Macon leaders say their city is already on that trajectory. 
Candace Adorka 13 wmaz eyewitness news. 
That NewTown Macon meeting was in the parking garage next to the Dannenberg building. 
It's building is being renovated, and organizers used it as a back drop to share milestones from the last 5 years.  
For instance, the group says they've helped restore more than 20 historic buildings, bring in more than 60 new businesses, and they're on the way to adding a thousand new residents to the downtown area. 
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The Transition Task Force broke down their first budget numbers for the Macon-Bibb merger.
Katelyn Heck explains some of the proposed prices and other decisions made in today's meeting.
93-thousand dollars... That's how much the transition task force agreed to shell out for a technology consulting firm.
That company will be in charge of evaluating the city's and county's current system and developing a new public safety and administration software.
It's something County Commissioner Elmo Richardson... Who heads up the technology committee... Says needs to be taken care of quickly.
"It takes a while to enter all of the information and get it all into one system, even though you'll continue to operate independently, you will be linked in some respect so we hope to have the new system in place by fall so by January 1st, 2014 it will be fully operational."
Yes, Richardson said January FIRST 2014.... That's two weeks before the consolidation legislation said the new government will start.
But the transition team says bumping up the date... Will save a lot of headaches, paperwork, and money.
"Well, that will prevent the city and county from having to do duplicate W-2s and tax kind of issues for county and city employees for that first 14 days of the new year in the first year."
The task force also decided to make Macon City Hall the official home of the new government. They will move the municipal court from the first floor of city hall to the 4th floor of the county courthouse.
The transition team also heard proposals from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government for services like developing the code of ordinances, financial analysis, and personnel compensation plans.
Both agencies gave line item prices so the task force can choose which services they want to pay for.
Each of their proposals totaled near 240-thousand dollars.
The city and county will have to split the cost of the services as well as any other funds approved by the transition team.
Katelyn Heck 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
The Laws, Facilities, and Human Resources committee members say they're still working on budget proposals to submit to the task force.
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  A federal inspector is expected to visit the Macon Gardens apartments tomorrow...
   That's according to HUD agency spokesman..Joseph Phillips.
    This is a story we've been following for several weeks...after tenants complained about poor living conditions...
       Since our reports...there has been visible change. roads are paved....sidewalks are smoothed...and some tenants say they are relieved.
      According to Phillips...a federal inspector will randomly select apartments to inspect.
        The report will be based on cleanliness and the quality of life.
    Tenants received notice of the inspection a week ago...and some say that's when management stepped up maintenance.
"HUD is on their way out here so I think they're trying to get things situated. They've been wheeling and dealing all day long,pretty much all week long."
"They did new insulation, new hot water heater, they're putting in new carpet."
   Philips first said the inspectors would come today... but now says they'll visit the complex tomorrow.
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    The results are in and it looks like President Obama won the latest debate...
      A CNN/ORC poll shows that 46 percent of those who watched last night's town hall debate gave the victory to the President... compared to 39 percent to Governor Romney..
    With less than a month to election day and one more debate on the agenda.. both candidates were back at work.
     Elizabeth Corridan reports on how messages from last night's debate translated on the campaign trail today.
<IT'S BACK TO THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. 
AFTER A NIGHT OF SPIRITED SPARRING... 
Not true Gov. Romney. 
So how much did you cut? 
Not true. 
...PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY TOOK THE TALKING POINTS THEY BATTLED OVER TUESDAY NIGHT TO BATTLEGROUND STATES. 
THE PRESIDENT RIDING HIS POST-DEBATE MOMENTUM TO IOWA. 
Let's recap what we learned last night.  His tax plan doesn't add up.  His jobs plan doesn't create jobs. His deficit reduction plan adds to the deficit. 
BOTH CANIDATES MADE STRONG PITCHES TO WOMEN. 
THE PRESIDENT SPORTING A PINK BRACELET IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. 
ROMNEY HAD THIS MESSAGE AT A RALLY IN VIRGINIA. 
Help me find a good job, help my spouse find a good job. And help my kid, make sure my children have a bright future. That's what the women in America are concerned about and the answers are coming from us, not Barack Obama. 
IN OHIO, THE ROMNEY-RYAN TICKET BROUGHT ALONG A LITTLE REPUBLICAN STAR POWER. 
We are all going to work very very hard to make sure that vision, that leadership and that integrity that we see in Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is available to America in these troubled times. 
VOTERS HEARD A MUCH DIFFERENT MESSAGE FROM VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN IN COLORADO 
The President and I intend to keep this momentum moving and lead this nation forward. 
WITH POLLS SHOWING EACH CANDIDATE NOTCHING A WIN IN THE FIRST TWO DEBATES, NEXT WEEK'S FINAL SHOWDOWN IS A MUST WIN. >
   Tonight's web poll asks who you think won the debate..
   So far... 71 percent of you say  Romney and 29 percent say President Obama.
      To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.
   Look for the question on the right side of the homepage
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      If you attended the Georgia National Fair last week... And stopped by the Fine Arts department... You may have seen a horse.
    But It's not your average horse.
hat's Donnie Wright... wheeling out his masterpiece... Salvador.
     The iron sculpture stood on display at the Georgia National Fair for two weeks... And caught the attention of many.
     Including the judges for the amateur art contest.
" It did receive fine art amateur first place and also best of show... And I got an award from Joy and Ken Rainer... The award of merit."
     Wright says it took him close to 4 months to build Salvador...
     He scoped out iron scrap yards... Looking for each piece.
     He says they each represent something special about horses... Including their roles in our society.
"It was transportation.  It was a farm animal. It was a lot of different things in life and some of these... It was a working tool and it has tools in it."


" I love that he took the license plates.  He incorporated the past with the present.  The horse looks like a real horse when you're looking at it."
     Besides the license plate... Can you figure out what some of the other items are?
     Most are antique items that some people would cherish.
     Others cherish the sculpture as a whole.
     As for Donnie... he's taking Salvador to his new home... and preparing for his next work of art.
" We would love to have more of his work.  It's just beautiful and we were just thrilled.  It was the show stopper this year. "
     Salvador already has a new home.
     A couple in Byron purchased it... for an undisclosed amount.



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