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I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
Some parts of Jones County is dried out and it's not because of drought. Earlier today, Judy Le talked to a family that quenches their thirst in a different way.
Judy Le - "In the southern part of jones county, there are about 1,000 people living off hwy 49 from pitts chapel to hwy 18 who do not have county water. They rely on wells."
Ken Harrell, Gray - "My great grandmother, she passed away ten years ago. She was 94. Never had running water out here."
Ken Harrell and his family have lived in Gray for a little over 20 years. He struck gold in only two tries.
"The first well I drilled was actually dry and all that expense, I think it was 600 feet deep and all we got was surface water that had a bad foul smell to it. We had to drill a second time and got luckier and got a pretty good water supply."
Drilling takes a lot of luck...Harrell says it took his mother a dozen tries to dig a reliable water source.
The rock in the ground is so hard it makes the land dry. That's because there are no fractures or fissures in the granite for moisture to travel through the rocks.
Tommy Robinson, Commissioner - "They're having to haul water. Some buy water and bring it home and some take five gallon jugs and as many as they can carry in a vehicle and fill them up and bring them home."
Others...are like the Harrell family...with a well that's about 250 feet deep.
Ken - "We don't really have to bring it in. We have a tank that's under the house. We just turn on the faucet and it's like what you have in the city."
Wells are expensive to maintain because it's dependent on electricity.
"Thats probably the biggest thing. You're trying to go to work, you can't get a shower because the powers out. You have to find an alternate way to shower. (what are some alternate ways ya'll have found) Other family members that have running water at the time or a motel. That's the only option."
Jones County Commissioners are surveying residents to target the problems in surrounding areas.
Residents might see change after the next splot is passed in 2015. Judy le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
This affects residents living off Hwy 49 on streets such as Morris Stevens Road, Kitchens Road and Childs Road.
More than 200 people are dead after flames erupted at the popular Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria early this morning (sunday).
You're looking at the scene of a massive nightclub fire in southern Brazil
A civil defense official says it appears most of the victims died from smoke inhalation.
Officials believe hundreds of people were hurt, but they don't have an exact number yet.
Authorities say the fire started after insulation in the club caught fire.
There was a pyrotechnics show going on inside at the time.
But officials don't know yet if that's what caused the fire.
A moment of silence was observed at a church outside Atlanta for those killed in that fire in Brazil.
The church in Marietta is attended by many people from Brazil.
The early morning fire that broke out in the popular night club really hit home for some.
Rev Paulo Mendes: "We don't expect from celebration such tragedy like this and we really sad, hard feeling."
Richard Hartley: "People do know people from there, relatives and friends. We just hope and pray for the best in the community there."
The investigation into the fire is ongoing.
Police say an Arizona man threatened to blow up the iconic Liberty Bell in Philadelphia Saturday.
Now 41-year-old Carlos Balsas has been charged with making terroristic threats, bomb threats and several other offenses.
According to police, he made the threats as he entered the historic site.
Later, two black backpacks were found though the bomb squad determined there were no explosives in them.
The cracked bell is considered a monument to American independence.
Georgia Power is looking for ways to reduce it's reliance on coal.
The company is set to release a 20-year energy plan Thursday which is expected to lay out a plan for future power production.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that 70 percent of Georgia Power's fuel came from coal five years ago but that's down to 47 percent now.
The change comes as Georgia Power's parent, the Southern Co., and other utilities are being pushed by environmental rules to rely less on coal.
Georgia Power won approval to buy electricity produced by natural gas from its sister company Southern Power and possible sign of its future plans.
After cancelling their meeting on Thursday, The Bibb County Board of Education has rescheduled for this coming Thursday, January 31 at 5 p.m.
The board called off the original meeting an hour beforehand last week because not everyone essential was available.
The group decided to meet soon after word from inside the school board that Superintendent Romain Dallemand offered to leave if the board buys out his contract.
Two board members have confirmed to 13WMAZ Dallemand made that offer.
The only agenda item is a closed executive session, which could include discussions about personnel.
You can trust 13WMAZ will have the latest news on that meeting as soon as it breaks online at 13WMAZ dot com.
If you have mail to send out, get ready to shell out an extra penny.
Starting today (Sunday), the price of postage increases by a cent.
First class stamps will now cost you 46 cents, while postcards prices go up to 33 cents.
Sending mail out of the country will cost you even more change.
International mailing will cost one dollar and 10 cents.
That's up from 85 cents to Canada and Mexico and a dollar and five cents to other international destinations.
The hike in postage prices come as the U-S Postal Service continues to struggle financially.
The school shootings at sandy hook elementary school last december made worldwide headlines and drew media from all over the world.
the huge crime scene prompted police to block a lot of the area streets, cutting off access to local businesses. Now, some of those businesses are fighting to get customers and profits back. Kate Rayner has more.
Sharon Doherty/PJ's Laundromat: "I own the laundry mat back here. It's called PJ laundry mat. We've been here for about 11 years, and like many of the other businesses we we're affected by this as well because people couldn't get in and do their laundry on a regular basis."
SHARON DOHERTY IS COMING TOGETHER WITH OTHER SANDY HOOK BUSINESS OWNERS... TO BRING A LITTLE BUSINESS BACK TO TOWN.
BECAUSE SINCE THE TRAGIC SCHOOL SHOOTING MORE THAN A MONTH AGO... SHE SAY ITS BEEN TOUGH....
Sharon Doherty/PJ's Laundromat: "Our business hasn't quite gotten back to where is was before, so were hoping with this cash mob it will bring awareness."
STORES PUT THEIR OWN SIGNS... SAYING CASH MOB... COME ON IN.
KATE RAYNER STANDUP: "The concept is simple, spend 20 dollars at one of these stores, but these business owners say it's about much more than that, its about getting people back to downtown Sandy Hook."
Marci Benitez/Family Fun Cuts Owner: "The hope is to bring a little happiness into the town. You know bring back some smiles and let people know that we're not going to let this bring us down."
MARCI BENITEZ SAYS SHE THINKS THE CASH MOB WILL HELP. SHE SAYS ITS NOT JUST ABOUT HER BOTTOM LINE... BUT GETTING PEOPLE BACK IN HER SALON AGAIN..
Marci Benitez/Family Fun Cuts Owner: "We're excited to be a part of it we live here in Sandy Hook and our daughter goes to Sandy Hook school and so it's great to support the community because everyone's done so much."
SANDY HOOK RESIDENTS SAY IT'S GOOD FOR THEM TOO... BECAUSE IT GIVES THEM A REASON TO RETURN TO THAT PART OF TOWN.
Jackie Mariano/Newtown Resident: "We came out here to support the cash mob and let Sandy Hook know that this little village is still part of Newtown."
ALTHOUGH THIS TOWN MAY NEVER BE COMPLETELY HEALED... RESIDENTS HERE SAY COMING TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE IS A BIG STEP.
Everyday you trust that the things you bring into your home are safe for you and your family but when those products don't work the way they should the company issues a recall to protect you.
Implus Footcare is recalling their perfect resistance bands because they can detach from the mesh cloth loops posing an injury hazard to the user.
The company has received 12 reports of the bands detaching. Including injuries to the back, hand and eye.
The resistance bands were sold exclusively at Walmart for between 13 and 17 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-446-7587.
American Signature incorporated is recalling their Hayward Push back reclining chairs because they can tip backwards when used in it's fully reclined position... Posing a fall hazard.
No incidents were reported to the company and the chairs were sold exclusively at Value City Furniture stores and american signature furniture stores from June 20-12 to August 20-12 for 150 dollars.
For more information call 1-800-743-4577.
Dolan Northwest is recalling their Burien Floor lamps because the on-off foot switch on the lamps can fail and melt resulting in shock and fire hazards.
The firm has received three reports of the switch melting. One resulted in property damage.
The lamps were sold at Seattle Lighting, Globe lighting and online at destination lighting dot com... From November 20-10 through September 20-12 for around 190 dollars.
For more information call 1-888-213-5758.
That's it for this week's recall wrap. For more information on recalled products visit our website 13wmaz dot com.
Look for the features dropdown menu on our homepage and select recalls.
Hundreds of dogs showed off some wild costumes -- as they paraded through the french quarter today.
With crowds enjoying the beautiful skies, and breezy, warm temperatures. The mystic krewe of barkus highlighted a nice lineup of sunday parades.
scott satchfield reports.
A celebration carrying that familiar Carnival spirit, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus marches to its own, unique beat.
This parade is all about the pups.
Lisa Schully: "We love it. It's a beautiful day and we have all our dogs out here, having a great time, very festive."
From the simple, to the elaborate, today, krewe dogs and their owners showed off plenty of clever costume creations.
No name: "It's just the greatest Mardi Gras event. I am Bienville and this is my mistress of Bienville and these are our wonderful puppies who came to found New Orleans back in 1718."
Mandy Pizzuto: "It's been fun. We brought the dogs, the daughter, we got the boilin' pot. We're ready for crawfish season."
Pizzuto: "We got hot crawdogs instead of crawdads."
A krewe that first began parading in 1993, Barkus has grown to become a local favorite.
And today, parade-goers came out in large numbers -- lining the streets -- as this caravan of canines wound its way through the French Quarter once again.
Pizzuto: "We were surprised to see how many people came out. It is huge. Huge. Good time."
Tomas Garcia: "This is one of the most unique things about living here, without a doubt, so, we're having a great time."
Let's take a look at the top three movies at the box office this weekend...
Hansel and Gretel, Witch hunters featuring Jeremy Renner takes the top spot...
followed by the supernatural thriller "mama" staring Jessica Chastain...
and the Silver Linings Playbook featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawerance... rounds off the top three.
That is the show for tonight. We'll see you back here at 5 for Eyewitness News Mornin...
But the news is always on at 13wmaz dot com.
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