Eyewitness News at Six: March 9, 2013

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Thank you for joining us.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.

Bo, Luke and Daisy came roaring through Peach County this weekend at the Dukes of Hazzard reunion and thousands of people from all over the country went to see them at the Middle Georgia Motor Speedway.
Austin Lewis gives us an inside look.
Troy nichols says he's here to get his General Lee lift...inked by the cast who made that car famous.
Troy Nichols, Presque Isle Maine: "I travelled 1523 miles to have this trunk lid signed....I want to see all of them no favorites."
Thousands of good ole boys and girls from all over the country lined up to see Bo, Cooter or the infamous Dodge Charger.
Mylie Rose, Garfield: "Because they have the General Lee."
Mylie Rose, Garfield: "Daisy she rides with Bo and Duke, Bo and Luke."
At the reunion, Daisy rode in a Centerville police car for a few minutes instead of the General Lee but she still made hearts flutter.
Nichols: "I am going to tell her that she looks just as beautiful as she did when she was in the TV series."
Jim Kamppi, Buford South Carolina: "It's great you know I am panicking I don't know what to say, I have a panic attack."
Some say the lines are worth it...to meet their favorite Hazzard and the goods to prove it even if they were a little tongue-tied.
Jason Atkinson, Fitzgerald: "I didn't know what to say when you meet a star from a TV show who you really don't know what to say I told him I've been waiting a long time to meet you all and I finally got it."
But Hazzard County wasn't just inside the tent a few look-alikes brought their own take on Hazzard County
Rusty Cash, Athens Tenn: "It was just just down to earth love it, it's just I couldn't wait every Friday night."
There was also plenty of food, lines of classic cars that filled up the raceway and even helicopters taking off inside the Middle Georgia Motor Speedway..
But at the end of the day it was about the Dukes for many fans, like Troy Nichols who finally got to meet the cast and take Hazzard County back home with them.
Austin Lewis 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
You can still catch the tail end of the Dukes of Hazzard reunion tomorrow.
The gates open at 10 a.m.

The first team into the N-C-A-A Tournament was decided over at Mercer this afternoon.
Courtney Lyle was there as the Bears hosted Florida Gulf Coast.
Jennifer.. Mercer hadn't made the NCAA Tournament since 1985.
They were 40 minutes away from a trip to the big dance at Hawkins Arena.
The Bears opened up with a long jumper from Travis Smith and shot out to an 11 to 3 lead.
It went back and forth from there with 13 lead changes in the first half.
Coming out of the locker room.. The Eagles built on their two point lead with four three-pointers in the first six minutes.
Junior Guard Brett Comer stepped out of his usual assists role to put up 21 points and grab conference tournament M-V-P honors.


Hundreds of central Georgians pulled together... literally... to raise money for the Houston County Special Olympics.
Over a dozen teams took a chance at pulling a 15 ton fire truck a distance of 40 feet.
Some teams were the city of Warner Robins... Flint Energies... and I was also there with the rest of our 13WMAZ crew.
Money raised from the event will support the Houston County Special Olympics...
as they continue to pick up from ten year hiatus of hosting the winter games in Houston County.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen, Warner Robins: "Warner Robins has always supported Special Olympics and the city has always worked with them and we really appreciate what everybody is doing out here to support this great cause."
Kevin Nipper, Flint Energies: "It's always a good part to get into... Letting everybody come together and raise money for a good time and a good cause."
Houston county will host the Special Olympics' summer games at the end of this month at Bonaire Middle School.
The regional summer games will take place in May in Atlanta.

The 26th annual Forsythia Festival was in full bloom this weekend.
Judy Le was in Forsyth to join in on the fun.
ma'am have you ever tried a fried oreo? Come on down and try one today. I promise you these are the best fried oreos. They're the only ones here today.
There were corndogs, chicken on a stick and fried goodness. Oh you can't leave out the homemade ice cream. The menu for the Forsythia Festival was bigger than ever.
Darlene Mclendon, Chamber of Commerce President: "Some are very loyal vendors who have been here many many years. And we have some very new vendors that we are excited about this year."
About 120 vendors took over the streets of Forsyth. With sunny weather ...The festival is expected to draw about 20-thousand people this weekend
Idus Smith, Bolingbroke - "There are certainly more people who come out every year. But it's a very family friendly atmosphere."
That's just what Idus Smith did with his family. It's a tradition they celebrate every year because it also falls on a very special day.
"The Forsythia Festival is around the 10 and that's my birthday so we all come for my birthday."
Jenny Worn, Sylvester - "She remembered everything about it from last year. And has been looking forward to coming back for several weeks."
From music at one end of the street to toyland at the other....the square was filled with activities the whole family could enjoy
This day was all about making memories and painting the town yellow
" I think we're coming back next year."
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
If you missed out on the fun today there's still a chance for you to check out the festival.
It ends tomorrow. For a schedule of events... check out this webstory at 13-wmaz-dot-com.

The White House Visitor center is canceling all tours starting today due to forced budget cuts.
An automated message at the visitor center's hotline is delivering the news.
This will help the agency save 74 thousand dollars a week.
That's the cost of paying 37 uniformed officers 50 dollars an hour each week to secure the tour route.
This adds up to roughly two million dollars a year.
Newt Gingrich tweeted, "Canceling white house tours is childish and dishonest.
The golf weekend in Florida cost enough to keep the White House open for months."

Happy Birthday, Barbie! The world's most popular doll is 54-years-old today.
Created by Ruth Handler, Barbie made her first appearance on March 9, 1959.
Since then, the doll has represented more than 40-nationalities,
She's had more than 130-careers...
And Barbie has worked with 75-different fashion designers.
Barbie's maker, Mattel, says there's a Barbie doll sold somewhere in the world every three seconds.


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