Our top story tonight..
Bibb County deputies ticketed the owner of two pit bulls who attacked a woman last week.
The sheriff's office says 20-year-old Amber Tripp was cited on two counts of failing to restrain her dogs and two counts of failing to inoculate them.
Those dogs reportedly escaped their pen last week while Tripp was on vacation.
A Bibb County deputy shot and killed those pit bulls after they attacked Tripp's neighbor....69-year old Margaret McNicholas.
She suffered wounds to the face...neck....legs and arms.
Both charges against Tripp are misdemeanors.
The GBI is trying to determine what happened to a Taylor County man..who's body was found outside a home in Reynolds.
Investigators say 58-year-old Richard "Buddy" Bell was found Sunday morning at 1500 Macon Road.
They say it appears a vehicle struck Bell...and he died sometime between Saturday night...and 8 a-m Sunday.
The GBI says it is interviewing witnesses...but so far..no one says they saw Bell get hit.
Anyone with information can call the GBI at 706-565-7888...again that number is 706-565-7888.
Warner Robins police say a homeowner shot a man...who broke into his home.
It happened around 1-30 Sunday morning at home in the 200 block of Thomas Boulevard.
Officers say 36-year-old Ronald Lewis Burnett was found unconscious on the ground outside the house
He was pronounced dead at the Houston Medical Center...from a gunshot wound to the chest.
According to investigators..Burnett tried to break into the house and the homeowner, 32-year-old Travis Lucas shot him.
Lucas has not been charged..
Georgia is a stand your ground state....that means you can use deadly force in self defense... Or to stop an intruder.
Warner Robins police say they're still investigating...and anyone with information on the case can 478-302-5387. That number again.....478-302-5387.
A public hearing about the Warner Robins City budget did not produce a lot of comments from the public today..
"There should be some information passed to the public so that we can see where the money is coming from and where its going to."
One concerned citizen did ask where a copy of the budget could be found.
It's located at the clerks office or on the council website.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen did not make a formal presentation at the meeting.
13WMAZ tried to talk to several council members afterward ... but all declined to comment.
The Mayor did touch on why city employees should get a three - percent pay raise
"If you get a three percent cola here, if you look over the last four years, is very fair for the employees. I hope that the council realizes that we're just looking for the last four years and we're looking to approve a budget with no tax increase."
A special budget meeting is scheduled for Thursday.
It's a new era as Bibb County School's welcomed a new leader - at least on a temporary basis...
Today..Steve Smith was sworn in as the county's interim Superintendent, replacing acting superintendent Suzanne Griffin Zeibart, who took over after the resignation of Romain Dallemand in February.
It was a homecoming for Smith, who worked for years in Bibb County as a teacher and principal at Central High School before taking Superintendent positions in Pulaski and Lowndes counties.
Smith begin his job facing a projected 18 million dollar budget shortfall.
He says he hopes to find ways to save money and maintain smaller class sizes.
" I don't believe in large class sizes. Places I've been in the past, we've worked to reduce it, but see you're working against a difficult situation. If you don't have the money, you can't very well do it, but my goal is to reduce the teacher-people ratio and I can't tell you how that will be done, but we'll start that process very quickly."
Steve Smith said he wants to "heal the wounds" of the past, including what he called a negative perception of the School Board..and the best way to do that is from the inside out.
"There's nothing more critical than that relationship in that classroom between the teacher and the student. Students are the most important people we deal with and teachers are second in line of the most important people we deal with. And I want to do whatever I can to establish a good relationship between the teachers and students because that will enable to be more successful on a very quick manner."
Smith says he plans to take the signature initiative of his predecessor, Romain Dallemand..The "Macon Miracle" plan.
"I think there's a lot of the Macon Miracle that has a lot of merit to it. They're many of the same things people are being done in many other school systems across the state. I may not have called it the same thing, but I think a lot of what is consists of is wise."
Smith says he still has to learn more about the Macon Miracle's Mandarin Chinese program before learning how to handle it.... Smith will serve in the office for up to year, and says he does not want to be considered for the permanent Superintendent spot.
Just when we thought it was over... The Independence Celebration in Warner Robins will go on.
The city... A civic group... Businesses and part of the Band of the Air Force Reserve pulled together to make it happen.
Lorra Lynch Jones explains why they didn't want the star spangled concert to fade into memory.
The fireworks last boom last year... Was supposed to be the last Warner Robins Independence Celebration.
The concert's sponsor... Air Force Reserve Command... felt budget cuts... Forcing its band to disband.
But some locals said... the show.. It must go on.
"We need to come together to make this happen."
Allen Tatman lead the charge.
He's president of the Civitan Club... Lights the concerts fireworks display.. and attended the first show 31 years ago.
"Kind of lost track of time."
Mayor Chuck Shaheen thinks he was there, too.
"I can't remember. I'm sure I was. I was just a mere child 31 years ago."
Foggy memories aside.. Shaheen and Tatman agreed the city's flagship event shouldn't be history.
Council pledged 30-thousand in support... Businesses donated 55-thousand.
"Not one business told us no."
They recruited 70's band... Stillwater... And singer Bobbie Eakes. Both with Warner Robins roots... and a desire to help.
"This is our hometown. This our town and we want contribute, too."
They'll perform alongside a portion of the Band of the Air Force Reserve.
Some of them still stationed at Robins.
"With all the sequester going on, they were not able to fund it. That's ok. We've told them this year, we are here to honor them."
So July 3rd... Roll out your picnic blanket... And wave old glory.
The Independence Concert plays on.
In Warner Robins Lorra Lynch Jones 13WMAZ Eyewitness.
As always.. The concert will be free.
Gates at McConnell-Talbert Stadium open at 6 p.m.
The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tatman promises the largest fireworks display in the event's history.
"You know, something must have gone wrong, horribly wrong."
"They weren't out there doing any kind of haphazard adrenaline junkie kind of thing. They were doing real scientific research.
The latest round of severe weather in Oklahoma killed at least 17 people..including three experienced storm chasers.
"What if a supercell tornado formed out there and we miss it. that would be absolutely disastrous. So we have to give it a try. We just have to give it a try."
"The fire is taking off, and we're having air craft air tankers, helicopters in the air trying to slow the progression of this fire."
In Southern California...firefighters are battling a wildfire that's consumed 46 square miles of mountains and canyons.
The flames have destroyed a half dozen homes and threatens hundreds more.
"It's really said watching my mom cry because she just knew she was going to wind up losing her house."
"Do you feel like the I-R-S has betrayed the trust of the American people?"
"I do, Mister Chairman. I think that's why I'm thinking of this in terms of my primary mission is to restore that trust."
The acting head of the Internal Revenue Service says the agency will clean up its mess.
Daniel Werfel was in the hot seat today..as congressmen grilled him about the way the I-R-S paid extra attention to tax exempt applications from conservative groups.
While lawmakers focused on the IRS...President Obama focused on mental health..hosting a couple of Hollywood heavy hitters.
Danielle Nottingham reports the conference is part of the response to last year's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
Academy-award nominated actress Glenn Close is at the White House talking about the need to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
"EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM NEEDS TO WORK TO START THE CONVERATION AND END IT."
The actress's sister and nephew have both been diagnosed with mental health disorders.
"IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE TO START TALKING ABOUT IT AND IF YOU HAVE THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY IN DOING THAT. YOU ARE TAKING A HUGE STEP TOWARD YOUR OWN RECOVERY."
Close and Actor Bradley Cooper - who portrayed a bipolar character in "Silver Linings Playbook" - are helping to raise awareness.
"IT IS UP TO ALL OF US TO HELP. I WANT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION. "
"60-percent of people with mental illness don't get help. The White House wants to change that. "
President Obama pushed for a new focus on mental health treatment.. as well as gun control.. after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
"IT'S ABOUT ELEVATING THE CONVERSTAION TO A NATIONAL LEVEL AND BRINGING MENTAL ILLNESS OUT OF THE SHADOW WE WANT TO LET PEOPLE SUFFERING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS KNOW THEY ARE NOT ALONE."
Beginning next year people with mental illness will have an easier time getting health insurance. Under the affordable care act patients with mental issues can't be denied coverage. President Obama's 2014 budget also calls for 130-million dollars to help train educators to recognize early signs of mental illness in students.
Danielle Nottingham, CBS News, the White House.
Mental illness is also an issue for veterans..President Obama announced that V-A centers nationwide will hold summits to address mental health in the military community.
The delayed Farm Bill gives hope to Georgia farmers, but could hurt some residents receiving food stamps.
Georgia's proposed Farm Bill, if passed, would remove recipients under the Supplemental Assistance Program.
Lawmakers in Washington wish to revitalize federal farm and nutrition programs, which expired in 2012.
The House version of the bill contains the language that would affect those receiving public assistance.
As Americans..many of us may take for granted what's on our dinner table..
But for many people around the world...hunger is a daily reality.
Today....volunteers at the South Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church packaged more than 30,000 Stop Hunger Now mobile meals.
The meal contain vitamins, soy flour, rice, and vegetables.
Each bag contains six meals that will be used in crisis situations and in feeding programs around the world.
"It wasn't until I went to Africa and I realized how little people had. It was fun. It feels like I'm helping and making a difference in the world."
Stop Hunger Now's vision is to have a world without hunger.
According to their website... they have packaged more than 100 million meals to date.