That's county commissioner Lonzy Edwards... talking about what he calls chaos...
over elections for Macon-Bibb County's consolidated government.
Hello, everyone I'm Frank Malloy.
And I'm Leah Johnson.
The last word today...seems to be...those elections will happen in September.
We'll update you live in just a moment.
But first...we have severe weather to talk about...and want to begin in the weather center with Chief Meteorologist Ben Jones.
Thanks Ben. We'll talk to you again a little later in this newscast.
Now back to new information...on the consolidated election... In Macon and Bibb County.
It appears those will happen in September.
Austin Lewis is live at the board of elections on Pio Nono Avenue tonight...with an explanation of what happened this afternoon.
Austin Lewis, thank you for the update
Earlier today - a candidate for the District 4 seat in the new Macon-Bibb Consolidated government filed a lawsuit.. Mallory Jones Filed the federal suit.. Asking a federal judge to order the election on July 16..or as soon as possible after that.
As you just hear from Austin Lewis - Bibb County's board of elections voted to set the date for September 17...
That overturned an earlier vote by Bibb County Commissioners to set the date for November 5..Commissioner Lonzy Edwards thinks voters are better served by the November date..
<lonzy Edwards, Bibb Commissioner: To me, it's about the politics of the matter, and I think it serves the interest of the community best in order to maximize participation, and I think November is more likely to do that than September. >
Joe Allen wanted a September date but said he's okay with November..
< Joe Allen, Bibb Commissioner: I thought that November would've been a perfect time because everyone of the elections had been in November. And when the attorney in the meeting we were having told us that the earliest vote that we could have was on September 17th and what the law read, then I had to go by what the law said >
If today's board of election vote stands...qualifying for the fall election will be held...august fifth through seventh. If any runoffs are needed...they would be october 15th.
An overnight confrontation in East Macon has landed three people in jail.
Elise Brown tells us what happened.
13-year-old Reginald Flowers was at this Hawkinsville Avenue apartment around 11 Wednesday night when a fight broke out.
<and then we all ran outside and we was just standing there looking. Then when my brother preston ran up and tried to help my sister Katonya.>
Ronea Foster...who rents the apartment... says the noise woke up she and her boyfriend Davarius.
<we were laying in the house sleep. We heard fighting. We heard shooting. My boyfriend he got up and opened the door and looked out and came back in. >
According to a Macon Police ...a man told police that he was assaulted and shot at.
When police arrived at the apartment...a neighbor told police that there were several people inside...including children.
Police say they tried to speak to the people inside...knocking on the door and asking them to come out.
Foster says she didn't answer the door... because she was scared.
She later learned that neighbors told police...there were hostages inside.
<they lied about me being held hostage and that never even occurred in the situation. And I don't like that.>
Several women and children left the home...and told officers there was nobody left inside.
Police had a warrant...and went into Foster's home around 3 a.m.
They found three people hiding in the attic...Davarius and his two siblings.
<my two brothers and my sister. Went in the attic? Yes maam. To hide? Yes maam. And was it because they were scared? They were scared that they were going to jail. >
Katonya and Davarius Curry are charged with aggravated assault and violating probation.
Preston Curry was also charged with aggravated assault.
Elise Brown, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Police say the damaged ceiling is due to a suspect who was combative.
The ceiling is now being fixed.
The three Currys are still in the Bibb County jail.
Tonight... we have new information on why the Rainbow Center in Macon doesn't have the money to stay open.
Today.... Director Michael Leon told us... It's because of a missed deadline for a grant application.
Leon says the state Department of Community Affairs grant is for 750-thousand dollars... Almost 90 percent of his budget.
He took the blame for the mixup.... saying he expected there would be an extension on the deadline but there wasn't.
Without the grant... the Rainbow House will have to close at the end of October.
<us missing the deadline doesn't preclude us from applying again next year, but it's the time between now and then. What's going to happen to them then? Yes, we could probably get some other organizations to pick them up, but there are a lot of them out there and it's a whole year that we aren't going to be able to provide services.>
The non-profit organization started 27 years ago... As a place for people with AIDS-HIV to get help.
Right now... Leon says around 50 families rely on the Rainbow House for housing... Care... and transportation.
One couple with ties to Central Georgia was glad to hear about Wednesday's Supreme court decisions regarding gay marriage.
Laura and Rachel Cascada now live in Virginia, but we first met them last summer, when they said the Telegraph refused to publish their wedding announcement because they're both women.
Eventually the paper did run their announcement in August - a day after their wedding ceremony.
We spoke with Laura Cascada by phone from Virginia, where the couple now lives.
<Laura Cascada: "It's a little sad knowing that we're not legally married here in Virginia, but we both changed our last name to the same name, it means waterfall in Spanish so it's kind of like a way for us to start our new life together.. so that kind of gave us some mroe recognition to the fact that we are married.">
Laura said she was happy to see even a small step forward in the fight for marriage equality for all citizens.
<Laura Cascada: "You know it's a natural thing for our society to progress, we've seen huge advancements in civil rights and women's rights and I think this is the next thing. You know every big change, it takes time. There are places like Macon where people maybe aren't as open, which is why we had trouble placing our announcement last year. But there are big cities, there are places up north where this has just become accepted so I think it just takes time for the whole country to get on board.">
Phone calls to the the Telegraph to find out what their policy is about same-sex wedding announcements were not returned.
Tonight... Twitter trouble for Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy...when the known conservative failed to delete a tweet on the DOMA ruling... before it went viral.
According to sister station WXIA.. Cathy typed these words yesterday...about the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage:
"sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our generation to abandon wisdom of the ages regarding cornerstone of strong societies."
Cathy later deleted it, saying he realized his views didn't necessarily represent the views of all customers...but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times.
Chick-fil-A issued a statement late Wednesday...saying it was more concerned with providing great tasting food and genuine hospitality to everyone.
There is a house in jones county that weathered the civil war ... But now is in danger of being destroyed.
Judy Le sat down with a family member to talk about the past ... Present ... And future of the Hunt House.
As Hank Hunt thumbs through his family history ...
<that's my grandaddy, I had never seen him before. Looks like jackie gleason doesn't he?>
He learns something new ... In an effort to save something old.
<to tear down the hunt house, it's almost the same as tearing down Mount Vernon>
The house belonged to Jesse Hunt in 1841... But was sold when he died.
After a series of owners ... the Hunt House fell into the hands of John Wieters. But family members have other plans for the house
<ideally it would be to renovate the house where its at and save it>
From a quick message from the owner ...(txt msg) The house is sold. But it's hard for Hunt to believe because previous sales have fallen through. Wieters also expressed to him a more terrible fate for the house...
<how much is a house worth if you tear it down? How much do you get for scrap lumber? >
Hunt and other family members have reached out to the owner with offers ...
< he doesn't want to sell the house and the land together. He wants the house off of the property>
<standup - it would take 25-50 thousand dollars to move this house onto another property. Hunt offered to move this house onto his property 8 miles from here>
<are you afraid to lose this battle? Yes I am. I'm not afraid to lose, i'm willing to fight a good fight. >
The Hunt house even survived the Civil War and it still stands in the exact site 203 years later ....
<standup - i called the owner, but he didn't respond, so I don't have permission to go beyond this gate. From here, you can barely make out the house. But if you walk down the street, you'll get a better view of the back of the house >
For Hunt ... Saving his family house is saving a piece of american history.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news
Hunt hopes the house can be saved..