movies, playful entertainment centers, restaurants people just won't be able to do it anymore."
Furloughs begin at Robins Air Force Base...but the effects extend beyond the gates on the base.
Thank you for joining us.
I'm Kenny Burgamy. Frank Malloy has the evening off.
Our top story tonight.... Furlough days will impact most civilian defense employees at Robins.
Workers are required to take one day off... Without pay... for 11 straight weeks.
Jennifer Moulliet spoke to one woman who's trying to help bridge the financial gap... That those furloughs will bring.
Kim Thompson... A unit program coordinator for the 52nd combat communications unit on Robins Air Force base... says fear set in... when she found out she would be furloughed... from her job.
the financial aspect of it is very scary... Losing twenty percent of your income is serious.
Especially when you're a single mom of three.
i'll be losing about six hundred dollars a month in pay
That's when she turned to her mom... Cindy.
<i just said what do you think about me coming to work for you on fridays?>
Thompson's mother... Cindy holmes is the president of Greenway Insurance in Warner Robins.
you know she can't deduct one day a week from her rent or one day a week from her child care she's still got to pay all of those bills so this is a way for her to kind of offset that impact >
She says the impact of the furloughs is scary...Because a lot of her clients are civilian employees on robins.
they have to have car insurance they have to have house insurance how are they going to make those ends meet
there's going to be a lot of cutback in the house for the next three months
And over the next 90 days .. Instead of working on the base... Thompson will spend each friday here.
Her mother hopes more businesses offer the same opportunity for others facing furloughs.
every one of those people that are employed on robins you know have skills that can be used on this side of the fence just as easy as they can on that side
i'm very thankful she's letting me come work for her
in warner robins... Jennifer moulliet 13wmaz eyewitness news.
Holmes says her insurance agency is prepared to work with her clients... Through their lack of income because of those furloughs.
Retired Gen. Robert McMahon, head of the 21st Century Partnership, estimates that the furloughs at Robins will take $50 million out of the Central Georgia economy.
The Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare had an Independence Day Adoption Special last week ... Where fees for spayed or neutered animals were waived. One man took advantage of the deal ... But says he was left short-changed.
Judy Le has more.
When Irving Martinez adopted Lexy from Macon-Bibb Animal Welfare ..
<the most smartest beautiful little animal about 8 weeks old ... No more than 6 to 8 weeks old>
There were some warning signs that his newest family member was sick ...
<she was vomiting and defecating in the car>
He took her to the veterinarian... And she was diagnosed with Parvo. It's a highly contagious virus among puppies.
Three days later ..
<here she is alive and here she is dead from parvo>
<standup - martinez spent about $90 on medicine for Lexy and as you can see, the tubes are still full. There's also about $30 worth of food and supplies left untouched >
Martinez contacted Sarah Tenon ... The shelter's director ... about a possible Parvo outbreak
we look to see if they're eating, they're drinking. We watch poop all day long because it has a distinct smell. Unfortunately in Lexy's case, we didn't see those signs >
Tenon tested the remaining puppies after finding out about Lexy's case.
we do have one case of parvo here at the shelter>
To prevent a Parvo outbreak... Tenon euthanized five puppies and put the shelter on quarantine.
<it breaks my heart that my little dog died the way she did>
Owners who adopted puppies from the shelter were then notified of Martinez's heartbreak.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news
Tenon says animals ... including Lexy ... are given a basic 5-in-1 shot when they first arrive at the shelter.
It's a way to prevent Parvo. But there are no guarantees.
A Warner Robins man is dead and his brother is in jail...after a fight.
Warner Robins police say it happened early Saturday morning in the 100 block of Mobley Court.
Police say 34-year-old Jason Vonsteenburgh argued with his 22--year-old brother, Joshua...and knocked him down on the concrete driveway.
Joshua Vonsteenburg died at a hospital from head injuries..
Jason Vonsteenburg is being held at the Houston County jail...charged with aggravated battery-family violence.
But police say the case will be turned over to the District Attorney's office for further review.
Two people were found dead in a Pulaski County home on Friday.
GBI investigators hope to learn whether it was a double homicide or a murder-suicide.
The bodies were in a waterfront home on Riverview Drive in Hawkinsville next to the Ocmulgee River.
Investigators haven't released the names of the victims, until an autopsy is completed.
We'll update this story when more details are available...at 13WMAZ-dot-com.
A former Bibb County political candidate and ex-Democratic Party chair...pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Jones County today.
That's according to Gail Broach.. the chief deputy clerk.
Danny Glover, earlier this year, was in the race for a consolidated commission seat...but dropped out after news surfaced he was found with marijuana in his car.
He said...it wasn't his...but that he'd take responsibility for it anyway.
According to the court clerk, he will have to pay more than 11-hundred dollars...work 40 hours of community service...and go on probation for a year.
Today... He gave us this statement...
"i'd like to thank all who have supported me during this chapter, which I am happy to bring to a close. Now, we all can get back to the work that needs to be done in Macon-Bibb."
Glover qualified this spring to run for the new District 3 seat on the Bibb County Commission...but dropped out after that drug charge came to light.
The Warner Robins Independence Concert is officially canceled... But it may *not* be too late for the fireworks to happen.
Organizer Allen Tatmann says the concert can't happen this year...because there's just not enough money to set-up the stage... Lighting.... and sound a third time.
He says they spent the 80-thousand dollars donated for the show.. From the city and private sponsors.
Tatmann says since they bought the fireworks... They'd like to give the community that portion of the show.
Finding a date and time might be tough.. He said... With football season approaching at McConnell-Talbert.
They'll also have to come up with 56-hundred dollars to pay the fireworks company to set them up again.
Tatmann says he hopes to have a new fireworks show date in the next few days.
As for the possibility of an Independence Celebration next year.. Tatman says he believes its an important community event that needs to continue.... But he does say, it's going to take more organizational support for it to go on.
Amidst the dreary weather we've seen...Several Macon buildings are going to get a splash of color
A contest sponsored by Benjamin Moore paint company is bringing new paint... To downtown.
Main Street Matters... opened competition to 130 cities in the US and Canada.
Despite entering the contest two weeks late... Macon was one of the top twenty cities...during an online vote.
by layering this grant on top of that, we're really going to have a fantastic looking block with new streetscapes and new sidewalks, and things like that... In addition we'll have newly painted facades with fresh coats of paint.
Benjamin Moore will provide a new paint job for store fronts on second street downtown....between cherry and poplar.
Main Street Macon Manager... Mechel McKinley...explains the importance of combining this program... with the Second Street improvement Project.
You may know Victoria Rowell as Drucilla...on the Young and the Restless.
She's been nominated for Emmys and was a fixture on daytime TV for years. But her trip to Macon isn't about signing autographs.
On Eyewitness News at Five tonight...she explained how her passion for foster care...brought her to Central Georgia.
at the Douglass Theater Day Camp, I went and did a mini-dance workshop today with the kids and that was tremendous fun. I did a luncheon at the Bibb County welcome center, and after we leave the station, we'll hit the road at St. Paul episcopal church, and then tonight, we have a community round table at 7pm... At the Buck Melton Community Center on Anthony Road. >
And again here's the information and the address for that event... 7 p.m. Tonight
A side note...this is a very personal cause for Rowell. The actress herself spent 18 years in the foster system as a child...and told us...it saved her life.
El Azteca... A Mexican restaurant on Tom Hill Senior Boulevard in Macon...Closed nearly two years ago.
The preliminary stages of the structure's demolition began today.
Georgia Environmental Group, Inc., started site preparations today for tearing down the former mexican restaurant... On Tom Hill Senior Boulevard.
El Azteca closed in 2011... And the building has been empty since then.
Crews sorted through furniture and recyclable metals this morning.
we are removing any salvageable or recyclables from inside and also outside. we expect to have the majority of recyclables out by the end of the day... And the bulk of the demo will start... Hopefully tomorrow mid-day.
The demolition is expected to take eight to ten days...
A buffalo wild wings restaurant will be built on the property... by the end of this year.
You may remember.. the El Azteca building had a different name under previous owners.
It was named....Rio Bravo.
In November 2000, 4 robbers locked employees and customers in the cooler.. and two of the robbers raped three women in the bathroom.
All three men convicted of the crimes are serving life sentences.
The one woman involved was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Tom Hill Senior Boulevard isn't the only place change is happening.
Last year... The city of Macon spent thousands of dollars revamping Rosa Parks Square downtown... And now... City council may add a few more upgrades.
On the table... Hiring an outside consulting group to map out places for more monuments.
A few plaques and stones are sprinkled throughout the park... But councilman Rick Hutto says the city needs to have a plan before adding any more.
Council will also discuss putting up some kind of landmark with the park's name on it.
One Bibb student is heading to China for a 16-day visit.
It's part of a program involving the Confucius Institute at Wesleyan College.
15-year-old Amanda Rowan and her mother are finishing up packing....
Rowan's got everything from hand sanitizer.....nasal spray....to a stuffed panda.
She'll be visiting Beijing and the (Gee-Lin) Jilian Province...that's in China's northeast region....near North Korea.
Although the goal of the trip is to learn about Chinese culture....they get to know about Korean culture.
That's what the teen is looking forward to the most.
<first it was korean music...then I started getting into the way things were done in Korea. The culture, the food. My grandma is actually korean. >
Rowans parents just had to cover travel expenses...and didn't spend more than fifteen hundred.
Also....as we said ...Her trip is set up in part by Wesleyan's Confucius Institute. That's a partnership between U-S colleges and a Chinese government agency...that promotes their culture in Amer