A toddler...dead...after being pulled from a pond this afternoon.
Plus, salaries under scrutiny.
Breaking down the pay scale in Jones County.
< WE HAD AN OLD CARGO VAN THAT WAS NOT VERY RELIABLE AND IT HAD BECOME VERY EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN >
how some of the work at Macon's rescue mission...was rescued by generosity.
That's next on Eyewitness News at 11.
Good evening, everyone.
I'm Jennifer Moulliet.
Frank Malloy is on assignment and will join us later tonight.
We begin by getting right to our Top Story...
As we've learned that... In spite of best efforts to save a little boy in Jones County... The toddler didn't make it,
Captain James Clark with the Sheriff's Office there says...the boy was not yet two years old.
He fell into a lake in the Hampton Lakes subdivision.... That's off Highway 49.
The child was pulled out at about 5:30 p.m. and rushed to the hospital... Where he was pronounced dead.
Captain Clark said, investigators don't have details on exactly how the child ended up in the water.
He says the boy's father was home at the time.
The sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the death.
You can look for updates on this story at 13WMAZ-dot-com.
Right now... We pause to look at some of the other major headlines that made news in your world today.
Here's your Friday, September 5th... In sight and sound.
And those are just some of the headlines that were part of your world on this Friday.
In other news tonight... a former central Georgia football announcer plead guilty to four counts of child molestation.
Shelly Simmons, Sr... Formerly known as the long time voice of the Warner Robins High football team... Will get his sentence on Monday.
Simmons retired from Robins Air Force Base in 1985... owned a contracting company... and is a former youth-league coach.
Details behind the charges...haven't been released.
Officials at Robins Air Force Base are cooperating with civilian authorities... in the investigation against an airman.
Senior Airman Charles Amos Wilson the third... is being held in the Tift County Jail... In connection with the shooting death of a pregnant woman... And her unborn child.
Wilson remains on active duty and has been assigned to the 4 sixty first since October 2006.
Some Jones County commissioners are questioning how their administrator and his assistant got more than $100,000 in raises.
Three weeks ago, commissioners first discussed whether to fire their top officials -- administrator Mike Underwood and his assistant, Margie Tyson,
Minutes from an August meeting... some commissioners cited anonymous complaints put in a county suggestion box and "rumors, innuendos, insults and chaos."
Commissioner Daylon Martin later said their jobs were never on the line, it was just blown out of proportion.
But now, the real reason came out in another Jones County meeting and it all came down to money.
County Administrator ... Mike Underwood ... started his job seven years ago at a salary a little over 58-thousand-dollars.
This year, he makes just under 86-thousand. That's a 45-percent increase over seven years
His assistant... Margie Tyson... started five years ago at about 28-thousand-dollars. And today, she makes just under 36-thousand. That's almost a 25-percent increase in five years.
In a meeting Tuesday, commissioners reviewed how and why Underwood and Tyson received raises.
Martin said it was one of the reasons why some board members questioned their jobs in early August.
He said it was about more than raises and salaries. It was about establishing a standardized pay scale.
In a year ... Almost all employees on the county roster were given raises. The difference between their new and old salary ranged from no raise .. the largest ... At Tyson's almost 13-thousand-dollars. That's when Martin targets the significant jump in Underwood's salary
<sot martin: "In 2012, he had $77,495 and now he makes $82,000 when the rest of the county did not have a significant raise. How is it that the cream of the crop were able to do that?".>
The commissioners are requesting more time to study the pay scale.
They said this will be brought up in a later meeting for further discussion.
Life after war can be difficult... But hundreds of local veterans found support through each other on Key Street today.
It was part of the second annual Stand Down event in downtown Macon.
Many volunteers offered free services like medical tests, food or simple hair cuts to veterans.
It's the first year the event set up an area just for female veterans.
Some female veterans we spoke to say the separation was helpful for getting more information.
<in some instances, guys don't understand... What women have to go through or what we did go through being over there. So i think it should be separated to some degree just for women>
State Representative James Beverly, who helped organize the event, says they saw more than double the turnout compared to last year's event.
Also getting a hand up from the community they serve... The people at the Macon Rescue Mission.
Five Star auto owner Charlie Cantrell... donated a 2013 Nissan cargo van to the mission today...
The September donation helps the mission prepare for the holiday season.
Executive Director Erin Reimeris is grateful for a new set of wheels
<WE HAD AN OLD CARGO VAN THAT WAS NOT VERY RELIABLE AND IT HAD BECOME VERY EXPENSIVE TO MAINTAIN. WE NEEDED TO UPGRADE THAT VAN. I MADE A PHONE CALL TO MR CANTRELL AND THEY GRACIOUSLY PROVIDED THIS VAN FOR US>
The van will handle food donations throughout central georgia.
It will also collect donated clothing... household items... And small furniture
The Macon Rescue Mission has served central georgia for over sixty years.
Joanna McAfee was born in warner robins...
And would have turned fourteen... in April of this year.
A rare and aggressive form of cancer took her life in 2005... After a two year struggle with the disease.
But that wasn't the end of her story...
Girls who could have been Joanna's classmates...Donated inches of their hair in honor of her life.
The non-profit charity... Locks of Love... will take hair from girls... like freshman Camille Whitson... And make wigs for kids and teens in need.
<i'm really excited to know a child's going to get it. It's a lot lighter, and I think it will be a lot easier for me. But it makes me most happy that I get to provide to a child that doesn't really have what I have,>
Camille said her aunt's death from breast cancer... motivated her to donate.
She and three other classmates... donated a total of 282 inches... in Joanna's name.
For the second year in a row.... a Houston County school has won a state fitness award for its 2012-2013 school year.
Elise Brown was in Perry and has that story.
<are you getting stronger? Let me see those muscles. >
Even though they're just first graders....these kids at Perry Primary are strong.
<I like to run and I like to do pushups, and sit-ups. And I like to do exercises.>
So strong that they won the silver medal in Georgia's Shape Honor Roll Program.
Part of what determines that are student fitness assessments.
<the more you do it, the better you get.>
First graders are tested only by their height and weight....but Coach Anna Henry wants them to have a jump start on exercises that will be tested from 4th to 12 grades.
<we also do, work with them on sit-ups, push-ups, sit and reach, a pacer test, or running test of some sort.>
<do you think you're gonna be ready for that? Uh Huh. Why? Because I love to.>
Six year old Aubrey Herndon's isn't afraid of a little exercise.
<running is fun but I get sweaty, sweaty, sweaty. Cuz we have to do it eight times. >
To make sure kids understand how to do a exercise... Henry demonstrates.
Eight-year-old Jalen Hall exercises with two goals in mind.
<so I don't get sick and I can get muscles.>
Henry says it's amazing to see kids develop.
<by the end of the year they're doing a great job. And their endurance has really increased.>
A competitive coach ... Henry says she's going for the gold for this school year.
Elise Brown, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
Linwood Elementary in Warner Robins also won silver.
Beautiful sunset catches the Rutland Marching band warming up for their game this evening.
This iPhone video from our own Suzanne Lawler.
The hurricanes played Spalding County tonight in Macon... We have highlights from this game tonight on Football Friday Night.
A new romance novel written and recorded just for hens is ruffling feathers in Britain.
Poultry farmers are using the steamy story to try to get chickens to lay more eggs.
CBS' Alphonso Van Marsh reports from the English countryside.
<NAT SOUND clucking
(wide shots of farm, then Jean-Paul walking) (LOCATOR: BECKINGHAM, ENGLAND)
British egg farmer Jean-Paul Mi-cow-ski gives his free-range hens all the space they need:
(SOT) (Jean-Paul Michalski/egg farmer)
THE BEST EGGS COME FROM THE HAPPIEST HENS.
NAT SOUND clucking
(shots of Jean Paul walking, tight shots of chickens pecking at CBS cam lens)
He wears a protective suit to keep disease out of the hen house:
But he IS piping-in romance:
(MANDATORY COURTESY) (THE HAPPY EGG COMPANY)
NAT SOUND PIANO MUSIC
NARRATOR: "FALLING FOR CLOONEY, BY CATHERINE ALLIOTT..."
(shots from romance video)
(FONT: Courtesy, The Happy Egg Company)
The Happy Egg Company hired a best-selling romance novelist to pen the tale about Molly, the scrawny hen, and the heart throb...
(NATS UP....DING/split screen with hen and George Clooney)
..appropriately named after actor George Clooney.
(NAT SOT - AUTHOR)
HE HAS TO BE TERRIBLY IRRESISTABLE TO WOMEN.
(DISSOLVE TO VIDEO)
NAT SOUND from video: ONLY ONE HEN CAN BE CHOSEN, TO SPEND SOME TIME ALONE, WITH THE DEVILISHLY HANDSOME CLOONEY.
(DISSOLVE TO SOT)
(SOT: Catherine Alliott/ROMANCE NOVELIST)
THE BANNER IN ENGLAND IS "CHICK LIT" FOR LIGHT ROMANCE.
(shots of video, then shots of chicken in roost)
'Happy Egg' wants farmers to play the sultry audiobook when chickens come home to roost.
(STANDUP) (Alphonso Van Marsh, Beckingham, England)
THESE FARMERS CLAIM THE HUMAN VOICE HAS A SOOTHING EFFECT ON EGG-LAYING HENS.
(shots of eggs coming down the farm conveyor belt, being packed for shipping)
Experts say when hens are calm -- they produce MORE - quality eggs.
'Happy Egg' claims the sizzling story is a good read for people too.
ITS NOT QUITE 50 SHADES OF GREY!
NAT SOUND clucking
(shots of one hen giving a peck 'kiss' to another hen, then shots of chicken to the end)
Whether hens will fall for THIS Clooney, remains to be seen.
But penning 'Chick lit' for actual "chicks" - may be a literary first.
NAT SOUND CLUCKING
Alphonso Van Marsh, CBS News, Beckingham, England.
'Falling for Clooney' is already on iTunes.
'Happy Egg' is asking Facebook fans to send in pics of chicks listening to the tantalizing tale.
Downtown Milledgeville was covered in food familes and fun tonight... For September first friday.
Tickets sold for a dollar... But as you will see... The tastes were priceless.
Some of those in attendance say they got more than they expected.
The event wrapped up around 8:30 tonight.
This is an annual event and all the participating restaurants are local.