Now tonight... we begin with the latest development in the Lauren Giddings case.
Not the criminal trial, but the wrongful death suit her family filed in June of this year.
In the suit... They request to search a 63 acre farm in Pike County.
According to an order signed by a district judge this morning... Her accused killer, and former neighbor, Stephen McDaniel does not object to the search for Giddings' remains on his grandfather's farm.
McDaniel agrees to allow the search... As long as the family hires private investigators.
Police found Giddings' torso in a trash bin outside her Macon apartment in June 2011... But have yet to find the rest of her remains.
Their civil suit alleges that McDaniel may have hidden parts of her body at his grandfather's old property.
That grandfather passed away shortly after McDaniel's arrest.
The Giddings' lawyer... Kristin Miller... Says first they have to serve a subpeona on the current property owner.
we are in the process of retaining our own forensic experts and cadaver dogs. Hopefully that will be done within the next couple of months, and then we can move forward with the search.>
The judge gave the family until June 30th, 2014 to complete their search.
This suit is separate from the McDaniel criminal murder trial... Scheduled to begin in January.
Pre-trial motions in that case start Monday.
Continuing coverage tonight...as
elections officials say...the kinks are finally worked out of the troubled consolidated elections.
But not everything will be business as usual on Tuesday.
That's because the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, which oversees voting statewide, will be sending monitors to polling places across Bibb County.
Problems started with confusion...over voters who were placed in incorrect districts.
Some caught the errors, some actually voted in the wrong places.
In an effort to fix things, poll workers began cross checking voters' addresses against district maps...and while that reduced the risk of errors, it increased the length of lines.
While some told us they had about a 45 minute wait earlier this week...today, most reported no more than a half hour.
And Board of Elections member Ronnie Miley says Tuesday, things should be running smoothly....since all the data in the voting systems has been straightened out.
We're not going to have the maps at the precincts on Tuesday, and that's because we've checked everything and this is the process that we're making sure. As we check the maps here, we're making sure our corrections have been made.>
Miley did offer this advice for Tuesday.
If you get your ballot...and think something's wrong... Tell the staff before you cast your vote. Otherwise, it will be too late to make a change.
CEO of the 21st Century Partnership Bob McMahon says studies on the impact of Robins Air Force Base... Are almost complete.
Those studies... Which began last fall... Are intended to help the region prepare for another round of BRAC... Or Base Realignment and Closure.
McMahon told an audience at the Museum Aviation that 13 of 15 studies the partnership commissioned last fall.. .Are now finished.
The full results of their findings will be presented to the public in late October.
McMahon showed a small part of a study on Robins economic impact on the Central Georgia area.
He said it shows 11-percent of the people.. Earn their living from jobs at the base.
That number is much larger in Houston County... Employing 28-percent of the population.
He said the studies will show some good news for the area.. And opportunities for improvement.
We hope it will be the catalyst for working together with the community and elected officials to mitigate some of the challenges we face as we prepare for a BRAC probably in 2017.>
McMahon added that 52-percent of the wages earned in Houston County come from jobs at Robins.
The studies cost the partnership 175-thousand dollars.
As we go through life... change is one thing that is constant.
There's a new change at the Jones County Adult Education Center that students and faculty are excited about.
Today, we got a look at why.
Twin sisters Donna Warren and Sonya Dunn knows what it's like to get a new start.
They say their journey began in 2009 when both of them lost their jobs.
< Donna Warren, Milledgeville: I was going to need a GED or high school diploma to get a better job. >
< Sonya Dunn, Milledgeville: I decided to come to Jones County to receive my GED.>
Warren and Dunn are now students at the Jones County Adult Education Center... which is an extension of Central Georgia Technical College.
And like the students who are enrolled here... the school is getting a new start ... at a new location.
The new set up includes classrooms... a lab... a kitchenette and a separate break area.
< Sallie Devero: We are going to be bringing in some vending machines where they'll have snacks here.>
Assistant Vice President of the program... Sallie Devero... says the new spot is equipped to handle the 50 plus students who are currently taking courses.
She says there are two instructors... a teaching assistant... and a few volunteers on hand each class day.
<One of our second classrooms here. We have small group break outs.>
Dunn says those small groups and one on one chances are what motivates students in the program.
< Sonya Dunn, Milledgeville: They work with you tremendously. They make sure you under stand what your doing before you take the test and that makes you feel better. >
< Sallie Devero, Assistant Vice President, Adult Ed Center: Relationships are key to people feeling the love. There are so many issues that causes an adult to not have completed their education.>
Warren and Dunn say they're only one course away from taking the GED test and earning their diplomas. Until then... they'll enjoy the school....and all its changes.
Devero says courses are free... and students who are ready to take the GED test to graduate...may be eligible for scholarships.
In the future... she says english as a second language will be added to the program.
There are some places in towns around here...that just weave their way into the landscape of community...and one of them is celebrating 2 decades in business this week.
That's the Brick.. In Milledgeville.
In honor of "throwback Thursday," Anita Oh sat down with one of restaurant's original customers to find out what's changed in 20 years.
For one regular at The Brick in Milledgeville... He can play favorites...
<oh I always loved the pizza>
Eddie Collins is 85 years-old now....
But he was one of the Brick's original customers since it first opened in 1993.
<eddie collins, original customer: It was smaller.. Same length but smaller. It didn't have the space next door. In evening, it was full of college kids. It was fun>
The restaurant eventually expanded to its current location on West Hancock Street.
To celebrate its birthday, the eatery offered customers a special Throwback Thursday.
<fran pendergast, owner: we're bringing back some of our sandwiches we used to have that we don't have anymore, like the hoosier daddy, the bullrider and the gobbler>
At throwback prices...
<we're talking 3.95... 4.50>
The restaurant's owners says the celebration isn't really about him.
It's about the people who helped build The Brick into what it is today.
<this is really a celebration of milledgeville, a celebration of our customers that have made us a success for all these years, and it's our way of saying thanks>
The customers say thank-you too...
<"the french fries are excellent.">
In Milledgeville, Anita Oh, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.
The celebration will continue throughout the weekend.
New developments tonight...in the Falcons quest for a new home.
This afternoon...our sister station... WXIA confirmed the news.
The city of Atlanta offered 14-point-5 million dollars---for the purchase of a church that sits near the current Georgia dome.
That's Mount Vernon Baptist church....built long before the area become coveted real estate.
An agreement would clear the way for locating the new stadium at the southside location, closer to MARTA access.
In the meantime... WXIA's Jerry Carnes went to the neighborhood to see how the community was reacting to the news..and as he found, some have concerns about what they consider to be unrealistic promises.
Barbara Thomas moved to Vine City more than 20 years ago...moving into the shadow of the Georgia Dome...She remembers the promises...that the Dome would breath new life into her neighborhood...it left her disappointed...which is why she doubts it will be any different when the Falcons move into a new home.
Bite-- I see where there's potential for there to be good things happen in the neighborhood...but I'm at the point where I'm not very optimistic. 26:40
City Councilman Ivory Young represents the area...He remembers when when the dome was built...the city invested eight million dollars in housing in Vine City...he admits it wasn't enough...
This time...there is a lot more money tabbed for neighborhood investment.
Bite-- As a councilman...I'll guarantee I'll risk my life if need be to ensure these resources resources get to the people that deserve them. 19:29
The city and the Falcons owner have earmarked 30-million dollars that would go directly to the surrounding neighborhoods as a part of the new stadium project...
Senator Vincent Fort...an outspoken critic of the new stadium...insists it's not enough...that a lot more is needed to make significant change to Vine City...and English Avenue.
15-million would come from the Arthur Blank Foundation for programs like job training...and tutoring.
The remaining 15-million would be managed by Invest Atlanta...a city run group that's looking at several potential neighborhood projects...among them...a mixed use entertainment district on Northside drive that would produce 361 retail jobs...34 restaurant jobs...and 28 hotel related jobs.
The city...including the mayor...insist the stadium plan would bring jobs and and economic growth to neighborhoods.
He plans to address his agenda tomorrow morning at a news conference.