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< He will always live on in my heart.  I got his memories.  That's something noone can't take. >

 

     Words from a grieving mother..after an accident at a college pool.

     Hello, Everyone.

     I'm Frank Malloy.

     Thanks for joining us.

     Our top story tonight at 6...     A 14-year-old boy is dead after police say he apparently drowned at Georgia College...

     That pool where it happened has been locked and closed since September, but a spokeswoman says some teens jumped a security fence that surrounds it.

     Anita Oh has more..including her conversation with the boy's mother this afternoon.

Shantina Reaves didn't know Saturday would be the last time she'd see her son.

Just that morning, they had been planning to re-model his room.

<he said, i'm just going to go hang out with some friends for a little while. I'll be right back.>

 

But 14-year-old Tyrique Jackson never came home.

Authorities say he died later that evening... After jumping into a campus pool at Georgia College.

Reaves says her son didn't know how to swim.

<he probably thought he could handle it... But they say he jumped in the 9 feet, and he ain't no taller than me>

 

But how and why the teen and two other friends ended up in the pool...remains a mystery.

 

<the pool at Centennial Center has been locked and closed since the end of September... The three teens had to jump over this fence to get in>

 

Reaves remembers her son as a multi-sport athlete... Who loved school...

And had high hopes for the future.

 

<he said you're going to have a car to drive every day of the week. I said, whoa what kind of job are you going to have? He said, I'm going to be the president!>

 

It's those memories that are keeping her going.

 

<he will always live on in my heart... I got all these memories. That's something nobody can take>

 

But it's the little things she'll miss the most.

<even washing his stinking socks... I'll miss that too>

 

Anita Oh, 13wmaz eyewitness news.

Jackson's body was sent to a GBI crime lab for an autopsy which is scheduled for tomorrow.

     The death of a man in Fort Valley over the weekend...lead to a felony murder charge for a 24-year old, who made his first appearance in Peach County magistrate court just a few hours ago.

     Police arrested Jonathan Baldwin...  For fatally shooting 20-year-old Gabriel Jackson. Today...he was sent back to the county jail...without bond.

     Fort Valley police say Jackson was found unconscious after being shot multiple times in the torso.

     They say it happened just after midnight sunday morning outside the Valley Pines Apartments on Orange Street.

 

     Police say... Baldwin lives in the apartment complex where the shooting happened, and Jackson lived down the street.

     Baldwin, who also faces an aggravated assault charge..

     There are about 43-thousand-700 registered voters in Warner Robins...and tomorrow...on Election day, they'll have a crack at electing a new slate of leaders.

     Some of the names are familiar... Some are newcomers.

     And they'll all be on the ballots when six precincts open at 7 a.m. In the morning.

     City Election Superintendent Kathy Cummings says turnout looked pretty good during Georgia's three week early voting period.

     About 25-hundred people cast ballots at city hall.

     To put things in perspective...that's more than double the number from the last mayoral election.

     In 2009.. Cummings says about 12-hundred people voted early.

     Voters have a few choices to make...and everyone who casts a ballot will have two races in common.

     The mayor's office... And the Post One council seat...which represents the entire city.

     The six mayoral candidates are former councilman Mike Brashear... Robins Air Force Base employee Chuck Chalk.. Retired insurance agent Eva Folse...

     Current Council member Daron Lee... Retired city public works director Joe Musselwhite and retired city fire fighter Randy Toms.

     The city-wide post one seat may be of high interest.

     The incumbent.. Council member Mike Daley... Faces the current Mayor Chuck Shaheen.

     Shaheen says he's not seeking the top job again.. for the higher pay and retirement benefits of a private sector job.

     Retired city fire fighter Charlie Scott also wants the seat... along with minister Jeffrey Walker.

     There are three other council seats in play... In Post three.. four and five.

     Only people who live in those districts can vote on those races.

     Across Central Georgia...there are more than 60 total races of sorts to be settled.

     Here are some of the other cities looking to fill top slots.

     In Milledgeville... John Grant...father of former state senator Johnny grant...is challenging incumbent Mayor Richard Bentley.                      

     Voters in Fort Valley will decide whether current mayor John  Stumbo will hang onto his seat...or whether Barbara Williams will get a shot at the job

     Roberta mayor Becky Smith is trying to hold off challenger Sherri Thompson in next week's vote...            

     And Gray's election sees its mayor, Gus Wilson... Challenged by Stephen Tingen.

     Marshallville does not have an incumbent... But instead sees Valerie Lindsey Davis, Steve Lane, and William Massee, competing for city hall.  

     In Lumber City... Incumbent Sue Sammons is challenged by Terrance Brown...

 

     And in Gordon... Mary Ann Lue is going after the Mayor's slot currently held by Kenneth Turner.

     Voters in Ivey also see an incumbent, Ann Evans... Met by challenger.. .Daniel Lee Pope.

 

     For more on some of the other races to be settled...look for the election roundup story...at 13WMAZ-dot-com.

     "No nerds... No birds."

     That's the unofficial slogan for a computer software group at Robins.

     They maintain the systems that support planes and programs through the Department of Defense.

     The phrase may sound unflattering... But to the 402nd Maintenance Group... It's undoubtedly true.

     Without the brains to power the technology that fly aircraft... Those planes would never get off the ground... Much less fight wars.

     Lorra Lynch Jones takes you Behind the Lines... where these so called "nerds"... Are not only smart... But fun.. Even hip and young, too.

<I had no idea this is what I'd be doing out of college.>

Richard Dixon thought one day he'd have to grow-up... Leave childhood addictions behind...

<I started on Mario, all the way back in the day.>

He gripped joysticks... And power pads.. The way other boys grasped footballs.

<I was the nerdy kid (laughs)>

The jocks hug up their cletes years ago... But dixon's still holding on... Getting paid for what he considers almost play.

<it's all downhill from here. I have to the coolest job here.>

As a member of the 402nd Software maintenance group... He tests the programs that tell C-130 planes where to fly... And how to shoot.

In the lab... He pushes software to its breaking point....

<if we make it break, were happy.>

Once he works out the bugs that make it crash... Dixon makes sure the software flies.

He climbs aboard C130 test flights... And orders pilots through his drills.

<i'vd told majors and lt. Col. What to do, yes mam.>

That's a lot of authority for a 30-year-old gamer... But he's in good company.

 

20 out of 25 people working on this simulator... came to the group... Out of engineering school.

<I didn't ever expect this would be my office.>

David Ogden and his crew members clock flight hours... In what looks like an arcade game.

It's actually a real C-5 cockpit.. That crashed at Dover Air Force Base in 2006.

It now rests at Robins... As a 3 story simulator.

It allows engineers to troubleshoot problems pilots encounter in mid-air... without leaving the ground.

Grounded is where Ogden.. The pilot... Is definitely most comfortable.

<lorra: Could you actually fly a C5?

David:I would not be scared to fly it when I was in the air, But I would not want to land.>

Most are land lovers in this group of guys... And gals.

<it's actually very exciting and I wish more females, would you know, become engineers.>

26-year-old Allison Villa dreamed of being an artist..

In a way... She is... designing hardware in a laboratory landscape... .

<when something works, were always like Eureka. We celebrate>

The pay-offs big... And the paycheck's likely larger than if she'd gone the other career route.

Plus the fields wide open...

and likely looking to create jobs for generations of geek and gamers to come.

At Robins Air Force Base... Lorra Lynch Jones... 13wmaz Eyewitness News.

<I had no idea this is what I'd be doing out of college.>

Richard Dixon thought one day he'd have to grow-up... Leave childhood addictions behind...

<I started on Mario, all the way back in the day.>

He gripped joysticks... And power pads.. The way other boys grasped footballs.

<I was the nerdy kid (laughs)>

The jocks hug up their cletes years ago... But dixon's still holding on... Getting paid for what he considers almost play.

<it's all downhill from here. I have to the coolest job here.>

As a member of the 402nd Software maintenance group... He tests the programs that tell C-130 planes where to fly... And how to shoot.

In the lab... He pushes software to its breaking point....

<if we make it break, were happy.>

Once he works out the bugs that make it crash... Dixon makes sure the software flies.

He climbs aboard C130 test flights... And orders pilots through his drills.

<i'vd told majors and lt. Col. What to do, yes mam.>

That's a lot of authority for a 30-year-old gamer... But he's in good company.

20 out of 25 people working on this simulator... came to the group... Out of engineering school.

<I didn't ever expect this would be my office.>

David Ogden and his crew members clock flight hours... In what looks like an arcade game.

It's actually a real C-5 cockpit.. That crashed at Dover Air Force Base in 2006.

It now rests at Robins... As a 3 story simulator.

It allows engineers to troubleshoot problems pilots encounter in mid-air... without leaving the ground.

Grounded is where Ogden.. The pilot... Is definitely most comfortable.

<lorra: Could you actually fly a C5?

David:I would not be scared to fly it when I was in the air, But I would not want to land.>

Most are land lovers in this group of guys... And gals.

<it's actually very exciting and I wish more females, would you know, become engineers.>

26-year-old Allison Villa dreamed of being an artist..

In a way... She is... designing hardware in a laboratory landscape... .

<when something works, were always like Eureka. We celebrate>

The pay-offs big... And the paycheck's likely larger than if she'd gone the other career route.

Plus the fields wide open...

At Robins Air Force Base... Lorra Lynch Jones... 13wmaz Eyewitness News.

     The 402nd Maintenance Wing is split up into 5 squadrons... And employs more than 11-hundred people.

     85-percent are computer scientists or engineers.

     The entry level jobs you just saw... Pay 45 thousand dollars to start...with 11 thousand in incentives.

     Science.. Technology... Engineering and Math related fields employed 7-point-four million workers last year.

     That number is expected to grow to more than 8 and half million in 5 years.

You may have received a letter from a company called United States Prescription Discounts complete with your very own "prescription savings card". This card is free and is accepted at most major pharmacies..but there are some hidden costs.

The letter makes several claims including that the card "works on all FDA-approved prescription medications"...and that you will..."see savings of an average of 50%." And the card CAN provide savings to those who use it. But it's designed to benefit those WITHOUT insurance...and pharmacists say it comes with a few drawbacks.

<different companies come out with them every once and a while and try to market to people who don't have insurance and if the pharmacy takes them it does help a little bit sometimes, but what they're doing is their gathering information for the most part.>

Here's a few quick things to consider before using the card.

First: the card is not insurance and does not cover co-pays for those who have it.

The card is accepted by many major chains, but NOT accepted by some privately owned pharmacies

And most importantly, using this card allows the company to share your private information.

 

The bottom line: if you don't have insurance and don't mind receiving a lot of junk mail this card could be a good option. But if you have insurance, it doesn't really help at all.

Pharmacists Kristen spoke with encourage customers having a tough time paying for their medications to consult them.  There are other programs that could provide even greater discounts.

      Macon is back on movie-maker's maps, this time for a Lifetime movie with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams.

     Tom George was at Terminal Station where some of the scenes were filmed this morning.

At first glance, the lady running across Terminal Station could just be another Maconite late to a meeting ... But it's actually actress Cicely Tyson

NAT POP

 ...Shooting her next movie in town..

 

Film crews rented out the station to film scenes for a TV Lifetime Movie called "the trip to Bountiful."

They shot scenes outside the station Monday morning and then moved inside.

Which surprised some locals trying to get into Terminal Station...

< I was caught off guard and I was wondering if I should even turn around and go back cause I didn't know if I was in the way or whatever, but the people were real friendly and you know they just went about their business. They didn't notice that I was even walking through.   >

 

The movie is about an elderly woman who leaves the big city to visit her hometown.

Crews brought in extras dressed in period clothes... and drove in a retro Greyhound bus.

< Just like in 42, Terminal Station is drawing in filmmakers hoping to get a 50's and 60's look because of its history. >

 

Rick Jones says the filmmakers rented out the station for their standard rate... of around a few thousand dollars, and says the station is spreading by word of mouth among location scouts.

< Well I tell ya, if I was a movie director and I was building a movie based on this type era, this is the kind of building i'd be looking for, and I think it's an amazing building, and I think one of the prides of Macon, Georgia.   >

 

Meaning once again Maconites can catch their town in the movies.

< Great big fan of Cicely Tyson. >

 

In Macon, Tom George, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

     Filming will continue in Atlanta and Macon area through November.

     They say reading a book takes the mind to new places...and in this case the books are actually in a new place.

     The city of Warner Robins cut the ribbon to the new Nola Brantley Library.

     The new facility...funded by the 2006 SPLOST...adds 5,000 square footage.

     This extra space allows for a new teen room...a bigger children's area and 32 new computers.

     The facility houses a collection of 85,000 items...including books...magazines...and even audiobooks and dvds.

<they say that libraries should be about books is what a lot of people think...but its not. Its about information and information comes in different formats...whether that's books...getting information from the computers...or whether thatsw library programs and the people in this community now have a better resource for that.>

     The public won't have to wait long to visit the new place...It plans on opening its doors on tomorrow.

 

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