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What do you do...with thousands of bees...with no hive over their head?



 asked what we could do to help and they said scrape the bees off the road and take them somewhere safe.>






And... 40 years serving Central Georgia's tiniest patients...

<he's not able to drink from a bottle, he's still trying to develop that ability so he's being tube fed. He get's oxygen. >

Meet the caregivers...who know just what to do...to care for patients...and their families...when bundles of joys come very early.

That's tonight, on Eyewitness News at 11.


Good evening.

Thanks for joining us.

I'm Frank Malloy.

Those stories are ahead... But first...we look back at your day in review.

Your Wednesday, November 6, in sight and sound.

And those are some of the stories you saw... Across Central Georgia...and around the country on this Wednesday.

Now tonight... We begin with a look inside a special place... Trained to serve the Medical Center of Central Georgia's tiniest patients...around 700 of them a year.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit has been in the business of caring for preemies for forty years now, marking that anniversary today.

Elise Brown went inside... To see how it's making an impact on the families whose little ones start their lives there.


<if you can imagine leaving the hospital the day after you go through the process of labor and leaving the hospital but no baby. >

Kimberly Smith gave birth to her son Joshua 14 weeks early.

<he's not able to drink from a bottle, he's still trying to develop that ability so he's being tube fed. He gets oxygen. >

On Wednesday The Medical Center of Central Georgia's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit celebrated it's 40th anniversary.

Smith says it's truly a one of a kind place....and that the staff have become family.

<they realize the situation that you're in and they're extremely sensitive to it. They're loving. >

The Watson family knows just what Smith is talking about....

<Bree was born 26 weeks and two days premature and she weighed two pounds and six ounces. >

Bree was in the neonatal intensive care unit for 65 days...and had surgery.

Now two....her dad say's she a normal








<can you give her a wink? Blow a kiss >

...healthy kid.

<by the grace of god and the neonatal unit at the medical center, we're just a blessed family. >

<what kind of future do you see for your son? Oh wow. We believe that his name was given to him by like I said by God, which tells us that he is indeed gonna be successful he's gonna be a conqueror.>

A conqueror...just like Bree.

Elise Brown, 13WMAZ Eyewitness News.

The units founder...and other hospital leaders celebrated the occasion over cake today.

Under Macon-Bibb's consolidated government all law enforcement officers will be known as deputies.

That means all 3-hundred plus Macon police officers will be sworn in as deputies.

This morning, 35 officers tried on their new badges.

Department leaders and fellow officers filled Precinct One on Shurling Drive to see the officers be sworn in.

Sheriff David Davis thanked the men for their service.. as they prepare to transition to positions within the new government.

Davis talked with Randall Savage today.. and shared how he plans to handle incoming officers who have been accused of misconduct.


< Sheriff David Davis: "Well obviously, if you have someone who's been involved in some serious policy violations, you can't ignore that. My internal affairs person has been going through the files of the PD folks to sort of familiarize himself with some of the people we may be dealing with, but I'm going to judge everyone on an even scale as we go in. Obviously if they've been involved in similar violations, we will certainly take that into consideration in any disciplinary action we might put out. Right now, we're just trying to build a good team. I want everybody to feel a part of the sheriff's office, part of the sheriff's office family, but if they step out of line, we'll deal with them." >







Once both departments are merged, the Sheriff's department will have 760 total employees, 6-hundred of those will be deputies.

One candidate for Warner Robins mayor says he wants a recount for Tuesday's election.

Daron Lee finished a close third to Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite, narrowly missing of runoff in the race for Mayor.


He says he supports the city's decision to hold a recount because he says he's concerned about discrepancies.






He says he supports the city's decision to hold a recount because he says he's concerned about discrepancies.













< Really correcting an error if there is one there and I want everyone to feel as though they have a fair chance looking at the election, and with the recount it's a possible, possible runoff that I'm involved in, and we'll be overjoyed. >

Warner Robins election superintendent Kathy Cummings said in a statement that a recount would be done Friday morning.


She wrote., " It is not being called because there is any errors... suspected or found. It was a close race and there are some rumors going around that have absolutely no truth in them.





"Abundance of caution is always called for and I want the citizens as well as the candidates to feel confident regarding the election process and the outcome."

The other recount request comes from Bob Wilbanks.

He was one of three candidates in the Post 4 council race, and he says, he's heard reports of voter confusion at some polling places.

In that race... Tim Thomas avoided a runoff by just one vote.

A day after voters the state selected new local leaders, one of Central Georgia's largest colleges.. has a new leader of its own.

The Board of Regents confirmed Christopher Blake today as president of Middle Georgia State College.

Blake most recently served as president of a private Catholic liberal arts college in Iowa.

MGSC has campuses in Macon, Cochran, Dublin, Eastman and Warner Robins.

The school was formed earlier this year by the merger of Macon State and Middle Georgia colleges.

New video released today...From the moments a Valdosta student's classmates found his body. We want to caution you... you'll see some very blurry surveillance tape, and though nothing's very visible and you won't see the young man's body... The image's are from an emotional day, so some people may be sensitive to that. That video's ahead.

First...here's what's new in the case...a judge will wait before ordering a coroner's inquest into 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson's death.

He was found rolled up in a wrestling mat at Lowndes High.

Investigators initially thought Johnson died in a freak acident after getting stuck upside down inside the mat, but his parents think someone murdered him.

And there's a Central Georgia connection...The judge is waiting for a review to be completed by the U.S. Attorney's office in Macon.

Now, they hope new video just released will help answer how their son died.

Blayne Alexander from our sister station WXIA has this report from Valdosta.

Last week, U.S. Attorney Moore said he's been reviewing documents related to the case since shortly after the initial investigation closed in May.

He said at a press conference in Macon...he first did so at the parents' request.

He also said, while he's heard many opinions, and read many decisions on Johnson's cause of death... He plans to weigh all evidence himself...and his office will make its own independent decision.













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