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Houston County Teacher of the Year: Kathy Gibbs


Perdue Elementary's Kathy Gibbs is Houston County's new Teacher of the Year.

Gibbs has been teaching for 18 years, 3 of those at Perdue Elementary. She told our us why today's win is an honor she wasn't expecting.

"I was in complete shock. I had no idea I would have been named Houston County Teacher of the Year," she said.

But if you ask those who've worked with Gibbs, they'll tell you the win is really no surprise.

"She loves them, she hugs them, she tells them she cares about them," said Perdue Elementary Principal Andy Payne.

"She doesn't accept defeat in any child that she tries to help," said Anthony Lunceford, who initially brought Gibbs to the school system.

Gibbs teaches 5th grade at Perdue Elementary and admits becoming an educator was a bit of a surprise itself.

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Trash Making Money, Power


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A experiment that started three and a half years ago with Houston County's trash is creating real results.

They're burning the gas released from decaying rubbish and making a pretty profit.

Superintendent at the Houston County landfill Terry Dietsch tells people the mounds of trash are more than meets the eye.

He said, "We just tell them it smells like money."

When Dietsch started the job in 1991, he didn't foresee trash becoming a treasure.

He said, "It's been a real good project."

New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

 

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

Perdue defeats Kingston in Georgia Senate runoff

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Russell Pkwy repaving could continue for two weeks


Russell Parkway repaving between Moody and Hwy 247 continues.

The work will continue for 10-14 working days, Warner Robins' Ruby Holmes says a city engineer told her.

That construction completion will depend on weather, and crews plans to work on the weekend to help make up for lost time due to rain.

Initially, a news release stated the work was expected to finish Monday.


Robins Federal Credit Union Blood Drive could saves over 95 lives

Robins Federal Credit Union Blood Drive could saves over 95 lives

Warner Robins, GA — The American Red Cross collected 32 pints of blood from Robins Federal Credit Union employees, members, and members of the community at a blood drive held on Thursday, July 17th at Robins Federal Credit Union.

Each unit of blood has the ability to save up to three lives. That means the blood collected at Robins Federal Credit Union’s semi-annual blood drive has the potential to save 96 lives.

The American Red Cross recently issued a state of emergency notice due to dwindling blood supplies. Natural disasters across the state of Georgia have contributed to the low supply. To find a donation location, please visit the American Red Cross website.

Group intends to give away 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies this Friday.


The Warner Robins Housing Authority intends to give away 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies this Friday.

According to the agency, the giveaway is part of its annual July Bash. The backpacks are free to any child who needs it, not only those in Warner Robins.

Executive Director of the Warner Robins Housing Authority Sheryl Frazier said about 40 volunteers showed up last week to help stuff the bags.

"We stuff them with supplies from elementary, middle school, and high school so we have all three groups. So we have bags for each educational level," said Frazier.

She says volunteers plan on doing more than giving away backpacks. They will give free haircuts to students, face painting, free food. There will also be a moon bounce house.

"People can bring their children out and then spend the day enjoying the activities," said Frazier.