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New look for Pearl Stephens Elementary


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Students at Pearl Stephens Elementary stepped into what looks like a brand new school, but it's now in the old Linwood Elementary building..

"I am so glad that you came to our school," said Principal Brantley over the school's intercom.

Thursday morning's announcements were mostly about encouragement, but much of the day was about learning, both for students and teachers.

"Brand new school, new kids. Although this is my thirteenth year, I feel like it's my first year teaching," said third grade teacher Sheree Dudley.

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Robins Federal Credit Union Announces New Managers

Warner Robins, Ga. — Robins Federal Credit Union would like to announce the newest additions to their management team. Billie Herndon, Forsyth Branch Manager, and Melanie Weatherspoon, Log Cabin Branch Manager.

Herndon has 38 years of banking experience and has worked for several financial institutions in the Forsyth area. She has been with Robins Federal for over 3 years. Herndon is married and has 3 grandchildren. She enjoys the outdoors, crafts and gardening.

Weatherspoon has over 15 years of banking experience and has been with Robins Federal for the past 12 years. She began working at Citizens Bank in 1999. Weatherspoon has a Bachelor of Science from Fort Valley State University and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. She enjoys writing poetry.

Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

Ga. Congressman co-sponsors medical marijuana bill on Capitol Hill

(WXIA-TV) -- Tenth District Rep. Paul Broun (R) is co-sponsoring a bill introduced Monday on Capitol Hill by Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry (R), that would legalize a form of medical marijuana nationwide.

One Georgia mom who moved her daughter to Colorado for marijuana treatments said that the bill is a step in the right direction, and hopes it will be revised to help even more children.

Her daughter, Haleigh Cox, just turned five years old and is almost seizure-free.

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

Part of the new Healthcare to Health initiative — H2H for short — the programs target parents of Air Force children as well as spouses and retirees through interactive courses on base, said Kelly Williams, a certified health education specialist who has spent two years developing the initiative.

The first, called 5210 Healthy Military Children, teaches moms and dads how to make consistent, healthy meal and exercise choices at home. The second, Group Lifestyle Balance, focuses on weight management, physical activity and healthy eating for spouses and retirees at risk for weight-related health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, strokes and heart attacks.

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Home giveaway for central Georgia veteran


A realty group in Warner Robins is helping to open new doors for a military veteran in central Georgia. They're giving away a three bedroom, two bathroom house valued at more than $50,000.

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Realtor Blair Myers says it's part of the "Roofs for Troops" program. Bank of America and Nehemiah Corporation fix up foreclosed homes around the country and sell them at low prices to military veterans. However, Myers says this home is different.

New President and CEO named to 21st Century Partnership


21st Century Partnership announces that Lt. Gen., Retired Charles Stenner Jr. takes the helm as the organization's new president and CEO.

Stenner was selected from 40 candidates, according to a release.

Asked why he believes he is the right man for the job, Stenner said, "I like to think it's because I have in fact, had some opportunities to lead. I've been here since 2003. I chose to move here, to live on the installation back in 2009 as the commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, and I've got strong ties here."

Before retiring from the Air Force in 2012, he was the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

After retiring, Stenner and his wife chose to stay in Warner Robins.

He begins his work with 21st Century Partnership Aug. 1.

New flight route allows Marines to fly closer to base

New flight route allows Marines to fly closer to base

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – A new approved flight training route will allow Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 to conduct local terrain flight operations in the airspace above and adjacent to the eastern, uninhabited part of the base.

The move could potentially result in savings in terms of man-hours, flight time and fuel cost. An estimated $300,000 per year can be saved based on training numbers and annual fuel rate costs taken per trip.

Pilots train during the year with terrain flights to remain current on certifications. Previously, these flights occurred through uninhabited areas near Thomaston, Ga., the Flint River and sites north of Atlanta at an altitude of 50 to 200 feet above the ground.

The flights also required two aircraft; one flying at a higher altitude, while a second flies at a lower altitude just above the trees. The helicopter flying higher essentially acts as a lookout for the second aircraft below.