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Houston County Officials Get Heads Shaved

The Houston County Board of Education Maintenance Department employees got a chance to cut off their bosses hair.

The Maintenance Department celebrated their United Way campaign success with a luncheon.

Employees who donated the most money to United Way got to step up to the clippers first.

The Maintenance Department holds a luncheon each year to help employees want to donate to the charity.

"As school system employees we are a big part of the community and United Way does a lot for the community, so they just kind of go hand in hand and it's good they see us doing those type of things," said Ramona Studstill.

The Maintenance Department raised a total of $2, 984 for United Way.

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Three Houston Schools Miss AYP

Three Houston County schools missed making adequate yearly progress this year, the state Department of Education says.

That's three more than last year.

The state says 33 of 36 Houston schools made AYP. That's up from 32 this summer. In June, the state said Warner Robins High School was on track to miss AYP, but Friday's final results factor in summer graduations and test re-takes.

Northside High, Perry High and the Houston County Career and Technology Center all missed AYP in the final results announced Friday.

Last year, all of the district's schools made AYP.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

 

New Moms Say Warner Robins Baby Doctor Didn't Deliver

Two Warner Robins women say their doctor for their entire pregnancy, didn't show up on their delivery day.

They say the doctor, Paul Harnetty, never told them that in fact, he couldn't deliver their babies, because he doesn't have privileges to practice at any area hospitals.

One-week-old Rosalee Fitch is doing well now, but on her birthday, her mother, Mary, had her worries.

Mary Fitch said, "It was pretty traumatic."

Fitch says she went to Dr. Harnetty's Warner Robins office at the start of her pregnancy, and assumed he would deliver Rosalee at Houston Healthcare. That hospital is located five minutes from her home.

Fewer Houston Co. Schools Made A.Y.P.

The Houston County Board of Education got the results their Adequate Yearly Progress testing and found fewer schools made A.Y.P this year than last year.

Superintendent Robin Hines says 34 of the 37 Houston County schools met the standards this year.

Last year, all Houston County schools made A.Y.P. 

Northside High School, Perry High School and the Houston County Career Academy failed to meet A.Y.P this year.

But Hines says that doesn't mean that the majority of the students in the schools failed. He says the schools didn't pass because of small groups of students.

He also says as the state's standards for A.Y.P testing continue to rise, it gets harder to get everyone to pass.

 

 

 "When you put all the students in there, what you see is we are meeting the standard," says Hines.

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Houston County Schools Host Band Night

Houston County School's put on their 17th Annual Band Night Tuesday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Band Night is a chance to showcase marching bands from Houston County's High Schools and Middle Schools.

Young musicians from the middle schools get to perform together and then the high schools take center field to perform their fall shows.

"They're out here three or four afternoons a week for three or four hours at a time, and we would like to show them off to the community," said Wally Shaw, Houston County High School Band Director.

Band Night has grown over the years with more than 1,000 students performing the "Star Spangled Banner."

The event is away for the community to support the band program.

 

Houston School Board Honors Years of Service

Houston County Board of Education recognized teachers and staff who have been with the school system for more than thirty years.

The ceremony on October 19th honored employees who have devoted 30 or 35 years of service to the children of Houston County.

Seventeen teachers and staff members were recognized and received a certificate of appreciation and a small gift from H.E.A Federal Credit Union.

The guest honored said they were excited to be recognized for something they enjoy doing.

"Teaching is in my blood, it's just what I do. It defines me," said Deborah Dean who has taught for 30 years.

"I just love being around the kids and the teachers," said Emma Ward who has taught for 35 years.

The reception for the event was sponsored by H.E.A. Federal Credit Union.

Investigators: Suspect's Family Helped Solve 1995 Murder

The Houston County District Attorney's office says investigators have charged a man with a 15-year-old cold-case murder.

According to a news release from DA Rabb Wilkerson, the Houston grand jury today indicted 43-year-old David Ray Hallmon, a Texas prison inmate, with murdering Diane Campbell.

Her body was found in June 1995 in woods behind the Admiral Benbow Inn on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. Campbell, 42,  died from a blow to the head.

Hallmon today was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Wilkerson's news release credited the work of Sgt. Al Elvins and Lt. Jon Holland of the Houston County sheriff's department.