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Warner Robins Council Debates Extending Saturday Night Alcohol Hours

Warner Robins City Council members say they will wait to vote on a controversial liquor law.

In a four-to-two vote, council delayed the vote on a resolution to extend alcohol sales by two hours on Sunday mornings, from midnight to 2 a.m.

Tom Simms Junior and John Williams voted against delaying the vote.

An overflow crowd came to council Monday night. Many in the crowd wore stickers that said "Yes" to extending alcohol sales on Saturday night. Others held up signs that said "No" to the same measure.

Owners of Friends II in Warner Robins and several other Central Georgia restaurants, Ronnie Bartlett said, "We live in America."

Many of the people opposing the measure came from Southside Baptist Church, one of the city's largest congregations.

Forest Cox said, "You should not be drinking on Sunday. That's the Lord's day."

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Robins' Watson Blvd. Gate to Close Next Week

Gate 3 at Robins Air Force Base, the Watson Boulevard gate, will close for two months starting next Monday.

The gate will go through the same security improvements done on the Green Street and Russell Parkway gates earlier this year, according to a base news release.

The base says work on Gate 3 should last through Jan. 21, 2011.

Meanwhile, the Martin Luther King Blvd. gate will remain open 24 hours a day. Hours for the other gates will remain the same, according to the base.

Robins Air Force Base Gate Closure to Impact Traffic

Gate 3, the Watson Boulevard gate, will close for two months for the same security improvements done on the Green Street and Russell Parkway gates earlier this year according to the Robins Air Force Base Office of Public Affairs.

Gate 3 will close from Nov. 22 to Jan. 21 for installation of pop-up barriers. During the closure, the Martin Luther King gate will assume the Watson Boulevard gate’s 24/7 hours of operation.

The Visitor’s Center will remain open during the Gate 3 closure. Visitors will have to get back on Highway 247 and enter the base through one of the other gates.

Once the gate reopens, Perry Street access from Watson will permanently close except during peak traffic hours. Bollards, the movable barriers used to block gate lanes at certain times, will close off the street during non-peak hours for security reasons. The Perry Street access from Watson will be open from 6:30 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lt. Gov. Cagle to Speak at Career Academy Dedication

Lt. Governor Casey Cagle is the scheduled keynote speaker at a campus dedication for the Houston County Career Academy (HCCA) on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

A ribbon cutting, reception and tours will follow a program in the auditorium. HCCA Culinary Arts students will prepare and serve the refreshments.

Other members in the program will include Middle Georgia Technical College (MGTC) President Dr. Ivan Allen, Robins Air Force Base (RAFB) Air Logistics Center Executive Director Deryl Israel, HCCA Board of Directors Chairman Paul Hibbitts, Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines, Houston County Board of Education Chairman Tom Walmer and HCCA students.

HCCA partners include MGTC, RAFB, Lockheed Martin, Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce and Perry Area Chamber of Commerce. Mike Parker serves as HCCA's principal.

The school opened August 9, 2010.

HCCA is located at 1311 Corder Rd. in Warner Robins. For more information, call 478-322-3280.

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Perdue Coming Home to Houston County

Sonny Perdue left his Houston County hometown more than eight years ago, headed for the gold dome and the Governor's Mansion.

Now with his two terms almost complete, Perdue says he and his wife Mary are coming back to Bonaire.

VIEW: Sonny Perdue Retrospective Page

Many people in the town just outside Warner Robins, knew Perdue before he became Georgia's top official.

Linda Robinson was living in Bonaire in the late 1970s, but she's one of the few, with no connections or memories to Sonny Perdue.

She now works at a peanut stand on the corner of Highway 96 and Bonaire's busiest intersection. Robinson said, "I've always wondered if had anything to do with the chicken. Does he? No, not Perdue Chicken?

The family cannot pinpoint a connection in their genealogy, but most people in Bonaire know that.

Veterans High School JROTC Wins 1st Place

Veterans High School Junior ROTC (JROTC) Drill Team won first place in a Color Guard competition on Saturday in Tifton, Ga.

This is the first JROTC trophy for Veterans High School.

More than 17 schools participated.

Warner Robins High School Band Wins Best in Class

The Warner Robins High School Demon Band competed on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010, at the Super Bowl of Sound in Carrolton, Ga.   The band, color guard, drum major and percussion were all rated Superior.  The color guard placed second in class with the drum major, percussion and band placing Best in Class.

In addition, on Saturday, Oct. 30 after supporting the Demon football team in Thomasville, Ga., the band competed at the Lafayette Marching Classic in Fayetteville, Ga. 

Once again, Warner Robins placed second in class with color guard and Best in Class in percussion and overall band.  The band also won a spot in the open class final competition in which they placed fourth overall.