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Houston Roads Open, Drivers Should Use Caution

Houston County EMA says the following roads are are now open, after they were closed Sunday night because of high water levels.

  • Feagin Mill Road at Turtle Creek
  • Butten Drive at Chilton Place
  • Highway 41 at Sandefur Road
  • Peacock Drive between Corder Road and Watson Blvd.
  • First Street and Watson Blvd.
  • Lake Joy Road and Sandefur Road

The EMA warns drivers should still be careful in these areas and watch for standing water on the roadway.

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Houston Superintendent Says Kohl's Dispute Settled

Houston County's school superintendent says a dispute over a visit by a special-needs school group to a local Kohl's store was just miscommunication.

A Bonaire Middle School teacher last week sent out an email to parents, co-workers and others saying the special-needs students were "devastated and humiliated" when a manager turned them away from the Kohl's on Watson Boulevard last Thursday.

The teacher wrote that the group, with several students and three adults, often drops into the store as a learning exercise.

But the manager told the group that store employees were doing inventory that day and were too busy to help the group. Several parents contacted 13WMAZ about the incident.

On Monday, Houston County superintendent Robin Hines called it a "lapse in communication."

"They were sorry about it, and we were sorry about it."

My Teacher is Tops

One Houston County teacher is opening up the books and having her students dive right in.

Shelley Shillcutt of Westside Elementary School is no stranger to flipping through the pages of learning. She says for the past 12 years, reading has taken her students to the next chapter of their lives.

"What we're doing here in elementary school has an impact on them, not just today, but for the rest of their lives," she said.

She's impacted at least two fifth-graders who say she's the best. Jelicia Campbell and Jacob Lifsey teamed up to nominate Shillcutt as a top teacher.

"We love her like she's our second mom at school," said Campbell reading the letter she and Lifsey wrote to 13WMAZ.

The pair says their teacher goes above and beyond any ordinary textbook.

"She will ask us what kind of books we like and she'll order books for us to read," said Lifsey.

Williams Accused of Pointing Gun at Tenant

 A Warner Robins man says council member John Williams pointed a gun in his face during an argument at Williams' home on McArthur Boulevard Monday night

 Brandon Shaver says he rents his current home from Williams. The two are also next-door neighbors.

In an interview with 13WMAZ, Shaver said when he got home from work Monday night, his wife told him that Williams wanted him to stop by to discuss their current rental agreement.

He says the incident happened on Williams' front porch after Williams told him he wanted Shaver and his family to move out the next day to make room for new tenants.

According to a Warner Robins police report Williams also told police that he and Shaver argued because the tenant hadn't paid his rent in months but refused to move out.

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Houston County Leaders Reflect on Year Since Donald Walker's Death

Warner Robins longest-serving mayor, Donald Walker, died a year ago this week.

His death, ruled a suicide, came in the midst of another campaign for re-election.

Several long-time community leaders with the city, county and state talked about their perspective on the direction of Warner Robins in the post-Walker era.

A city council member for 19 years and the current chairman of the Warner Robins Building Authority, Bill Douglas expected turbulence with a change in leadership after Donald Walker's death, but not this much.

Douglas said, "In my years of service, I've never seen it to the extent that it is."

UnitedHealthcare Again Covering Medical Center

UnitedHealthcare has resumed covering patients at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, according to the insurer and the Medical Center.

In a statement, UnitedHealthcare said that since Monday, the Medical Center is again a "participating facility" for policyholders.

"We are extremely pleased that a new agreement has been reached between UnitedHealthcare and the Medical Center of Central Georgia, including its urgent care centers and other ancillary facilities," according to the statement e-mailed to us by Tracey Lempner, the public-relations director for UnitedHealthcare's southeast region.

Houston Deputies Search Off Booth Road

Acting on a tip, Houston County deputies searched in woods off Booth Road Friday.

 

Capt. Robert Clark of the Houston County Sheriff's office says they got a tip about an injured person in the woods.

He said he could not release any further details on the case. But at mid-afternoon Friday, he said they'd found nothing.

People in Warner Robins reported deputies' cruiser and a state police helicopter involved.

Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says the Warner Robins police are not involved in the search.