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Perdue, Legislators Lecture Warner Robins Officials on Conflict

Gov. Sonny Perdue and Houston County state legislators are warning Warner Robins city officials that their bickering may hurt the city's reputation and its future.

They're offering their help, and that of the state's Carl Vinson Institute, to smooth out conflict at city hall.

Perdue, state Sen. Cecil Staton, and state representatives Larry O'Neal, Willie Talton, and Tony Sellier signed the Sept. 8 letter.

They sent a copy of the letter to Mayor Chuck Shaheen and all six council members. 13WMAZ requested one of the copies through an open records request. Council member Mike Daley's letter was the one provided, but each letter contained the same message.


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Shaheen Says He'll Talk to Council About 'Respect'


Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen says he'll speak to council members about showing respect for each other.

His statement came after two council members -- Deron Lee and John Williams -- went on CNN to debate Williams' alleged racial comment during Monday night's meeting.

Shaheen's statement says he didn't hear the details of that exchange.


During the meeting, Lee complained about being disrespected by fellow council members and said, "I'm not working in a cotton field."

Wiliams replied, "You should be."

That came two weeks after another council member reportedly called Lee "boy."

On Wednesday, the Houston County NAACP called on Williams to resign, and on Thursday, Lee and Williams went on CNN to debate the conflict at city hall.

Not long after they appeared, Shaheen faxed this statement to 13WMAZ:

Councilman Williams Reacts to "Cotton Field" Reference

Warner Robins councilman John Williams came to the 13WMAZ studio Thursday afternoon to expand on the comments he made toward councilman Daron Lee during a Warner Robins council meeting Monday night.

"I am really offended that councilman Lee would make me appear to be maybe a slave master. I didn't bring the racial comment up. I didn't think it was racial and I was commenting on his behavior. Cotton field work is hard work. It's nothing wrong with it. There's nothing demeaning about it," said Williams.

Warner Robins Student Wins T-Shirt Design Contest

Balloons, flowers, family members, and a Chick-Fil-A cow surprised Lindsey Watts in the middle of class with exciting news.

The 13-year-old says she never imagined she'd win a t-shirt design contest, even though she loves to draw.

"It took me basically my whole entire art lesson to do it, so it was hard, but really fun," said Lindsey, said she loves pink.

Trish Whitley, co-chair of Central Georgia's Susan G. Komen's Kids for the Cure her design won from a pool of about 30.

She says getting kids involved is a major focus of the Race for the Cure.

"Race for the cure is an annual event that we have in Macon, Georgia. It's the largest fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. People can register and all the money goes to support local initiatives of breast cancer awareness," said Whitley.

She says children at the organizations' October 23 Race for the Cure event will wear shirts with Lindsey's design.

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Robins Says Weekend Ranger Drills Will Bring Noise, Air Traffic


People who live around Robins Air Force Base may notice the sound of explosives and low-flying air traffic from a special nighttime training exercise this weekend.

A Robins news release says the training will take place between 6 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Monday.

It will involve the Army's 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning; the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment at Fort Campbell, Ky.; and Air Force Special Operations Command at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

People living on or near the base may hear explosives and increased air traffic from helicopters and aircraft, the base says.



Warner Robins Councilman Accused of Racial Remark

Warner Robins City Council member Daron Lee says remarks made by other council members turned racial for the second meeting in a row.

Storm Drops Golf-Ball Sized Hail in Houston

A severe-thunderstorm swept through Houston and Twiggs counties, dumping large hail.

The two counties were under a tornado warning for about 20 minutes, around 3 p.m. That means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar.

People in Bonaire and Kathleen reported golf-ball sized hail.

Tim Taylor of Houston Lake Road in Kathleen reported that heavy hail rained down for about 45 seconds. He said there was little damage aside from some downed limbs.

The Houston County EMA office said there were no damage reports and no confirmed tornado sightings.


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