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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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Warner Robins Police Host Haunted House

Warner Robins Police usually want to make the community feel safe, but for part of this week, they are trying to scare you.

Their 7th annual Fear Fest Haunted House opened Monday night, with tricks that play on people's greatest fears.

Water pooling on the tarps wasn't part of the plan, but Captain John Clay says bad weather won't stop the start of local law enforcement's haunted tradition.

Clay said, "Lot of it is stuff we used in the past. Lot of it we get from different stores."

Clay says the Fear Fest incorporates roaches, clowns and ghoulish goblins.

Some dummies jump out to startle passersby, but most of the frights come from real actors. Clay said most of those actors are from Robins Air Force Base or other civilians. There are actually only a few police officers playing parts in the Haunted House.

Warner Robins Woman in Need of Wheelchair Lift

"This threw me for a loop because I can't do what I once did. In fact, I sit here in kind of a pickle because I don't have anyone."

Ellen Wadsworth is in a tight squeeze when it comes to getting around.

"I'm a double amputee, this happened to me in '08."

She says severe blood clotting caused her to lose her legs a few years ago. She depends on an electric chair to move around. She says the chair was donated to her by the wife of a war veteran who passed away before he could use it.

Wadsworth says the electric chair is a blessing, but it's not much help when it comes to getting to and from the doctor's office.

She can't take it with her because she doesn't have a lift on her car. Instead she is forced to take her old manual chair.

Nathan Deal and Republican Bus Tour Stops in Warner Robins

Georgia's Republican bus tour pulled over Tuesday for a cup of coffee at the Houston County Republican Headquarters.

The GOP is on a five day tour of Georgia, stumping for its candidates on the general election ballot. That includes Republican Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal.

U.S. Senators for Georgia, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, along with fellow Republicans, rolled into Warner Robins before the sun came up.

Chambliss said to the crowd, "Appreciate y'all being up early this morning."

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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.

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.