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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.


Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on today's weather.

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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."