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Fewer Houston Co. Schools Made A.Y.P.

The Houston County Board of Education got the results their Adequate Yearly Progress testing and found fewer schools made A.Y.P this year than last year.

Superintendent Robin Hines says 34 of the 37 Houston County schools met the standards this year.

Last year, all Houston County schools made A.Y.P. 

Northside High School, Perry High School and the Houston County Career Academy failed to meet A.Y.P this year.

But Hines says that doesn't mean that the majority of the students in the schools failed. He says the schools didn't pass because of small groups of students.

He also says as the state's standards for A.Y.P testing continue to rise, it gets harder to get everyone to pass.



 "When you put all the students in there, what you see is we are meeting the standard," says Hines.

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Houston County Schools Host Band Night

Houston County School's put on their 17th Annual Band Night Tuesday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

Band Night is a chance to showcase marching bands from Houston County's High Schools and Middle Schools.

Young musicians from the middle schools get to perform together and then the high schools take center field to perform their fall shows.

"They're out here three or four afternoons a week for three or four hours at a time, and we would like to show them off to the community," said Wally Shaw, Houston County High School Band Director.

Band Night has grown over the years with more than 1,000 students performing the "Star Spangled Banner."

The event is away for the community to support the band program.


Houston School Board Honors Years of Service

Houston County Board of Education recognized teachers and staff who have been with the school system for more than thirty years.

The ceremony on October 19th honored employees who have devoted 30 or 35 years of service to the children of Houston County.

Seventeen teachers and staff members were recognized and received a certificate of appreciation and a small gift from H.E.A Federal Credit Union.

The guest honored said they were excited to be recognized for something they enjoy doing.

"Teaching is in my blood, it's just what I do. It defines me," said Deborah Dean who has taught for 30 years.

"I just love being around the kids and the teachers," said Emma Ward who has taught for 35 years.

The reception for the event was sponsored by H.E.A. Federal Credit Union.

Investigators: Suspect's Family Helped Solve 1995 Murder

The Houston County District Attorney's office says investigators have charged a man with a 15-year-old cold-case murder.

According to a news release from DA Rabb Wilkerson, the Houston grand jury today indicted 43-year-old David Ray Hallmon, a Texas prison inmate, with murdering Diane Campbell.

Her body was found in June 1995 in woods behind the Admiral Benbow Inn on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. Campbell, 42,  died from a blow to the head.

Hallmon today was charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Wilkerson's news release credited the work of Sgt. Al Elvins and Lt. Jon Holland of the Houston County sheriff's department.

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My Teacher Is Tops

Some students at Miller Elementary School in Warner Robins say their teacher is all fun and games.

Michael Bloom, a first grader at Miller Elementary School, says his first-grade teacher Rita Tucker thinks outside the box when it comes to learning.

"I'm gonna put a smiley face in the box because we are a happy class today," says Mrs. Tucker.

After 37 years of teaching, her students say she brings fun into the classroom.

"We play puzzles and we play nouns," says Tonna Williams.

"Nouns" is a Mrs. Tucker special, and one of the kids' favorites. It's a flashcards game.

Republican Leader Boehner Campaigns For Scott

House Minority Leader John Boehner stopped in Houston County today to rally support for 8th Congressional District candidate Austin Scott, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Jim Marshall.

In a speech at Centerville City Hall, Boehner promised more support for veterans and Robins Air Force Base, if voters help Republicans gain the majority. Boehner stands to replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the U.S. House if that happens.

"If you elect Austin Scott to the U.S. House of Representatives, it's going to be my commitment to do everything I can to make sure he's the next member of the Armed Services Committee," Boehner said.

Marshall currently sits on the Armed Forces Committee.

Boehner promised to remember Robins Air Force Base in Washington, if voters remember Scott in the polls.

After the event, Scott said he was "excited" to hear about the Ohio representative's "commitment for armed services."

NY Father Runs In Daughter's Honor, Stops In Warner Robins

A New York man made his way down to Warner Robins to take on a challenge with his own two feet.

54-year-old Guy Fessenden says he's running 100 marathons in 140 days.

He says it's all for his daughter, who has spent the last seven years in a psychiatric hospital.

Fessenden says one out of every four Americans has a form of mental illness.  He says he wants to raise money to improve their quality of life.

He started at Tybee Island on Oct. 2, and says he plans to finish up in Santa Monica, California on Feb. 19.

Fessenden says he runs a marathon each day for three consecutive days and then rests on the fourth day.