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O'Neal, Staton Picked for Leadership Posts

Two Central Georgia state legislators picked up leadership posts in the past week.

The Associated Press reports that House Republicans have elected state Rep. Larry O'Neal as their new majority leader.

And the Senate Republican Caucus on Friday elected Cecil Staton of Macon as the Majority Whip for the coming session, according to a release from Staton. The whip counts votes among other Republican senators and encourages them to vote with the party line.


O'Neal, chairman of the powerful tax-writing Ways and Means and Committee, defeated state Rep. James Mills of Gainesville in a secret ballot on Monday. O'Neal, of Bonaire, is a former lawyer for Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Also on Monday, David Ralston was re-elected House speaker on Monday.

Gov.-elect Nathan Deal addressed the House Republicans saying Georgia voters "have placed great confidence" in their conservative agenda to lead the state.

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Annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk

Saturday, Nov. 6

At the Georgia National Fairgrounds

9:00 a.m. Kicks off with Purple Pancake Breakfast

Complete with "create your own toppings" buffet, hot coffee and juice.

9:45 a.m. Walk Warm-up with a professional exercise instructor.

10 a.m. Walk Festivities

11:30 a.m. Awards Presentation & Closing Ceremony

Top fundraisers will be recognized.

In addition to the walk, music, refreshments, family fun activities and informational exhibits will be available.

For more information, visit www.alz.org/georgia.


Veterans Day 5K Race

Houston County 4-H is sponsoring a Veteran's Day 4-H 5K Race at The Georgia Agricenter and National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga. on Thursday Nov. 11, 2010.

Entrance will be at the North Gate and registration will be at the clock tower at 2:45 p.m. The race will begin at 4:15 p.m. The race will occur around the perimeter of the grounds on pavement.

The race day registration fee is $20 for 4-H’ers and $25 for other runners. All proceeds will go to support 4-H and Houston County 4-H receives proceeds for every Houston County resident who registers.

T-Shirts will be provided for registered runners on race day while supplies last. For more information, contact the Houston County 4-H office at (478) 987-2028.

Perry Car Thief Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

A Houston County Judge has sentenced a Perry car thief to ten years in prison without the possibility of parole.

A press release from the Houston County District Attorney said that 37 year old Shon Lamar Wooley of Ellenwood will serve 10 years in prison for a burglary at a Perry car dealership back in March.

The release says that Wooley was arrested after breaking into the Jeff Smith Chrysler Dealership.

Officials say Wooley has a criminal record dating back to 1992. He had eight prior felony convictions, most involving the theft of cars.

According to the press release, defendants with three prior felony convictions can be sentenced to serve their time without parole under Georgia law.

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National School Psychology Week

National School Psychology Week takes place from Nov. 8-12. 

School psychologists work with parents and educators to help ensure children have the learning support they need.  They are trained to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally by addressing issues such as learning problems, behavior and discipline problems, social skills, mental health issues, problem solving, school safety, crisis prevention and intervention. 

Houston County Board of Education (HCBOE) school psychologists are dedicated to promoting academic and personal success for their students. The HCBOE thanks its 11 school psychologists: Stephani Adams, Leslie Allen, Jim Elkins, Ellen Tanner, Chris Wellman, Margaret Humphreys, Jay Jimerson, Amy Brett, Kristen Peaster, Cory Smith, and Amy Smith.

Warner Robins Beats Lee County

Calvin Franklin Moore ripped off an 81 yard touchdown run and Dee Dee Wright returned a kick-off 85 yards for a score as Warner Robins beat Lee County 48-35 Thursday night at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

The Demons led 35-14 at the half and held on for the victory to finish the season 2-8.

Warner Robins won two of their final three games after an 0-7 start.

Police say Warner Robins Double Shooting May Be Drug-Related

A Byron man was in critical condition Thursday after a double shooting that Warner Robins police say may be drug related.

Police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh says the shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night in a home under construction at 104 Berkley Circle.That's between Gunn Road and Watson Boulevard.

A police news release says Christopher Wilkinson of Warner Robins and Desair Morris of Byron, both 23 years old, were shot inside the home.

Police believe they were shot by a third person that they met at the home. They describe him as a man in his 20s driving a dark pickup truck.

Morris was shot multiple times and is in critical condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia, police say.

Police believe Wilkinson was shot once. He is in stable condition at Grady Hospital in Atlanta.

Pugh says police are investigating the case as a drug-related shooting. She said police have some leads in the case.