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New look for Pearl Stephens Elementary


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Students at Pearl Stephens Elementary stepped into what looks like a brand new school, but it's now in the old Linwood Elementary building..

"I am so glad that you came to our school," said Principal Brantley over the school's intercom.

Thursday morning's announcements were mostly about encouragement, but much of the day was about learning, both for students and teachers.

"Brand new school, new kids. Although this is my thirteenth year, I feel like it's my first year teaching," said third grade teacher Sheree Dudley.

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

Part of the new Healthcare to Health initiative — H2H for short — the programs target parents of Air Force children as well as spouses and retirees through interactive courses on base, said Kelly Williams, a certified health education specialist who has spent two years developing the initiative.

The first, called 5210 Healthy Military Children, teaches moms and dads how to make consistent, healthy meal and exercise choices at home. The second, Group Lifestyle Balance, focuses on weight management, physical activity and healthy eating for spouses and retirees at risk for weight-related health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, strokes and heart attacks.

Home giveaway for central Georgia veteran


A realty group in Warner Robins is helping to open new doors for a military veteran in central Georgia. They're giving away a three bedroom, two bathroom house valued at more than $50,000.

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Realtor Blair Myers says it's part of the "Roofs for Troops" program. Bank of America and Nehemiah Corporation fix up foreclosed homes around the country and sell them at low prices to military veterans. However, Myers says this home is different.

New President and CEO named to 21st Century Partnership


21st Century Partnership announces that Lt. Gen., Retired Charles Stenner Jr. takes the helm as the organization's new president and CEO.

Stenner was selected from 40 candidates, according to a release.

Asked why he believes he is the right man for the job, Stenner said, "I like to think it's because I have in fact, had some opportunities to lead. I've been here since 2003. I chose to move here, to live on the installation back in 2009 as the commander of the Air Force Reserve Command, and I've got strong ties here."

Before retiring from the Air Force in 2012, he was the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

After retiring, Stenner and his wife chose to stay in Warner Robins.

He begins his work with 21st Century Partnership Aug. 1.

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the two people they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Investigators arrested Jabrea Deanna Vason, 21, of Montezuma Thursday after a traffic stop on Macedonia Church Road in Pulaski County.

Eddie McTrail Allen, 32, of Americus, ran from the car on foot prompting a massive manhunt in the area of Macedonia Road and Hwy 26.

Robins offering buyouts to workers

Robins offering buyouts to workers

Robins Air Force Base is accepting buyout applications from up to 100 civilian employees, part of a new round of Air Force budget-cutting.

In a news release Friday, the base said selected workers will be offered incentives of up to $25,000 for early retirement and separation.

The base recently said it may eliminate up to 258 jobs at its Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, about a quarter of the jobs there.

The reductions are a part of an Air Force program to eliminate 3,459 positions, the news release states. They say the cuts would save $1.6 billion over the next four years.

Robins says it will accept applications from up to 15 specialties, including human resources,budget analysts and material handlers.

The base says they will approve fewer than 100 buyouts, and those workers must leave by Sept. 30.


Houston County Teacher of the Year: Kathy Gibbs


Perdue Elementary's Kathy Gibbs is Houston County's new Teacher of the Year.

Gibbs has been teaching for 18 years, 3 of those at Perdue Elementary. She told our us why today's win is an honor she wasn't expecting.

"I was in complete shock. I had no idea I would have been named Houston County Teacher of the Year," she said.

But if you ask those who've worked with Gibbs, they'll tell you the win is really no surprise.

"She loves them, she hugs them, she tells them she cares about them," said Perdue Elementary Principal Andy Payne.

"She doesn't accept defeat in any child that she tries to help," said Anthony Lunceford, who initially brought Gibbs to the school system.

Gibbs teaches 5th grade at Perdue Elementary and admits becoming an educator was a bit of a surprise itself.