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Warner Robins Police propose fine for 'false alarms'


If you have a security alarm in your Warner Robins home or business, now might be a good time to make sure it's working properly.

Otherwise, it could cost you a fine.

The Warner Robins Police Department suggested an ordinance at the city council meeting Monday night that could reduce the number of false alarms they have to respond to.

With over six thousand false alarms documented last year Warner Robins police says it is costing them lots of time they could be on patrols.

One business they cited as an example had 67 false alarms last year because of their broken security system.

On the residential side, 29 was the highest number of calls. In that case, the motion sensor was set too low, where a pet kept setting it off.

Warner Robins approves budget for fiscal year


No new taxes and a raise for city employees were made official after the Warner Robins budget was approved Monday night.

The $38 million general fund budget includes public safety, public works, recreation, and development.

There will also be a two percent raise for full-time city employees.

The formerly proposed increase in sanitation fees was removed from the budget this year.

Mayor Randy Toms says, overall, they are in good shape financially, especially because of a surplus from last year.

"We didn't go up on taxes," he explains. "No millage rate increase or anything, so that's good. The City of Warner Robins is financially sound, and that's demonstrated in the budget."

Warner Robins Independence Day celebration highlights


More than 15,000 people turned out at Friday night's Warner Robins Independence Day celebration and concert featuring Darius Rucker.

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Here are some sights and sounds of the event.

Houston County's population could exceed Bibb's


Houston County's population is expected to surpass Bibb by this time next year.

That's according to current census numbers.

From July 2010 to last year, Houston County's population jumped six percent.

Bibb, on the other hand, actually dropped one percent.

Now, Houston County has a total of about 150,000 people.

The Williams are one family who are used to moving.

"This will be our 17th address," says Paulette Williams, unloading the suitcases from their car.

But now, they have a permanent place to call home.

"We just fell in love with the people, the neighborhood, and the community," she says.

Williams and her family moved to Warner Robins in 2004 when her husband was stationed at Robins Air Force Base.

Things to know for Warner Robins concert


  • Where: The Museum of Aviation, 1942 Heritage Blvd, Robins AFB. Guests are required to have a ticket. Have it ready to show a volunteer in the parking lot and at the gate. Base personnel can enter through a back gate from the base. Along with their ID, they have to have their ticket on them.

  • Parking opens at 4 p.m. and will be in front of Anchor Glass, with a separate handicap lot on Booth Road.

  • Show starts 7 p.m. featuring Darius Rucker.

Curfew extends with new fireworks law


As of Wednesday, it's legal to shoot fireworks between 10 a.m. and midnight every day.

According to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department, the curfew extends Friday, Saturday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day from midnight to 2 a.m.

Fireworks may not be discharged within 100 yards of a nuclear plant or business that sells or refines gasoline products, the release states. Fireworks may also not be discharged indoors or near schools.

The new state law, the release says, preempts local city ordinances, which means the law overrides the city's noise ordinance.

Unless fireworks are being discharged within the areas or time frames mentioned, the release says the police cannot prevent people from shooting off fireworks during the allowed time frame.


Wellston Winds host Star-Spangled Concert


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The sounds of patriotism filled the air in Warner Robins Wednesday night. The Wellston Winds hosted a Star-Spangled Concert at the Museum of Aviation.

The all-volunteer group is a community wind ensemble made up of musicians from throughout the community.

It includes everyone from high schoolers, to music teachers, and even former Air Force Band members.

Tonight, the group played various patriotic favorites, from 'God Bless America,' to 'America the Beautiful.' They also paid tribute to former service members with an armed services melody.