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Wounded warrior to be grand marshal of Centerville Parade

The City of Centerville holds its 6th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday.

This year, two honored guests lead the procession of lights and music: local wounded warrior veterans.

One of those grand marshals is Tech Sergeant Kelly Buettner, who currently lives in Kathleen.

For her, September 11, 2001 was a call to serve.

Buettner joined the Air Force in 2002, where she worked in medical evacuation, or "medevac," providing emergency care.

She retired for medical reasons this past year, after she was injured on her second tour in Iraq.

"I was diagnosed with PTSD, a traumatic brain disorder, and lower extremity radiculopathy," Buettner explains.

Warner Robins native cooks eighth Thanksgiving meal for community


For years, Jan King has prepped enough food to feed hundreds of those throughout the community in need of a Thanksgiving meal.

"Eight years ago, I met a family that didn't have anything and they was hungry - a couple of families, and I opened my home to them, and every year it got bigger and bigger," she said.

So big, they had to move this years meal to the Middle Georgia Conference Center.

"I just want to share the love because our family has always ate together," she said. "And food was a part of showing our love and that's what I want to do for the community."

Those that came for a warm meal said they're grateful.

"Some people ... don't have a lot of family," Andrew Tripp said. "They don't know where to go to enjoy a meal, and this is a good thing that they're doing."

Warner Robins police investigating string of burglaries

The Warner Robins Police Department is investigating a string of burglaries that happened at several businesses between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a news release, officers arrived at Fillers #21, located at 2601 Moody Road, around 4:20 a.m. and learned the suspects, described as two men, attempted to break the glass to the front door but failed. Nothing was taken.

At approximately 4:31 a.m., officers went to the Iron Peach, located at 198 South Houston Lake Road. When they arrived, the release states they found the front door glass was broken and the men were able to get in. Police say it is unknown at this time if anything was taken.

Around 4:56 a.m., officers found the front glass was shattered at Simply Cupcakes, located at 627 South Houston Lake Road, and an undisclosed amount of money was taken.

Massachusetts man dies in Houston County accident

A two-car collision along Highway 247 in Warner Robins Wednesday morning left a Massachusetts man dead.

According to the Houston County Sheriff's Office, it happened around 2:15 a.m. on Highway 247, north of Beaver Creek Road.

Sixty-eight-year-old Juan Jose Respeto-Rios, Jr., of Massachusetts, was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Spark when he collided with a 2006 Dodge Caravan, being driven by Laverne Williams.

Rios died at the scene.

Williams and a passenger, Maco Williams, were taken to the Medical Center, Navicent Health with serious injuries.

The accident is still under investigation. Anyone with any additional information regarding the accident can call Lt. Clay Chambers at the sheriff's office at 478-542-2080.

Sacred Heart breaks ground on $9 million new school

Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins is building a new school.

Workers broke ground and recently began clearing the land.

"This is the fruition of a plan that started 15 years ago," says Pat Braski, head of the building committee. All five of his children went to Sacred Heart, and he says the student body has outgrown the 60-year-old school.

"It's just time to renew our commitment to a strong Catholic education," he says. "And the facility that we're building is our attempt to do that for the next 50 years."

The construction, which includes the new school, social hall, and office buildings will cost about $9 million.

"We believe it's very important for our children to have the opportunity to not only learn reading, writing and arithmetic, but also study their faith," says Father Fred Nijem.

Legacy of Lights kicks off in Warner Robins

On Monday night, Houston County's Habitat for Humanity put on their 5th annual Legacy of Lights presented by Chick-fil-A and Homes by Jeff.

It was a ceremony that hit home for Teresa Ingram.

"I'm almost speechless," she said. "I'm just so overjoyed on the inside, can't believe that this many people would even come out to help the community to help people have homes."

Ingram moved into her own Habitat household a few months ago. "From the beginning to the end was just amazing," she says.

But her house couldn't have been made without donations from events like the Legacy of Lights.

Over the past 5 years, this annual event has raised over $70,000 for the Houston County Habitat branch.

Jeff Abbott, their executive director says the event helps them meet their funding goals.

General Charlie Stenner turned in his resignation letter last night. He had been with the Partnership since August of last year.

Lieutenant General Charlie Stenner is stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the 21st Century Partnership.


He joined the Partnership in August 2014.

General Stenner turned in his resignation letter last night, and it will become effective the middle of December.

Chairman of the board, Rob Brooks, says, as far as he knows, General Stenner is retiring.