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Darius Rucker to play Warner Robins' Independence Day event

Darius Rucker will be the headlining act at this year's Warner Robins Independence Day celebration.

The announcement was made Monday by city officials at the Museum of Aviation.

The free event is July 3 at the Museum of Aviation.

Rucker became famous during the 1990s as the lead singer of Hootie and the Blowfish.

Community supports Houston Co. teacher battling cancer

A Houston County teacher has received an outpouring of support after she was diagnosed with cancer in January.

Thursday afternoon, her family busily sorted through boxes and boxes of donations for a yard sale fundraiser.

People brought everything from furniture, to clothes, to toys and ornaments, all in support of local teacher, Crystal Wisecup.

"We've just had to focus on me getting better," says Wisecup.

The twenty-four-year-old is a first-year teacher at Thomson Middle School, where she used to attend.

"I could help other people," she says about why she wanted to be an educator.

Her lesson plans had to go on hold in January, when diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system. But she had a bigger concern than chemotherapy.

Perdue Farms donates land for new Houston Co. fire station

Houston County citizens might be seeing a new fire station soon.

According to a news release, The Board of Commissioners will sign a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Perdue Farms, which will accept the company's donation of almost five acres of land to build a new fire station along Hwy 247.

The Houston County Fire Department operates on mostly volunteers through eight stations located throughout the county.

"The fire station is needed because of the industry in the area and the large number of homes," Tommy Stalnaker, the chairman, said. "It's in an area that's a long way from any coverage. It's going to help emergency response (in this area) a lot."

Wally Hunter, a director of operations for Perdue in Perry, said the company has a tradition of making a difference in communities where servicemen work and conduct business.

State settles Grabowski's whistle-blower suit

The state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit filed by a whistle-blower who claimed she was fired for raising ethical questions about the head of the Georgia National Guard.

We reported last summer on that suit by Mary Therese Grabowski.
You may remember her as a former anchor at 13WMAZ, then as head of the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins.

She was also a state Department of Defense spokeswoman in 2012 and 2013.

Grabowski said she raised questions about Jim Butterworth, who was the state's adjutant general.

Contractors forum informs businesses.

Around 400 people gathered at the Museum of Aviation to learn about government contracts at Robins Air Force Base.

The forum showed companies how to compete for the millions of dollars available in government contracts at the base. It's been two years since the last contracting forum.

"In the past two years, the Aerospace Industry Committee has been able to gather all the necessary parties to get representation back here from the life cycle management center, and the air force sustainment center" said Lisa Fruge, chairwoman of the Robins Chamber's Aerospace.

She says the base contracts out over $500 million dollars annually to companies. NAVCOM, a defense electronics company in Warner Robins, says their profits primarily come from those contracts.

New '50s themed ice cream and soda parlor in Perry

Walking into A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop feels like stepping into a time machine.


The old pictures plastered on the walls, and music are blasts from the '50s.

"We created the old soda fountain shop because one we just thought the town needed it" said owner Mike Vinson.

And with it being in Perry's downtown historic district, the location couldn't be better.

It opened two weeks ago, and has picked up a following already, "last week we had a line out the door" added Vinson.

Men accused of stealing lottery tickets after high-speed chase

Two gas station burglaries in Warner Robins and Perry led police on a highway chase earlier Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, Ricky Lamar Thomas, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fl., De-Andre Rashad Walker, 20, and Keshawn Donta Wilson, 23, both of Hollywood, Fl., are all charged with burglary in the 2nd degree and tampering with evidence after allegedly stealing an undisclosed amount of lottery tickets from a Texaco station, located at 203 General Courtney Hodges Blvd. in Perry and a Shell gas station, located at 12005 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins.

After further investigation it was discovered that the lottery tickets stolen from the two convenient stores had been cashed in at a Flash Foods gas station in Unadilla, Ga.