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16 Houston County Schools qualify for free lunches


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This school year, all students at 16 Houston County schools will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost.

It's called the "Community Eligibility Provision".

For a school in Houston County to qualify, 40 percent of its students must be eligible for free lunch under federal rules.

That means they must receive assistance from government programs or must be considered a foster child, migrant, homeless or a runaway child.

Houston County Schools' nutrition director, Meredith Potter, says some families are on the edge of poverty and may not qualify for reduced lunch, even though they may need it.

Man reunites with firefighter who saved his life


At Serenity Adult Day Health, a very special reunion was planned.

For the first time in 22 years, Jody Melvin and his mother Judy Culpepper meet his rescuer.

Now Captain, Danny Williams with the Warner Robins Fire Department was there to surprise them.

"This man right here," says Culpepper to her son, "He saved your life."

Melvin can only say a few words, his brain permanently damaged from the accident, but the joy was all over his face.

Melvin presents Williams with a card that says "Danny, thank you for saving my life," a plaque, and a big hug.

Culpepper's friend, Phyllis Corley arranged the surprise get-together, to thank Williams properly.

"I always wondered about the family and wondered how he was," says Williams.

He remembers March 19, 1993 like it was yesterday.

Bonaire man reports home invasion, robbery


A Bonaire man says three men invaded his home as he slept, punched him, held a gun to his head and robbed him.

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That's according to an incident report from the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, it happened around 11:30 p.m. at a home on Granville Street.

The victim, Rahul Raval, age 24, says the three men entered his bedroom, shined his cell phone in his face. One punched him in the face and said, "Where's the money? Give me the money."

Raval said one of the men then placed a handgun to his head and said, "Give us the money or I will kill you."

Warner Robins fireman receives Rookie of the Year award


A Warner Robins man won a prestigious award from the state Firefighter's Association. He's the only one in the entire peach state to receive the award this year.

Jonathan Clark's passion for firefighting was ignited three years ago.

Rebuilding Together Warner Robins builds 1,000th home


ID=30666387The 1,000th home completed for Helen Stephens was celebrated early Saturday morning.

The hard work of around 30 volunteers left the 88-year-old nearly speechless. She received the 1,000th home to be rehabilitated from the group 'Rebuilding Together Warner Robins'.

"I don't even know the words to say, awesome is the biggest word I can think of, it's just awesome," Stephens says. "I'm so honored and blessed that they choose me to do this."

The group does extensive home rehab projects for low-income homeowners. They depend solely on volunteers doing work like lawn care, painting, roofing, and plumbing.

Warner Robins "Follies" return to the stage


Warner Robins High graduates may remember the "Follies," a variety show that attracted hundreds of people every year.

For the first time in over three decades, it is coming back. The stage is set, and there is one last rehearsal before reviving a performance from the past. The Follies started in 1962.

Houston Co. raid finds $82K in synthetic marijuana


Two Perry men were arrested Friday in connection to a narcotics investigation in which synthetic marijuana, estimated at the street value of $82,000, was recovered.

According to a news release, a joint effort between the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Perry Police Department led to the arrests of 36-year-old Durand Felder and 30-year-old Tradvious McIver.

Reports were made several weeks ago when medical attention had to be sought for individuals who smoked "spice." Spice, according to the release, is a name for synthetic marijuana. An increase in calls prompted the investigation.

Search warrants for two homes, one off Longhorn Trail and the other off Chimney Road, resulted in the seizure of 164 packs of synthetic drugs, numerous prescription drugs, guns and $615 cash.