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Houston employee investigated for "inappropriate" social media use

Houston County schools say they're investigating what they call an inappropriate use of social media by a staff member.

Spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says it involves an employee at Houston County High School.

McLaughlin declined to describe the complaint, identify the staff member, or tell us their job status.

She says the district won't release any further information on the case until their investigation is complete.

Pre-K registration in Houston County begins February 23

Parents enrolling their students in Pre-K next school year should start planning now.

Houston County Registration begins February 23 and lasts until March 20, but not all applicants will get a slot.

"Don't wait till the last day or the last minute," advised Registration Secretary Valerie Noah. She said registration should be a smooth process if parents follow instructions, like bringing the proper documents, and registering at the school's planned dates.

For those eager parents, being the first in line won't increase your chances of securing a spot. Students are picked based on a lottery system where the computer randomly selects them.

I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

The Georgia DOT will close lanes on the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-16 near the State Route 96 bridge next week.

The DOT says different lanes will close between mile markers 23 and 24, near Exit 24 on I-16 throughout the week, as crews install bird netting under the State Route 96 overpass.

The lane closures will be in effect from 7 A.M. until 5 P.M., between Monday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 28th.

G-DOT asks divers to drive slowly and carefully around the work zones.

Warner Robins pastor offers drive-thru ashes

For the second year in a row, a Warner Robins pastor offered a drive-thru, for Ash Wednesday.

It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter by observing 40 days of moderation, fasting, and repentance.

John Barichivich is the pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was out at 7:45 Wednesday morning, offering ashes and prayer to anyone who wanted them.

Last year he says they had 30 people drive up, and by mid afternoon he had around 16 people today.

He says he sees all walks of life, some stopping by in their cars, others parking and walking up.

Community speaks with police at 'Coffee With a Cop'

About a dozen police officers gathered at Hardee's in Warner Robins Wednesday morning, not responding to a call, but questions from the community.

"They can give me some advice on what to do and how to carry on," said attendee Ulysees Billings.

Billings sat down with Chief of the Warner Robins Police Department Brett Evans for some coffee and conversations. The two exchanged thoughts about current issues in the community, ways to resolve them, and how to keep youth from trouble.

"Everybody do what they supposed to do, there wouldn't be so much violence," said Billings.

Many more came for the quarterly event. Some regulars at Hardee's who weren't aware of the program said it was a pleasant, and helpful surprise.

Road work on Hwy. 96 near Bonaire continues through Thursday

Norfolk Southern Railroad is doing crossing work requiring a road closure with detour in Houston County.

The work at the intersection of Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 247 and Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 87 will continue through 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a Department of Transportation news release.

Drivers are encouraged to take Hwy. 87 to Cochran, Hwy. 26 to Hawkinsville and Hwy. 247 to Bonaire. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and expect delays while work is scheduled

Community speaks with Warner Robins police

Warner Robins Police officers met with people in the community for a cup of joe and conversation Wednesday morning.

It was the department's third "Coffee with a Cop" event, a national initiative to connect the community with its officers.

About thirty people came to Hardee's within the two-hour period asking both general and personal questions.

Chief Brett Evans says building a strong relationship with the community is crucial to his department and the city.

One woman says when people speak to police in an informal setting, it eases the tension.

"They're here to serve and protect, and if they have a problem, they should feel comfortable talking to the police about it," said Warner Robins resident Georgia Jackson.

Evans says people can also take advantage of their ride along program, and other community engagement opportunities.