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Houston Co. forum aims to shed light on gang crime


Some Houston County leaders want to address concerns about gang violence.

In a forum next Tuesday, August 25th, police officers and even a former gang member will answer questions.

"Everybody should be concerned when it comes to gang awareness " says organizer Jerome Stephens.

He is chairman of the Houston County Community gang task force, which he started it back in 1996.

"A community should be safe," Stephens explains. "When you're not safe in your environment, it brings about chaos."

Detective Justin Clark with the Warner Robins Police Department investigates gang-related crimes.

He says he has seen a range "from the vandalism, to the graffiti, property damage, and things like that, to assaults between gangs fighting with each other."

Training Center for vets to open May '16


Veterans from around Georgia can look for career advice in Warner Robins starting next summer. That's when the Military Academic Training Center opens across from Robins Air Force Base.

It's located behind Huntington Middle School, off Wellborn Road.

Patricia Ross, Director of Military Affairs for the Technical College System of Georgia said, "It's a one-stop shop for veterans and their families." 

Accident leaves Warner Robins woman critically injured


A Warner Robins woman is listed in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Navicent Health after her involvement in an accident on Leisure Lake Court Wednesday around 5 p.m.

According to a news release, 26-year-old Courtney Welchel was driving her 2006 Cadillac CTS when she veered into oncoming traffic, hit two mailboxes, continued 1,000 feet and crossed back into oncoming traffic. The car then hit a tree, went airborne and rolled, the release states.

Investigators are working to determine if alcohol contributed to the crash. The release also states Welchel was driving with a suspended license.


WWII veteran's search for old war friends goes viral


A World War II veteran's attempt to reconnect with some old war buddies has gone viral.

 

The Houston County-native has received hundreds of messages from the relatives of many of those men.

Former Private First Class Rifleman, John Knowles, did not used to be social media savvy. Now, his inbox is flooded with messages from people all over the country.

It started with a search for some of the people he served with in World War II, over 70 years ago.

"I just got to thinking about them," Knowles says. "I think about them a lot."

Knowles, who is now 91, says he has tried for years to look them up but did not know many of their real names.

Warner Robins leaders behind I-75 corridor


The I-75 Corridor is a project that aims to improve the Central Georgia economy.

Warner Robins recently signed a resolution that meant they would be part of the planning process.

In fact, several Central Georgia governments have agreed to be a part of the I-75 Corridor.

Included in the partnership are: Warner Robins, Perry, Fort Valley, Byron, and Peach County.

The corridor is about a six mile stretch, spanning from the 247 Connector at Exit 146 to Perry Parkway at Exit 138.

Mayor Randy Toms says it's a great opportunity to capitalize on the land right off the interstate.

Rigby's water park in Warner Robins opening in summer 2016


Bibb County opened a water park this summer. Next year, it's Houston County's turn.

Steve Rigby, owner of Rigby's Entertainment Complex in Warner Robins, says he plans to open his "Water World" to customers in the Summer of 2016.

He said Thursday, "We are at our final layout."

Man's identity sought for Warner Robins gas station burglary


Deputies are investigating a burglary that happened at the Sunoco convenience store, located at 1401 Watson Boulevard, in Warner Robins around 1:20 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a news release from the Warner Robins Police Department, a man took an undisclosed amount of money from the gas station. No one was injured.

Anyone with additional information about the case or the identity of the man pictured, please call Det. Shane Mann at 478-302-5381.