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Houston County Performs in Bus Safety Competition

The top school bus drivers from 40 Georgia counties competed in a state-wide bus road-e-o in Warner Robins. It's a 2-day event sponsored by the Pupil Transportation Safety Competition Foundation.

The competition includes bus inspections, a written test and a driving competition.

Houston County's director of transportation, Frank Scott, says the emphasis is on safety. "We're hoping all the counties throughout Georgia will have a local competition like we did in April and be able to let drivers polish their skills and practice on a daily basis."

Clay Moncrief, who won the local competition for Houston County, represented Houston County and place 14th out of 59 competitors. Cobb County placed first.

Mayor Shaheen Asks For Lobbyist in 2013 Budget

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen wants to pay a lobbyist $30,000 to work for the cities interests at the state capitol.

He included the money in his 2013 budget, which hasn't been voted on yet.

Two council members, Mike Brashear and Carolyn Robbins, say they support hiring a lobbyist. The other four say they're undecided.

Shaheen says he wants Warner Robins to be front of legislators' mind when the session starts in Atlanta next January. He believes hiring a lobbyist is the way to make that happen. He said, "They sit in all these meetings up there at the capitol. They know where the funds are, how to get in touch with key people down here."

INTERVIEW: "42" National Anthem Singer

 

Frank Malloy speaks with Lisa Hiland, who won a contest to perform the National Anthem for the filming of "42."

 

Warner Robins Teen Wins $25K, Plans for Mercer

A Warner Robins teen, 19-year-old Sequoyeah Canion, had that lucky moment where he scratched off a winning lottery ticket.

He bought a Cash Deluxe ticket and found himself $25,000. With his new winnings, Canion told the Georgy Lottery that he plans to go to Mercer University to study mechanical engineering.

A press release from the Georgia Lottery said a family visit brought Canion to Perry, where he bought his winning ticket at the Perry Food Mart.

He said, "I scratched the ticket, and I was excited. Winning feels good."

Canion went to the Georgia Lottery District Office in Macon on Thursday to claim his winnings.

New Board Members Selected for Robins Regional Educational Foundation

New Board Members Selected for Robins Regional Educational Foundation

WARNER ROBINS, GA – The Robins Regional Educational Foundation has selected five new board members.  Now in its second year, the Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization formed to help promote and advance education at all levels throughout the Robins Region.  Its establishment was a major goal of the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee.  While the Foundation is a separate corporate entity from the Chamber and has its own leadership and autonomy, the two organizations collaborate on a number of projects designed to enhance and promote education in the Robins Region.

The new officers are:  Bill Craig, local real estate agent; Ed Dyson, former educator and high school principal; Gary McLure, banker for SunMark Community Bank; Conrad Nix, former educator and high school football coach; and Patti Stonehouse, retired businesswoman.

Shaheen Discusses Budget, New Jobs

Chuck Shaheen spoke out to the media today for about 40 minutes.

 

The Warner Robins mayor held a news conference at city hall.

 

He took questions on the budget, his request for a city lobbyist and public-relations director, the G-ramp project and crossing arms at the Ignico Drive rail crossing.

 

Shaheen says he's gotten so many interview requests from the media, He decided to answer all their questions in a news conference setting.

 

Lorra Lynch Jones was at that news conference and will have more on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.

Check back with 13WMAZ.com for updates on this story today.

Bibb Sheriffs Arrest Seven in Burglary Investigation

Seven Macon people have been arrested for a series of burglaries in Bibb and surrounding counties.

Bibb Chief Deputy David Davis led the effort, working with the Macon Police Department, Jones County Sheriff's Office, the Houston County Sheriff's Office and the Bibb County District Attorney's Office.

The tipping point came when Macon Police investigators recovered stolen items working a theft case in the city. The MPD notified the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, who verified the items were stolen from a south Bibb residence. 

They charged Phillip Edward Harrell, Jr., with Burglary, and Aubrey Elaine April with felony Theft by Deception, felony Theft by Receiving and Burglary.