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Houston Students Participate in Teen Driving Program

Three simple letters like 'LOL' can change a life.

That's the message seniors at Veterans High School will take home Thursday after a teen driving program presented by the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Justin Hall shared his experiences at car wreck scenes with the students then showed a video made by AT&T.

The movie depicted teens sharing their personal stories of accidents caused by texting and driving.

"What they'll take away from that is 'This could happen to me. The people in this video are just like the guy sitting next to me or the girl sitting next to me,' and that the consequences of just a few little letters 'LOL,' 'OMG,' 'Where you at,' little things like that, they only take seconds to type, but in the seconds it takes to type translate into years and years and lifetimes of consequences if something goes bad," said Hall.

Three Charged With Murdering Man Found in Ocmulgee

Houston County Sheriff's investigators say they have charged three men with murdering a man found in the Ocmulgee River Sunday. 

According to Houston County Capt. Robert Clark, the victim is Justin Klaffka, 25, of Warner Robins.  Clark says Klaffka had been living in Central Georgia less than a year.  He was from Florida.

Matthew Pike, 27, William Slaton, 29, and Daniel Slaton, 35, all of Warner Robins have been arrested and charged with felony murder.

Investigators have not released more detail on the murder or said how Klaffka died.

Meanwhile, the Houston County Sheriff's Department is at a home on Dixie Trail in Warner Robins searching for more evidence in the case. That's according to Capt. Alan Everidge of the sheriff's department.



Youth Leadership Robins Region Class of 2012 Graduates

Youth Leadership Robins Region Class of 2012 Graduates

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce honored 28 outstanding high school juniors at the 2012 Youth Leadership Robins Region Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17th.

Gottwals Books To Add Franchises

A small business started in Warner Robins is about to go big time.

The family owned Gottwals Books will franchise its stores across the U.S.

Shane Gottwals and his wife opened the used book store on Russell Parkway five years ago.

The business expanded to locations in Perry, Macon and Byron.

Gottwals says he knew he couldn't maintain the quality and customer service of his business managing more locations, but the franchise option allows him to keep his standards.

Gottwals said, "We basically set the rules like Chick-Fil-A or McDonalds would. We can ensure the quality is always going to be there although were not in that store."

He said people all over Georgia and as far away as Oregon have expressed an interest in a franchise.

Those stores will be called "Wall-To-Wall" books, which is Gottwals slogan.

Verizon Launches 4G LTE in Central GA Thursday

Verizon Wireless says it's launching its 4G LTE network in Macon and Warner Robins this Thursday, April 19.

4G means fourth-generation wireless broadband, which allows mobile-device users to send and receive information more quickly.

LTE means "Long Term Evolution."

Under ideal circumstances, the company says, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink.

The company says it will launch in 27 new markets and expand in 44 markets this week.

Council Members Check off Agenda Items

Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen and council members met for their regular meeting at City Hall Monday night.

Mayor Shaheen and council recognized several city officials for their service.  Council updated an old parade and picketing ordinance, making it a rule to apply for a permit through the city if more than thirty people gather for an event.

Councilman Paul Shealy says it hasn't been looked at since 1963. "We just kind of renewed to go along with modern times, you know, and, like I said, mostly it was for safety. It will help the people out and I think they'll appreciate it." says Shealy.





Macon State Holds Recruitment Fair for New Bachelor's Program

A recruitment fair for Macon State College's new part-time bachelor's degree in early childhood/special education will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in Walker Auditorium on the Warner Robins Campus. The part-time degree program will kick off this fall on the Macon Campus and, if there is enough interest from prospective students, on the Warner Robins Campus. 

Please RSVP for the recruitment fair to marsha.hall@maconstate.edu. Those who RSVP by Tuesday, April 17, will be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

You can also RSVP by phone as well. Contact 478-757-2667.