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Shaheen Defends Shows of Faith at City Hall

Several people came to Warner Robins City Hall Monday night to show their support for prayer at public meetings.

The issue took center stage after a religious skeptics group sent letters to Houston County's School Superintendent Robin Hines and Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen.

Both letters threatened legal action to Shaheen and Hines for referencing the Christian God in government-related settings.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to Hines after speeches made at two graduation ceremonies last month.

They sent one to Shaheen after a letter he wrote in the newspaper thanking God for helping in the search for missing Warner Robins boy, Kit Colburn.

It was the second letter from the FFRF to Shaheen this year. The first made the same type of allegations, based on a prayer vigil at City Hall that some city leaders attended.

Warner Robins Council Delays Budget Vote

Warner Robins City Council is still trying to work out some details of the 2013 budget. 


They agreed to table a vote on the $35.7 million plan until a special called meeting on Thursday at 4 p.m. at City Hall. 

The problems Monday night centered around communication with the public and a communications job. 

Council member Daron Lee read the budget ordinance and tried to move the vote forward, asking for a public discussion. He said he wanted to talk about changes to the budget openly, so taxpayers could better understand what was happening with their money. 

Lee said, "They just want questions answered to the why, why certain things happened." 

WR AAU Impalas On Track

It's their summer break from school, but that doesn't stop this group of young student athletes from keeping busy.
In only their second year on the track and field, the Warner Robins Impala AAU track team is lapping the competition.

Led by former Air Force track and bobsled team member, Coach Hoy Thurman III, the Impalas are preparing for the national qualifiers in Douglassville this weekend at New Manchester High School.

One impressive note about this bunch,19 out of the 22 team members have qualified to compete and the Impalas say they are ready to put on a show.

Macon State Gets New Acting President

 

A longtime Georgia educator will become Macon State College's new president.

 

He is John Black, who recently retired as president of East Georgia State College.

 

A news release from the University System of Georgia says Chancellor Hank Huckaby announced the appointment today.

He takes over July 1 from Jeffery Allbritten, who was recently hired as district president of Edison State College in Florida.

 

Black will help guide the school during its coming merger with Middle Georgia College in Cochran.

 

His resume:

 

1965-1994, Black taught at Augusta College (now Augusta State University), where he was a member of the biology faculty. He twice served as acting chair of Augusta State's Department of Biology and directed Augusta College's Evening Program from 1966 to 1968.

 

Perry Opens Public-Safety Training Facility

The city of Perry has unveiled a new public-safety training facility for Central Georgia. 

The new firing range is just the first stage.

"Chief Potter set us up a state-of-the-art system to use out here," says Lieutenant James Buck.

The center, which sits on almost 40 acres off of Toomer Road, is named after Chief Georgia Potter.

Potter says the project was just an idea four years ago. "What you see out there right now is just the beginning of what's going to be a large training area for both police and firemen," explains Potter.

The city of Perry already owned the land. The city paid for building materials with confiscated drug money and inmates built the facility, which has pistol, rifle and shotgun ranges controlled by a simulator system.

It also has a running track for conditioning. Inside, the track will be an obstacle course and rappelling tower.

Warner Robins Man Faces Murder Charge After Store Clerk Dies

A 67-year-old Warner Robins man now faces a felony murder charge after a fight at a store last week.

That's according to Warner Robins police.

Last week, 67-year-old Howard Allen was charged with aggravated battery after a fight at Pop's Food Mart on North Davis Drive Monday.

Store clerk Dahyalal Amin was declared brain dead and then died three days after the fight. An autopsy Monday said Amin died from a blow to the head.

Police said Monday that the charge against Allen was changed Monday to felony murder.

Allen is in the Houston County jail.

Police spokeswoman Tabith Pugh said police aren't sure what Allen's motive was or what the argument was about.

30,000 Bees Swarm Kathleen Mailbox

A family says they're relieved to have their front yard back after thousands of annoying pests made a home right outside of their driveway.

More than 30,000 bees made their home on the Greene family's mailbox in Kathleen.

On Sunday, a beekeeper and a local helper, Darlyn Davis, used a vacuum to suck the thousands of bees off the mailbox.

The Greenes say they first noticed the bees buzzing on Saturday.

"I pulled in and I thought something was growing on the mailbox like a plant or something and I pulled in and saw them swarming and I ran to tell her, my mom," said Brittany Greene.

The bees didn't leave any honey for the family but soon they'll be buzzing in a new home.

Davis says she's built a bee box and plans to raise them herself.