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Warner Robins Optimist Club Honors Law Enforcement

A longtime Warner Robins organization took time to recognize the hard work of those in law enforcement.

The Warner Robins Optimist Club honored several people Thursday for their time and talents in serving the community.

Members of the Optimist Club say the recognition ceremony expressed their gratitude for those dedicated to keeping communities safe.

Eyewitness News talked with one of the honorees about receiving an award. 

"I was very suprised when I was notified. I appreciate the recognition that the Optimist Club gives for this award," said Mark Wright with the Warner Robins Police Department.

Award recepients received a plaque, gift card and a five hundred dollar donation in their name to the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

Robins Air Force Hosts Annual Memorial Service

Robins Air Force Base honored fallen heroes Thursday with its annual memorial service in Camellia Gardens.

For 36 years the gardens have served as the meeting place for veterans and family members to gather in tribute of lost loved ones.

The ceremony recognized 51 honorees with song and prayer.
Robins Air Force Chaplain Patrick Knoester says the ceremony is just a small token of appreciation to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This is what we do. We honor our heroes. Living, we nuture them and take care of them. Those who have fallen, those who have passed on, we honor them and we memorialize what they've done," said Knoester.

The ceremony honors deceased military and civilian workers who served at Robins.

The garden's entrance bears the names of more than seventeen hundred people who've been recognized in previous ceremonies.

Minor Traffic Changes Next Week at RAFB

Next week, there will be some traffic changes at Robins Air Force Base.

According to Chrissy Miner, chief media officer for Robins Air Force Base, beginning Tuesday May 29, the commercial traffic gate will be closed to outbound traffic. 

Inbound traffic will also change as the commercial search area will be located further south along Page Road.

The changes are due to safety and security reasons.

Gate 5, the Martin Luther King Street gate, will reopen to outbound traffic for selected hours: Monday-Friday 5am-8pm and Saturday 8am-6pm, but these hours are subject to change.

Inbound lane operating hours for both gates will not change.

New Goodwill Center Opens in Warner Robins

It's a department store atmosphere where bargains and discounts are not hard to come by.

Sandra Wade says she's always depended on Goodwill to save her a few dollars and the opportunity to give.She says she drops off donations several times a year.

"You can go to the Goodwill and get excellent prices and nice quality and sometimes, many times with the tags still on it."

President and CEO of Goodwill Central Georgia Jim Stiff says the new Goodwill Donation Center and retail store on Lake Joy Road was needed to meet the demand of shoppers and donors like Wade.

"We've been studying in Middle Georgia where we wanted to have a permanent long term retail location. The Lake Joy area looked like for the next ten years would be a great growth community," said Stiff.

Spring Signees Make College Plans

It's graduation time as we celebrate several more senior student athletes who made their college plans official.

At Westside High in Macon, Duran Porter is taking his talents to Tallahassee Community College in Florida. The do it all 6'6" forward helped lead the Seminoles to a first round playoff appearance this past season, while averaging 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 rebounds per game for head coach Josh Grube.

Next up is Carmen Fields. She is the first scholarship signee for the Veteran's softball program. Fields signed with East Georgia to pitch for the Lady Bobcats. Fields finished out her season with a batting average of .340 with 3 homeruns and an ERA of 2.26 on the year.

Atlanta Dream Visits Warner Robins

    The Atlanta Dream took a break from practicing in their usual gym and moved down to Warner Robins.  Fans gathered at  Northside High School to watch head coach Marynell Meadors prepare the team for its first home game on Friday.

    Proceeds raised at the practice benefited the Lady Eagles basketball team. 

    Players answered questions from fans and signed autographs, hoping to spread the word that playing on the professional level is possible.

    The Dream opens the home portion of its schedule Friday night against the New York Liberty at 7:30.

Kit Colburn Apologizes to Classmates

Kit Colburn has issued an apology to his classmates.

His father Ken Colburn sent 13WMAZ a scanned copy of the note.

It says, in part, "What I did when I left school was wrong.  I am very sorry I made that choice and want all of my fellow students to know it was wrong."

VIEW: Kit Colburn's Apology to Classmates