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Chamber to Host Information Session on T-SPLOST

Chamber to Host Information Session on T-SPLOST

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber will host an information session regarding the proposed 2012 T-SPLOST.  The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at the Chamber; 1228 Watson Blvd., Warner Robins.

The meeting is an information only session which will allow business and community members in the Robins Region to make an informed decision when the time comes to vote for the proposed 2012 T-SPLOST.

 “We coordinated this fact-based information session because we felt that it was important for voters to have an opportunity to learn facts about the T-SPLOST in order to make the best informed decision they can on July 31,” said Chamber President & CEO, Morgan Law.

Presenters will include a representative from the Georgia Department of Transportation and a representative from the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.  This event is free and open to the public.

Man Dies After Fight in Warner Robins

A Hawkinsville man died Wednesday, two days after being allegedly beaten with a piece of wood.

 The Fort Valley man accused of beating him now faces possible homicide charges, according to Warner Robins police.

 They say 45-year-old Robert Lee Gill Jr. is in the Houston County jail, charged with aggravated battery.

 The Houston District Attorney's Office will decide whether to upgrade the charges, says police spokesman Tabitha Pugh.

 She says around 6 p.m. Monday, officers were called to a fight at Cascade International at 104 Industrial Park Blvd.

 They found 41-year-old Terry Lynn Carson unconscious with serious head injuries.

 He was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia, where he died about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

 Police took out a warrant for Gill and he surrendered Tuesday.

Pugh says the two men had an ongoing dispute, but police don't know what they were fighting about.

No Tax Increase in Houston County Budget

No tax hike, no new jobs and no lay-offs.

That's the message from Houston County Commissioners about their 2013 budget.

They say they tightened the purse strings, while managing to give employees a 3-percent cost-of-living increase.

Houston County Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker says if the budget passes as is, the county will operate on about $1.4 million less than last year.

He said, "There is a reason for that. Revenues will be down next fiscal year. Therefore expenses had to come down as well."

Stalnaker says he started meeting with county department leaders about the budget in January.

He said, "When we got budgets in, we were $1.5 million out of balance to begin the process for FY13."

He says they whittled down the numbers, agreeing on a roughly $50 million package, with no frills or new taxes.

Centerville's Budget Breakdown

The city of Centerville passed their budget for next year, and there are a few changes but the biggest may not come until November.

That's when Centerville residents may be asked to vote on whether to keep property tax exemptions for seniors over seventy. 

City Administrator, Patrick Eidson says council is looking for a relief from those exemptions. Right now, it is not in next year's budget.

He added that the city will not raise property taxes even though there are new additions to the budget.

For example, Eidson says Centerville is adding two new labor positions in the water and sewer departments to help keep up with the city's growth.

Current employees may notice their paychecks increasing too.

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.