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A Spooky Event in Kathleen Benefits Child with Brain Tumor

Eight-year-old Amalikai Butler enjoys the things most boys do.

He says he likes to "Play video games, ride bikes and ride scooters."

Amalikai's family lives in Fort Valley. He's one of 11 kids in his family and his life's far from normal.

"I have a JPA, which is a Juvenile Pilocytic astrocytoma, which is a brain tumor," he said.

"Right now we're waiting to see if the tumors inside of (brain) stem are growing again and that could be a problem," said his dad Darren.

So a Kathleen family decided to use their second annual spooky adventure to help.

"Everything goes back to Amalikai this weekend to help them with gas back and forth to the hospital," said owner of Lake Joy Trails of Terror Mike Kelly.

With the help of about 50 volunteers, Kelly turns part of his property in to a haunted walk with spine-chilling frights.

"You get 20 to 25 minutes of fun, screams a good scare through the woods," said Kelly.

Softball Scores from September 27th


Telfair   10    5

Wilcox     0    0     F


Perry              7

Houston Co    5    F


Howard          10

Monticello         5   F


FPD              10

Rutland          7     F




Tattnall           4

Former Demon Named A-Sun Golfer of the Week

MACON, Ga. - The Mercer women's golf team picked up its second Atlantic Sun Player of the Week honor this fall as junior Lacey Fears was recognized as the league's top player on Wednesday afternoon.

Fears' third career A-Sun Player of the Week honor comes after her sterling performance in Mercer's own Eat a Peach Collegiate, where she booked her fourth career top-five finish.

"The award goes to show how hard working Lacey is," Mercer head coach Gary Guyer said. "It's hard to get her off the course. She loves to play and compete."

At the Eat a Peach, Fears came in as the two-time defending individual champion after taking medalist honors in 2010 and 2011. This time, her final round 70 (-2) left her just one stroke shy of tying for the overall lead. Her 54-hole total of 215 at Jekyll Island's Pine Lake Golf Course was one of only two sub-par tournament scores and helped her outpace 27 other competitors.

21-Year-Old Houston Co. Man Gets 20 Years in Prison

A 21-year-old Warner Robins man was sentenced Wednesday to a minimum of 20 years in prison. 

Brett Donald Justice, 21, was convicted on a host of criminal charges, including aggravated assault, four counts of burglary, arson, multiple counts of entering auto to commit theft, and criminal damage to property. 

According to a Wednesday news release, the charges were from a summer 2011 crime spree, which included Justice burglarizing Northside High School and a Kohl's department store. Authorities say he also poured gas on a truck and set it on fire. And he was accused of pointing a gun at a Houston resident who confronted Justice for breaking into his car.

In July 2011, Justice led Houston County deputies on a car chase through Houston and Bibb counties. At the time, Sgt. James Middlebrooks told 13WMAZ that Justice was considered a "person of interest" in two arsons, two burglaries and as many as 20 car break-ins. 

Kroger to Retrain Workers Due to Food-Stamp Comments

A woman who said she was insulted by a Kroger store worker because she use food stamps says the company has apologized to her and promised to retrain its workers.

Cindy Nerger says a company spokesman also offered her a $500 gift card, but she said she turned it down.

She said spokesman Glynn Jenkins said workers at the Watson Boulevard Kroger would be retrained to prevent any similar incident.

Warner Robins G-RAMP Study Ready for Public Review

The City of Warner Robins says they reached a milestone in their push for the project called G-RAMP.

For nearly two years, it sat on hold, while the city waited for results of an environmental assessment.

It's finished, and Redevelopment Director Gary Lee says that's the go ahead to get G-RAMP moving.

The Georgia Robins Aerospace Maintanance Partnership is essentially the 24 acres of land just behind the north end of Robins Air Force Base. The City of Warner Robins wants to make it available for industrial use so Robins Air Force Base can expand.

An aerial map shows the acreage on the northeast side of the Robins runway, on undeveloped land that's mostly swamp and wilderness.

Lee says the city contracted with a private company to do an environmental assessment on the land nearly two years ago. He said, "It's taken a long time."

The study is hundreds of pages long, including maps and detailed, technical findings.

Former Warner Robins Councilman Simms Dies

Former Warner Robins city council member Tom Simms Jr. was found dead in his home around noon Tuesday. He was 56.

Houston County coroner Danny Galpin says Simms apparently died of natural causes, and foul play is not suspected. An autopsy will be performed Wednesday morning.

He was found dead in his home on Gawin Drive.

He left the council last year after serving one term.