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Chamber Hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for Church Expansion

Chamber Hosts Ground Breaking Ceremony for Church Expansion

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Ground Breaking Ceremony for Warner Robins Hispanic Foursquare Church (Remanso de Paz).

Located at 1715 Elberta Road in Warner Robins, Warner Robins Hispanic Foursquare Church (Remanso de Paz) is a non-profit Hispanic Church affiliated with the International Foursquare Church Gospel Association.  The Association is comprised of over 65,000 churches throughout the world.

“We have been established since 1998 and serving to this community since 2005 in this current location,” says Rev. Jesús Ramírez, Church Administrator.  “The Chamber has been very supportive and we are excited about the new expansion.”

¨Rev. Scott Reece, Southeast District Supervisor of The Foursquare Church, also spoke briefly as he expressed his anticipation of the Chamber’s return once the project is complete. “We look forward to the ribbon cutting ceremony; hopefully in less than a year.”

Park Planned for Disability Access in Warner Robins

The city of Warner Robins will be getting a disabled-accessible park.

At Monday night's city council meeting, representatives from the Lions Club explained their plans and the need for a park to fit the needs of children in wheelchairs.

The club has been pushing for such a park for nearly four years, and now the first step in the process is complete.
The new park will be at the intersection of Moody Road and Pleasant Hill Road in Warner Robins.

JJ Stephens Memorial Clinic Hits Warner Robins

Around 20 high school baseball players got out their bats and gloves at Houston County High School Monday to learn from college coaches.

The Georgia Southern baseball coaching staff traveled to Warner Robins to host a clinic in honor of former player Jerome "JJ" Stephens.

"We're going to focus on fundamental skills of the game, both offensively and defensively and run the kids through some drills," explained GSU head coach Rodney Hennon.  "It's a great opportunity for us to get some exposure for our program here in the Houston County area."

Stephens died in 2005 from injuries in a car accident on his way back to Statesboro.

"I'm sure he's loving the fact that his name is still going on, doing what he had a passion for," said JJ's brother Jason.  "That's show-casing young guys talent in this area.  He always wanted to do that."

Judge Upholds Closing of Warner Robins Day Cares

A state judge on Monday upheld the closing of two Warner Robins day cares for alleged health and safety violations.

Administrative law judge Steven Teate issued his ruling after hearing state officials argue that problems at the day cares were a matter of life and death for children there.

His order upholds last week's move by the state to close Unique Tutoring Individualized Children Academy locations at 153 Evergreen St. and 1519 Russell Parkway. Lawyers for the company had challenged the closing.

According to Teate's order, the violations included:

On September 27th, a special-needs 4-year-old child left the center unsupervised and walked to a Dollar General Store. The boy had left the center several times before, ending up in the parking lot, which is next to a busy four-lane road, an investigator was told.

The day cares hired a driver with a criminal record without doing a complete criminal background check.

Perry Apartments Burn For Second Time This Year

Heritage Apartments in Perry caught, on Ashley Drive, fire Monday morning and is the second fire at the complex this year.

Perry Fire Chief Joel Grey said the call came in at 10:18a.m., and he called for immediate backup from the Warner Robins Fire Department because of the size of the blaze.

Grey said a single story building that contained 7 units and the complex office was on fire. Four units in the building were totally engulfed, and the building was a total loss Grey added.

It took 2 and a half hours to completely put out the fire and Chief Grey said the cause of the fire was not suspicious.

Heritage Apartments has 19 buildings and was built in the 1960s.

Firefighters responded to a fire there in February of this year as well.

Chief Grey says no one was injured, but one tenant did lose a pet cat in the fire. Another neighbor was treated for a smoke-related asthma attack.

Inspectors Found Violations at Warner Robins Day Care

State investigators found numerous health and safety violations at a Warner Robins day care center that was shut down Friday.

They include an incident when a special-needs child somehow wandered out of the building to a Dollar General next door.

Unique Tutoring & Individualized Children Academy on Russell Parkway in Warner Robins has been shut down in an emergency closure by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning.

"Emergency closures are used by the agency when it is determined that children attending the center are in imminent danger," said Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin in a statement.

In report from October, DECAL found multiple violations including broken door handles, no lesson plans, and children not washing hands.

Two Warner Robins Day Care Centers Shut Down

An official written order upholding the closing of two day care centers is expected Monday.

The two locations in Warner Robins are closed after the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, or DECAL, found a number of state violations. 

According to a press release from the agency, two locations for Unique Tutoring and Individualized Children Academy were found to have violations relating to transportation, appropriate supervision of children, criminal record checks of employees, and missing or incomplete files.

Those centers are on Evergreen Street and Russell Parkway.

A judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings upheld the state's decision and is expected to issue an official written order before noon Monday.

Families who are affected are encouraged to call 1-800-ALL GA KIDS to explore other child care options.