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Warner Robins High honors former band director

The band is currently directed by Todd Howell, but around 25 years ago, they would be under the instruction of E.C. Warnock.

Warnock was a band director at Warner Robins High from 1967 to 1992 gaining the band more than 30 superior ratings by the Georgia Music Educators Association.

And he says it all started with a gift his mother gave him when he was 13 years old.

"My mother went over and purchased this trumpet for me and I'm sure she had to pay for it on a monthly basis," he said.

Warnock was raised in Warner Robins since the age of 9.

After graduating from Florida State University, Warnock came back to lead the band, even bringing his three sons to practices.

"As soon as they could get around very good," he said, "They would sit in the chair and listen to them rehearse."

Cantrell family shares story behind the crown

When you turn down the dirt road to the Cantrell Farm, you get a better picture of who Miss America is.

"'Would you be willing to do a local pageant? You can win some scholarship money,'" Tassie Cantrell, Betty Cantrell's mom, said. "I remember she was smacking gum on the other end of the line and she said 'sure, I'll do it!'"

Mother of deputy shooting victim says she wants answers

A Houston County mother says she still needs answers about why a sheriff's deputy shot and killed her son in 2011.

Officer Steven Glidden shot 19-year-old Robert Chambers in the head after police say he burglarized a house.

Last month, a federal judge dismissed a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family, saying the officer acted properly.

However, Sharese Wells, Chambers' mother, says their story does not add up and wants to see the case brought to trial.


"Always had a smile. Always caring."

Assistant principal replaced at Huntington Middle School

At a Houston County school board meeting Tuesday afternoon, the board made the decision to remove the Assistant Principal of Huntington Middle School, Brenda Lee, from her position.

Ernest Harvey, who serves as Assistant Principal of both Morningside and Tucker Elementary schools, will take over.

Lee will be moving to a position at Warner Robins Middle School. Houston County Schools spokesperson, Beth McLaughlin, could not confirm if she would be performing the same job.

The decision comes one month after a student brought a loaded gun into the school in his gym bag, and the school did not inform the parents or students.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Scott says the reason for the decision was "somewhat related" to the incident at Huntington.

Burglars hit Warner Robins disabled-veterans office

A Warner Robins organization that helps veterans is now in need of help itself.

Someone broke into the Disabled American Veterans post on Radio Loop Road.

Rick Newman, commander of the post says it happened over the weekend.

New Warner Robins Park will be underway in a few weeks

Years after purchasing the land, the area in Warner Robins known as "Walker's Pond" will finally become a park.

Located off of Green Street, Warner Robins City Council bought the land back in 2012.

They went back and forth on design, but now they have a plan in place.

The also had to wait for approval from the Environmental Protection Division.

The passive park will include a 5-K track around it and a bridge over the pond.

Councilman Mike Davis says they will begin clearing the land over the next few weeks.

"We're really excited that we're getting this close," he says. "I just really feel like, before the end of the year, people are going to see a big difference at Walker's pond. Hopefully by the spring we will have the first phase completed."

Warner Robins police investigating Access Loans robbery

The Warner Robins Police Department are investigating an armed robbery that happened at Access Loans on Houston Lake Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a news release, officers saw four people flee the scene in a four-door white Kia Forte with a Florida tag and dark-tinted windows with an undisclosed amount of money.

An employee sustained minor injuries.

Anyone with additional information about this case should call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.