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900-acre solar farm coming to Taylor County


More than 21,000 homes will be powered by solar energy over the next 25 years.

That's thanks in part to a 900-acre solar farm breaking ground in Taylor County next year. It's being built by Southern Company, parent company to Georgia Power.

"Just imagine 826 football fields, end to end side to side," Marian McLemore with Flint Energies said. "It will generate an output of 131 megawatts."

That's 131,000 kilowatts. To give that number some perspective the solar panels at Clean Control in Houston County pump out 150 kilowatts.

And to put it even more simply: "It's a huge, HUGE amount of power." That's according to McLemore.

Together Flint Energies, Cobb EMC and Sawnee EMC, bought the power output for the photovoltaic solar project to be built outside of Butler, Georgia, just off Highway 96.

Houston Co. man collecting gifts for needy


It's a parents wish, to check off their child's Christmas list.

But some families can't afford to do that.Houston Co. man collecting gifts for needy

That's where William Everson comes in.

Everson says he's just paying the generosity forward. Friends and family stepped in to help him when he was run over, trying to stop his tow truck from hitting three women after his brakes failed.

"I was looking out the back of the truck and I see two younger girls and an elderly lady getting stuff out of the back of their vehicle." says Everson, "So it was God's intervention, that made me reach up and grab the shifter cable and pull down on it, knowing what would happen, that caused the truck to roll over me forward with the back tires. So really at that point, that's all I remember about it. I mean it was the truck running over me and I woke up in hospital."

Convicted molester sentenced to 30 years in prison


Matthew Caleb Pierce, a convicted child molester was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison and life on probation.

He had been in the Houston County jail since he was charged in 2011.

The victims were three fourteen-year-old boys. Two were molested and the third was sexually exploited.

One of the victim's mothers addressed Judge Katharine Lumsden.

UPDATE: Cause of Warner Robins fire still unknown


Warner Robins fire investigators are still trying to find out the cause of an apartment fire that displaced six families early Sunday.

It happened just after midnight at 210 Southland Station Drive.

Jennifer Powell of the Warner Robins Fire Department said fire crews found the top floor of the complex engulfed in flames and all of the tenants already outside.

Crews were on the scene until around 4 a.m.

No one was injured.

Powell said they don't know the cause of the fire yet, and she was not sure where the fire started.

She said fire damage is estimated at $220,000 -- $180,000 in structural damage and $40,000 in tenants belongings.

The Central Georgia chapter of the American Red Cross says they're working with the six families to provide housing and other services.

Shooting victim's family mourns loss


George Henley was one of two killed when gunfire erupted last week at Wings Cafe. Four others were wounded.

"Nothing is going to bring my son back. I mean, what are we supposed to do now?" says his mother, Teresa Owens, unable to hold back the tears.

"He's my baby."

Her son, George Henley was the DJ at Wings Cafe. Investigators call him an innocent bystander, killed when three people pulled out guns, and he was caught in the crossfire.

Owens says she remembers that night at the hospital.

"When I hear my daughter fall to the floor, screaming and hollering, I knew he was gone," she says

"We were very close. He was my heart," says Henley's sister, Tameka Jackson.

Jackson says her brother was her best friend.

Tenants displaced after apartment fire


Tenants from six households still reeling over how a fire left their apartments charred and gutted with a total of $220,000 worth of damage left behind. What used to be their homes is now destroyed a little more than a week before Christmas.

"And when we went outside, that's when we saw the devastation because as soon as we walked outside, my whole roof was on fire," Tina Waller said. Her apartment is attached to the unit where the fire started.

"My fiance and her daughter were already in bed asleep and I was sitting in the living room just watching television and started to smell smoke. And I looked out my porch over here and there was flames just flying down into the bushes," Jaco Frigo said.

He says he then called the fire department and began banging on neighbors' doors to get them out.

UPDATE: Cause given in Warner Robins death case


UPDATE, 1:30 p.m.:
A Warner Robins man who died in his driveway early Friday died from cirrhosis of the liver, according to his autopsy.

Houston County coroner Danny Galpin said Darrell Swint also suffered a head cut from after collapsing in the driveway, but that apparently did not contribute to his death.

He said Swint died on his 50th birthday, after telling people that planned to drink heavily Thursday night.

Swint was found around 3:30 a.m. Friday at 635 American Blvd. That's between North Davis Drive and Elberta Road.

A police report says a woman says she found Swint lying in the driveway, unconscious.

Galpin said Swint was pronounced dead on the scene.

The coroner says Monday morning's autopsy concluded that he died from the liver ailment, not from the fall.