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STEM facility coming to Warner Robins campus of Middle GA State

Due to a $5 million fund being included in 2016 fiscal budget, Middle Georgia State College is getting a new academic building focusing primarily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the budget Monday.

The STEM center, according to a news release, will let the college add to labs to technology-based classrooms.

The STEM Center, according to the release, will be approx. 17,000 square feet and is likely to be built near Oak Hall on the south end of campus, the release states. Two web labs, a flexible lab space for various sciences, a nursing lab, cyber-security lab and a high-tech classroom will be enclosed in the building, the release says. Other areas will include, according to the release, space for the Office of Graduate Studies, faculty offices and student study areas.

Museum of Aviation hosts Young Astronauts' Day


The Museum of Aviation hosted Young Astronauts' Day in the Century of Flight Hangar.

More than 300 students attended and learned about the history of aerospace as well as how rockets work.

Eighteen different hands-on science and technology workshops were offered.

Some of these included twister tubes, robotics, parachutes and astro training.

Museum staff and volunteers helped inspire the kids to consider a career in aerospace.

Kathleen man accused of trying to steal home


A Kathleen man is accused of filing false clams on a vacant home and moving in.

That's according to the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

They say Tilbert Rio Taylor is charged with false statements and writings and criminal trespass.

Lt. David Carrick says the case is similar to several in Bibb County. This week, a Bibb deputy and three other men are accused to trying to claim houses by filing fraudulent liens against them.

WR traffic accident with injuries blocks Watson Blvd

A warning for Warner Robins drivers making their afternoon commute. Jennifer Parson with the Warner Robins Police Department says there is a traffic accident with injures between Nelson and Knodishall streets near Big Lots. Eastbound and and westbound lanes of Watson Boulevard are currently blocked. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. Stay tuned to 13WMAZ and 13WMAZ.com for more details.

Economic outlook for Houston County is bright

The annual economic outlook shows that Houston county is outperforming other central Georgia counties as far as economic growth.

Warner Robins specifically is showing a spike in business. Sisters Allison and Emily Hughes say their new business is booming.

"Here you go. You have a great day!" Allison says, handing a customer their bag.

The co-owners took over the boutique, Southern Flair, in January.

"The past few months have been really good for Southern Flair," says Emily.

The same is true for other Warner Robins businesses.

"Middle Georgia is more optimistic than it was in 2014," Susan Gilbert, the dean of the Mercer School of Business, said.

Earth Fest celebrates our natural resources

ID=26796523At the Warner Robins Nature Center, Earth Fest celebrated conservation and preservation.

Kids got up close and personal with animals they knew like dogs, butterflies, and alpacas, and maybe a few unfamiliar ones, like snakes, an iguana, and an alligator.

A recently-installed beehive showed the inside operations of honey bees.

Kids also got to make bird feeders out of pine cones and peanut butter.

The goal of the event was to get people thinking about conservation.