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Dr. Law's Leaping Lights Display Open for Christmas

 Christmas lights danced Saturday night for the first time this holiday season at a Warner Robins chiropractor's office.

It's part of Dr. Kelly Law's Leaping Lights display.

The show officially opened Saturday for folks to drive through to see the holiday lights for free. Dr. Law will keep the lights up until December 25th.

They're even coordinated to music on radio channel 89.9 FM.

Dr. Law says it takes about eight hours to program one minute of music to the lights.

She says all the hard work goes into bringing joy to the community for Christmas, which is why she decided to set up the display for the first time last year.

"It was all about doing nice for the community. We couldn't really find any really great Christmas light displays her in middle Georgia, so we decided to create it ourselves," said Law.

Donations made to Dr. Law's Leaping Lights show will go to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Georgia Canine Rescue Gives Pups a Second Chance

A few dogs will spend the holidays in a new home thanks to Georgia Canine Rescue. 

They brought pups of all shapes and sizes to Tractor Supply in Warner Robins on Saturday.

Folks who didn't take home a new furry friend could still help by giving a donation or buying one of their sweet treats.

A veterinarian was also on site to give immunizations for a low price. All of the money raised goes to the rescue center.

One organizer says just watching the dogs make a full recovery is payment enough.

"It's not about the past. They don't care that they were beat up, the don't care that they were starved," said facility manager Jessica Foskey.  "They just want to be your best friend."

The organization helped over 500 dogs find a home last year. This year they plan to aim even higher. 

La Quinta Fire Victims Find Kindness in Central Georgia

After fire destroyed the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Warner Robins, Jill Divine says she never expected to see any of her belongings from the hotel room again.

Most precious to her was a leather pouch full of gold jewelry, collected over years of travel with her husband.

She says after they arrived from Washington D.C. she left the pouch in their third floor room at the La Quinta while attending Thanksgiving at her mother's house in Warner Robins.

The fire began at around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, after fire investigators say a cigarette set a flower bed on fire.

Warner Robins Fire Chief Randy Davis says management thought they extinguished it, but he says they didn't realize it had spread inside the hotel's walls.

Davis spent much of Saturday morning in a bucket at the top of the fire engine's crane, scouring the hotel's collapsed roof for hot spots.

But he found more than flare-ups.

Accident Shuts Down Hwy 247 Southbound

A single car accident has shutdown Highway 247 southbound near the Bibb county and Houston county line. 

The Houston County Sheriff's office says officials are detouring traffic after a car hit a power pole. They say they have shutdown the highway for crews to clean up the scene.   

The accident happened around 8:40 p.m Friday. No major injuries were reported.

Investigator: La Quinta Fire Started Near Ashtray

The blaze that nearly destroyed the La Quinta Inn in Warner Robins apparently started outside the building, near an ashtray, fire investigator Danny Williams said Friday.

He said after looking at the fire patterns and other factors, he believes the fire started on the ground level outside the hotel near the ashtray.

His best guess right now is that someone threw a cigarette and missed the ashtray, eventually igniting a bush.

He said the fire then ignited the building, crawled up the wall and into the attic.

The fire was spotted at 2 p.m. Thursday.

EARLIER: Fire Crews Still at La Quinta Inn

Williams said he spent several hours investigating.

He said it will likely be ruled accidental.

Shoppers Fight at Warner Robins Walmart

Enthusiasm over Black Friday sales got out of control briefly at a Walmart in Warner Robins.

Two witnesses say several shoppers fought around 9:30 Thursday night over items that weren't on sale yet.

They told 13WMAZ's Austin Lewis the fight led to pushing, shoving and throwing merchandise. They said police broke it up.

Viewers first told us about the fight in comments on 13WMAZ's Facebook page.

Warner Robins police had no information on the fight, and Walmart management referred us to their corporate headquarters.

That was one of several Black Friday-related disturbances reported at Walmarts nationwide.

In northern California, the Associated Press reports that one shopper was shot when he resisted a pair of robbers outside a store.

And near Los Angeles, KCBS-TV reports, a woman pepper-sprayed fellow shoppers in an effort to get more "doorbuster" merchandise. Police are calling it "shopper rage."

Fire Crews Still at La Quinta

Fire crews were still on the scene Friday morning of a blaze that gutted the La Quinta Inn in Warner Robins.

Early this morning, crews turned the hoses on the smoldering fire scene to wet down hot spots. Fire crews have been switching off every two hours.

FROM OUR COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS: Photos and blog by Leawanna Abernathy