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Houston School Superintendent Gets a Pay Raise

The Houston County Board of Education voted this week to give Superintendent Robin Hines a $19,000 pay raise.

Board Chairman Tom Walmer says Hines received $175,00 for his first year and a half on the job. He will now get $194,000 for the remaining year and a half of his three year contract.

Hines said he is "honored and humbled" by the board's decision.

Walmer said that they raised his pay to match salaries paid to superintendents in districts of similar size. He explained that when Hines was hired, the board paid him less than the previous superintendent, because of the financial constraints the board was facing at that time.

Walmer said this move brings Hines' pay back up the level that was paid to former superintendent David Carpenter.

He said that the system is looking at restoring teacher pay to the previous levels, including local supplements that were cut during that budget crunch.

McMahon: Robins Cuts are 'Proactive'

Correction:

Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says she misspoke about proposed buyouts offered for employees of the 402nd Maintenance Wing. The base expects to offer separation or retirement packages for up 600 workers and is looking for more people to take buyouts. But she says there is no fixed number for how many jobs may be cut in all. That will depend on President Obama's new budget and other factors. Employees of the 402nd have until Jan. 29th to apply for those buyouts.

 

The head of Warner Robins Air Logistics Center says they're making job cuts before the White House asks for them.

WR-ALC Commander Gen. Robert McMahon held a news conference Thursday to update the public on Robins' jobs outlook.

That's a call for another 600 workers at the 402nd Maintenance Wing to apply for early retirement or early-out packages. The base is now looking for more people to take the buyouts.

Food Lion Closing Macon, Warner Robins Stores

Delhaize America, the company that owns Food Lion, said it's closing 113 underperforming stores including two in Macon and two in Warner Robins.

That's according to a news release on the company's website.

The Macon stores are located at 5580 Thomaston Road and 5615 Houston Road. The locations in Warner Robins are at 2607 Moody Road and 2823 Watson Boulevard.

The release said the stores would close within 30 days.

Houston Man Gets Two Life Sentences in Home Invasions

A Houston County man who broke into two women's homes, attacked and robbed them got two life sentences Thursday.

According to a news release from District Attorney George Hartwig, Judge George Nunn sentenced 30-year-old Kirk Solomon to:

-- one life sentence each on two counts of armed robbery;

-- 10 years each for two counts of kidnapping;

-- and another 10 years each for theft by taking of a motor vehicle and for aggravated assault.

He pleaded guilty Thursday, according to the DA's office.

According to the news release:

On Aug. 16, Solomon broke into a Lake Place Road home, robbed the homeowner at gunpoint, dragged her through the house and threatened to kill her. He tied her up with phone cords, pushed her into a closet and took her car keys and car.

Man Killed in Warner Robins Motorcycle Accident

A Douglas County man died Wednesday night after his motorcycle hit a car in Warner Robins.

That's according to police spokeswoman Tabitha Pugh.

It happened at the intersection of Welborn Road and Lincoln Street.

She says 32-year-old Brennan Delos-Santos of Lithia springs was riding his motorcycle on Welborn Road around 6 p.m.

Pugh says at the same time, 18-year-old Courtney Barber was driving a car and trying to turn left onto Welborn Road.

According to investigators, when Barbour started her turn, she pulled into Delos-Santos' path, and he hit the car.

Pugh says Santos was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Barbour's car had three other passengers inside. 20-year-old Katrina Mitchell, 38-year-old Lotsha Woodson and a one-year-old boy.

All three women were taken to the Houston Medical Center and are in stable condition. The child was not injured. The collision is still under investigation.

Shaheen Moves Ahead with Idea to Buy Golf Course

The City of Warner Robins may sell one golf course to buy another.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen and a few other city leaders heard a pitch Wednesday from the owners of the Landings Golf Club about buying the course.

The owners want to sell it after filing for bankruptcy last month.

The Landings Investment Group, including CEO Ed Wolfe and Eddie Wiggins, came to Warner Robins City Hall to meet with the mayor and members of the Warner Robins Building Authority. That authority manages the International City Golf Course, which the city owns.

Wolfe said there's about 500 homes in the Statham's Landing neighborhood, but fewer than half of the homeowners joined the golf course. He said the Homeowner's Association has never required people to support the club.

He said the lack of support, plus the poor economy, led to The Landings' financial downfall.

Robins Trims Job-Loss Estimate

Robins Air Force Base will lose a total of 452 jobs as a result of Air Force-wide budget reductions.

That's according to Robins spokeswoman, Chrissy Miner.

The 452 jobs is less than the original number given by base leaders when the cuts were announced in November. They said then that they expected to lose 516 jobs.

Miner says the number takes job losses and job growth into account.

Also, Miner says another 600 people can apply for early retirement or early-out packages, for a total of 1,200 at Robins.

She says the base is encouraging people in the 402nd Maintenance to apply for the packages, because they anticipate some more job cuts to that program.

Air Logistics Center commander Gen. Robert McMahon plans to meet with reporters Thursday to talk about the job announcement.