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Shelly Simmons Sr. Faces More Molestation Charges

Shelly Simmons, Sr., the long-time voice of the Warner Robins Demons, faces more child molestation charges.

Sergeant Doug Blackmon with the Houston County Sheriff's Department said he has taken two more warrants against Simmons from two separate victims.

This brings the total count of alleged victims to four. 

Sergeant Blackmon says Simmons turned himself in Friday morning and a judge added an additional $5,000 to his previous bond, which was $20,000.

According to the Houston County's Jail's website, Simmons posted the $5,000 around 11 a.m. Friday.

Shaheen: City Could Pull Out of G-RAMP Project

Mayor Chuck Shaheen says Warner Robins may develop a new plan for the job creation project called G-RAMP, or the Georgia-Robins Aerospace Maintenance Partnership.

At the Robins Region Chamber of Commerce Eggs and Issues breakfast, Shaheen told the crowd the city may sell the property adjacent to Robins Air Force Base.

For years, the city planned to turn it into an industrial complex to create additional hangar space for Robins.

Shaheen says the project may be too big and too expensive for the city to handle. He says selling the property to a private developer might be the best option.

He said, "I don't think we should put that much strain on the city and the taxpayers for the City of Warner Robins to develop that property. So, I'm more inclined to selling it to a developer. Let them develop it, put hangars out there to be able to support Robins Air Force Base."

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.9 Percent

Georgia's Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.9 Percent

Georgia's unemployment rate saw the biggest one month drop in 34 years in November.  

A Georgia Department of Labor news release says the jobless rate sits at 9.9 percent.

That's three tenths of a percentage point lower that the 10.2 percent rate in October.

One year ago, the unemployment rate for the state of Georgia hovered around 10.4 percent.

Warner Robins saw a loss of 500 jobs from November of last year to November 2011, while the Macon area added 1,100 jobs in the past year.

State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler credits retail hiring and more jobs in the financial and business sectors for the rise.

He says the number of jobs in the state rose to 3.8 million in November, and jobs in education and health care increased as well.

Georgia still has about 20,000 fewer jobs than it did in November of last year.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Opens at Museum of Aviation

The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins is celebrating the opening of an exhibit thirteen years in the making.

Friday night, they will dedicate the Tuskegee Airmen display in the Scott Exhibit Hangar. It features all World War II memorabilia.

The museum and the local Major General Joseph McNeil Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen worked together to raise money and collect memorabilia.

The Tuskegee Airmen were an all-black flying unit, founded in 1941.

The museum dedicated a smaller exhibit to the group in 1997. All of the artifacts in that exhibit were moved to the new one.

Museum of Aviation Foundation President Pat Bartness says the exhibit is a fitting tribute to the airmen's contributions.

All-Star Senior Bowl to Happen This Weekend

You might feel a bit in the doldrums this weekend because Football Friday Night has run its course for the season.

There is one more game on the lineup with the first annual Senior Bowl. An All-Star contest will happen this Saturday pitting an East and West squad comprised mostly of kids from Central Georgia.

David Cape from Howard is the head coach for the West and he had the guys out until dark Wednesday night working on plays and terminology. Cape says both sides will carry 60 players and he figures he'll put in a spread offense for his sideline.

"We have a number of talented athletes at the skilled position and some really strong kids at the line positions it ought to be interesting matchup, Cape said. Of course the East is going to be equally as talendted so we're excited about it. It ought to be great for Middle Georgia and great for these kids just to have this competition."

NAACP: Keep Pearl Stephens Elementary

The Houston County NAACP wants the Board of Education to reconsider its plan for Pearl Stephens Elementary School.

Superintendent Robin Hines says they intend to turn Pearl Stephens Elementary into an alternative school, and move its students to a new elementary school.

The Houston County Board of Education voted to hire an architect to design the new $10 million school, Tuesday.

Houston County NAACP President Larry Holmes says Pearl Stephens has historic value, particularly to the black community.

Holmes said, "In Houston County, all the blacks lost the name of their schools. We had a school in Warner Robins and in Perry. Our high school was taken away from us. We don't have any reference to history, none is left for the schools."

The school's namesake donated her land to the Board of Education during segregation, to give black children a place to get an education.

Rev. Joseph Lowery to Speak at Robert Brown's Funeral

Legendary civil rights activist Rev. Joseph Lowery is scheduled to speak first at former state Sen. Robert Brown's funeral Wednesday.

David Oedel, a Mercer University law professor and close friend of Brown, has been coordinating arrangements with Brown's family members.

Oedel said the 90-year-old Lowery is one of several dignitaries who will speak at the funeral.

Brown died last Thursday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

His funeral will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Greater Zion Hill Baptist Church at 2656 Napier Ave. in Macon.

Oedel said Lowery will be given as much time as he wants to speak. Other speakers will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.