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Bikers Ride for Cancer Awareness

Helmets were strapped on and engines revved as around two dozen motorcycle enthusiasts cruised into Warner Robins for the second annual Joanna McAffee Motorcycle Poker Run.

For the bikers, the 100 mile ride is about more than just the love of a smooth machine. The poker run raises money for children with cancer.

Larry Cornwell from Warner Robins says, "Children are God's gift. We have seen children suffer. We have a neighbor that suffers from cancer right now and whenever we have the opportunity to do something to help out. We not only have an obligation, but it is a joy and a benefit to do that."

The poker run was first organized last year by a foundation created after Jeff and Misty McAffee lost their six-year-old daughter to a rare form of pediatric cancer.

The foundation tries to raise awareness to benefit other children like Joanna McAffee.

Handmade Crafts Help Church Missions

Handmade items filled Trinity United Methodist Church in Warner Robins Saturday at the congregation's craft and hobby fair.

People showcased their skills with things like handmade jewelry, artwork, and sewing crafts. Dozens of people came to grab some gifts, or even to learn a craft of their own.

One of Saturday's vendors, Anna Hill, says the church's history with helping others convinced her to help the church raise money.

She says, "It is rewarding. It is good to feel like you are helping someone, and our church has a long history of missions of different kinds."

Organizers say all of the money raised will help expand local and international missions of Trinity United Methodist Church.

John Williams Discusses Eight Police Reports Against Him

Warner Robins voters will elect three council members during the November 8, 2010 general election.

The only incumbent running is John Williams, the Post 6 representative since 2008.

Williams has stayed in the headlines for both his actions on council and accusations of bad behavior in the community.

Records show eight police reports filed against him since 2008, with only one of them resulting in an arrest.

Lorra Lynch Jones sat down with Williams to get his side of the story at Warner Robins City Hall Friday.

72-year-old John Williams and his wife of 52 years Elna want voters to look beyond the controversy. John Williams said, "What we need is to concentrate on the future."

Williams acknowledges moving ahead may require looking back at his recent past.

Central Georgia Salon Stands Up to Cancer

One salon in Central Georgia is standing up to cancer. Strandz Salon in Warner Robins will host their annual 'Cuts for the Cure' Sunday.

Sylvia Pry, a regular at Strandz, says she's glad the salon supports finding a cure, because breast cancer is close to her heart. "I have a sister that has breast cancer. Luckily, right now, thank God, she's in remission, so we keep our fingers crossed all the time," says Pry.

Owner of Strandz, Kristi Harrell, says her aunt lost her fifteen-year fight against breast cancer a couple of years ago.  That's one reason giving to the Susan G. Komen Foundation is so important to her. "It's important to do what we can do, and we can do hair, so that's what we do," says Harrell.

Once a year, Strandz hosts Cuts for the Cure, an all-day event where all the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
 "We do $10 minimum donation for manicures and $20 minimum donation for haircuts," says Harrell.

Man Charged With Killing Warner Robins Store Owner

The owner of a Warner Robins Mexican food store died after he was shot during an attempted robbery Thursday night.

Police Major John Wagner says officers were called to the Marin Mexican Food Store on Bowling Drive around 10 p.m. Thursday, and found, 43-year-old Jose Marin shot in the abdomen.

Police said Marin was taken to the Houston County Medical Center where he died.

For 13 years, Fredda Bonds said she was married to her best friend.

"He was generous. He was loving, kind," she said. "He would do anybody a favor."

Her husband Jose Marin ran a store in Warner Robins.

"When he first came to this country, he had $5 in his pocket and the clothes on his back and everything he's accomplished he accomplished with hard work," said Bonds.

She said he was hard at work Thursday night, unloading a truck at the store when he was shot and killed.

Athlete of the Week: Jessica Burroughs

The Houston County High School softball team is working to make another run at the State Championship.  Last year they came in as state runners-up.

They've got a senior on the team who brings the heat from the mound. The pitcher takes classes on the Bear's campus, and she's dual enrolled at Middle Georgia Technical College.

Economics isn't a tough sell for Jessica Burroughs.
She carries an overall 3.4 grade point average.
She also layers in a morning English class at Middle Georgia Tech. "It's different than high school a lot different. The work's harder, and you have more independence. You have to teach yourself more, kind of rely on yourself and not your teachers," Jessica explained.

Warner Robins Plans Tax Increase

     Next week, people in Warner Robins have the chance to speak up on a proposed tax increase.

         This summer, city leaders agreed to raise the millage rate about 64 hundredths of a mill. The new rate would be $9.99 for every $1,000 in property value, about a 7 percent increase.

      The first hearing on that increase is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29 at 5:15 p.m. in the Warner Robins city council chambers. That's at 700 Watson Boulevard.

       You can also attend hearings on at 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 3 and 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 13,

       The proposed increase would cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $26 a year.