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Man reunites with firefighter who saved his life


At Serenity Adult Day Health, a very special reunion was planned.

For the first time in 22 years, Jody Melvin and his mother Judy Culpepper meet his rescuer.

Now Captain, Danny Williams with the Warner Robins Fire Department was there to surprise them.

"This man right here," says Culpepper to her son, "He saved your life."

Melvin can only say a few words, his brain permanently damaged from the accident, but the joy was all over his face.

Melvin presents Williams with a card that says "Danny, thank you for saving my life," a plaque, and a big hug.

Culpepper's friend, Phyllis Corley arranged the surprise get-together, to thank Williams properly.

"I always wondered about the family and wondered how he was," says Williams.

He remembers March 19, 1993 like it was yesterday.

Centerville approves land for downtown


People in Centerville will see a downtown with space for future businesses, and possibly a park, shaping up in the future.

The city took the first step in the process by buying eight acres of land designated for the project.

One restaurant manager in the city says it's a great idea.

"I think it will be good for business" said Brandon Black, manager of Meldino's Pizza.

The land is located across the street from the restaurant on the corner of Houston Lake Boulevard and Church Street.

Councilman Jon Nichols says those eight acres the city bought, is the perfect location for a downtown.

"We go from a few thousand cars to 25,000 or 26,000 cars quickly, so how do you take advantage of that?" said Nichols.

Ribbon cutting held for Warner Robins' newest fire station


Station No. 8, located off of Cartwright Road in Bonaire, had its ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

The fire chief, Robert Singletary, said the new station will only respond to calls within the city. Deputy Fire Chief Ross Moulton told 13WMAZ back in July that, with more than 3,000 homes and businesses to cover, the new station cuts response times in half. 

State Superintendent visits Houston County schools


Houston County schools hosted a special visitor Tuesday --  state superintendent Richard Woods.

Fire department museum in the works in Warner Robins


A firefighters museum is in the works in Warner Robins.

Though the museum won't open for a few years, people have began donating gifts to the Warner Robins Fire Department.

Monday evening, some of the first members of the Centerville Fire Department delivered a picture of the crew in 1970.

Chief of WRPD, Robert Singletary, says he's honored to receive the photo from four of the 12 pioneers.

He says it's one of many items he'll place in the upcoming museum. His department plans on building it in the first Warner Robins Fire Station located behind City Hall.

"We're going to rebuild lockers, we're going to put in the bunk rooms in there where the guys slept and the day room where they hung out," said Singletary.

He says it's all about remembering the past, and those former Centerville Fire Department members agree.

Friends of murder-suicide victim to hold candlelight vigil


Houston County murder-suicide victim Randall Kinard will be remembered in a vigil being held Sunday.

According to a Facebook post, it starts at 9 p.m. and will be at Macon's Coleman Hill on Spring Street. There will also be a balloon release Sunday at 4:30 p.m. which will also be at Coleman Hill.

Kinard was fatally shot Wednesday, according to the Houston County's Sheriff's Office, by Christopher Dukes, who then turned the gun on himself and set a Houston County home on fire. Kinard worked at a Macon salon, Azul, where co-workers called him a good friend and someone who greeted people every day with hugs.

Police believe Dukes kidnapped Kinard from Azul Wednesday around lunchtime, in a Jeep Battle owned. They say Dukes likely shot and killed Kinard as they drove along I-75 to the house. Investigators later found Kinard's drivers license and cell phone along the highway.

Huntington Middle School hosts Hawk Fest


It's hard to believe, but we are only two days away from the first day of school in many central Georgia counties.

In Houston, hundreds of students and their parents got to meet their teachers at Huntington Middle School. Huntington hosted their Hawk Fest Saturday to get the community excited for starting the school year off well.