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Road work on Hwy. 96 near Bonaire continues through Thursday

Norfolk Southern Railroad is doing crossing work requiring a road closure with detour in Houston County.

The work at the intersection of Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 247 and Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 87 will continue through 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a Department of Transportation news release.

Drivers are encouraged to take Hwy. 87 to Cochran, Hwy. 26 to Hawkinsville and Hwy. 247 to Bonaire. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and expect delays while work is scheduled

Community speaks with Warner Robins police

Warner Robins Police officers met with people in the community for a cup of joe and conversation Wednesday morning.

It was the department's third "Coffee with a Cop" event, a national initiative to connect the community with its officers.

About thirty people came to Hardee's within the two-hour period asking both general and personal questions.

Chief Brett Evans says building a strong relationship with the community is crucial to his department and the city.

One woman says when people speak to police in an informal setting, it eases the tension.

"They're here to serve and protect, and if they have a problem, they should feel comfortable talking to the police about it," said Warner Robins resident Georgia Jackson.

Evans says people can also take advantage of their ride along program, and other community engagement opportunities.

Centerville family hides in garage while home burglarized

Centerville police say a family of three hid inside their garage from a man who broke into their home.

Police said the man was arrested and Tased after he threw a hammer at officers and said he wanted them to shoot him.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a police report, the family came home around 10:15 and heard glass breaking.

They went into the house, heard someone talking, and activated the home alarm to try and scare the man away.

But the intruder yelled he had a shotgun and that he was going to kill all of them.

That's when the family hid in the garage and called 911.

The report states the officers got to the home about 5 minutes later, and safely got the family out of the garage and across the street. The officers then tried to sweep the house to find the man.

Jay's Hope families relax with spa party


A group of special young ladies and their moms got free makeovers Sunday at Northside High School.

The Northside Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America club invited the families of Jay's Hope to have a spa party, or sparty, at the high school.

Jay's hope is dedicated to supporting families affected by childhood cancer.

Courtney O'Brien and Kylista Root came up with the idea, and with the help of some friends, performed makeovers for 23 mothers and daughters.

They decided to work with Jay's Hope because the FCCLA has been focusing on childhood cancer this year.

Houston kids sell sweet tea for St. Jude


A group of kids got together Sunday in a Warner Robins neighborhood to do something bigger than themselves.

They made a sweet tea stand, but not to pad their own pockets.

They were raising money for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital.

It was the idea of Laila Moore. She says they wanted to think about other people, instead of themselves.

"They just made me realize that we shouldn't just worry about ourselves, we should worry about other people in need," says Laila, 9-years-old.

Military contractor returns from Afghanistan


It was an emotional homecoming in Houston County for Don Hawkins.

He's a military contractor who's been in Afghanistan for 10 months.

Sunday, he surprised his 9-year-old son, Donovan, at lunch.

Hawkins has spent the better part of the last 4 years supporting the military as a civilian contractor

Hawkins says being away from his family was the hardest part.

"It's very difficult. It's hard to be away one day, but 10 months, it's something else. But, really, over there a long time without seeing your family."

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival ends after 34 years

After 34 years, the family that brought you the Mossy Creek Festival has decided to discontinue the event.

Bill Chester, the owner of the Perry festival, said his family wanted to focus on taking care of the founder, 93-year-old Carolyn Chester, who has late stage dementia.

The festival was best known for its handmade arts and crafts, and visual demonstrations.

The last event was held on Oct. 18, 2014.