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Wal-Mart to build two Warner Robins grocery stores

Wal-Mart has received approval to build two grocery stores in Warner Robins.

Bill Mulkey, the Building Official for Warner Robins City Hall, says building the stores are good for the city.

"Anytime you have a really big retail store come in, it usually spurs other stores which produces jobs and a lot of income for the city."

The planned stores, which would only sell groceries, would be 42,000 square feet.

Houston Healthcare Expands

Community leaders say expanding Houston Healthcare will benefit patients and Robins Air Force Base.

The Warner Robins hospital opened an expansion to the surgery center Tuesday.

Registered Nurse at Houston Healthcare Marilee Templeton likes the new operating room. She said, "This is huge compared to what we had before."

She says the new operating rooms, in an expansion that doubled the size of the wing, improve patient care.

Deadly motorcycle accident near concert

An accident near Warner Robins' Independence Day concert left a motorcyclist dead.

According to a release from Warner Robins Police Department, it happened July 3rd at 6:40 p.m., just as the area was becoming congested with concert traffic.

John Lebarron Seals of Mobile, Alabama was traveling West on Russell Parkway in his Chrysler 300 and approached South Davis Drive in the left turn lane. Donta Orlando Wilson of Bonaire was traveling East on Russell on his Suzuki motorcycle.

Mr. Seals tried to turn left onto Davis Drive when the traffic light was solid green. The release says Seals failed to yield the right of way to Wilson. Then Wilson crashed his motorcycle into the right front fender of the car. He died at the scene from the resulting injuries.

Houston County back to school bash on July 25th

A Back to School Bash will be held for local youth on July 25, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at McConnell-Talbert Stadium at 400 South Davis Drive in Warner Robins.

Activities will include free food, games, haircuts, information booths, and free giveaways of backpacks filled with school supplies.

Organizers say supplies and refreshments will be limited.

The Back to School Bash is hosted by the Warner Robins Housing Authority, Houston Healthcare, and the Houston County Board of Education.

Improvements coming to dangerous Warner Robins Intersection

Drivers in Warner Robins could see a change in traffic flow at an intersection some are calling dangerous. The intersection of Moody Road and Leisure Lake Drive was part of Monday's agenda for the Warner Robins City Council.

All council members agreed that the intersection is dangerous. They voted unanimously on conducting a study to determine what traffic changes to make.

"Get some outside engineers to come in and do an independent study of what we can do because we don't want to make it more dangerous than it already is. We want to do something but we want to do the right thing," says Councilman Keith Lauritsen.

According to Lauritsen, the traffic coming down Moody Road is high volume.

He says it's difficult for those turning into the traffic from Leisure Lake Drive and that there are about ten accidents at the intersection every year.

Handcuffed man accused of stealing Houston deputy's cruiser

A Florida man is in Houston County jail after a deputy said he stole his cruiser Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, 21-year-old Seth Ray Stewart, was handcuffed - behind his back - when he allegedly took the car.

Capt. Ronnie Harlowe told 13WMAZ that just after 1 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Brett Sanders pulled Stewart and another man over on I-75 for speeding.

"He'd stopped a violator for 87 in a 70. He got the vehicle stopped and there was also a passenger in that vehicle," he said.

Independence celebration kicks off 4th

The party started early for some in Warner Robins.

Pat Kopecky stood in line at the gate of McConnell-Talbert Stadium since 2:30 Thursday afternoon.

"38 Special is playing," says Kopecky.


It's the annual Independence Day Concert that draws tens of thousands to Warner Robins.

"My friends were coming and I heard it was going to be fun so I thought I should come," Harley Snellgrove said.

"I came all the way from Eastman," David Phelps said.