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Former Houston court clerk returns to help with work


Back in April, we reported on a substantial work backlog at the Houston County State Court Clerk's office.

For medical reasons, the clerk, Kendra Simons, has not been able to come in regularly.

It's been about 8 months since the state court clerk's office had to temporarily close for an afternoon to play catch-up.

Now, the office is in good shape work-wise, but that's because commissioners hired two additional part time workers.

Houston Co. DA still 'actively investigating' Little League theft charges


It's been six months since the former president and vice president of the Warner Robins American Little League were charged with stealing money from the League's cash fund.

Investigators say Joseph Stella and Darin McDowell used money for personal gain and made unauthorized credit card purchases.That was after the board of directors discovered about $10,000 gone.

Houston County projects in the new year


It's almost the end of the year, and, in Houston County, leaders say they completed $12.5 million worth of projects, like mostly roadwork and intersection improvements.

 

Now, they are looking ahead to next year.

"2016, we feel, is going to be even bigger than 2015, as far as completion of projects," Chairman of the Houston County commissioners, Tommy Stalnaker,

He says the "to-do" list is never-ending. Major developments include infrastructure.

This year, some of the items checked off included widening Feagin Mill Road and Gunn Road and improving the intersection at Old Hawkinsville and SR 247.

Next year, they will widen Carl Vinson Parkway and Lake Joy road, which is a multi-million dollar plan.

"We've invested a lot," Stalnaker says. "I think it's paying dividends now."

Hogwarts Running Club raises $400K for charity


A group of muggles in Warner Robins have cast a spell over the last year, combining the magical Harry Potter universe with running.

We sat down with the Biggs family.

Dawn is a Middle Georgia State Student and Brian is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force Reserve. They're founders of the Hogwarts Running Club, a virtual running club with real success. It started with one race.

"It started out by accident, actually. I ran a half marathon," Dawn said. "So, then he started running."

"I've now done 21 half marathons in the last two years," Brian said.

Then, a passion for charity grew.

"In order to do that, we had to constantly hit up our friends and family," Dawn said. "And that got a little old really fast."

Brian puts it simpler.

Improvements coming to Sewell Circle Park


Warner Robins council members voted for improvements to Sewell Circle Park.

In the past, we've reported on complaints from residents about the park's upkeep.

The city says they'll spruce up part of the baseball field, basketball court, and toys.

Several months ago, officials listened to resident's complaints.

They fixed torn bleachers, fading paint, and busted benches. They didn't fix some flaws like the broken scoreboard and the inoperative pool.

City leaders say those improvements are on their radar.

Councilman Clifford Holmes says they'll tackle the dysfunctions at Sewell Circle Park one step at a time.

Road extension could boost economic impact


An extension of one Warner Robins road could mean an expansion for economic development.

The city is currently extending Armed Forces Boulevard so it can connect with the Veterans Training Center that's currently under construction.

Monday night, council members voted to keep the name of the extension as Armed Forces Boulevard.

The road is being built to reduce traffic congestion once the training center opens next year.

Mayor Randy Toms says the road extension could lead to many other developments.

"They have plenty of room out there in the land that we donated for them to grow as a training center, so it could cause that to grow. That could help the economic development of our community as well," said Toms.

The training center is set to open in May 2016.


City's first transit system starts in Warner Robins


For the first time, public transportation is available to people in Warner Robins.

 

A 2012 Transit Feasibility study indicated many people wanted to use buses to get to doctor's appointments and shopping centers.

An idea that has taken a backseat for years is now taking off.

"It's been a long time coming, but we got it now," says Oscar Mason, with the Warner Robins Housing Authority.

They have taken it upon themselves to provide the city with this service.

"I had never seen a city with so many people walking, not for exercise, but to get from place to place," Mason explains.

The transit system includes two buses that make 23 stops on weekdays.

The first starts at 7:15 AM at Rosemont Court and ends at Walmart on Watson Boulevard.