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Warner Robins police investigate Houston Co. High teacher

Warner Robins police say they're investigating a former Houston County High School teacher who resigned this week.

Police would not say why they're investigating James Vance and declined to release records in the case.

But they cited an exemption in the state's Open Records law that covers child abuse or child substance abuse.

By email, police say they executed a search warrant in the Vance case Feb. 19.

School spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin said Vance resigned this week. She would not say why.

Last week, when asked about Vance's status, she declined comment except to say that the district was investigating a staff member for alleged improper use of social media.

Warner Robins Visitor's Center location could change

Attracting tourism to the International City is a big reason why Warner Robins wants to build a welcome center.

Money to make it happen is available from the city's hotel/motel tax. In 2009 when council voted to create a visitors center, they raised the taxes from 6% to 8%. Since then, there's been no ground broken.

"The process to me is ridiculous. It's taking way too long," said General Manager at the Comfort Inn & Suites, Ojash Shah.

Now, council wants to change the language on the law that states it must be located near the I-75 Russell Parkway Intersection.

"They've been changing the place for the last 3 years and they still can't make up their mind," said Shah.

Warner Robins housing units demolished


Warner Robins' Oscar Thommie Homes housing project was demolished Tuesday.

The Housing Authority said they tore it down to make room for up to 200 mixed income units, which will provide a new look for the neighborhood, one that's 50 years in the making.

The Warner Robins Housing Authority Director, Sheryl Frazier, said this 70 unit neighborhood hasn't been updated since the '60s.

"We had the same flooring, no air conditioning, the heating units were old. They were just outdated," she said.

Houston employee investigated for "inappropriate" social media use

Houston County schools say they're investigating what they call an inappropriate use of social media by a staff member.

Spokeswoman Beth McLaughlin says it involves an employee at Houston County High School.

McLaughlin declined to describe the complaint, identify the staff member, or tell us their job status.

She says the district won't release any further information on the case until their investigation is complete.

Pre-K registration in Houston County begins February 23

Parents enrolling their students in Pre-K next school year should start planning now.

Houston County Registration begins February 23 and lasts until March 20, but not all applicants will get a slot.

"Don't wait till the last day or the last minute," advised Registration Secretary Valerie Noah. She said registration should be a smooth process if parents follow instructions, like bringing the proper documents, and registering at the school's planned dates.

For those eager parents, being the first in line won't increase your chances of securing a spot. Students are picked based on a lottery system where the computer randomly selects them.

I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

The Georgia DOT will close lanes on the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-16 near the State Route 96 bridge next week.

The DOT says different lanes will close between mile markers 23 and 24, near Exit 24 on I-16 throughout the week, as crews install bird netting under the State Route 96 overpass.

The lane closures will be in effect from 7 A.M. until 5 P.M., between Monday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 28th.

G-DOT asks divers to drive slowly and carefully around the work zones.

Warner Robins pastor offers drive-thru ashes

For the second year in a row, a Warner Robins pastor offered a drive-thru, for Ash Wednesday.

It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter by observing 40 days of moderation, fasting, and repentance.

John Barichivich is the pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was out at 7:45 Wednesday morning, offering ashes and prayer to anyone who wanted them.

Last year he says they had 30 people drive up, and by mid afternoon he had around 16 people today.

He says he sees all walks of life, some stopping by in their cars, others parking and walking up.