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Dept. of Juvenile Justice hiring expands

Dept. of Juvenile Justice hiring expands

The Department of Juvenile Justice is hiring and hosting job fairs throughout Georgia.

DJJ hopes to hire highly qualified applicants, and promises to provide "enhanced" opportunities for military veterans. They're offering a one-time military salary increase incentive on certain job titles to current and former military members, according to a release.

These job fairs come after a DJJ regional recruiter Robert Long told 13WMAZ the DJJ faces difficulty with hiring because many applicants have been unable to pass background tests. In Eastman alone, they need 70 people to work at the YDC.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.

Warner Robins man gives up search for minor-league team

A Warner Robins man says he's giving up his search for a minor league baseball team for Central Georgia.


st year, John Hughes told city officials he had hired a firm to do a feasibility study on bringing minor-league ball to Warner Robins.

They offered moral support, but no money, for his quest. And to avoid competition, they agreed to give him exclusive rights to look for a team that could move to Warner Robins.

That agreement expires this month.

Athletes Compete at Special Olympics

Thursday and Friday, about 500 Houston County athletes will go for the gold.

The spring Special Olympics for elementary through high school students started Thursday morning.

Houston County High School is hosting the volleyball, track and softball competitions.

Adapted Sports Coordinator for the county Brenda Arnett says the kids practice year round.

Last year, they held two Special Olympics events over the course of a year. This year, they expanded to three: Spring, Fall and Winter. Arnett says they want to offer students with mental and physical disabilities the chance to play sports and feel like everyone else.

Chad Howard, a junior from Perry High School, competed in the volleyball tournament. He said, "I just like hitting the ball and spiking the ball and jumping up, and doing all that stuff."

Census: Houston may pass Bibb within two years

Within two years, if current trends hold up, Houston County's population will pass Bibb County's.

Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week show Houston gaining almost 200 people a month since the 2010 census. Bibb continues to lose about 30 residents a month.

On July 1, 2013, the Census said, 154,721 people lived in Bibb County, 147,658 in Houston.

But if Houston's growth and Bibb's decline continues, their roles would reverse by February 2016.

The 1990 Census showed 89,208 people living in Houston, 149,967 in Bibb. Ten years later, Bibb's population was about 43,000 people bigger.

Houston's growth since then has been helped by Robins Air Force Base, the state's largest employer.

Meanwhile, this week's Census release shows that most of Central Georgia is shrinking.

Four accused of Warner Robins burglaries arrested

Warner Robins police arrested four men Thursday accusing them with being involved in a string of burglaries ranging from October 2013 to March 2014.

The eight burglaries occurred in the 400 block of Highway 247, 300 Chelsea Crossing, 600 block of W Highway 96, 900 block of W Highway 96, 90 block of Bonanza Drive, 700 block of Post Oak Way and 400 block of Education Way and the 100 block of Ida Avenue.

Arrested were: Richard Sanford, 31, Warner Robins; Robert Lee Allen, 32, Bonaire; Trevon Terrell Lawson, 19, Perry; Jason Clark Bryant, 21, Warner Robins; Charles Christopher Westfaul, 42, Warner Robins.

Robins TRICARE center closing

Robins TRICARE center closing

The TRICARE benefits walk-in service center at Robins Air Force Base is closing Tuesday, the base says.

TRICARE is the Defense Department health care program. According to its website,Tricare covers about 9.6 million active- duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families and survivors.

The Department of Defense is closing all of its service centers nationwide to save an estimated $250 million over the next five years.

They say the centers are becoming obsolete due to advancements in on-line technology that lets people manage benefits from home. Walk-in centers are the most expensive service option, the Department of Defense says.