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Perdue Farms donates land for new Houston Co. fire station

Houston County citizens might be seeing a new fire station soon.

According to a news release, The Board of Commissioners will sign a memorandum of understanding Tuesday with Perdue Farms, which will accept the company's donation of almost five acres of land to build a new fire station along Hwy 247.

The Houston County Fire Department operates on mostly volunteers through eight stations located throughout the county.

"The fire station is needed because of the industry in the area and the large number of homes," Tommy Stalnaker, the chairman, said. "It's in an area that's a long way from any coverage. It's going to help emergency response (in this area) a lot."

Wally Hunter, a director of operations for Perdue in Perry, said the company has a tradition of making a difference in communities where servicemen work and conduct business.

State settles Grabowski's whistle-blower suit

The state of Georgia has settled a lawsuit filed by a whistle-blower who claimed she was fired for raising ethical questions about the head of the Georgia National Guard.

We reported last summer on that suit by Mary Therese Grabowski.
You may remember her as a former anchor at 13WMAZ, then as head of the 21st Century Partnership in Warner Robins.

She was also a state Department of Defense spokeswoman in 2012 and 2013.

Grabowski said she raised questions about Jim Butterworth, who was the state's adjutant general.

Contractors forum informs businesses.

Around 400 people gathered at the Museum of Aviation to learn about government contracts at Robins Air Force Base.

The forum showed companies how to compete for the millions of dollars available in government contracts at the base. It's been two years since the last contracting forum.

"In the past two years, the Aerospace Industry Committee has been able to gather all the necessary parties to get representation back here from the life cycle management center, and the air force sustainment center" said Lisa Fruge, chairwoman of the Robins Chamber's Aerospace.

She says the base contracts out over $500 million dollars annually to companies. NAVCOM, a defense electronics company in Warner Robins, says their profits primarily come from those contracts.

New '50s themed ice cream and soda parlor in Perry

Walking into A Couple of Jerks Soda Fountain Shop feels like stepping into a time machine.


The old pictures plastered on the walls, and music are blasts from the '50s.

"We created the old soda fountain shop because one we just thought the town needed it" said owner Mike Vinson.

And with it being in Perry's downtown historic district, the location couldn't be better.

It opened two weeks ago, and has picked up a following already, "last week we had a line out the door" added Vinson.

Men accused of stealing lottery tickets after high-speed chase

Two gas station burglaries in Warner Robins and Perry led police on a highway chase earlier Wednesday morning.

According to a news release, Ricky Lamar Thomas, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Fl., De-Andre Rashad Walker, 20, and Keshawn Donta Wilson, 23, both of Hollywood, Fl., are all charged with burglary in the 2nd degree and tampering with evidence after allegedly stealing an undisclosed amount of lottery tickets from a Texaco station, located at 203 General Courtney Hodges Blvd. in Perry and a Shell gas station, located at 12005 Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins.

After further investigation it was discovered that the lottery tickets stolen from the two convenient stores had been cashed in at a Flash Foods gas station in Unadilla, Ga.

UPDATE: Two arrested in Bonaire kidnapping, robbery

Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the kidnapping and armed robbery of a 74-year-old Bonaire woman Thursday.

Investigators determined that a white Ford F-150 was used in the crime and Houston County Sheriff's Sgt. Slate Simons conducted a traffic stop of a truck matching that description at about 8 p.m., according to a sheriff's office news release.

Warner Robins apartment fire damages 3 apartments

Three units at the Foxwood Apartments in Warner Robins were damaged after a grease fire Monday night.

According to Jennifer Powell of the Warner Robins Fire Department, firefighters were dispatched at 6:15 p.m. to a fire at the Foxwood Apartments on Watson Blvd.

Powell says all the occupants of the building had already been evacuated when firefighters arrived.

The blaze started with a grease fire on a stove in apartment 74. Powell said unit 74 was heavily damaged by fire, and units 73 and 75, were damaged by water.

No one was injured.

The Red Cross is helping residents of apartment 74 with food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities.