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Jay's Hope families relax with spa party


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A group of special young ladies and their moms got free makeovers Sunday at Northside High School.

The Northside Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America club invited the families of Jay's Hope to have a spa party, or sparty, at the high school.

Jay's hope is dedicated to supporting families affected by childhood cancer.

Courtney O'Brien and Kylista Root came up with the idea, and with the help of some friends, performed makeovers for 23 mothers and daughters.

They decided to work with Jay's Hope because the FCCLA has been focusing on childhood cancer this year.

Houston kids sell sweet tea for St. Jude


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A group of kids got together Sunday in a Warner Robins neighborhood to do something bigger than themselves.

They made a sweet tea stand, but not to pad their own pockets.

They were raising money for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital.

It was the idea of Laila Moore. She says they wanted to think about other people, instead of themselves.

"They just made me realize that we shouldn't just worry about ourselves, we should worry about other people in need," says Laila, 9-years-old.

Military contractor returns from Afghanistan


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It was an emotional homecoming in Houston County for Don Hawkins.

He's a military contractor who's been in Afghanistan for 10 months.

Sunday, he surprised his 9-year-old son, Donovan, at lunch.

Hawkins has spent the better part of the last 4 years supporting the military as a civilian contractor

Hawkins says being away from his family was the hardest part.

"It's very difficult. It's hard to be away one day, but 10 months, it's something else. But, really, over there a long time without seeing your family."

Mossy Creek Barnyard Festival ends after 34 years


After 34 years, the family that brought you the Mossy Creek Festival has decided to discontinue the event.

Bill Chester, the owner of the Perry festival, said his family wanted to focus on taking care of the founder, 93-year-old Carolyn Chester, who has late stage dementia.

The festival was best known for its handmade arts and crafts, and visual demonstrations.

The last event was held on Oct. 18, 2014.


Warner Robins coach relives lightning strike


"I actually remember the toss," says Mike Martin. "The coin toss, sending the captains out and everything and after that it's blank."

Longtime Warner Robins Middle School coach Mike Martin has trouble remembering details of that football match-up with Feagin Mill in September 2008, but not because of the outcome on the scoreboard.

Man runs away after causing three-car wreck


Wednesday, a man tried to make a quick exit after making several wrong turns in a wreck that left multiple cars damaged.

The accident happened near Houston Lake Road and the North Perry Bypass around 3:45 p.m.

Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper John Hardage says Kenneth Nathan Ellis sideswiped a white pickup truck, then backed into another before running away from the scene.

A deputy went after him, but he hid in the woods for about an hour and a half before being taken into custody around 5 p.m. He was ultimately found in a storage shed.

That was on Wren Drive, just off of Lake Joy Road.

Ellis is charged with leaving the scene of the accident, driving under the influence, improper backing and failure to maintain lanes.

No one was injured.


Controlled burn Wednesday at Robins Air Force Base


There will be a controlled burn of piles of logs at Robins Air Force Base on today.

Base officials say environmental personnel and the Georgia Forestry Commission officials will burn six to seven piles of logs on the south side of the Base.

Officials say the Robins Air Force Base fire department will supervise the controlled burn, and also say the burn may produce smoke in the area for a few days.