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Houston County Teacher of the Year: Kathy Gibbs

Perdue Elementary's Kathy Gibbs is Houston County's new Teacher of the Year.

Gibbs has been teaching for 18 years, 3 of those at Perdue Elementary. She told our us why today's win is an honor she wasn't expecting.

"I was in complete shock. I had no idea I would have been named Houston County Teacher of the Year," she said.

But if you ask those who've worked with Gibbs, they'll tell you the win is really no surprise.

"She loves them, she hugs them, she tells them she cares about them," said Perdue Elementary Principal Andy Payne.

"She doesn't accept defeat in any child that she tries to help," said Anthony Lunceford, who initially brought Gibbs to the school system.

Gibbs teaches 5th grade at Perdue Elementary and admits becoming an educator was a bit of a surprise itself.

Trash Making Money, Power


A experiment that started three and a half years ago with Houston County's trash is creating real results.

They're burning the gas released from decaying rubbish and making a pretty profit.

Superintendent at the Houston County landfill Terry Dietsch tells people the mounds of trash are more than meets the eye.

He said, "We just tell them it smells like money."

When Dietsch started the job in 1991, he didn't foresee trash becoming a treasure.

He said, "It's been a real good project."

Russell Pkwy repaving could continue for two weeks

Russell Parkway repaving between Moody and Hwy 247 continues.

The work will continue for 10-14 working days, Warner Robins' Ruby Holmes says a city engineer told her.

That construction completion will depend on weather, and crews plans to work on the weekend to help make up for lost time due to rain.

Initially, a news release stated the work was expected to finish Monday.

Group intends to give away 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies this Friday.

The Warner Robins Housing Authority intends to give away 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies this Friday.

According to the agency, the giveaway is part of its annual July Bash. The backpacks are free to any child who needs it, not only those in Warner Robins.

Executive Director of the Warner Robins Housing Authority Sheryl Frazier said about 40 volunteers showed up last week to help stuff the bags.

"We stuff them with supplies from elementary, middle school, and high school so we have all three groups. So we have bags for each educational level," said Frazier.

She says volunteers plan on doing more than giving away backpacks. They will give free haircuts to students, face painting, free food. There will also be a moon bounce house.

"People can bring their children out and then spend the day enjoying the activities," said Frazier.

City says those conducting a traffic study for the intersection need an extension.

Mayor Randy Toms says those conducting a traffic study for the intersection of Moody Road and Leisure Lake Drive are asking for an extension, one council members are willing to grant.

Some say it's one of Warner Robins' more dangerous intersections

Warner Robins Council met Monday night, and all members agreed to give Wolverton and Associates more time.

Toms says Wolverton and Associates will start on August fifth in order to include school traffic and get accurate results.

"They asked for a couple more weeks so that they could incorporate some more of the school. They want to get the study done during the time when people are in school because that increases the traffic," said Toms.

Mayor Toms says all other terms of the contract with Wolverton remains the same.

New Houston Co. Schools Opening


Get your backpacks ready.

Houston County students return to the classroom next Thursday, July 31st.

On the north and south end of the county combined, about a thousand students will attend new schools.

Principal of the new Langston Road Elementary in Perry, Elgin Mayfield, calls security the best feature at his new school.

Langston Road's main entrance has a secure vestibule; a feature installed on most Houston County school campuses in the past few years.

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

Equipment outside of the Perdue Farms in Perry apparently caused a fire at the plant Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the chicken plant, the building that caught fire is the cooking plant. That building was evacuated and there are no reports of injuries, the news release states.

Houston County fire fighters are still on the scene.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for details and watch Eyewitness News at 6.