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Warner Robins Middle dedicates new barn

Middle school students can go down on the farm right in the middle of Warner Robins.

With a swipe of saw, the Warner Robins Middle School dedicated a new barn Wednesday afternoon.

Parents, students, and community leaders took tours.

Right now, students in the school's Future Farmers of America program are raising goats there. Later this year, they will switch to pigs.

FFA president Maddie Bush says raising animals may be fun, but she wants future farmers to be prepared.

"It is a lot of hard work, and there is some difficulties to it. But in the end, it's all worth the hard work, and it's an amazing experience," says Bush.

Agriculture Teacher Tripp Tolleson says it only took four days to build the barn.

Warner Robins leaders step into police officer's shoes

This is National Police Week, and some Houston County community leaders stepped into the shoes of Warner Robins Police officers.

Some recent cases around the country have raised questions about law enforcement's use of deadly force in certain situations.

You only have a second to make a life-changing decision

The virtual simulator at the Warner Robins Police department trains officers how to respond to all kinds of high stress scenarios where they may have to use force, from hostage situations to armed robberies.

On Wednesday, people in the community had the chance to learn when and how to react.

Mentally Ill Inmates Crowd Houston Co. Jail

Houston County detention officers say about a quarter of the people they take in need a hospital, not a jail cell.

They say the jail has become a holding tank for the mentally ill, and they're not equipped to treat them.

It's costing Houston County taxpayers thousands of dollars each day to keep the mentally ill off the streets.

During a recent class for new detention officers, chief detention officer Capt. Beth Shafer told them, "A lot of us don't have experience. We're not physicians."

STEM facility coming to Warner Robins campus of Middle GA State

Due to a $5 million fund being included in 2016 fiscal budget, Middle Georgia State College is getting a new academic building focusing primarily on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiatives.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the budget Monday.

The STEM center, according to a news release, will let the college add to labs to technology-based classrooms.

The STEM Center, according to the release, will be approx. 17,000 square feet and is likely to be built near Oak Hall on the south end of campus, the release states. Two web labs, a flexible lab space for various sciences, a nursing lab, cyber-security lab and a high-tech classroom will be enclosed in the building, the release says. Other areas will include, according to the release, space for the Office of Graduate Studies, faculty offices and student study areas.

Museum of Aviation hosts Young Astronauts' Day


The Museum of Aviation hosted Young Astronauts' Day in the Century of Flight Hangar.

More than 300 students attended and learned about the history of aerospace as well as how rockets work.

Eighteen different hands-on science and technology workshops were offered.

Some of these included twister tubes, robotics, parachutes and astro training.

Museum staff and volunteers helped inspire the kids to consider a career in aerospace.

Kathleen man accused of trying to steal home


A Kathleen man is accused of filing false clams on a vacant home and moving in.

That's according to the Houston County Sheriff's Office.

They say Tilbert Rio Taylor is charged with false statements and writings and criminal trespass.

Lt. David Carrick says the case is similar to several in Bibb County. This week, a Bibb deputy and three other men are accused to trying to claim houses by filing fraudulent liens against them.

WR traffic accident with injuries blocks Watson Blvd

A warning for Warner Robins drivers making their afternoon commute. Jennifer Parson with the Warner Robins Police Department says there is a traffic accident with injures between Nelson and Knodishall streets near Big Lots. Eastbound and and westbound lanes of Watson Boulevard are currently blocked. Drivers are asked to avoid the area. Stay tuned to 13WMAZ and 13WMAZ.com for more details.