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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.

Senators weigh impact of proposed Tricare fee hikes

Senators weigh impact of proposed Tricare fee hikes

Air Force Times

Military advocacy groups appear divided over a Pentagon proposal to consolidate Tricare health programs, but all agree that active-duty families should not have to pay higher medical costs just because they don't live near a military hospital.

In a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee's personnel panel Wednesday, representatives from four military service organizations addressed the Defense Department's fiscal 2015 budget proposal to roll Tricare Prime, Standard and Extra into a single consolidated Tricare program.

The plan also would install a new fee structure based on where beneficiaries get their care. Families of active-duty troops would pay new copayments or higher cost shares at network and non-network facilities and retirees and family members would see new fees at military facilities and higher fees elsewhere.

Website ranks Warner Robins high for crime in 2012

Warner Robins police say they disagree with a national real-estate website that called the city one of the nation's 10 most dangerous small cities.

The website, Movoto, figured crime rates based on the city's population. Then they compared Warner Robins in four categories -- murder, property crime, violent crime and total crime to 233 other cities between 50,000 and 75,000. That's based on 2012 crime statistics reported by police to the FBI.

Movoto reports that Warner Robins ranked 10th on their list.

That puts them behind Wilmington, Delaware; Canton, Ohio; Jackson,Tenn.; Rocky Mount, NC; North Little Rock, Ark.; Pensacola, Fla.; Daytona Beach, Fla; Homestead, Fla; and Lauderhill, Fla.

Astronaut visits Warner Robins Middle School

Students at Warner Robins Middle School got a visitor Tuesday afternoon who's been out of this world. NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger stopped by to encourage young girls to become astronauts.

Metcalf-Lindenburger was a high school science teacher in Vancouver, WA when she decided to go for her dream of becoming an astronaut.

She sent her application into NASA and waited. Six months later she got the call.

"We want you to come join the corps and I was like no way I started screaming and my students were all excited because they'd knew I'd been working hard for this all along the way," explains Metcalf-Lindenburger.

At NASA, they trained Metcalf-Lindenburger using the robotic simulators, a neutral buoyancy lab to mirror a space walk training exercise, and she learned Russian.

Houston Co. High player injured pulling coach's truck

A Houston County High football player says he was injured this week while pulling a coach's pickup truck in a training exercise.

That's according to a Warner Robins police incident report.

The report says it happened Wednesday at the high school on Highway 96.

Police were contacted by Leslie Watkins, the mother of player Marcus Watkins. He is 15, according to the report.

Twins valedictorian, salutatorian at Northside High

If you think you have a rivalry with your sibling, check out this one.

Anna and Austin Maddox are fraternal twins, born five minutes apart.

Both are seniors at Northside High School in Warner Robins.

Austin is this year's valedictorian with a 99 grade-point-average. Anna is the salutatorian, or number two in the graduating class, with a 99.86 GPA. That's just four-tenths of a point behind her brother.

Anna said, "I'm not bitter about it. It's, hey, good for him. Two is pretty great, too."

Anna said they've had a friendly competition about most everything growing up, from their grades to who can make their bed the fastest.

Austin said his twin sister often teased him in high school, that she was going to get ahead of him in academics.

That never happened, but Austin said it's an honor that they both could take a top spot.

Three arrested in Warner Robins robbery

Police in Warner Robins have arrested three people and charged them with breaking into a home on the 700 block of Katherine Street.

According to a news release, officers arrived around noon Tuesday

to find the suspects trying to get away. They ran through some nearby woods and were caught after a foot chase.