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Houston Co. High's renovations almost complete


Students starting at Houston County High School on August 3 might not be able to recognize it.

"The summer has allowed us to do some of our major projects," explains principal, Dr. Doug Rizer.

Construction started in January, but they have been doing some homework since school let out for summer break.

Not only does the school have a new exterior with covered walkways, but when students walk through the doors, the inside is different, too.

Rizer says security will be improved by changing the entrance. Visitors will have to go through the office before being able to enter the hallways.

After 25 years, Rizer believes it was time for change.

"Having a student body close to, at some points, over 2000 kids," he says, "It wears things down."

Warner Robins approves fines for false alarms


In a unanimous decision, Warner Robins City Council passed an ordinance where people have to pay a fine for multiple false security system alarms.

The new rule requires home and business owners with security systems to register their phone numbers with their alarm company.

That way, officers can reach them quickly and do not need to waste time at the scene if there is no emergency.

Also, after three false alarms caused by a faulty security system the person has to pay a fine,

The initial fine is $50, but goes up for each additional false alarm after that.

Former Marine stands guard for recruiters


In the wake of the shooting at two military facilities in Chattanooga, the military plans to review security measures at recruiting and reserve centers across the country.

There are many in Central Georgia.

Friday, a Byron man joined other former Marines in standing guard outside a recruitment office in Centerville.

13WMAZ spoke with him about why he's standing up for those who serve.

Roger Register arrived at the Houston County Galleria Mall shortly before 9 a.m. Friday on a mission.

"These places are completely helpless, especially small towns and stuff," he said.

New fire station opens in Warner Robins


Fire officials in Warner Robins are prepared to handle any situation, with the opening of a brand new fire station.

Station 8 opened up last Monday off State Road 96. 13WMAZ's Claire Davis got a tour of the new facility and spoke with firemen on how it could mean faster response times and maybe less money out of homeowners' pockets.

The sirens are working, the lights are flashing, and the firefighters at Station 8 are ready for just about anything that comes their way.

Deputy Fire Chief Ross Moulton says with more than 3,000 homes and businesses to cover, the new station cuts response times in half.

Young Marines remember Medal of Honor recipient


The Warner Robins Young Marines held a Court of Honor Saturday to remember the heroic actions of one central Georgia veteran.

15-year-old loading laundry for the needy


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It's something most people don't look forward to: the laundry. But one 15-year-old girl is spinning the chore around to touch the lives of people in need.

Caroline Gowan washed clothes tonight at Git-R-Dun Too laundromat in Warner Robins, but the loads weren't her own.

Eugene Tharpe says he doesn't have a job and washing and drying clothes can be a burden. "A blessing to me because you know when, when you aint got no other means. Clothes... dirty clothes just pile up, pile up, pile up, and you gotta wear some of those dirty clothes twice," said Tharpe.

Repairs to be made on Gunn Road in Warner Robins


Construction will be underway on Gunn Road starting Monday.

According to a press release, as part of the SPLOST Road Improvements Program, Houston County Public Works will be closing Gunn Road from Willow Way to Eagle Parkway from Monday until Sunday, July 19.

The organization urges the public to allow extra time for possible traffic delays.