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Water-main break fixed in Warner Robins

Warner Robins water crews worked till late Wednesday evening on a broken water-main that knocked out service for some. It happened on the 300 block of Osigian Boulevard

Montie Walters, head of the city's utilities department, says the break left some customers without water on Osigian and Watson boulevards. He could not say how many.

Several restaurants including Wendy's, LongHorn, and Cheddar's could not serve guests early Wednesday evening.

"The manager told us the water was off and I was like oh my gosh, I really wanted a good hardy steak," said Zaklyn Gibson.

Walter said the line apparently split underneath a hydrant, and crews had to dig up the hydrant to find out how bad it was.

"At one point we had both sides of Watson Blvd. cut off," said Walters.

Warner Robins city council members sworn in

Warner Robins hosted its first city council meeting of the new year, and three council members were officially sworn in-- again.

In November, Carolyn Robbins, Mike Davis, and Tim Thomas were re-elected and are now serving their second terms.

When asked about their goals for 2016, Robbins says: "We're going to work real real hard. We've got a lot of goals we are trying to get done. We've got a TAD we're working on."

The TAD, or tax allocation district, will be underway this year, which council members say will encourage more development.

"There's a lot of things going on, like the visitor's center," Davis says. "We're going to make progress these next four years. It's about doing the will of the people."

Barbara Aide Shaheen dies at 85

Barbara Aide Shaheen, the mother of former Warner Robins mayor Chuck Shaheen, has passed away at age 85.

Shaheen died early Sunday morning.

Her late husband was Charles "Chuck" Shaheen, with whom she owned several businesses and properties in Warner Robins.

Barbara Shaheen and her husband were instrumental in the growth of Warner Robins and improving life for its citizens.

Barbara was born in Winsted, Connecticut, on October 14, 1931 and moved to Warner Robins with her husband and 2 children in 1964.

A rosary for Barbara Shaheen will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 5th with visitation until 8:00 that night at McCullough Funeral Home in Warner Robins.

A funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6th, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Warner Robins with a committal service and burial to follow.

Warner Robins couple has first baby of 2016

A Warner Robins couple is the proud parents of one of the first babies born in Macon in 2016.

Gabriel Mychael Bailey was born at 12:54 a.m. Friday morning at the Medical Center Navicent Health.

His parents, Ebony Huffman and Theron Bailey, weren't expecting their son until next week.

Huffman said she feels like she won the lottery knowing her son is healthy and one of the first ones to be born in 2016.

But they still can't decide who Gabriel looks like more.

"He's got my fat cheeks from when I was a little boy when I was born. He looks pretty much just like me when I was born," Bailey said. "He looks like her, too. That's the weird thing. I don't know how it happened." But Gabriel's mother sees something else. "He has the Huffman nose," Huffman said.

Gabriel weighs 7 pounds and 8.3 ounces and is 20 inches long. His parents plan to take him home Saturday.

Houston deputies buy Christmas toys for kids


Houston County Deputies celebrated Christmas early Thursday morning by giving back to the community they serve.

About a dozen boys and girls, ages 1 to 11, got to shop with a cop the morning of Christmas Eve at the Warner Robins Toy 'R Us.

This is the first year the Houston County Sheriff's Office has held the event, they invited some of the kids from their thanksgiving giveaway to participate.

Deputy Kevin Taylor says they're trying to build a relationship with the kids.

Former Houston court clerk returns to help with work

Back in April, we reported on a substantial work backlog at the Houston County State Court Clerk's office.

For medical reasons, the clerk, Kendra Simons, has not been able to come in regularly.

It's been about 8 months since the state court clerk's office had to temporarily close for an afternoon to play catch-up.

Now, the office is in good shape work-wise, but that's because commissioners hired two additional part time workers.