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Warner Robins reveals recreation master plan

Wednesday evening, dozens of people in Warner Robins met to see the city's plans to improve parks and recreation.

This was the second in a series of public meetings aimed at upgrading the city's current facilities and developing new ones.

Several skateboarders drifted into the meeting, hoping to hear plans for a skate park.

"I've been to a couple of them and nothing's really happened," said skateboarder Hunter Floyd.

Floyd says at the age of 15, he and some friends first rolled into a similar meeting with the same goal. Now he's 20, and the city still doesn't have a skate park.

"The Tony Hawk Foundation offered to match whatever the city would put for it and nothing ever happened with that," said Floyd.

Houston Healthcare seeing nursing shortage

Houston Healthcare has their own shortage, but they are looking for more staff. This week, they will be holding their first career fair to recruit registered and licensed practical nurses.

It is one hospital affected by a growing trend -- the need for qualified professionals to care for patients.

"There is a growing vacancy rate throughout the nation, as well as in our area," explains Chief Nursing Officer Mindy Hartley.

"The middle Georgia area has not been hit as much as your metropolitan areas, like Atlanta."

Hartley hopes this hiring push will help get their numbers up, preventing the hardships other hospitals face.

"We're working really hard to get ahead of the curve," she says.

Warner Robins Post 4 candidates vie for council seat

Election day is two weeks away and Warner Robins City Council candidates are out campaigning.


This year's election will fill three council seats. Now, we hear from the post 4 candidates: incumbent Tim Thomas and Betsy Loiacono discuss why they think they are the best person for the job.

Incumbent Tim Thomas has served on City Council for almost two years.

"I was in business for right at thirty years," he explains. "I've learned that you've got to have a budget. You're going to have feast and famine with your income. The city is no different. One thing I've learned from being on City Council for the past two years is this: you've got to know where the money is. You've got to know how to move the money legally to save taxpayers' dollars."

Houston Co. deputy injured serving warrant in Perry

A Houston County Sheriff's deputy was injured at about noon Tuesday while serving a warrant in Perry.

Chief Deputy William Rape said deputies were serving warrants on Rodney Grim for felony probation violation and theft by receiving. Grim, according to Rape, got into a scuffle with one of the deputies and ran off.

Tucker Elementary was placed on lock down as authorities tried to find Grim, according to Houston County schools spokeswoman Beth Mclaughlin.

Perry police and a Georgia State Patrol helicopter were used to find Grim who was arrested at about 2:30 p.m., Rape said.

The deputy who was injured is being treated at the hospital for a broken bone. Grim was also taken to the hospital. Specifics on their injuries were not available.

Warner Robins Council says "Yes" to new tax district

Warner Robins is one step closer to a plan council members say will create more development in the city.

At their meeting on Monday, they voted "yes" to a tax allocation district.

That means if a developer wants to bring business into the district, the money that comes as a result of increased property values is used for various projects there.

The tax allocation district is 170 acres, running along Watson Boulevard from Commercial Circle to Robins Air Force Base.

Councilwoman Carolyn Robbins says this is a way to revitalize the area, without putting the burden on taxpayers.

COO of 21st Century Partnership stepping down

The chief operating officer of 21st Century Partnership is stepping down in November.

According to a news release, Chrissy Miner is joining the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.

The 21st Century Partnership is a nonprofit with the mission of ensuring the long-term viability of Robins Force Air Base and the entire Middle Georgia region. Miner has served in the position since January 2013.

"I am deeply honored to have served my community in this role," Miner said in a statement. "I look forward to continuing my relationship with the Partnership in a different role. I will always be a strong advocate for the important work done by the Partnership on a day-to-day basis."

Houston sheriff asks judge to reject 'conspiracy theory' in teen's shooting

The Houston County Sheriff is asking a federal judge to ignore a "conspiracy theory" filed by the mother of a man shot and killed by a deputy in 2011.

In a brief filed this week, the sheriff's attorneys argued, again, that Deputy Steven Glidden acted properly when he shot Robert Chambers in the back of the head.

They also argue that Judge Ashley Royal should not reopen the case, because there's no new evidence. Glidden fatally shot Chambers, who was 19, in January 2011.

The sheriff's office says Chambers had just burglarized a nearby home, off Feigin Mill Road. They also say he pulled a gun and struggled with the deputy. They say Chambers had a gun that was stolen from the home and that his own cell phone was found left at the burglary scene.