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Houston County Surplus Auction to be held Thursday

The Houston County Surplus Auction features hundreds of items formerly used by Houston County departments.

People can bid on computers, furniture and even cars including a 1989 Houston County fire truck.

Mark Baker, the county's purchasing agent, says the county's been able to make a good profit off of the auction in the past.

"The last couple of years we've been in the low $30,000 range," said Baker.

He said all of the money raised will go back into Houston County's general fund, that will then be distributed to different departments, like public works, and the sheriff's office.

There's a 7 percent sales tax on all items except for vehicles, which are subject to the Ad Valorem Tax.

Baker says hundreds of people have come in the past and he expects even more this year, because there's a larger selection of cars.

Warner Robins mayor proposes sanitation tax increase

The Warner Robins City Council is voting at its next meeting on a proposal to raise how much people pay each month in sanitation costs.

One man, however, came before the council Monday night to say he does not want to pay for for something, he says, is not being done.

He represents one of several people the council says are dealing with the same issue.

"It's just become a big problem," says Willie McIntyre.

He came before Warner Robins City Council on Monday worried about yard waste.

"We don't have a specific day or time when they're going to come pick it up."

McIntyre says Trans Waste Services picks up the trash regularly. The same company is responsible for yard waste, which used to come weekly.

Warner Robins budget hearing postponed

Warner Robins City Council is postponing the public hearing for this year's budget.

At the last meeting, Mayor Randy Toms shared with council a draft of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal.

Toms' assistant, Mandy Stella, explains it had to be delayed because, by law, the budget must be published in a local newspaper a week prior to the meeting, which was not done.

The fiscal year starts July 1st, so she says there is still time to work out the details.

Stella says council will likely be holding an additional meeting towards the end of June to discuss the budget.

Albany man accused of firing shots at Warner Robins bar

An Albany man is in jail after allegedly trying to rob a Warner Robins bar and firing some shots.

According to a police news release, it happened around 9:30 a.m. at Smokes 2 Bar and Grill, 1249 Russell Parkway. Police say Leroy Wilson tried to get inside when an employee was opening the bar. Wilson, according to the release, at some point fired the gun. No one was injured.

Wilson took off across the road and jumped several fences before police caught him. According to the news release, he's charged with aggravated assault, armed robbery, entering an auto, criminal damage and being an convicted felon possessing a weapon.

Police said no further information was available on the attempted robbery.

Happening in Houston County

From a partnership with The Middle Georgia Economic Alliance to spotlight what Houston County has to offer, to a concert with 'Tops in Blue', and a change of command. April Bragg with the Robins Regional Chamber stopped by the 13WMAZ studio to talk to Lorra Lynch Jones about what's happening in Houston County.

Housing market on the rise in Houston County

Recent numbers show the housing market is looking lucrative in Houston County.

"Warner Robins and Houston County continue to lead the region," Dale Washburn, a real estate broker and professor, says this is a positive indication for the Central Georgia economy. "Any time we hear houses are selling, that's good news."

Lightning strike causes Houston County home to catch fire

It was actually lightning during that line of storms that caused a house fire near Perry Tuesday night.

The fire happened around 6 p.m. on Highway 41 in south Houston County.
Houston County fire crews worked the fire and Chief Jimmy Williams says the two-story home is a total loss.

No one was hurt.

He says the fire is out, but his crews will remain on scene for hours dousing hot spots.
This is the second time in a week a fire caused by a lighting strike destroyed a Houston County home.
That one happened off Birdie Drive in Bonaire.