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New Houston Co. Schools Opening


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Get your backpacks ready.

Houston County students return to the classroom next Thursday, July 31st.

On the north and south end of the county combined, about a thousand students will attend new schools.

Principal of the new Langston Road Elementary in Perry, Elgin Mayfield, calls security the best feature at his new school.

Langston Road's main entrance has a secure vestibule; a feature installed on most Houston County school campuses in the past few years.

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire

UPDATE: Equipment outside of Perdue plant catches fire


Equipment outside of the Perdue Farms in Perry apparently caused a fire at the plant Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from the chicken plant, the building that caught fire is the cooking plant. That building was evacuated and there are no reports of injuries, the news release states.

Houston County fire fighters are still on the scene.

Check back with 13wmaz.com for details and watch Eyewitness News at 6.

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Warner Robins celebrates public safety


The Warner Robins Independence Concert was a big success, and to thank those involved Mayor Randy Toms held an appreciation day for two public safety departments.

The day of appreciation was held at fountain park in Warner Robins.

Police competed against the firefighters in a friendly softball game, then everyone chowed down on some barbecue.

Mayor Toms says public safety departments are a vital part of the community.

"They have it deep in their hearts. It's not just a matter of them coming to a job, but it's in their hearts to do what they do and they do a great job here in Warner Robins," Toms says.

Mayor Toms served as a fire fighter for 27 years.


Warner Robins-to-Macon transit service starts Monday


Starting Monday, Warner Robins commuters can take a Macon Transit Authority bus to work in Macon.

Warner Robins and authority officials announced the service Friday morning.

They held a news conference at the first Park-and-Ride location at Ferguson Park, 471 Elberta Road.

The transit authority says the bus will deliver commuters to jobs at Geico, YKK and other locations.

Buses will leave Warner Robins between 5:40 and 8:50 a.m. and return from Macon between 1:45 and 6:40 p.m.

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Russell Pkwy repaving between Hwy 247 and Moody Road


Crews plan to repave a section of Russell Parkway in Warner Robins.

Starting Friday, they'll repave between Hwy 247 and Moody Road. They'll continue work there Saturday and Monday, according to a City of Warner Robins release.

The release says drivers should avoid that section of Russell Parkway until Tuesday.


New DUI test to be phased in by 2015


By December 2015, every law enforcement agency in the state of Georgia must switch to a new type of Breathalyzer. That's according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Houston County Sheriff's office already got a head start. This new machine makes the process much more interactive.

"You can see on this one is the breath going in it," said Lieutenant Bradley Stone.

That's just one of the new features that come with the Intoxilyzer 9000, and the name isn't the only cool thing about it. The device comes with touch LCD screen.

Stone thinks the new device is much easier to use than the old one.

"This machine doesn't keep anything internally, no results or anything like that," said Stone. Instead, he has to manually log the results. but with this new device, technology does the work.

Students earn GED and technical certificate at once


Administrators at Central Georgia Technical College have created a dual-enrollment program that allows students to earn their GED while also earning a technical certificate during the same semester.

"Now I'm kind of living paycheck to paycheck. I'm struggling. It's hard. I had to move back in with my parents. That kind of thing."

For Yasemin Cekil, going back to school means more than getting and education, but rather getting a fresh start in life. She came to Central Georgia Technical College just to get a GED, but now she aspires to do more.

"When I start my AO program, I'll be doing welding, and I'll get my diploma in welding," says Cekil.

She will be able to do all of this without a financial burden.