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I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

I-16 lane closures next week near State Route 96 bridge

The Georgia DOT will close lanes on the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of I-16 near the State Route 96 bridge next week.

The DOT says different lanes will close between mile markers 23 and 24, near Exit 24 on I-16 throughout the week, as crews install bird netting under the State Route 96 overpass.

The lane closures will be in effect from 7 A.M. until 5 P.M., between Monday, February 23rd through Saturday, February 28th.

G-DOT asks divers to drive slowly and carefully around the work zones.

Warner Robins pastor offers drive-thru ashes

For the second year in a row, a Warner Robins pastor offered a drive-thru, for Ash Wednesday.

It marks the beginning of the season of Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter by observing 40 days of moderation, fasting, and repentance.

John Barichivich is the pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church.

He was out at 7:45 Wednesday morning, offering ashes and prayer to anyone who wanted them.

Last year he says they had 30 people drive up, and by mid afternoon he had around 16 people today.

He says he sees all walks of life, some stopping by in their cars, others parking and walking up.

Community speaks with police at 'Coffee With a Cop'

About a dozen police officers gathered at Hardee's in Warner Robins Wednesday morning, not responding to a call, but questions from the community.

"They can give me some advice on what to do and how to carry on," said attendee Ulysees Billings.

Billings sat down with Chief of the Warner Robins Police Department Brett Evans for some coffee and conversations. The two exchanged thoughts about current issues in the community, ways to resolve them, and how to keep youth from trouble.

"Everybody do what they supposed to do, there wouldn't be so much violence," said Billings.

Many more came for the quarterly event. Some regulars at Hardee's who weren't aware of the program said it was a pleasant, and helpful surprise.

Road work on Hwy. 96 near Bonaire continues through Thursday

Norfolk Southern Railroad is doing crossing work requiring a road closure with detour in Houston County.

The work at the intersection of Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 247 and Hwy. 96 and Hwy. 87 will continue through 7 p.m. Thursday, according to a Department of Transportation news release.

Drivers are encouraged to take Hwy. 87 to Cochran, Hwy. 26 to Hawkinsville and Hwy. 247 to Bonaire. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and expect delays while work is scheduled

Community speaks with Warner Robins police

Warner Robins Police officers met with people in the community for a cup of joe and conversation Wednesday morning.

It was the department's third "Coffee with a Cop" event, a national initiative to connect the community with its officers.

About thirty people came to Hardee's within the two-hour period asking both general and personal questions.

Chief Brett Evans says building a strong relationship with the community is crucial to his department and the city.

One woman says when people speak to police in an informal setting, it eases the tension.

"They're here to serve and protect, and if they have a problem, they should feel comfortable talking to the police about it," said Warner Robins resident Georgia Jackson.

Evans says people can also take advantage of their ride along program, and other community engagement opportunities.

Centerville family hides in garage while home burglarized

Centerville police say a family of three hid inside their garage from a man who broke into their home.

Police said the man was arrested and Tased after he threw a hammer at officers and said he wanted them to shoot him.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

According to a police report, the family came home around 10:15 and heard glass breaking.

They went into the house, heard someone talking, and activated the home alarm to try and scare the man away.

But the intruder yelled he had a shotgun and that he was going to kill all of them.

That's when the family hid in the garage and called 911.

The report states the officers got to the home about 5 minutes later, and safely got the family out of the garage and across the street. The officers then tried to sweep the house to find the man.

Jay's Hope families relax with spa party


A group of special young ladies and their moms got free makeovers Sunday at Northside High School.

The Northside Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America club invited the families of Jay's Hope to have a spa party, or sparty, at the high school.

Jay's hope is dedicated to supporting families affected by childhood cancer.

Courtney O'Brien and Kylista Root came up with the idea, and with the help of some friends, performed makeovers for 23 mothers and daughters.

They decided to work with Jay's Hope because the FCCLA has been focusing on childhood cancer this year.