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Tidwell defeats Scott in AFGE election


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The votes are in for the American Federation of Government Employees local 987 and Robert Tidwell's ticket takes the top spot again.

After an election appeal because ballots were found in a trash can, the AFGE local 987 held a second election and more people came out to cast their votes.

"It was a landslide the people spoke and it resonated this time," says Vice President-elect Charles Howard.

Robert Tidwell took more than 68 percent of the votes over incumbent President Tom Scott.

Warner Robins council helps fund independence day event


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A staple summer event in Warner Robins is a step closer to happening, and some local athletes got top honors. Those were a couple of business matters knocked out at a city council meeting Monday night.

Council voted to give $30,000 to the Downtown Development Authority to start planning this year's Independence Day celebration.

"The real thing it will help us start is fundraising; the more money we can raise, the more opportunity we have to not only have a larger fireworks display, but also attract bigger name artists," explains Ken McCall, chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.

Robins Union election redo Tuesday

Robins Union election redo Tuesday


Members of the union that represents several thousand Robins employees can return to the ballot box Tuesday.

The national office said the local AFGE 987 needs to redo their November election, because of some ballots found in a trash can.

Robbie Tidwell won the November election, ousting nine-year-president Tom Scott.

About 900 union members voted, putting-in a clean slate of officers. No one from Scott's ticket was reelected.

Mark Scott named finalist for Houston County superintendent

Mark Scott named finalist for Houston County superintendent


Houston County's school board has named their choice to be their next school superintendent.

He's Mark Scott, former principal at Northside High School and currently the assistant superintendent for human resources.

But it's not official until the district negotiates a contract with Scott. The board votes again on April 8.

Last Friday, they interviewed Scott and a second candidate, whose name was not released.

Burglaries are widespread in Warner Robins


Many people who live in Warner Robins say they regularly worry about their homes being broken into.

Between February 5th and March 5th of this year the city had 81 burglaries.

Michelle Miller says she's still trying to shake her feelings of nervousness more than a month after her Warner Robins home was broken into.

Someone stole more than $8,000 dollars worth of electronics including every TV in her home, 2 laptops,and game systems along with a number of personal items, including clothes wall-hangings and pictures, even the comforter off of Miller's bed.

Her 15-year-old son discovered the burglary when he got home.

"He told me 'Mom, we got robbed. We got robbed,' and he had to keep telling me because it just wasn't registering," Miller said.

Warner Robins man dies after being hit by truck


A Warner Robins man died after the bike he was riding was hit by a truck, police say.

The accident happened around 9 p.m. Sunday at Knodishall Drive and Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins.

According to a news release, 45-year-old Whit Martin was riding his bicycle east on Watson Boulevard, when 19-year-old Justin Bryant, driving a Chevrolet pickup truck, was exiting a parking lot on Watson Boulevard, and hit Martin.

Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.

No charges have been filed against Bryant, but the investigation is ongoing, police say.

Anyone with information on the case can call (478) 293-1048.


Organizers seek funds for July celebration


Last year was the first time the Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration concert was hosted by the city and a civic group, without help from the Air Force Reserve Command. On Monday the new owners plan on asking the city for help.

Within the last two of weeks the Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority took ownership of the event from the Warner Robins Civitan Club. That's according to Vice Chair Gena Deboe. She said the authority is now charged with raising $120,000 to $150,000 for it.

"We want to give the same level, the same quality, and for lack of a better word, a bigger bang if you will," she said.

Deboe said the authority is planning on asking for $30,000 from the city. She said she's confident they'll get the money because the city has contributed considerable funds in the past.