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Warner Robins teaming up with FVSU

Warner Robins teaming up with FVSU

Warner Robins is teaming up with Fort Valley State University to recruit more people into law enforcement, and help strengthen learning opportunities in that field.

A statement released Wednesday says Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms, and Fort Valley State University President Ivelaw Griffith will sign an agreement Thursday.

The partnership is focused on the police department, and the school's Criminal Justice and Political Science departments.

The news release also says it will lay the foundation for full and part-time degree and certificate programs for military and non-military constituents in the downtown area.

The "Memorandum of Understanding" will be signed Thursday at 3 p.m. at Warner Robins City Hall, according to the news release.


Pizzeria serves up free pizza to veterans


One Warner Robins restaurant served up a Memorial Day special Monday for those who put their lives on the line for our country.

Jimbo's pizzeria open their doors for the holiday and heated up their oven to cook up pie after pie free for veterans.

Serviceman from all branches of the military were there sharing their stories over a pizza.

"We were lowered down in the jungle to rescue down pilots in North Vietnam and Cambodia and Laos and South Vietnam," remembers Air Force veteran, Harry Reid.

World War II veteran, Carswell Wynne, a Navy veteran says, "We were the first carrier in Tokyo Bay when they surrendered. We went right in and we witnessed the dignitaries coming aboard the Missouri when they came aboard to sign the surrender."

Staton tapped for new role with University System


Outgoing Senator Cecil Staton will soon be working in a new role with the Georgia Board of Regents.

Chancellor Hank Huckaby of the Georgia Board of Regents announced today Staton will become their new Vice Chancellor for extended education.

In Staton's new role he will work as a liaison among the Regents, the University system, state government and other partners. He will also be responsible for strategic and long-term planning. His new role includes working with the deans and faculty to address requirements that could have an impact on program and service areas.

Staton comes to the University System with years of experience in higher education after filling multiple leadership roles at Mercer University.

Special Olympics Torch travels through Central Georgia


Warner Robins police officers laced up their shoes today to run for some special athletes.

Throughout the state, police officers are participating in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. It passed through Warner Robins on Wednesday.

Runners lined up at the intersection of Houston Lake and Feagin Mill roads and made their way to the Law Enforcement Center.The torch run aims to raise awareness about Special Olympics in the community.

Georgia's summer Special Olympics begin May 30 at Emory University in Atlanta. More than 1,800 athletes are expected to attend the event. The games are free and open to the public.

For more information on Georgia's Special Olympics visit specialolympicsga.org.

Talton reflects on primary defeat


Willie Talton, the only African American Republican in the Georgia legislature, lost Tuesday night's primary race to Heath Clark.

"I don't like a loss, but I accept what the people have said and I give thanks to them for letting me serve for the past 10 years as their representative and hopefully that I have made a difference in District 147," Talton said Wednesday.

13WMAZ reported earlier this month that Talton owes the county $38,000 in unpaid property taxes and fees.

Talton said that could have effected voters' decision.

"I have seen some of it on Facebook where people have held that against me. I'm a working man that owns some property that I rent to middle class people, people that are not able to own their own property and living under substance and when they can't pay, I can't pay," said Talton.

Clark defeats Talton for house district 147 seat


Software developer Heath Clark defeated ten-year veteran of the state legislature Willie Talton for the state house district 147 seat by just over 200 votes.

Clark's team anxiously waited for the numbers to come in at Meldino's pizzeria in Centerville. Slowly the precincts reported the results, and around midnight the winner was announced.

Clark says he thinks his integrity in the race pushed him to the finish line first, because he chose not to make known that his opponent Willie Talton owes Houston County about $38,000 in property taxes on several rental properties an issue during his campaign.

MGSC designated as Yellow Ribbon School

MGSC designated as Yellow Ribbon School

Middle Georgia State College announced Monday they had sought and been granted designation as a Yellow Ribbon School for the 2014-15 academic year.  Granted by the Department of Veterans, the designation means MGSC can waive out-of-state tuition for veterans who are not legal residents of Georgia for the purpose of in-state tuition.  The Yellow Ribbbon  program allows public institutions of higher learning (degree-granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to help with tuition expenses that exceed the resident tuition and fees.

More information can be found by clicking here.  Veterans interested in finding out if the qualify can contact Tina Decheske, tina.decheske@mga.edu, or call 478-757-2681.