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Northside teacher named Houston's 'Teacher of the Year'

The Houston County School system recognized a Northside High teacher for her work in the classroom .

Katherine Branch was named Houston County's Teacher of the Year.

She has shared her love of literature with students for the past 20 years

"I expect my students to do well," Branch says. "I expect them to try."

At Northside High School, she teaches tenth grade Honors Literature and AP British Literature.

She admits those classes are not easy.

"I really do believe all students need to be exposed to a rigorous curriculum."

That is not necessarily to make all high schoolers experts on Shakespeare, though.

Branch says it is about teaching them to do their best both in and out of the classroom.

"So they know what they can push themselves to do."

Warner Robins woman accused of setting man on fire

Warner Robins police arrested a woman Monday for allegedly setting a man on fire.

Local student competes for military youth title

A Houston County high school student could start college with nearly $150,000 in scholarship money.

Warner Robins man accused of firing shots into pool

A SWAT team was called after neighbors reported a man was firing a gun into a pool in the 100 block of Cumberland Road in Warner Robins around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

According to a news release, Warner Robins deputies saw a 25-year-old man shooting from a pistol into his pool in his backyard. The SWAT team, according to the release, "defused the situation," and the man was taken into custody.

The release does not state the man's name or whether charges will be brought against him. No one was injured.

The incident is still being investigated.

Man reunites with firefighter who saved his life

At Serenity Adult Day Health, a very special reunion was planned.

For the first time in 22 years, Jody Melvin and his mother Judy Culpepper meet his rescuer.

Now Captain, Danny Williams with the Warner Robins Fire Department was there to surprise them.

"This man right here," says Culpepper to her son, "He saved your life."

Melvin can only say a few words, his brain permanently damaged from the accident, but the joy was all over his face.

Melvin presents Williams with a card that says "Danny, thank you for saving my life," a plaque, and a big hug.

Culpepper's friend, Phyllis Corley arranged the surprise get-together, to thank Williams properly.

"I always wondered about the family and wondered how he was," says Williams.

He remembers March 19, 1993 like it was yesterday.

Centerville approves land for downtown

People in Centerville will see a downtown with space for future businesses, and possibly a park, shaping up in the future.

The city took the first step in the process by buying eight acres of land designated for the project.

One restaurant manager in the city says it's a great idea.

"I think it will be good for business" said Brandon Black, manager of Meldino's Pizza.

The land is located across the street from the restaurant on the corner of Houston Lake Boulevard and Church Street.

Councilman Jon Nichols says those eight acres the city bought, is the perfect location for a downtown.

"We go from a few thousand cars to 25,000 or 26,000 cars quickly, so how do you take advantage of that?" said Nichols.

Ribbon cutting held for Warner Robins' newest fire station

Station No. 8, located off of Cartwright Road in Bonaire, had its ribbon cutting Wednesday morning.

The fire chief, Robert Singletary, said the new station will only respond to calls within the city. Deputy Fire Chief Ross Moulton told 13WMAZ back in July that, with more than 3,000 homes and businesses to cover, the new station cuts response times in half.