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Houston orthodontist offers college scholarship to current or former patients

A Houston County orthodontist wants to help his patients pay for higher education.

Dr. J. Don Spillers, Jr. will be providing a $1,000 scholarship to two graduating high school seniors that are either current or former patients of Spillers Orthodontics.

The scholarship may be applied toward tuition, books, fees, or any other related expenses for the student's first year of college.

Scholarship applicants must submit the two-page application, two letters of reference, and an essay highlighting a particular person or event that has influenced your personal life and future aspirations. The essay must be 500 words or less.

The criteria for the scholarship will be based on achievement, leadership, and service throughout the high school years, along with the essay and references. These attributes can be represented through school, community, or church activities.

Five qualify for Houston school board seat

There are five new names on Houston County's ballot for May 20.

Five candidates qualified to run in a special election for the countywide Post 7 seat on the Houston County board of education. The special election is being held because Dave McMahan resigned from the board.

Qualifying for the post ended at noon Wednesday.

The candidates are:

  • Tannya Duncan of Bonaire
  • Robbin Jackson of Perry
  • Andy Rodriguez of Warner Robins
  • Bryan Upshaw of Centerville
  • Doug Wechsler of Bonaire

Early voting for the election starts April 28, and April 21 is the last day to register.

SR 96 detour for rail crossing work

Railroad crossing work will create a detour for a 9.2-mile stretch of Highway 96 Saturday.

That scheduled road closing happens at the intersection of Highway 96 and Highway 247 as well as Highway 96 and Highway87, according to a release.

That means people driving between Twiggs County and Houston County will have to make lengthy detours until the repairs are complete.

That's on Saturday, March 22 from 6 a.m. through 8 p.m.

Detour signs will be posted, suggesting drivers use Highway 87 to Cochran, Highway 26 to Hawkinsville and Highway 247 to Bonaire.

Warner Robins police investigate weekend homicide

A Warner Robins man died after a fight early Saturday morning, police said Monday.

Antonio Miller, 33, got into a fight with Larry Tennyson, 46, in a home on Memorial Terrace. That's off North Davis Drive.

Police say Miller was stabbed in the chest.

He died at the hospital, but so far no charges have been filed at this point.

If you have information on the case, you can call Warner Robins Police at (478) 302-5380.

Man sentenced for hitting firefighter on I-475

Man sentenced for hitting firefighter on I-475

A Warner Robins man who drove into a firefighter responding to a call on Interstate 475 was sentenced to 12 months' probation today.

Nayef Al Shroof pleaded guilty Monday in Bibb County Superior Court to violating the state's move-over law.

Two other charges against him, causing serious injury and reckless driving, were dropped as part of the plea agreement.
That's according to Assistant District Attorney John Regan.

Students appreciate teachers 34 years later

Most successful people say they were influenced by someone, and many times it's their educator.

Saturday, some former Northside High School students held an appreciation day for teachers that they say made a difference in their lives 34 years ago.

The class of 1980 organized the reunion.

Class President Sarah Braswell says she had the idea in mind 20 years ago.

Braswell says her classmates were thrilled to invite all of their teachers back to the school for the get-together.

"Many of our classmates are doing wonderful things, because of what they did. Teachers make a difference," said Braswell.

Nearly 40 faculty members showed up, including former Principal Matt Arthur.

Four arrested after Warner Robins robbery

Warner Robins police arrested two men and two women after responding to a home invasion call just after 2 a.m. Thursday at 133 Wall St.

The victim stated that a male with a handgun confronted him inside of his residence and left, according to a news release.

An officer made contact with a man named LaQuentin Shakespear, as he was attempting to walk away from the residence, the news release states.

Officers observed a vehicle next to the residence driving away from the scene toward Wellborn Road in an attempt to elude officers, according to the news release. A male got out of the vehicle and ran away. After a foot chase, officers said they caught Victor Dennard.

Officers stopped the vehicle and apprehend the driver, Colleen Ussery, and a passenger, Jessica Cox.

The four received the following charges: