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Warner Robins' unemployment rate falls, Macon's rate holds steady

The unemployment rate for metro Warner Robins in October was 7.1 percent, down two-tenths from September. The rate was 7.1 percent in October last year.

Metro Macon's rate for the same period remained unchanged at 7.7 percent, according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Labor. Metro Macon's rate was 8.4 percent last year.

The rate fell as metro Warner Robins added 500 jobs in October, the news release states. The total number of jobs increased to 58,800, up from 58,300, or 0.9 percent, from September.

Much of the job gain came in state government, including the public schools, retail trade, which is associated with holiday hiring, and the goods-producing sector, which includes manufacturing and construction, according to the news release.

Warner Robins pastor urges calm after Ferguson

In Central Georgia, the reaction to the verdict in Ferguson has been mixed, but pastor Troy Wynn of Warner Robins made one message loud and clear: c
ool heads and calm actions are the only way to move forward.

Wynn said Tuesday night that his goal was to speak positive words to people in the community who might be frustrated with Monday's grand jury decision.

He wants to give young people in particular hope and constructive ways to make their voices heard.

"History has proven that when we take a violent route, we do more damage than good," he said.

Pastor Troy Wynn is encouraging his congregation to think twice about how they react to Ferguson in a time when emotions are running high in Missouri and here at home.

Houston County home hit by tornado

There was damage in Houston County, including broken windows and trees snapped in half, after the neighborhood was hit by a confirmed tornado.


Houston County EMA Chief Jimmy Williams said the tornado was level F-1, meaning it was moving between 73 miles per hour and 112 miles per hour.

That was fast enough to blow the roof off of of a home on Pitts Road and knock it off its foundation.

Mother sentenced for running over child

A Macon woman convicted of running over her own son after shoplifting at a mall will serve nine years in prison.

Arkebia Albury was sentenced today in Houston County Superior Court.

In May 2013, police said she shoplifted clothes from a store at the Galleria Mall in Centerville, rushed out to her car, and didn't realize that her four-year-old son was not inside.

As Albury pulled out, her son was hit. The child suffered skull fractures, liver injuries, and more. Police said she put her son into the car and drove away. Officers pulled her over a few miles from the mall.

Monday, Judge George Nunn sentenced her to 20 years, nine of them in prison, 11 on probation.

Houston County district attorney George Hartwig says her son is still recovering from those injuries.

Car City raises funds for homeless

Gary Hawk and a few of his church members are participating in Car City, a campaign that invites people to spend the night in a parking lot in their cars.

"It might be cold out here, but it could be worse. It could be raining, it could be windy," Hawk said, "Actually it's not a bad night. Some people do this year round. We're doing it for one night."

But they're doing it for a good cause: to bring awareness to homeless families who have to do the same.

Dozens of people showed up to the event Friday night.

Shirley Boan is a volunteer for Family Promise of Greater Houston County, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless families get back on their feet.

"By and large, what we've discovered is there's a lot of people in this town that don't realize that there is a problem here," Boan said.

Westside Elem. Collects 3,000 Cans

You're never to young to experience the joy of giving.

Students at Westside Elementary in Warner Robins learned that through a successful can drive.

They collected about 3,000 of them during the past month.

Guidance Counselor Linda Morse says most Westside students don't come from the affluent families. It is a Title I school, with 100-percent of the students receiving free lunch.

So, Morse says giving a little means a lot for most of the students.

She says children who couldn't bring cans, helped lift boxes or sort food.

Morse says everyone pitched in.

She said, "One of our fifth graders made a poster and it was, it said, 'What would you do if you woke up on Thanksgiving and this was your cupboard?'. It was a picture of any empty cabinet. So, those are the reasons our students give for wanting to do this."

Rep. Austin Scott addresses veteran motorcycle clubs

Tuesday, men and women across Central Georgia took time out to honor veterans, past and present.

In Warner Robins, servicemen and their families gathered to celebrate Veterans Day.

Riders from several veteran motorcycle groups led the way into the ceremony.

The American Legion Riders, Tuskegee Airmen Motorcycle Club, and U.S. Military Vets Motorcycle Club were in attendance.

The speakers included Mayor Randy Toms and Congressman Austin Scott.

Scott said he has been speaking with veterans and understands their concerns.