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City reacts to complaints about local park

After receiving many complaints about the condition of a local park in Warner Robins, council members say they're going to fix it.

We first brought you the story last month when one vocal citizen, Alvin Robinson took us around Sewell Circle park, and showed us the damages.

Monday evening, Warner Robins council members discussed the need to revitalize the park.

Mayor Randy Toms said "It's just a park that's been neglected for a long time and it's time to focus some attention on it and get it back."

Haunted house raises money for museum

It's that time of the season when people are seeking spooky sights. For its second year, The Museum of Aviation is having "Nevermore Hills Haunted Trail." But this year organizers are offering you a new scare inside an old home, or haunted house.

"Reportedly there was an elderly woman who was murdered on the front porch of the property.That has not been substantiated," said Nicole Bissette, organizer.

Bissette said an inspector gave the around 150-year-old house the go ahead, allowing it to open for thrills and chills.
She said lot's of spooky things have been happening during prep time. "We've also had things that fall, and things that are misplaced in different areas then they should be in," she said.

There's also troubling talk outside of the dreary dwelling. "It's the hanging tree where they hung other soldiers, prisoners of war, things like that," said Bissette.

Warner Robins Police to host "Haunted House" in October

The Warner Robins Police Department will host a "Haunted House" at the old police station on Young Avenue, during the last two weekends in October.

The Haunted House will run from 7 to 11pm from Oct. 23- Nov.1, at the old Warner Robins Police Station, located at 800 Young Avenue, behind Warner Robins City Hall.

On Halloween night, from 6 to 7 pm, the Haunted House will allow children to Trick-or-Treat through a "not-so-haunted" version of the Haunted House.

Tickets at the door for adults and children will cost $10 per person, but pre-sale tickets are available for $8 at several local businesses: Circle Ace Hardware on Commercial Circle, The Costume Shop of Georgia on Watson Boulevard, Daylight Donuts on Russell Parkway, and Martin's Barbecue on Watson Boulevard and S. Houston Lake Road.

All proceeds from this year's Haunted House will go toward Special Olympics.

Neighbors disturbed after police standoff

Neighbors are still bothered after a man fired shots during a standoff.

It began around 8 p.m. on Briarcliff Road in Warner Robins on Tuesday night. A SWAT team was dispatched, and took the alleged shooter Robert Calhoun into custody.

One neighbor across the street told us there was trouble at the house before, but never this serious.

"There was one instance before where I thought there was an issue over there and I did call the ambulance," said neighbor Dionne Sales.


Festival revives downtown Warner Robins

The International City Festival pulls attention and businesses to an area that's been dead for years.

Years ago, drivers passing by Commercial Circle would have done just that, pass by. Nowadays, more turning signals are flashing.

"Bring in new businesses and revitalize and revive the area," said International City Festival Chairman and owner of Chic Boutique in Commercial Circle, Gena Deboe.

Deboe says in the 1950s, this area was the heart of the city. Over the past few decades, she says the area died. Now she's part of a movement restore the roots of Warner Robins.

"You can see the trees and the shrubs and the light post. We have beautiful sidewalks come in since the last festival."

For Deboe, it's an effort that's taken time, and with the help of the festival, more attention and money is pulled to the areas businesses.

Groups help provide locally grown food for schools

Going green while fighting hunger and boosting STEM education in local schools, that's what Ellis Jaxon Farms and Americans for Schools are trying to do by growing organic food at the second Warner Robins school so far, Northside High School.

The new technology can grow plants in compact towers, which means vegetables and fruits can blossom without soil, pesticides or light.

The organizations say the system at Northside High can feed about 30 people a day. That's more than 32,000 people a year.

Students received a $10,000 grant to build the compact towers.

International City Festival celebrates 4th year

The International City will have its finest on parade this weekend at its annual festival.

This year's event will have arts and crafts, live music, children's activities and of course.. festival food.

It will also have a silent auction.. and you'll see the return of the car show.

The festival starts this Saturday at 9 a.m. on commercial circle and runs until 6 p.m.

It's a chance for older and younger people to discover the original parts of Warner Robins.

Festival organizer Gena Deboe said, "The theme of this festival is 'Remembering yesterday and Celebrating tomorrow.'"

This will be the fourth year Warner Robins has held the festival and it's free to the public.