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Small Fire Spurs Thompson Middle School Evacuation

A small fire in a bathroom forced the evacuation of Thompson Middle School in Houston County Monday morning.

According to Beth McLaughlin with the Houston County Board of Education, the school was evacuated for about fifteen minutes around 10 a.m.

The fire was quickly under control, and no one was injured or in danger, McLaughlin said. 

Officials are investigating how the fire started.

Students Win State Science & Engineering Awards

Students Win State Science & Engineering Awards


Houston County students won several awards at the 65th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair held at the University of Ga. March 21-23, 2013.  Forty-four students qualified for state by winning first place in the region competition.  At State, four won first place and 11 won special awards; many more brought home second or third place awards. 

Congratulations to the following first-place state winners:

  • Bonaire Middle:  Mitchell Groover and Daniel Hawthorne (pictured from left in first photo), 1st place in their category for “The Helper,” and “Most Outstanding 7th Grade Project.” 

Their teacher sponsor, Janine Davis, commented, “I am very proud of them! This is one of the most creative projects I’ve ever seen. They designed and created a working windshield wiper for a motorcycle helmet, and then tested it with a group of students to test the visibility. It was awesome!”

Houston County Students Tour Macon Airport

Houston County Students Tour Macon Airport

Kindergarten students from Linwood Elementary in Houston County will tour the Middle Georgia Regional Airport on Friday, May 10, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students, as part of their transportation studies, will be shown the functions and operations of the airport, including ticketing, baggage claim, TSA, planes from Lowe’s Aviation, ARFF trucks, and police vehicles. They will also get to see a demonstration by a Macon Police Department K-9 unit.

Tours of the airport by schools can be arranged by contacting the administrative offices at 478-788-3760. For press coverage of today’s tour, call Airport Manager Doug Faour at 478-262-2541.

Red Cross Awards Ten "Hometown Heroes"

They may be your colleague. They could be the person sitting next to you in a restaurant.

Anyone can be hero. Wednesday, the Central Georgia Chapter of the Red Cross recognized ten of them.

They honored individuals or groups that went above and beyond to help others.

Local Red Cross Director Tracy Willis-Kight says the people they recognize as heroes never consider their deeds heroic.

Willis-Kight said, "Every year, I love making the phone call that they are this year's hero, because they are always shocked and humbled. You really have to coach them to accept this award, because they are just truly heroes in the hearts."

One of the heroes was Amanda Farrell from Warner Robins.

WRHS Students Skype with Senator

Warner Robins High school students got to skype in class today with a U.S. Senator. They spoke with Senator Johnny Isakson who was in the nations capital.

Sixty-seven AP U.S. Government students picked the senator's brain, and they weren't afraid of hard-hitting questions. They asked him about everything from the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya to a bill calling for fair pay for women.

Teacher Lou Leskosky said the senator's staff complimented the students. "His staff told us afterwards that they were on level or better in some cases than college campus question that they get."

Holden Wright-Caudill, 17, plans to have a career in political science. He wanted to know if the senator has any friends in the Democratic party. "When you see on national media all this hate going around between these two parties, it's kind of disheartening looking at this," he said.

Robins Region Celebrates 2nd Annual Chamber Week

Robins Region Celebrates 2nd Annual Chamber Week

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Chamber Week (May 13-17, 2013); an initiative which showcases the role that the Chamber plays in the community by focusing on leadership development, community and government advocacy, education and networking.

Clarification to Hines Interview On Prayer at Graduation

Wednesday, we ran a follow-up story to last year's controversy about prayer at Houston County's graduation ceremonies.

Superintendent Robins Hines agreed to do an interview with 13WMAZ on the issue.

It was his first since the Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed a complaint with the district about religious themes at graduation last year.

The issue struck a chord with many of you. You've left more than 400 comments about this on our Facebook page.

Many of you have also called the school board, sent emails or left messages for Robin Hines.