Your Houston County Weather: cloudy throughout today with scattered thunder storms. Highs in the upper 80’s.
Funeral services now set for long time community champion and former Warner Robins Police Chief Billy Hunter. Visitation takes place this evening from 5 until 9 at McCullough Funeral Home, and a celebration of Hunter’s life will take place Friday at Southside Baptist Church at 11 am. Hunter served as police chief from 1977 until 1983..and here’s a neat fact – he was the first law enforcement officer from the city to graduate from the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia.
She was murdered in her own home back in February 2011 – now the husband of Joni Clements and the men he conspired with to kill her are going to jail for a long time. Yesterday afternoon Houston County Superior Court Judge Ed Lukemire ordered James Clements to spend the rest of life behind bars with no chance for release, and gave assassin Richard Sybert the same sentence. Meanwhile Robert Sybert will spend 30 years in jail for helping put the crime together. Clements has already said he’ll appeal. The Syberts cut deals with prosecutors for their sentence.
Albert Lewis McElrath was shot by the father of the man he robbed as he fled the scene of the crime early one morning last October. Almost a year later McElrath closed that chapter in his life by pleading guilty to armed robbery in a Houston County courtroom yesterday. McElrath offered no opposition to charges he followed a Warner Robins convenience store clerk from his job to a house on Rolling Woods Circle, confronted him with a gun, then shot him in the knee. He got 15 years in prison.
The "I Think I Am" Foundation in Houston County works with children up for adoption, in foster care, and at risk children and their families in order to improve their self image. As part of that mission, the group is hosting a "Back to School Bash" this Saturday from 10 AM until 2 PM at Sewell Circle Park in Warner Robins. There will be plenty of crafts, games, and fun activities – all ages invited to attend.
Proper nutrition an important lesion taught in Houston County schools, and one Perry Middle School educator got some training as to how a make the subject exciting for her students. Family and Consumer Science teacher Alisha Hall joined just 39 other educators from around the country to learn at a workshop held by the federal Food and Drug Administration. She now brings those lessons home to Houston County.
A local store doing what it can to help the Warner Robins Animal Control Shelter. Maurice’s in the Galleria Mall holding its Rescues and Runways Fashion Show the evening of September 13th at 7:30. In addition to great clothing, adoptable animals from the local shelter will be featured in the show. Maurice’s is also currently collecting donations to support animals at the shelter – dry pet food, leashes, collars, and food dishes among the items now being accepted.