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A big Warner Robins landmark now has a new owner. Yesterday the Board of Trustees of Houston Medical Center agreed to buy the Houston Mall. The hospital will purchase the 23 acres property which sits at the heart of the city for around 5 million dollars. The hospital plans to wait until current tenant leases expire on the businesses that are currently still in the 350,000 square foot building, then sometime next year start moving in their own administrative offices. The mall is already the site for one of the hospitals Med Stops, the Houston Health Pavillion.
A fire in Fort Valley yesterday claimed the life of a Peach County woman. 65 year old Charlie Mae Roger succumbed to smoke inhalation during the blaze at her Valley pines apartment – that’s off Brooks Boulevard. The call to fire fighters came in about 11am. The fire appears to have started in the kitchen and then spread to the rest of the unit.
A Bibb County man will stand trial for allegedly robbing a Macon bank back in June. A grand jury found enough evidence to send 58 year old Ricky Jackson to a courtroom on charges of robbery by intimidation. He’s reportedly handed a Sun Trust Bank teller on Pio Nono Drive a note demanding cash while acting as if he had a gun. He left with the cash but was quickly apprehended.
Lawmen say he beat his wife and mother with a stick covered in nails – now Alexander Johnson of Macon will be going to court to face charges of family violence and aggravated battery. The crime happened in Bibb County back on June 11th.
Good news for library goers in Warner Robins. The Houston County Board of Commissioners yesterday approved two million dollars for renovations at the Nola Brantley library. The work expected to begin in November and will take around a year to complete, but will result in expanded facilities and better services for patron. While all that’s going on, though, the library will be scaled back and moved to a building across the street.
The state of Georgia demands that cities take a proactive approach to handling storm water run-off, and officials in Perry are doing just that. City Council is considering a storm water utility district where property owners would pay a levy based on how much run-off they create. If passed, a fee would be added to municipal utility bills. That adjustable rate has yet to be decided, and residents will get a chance to have their say at a public hearing October 2nd. The City of Warner Robins passed a similar resolution several years ago in advance of changing EPD standards.
Officials with the National Transportation and Safety Board are helping local authorities piece together exactly why a small twin engine plane ran off the runway at Herbert Smart Airport in north Macon. Hydroplaning brought on by yesterday morning’s brisk rainstorms is the suspected culprit, though, as the aircraft slide of the runway while attempting to land and ended up stopping in the dense woods off Ocmulgee East Boulevard. None of the three passengers aboard were hurt in the Tuesday morning mishap.