Your Houston County Weather: Partly cloudy with scattered storms through the day, highs in the upper 80s.
Members of Warner Robins City Council were hoping that Washington was listening last night as the group unanimously passed a resolution against sequestration. In the motion council members officially asked Congress to stop the movement toward a 500 billion dollar federal budget cut which experts warn could devastate the military and threaten numerous jobs. Other Houston County governments are expected to join Warner Robins in taking the stand. And in other council news, fifteen firefighters were promoted – that’s the largest single group in the city’s history. And there was major discussion about creating the position of municipal procurement manager, with members splitting over whether there should be one post or two to handle those responsibilities. A second reading of that ordinance scheduled for next meeting.
A Warner Robins man is out on bond today after being arrested for firing a gun into the crowd at a Macon nightclub, then attempting to flee the scene. Police say it all started Monday night at Whisky River on Pio Nono Avenue when 27 year old Tavarous Williams allegedly started shooting. An off duty police officer tried to stop him, but the suspect left the area in a car while continuing to shoot. He was later apprehended without incident – no one was reported hurt in the commotion.
They shut the gates at Robins Air Force Base for two hours yesterday afternoon just as rush hour traffic was beginning to build. There was a good reason for it, though, as a child was reported missing on the installation. Security personnel checked out the call of an unauthorized pick-up at the Child Development Center around 2pm and then went from there. The gates were finally re-opened at 4 o’clock. The case does remain under investigation, and there are no further details.
A big event coming to Warner Robins Saturday, as local Air Force Association officials get ready to host the state AFA convention. All activities, including an awards luncheon recognizing outstanding Air Force members,, will be held at the Museum of Aviation. Some big names will be on hand, including U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. Mary Therese Tebbe, director of public affairs for the Georgia National Guard, will be back in her home town to speak along with Don Michels, national AFA director. Additional information and registration available on line at www.georgiaafa.com.
Centerville city council are harnessing the internet to keep local folks better informed. Last night they voted to spend $4,000 with the non-profit Middle Georgia Regional Commission to create a new website for the city. In addition to getting the web site running the Commission will provide Centerville employees training and technical support to keep it all updated. Look for the project to be finished by early next year.
We now know a little more about that double murder up in Macon last week. Deundra Emory and Antonio Fluellen were both killed by gunshots they received Thursday night on Cowan Street. Now police are questioning Rodney Lowery about the crime. They’re calling him a person of interest. Authorities do say that the two victims didn’t shoot each other.
Lawmen now looking for the bandit who robbed a hotel up in Macon early this morning. It happened around 2 o’clock when the gunmen entered the Ramada Inn West on Chambers Road, pulled a pistol, and demanded cash. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of loot. Anyone with additional information asked to call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 877-68-CRIME.