Your Houston County Weather: Mostly sunny, some scattered storms later, highs right around 90.
Today is Labor Day – local, state, and national government offices closed, so are many banks – lots of shopping to get done though. Keep your eyes open in crowded store parking lots and nearby intersections.
If you’re thinking about traveling any distance today, you may want to keep your foot off the gas pedal as much as possible…first, there’s cost - gas prices now the highest ever recorded for a Labor Day Weekend, up 13 cents a gallon from last year on average nationally. Then there’s speed – law enforcement out in force looking for folks pushing it down the road a little too fast, as well as other unsafe driving practices .. and don’t forget those seat belts and child car safety seats!
Another shooting in Warner Robins last night, this time on Camellia Circle. Authorities haven’t released his name yet as they continue to investigate the crime, which happened around 6 pm. They do note that the victim was shot in the abdomen. He’s in stable condition now at Houston Medical Center. Independent but unconfirmed reports identify the victim as Northside High School senior defensive end Austin Roberts.
A Warner Robins woman now behind bars for beating her dog with a club. Police say 52 year old Miranda Thomas attacked the canine at her home on Ward Street Saturday. The animal had to be rushed to a vet for treatment of a number of injuries. Meanwhile Thomas is now facing charges of cruelty to animals.
It has the potential to be more devastating than any BRAC commission ever was. We’re talking about sequestration – the massive federal budget cuts that will affect the military starting next year. Thousands of Georgia jobs are at stake, including many tied to Robins Air Force Base. That’s why Warner Robins City Council will discuss issuing an ordinance about sequestration at its next meeting Tuesday afternoon. Also on the day’s agenda – a handful job reclassifications and adding a stop light at the Davis Drive/Tabor Drive intersection.
The Robins based J-STARS unit up for a pretty big inspection this week. Air Combat Command evaluators, along with their National Guard counterparts, will kick off an Operational Readiness Inspection Phase Two this Wednesday. The inspectors will test the group’s ability to generate missions, get aircraft airborne and meet all assigned tasks while under duress. The unit posted an overall “excellent” rating in a phase-one ORI back in 2010.
Summer lasted just a bit longer for public school students in Peach County then for their peers in other mid-state schools, but all good things must end – tomorrow its back to the books with the start of classes in Peach. Its also the end of an experiment – four day school weeks are out, five day weeks are back in. Peach school board officials say last year’s four day week was a nice try to save money, but it just didn’t work out.
Dog lovers came from all across the Southeast – and beyond – to Perry to compete in the annual Middle Georgia Kennel Club Dog Show. Hundreds of competitors – as many as a thousand on average –make it out to the event each year to have their canines run obedience and agility courses at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. The happenings continue on through today – and for those interested to watching the action- it’s absolutely free.