Your Houston County Weather: Mostly cloudy with scattered storms through the day, highs in the mid 80s.
Warner Robins City Council back in session this afternoon, and the group looks ready to take a stand against the federal government, at least symbolically. Today’s agenda includes a resolution speaking out against sequestration, the effort in Washington which will trim billions of dollars from the national budget and imperil thousands of military jobs, including those at Robins. Other business to be taken care of by the group -a handful job reclassifications and adding a stop light at the Davis Drive/Tabor Drive intersection. Pre-council gets started at 4 pm; the main meeting convenes at 5:30.
We now know that the person shot Sunday evening in Warner Robins was in fact a senior football player for Northside High School. Head Coach Kevin Kinsler confirmed that a8 year old Austin Roberts, who plays defensive end for the Eagles, took a bullet to the back around Camellia Circle. He was treated at the Medical Center of Central Georgia and released. He’s recovering at home. Meanwhile police have not released any details about why Roberts was shot, although there is talk that the incident was accidental.
A major area hospital asking the state to clear the way for a big new expansion. If the Department of Community Health gives the thumbs up, officials at the Medical Center of Central Georgia hope to open a seven story cancer outpatient center within the next two years. The 86 million dollars building would be located at Hemlock and 1st Street, near the main hospital complex.
The Labor Day holiday travel period ended at midnight, and before it was all over ten people had been killed on Georgia roadways. None of the fatalities were in the mid-state. The Georgia Department of Public Safety also reporting 230 people hurt in some 373 accidents. In addition, 240 DUI citations were issued, along with 930 safety belt violations cited, and six stolen vehicles were recovered.
A dog park could be coming to the city of Warner Robins by year’s end. Members of city council, along with Keep Warner Robins Beautiful volunteers, discussing the possibility of putting the park near Wellston Trail at Spruce Street. All told the cost would run about 10,000 dollars to build, including fencing, running areas, and special play equipment. Councilman Paul Shealy says an update on the plan may happen as earlier as today’s city council meeting.
Back to class today in Peach County – and that would be 5 days of classes. The four day school week experiment the Peach Board of Education tried last year is no more – the predicted saving just didn’t happen, according to officials. Public school students did catch a break, though, with another school board decision – schools in peach didn’t reconvene until after the Labor Day holiday, well after their peers in neighboring counties were called to hit the books.
Dog lovers came from all across the Southeast – and beyond – were in force in Perry to compete in the annual Middle Georgia Kennel Club Dog Show. Hundreds of competitors came out to the event over the weekend to have their canines run obedience and agility courses at the Georgia National Fairgrounds. We hear it’s one of the few United Kennel Club shows in the area.