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NWS Names Robins Air Force Base StormReady

Roddy Nixon, a meteorology technician with Robins Air Force Base, says their relief efforts during the Americus tornado made them want to become a storm ready community.

"The main focus we wanted to initiate here at Robins is to help our National Weather Service partners, help our Emergency Management partners spread the word about safety and awareness and preparedness," says Nixon.

Their efforts paid off. The National Weather Service recognized Robins Thursday, making them the only StormReady military institution in the state.

Nixon says their staff is highly trained and they're equipped to travel to any part of the world, set up their gear and instruments, and start delivering full forecasts within 24 hours of their arrival.

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Homemade Lotion Helps Repel Mosquitoes, Gnats

Michelle Rhodes from Mossy Creek Soap in Warner Robins makes a living out of making soaps, lotions and creams. 

Thursday on Eyewitness News Midday, she stopped by to show Kenny Burgamy how to make his own lotion stick that should help repel mosquitoes, gnats and other pesky insects.

The Lotion Bar Recipe consists of:
One part beeswax
One part butter - cocoa, shea or other nut butter
One part oil - any oil soft at room temperature
Bug Repelling Blend of Essential Oils (Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus and Lavender)

Rhodes says it's very easy to make by melting them down, adding the essential oils and pouring them into a mold or tube. Let cool and then use!

National Guard to Stop Job Losses to Georgia Units

The National Guard announced last year that it would reduce its force by more than 5,000 positions at 54 National Guard organizations throughout the country. But they announced Wednesday that they're reversing their decision to cut 50 jobs at Robins Air Force Base.

Mary Therese Tebbe, Director of Public Affairs with Georgia's Department of Defense, says it's because of the hard work of several Georgia National Guard leaders on Capitol Hill that the losses have been stopped.

Jobs at Savannah's guard unit were also saved.

Brigadier General Bill Welsh explained how the reversal will affect Georgia's guard.

"Whether that's here supporting the homeland defense, homeland security or whether that's overseas supporting the combat commanders around the globe we need the resources to be able to do our job and to do our mission," he said. "This will enable us to be able to continue to do that mission."

UPDATE: Bond Hearing Postponed for Kathleen Teen Accused of Murder

The 17-year-old Kathleen girl accused of killing her younger sister on July 3, was set have a bond hearing Thursday, according to the Houston County District Attorney's Office. But around noon Wednesday the defense asked it be taken off the calendar.

Carmen Kaneisha Collins allegedly shot her 12-year-old sister India multiple times, then set the family's Addington Drive house on fire.

Collins is charged with murder and arson.

District Attorney George Hartwig says his office was ready to go with the bond hearing, but defense may have wanted extra time to prepare.

He says it's not unusual that the bond hearing would be postponed in a case like this.

The next opportunity for a bond hearing for Collins will be next Thursday.

Collins is being represented by the Public Defenders Office. No one was available to explain why they decided to pull the bond request off the calendar for Thursday.




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71-Year-Old WR Man Ejected from Truck in Accident

Two senior citizens were injured Wednesday afternoon in a Warner Robins wreck when they both attempted to turn left at the same time.

Heading westbound on Watson Boulevard, 62-year-old Donald Wood collided with 71-year-old Willie Farrell, Jr., who was traveling eastbound on Watson.

Farrell was ejected from his Chevy Silverado in the accident.

Both drivers were taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Farrell is listed in critical condition. Mr. Wood is listed in serious condition.

Anyone with additional information about this collision is urged to contact Warner Robins Police Traffic Investigator Tim Pippio at 478-293-1037.

Warner Robins Police Arrest Two Armed Robbery Suspects

Warner Robins Police have two armed robbery suspects in custody.

James Ray Ussery, 36, of Centerville, was arrested on July 2 in Effingham County between Statesboro and Savannah. 

He's been charged in connection with the June 23 armed robbery of a person at Parkway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, the June 25 armed robbery of a Dollar General in Byron, the June 28 armed robbery of a Waffle House in Warner Robins, and the June 29 armed robbery of a Dollar General in Warner Robins. 

After a joint investigation between the Warner Robins Police and Peach County Sheriff's Department, Ussery was taken into custody without incident by members of the US Marshall Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force. 

Ussery was transported to the Houston County Jail.

On July 6, Kelli Leigh Proctor, 35, of Centerville, surrendered to Warner Robins Police on July 6 and was transported to the Peach County Jail. 

Early Voting Starts Today

ATLANTA (AP) -- Voters can start casting early ballots Monday for the July 31 primary and transportation referendum. 
Secretary of State Brian Kemp said voting officials will be taking early ballots for the July 31 primary election. The election will also decide nonpartisan races and whether to approve a 1-cent hike in the sales tax to fund regional transportation projects. 
Lawmakers in the General Assembly, members of the U.S. House of Representatives, state utility regulators, prosecutors and judges are also up for election.

Contact your local board of elections for hours, polling places and a list of primary races in your county.