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Central Georgia Counties Rated by Health, Economy

A recent study commissioned by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation ranked Georgia counties based on the combined factors of health status and economic vitality.

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Among central Georgia counties, Houston County received the top ranking, followed by Monroe and Jones Counties.  Pulaski and Putnam round out the top five. 

Macon County was ranked dead last not only Central Georgia, but in the state as a whole.  The bottom five in central Georgia also include Wilkinson, Wilcox, Crisp and Telfair counties.  A complete list of the power ratings for Central Georgia is featured below. 

1)     1.  Houston (Score: 15.5; State rank - 10)

Robins Family Has Surprise Memorial Day Reunion

One local Air Force family received a Memorial Day reunion they'll never forget.

Master Sergeant David Sims of Centerville surprised his wife Robin and their four children at Turner Field. The act was a part of the Hometown Heroes effort by the Atlanta Braves. Sims served a six-month tour in Afghanistan on a NATO installation.

He says his surprise wasn't a spur of the moment deal. He had been working with the Braves and Public Affairs since February. Monday afternoon, his family had no idea why they were called onto the field.

Sims says, "Everyone cheered for them, then they played my message that I had pre-recorded."

The family thought they were seeing Sims via satellite, until he said, "You know I can't wait to be home with you. In fact, wait just one minute."

Then, Sims walked off camera and onto the ball field. "They saw me, and I saw them. We all ran towards each other and the hugging and kissing commenced," he explained.

Houston County Railroad Crossing Has No Safety Gate

Houston County Railroad Crossing Has No Safety Gate

An incident report shows a Houston County officer could not hear the train warning in his car at the site of Sunday's accident. 

But he could see the flashing crossing lights. Some Warner Robins residents say the lights are not enough.

"People are losing their lives there," says Shirley Reeves.

Before she crosses the tracks, she says she stops, even though there isn't a stop sign. 

"A lot of people be in a rush and they don't even stop; they just shoot on out there," says Reeves.

Houston County Qualifiers for 2012 Local Elections

Houston County Qualifiers for 2012 Local Elections


Another election season is underway in Houston County, but for most of the candidates for local races, there's no competition. In fact, only two of the 13 posts are contested at all. Get up to date with this complete list of qualifiers for this year's local elections.


Houston County Board of Education, Post 7 (At-large) (non-partisan)

David “Dave” McMahan

Andy Rodriguez

Griff Clements



Amy E. Smith – Incumbent

Carl A. Veline, Jr.


Judge of the Probate Court

Janice Davidson Spires – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Clerk of Superior Court

Carolyn V. Sullivan – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Houston County Sheriff

Cullen Talton – R – Incumbent – Unopposed


Houston County Tax Commissioner

Robins Air Force Hosts Annual Memorial Service

Robins Air Force Base honored fallen heroes Thursday with its annual memorial service in Camellia Gardens.

For 36 years the gardens have served as the meeting place for veterans and family members to gather in tribute of lost loved ones.

The ceremony recognized 51 honorees with song and prayer.
Robins Air Force Chaplain Patrick Knoester says the ceremony is just a small token of appreciation to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"This is what we do. We honor our heroes. Living, we nuture them and take care of them. Those who have fallen, those who have passed on, we honor them and we memorialize what they've done," said Knoester.

The ceremony honors deceased military and civilian workers who served at Robins.

The garden's entrance bears the names of more than seventeen hundred people who've been recognized in previous ceremonies.

Minor Traffic Changes Next Week at RAFB

Next week, there will be some traffic changes at Robins Air Force Base.

According to Chrissy Miner, chief media officer for Robins Air Force Base, beginning Tuesday May 29, the commercial traffic gate will be closed to outbound traffic. 

Inbound traffic will also change as the commercial search area will be located further south along Page Road.

The changes are due to safety and security reasons.

Gate 5, the Martin Luther King Street gate, will reopen to outbound traffic for selected hours: Monday-Friday 5am-8pm and Saturday 8am-6pm, but these hours are subject to change.

Inbound lane operating hours for both gates will not change.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Wins Air Force Award

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit Wins Air Force Award

The Museum of Aviation’s exhibit Tuskegee Airmen: A Proud Heritage has received the 2012 U.S. Air Force Heritage Award.  The exhibit was also recognized earlier this year when it won the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG) Museum Exhibition of the Year Award.

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