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High School Students Curate Museum of Aviation Exhibit

High School Students Curate Museum of Aviation Exhibit

The Explosive Ordinance Disposal exhibit on display at the Museum of Aviation was put together by three Northside High School students.
That's according to a Museum of Aviation news release.

The EOD exhibit features materials  required by EOD specialists, who played a crucial role in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Specialists involved in EOD get rid of an explosive in a controlled manner. The students' curation helps share this risky, specialized work with the community.

The exhibit includes an 800-pound robot, a bomb suit and uniforms worn by 116th Air Control Wing's EOD members. The formal exhibit opens Friday, May 11.

You can find the exhibit on the second floor of the Eagle Building.

The curation is done by Northside seniors Wesley Pasket, Jaikel Robinson and Keynan Callum as part of their Professional Interest Exploration

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Public Invited to Mental Health Awareness Event

Public Invited to Mental Health Awareness Event


HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – A community awareness event focusing on mental health and the risk factors of suicide will be May 12, 2012, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Galleria Conference Center.  The public is invited to attend this free event which will include a program and exhibits focusing on the family and risk factors of suicide. 


Topics include:

·         relationships

·         depression

·         bullying

·         alcohol and drugs

·         medical illness.


War Hero Displays Historic Plane at Museum of Aviation

If you enjoy old war stories, you may want to check out the Museum of Aviation Tuesday.

A C-130E aircraft is on display, and the pilot who flew it in a 1964 rescue mission will be there to share his story.

The C-130 has been a staple in the United States Air Force for more than four decades. One plane that was used in a rescue mission has made its way to the Museum of Aviation.

"It's a very special plane because there's a lot of history to it."

That history goes back to the Congo crisis of 1964. This plane flew into a rescue operation under the guidance of then Captain Mac Secord. It also became the first of its kind to take out one hundred civilians under rebel fire.

Bob Dubiel, Director of Marketing at the Museum of Aviation says, "This airplane got one of its engines shot at and out, and it had to take off from the airfield. It was kind of disabled."

Georgia Jumps On Bandwagon for Military Kids

Robins Air Force Base Installation Commander Col. Mitchel Butikofer and his family have moved about a dozen times.

"We've been all up and down the East Coast, in Washington D.C., Southern Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma..." said Leslie, the Colonel's wife.

She says each time, her three daughters have to adjust, especially with school.

"It gets harder as they get older," she said.

Sophomores Abby Butikofer and her twin Erin, say their latest move affected their graduation requirements.

"In Illinois freshmen took world cultures and sophomores took civics," Abby said. "We move here and it turns out that freshmen take civics here, and sophomores take world history, so we missed out on the civics requirement and we have to take another class to make it up."

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Supporter, Opponent Discuss T-SPLOST

Interest and questions grow around a proposed one-cent transportation sales tax--or T-SPLOST--on the July 31 ballot.

It's predicted to generate more than $750 million for 11 Central Georgia counties over a ten-year period.

Those counties -- Bibb, Houston, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Twiggs, Crawford, Baldwin, Jones, Putnam, and Wilkinson -- will vote as a single district.

That means either they'll all approve it, or none of them will.

State Representative Bubber Epps supports the T-SPLOST and local Sierra Club spokesman Lindsay Holliday says he'll vote no.

Both joined Randall Savage in the 13WMAZ studio during Eyewitness News at 6.

Security Exercise Causes Traffic Tie-Ups at RAFB

A security exercise at Robins Air Force Base caused a reported hour and a half traffic delay Wednesday.  According to Public Affairs Chief Chrissy Miner, the entrances and exits to the base were shut down as part of the exercise.

The two-week long management exercise is a way to test the security of the base. Base personnel will practice scenarios involving different security threats during that time.  According to a news release from the base, Ardent Sentry kicked off Wednesday.  It is a national, multi-agency exercise that will last through the first two weeks of May.