News Line for Warner Robins

Midstate government officials grapple with gun bill
Signs posted at each entrance to Warner Robins City Hall proclaim the carrying of firearms “upon these premises is strictly prohibited” under state law. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected Wednesday to sign a bill that would upend that law, allowing guns in most government offices.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins mayor: Snellgrove Drive to reopen soon
Mayor Randy Toms said Monday night that he expects Snellgrove Drive will reopen later this week as discussions with Little League continue. The road was closed several weeks ago by officials with Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Q&A with Jim Elliott
City of Residence: Warner Robins. Occupation: City attorney, Warner Robins.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins police look to hire 12 officers
Against the backdrop of the new $10 million Law Enforcement Center, police hope to fill several vacancies through a career expo there Friday and Saturday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

'Neighborhood versus the hood': Warner Robins P&Z says no to apartments
A standing-room-only crowd applauded after the Warner Robins Planning and Zoning Commission said no to a rezoning request Tuesday that would put as many as 200 apartments behind their homes.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins officials hear from annoyed neighbors
The city’s government spent most of Monday evening’s meetings dealing with that most critical element of constituent services: annoyed residents.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins considering all options in longtime trash dispute
Mayor Randy Toms wants the city “to look at all of our options” to deal with a costly recycling and trash contract that effectively prevents the city from doing any recycling for years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins council looks to move forward on new fire station, recreation
At its annual planning retreat Wednesday, City Council seemed determined to begin moving forward on several long-awaited projects, including a new fire station and recreation complex.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Houston mayors praise regional cooperation
The mayors of Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins came together Thursday to praise regional cooperation and describe some shared challenges.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins Council starts fireworks fundraising
City Council agreed Monday to give $30,000 to help fund the city’s Independence Day Celebration, launching an effort to raise all the $100,000 to $150,000 needed to bring live music and fireworks.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Developer suggests Warner Robins help fund hotel-conference center
A Texas developer told Warner Robins officials that hotel and conference centers like the one he’s considering here have reinvigorated downtowns elsewhere.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins signs over land for military training center
The city formally transferred to the state on Tuesday a 40-acre site that will be turned into a $10 million Gateway Center to train veterans.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Developer to consider new Warner Robins hotel
A developer from Dallas, Texas, will fly in this week to see if Warner Robins’ Commercial Circle area is ripe for the city’s long-dreamed-of hotel and conference center.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins taking closer look at hiring
In several meetings this year, Warner Robins political leaders have been told the city has grown fast, but its staffing has not. The person who might recommend adding employees in some areas is, ironically, a person not yet hired.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins government to back Independence Day Celebration
City leaders have decided that the Independence Day show should, indeed, go on. But wary of becoming directly involved in fundraising or organizing the event themselves, council members indicated Monday they will offer words of support and a contribution, but they won’t formally vote on the fireworks show itself or take on a management role.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins launches building moratorium for older area
An aging part of Warner Robins hasn’t had much redevelopment lately, and a City Council vote Tuesday will stop any more for several months.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Houston County approves joint road contract
The Houston County Commission on Tuesday paved the way for a lot of road resurfacing, but not only county roads. The board approved a $2.5 million contract with Georgia Asphalt, the low bidder, to resurface roads in Houston, Warner Robins, Centerville, Byron, Hawkinsville and Pulaski County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Proposed G-RAMP concept includes civilian flights into RAFB
City officials are looking into whether Robins Air Force Base’s runway could be made dual-use, hosting civilian flights to a long-discussed complex the city would build on the northeastern corner of the base.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Midstate governments join to stretch road dollars
The path to better roads may be paved with good cooperation. Some midstate governments are again joining together to get a bulk discount on road paving, which literally stretches the work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins department heads lose job appeals process
The climate may get cooler in City Hall, but department heads could feel a bit more heat after the City Council voted Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Storm creates extra work and costs for governments
This week’s winter storm affected local governments with extra cost and work, but Middle Georgia escaped the public-service disaster experienced in Atlanta.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lagging tax collections lead Houston to cut SPLOST spending
Houston County is scaling back some of its special purpose local option sales tax spending after collections lagged last year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New Warner Robins mayor, councilmen sworn in
For Mayor Randy Toms, the tears came sooner than he expected.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Shaheen reflects on time as mayor
During the past four years, youths strolling down the streets with their pants sagging might have found themselves getting a ride from the mayor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Officials herald opening of first roundabout in Warner Robins
Officials cut the ribbon on the city’s first roundabout Friday, with work on a second expected to begin soon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First Warner Robins roundabout opens
The roundabout -- at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Wellborn Road -- opened Friday, said Ruby Hamb-Holmes, the city's public information officer.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Historic commission holds first meeting
The newly formed Warner Robins Historic Preservation Commission held last week its first meeting since being appointed.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins council approves residential rezoning, recognizes student for saving baby
In spite of opposition, the City Council on Monday approved the rezoning of 13.3 acres for the development of $200,000 homes off Feagin Mill and Jerusalem Church roads.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins mayor-elect prepares to take office
If you’ve left Randy Toms a phone message in the past few days, don’t feel slighted if he hasn’t gotten around to calling you back.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Shaheen ousts incumbent councilman from Post 1
Mayor Chuck Shaheen will help lead the city of Warner Robins next year as a councilman.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Toms wins Warner Robins mayoral race by wide margin
Just a month from now, retired firefighter Randy Toms will become the new mayor of his hometown. He edged out Joe Musselwhite, retired city Public Works director, by an almost 2-1 margin in Tuesday’s runoff election for mayor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins council talks police position change, hiring more officers
A proposed police department classification change sparked a short debate about the city’s police officer shortage Monday during a City Council work session.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins candidates march toward runoff races
With the exception of Thanksgiving, mayoral candidates haven’t stopped working toward their Tuesday finish line.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Early voting for Warner Robins runoffs tops 1,500
Fewer residents voted during the four days of early voting for the runoff elections than during the early voting period for general elections.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins native is new Public Works director
George Brannen, a city employee, stood in the foyer of City Hall with the rest of his colleagues who couldn’t find seats in the council chambers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Transit Authority park and ride in the works for Warner Robins
A new Macon Transit Authority park and ride program could soon open in Warner Robins, effectively beginning a relationship between the city and the public transportation agency just north.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Final debate held for Warner Robins mayoral candidates
The two mayoral candidates left in the race fielded questions for the final time at a Thursday evening debate, taking the total number of debates to an even 10.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First Warner Robins roundabout to open in December
The first of two roundabouts on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard may be completed earlier than previously projectioned, according to a Tuesday news release from the city.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Residents protest crematorium in Warner Robins neighborhood
More than 175 residents crowdeded into City Hall at Monday’s council meeting to protest a crematorium under construction near the Rose Hill subdivision.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Thomas sworn in to Post 4 Warner Robins council seat
Tim Thomas, whose election came down to one vote, was sworn in Monday to the Post 4 council seat.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins mayor, Post 1 races headed to runoff
Two Warner Robins races are headed to a runoff Dec. 3 as none of the candidates running for mayor or Post 1 City Council captured the necessary votes to win a seat outright.
Source: Macon Telegraph

RDA works on formalizing building standards in Commercial Circle area
Brick buildings with signs at ground level may become the standard along the eastern end of Watson Boulevard, near City Hall.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Toms, Musselwhite gearing up for runoff push
Even with an election recount in the offing, Randy Toms and Joe Musselwhite aren’t just marking time.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Brashear backs Toms for now in Warner Robins mayoral runoff
Mike Brashear, who landed fifth in the Warner Robins mayoral race, said he will support Randy Toms in the Dec. 3 runoff against Joe Musselwhite.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins election recount planned for Friday
A recount of Warner Robins election ballots begins Friday at 10 a.m., though a city official said no inaccuracies are suspected
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lauritsen upsets Shealy in Post 3
A teary-eyed Keith Lauritsen upset incumbent Paul Shealy in a tight Warner Robins City Council Post 3 race.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Shaheen, Daley in runoff for Post 1 Warner Robins council seat
Mayor Chuck Shaheen narrowly missed capturing the Post 1 at-large City Council seat Tuesday night. He is in a runoff with first-term incumbent Mike Daley.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Musselwhite and Toms headed to Warner Robins mayoral runoff
The two blue collar candidates in the Warner Robins mayoral race came out on top Tuesday and will head to a runoff.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Thomas snags Warner Robins Post 4 win by one vote
It was Tim Thomas’ third time running for Warner Robins city council, and this time he barely won -- by one vote.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Holmes easily wins three-way Post 5 race
Clifford Holmes Jr. is returning to the Warner Robins City Council.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Experts: Warner Robins mayoral race hard to call
After nearly a year of announcements and months of campaigning, Election Day finally arrives Tuesday. But with six mayoral candidates, it’s hard to say who will come out on top.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Early voting in Warner Robins doubles from 2009
Despite a stormy final day of early voting, Elections Superintendent Kathy Cummings said turnout remained steady and overall doubled from the last mayoral early voting period.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Wilbanks leads Warner Robins City Council Post 4 fundraising
Bob Wilbanks, who is seeking to reclaim the seat he gave up two years ago, has raised the most funds for the Post 4 special election, according to state-required campaign contribution forms.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Family of former Warner Robins Mayor Donald Walker backs Toms
Mayoral candidate and Warner Robins native Randy Toms has racked up the support of some big community names, including the family of the late Mayor Donald Walker.
Source: Macon Telegraph