MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Friends, neighbors and family members gathered to remember the four killed in a horrific fire Thursday morning.
Hundreds showed up at Countryside Baptist Church in the Lynmore Estates area in macon, to honor Jennifer and Elizabeth Caffee, Wendy Chapman and Holly Tucker--the mother and three daughters who died. Their pastor Rayford Johnson says the girls were a blessing to the congregation, and their mother lived a hard life, but was always hopeful.
He says the girls' surviving father and brothers are grief-stricken.
"They will come out stronger cause these kids- I've seen things they come out stronger in," says Pastor Johnson. "And I know they'll come out stronger, they'll come out very knowledgeable. They will come out with a greater love. It's not God's fault, the conditions that we are having in these old houses out here, the wiring most escape from the back door. I mean these just have 2 front doors. There was no escape."
The pastor led the crowd in prayer for the family of the deceased.
Brandon Caffee, Scott Caffee, and James Tucker are all out of the hospital.. And are expected to make a speedy recovery.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
IRWINTON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - One of the Wilkinson County high school teachers accused of molesting a 15-year-old student earlier this year pleaded guilty to lesser charges.
On Monday, former JROTC instructor Rodney Hunter pleaded guilty to three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Wilkinson County District Attorney Fred Bright tells us he's facing 36 months of probation and a $2,000 fine.
Bright says he voluntarily gave up his teaching certificate, can no long work in a supervisory position of minors, and he must stay away from the student.
A second Wilkinson County High School teacher is also facing child molestation charges after he was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the same female student. Cornelius Dante Jones is expected to be in court on Monday. 41NBC will bring you the latest in his case during the News at 6.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The bugs are back in town at the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Their annual Bug Day is all set for Saturday the museum on Forsyth Road in Macon.
All kinds of bugs will be on hand--everything from hissing cockroaches to tarantulas. There will be bug experts on hand with their collections, and if you're hungry, you can hit up the Fear Factor Feast for things like chocolate chirp cookies and buggy brittle.
"People are so scared of insects, because we have lack of knowledge," says Sharon Wilhelm, a curator at the museum. "Once you learn, and understand why they're here, things don't seem quite as creepy as they used to."
Saturday's festivities kick off at 10 a.m. and the event runs until 4. For ticket prices and more information, visit the museum online.
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