WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Willie Lee Parkway project is costing the city of Warner Robins an extra $39,000.
Council voted to move the money from the 2001 SPLOST Street fund into the Willie Lee Parkway fund. Mayor Chuck Shaheen says they needed to make a few adjustments to the project including adding a turning lane.
Mayor Shaheen asked Centerville Mayor John Harley to reimburse the City of Warner Robins $5,000 to offset part of the cost. Mayor Harley agreed to bring the proposal to his council.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Former Macon Mayor, C. Jack Ellis, spoke out today about his support for Bibb County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Romain Dallemand. During a news conference at the Terminal Station in downtown Macon, Ellis said the community should support Dr. Dallemand and his vision to improve the district. Ellis said the superintendent has only been in office for a little more than a year, and we should give him time to make the necessary changes to improve the system.
"We support Dr. Dallemand, and we take issues with anyone who is willing to at this point ostracize him," said Ellis.
We want to know what you think. Will Dr. Dallemand's strategic plan help Bibb County schools?
BYRON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)-The warm weather has Peach farmers in Middle Georgia worried. According to Duke Lane, President of Lane Southern Orchards, his peaches are blossoming two weeks earlier than they should.
He worries a cold snap could destroy his crop. 'We don't really want to see any hard freezes if everything is in full bloom," says Lane.
Lane says in order for peaches to grow properly they need a certain number of cold hours. He says he would like to see at least 3 more weeks of cold weather. Lane says the cold weather helps the trees produce leaves, which are crucial for providing the peaches with nutrients to grow.
"The most important thing is to have enough cold weather that these leaves will come out in a timely fashion and push the peach out," says Lane.
In the mean time Duke lane is pushing his own fears aside. "It's just a wait and see situation right now," says Lane, while he waits on Mother Nature to decide his crop's fate.
FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A local non-profit group in Monroe County is facing a race against the clock.
Save-A-Pet, Inc. has operated on borrowed land for 7 years, but now that property is up for sale, and that's left the animal rescue group scrambling to come up with thousands to build their own shelter.
"I would want to start today, but we can't afford it today," says President of Save-A-Pet, Patricia Corley.
The group has been able to purchase 10 acres on Maynard Church Road in Forsyth, but in order to build a dream shelter the groups needs to raise more than $300,000.
We try and find great homes for our dogs, and we just need to get our shelter up and running," says Corley.
The non-profit shelter does not kill animals unless they are aggressive. " We don't put a time limit on them when we take them and try to find them a home," adds Corley.
According to Corley, a new shelter has been decades in the making and finally getting it done would be a dream come true.
"It would just be what we've been dreaming for since we started in November 1998. We've been saying we've got to get a home. We've got to have something that's ours. It would be wonderful," says Corley.
Save-A-Pet takes care of between 50 to 70 dogs every day.
If you'd like to help the group build their new shelter you can send donations to:
MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - 16 month old Riley Robbins has Niemann-Pick Type A. It's severe neurological disease that leads to death between the ages of two and four. There's no cure for the disease. Right now, there's only four other known cases of Type A in the U.S.
"The disease took the ability of him saying 'mama and dada' away. He can't even talk," says mom Lori Robbins.
She's watching her son quickly deteriorate. There's less than 1200 cases worldwide. It's so rare, that data surrounding how many people are carriers is unknown. In order for a baby to have the disease, both parents need to be carriers.