Robert Brown was a man of many accomplishments from politics and beyond. The Macon native was first elected to State Senate District 26 in a special election in August 1991. The long time democrat served as Majority Leader and in 2005 when Republicans took over he became Senate Minority Leader.
Brown served on many committees including the economic development, ethics, and veterans and military affairs. Brown also served on the Bibb County Board of Education.
The news of former State Senator Robert Brown's death has shocked the community. 41NBC spoke with local leaders who worked closely with him, including former Mayor Jim Marshall, C. Jack Ellis, and Allen Peake.
"Robert Brown was easily the strongest politician I've ever met. He knew what his cards were, felt strongly about them, and played them very strongly. He would not back down, and they were always cards played geared toward people and trying to help people," said Marshall.
"He was a champion for the people in our community. There was clearly in his core a real passion and a fire for defending those who couldn't help themselves...he fought for the people he represented," said Peake.
C. Jack Ellis tells 41NBC, even though they were opponents in the most recent mayoral race, he considers Brown a great politician and man.
"We were political competitors in the last go round, but we were political opponents, not political enemies. I always admired his political tenacity, if you will...and he will be missed in our community," said Ellis.
Three people are arrested after a shooting Wednesday night in Warner Robins. It happened just before ten' O'Clock at 11-09 Southern Avenue. Warner Robins police say 3 people went inside this home, robbed 31 year old Deshannon Gibson, and shot him in the stomach. When officers responded, they found the suspects driving on north davis drive.
"There were several eye witnesses where it happened. It is actually a boarding house there were several people inside that boarding house at the time of the incident. So they were able to give a description on both the car as well as the suspects, said Warner Robins Police spokesperson Tabitha Pugh".
Gibson was taken to the Houston Medical Center and is in stable Condition. 21 year old Kelvin Washington, and 23 year old Christopher wheeler are both charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault. 19 year old Quabeisha Zellner is charged with "party to the crime of armed robbery" and "party to the crime of aggravated assault".
If paying the high price for gas is wearing on your bottom line, Willem van Dijk says he has the solution.
Van Dijk created a solar panel powered car in his machine shop in Warner Robins. The thing that is unique about his car, is that it never requires a drop of gas.
"It's like the modern day Volkswagen. A car for everybody," van Dijk says.
His idea to create a new car began a couple of years ago, when his car repair shop began to get less and less business.
"I had some aluminum tubing laying around, and some stuff in the back, and I said, 'I got the aluminum welder, why not do it?'"
With three wheels, and basically just a shell design with a floor, van Dijk's concept car doesn't look like much. But the principal of an engine powerful enough to tote four people around, and being powered exclusively by the sun, is there.
"The solar panels make power to charge the batteries," van Dijk explains. "And the batteries power the electric motor."
The car drives about 70 miles before it needs to be recharged by the sun. So while a cross country trek may not be convenient, driving back and forth to work or running errands, can be done every day with never having to fill up.
With a 13 horsepower modified engine, the car can reach a top speed of 45 miles per hour.
Van Dijk spent $13,000 to create his vehicle. The solar panels on top of the car take about four hours to charge on a sunny day, and six on a cloudy.
Van Dijk is currently trying to obtain a patent for his creation, but needs a partner to help him finance and invest in his car, to make it better and more marketable.