WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The Warner Robins City Council passed the Fiscal Year 2013 Budget at a special called meeting Thursday.
The budget, which goes into effect July 1, includes a general fund of $35.8 million and with no tax increases.
The highly discussed public information officer position was given to another city employee with a pay raise. In addition to the new public relations duties, city employees recieved a competitive pay increase. Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen feels the public will be pleased with the decision.
"The future looks bright for Warner Robins," Shaheen said shortly after the meeting.
The city's budget was passed just days before the state's deadline to file.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT)- Macon-Bibb firefighters are investigating a possible arson at an abandoned house. The fire started around 2 o'clock this afternoon at a home on Bankston Lake Road right across the street from Oakview Golf Course. Fire investigators say a barn near the house also caught fire.
Several firefighters were on the scene to put out the blaze. Firefighters had a hard time getting to the home because it was in a wooded area, and they had to set up a perimeter around the house to keep the fire from spreading to nearby structures.
"I saw all this smoke, and so I wanted to go see if I could find it because I didn't here any fire trucks. So, I rode back to the back of the house, and the woods were kind of on fire. And the house caught on fire," said Laura Bourlakas, Witness.
There were no injuries, and the investigation continues. If you have any information on this fire, you are asked to call the Georgia Arson Hotline at 1-800- 282-5804.
You could recieve up to a 10 thousand dollar reward
FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Peaches are probably Georgia's sweetest, juiciest, and most popular export.
So we wanted to know--just how far does that unique Georgia flavor go?
Recently, I visited Lane Southern Orchards to find out.
"We ship peaches as far north as Canada and as far west as Colorado," says Duke Lane III, Vice President of Sales at Lane's.
Those are just peaches ordered in large amounts, like orders placed by supermarkets. But when it comes to Lane's mail-order business:
"We have customers as far away as Washington state," says Lane. "So geographically, we pretty much cover the entire country."
Kirsten Andreoni, from Wisconsin, says she recently saw a box of Lane's peaches in her hometown grocery store.
"And I just kind of smiled and I told my husband, 'We have to get these peaches because they're from Lane'," says Andreoni. "We actually looked at the boxes and purchased them because of that."
So why is it that people from all over the country prefer Georgia peaches over any other?
"They're so.. they're sweeter," says Andreoni. "They're sweet and soft. They're not hard. I don't have to put them in a brown paper bag to ripen them up."
"They're sweeter, juicier," says Marie Rugenstein of Michigan.
"Georgia is known as the Peach State for that fabulous flavor," says Lane. "I call it the unique Georgia peach flavor profile."
Peaches aren't the only things traveling long distances. Visitors come from all over the country to see Lane's packing facilities here in Peach County. Andreoni says it's a family thing.
"We like to come to have the kids look at how the peaches are packaged," says Andreoni. "Kind of to see how it's made or how it's done, so they can see the box that we purchased is the same box that came from here."
Over 100,000 peaches leave Lane's packing facility every day, so next time you're on the road and have a craving for a sweet Georgia peach, you might be able to find one just around the corner.
If you're interested in visiting Lane's, the packing facility and retail store is located five miles west of I-75 off Exit 142. For more information, call 800-27-PEACH.
MACON, Georgia (41 NBC/WMGT) - The C.E.O. of the Medical Center of Central Georgia weighed in on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act.
Don Faulk said his first reaction when he heard the news, was surprise. He says he understands this ruling likely means more and better access for people who cannot afford medical or who have a pre-existing condition, but this decision is not the end-all-be-all, rather it's a step toward healthcare reform.
"But it really doesn't get at, a lot of, I think, the things that will in time, help keep the cost of healthcare down," Faulk explains.
Faulk said the only way to keep healthcare costs down, is to keep people from having to go to the hospital in the first place, by having better preventative care.
"(It's) changing some of the incentives that are available for patients, doctors, hospitals, and paying folks to stay well. Instead of the sick end of the care, like what happens now."
Faulk mentioned there is likely some good and some bad with the law, but the main thing is to prepare for whatever the future holds with the ruling.
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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Three people are behind bars for trying to steal copper from a dumpster at the Georgia Power location in Macon early Wednesday morning, according to a MPD news release.
While officers were on the lookout for a green pick-up truck, they were informed that one of the suspects was running away from the scene.
24-year-old Aaron Trice, 49-year-old Sharon Smith, and 26-year-old Marshall Ward, all from Warner Robins, were eventually apprehended.
Smith and Ward were charged with Possession of Burglary Tools, Criminal Attempt and Criminal Trespass. Trice was charged with Criminal Trespass, Possession of Burglary Tools for the Commission of a Crime, and Criminal Attempt for Commission of a Theft.
All three suspects were taken to the Bibb County LEC.