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Here's the 'Good News' happening across Central Georgia (July 18-24)

A look back on the week that was!

MACON, Ga. — 1. 'It's time to march forward': Warner Robins vets waiting for final approval of Vietnam Veterans Memorial

According to Warner Robins Mayor LaRhonda Patrick, the city is negotiating land to house the memorial. Mayor Patrick did not say when the city might be signing paperwork to purchase land, but one of the veterans 13WMAZ spoke with said, she told them, it could be anytime within the next month.

2. Warner Robins students receive Rotary Club scholarships for academic excellence

The Warner Robins Rotary Club held a scholarship luncheon at the Curtis Event Center on Watson Boulevard. Members granted four scholarships to Houston County graduating seniors. They were honored for academic excellence and community service through four years of high school.

3. Teen videojournalists learn life lessons from their elders in visit at Bibb senior center

On Wednesday morning, students in Macon-Bibb’s Teen Communication Program visited the Elaine H. Lucas Senior Center to interview local seniors. The Macon-Bibb Parks and Recreation’s Teen Communications Program allows kids and teens from sixth to 12th grade interested in video production, journalism, and content creation to gain experience and learn the basics.

4. 'I do this to honor the family that gave me their organs': Kidney recipient celebrates transplant anniversary

Nine years ago on July 20, Whitten received his transplant. What's even more special is that his wife, Juliet Whitten, donated her kidney to Hu's brother, Andrew. She said she didn't hesitate to donate and was even a match for her husband in the beginning when he need a kidney and pancreas.

5. Fallujah Marine veterans gather for therapeutic reunion in Kathleen

One big family of highly decorated Marines spent the morning throwing axes and catching up. Some of them earned Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts for their service.

6. Greater Bellevue Church in Macon holds back to school bash

Greater Bellevue Church in Macon continued their back to school bash for kids in the community. Cynthia Freeman, the youth director of the church, says that the bash is all about the kids, and making sure they have the materials they need for school. "Some parents really don't have the money to purchase the items. so, I just want to be a blessing to some of them," Freeman said. 

7. Shirley Hills Baptist Church hosts first ever back to school event for Houston County students

Shirley Hills Baptist Church hosted their first ever back to school event for Houston county students. Volunteers at the church packed more than 500 back to school bags for various age groups ranging from pre-k to high school. Matt Taylor, the campus pastor for Shirley Hills, says the main purpose of today's event is to give back to the community.

8. New Life International Church in Macon hosts 'Family and Friends Community Extravaganza'

After more than 3 years, New Life International Church in Macon hosted it's first event since COVID called the 'Family and Friends Community Extravaganza'. Eric Bell, the senior pastor for New Life International Ministries, said the event was an opportunity for families to have fun. "Reaching out to the community, and we just having a wholesome family good time," Bell said.

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