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UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

UPDATE: Houston County burglary suspects identified

The Houston County Sheriff's Office identified the two people they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries.

Investigators arrested Jabrea Deanna Vason, 21, of Montezuma Thursday after a traffic stop on Macedonia Church Road in Pulaski County.

Eddie McTrail Allen, 32, of Americus, ran from the car on foot prompting a massive manhunt in the area of Macedonia Road and Hwy 26.

Job opening in Perry

Job opening in Perry

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ to share several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.

Barrel racing youth world championships in Perry


Young people from countries all around the world including Italy, Hungary and France are competing in the National Barrel Horse Association Youth World Championship.

"A timed event, they go in a clover-leaf pattern, just around three barrels. I mean it's as simple as that. Don't knock a barrel down, because if you do, it is all over," said Executive Director Sherry Fulmer.

Jaime Caballero, 17, made the trek from Panama. "I love horses, I love riding since I was little, so I like it. It's another way to, I don't know, feel wild, feel adrenaline," he said.

The clock is the judge and the faster you go the better. Fulmer said competitors can win more than $300,000 in cash and prizes. "But what they really all wanna walk away with from here is that world championship buckle," she said.

New members elected to the Houston Board of Education

 

Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

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New members elected to the Houston Board of Education


Houston County Board of Education now has two new members. Hoke Morrow took the seat for Post 6, while Bryan Upshaw won for Post 7.

Morrow beat his opponent Sheila Ashley with 57% of votes. Upshaw had a significant lead over his opponent Tannya Duncan, winning 65% of the votes.

Both Morrow and Upshaw celebrated with loved ones late into the evening. We caught up with both of them after the final results came in.

Morrow, owner of Hoke Heating and Air in Perry, Georgia, celebrated at his business headquarters. He said he had mixed emotions after his win.

"Actually, I was excited, but when I figured out we had won when most of the precincts tallied in, I was a little bit nervous because now I got what I asked for. I feel like I've got the tiger by the tail," said Morrow.

Perdue cook plant closes after fire, investigation continues


A fire that happened at the Perdue Chicken Cook Plant in Perry is still under investigation and the facility remains closed.

Perdue Farms spokesperson Judy DeYoung says the cook plant will be at least partially closed Wednesday as well.

That department has 400 employees.

Houston County Fire Department has turned over the investigation to Perdue representatives.

DeYoung also said that investigators with the company were on-site Tuesday evaluating the cause of the fire, but that has not yet been determined.

The processing plant and the distribution center were not involved in the fire and continue to operate.