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High school students build robots for competition

The robots have taken over central Georgia, but there's no need for panic. It's all a part of Georgia FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a robotics competition for high school students.

Sunday was the final day of action for the Georgia Southern Classic at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry.

"They were given a challenge the first weekend in January at a kickoff even for FIRST," says Georgia FIRST robotics director Connie Haynes. "We kind of like to say have the event, hold the event, and they will come, and we've seen Perry come out in a big way. So, you're seeing that culmination of the robots that they've built, designed, and programmed."

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Reward offered in Perdue Farms bomb threat

The Houston County Sheriff's Office is looking for help in finding the person who phoned in a bomb threat to the Perdue Farms chicken plant three weeks ago.

It happened Feb. 4 at the plant on the Highway 247 spur in Perry.

On Tuesday, Macon Regional Crimestoppers says a woman phoned in the threat around 7:30 that morning.

She said that several bombs were hidden, and one would go off every hour.

The company evacuated the building and investigators searched the building for about three hours, with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs. No bomb was found.

Sergeant Chris Paul says Perdue is offering a reward of $2,500 for anyone that can give them information on the case.

2015 Georgia National Rodeo comes to Perry

Jerry Olson has been working with horses since he learned to walk.

"I was born and raised doing it. I started when I was eighteen months old, riding on my dad's shoulders while he stood on the back of two horses," he said.

Now, he is a performer in the 2015 Georgia National Rodeo in Perry.

He and his two horses, J.B. and Lickety Split, practiced before the show Friday night.

Another contestant performing is Natalie Foutch.

She's the 2012 Great Lakes Champion in barrel racing, and will be competing in the RAM national finals in Kissimmee, Florida in March.

In Perry, she and her horse, Orville, are competing against 100 other people to win thousands of dollars.

"You run against the clock, it's not a judged event," said Foutch, "You are running against the clock and you watch that timer and you try to make it stop as fast as you can."

Turkey callers meet in Perry for a gobble-off


May the best gobbler win. Turkey callers gathered at the Great Outdoors Show in Perry Saturday for a calling contest. 14 people competed in two divisions, junior and senior, to see who could make the most convincing turkey calls.

"Sounding like a turkey. You have to sound like a wild turkey. If it's a yelp, then it needs to sound like a turkey yelping in the woods," says head judge Robert Mosely. "If he can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, then he did a pretty good job."

Contestants are judged on the specific call they're asked to perform, such as a turkey roosting, one feeding, or a turkey that is excited.

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The Great Outdoors Show opens in Perry

For an adventure in the great outdoors, hunting and fishing enthusiasts can head inside this weekend at the Georgia National Fairgrounds.

13WMAZ got a firsthand glimpse of the outdoor experience Friday.

The three-day long Great Outdoor Show reeled them in at the Georgia National Fairgrounds with more than 100 vendors.

Todd Holbrook with the Georgia Wildlife Federation said it's a good opportunity for the young and old to become outdoorsmen.

"They're going to interact with vendors who are providing equipment to make it very easy for them to take up hunting or fishing or to perfect the arts, and it's going to be an opportunity for people to have fun," Holbrook said.

That includes plenty of fun for even the smallest of nature lovers.

Perry man arrested after leaving scene of werck

A man was arrested in Perry Wednesday evening, after he allegedly caused a multiple-vehicle wreck and drove away from the scene.

According to the Georgia State Patrol post in Perry, the accident happened in Perry at around 3:20 Wednesday afternoon, near the intersection of Houston Lake Road and the North Perry Bypass.

State Patrol Trooper John Hardage says Kenneth Nathan Ellis sideswiped a white pickup truck, then backed into another vehicle, and drove away from the scene.

A Houston County Sheriff's deputy chased after Ellis, but Ellis hid in woods for about an hour and a half.

Deputies and state patrol officers found Ellis hiding in a storage shed on Wren Drive, near Lake Joy Road in Perry, and arrested him around 5:00 Wednesday evening.

UPDATE: Bomb search continues at Perdue Farms in Perry

UPDATE: Workers at the Perdue Farms chicken plant returned to work around 10:30 a.m. today after search teams did not find a bomb there.

The building was cleared for about three hours after a bomb threat.

The Houston County sheriff's office continues to investigate. Anyone with information on the case can call the sheriff's office at (478) 542-2080


Authorities in Houston County are searching the Perdue Farms chicken plant in Perry after a bomb threat was called in Wednesday morning.

According to Lt. David Carrick of the Houston County Sheriff's Office, as of 10:52 Wednesday morning, the bomb-sniffing K-9 and other officers are still searching the buildings at the Perdue Farms chicken plant. Carrick says, so far, "no suspicious packages have been found."