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Warner Robins, Georgia

Warner Robins, Georgia, Macon CSA
City
Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.
Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB.

Seal
Motto: Georgia's International

Location in Georgia
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Georgia
Counties Peach
Founded September 1, 1942
Government
 • Mayor Randy Toms
Area
 • City 35.4 sq mi (91.6 km2)
 • Land 35.1 sq mi (90.8 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  0.8%
Elevation 365 ft (93 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 66,588
 • Density 2,143.9/sq mi (827.9/km2)
 • Metro 139,900
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
Area code(s) 478
FIPS code 13-80508[1]
GNIS feature ID 0333366[2]
Website wrga.gov

Warner Robins is a city in the US state of Houston County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 66,588. From 2000 to 2010, the Warner Robins city population growth percentage was 36.4% (or from 48,804 people to 66,588 people). Warner Robins is a part of the larger Macon-Warner Robins Combined Statistical Area with a population of 417,473.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Quality of life 3.1
    • Climate 3.2
  • Museum of Aviation 4
  • Baseball and softball 5
  • EDIMGIAFAD 6
  • Economy 7
  • Houston Medical Center 8
  • Football 9
  • Warner Robins Little Theatre 10
  • Popular culture 11
  • Photo gallery 12
  • Local media 13
    • Newspapers 13.1
    • Television stations 13.2
    • Radio stations 13.3
  • Notable people 14
  • Education 15
    • Branch campuses of colleges and universities 15.1
    • High schools 15.2
  • Tornado 16
  • References 17
  • External links 18

History

Warner Robins was founded in 1942 from the community of Wellston. It was named for General Augustine Warner Robins of the United States Air Force. It was incorporated as a town in 1943 and as a city in 1956.[3]

The 1940 census shows that the community of Wellston was sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by farmers and their families. Its most notable landmark was a stop on the railroad line. Wellston also had a small sawmill and a grocery store. Peach orchards covered parts of the surrounding land.

World War II would soon change this. The War Department made plans to build an air depot in the Southeast. With the assistance of influential U.S. Congressman Carl Vinson, Wellston community leader Charles Bostic “Boss” Watson worked with officials in Macon to make a bid to locate this air depot in Houston County. In June 1941, the U.S. government accepted this offer which included 3,108 acres of land.[4]

This air base was initially called Wellston Army Air Depot when it opened in 1942. The first commander was Colonel Charles E. Thomas. He wanted to name this depot in honor of his mentor Augustine Warner Robins, who was called by his middle name Warner. Regulations prevented him from doing this, which required the base to be named after the nearest town. Not deterred by this, Colonel Thomas persuaded Boss Watson and the other community leaders to rename Wellston. So on September 1, 1942, the town was given the new name of Warner Robins.[5] Soon thereafter on October 14, 1942, the base was renamed to become Warner Robins Army Air Depot. So the city of Warner Robins has a unique name that no other town in America has.

Robins Air Force Base is not within the actual city limits of the town. But only U.S. Highway 129 (Georgia state highway 247) separates the base from the city.

Geography

Warner Robins is located at (32.608720, −83.638027).[6]

Warner Robins is approximately 100 miles south of Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.4 square miles (92 km2), of which, 35.1 square miles (91 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.82%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 66,588 people, 19,550 households, and 13,078 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,143.9 inhabitants per square mile (827.8/km2) . There were 29,084 housing units at an average density of 952.7 per square mile (367.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city included 50.00% White, 36.60% African American, 0.30% Native American, 2.60% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, .10% from other races, and 2.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.60% of the population.

There were 19,550 households out of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 10.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $38,401, and the median income for a family was $44,217. Males had a median income of $33,030 versus $24,855 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,121. About 11.0% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 8.6% of those age 65 or over.

Quality of life

In 2009,

  • Official Warner Robins city website
  • Official Community Online Guide Magazine
  • Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce
  • New Georgia Encyclopedia article on Warner Robins
  • Warner Robins Real Estate and Community Information Blog
  • Warner Robins Forum
  • Air Force Acquisition Civilian Careers

External links

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  12. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Warner-Robins-Georgia.html Retrieved on 2012-07-18.
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  17. ^ Warner Robins American Little League made it back to the Little League Baseball World Series in 2011, going 1–2. The team, led by "Man Child" Jake Fromm, was coached by Buddy Deal, Shane Williams, and Managed by Phillip Johnson.
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  20. ^ "Robins Air Force Base, Georgia", Retrieved on 05 July 2014.
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  22. ^ "About WRLT"
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References

On April 30, 1953 a F4 tornado with winds over 200 mph hit the city and portions of Robins Air Force Base and killed 18 people and injured 300 more.

Tornado

  • Houston County High School
  • Houston County Career and Technology Center
  • Northside High School
  • Warner Robins High School
  • Kathleen, Georgia)
  • Elberta Center
  • Crossroads Center (alternative school)

High schools

Branch campuses of colleges and universities

The portion of Warner Robins in Houston County is served by the Houston County School System. The portion of the city in Peach County is served by Peach County School District.

Middle Georgia State College in Warner Robins
Warner Robins campus of Central Georgia Technical College

Education

Notable people

  • WBML (1350 AM), News/Talk and high school sports
  • WRWR (107.5 FM), News/Talk and high school sports
  • WNNG-FM (99.9 FM), ESPN and local high school sports

Radio stations

Television stations

  • The Telegraph (daily)
  • The Sun (weekly)
  • Houston Home Journal (twice weekly) - the legal organ for Houston County

Newspapers

Local media

Photo gallery

The bands Rehab, Stillwater, Doc Holliday Sugar Creek and Luke's Cabbage Store are based in Warner Robins.

Popular culture

The theatre continues to thrive. There are five main shows produced every year. Occasionally there are workshops and other special events held for the Middle Georgia community.[22]

The Warner Robins Little Theatre was established in 1962 as a non-profit community theatre. Just thirty years later, this organization owned their theatre playhouse debt-free.

Warner Robins Little Theatre playhouse

Warner Robins Little Theatre

Northside High School was crowned State Champion in 2006, 2007 and 2014.

Warner Robins High School won two National Championships in 1976 and 1981. They have also won four State Championships in 1976, 1981, 1988 and 2004.

The annual Northside vs Warner Robins game draws an estimated 21,000 fans and was named the #3 rivalry in the country by USA Today in 2006.

High school football has long been a storied and celebrated pastime in Warner Robins with the city laying claim to state championships, national championships, college stars and NFL players.

Football

Houston Medical Center is part of the Houston Healthcare system, which serves over 300,000 people annually.[21]

A new five-story northwest addition was completed in 2009 making a total of 237 beds.

Houston County Hospital was dedicated on July 2, 1960 with 50 beds. The hospital was renamed Houston Medical Center in 1986 after renovations. The patient rooms were converted at this time from semi-private to private with 186 beds available.

Houston Medical Center on Watson Boulevard

Houston Medical Center

In June 2011, Warner Robins was listed in Wired Magazine as one of 12 small cities that are driving the "Knowledge Economy". Georgia was the only Southeastern state listed and Warner Robins was one of two Georgia cities ranked (the other one being Hinesville-Ft. Stewart). The rankings featured small cities that are luring knowledge workers and entrepreneurs and who have both a relatively high median family income and a relatively high percentage of creative workers who drive the economy.

In May 2009 Warner Robins was listed by the Adversity Index as one of four Georgia metro areas that have had less than nine months of recession over the past fifteen years and have only recently been affected by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008–2009.

The city of Warner Robins is working on redeveloping and renewing areas that have suffered from urban decay and/or abandonment through neglect and city growth. The city's plans include development of a centralized downtown area to include shopping, entertainment and restaurants. They want to increase amenities and attract more commercial business to the area.

It has provided economic stability for Warner Robins that has benefited the entire Middle Georgia community. [20]

View of Robins Air Force Base from Warner Robins

Economy

The official motto of Warner Robins is EDIMGIAFAD, which is an acronym for "Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Armed Forces Appreciation Day". (Originally: Every Day In Middle Georgia Is Air Force Appreciation Day). The coining of this phrase is attributed to Dr. Dan Callahan, a local civic leader.[18] In 2010, Dr. Callahan and a group of community leaders launched an effort to change the acronym to "EDIUSAIAFAD", as part of a movement to take the sentiment national: "Every Day in the USA is Armed Forces Appreciation Day".[19]

Patriotic mural on building in Commercial Circle

EDIMGIAFAD

The Warner Robins American Little League girls softball team defended their 2009 championship by defeating Burbank, California in the 2010 Little League Softball World Series. By doing so, Warner Robins became only the fourth Little League program to produce back-to-back championship teams and the first since Waco, Texas in 2003–2004.[17]

The Warner Robins American Little League girls softball team won the 2009 Little League Softball World Series, by defeating Crawford, Texas, making Warner Robins the only Little League to have won both a baseball and a softball Little League title.[16]

On December 9, 2008 the Little League International Board of Directors unanimously voted for Warner Robins to become the new Southeast Region Headquarters of Little League Baseball and Softball. Games began to be played in Warner Robins in 2010.[15]

Southeast Region Headquarters of Little League

Warner Robins Little League won the 2007 Little League World Series 3–2 against Tokyo, Japan.[14]

Warner Robins residents claim that in 1958, Claude Lewis, director of the Warner Robins Recreation Department, invented the game of tee-ball. The first game was played in March of that year with 20 children participating. Lewis wrote rules for the new game and sent rule books out to recreation departments all over the country. In 2006, a field was dedicated and named for Lewis, "The Father of Tee-Ball", at the Warner Robins American Little League complex.

Baseball and softball

Warner Robins is home to the Museum of Aviation honoring the history of military aviation. It is located next to the air force base. The museum contains exhibits on military memorabilia, airplanes and ground vehicles, the Tuskegee Airmen and Operation Desert Storm. It is the second-largest aviation museum in the country. It is also the largest tourist attraction outside of Atlanta in the state of Georgia.

Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base

Museum of Aviation

Climate data for Warner Robins, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 84
(29)
85
(29)
90
(32)
96
(36)
99
(37)
106
(41)
108
(42)
105
(41)
102
(39)
100
(38)
88
(31)
82
(28)
108
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 58
(14)
62
(17)
70
(21)
77
(25)
85
(29)
90
(32)
92
(33)
91
(33)
86
(30)
77
(25)
69
(21)
60
(16)
76.4
(24.7)
Average low °F (°C) 35
(2)
38
(3)
44
(7)
50
(10)
59
(15)
68
(20)
71
(22)
70
(21)
64
(18)
53
(12)
43
(6)
36
(2)
52.6
(11.5)
Record low °F (°C) −6
(−21)
9
(−13)
14
(−10)
28
(−2)
40
(4)
46
(8)
54
(12)
55
(13)
35
(2)
26
(−3)
10
(−12)
5
(−15)
−6
(−21)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.2
(107)
4.5
(114)
4.6
(117)
3.0
(76)
2.7
(69)
4.1
(104)
5.0
(127)
4.1
(104)
3.6
(91)
2.8
(71)
3.3
(84)
4.0
(102)
45.9
(1,166)
Source: City-data.com,[13] The Weather Channel (records only)[13]

[12] Warner Robins has a

Climate

[11] named Warner Robins No. 7 on its Best Places To Live list for America's best small cities.CNN Money The Warner Robins Area Chamber was named one of the top three chambers of commerce in the U.S. for a chamber in its division in 2009 by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. In 2012, [10] The ranking was bestowed once again for 2010.[9]

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