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Confederate monument relocated and dedicated


Sunday afternoon, dozens celebrated the relocation and dedication of the Twiggs County Confederate Monument.

Many people there said the courthouse lawn should have been its original location.

"We've been trying a long time, and today is a great day for us," said Alan Richards, who portrayed a confederate soldier at the ceremony.

The monument was located across the street until last December. Daughters of the Confederacy hosted the ceremony which included pledges, wreath presentations and music. Judy Smith, who was a driving force behind the relocation, says they had to get commissioners' approval for the monument to make its way down.

"We worked really hard for it to get to a public place so it can be honored like it should be," Smith said.

She said the relocation efforts has taken 14 years. It was originally built in 1911.


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Report alleges sexual complaints against Twiggs teacher


Twiggs County officials are investigating sexual complaints against a former high school teacher.

The allegations involve three female students, according to a Twiggs County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The report does not name the teacher or the students.

The report released on Thurday said that the GBI was notified on March 23 that three students made complaints against the teacher.

It says the case was referred to DFACs, the sheriff's office and the GBI.

The report says the teacher was suspended that day.

Earlier this week, Superintendent Elgin Dixon said teacher and coach Fredrick Baker had resigned, but he would not say why.

He said allegations against Baker had been referred to authorities, but would not describe the nature of the complaints.

GBI called in to help investigate Twiggs teacher


ID=25405629A GBI spokesman says they've been asked to help investigate allegations against a Twiggs County teacher and coach.

Superintendent Elgin Dixon says Fredrick Baker has resigned, but could not say when. He said the Twiggs County school board is scheduled to act on Baker's resignation tonight.

Dixon said "any allegations" have been referred to the appropriate agency, but he declined to describe the complaints against him.

2 people die in Jeffersonville house fire


Two people are dead after a fire destroyed their Twiggs County home early Sunday morning.

According to Georgia Fire Commissioner spokesman Glenn Allen, at 2:50 Sunday morning, a home at 379 D Street in Jeffersonville caught fire. Two of the home's occupants, 75-year-old Elizabeth Odom and 79-year-old Herschel S. Odom, died in the fire. The couple's grandson, 25-year-old Mario Odom, was able to escape the fire.

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Allen said the fire had engulfed the home when the Twiggs Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene.

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Guns, alcohol found in Twiggs DUI checkpoint


Head East on I-16. That's the way to Savannah for St. Patrick's Day Weekend. But for some exit 27 in Twiggs County was the way to a citation or even jail Friday night.

Guns, drugs and alcohol were all found in just a few hours. It' part of an annual effort by the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office and several surrounding agencies called Operation Wrong Exit.

It works by telling drivers there's a DUI checkpoint ahead and there is just a lot closer than they think. Many will get off on the nearest exit to find the police waiting.

"When they come around the curb and they see that this is the actual checkpoint, they'll stop and actually back up back down the exit and try and get back on the interstate," Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said.

Twiggs Co. Sheriff's Office highlight recent drug busts


The Twiggs County Sheriff's Office held a news conference Tuesday to display a recent string of arrests and drug seizures they've had in recent weeks.

The arrests were made after a handful of traffic stops on Feb. 24, 25, March 3 and two on Monday. Deputies seized more than $100,000 in drugs.

"It is a big concern. It shows that the want for it, the drive for it, obviously if you've got a need, somebody's going to supply it. As hard as law enforcement agencies across the state continue to combat the drug situation, it still increases. And money drives it," said Darren Mitchum, Twiggs sheriff.

Jeffersonville water supply back on


UPDATE: Water is back on in the city of Jeffersonville.

This comes after Mayor Shannon Hart said they shut it off at 4:00 p.m. to repair a water-main break on U.S. 80.

She said the city's water system is old and in need of repair. Hart said they have applied for a Community Development Block Grant through the Department of Community Affairs to rebuild the city's aging infrastructure.

"For the purpose of making things better for the future. So that we'll leave things better for the future than we found them," said Hart.

Hart added that the grant would provide $500,000 to Jeffersonville to improve its aging drainage system. She said the grant is critical in order to keep the city's water system maintained and up to date.

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