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Truck hits bear on I-16 in Twiggs

One lane of Interstate 16 was closed for quite some time in Twiggs County Wednesday while officers removed a dead bear.

The Twiggs County Sheriff's Office says an 18-wheeler hit the animal shortly after noon near mile marker 25 in the eastbound lane.

Officers had to call the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for help.

Black bears are common in Central Georgia, especially along the Ocmulgee River and in Bond Swamp in Twiggs County. They can weigh up to 500 pounds. But there are no recorded attacks by bears on humans in Georgia, according to the state DNR. But, wildlife officials say, there are no recorded attacks by bears on humans in Georgia.

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UPDATE: No students to be charged in Twiggs Co. HS vandalism incident

UPDATE 5/18/15 4:45 p.m.: No students are to be charged in the vandalism incident that occurred at Twiggs County High School Saturday.

According to a press release, other appropriate disciplinary actions will be carried out against the students. About nine students won't be able to march in Friday's graduation, Superintendent Dixon said.

"(I) appreciate the cooperation from the students and their parents," he said in a statement. "At the end of the day, these are still students and we hope this is a lesson learned."

He added that he doesn't want to do anything that would hurt the students after high school.


Danville holds 'No Crime, No Violence' parade

ID=26798961In Danville, a "No Crime, No Violence" parade encouraged residents to make the city a better place to live.

The Twiggs County Marching Band led off the parade, followed by a local dance group and the Boy Scouts.

The parade was organized as a way urge citizens to discourage violence in the city.

Vertise Rozier, pastor of Cathedral of Faith Family Praise Center, says he grew up in this area and wants to improve the community of Danville.

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.


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