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Twiggs couple accused of abusing disabled


A Twiggs County couple is accused of financial abuse of two mentally disabled people living in their home.

A news release from the sheriff's office says it happened at a home on Richard Drive in Jeffersonville.

Officers came to the home on May 24 due to a domestic dispute and found a stolen car in the back yard, according to the release.

They also found two mentally disabled people in the home, according to the report.

The homeowner, Keyana Williams, said the two people were her patients, but she also told the officers she was not licensed to run a personal care home, the report says.

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Former Twiggs students get diploma years later

Over 50 former Twiggs County students had the chance to graduate high school.

Some have waited for this opportunity for twenty years.

Governor Nathan Deal recently signed House Bill 91, which got rid of the High School Graduation test.

Now, 9,000 students all over the state who may have failed part of that test can get their diplomas.

State Representative Bubber Epps attended the Twiggs County ceremony. He says he is glad students will be measured by their work as a whole, rather than one test.

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.

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.


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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.

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.