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Lucas defeats Paris in state Senate race

Lucas defeats Paris in state Senate race

With 40 of 40 precincts reporting in Bibb County, David Lucas will apparently retain the state Senate 26 seat.

Lucas, a Democrat, took 5,770 votes in Bibb County to challenger Miriam Paris's 2,530.

Lucas will not have a Republican challenger in the general election.

District 26 includes Hancock, Washington, Wilkinson, Twiggs and parts of Jones, Bibb and Houston counties.

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OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

OFTC Spring 2014 Scholar Lists Announced

Dr. Lloyd Horadan, President of Oconee Fall Line Technical College, is pleased to announce the 198 students on the President’s List and 370 students on the Dean’s List for the 2014 spring term.

To be eligible for the President's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher with a course load of at least 12 credit hours during the semester. To be eligible for the Dean's List, the student must maintain a GPA of 3.0 with a course load of at least 7 credit hours during the semester. 

Twiggs County ballot includes SPLOST

Twiggs County ballot includes SPLOST

If you vote in Georgia's state primary on Tuesday, you'll do more than choose among candidates.

You'll probably also be looking at some ballot questions, on topics ranging from SPLOSTs to Sunday alcohol sales to Georgia's minimum wage and its stand-your-ground law.

But all that will depend on where you live and which party primary you vote in.

And some of those questions are binding votes, and others are just straw polls to measure public opinion.

Alligator removed from Twiggs home


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Celeste Pope thought it was a rug lying in her front yard.

It turned out to be an 11-foot alligator that had to be removed by a wildlife specialist.

It happened around 6 p.m. Friday on New Ballard Road in Twiggs County.

When Pope noticed the large object in her yard, she thought someone had dumped a rug.

Then she realized it was the giant reptile that apparently crawled up from a nearby creek.

When she called 911, the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office said they didn't remove wild animals. She had to call Jeff Shepherd, wildlife specialist from Dublin.

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Georgia among states with most dog bite claims

Georgia among states with most dog bite claims

(CBS News) They're beloved family members, but they can also be deadly nuisances.

In the same week that a video went viral showing a hero cat saving a little boy from a random dog attack, research revealed the cost of dog bite claims has risen 45 percent in the last decade

Twiggs Academy student to make history


Twiggs Academy Headmaster Dediere Fountain said the school is graduating its first black student. JaDarien Mitchell has attended the school for 2 years and says he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

"It feels good to know that I will be the first and it make me proud to know that," said Mitchell.

Mitchell said there's not many African-American students at the academy. When making the transfer from Twiggs County High School, his mother, Sabrina Bloodworth, wanted to make sure her son was confident with his decision.

"And once again I asked him are you sure this is what you want to do, because it's gonna be different," said Bloodworth.

Two years later, the family hasn't looked back and is happy that they made the change. "The things I like about it, the class sizes are small, and the teachers can get to you when you need it," said Mitchell.

Job openings in Warner Robins

Job openings in Warner Robins

Each Thursday, a Georgia Department of Labor representative joins 13WMAZ toshare several open jobs in the Central Georgia area.

You can watch this on 13WMAZ-TV on Thursday mornings and again at 5 p.m.