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AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

AF takes aim at obesity in dependents, retirees

The Air Force is taking aim at obesity among dependents and retirees through two pilot programs that could eventually go servicewide.

Part of the new Healthcare to Health initiative — H2H for short — the programs target parents of Air Force children as well as spouses and retirees through interactive courses on base, said Kelly Williams, a certified health education specialist who has spent two years developing the initiative.

The first, called 5210 Healthy Military Children, teaches moms and dads how to make consistent, healthy meal and exercise choices at home. The second, Group Lifestyle Balance, focuses on weight management, physical activity and healthy eating for spouses and retirees at risk for weight-related health problems like Type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, strokes and heart attacks.

Winning $500K ticket sold in Twiggs County


A Jeffersonville man won $500K in an instant win game last week.

According to a release, Jeffrey Basley bought the "Stacks of Green" ticket at M&H Food Mart in Dry Branch.


Frank Malloy says his wife's condition improving

Frank Malloy says his wife's condition improving

Our colleague Frank Malloy says that his wife Marilyn's condition is improving after she was critically injured in a car crash and doctors are satisfied with her progress.

And he said: "our family remains overwhelmed by the continued support of so many wonderful people in Central Georgia. We feel truly blessed!!"

Frank told us that Marilyn had surgery Tuesday for a broken leg and that it went well.

She was injured Monday afternoon when her car left the northbound lane of Rivoli Drive, went down an embankment and hit a tree.

It happened near Wesleyan Drive.

Marilyn Malloy is being treated at the Medical Center.


Gordon mayor Whipple-Lue temporarily removed from office


A Wilkinson County Superior Court judge on Monday ordered Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue suspended from office while he hears the lawsuit seeking to remove her permanently.

Seven people including councilman Terry Eady, calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Gordon, filed the suit claiming that Whipple-Lue spent city money without authority and held meetings that violated the state's Open Meetings law.


Judge Robert Reeves had set an August 1 trial on the lawsuit.
But he said the plaintiffs have shown they may suffer irreparable harm if Whipple-Lue were not immediately removed before the lawsuit is decided.

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.

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.

Twiggs meth bust lands three in jail


Twiggs County deputies arrested three people after a meth bust at a home on Highway 80.

According to a news release, Michael Grimsley of Twiggs County, Michael Mosley and his wife Debra Mosley of Bibb County were arrested and charged with criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine.

The sheriff's office served a search warrant after receiving tips about a meth lab operating on Hwy 80, about two miles before the Bibb County line, Chief Deputy Billy Boney says. Deputies say they found chemical items commonly used to make meth.