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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.

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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Wilkinson woman arrested in drug bust dies in jail


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A woman arrested after a Wilkinson County drug bust on Saturday died while en route from the Wilkinson County jail to a hospital around 7 a.m. Friday morning.

That's according to Wilkinson County Sheriff Richard Chatman.

Cynthia Mixon, 51, turned herself in to Wilkinson County authorities Tuesday night after the Saturday drug bust that involved two other people.

Sheriff Chatman says he got a call from jail staff saying Mixon appeared to be having a seizure, before rushing her to the hospital.

She died on the way.

Construction will affect Twiggs Schools 2015-16 calendar


Twiggs County Comprehensive Middle-High School needs a new heating and cooling system, but to do that, the district needs to adjust its 2015-2016 school schedule.

In 2014, the board voted to build a new $1.6 million system. "It's very important that our students have the opportunity to be warm in the winter and cool in the summer," said Elgin Dixon, superintendent.

Dixon said construction should start in May and will last three and half months. He said students can't be at school when the work is being done, so the calendar might look different than in years past if the school board approves next Thursday.

"Our first day of school for the 2015/16 school year will be August 31st, is the proposed date," he added.

Four arrested in Twiggs, Jones Co. theft ring


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Four men were arrested following an investigation of several thefts in Twiggs and Bibb counties.

The thefts took place in December and included firearms, power tools and ATVs.

Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said they have recovered the stolen merchandise and made arrests. "Four people arrested and we've recovered approximately about $20,000 worth of merchandise," said Mitchum.