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Wilkinson woman arrested in drug bust dies in jail


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


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.

Kidnapping suspect, victim found in Twiggs traffic stop

A Twiggs County traffic stop for illegal window tinting resulted in the arrest of a kidnapping suspect, and the return of the 13-year-old victim.

According to Twiggs County Chief Deputy Billy Boney, on Sunday, the Paulding County Sheriff's Office announced the abduction and possible kidnapping of a 13-year-old girl from a sleepover party at a home in the county. Witnesses at the party say the girl befriended 18-year-old Keith Alan Dubel of Fort Pierce, Florida, at the party. When the witnesses woke up the next day, the girl and Dubel were gone.

Later that day, Cpl. Jeremy Johnson of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office was patrolling Interstate 16, when he saw a black Dodge Charger drive by with what appeared to be illegally-dark window tint. When Johnson stopped the vehicle, he talked to the driver, Dubel, and his passenger, who later turned out to be the missing juvenile.

Fire destroys Twiggs County home

On the morning after Thanksgiving, one Twiggs County woman was just thankful to be alive after her home burned down.

13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo visited what's left of the house, and spoke to the owner.

Broken coffee mugs, melted metal, and ash are what's left of Lucille Thomas' home at 200 Noah Thomas Road.

She talked about how she reacted when she found out, "I was like no, cause my baby, which is my dog, was in the house, I don't know whether she got out."


Thomas was working at Waffle House Thanksgiving night when she got a call.

Twiggs Co. storm damage likely caused by EF1 tornado


Monday morning's severe weather destroyed a mobile home in Twiggs County.

Billy Boney, chief deputy for the sheriff's office, says winds picked up the full-sized trailer at 2473 Long Road and turned it sideways.

Twiggs County man offers reward for missing tortoise


When Paul Glassman first bought him from a breeder eight years ago, Larry only weighed about 50 grams.

The Sulcata tortoise grew to about 50 pounds taking up much more space in Glassman's house. Over time, he also took up more space in Glassman's heart.

Larry also grew to be quite strong.

Two weeks ago, he broke out of a concrete enclosure in Glassman's Twiggs County yard where he keeps three other tortoises.

He's been gone ever since.