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Jeffersonville water problems close Twiggs Co. Schools

Twiggs County Schools were closed Wednesday due to a problem with the Jeffersonville water system.

Jeffersonville Mayor Shannon Hart says at about 7:00 Wednesday morning, the pump that pumps water into the city's water tower failed, decreasing water pressure throughout the city.

Hart says city workers repaired the pump, and it was functioning normally around 8 a.m.

Mary McCollough, Chief Finance Officer of Twiggs Public Schools, told 13 WMAZ that all schools within the Twiggs School District will be closed Wednesday, due to the low water pressure.

Jeffersonville woman sentenced to prison for fraud

A Jeffersonville woman was sentenced to more than five years in federal prison for defrauding the government and her employer of more than a half-million dollars.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's office says Jackie Elvine, also known as Jackie Young, was sentenced Wednesday to 63 months by federal Judge Marc Treadwell. In January, she pleaded guilty to health-care fraud, aiding in preparing a false return and false claims against the government.

According to the news release, Treadwell ordered her to pay $372,008.88 in restitution.

The U.S. Attorney's office says Elvine, 39, started a tax-preparation service in Jeffersonville, Young's Financial Billing Service, and prepared hundreds of false returns from 2008-2010.

At least 61 of those included fraudulent tax credits for first-time home buyers, the release says. Those claims totaled $283,683.

Man accused of robbing Twiggs Co. truck stop

A Wilkinson County man is accused of robbing a truck stop with a rifle.

Christopher Scott Henson was arrested about four hours after the robbery, according to Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum.

He said it happened before 6 a.m. Sunday at the 96 Truck Stop on Highway 96.

Henson allegedly entered the store with a rifle and wearing a bandanna over his face and took $140 from the cash register.

But Mitchum says store video caught Henson's Ford Bronco on tape and store employees later identified him.

He was arrested around 10 a.m. in Wilkinson County. Mitchum said the robber used the money to buy crack cocaine.

Henson appeared Monday before a magistrate judge. He was denied bond and remains in the Twiggs County jail.

Bank of Dudley to open Twiggs Co. branch

Bank of Dudley to open Twiggs Co. branch

When Peoples State Bank announced last year that it was closing its Jeffersonville branch last year, Twiggs County was left without a bank.

That will be changing in the near future.

According to the Twiggs County Chamber of Commerce, the Bank of Dudley will be announcing Tuesday that it will be opening a branch in the former Peoples location at 207 Main St.

Bank of Dudley officials will formerly make the announcement at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Peoples branch.

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.