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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


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.

Twiggs Co. man dies in car accident

A Jeffersonville man was killed in a car accident Monday afternoon on Highway 80.

Earl Waller Sr. was taken to the hospital after the wreck and was pronounced dead, according to the Twiggs County coroner's office.

Waller hit a tree after running into a ditch and the vehicle burst into flames, officials said.

Some witnesses were able to pull Waller and his passenger from the car.

My Teacher is Tops: Lindsey Brown

My Teacher is Tops: Lindsey Brown

Lindsey Brown teaches social studies and science at Twiggs County Middle School.

Her students say she makes school work fun, but sill focuses on getting them ready for the CRCT test.

They say she wants them to love social studies and science as much as she does.

Charles Taylor wrote the letter nominating Ms. Brown, but wasn't in class on the day we visited.

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

Free McDonald's coffee for two weeks

If you like to start your morning off with a cup of coffee, you can get one for free for the next couple of weeks.

McDonald's is offering customers nationwide a free small cup of McCafe coffee for two weeks.

The promotion starts today at participating locations.

Customers can only get the free coffee during regular breakfast hours.
The offer from McDonald's comes as fast food competitor Taco Bell rolled out its first breakfast menu last week.