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Central Georgians battle illiteracy

"I just don't believe in the word 'can't' because that's one word I ain't never seen in the Bible, 'can't,'" Estella Sams says.

The entrepreneur doesn't let much stop her, but for almost 60 of her 75 years, there's one thing that's slowed the Jeffersonville native down.

She left school in 1956, even though her mother told her not to.

"She tried to get me to go on to school, but no, I wanted to get married, so I stopped, " Sams said.

Like Sams, more than one out of every four Twiggs County residents struggles with literacy.

She runs her own catering business with help from her family, but says it kept her out of a traditional job.

Twiggs teen charged after fight at high school

One Twiggs County teen is in jail and another hospitalized after a fight at the high school.

That's according to the Twiggs County sheriff's office.

They say Devontio Jabril Exum is charged with taking part in an affray and aggravated assault.

He is 17 years old and currently in the Twiggs jail.

School officials have not released the name of the other teen involved.

But the district says he is in stable condition at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

Neither the school nor the sheriff's office has released further details on the fight.

Superintendent Elgin Dixon said the fight happened Monday morning after both students got off of the bus.

He said, "Fights are something that take place at schools. We don't condone it. We're not happy about this situation. And we want to send a strong message that it will not be tolerated in Twiggs County Public Schools."

Man sentenced in Twiggs murder


Marcus Hoskins was sentenced Monday morning to life with the possibility of parole after he plead guilty to killing his wife, Hurley Danielle Hoskins in January 2013.

Hoskins made the plea at at hearing before Judge H. Gibbs Flanders at the Twiggs County Superior Court.

At the time of the murder, Hoskins and his wife had been heading back to Bibb County from from visiting family at a Cobb County hospital. Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum said the two had been arguing about marital issues. Hoskins' wife was behind the wheel.

Twiggs County schools dismiss early Tuesday

Twiggs County schools dismiss early Tuesday

Twiggs County schools - early dismissal Tuesday for students at 1 p.m. Staff at 2 p.m.

Athletic events have been canceled for Tuesday evening.

Twiggs Academy - early dismissal Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Closed WEDNESDAY


Three rescued from the river, arrested for burglary

Three people are in the Houston County Detention Center on charges of burglary, theft by taking, and criminal trespass. They were arrested when they were rescued from being stranded in a cabin on the Ocmulgee River.

Twiggs County Sheriffs responded to a missing persons report on January 19th, to the boat landing at River Road in Twiggs County. They were met by the father of one of the suspects and another man who reported the three missing.

The man who filed the missing persons' report says the four of them were staying at a cabin on River Road, when John Rauser, and Devan Smith of Byron, along with Carrie Glass of Fort Valley, decided to cross the river and steal some four-wheelers. He took them across the river and left. That was on the evening of January 18th.

Twiggs County leaders discuss emergency response options

Twiggs County leaders discuss emergency response options

Some people in Twiggs County say it can take around 45 minutes for medical help to arrive from Macon, but a group of county officials, law enforcement officers, and state lawmakers met Wednesday o figure out a way to change that.

Senator David Lucas brought in a financial specialist to discuss options and ways to fund them. Currently, the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon responds to all medical emergencies in Twiggs.

Wednesday, the group discussed stationing a Medical Center ambulance in Twiggs County or hiring a private company to cut down response times. Either option is projected to cost around $500,000 for the first year.

Fire chiefs react to hour delay in Dry Branch

Fire Chief Glenn Lord says when it comes to relying on volunteers, turnout varies.

"Sometimes we'll have good turnout, have people coming in here, and then we'll have a drought period," Lord said.

He says having 8 paid firefighters helps keep his response times to around 9 minutes, especially during the day when volunteers are at work.

He's been a firefighter for 37 years, and says if it takes much longer than that to respond, it gets harder to save a home.

"I mean, you've got to hit it pretty quick," Lord said.