McDuffie Progress



Newest Metro-Augusta Chick-fil-A restaurant opening Jan. 19, creates more than 90 jobs
This photo is from a recent Chick-fil-A opening. The photo is courtesy of Chick-fil-A.
Local franchise owner Ian Moody will open Thomson’s first stand-alone
Chick-fil-A restaurant on Jan. 19, bringing nearly 90 new jobs to the area, a chance for 100 adults to win free Chick-fil-A meals for a year and the opportunity for the community to donate children’s books to the Thomson Boys and Girls Club.
The family friendly overnight First 100 party will pop up in the restaurant parking lot at 1806 Washington Road 24 hours before the grand opening as guests try to be one of the first 100 adults through the door to win a year of free Chick-fil-A meals. This will begin at 6 a.m. on Jan. 18. This community event is open to guests residing in specific zip codes surrounding the restaurant. A list of eligible zip codes and rules can be found at www.chick-fil-a.com/Locations/Openings.




First Citizens Bank to close in Warrenton
The First Citizens branch in Warrenton will consolidate into the Thomson branch in April 2017.
The First Citizens Bank in Warrenton will consolidate with the Thomson branch in April.
“As most of you know First Citizens is closing its Warrenton branch on April 5,” said Cindy Rivers, president of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce. “Please don’t make any quick decisions on your banking needs as we are working on recruiting another bank to move in. We hope our community will support a local bank if one moves in to replace the First Citizens branch.”
Frank Smith, vice president and communications project manager for First Citizens Bank, said the bank will close on April 5 at 1 p.m., pending regulatory approval.




Thomson man dies in MLK Jr. Street shooting, three arrested
Fila Demetrius Climons, 22, of 112 Kennedy Court in Thomson, was killed in a shooting at a home at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and West streets on Jan. 10.
Three people have been arrested in connection with the case. Arrested Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 were Jason Yarbough, 23, who was charged with murder in the death of Climons and Wykeshia Stockton, 17, and Chirontavious D. Williams, 18, who were charged with tampering with evidence.




LOCAL NEWS
Thomson man killed in single-car accident
City offices to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day
WCHS student arrested for bringing gun to school
Mother and daughter arrested for burglary of a Glascock Co. home
McDuffie County 2017-18 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration to be held March 13-17
Mechanical failure causes fire at HP Pelzer plant

McDuffie County
SPORTS
Thomson players and coaches to appear in Border Bowl IV
Former resident qualifies for prestigious event
Lady Dogs battle with Baldwin in first region loss
Bulldogs lose in overtime for first region loss of year
Bulldogs take three wins, set sights on region games
TMMS and THS archery team competes in district tourney



LIFESTYLES
Nava brings new opportunity for sports in McDuffie
McDuffie County BOE recognizes Dec. and Jan. students of the month
Thomson attorney delights with classic country songs
Presents from Partners brings holiday cheer to local children
Dearing woman keeps daughter’s memory alive through ‘Smiles’ for babies around the world
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