McDuffie Progress



GBI arrests wife for Willoughby murder
Kaye Ivey Willoughby
The former wife of a local business owner who was murdered in 2012 was arrested Tuesday, June 13 in Walton County.
The Region 7 Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in Thomson arrested Kaye Ivie Willoughby, 61, of the 400 block of Wilmington Way in Monroe, Georgia, for the Nov. 11, 2012, shooting death of her husband, Ronald Willoughby, of Thomson, and the owner of The Ron Mart in Harlem.
Willoughby has been charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault and is in the McDuffie County Jail.




Augusta Highway accident kills Dearing woman
Sherri Cooper’s Dodge Ram pickup came to a final rest after running off the road.
A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a Dearing woman on June 15.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class David Osborne, a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup driven by Sherri M. Cooper, 58, of Dearing, was traveling eastbound near the 4400 block of Augusta Highway.




Band booster officers among 52 indicted by grand jury
The two people charged with embezzling money from the Thomson High School Band Boosters and the three individuals who were charged with racketeering after stealing wreckers from three paint and body shops in Thomson were among the 52 people indicted by a McDuffie County Grand Jury, Tuesday, June 13.



LOCAL NEWS
Local native Blount helps military, jumps with Golden Knights
Harlem dive shop celebrates one-year anniversary
District attorney’s office gearing up to help resolve unsolved murder cases in Toombs Judicial Circuit
McDuffie Co. Schools host first annual STEM camp
Atkins arrested for agg. assault, many other charges
Early-morning fire destroys local church

McDuffie County
SPORTS
THS alumnus continues her career in professional basketball
Alexander signs track and field scholarship
Brick City Bulldogs offers Pop Warner teams
Briarwood holds annual Mighty Bucs football camp
Lester signs to run with Oglethorpe
Two local athletes, one coach picked for Positive Athlete GA



LIFESTYLES
The long and winding road…
Tharpe receives Good Samaritan Youth Hero Award
NAMI Thomson celebrates 10 years of supporting people with mental illness
McDuffie groups join in on rock painting trend
LaVeta’s Guardians seeks to help newly diagnosed cancer patients, seeks donations
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