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Georgia Power closing Thomson business office in October
Georgia Power customers will not be able to walk into the office located on the Thomson Bypass and pay their utility bills after October.
Georgia Power announced that it is closing several of its business offices across the state in mid-October and the Thomson office is a casualty because a majority of customers pay their bills electronically and fewer people mail in payments or pay in person.
“Over the past decade, payment transactions have shifted from traditional business offices and mail to electronic payments (online, mobile and auto-draft), which currently account for more than 50 percent of all payments,” said Ashley Stukes, a Georgia Power spokesperson.
The company is reducing its payment offices from 131 to 27 across the state.
The business offices in the CSRA that will close include Lincolnton, Louisville, Millen, Thomson, Warrenton, Waynesboro and Wrens.




Hubert sentenced to 10 years for sexual assault
Jennifer McCall Hubert
The former Thomson High School teacher who was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student in 2015 recently pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault of a student and was sentenced to 10 years and placed on the Sex Offender Registry.
Jennifer McCall Hubert, 37 when she was arrested, pleaded guilty July 15 during the last of McDuffie County Superior Court’s plea and motions calendar with Chief Judge Roger Dunaway presiding.




Local youth vandalize Clemmons Street church
The Rev. Luther Rogers Jr. stands in his office which was vandalized on July 20.
New Hope Christian Church, located at 894 Clemmons Street in Thomson, became a victim of vandalism on July 20.
The Rev. Luther Rogers, who pastors the church, said the vandalism happened on July 20 in broad daylight.
“Some people who live around the church saw what happened and got in touch with me,” Rogers said. “It was three kids, and the youngest was eight. That’s the sad thing about it.”




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SPORTS
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Gibbons brothers sign to play at Carver College
Infection on the rise
Walker signs full scholarship
Winfrey signs basketball scholarship to play for Cougars
Bulldogs receive Georgia Dugout Club honors



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Paul Leroy: Patriot, math scholar, coach and family man
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Murals bring new life to old social building and showcase church ministries
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