McDuffie Progress



Couple married in county’s first same-sex ceremony
David Martin places the ring on James Dorsey’s finger during the marriage ceremony performed by McDuffie County Probate Judge Valerie Burley. The couple are now David Martin and James Dorsey Martin.
Surrounded by family and friends, James Dorsey and David Martin exchanged vows, accepted rings and became spouses in McDuffie County’s first same-sex marriage on July 24.
The couple who met nearly a year ago on Facebook claimed excitement and nervousness prior to their 1:30 p.m. ceremony in a courtroom at the McDuffie County Government Center.
“I am happy that this day has come,” said Dorsey, a Thomson native. “I really do not care what anyone else says about it. As long as I am happy, that is all that counts,” he said to applause from relatives and friends.




Students should be current on vaccinations
Ashten Hearst, 17 months, watches Laura Smith, a nurse at the McDuffie County Health Department, give him a shot full of vaccines so that he may attend day care. Hearst is held by his mother, Katrice Norman, of Washington.
As students prepare to return to school in August, the McDuffie County Health Department encourages parents to make sure their children are up to date with their vaccinations for preventable diseases.
The health department says that children should be current on vaccinations for measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough) to protect their health and prevent classroom outbreaks




McDuffie BOE to hold town hall meeting Thursday
The McDuffie County Board of Education will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, July 23, in the Thomson High School auditorium at 6:30 p.m.
Prior to the town hall session, the board will hold its regular monthly meeting in the auditorium starting at 6 p.m.
Both meetings are open to the public.




LOCAL NEWS
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McDuffie set for its first same-sex marriage
Multiple accidents slow interstate traffic for miles

McDuffie County
SPORTS
From Warrenton to Arizona to Finland
Five new honorees to be added to Brickyard Wall of Fame
Briarwood summer softball league
Robert Sapp Baseball Camp returns to Thomson
Ohana Karate brings home more gold
Jones named to Georgia All-State baseball team



LIFESTYLES
Medline-Wilson united in marriage July 10
Phillips-Beasley announce engagement
Ruczko-Madsen unite in marriage
Hogue-Hood announce engagement
Haywood Calls: making memories one call at a time
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