Medical services offered at May 2 health fair
More than 450 people are expected to take advantage of the free health services offered at the McDuffie County Health Fair Saturday, May 2, at Thomson High School, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Ritchie-Cowart announce engagement
Jefferson Kennedy Cowart and London Grace Ritchie
Mark and Tamlyn Ritchie, of Thomson, announce the engagement of their daughter, London Grace Ritchie, of Kennesaw, to Jefferson Kennedy Cowart, of Thomson, the son of Jeffrey and Lee Anne Cowart.
The wedding will be held in June at First United Methodist Church in Thomson. After the wedding, the couple will make their home in Augusta.

Ewing-Daniels to wed April 25
MaKunda Ewing and Minister Rodney Daniels will be married at 2 p.m., April 25 at the Church of Christ at Warrenton, with Minister Johnny Kensey officiating.

American Legion seeks members
Reese-Hyman Post 96 of the American Legion, in Warrenton, is inviting eligible veterans to join them in service to the community.
The American Legion is active at both the state and national level in support of service members and veterans.
Post Commander Tom Brady and Adjutant Eric Wilkerson, at the far table, prepare to lead a monthly meeting of America Legion Post 96. Photo courtesy of Eric Wilkerson.
American Legion representatives meet with elected officials in Atlanta and Washington to ensure that veterans receive the benefits they have earned by their service to our country. American Legion posts nationwide support Boy Scout troops, Little League baseball teams, and scholarship competitions.

Local woman becomes a ‘bride by design’
Emily Usry was featured on Bride By Design. Photo courtesy of TLC.
How many brides get to have their dress made by an international designer who is featured on a television show that designs gowns?
Emily Usry of Thomson, who marries her childhood sweetheart Tyler Godbee on April 2, 2016, appeared on TLC’s “Bride By Design” on April 3.

Kids find more than 5,000 eggs in Thomson hunts
The Rev. Doug Thompson off Washington Heights Baptist Church instructs the children before the egg hunt begins.
Blustery winds and dampness in the air did not stop children from crossing the campus of two churches to find more than 5,000 eggs.
Washington Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist Church held community Easter Egg Hunts Saturday morning and more than 325 children participated.
At Washington Heights, it took the nearly 100 kids, spread over three age groups, less than 10 minutes to find 2,600 eggs.

Guy and Cranford: Thomson speedsters
Kelly Guy, right, has been racing cars for years. Cannan Cranford’s first race is this weekend.
Thomson native Kelly Guy has been racing cars for 25 years now. Hestumbled into his first race car by chance when he was 19 years old. Two of Guy’s friends that were brothers raced their dad’s car and he tagged along to the track one night. Now, all these years later, Guy races in the Super Late Model Racing Series.

Bales recalls decades of railroad duty in Camak
Bill Bales examines his graduation certificate from the Iowa Institute of Telegraphy.
Bill Bales decided to quit after his first day on the job as a railroad telegraph operator because it was a difficult adjusting to the necessary work pace. One of his superiors noticed Bales' issues adapting and was so troubled that he hurled a trash can across the room.
"He saw that I was behind, that I didn't know what I was doing really," Bales said of the trash can shot putter.
On the way home from work that day, Bales decided to quit.
"I said I'm just not going to take this harassment. I said to myself I just can't do the job. So I was just going to quit, my first day that they turned me loose after my training," Bales said. Eventually, he came to the realization that it’d be silly to waste the hard work already invested in the job.

Joiner-Batrous announce engagement
Joseph Adams Batrous & Jena Patricia Joiner
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Ray Joiner, of Sandersville, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jena Patricia Joiner, to Joseph Adams Batrous, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Joseph Batrous, III, of Thomson.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hartwell Milton Hood, Jr., of Sandersville, and Jean McAfee Joiner and the late Benjamin A. Joiner of Tennille. The wedding is planned for Sept. 12, 2015; formal invitations will be mailed.

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