MES Pre-K students visit Steed’s Dairy, learn about milk production
These students in Tatanisha Whitaker's Pre-K class pet the bunny in the Petting Area at Steed’s Dairy.
Maxwell Elementary's Pre-K enjoyed a field trip to Steed's Dairy on Friday, Nov. 13.

Briarwood One-Act cast wins region championship for play
The faculty, staff and students of the Region One-Act Play received first place win this year.
The faculty, staff and students of the Region One-Act Play received first place win this year. They chose a particularly poignant play called "Face Forward: Growing Up In Nazi Germany," where the students portrayed different characters and perspectives during a time of ever-growing prejudice towards Jews.

Teacher gives a voice to the deaf children of McDuffie County
Becky Bresnahan is shown with Shania Rivers, a first grader at Dearing Elementary. Rivers is completely deaf.
Since 1986, Becky Bresnahan has taught deaf children, using American Sign Language as the primary form of communication.

Churches donate filled shoeboxes to Operation Christmas Child
On Nov. 17, First Baptist Church of Thomson served as a collection center for
A group from Mesena United Methodist Church who dropped off more than 100 boxes for children in need..
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes. Churches and individuals packed shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement for children in need across the world.

Thomson Health & Rehab wins quality award
The management and staff at Thomson Health & Rehabilitation gathered for a cookout Nov. 13 to celebrate winning a national award for quality.
Thomson Health & Rehabilitation has been recognized as a 2015 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care

Veterans Day Canteen to feature quilts for veterans
The Busy Bees Quilters of Philadelphia UMC in Harlem pose behind a quilt that will be given to a veteran at the Veterans Day Canteen Nov. 11. Photo Courtesy of Reba Adams
The annual Veterans Day Canteen at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library will have an added element in honoring those who fought to protect the country.
In a drawing, 14 veterans will receive a quilt made by the hands of the Busy Bees Quilters who are based at Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Harlem.
The quilts depict the branches of the military—Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — and are made with patriotic colors.

Boys & Girls Club holds law enforcement appreciation day
Thomson Police Chief John Seay and Boys and Girls Club of Thomson Director Zach Broyles pose with Jakerria Parks and Jasten Black at the law enforcement appreciation event held on Oct. 13 at the Thomson Police Station on Main Street. The children from the club made posters showing their support for law enforcement and served refreshments to the law enforcement personnel. Photo by Caitlin Carpenter.

Ashcraft places transplant in God’s hands
Monte Ashcraft, shown in his office at the recreation department, will continue working with athletics as he awaits a liver transplant.
Monte Ashcraft has been immersed in youth athletics for nearly 15 years and values the qualities of life found in a small town like Thomson.
But in recent months, he has developed even more of an appreciation for the small town life and how people rally together to help others.
For several years he has been living with liver disease and about two months ago he was placed on the transplant list.
The 43-year-old athletics manager at Sweetwater Park, operated by the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation & Leisure Services Department, said “I’ve already seen a lot of people come through with support,” he said. “It’s overwhelming. I feel like I have touched a lot of lives in McDuffie County and I don’t realize how many I have actually touched. But, they’ve been able to step up to the plate. It’s overwhelming.”

Warrenton Garden Club celebrates 50 years
The Warrenton Garden Club, founded in 1965, will celebrate 50 years on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The club will host a drop-in reception at the Warren County Cultural Center on Gibson Street in Warrenton. The community is invited to the celebration where the club will provide light refreshments, and the public can view floral displays of places unique to Warren County and memorabilia related to the club

The voice of the Bulldogs
Dennis Sanders sits on the 50-yard line at the Brickyard. This line represents a place of calm and security for Sanders. When he was running for district attorney, he sat here to collect his thoughts on election night.
It was 1984.
Thomson was playing Marist for the state championship. Both teams were undefeated, and Marist was lead by a huge quarterback who had been accepted to play at Notre Dame and an all-state linebacker named Salisbury. Thomson had to play at Marist, and Thomson was the definite underdog.
Dennis Sanders had just been sworn in as district attorney the night before. When he arrived at the game, the entire visitors’ side was completely full of Thomson fans. Thomson ended up upsetting Marist, creating a game Sanders will never forget.

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