Ashcraft places transplant in Godís 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 ďIíve already seen a lot of people come through with support,Ē he said. ďItís overwhelming. I feel like I have touched a lot of lives in McDuffie County and I donít realize how many I have actually touched. But, theyíve been able to step up to the plate. Itís overwhelming.Ē

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 visitorsí side was completely full of Thomson fans. Thomson ended up upsetting Marist, creating a game Sanders will never forget.

Hink-Clark announce April wedding
Ashley Renee Hink, and Dakota (Coty) Ray Clark
Deborah Hink, of Thomson, announces the engagement of her daughter, Ashley Renee Hink, of Thomson, to Dakota (Coty) Ray Clark, of Dearing, the son of Shelley Simokins and the late Kevin Clark.
The wedding will be held on April 23, 2016, beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Knoll Farms. Following the ceremony, a reception will also be held at Pine Knoll Farms.
After the wedding the couple will make their home in Dearing.

Johnson and Allison unite in marriage
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson, of Warrenton, and Katy Allison, of Athens, were united in marriage on Saturday, April 25 at The Variety Works in Madison. The Rev. Kirk Bozeman officiated the ceremony. A reception followed the ceremony at the same location. The couple plans to make Athens their home.

A man of faith and music
James Melton Isom
These seven letters constitute one of the most coveted memories of Deacon James Melton Isom's career as a music educator in McDuffie and Warren counties.
"I still have former students come up to me in grocery stores and around town asking me if I remember the 'Cabbage' song," Isom said. "I tell them yes. As many times as I've been asked that, I really wonder if I should apply for a patent for the song."
Before the cabbage song, Isom had his roots in Baxley, a small town in south Georgia. Isom was born in 1935 to the late Rev. Johnnie Isom, Sr. and Lora Lee Smith Isom. Isom's father and cousin were plumbing contractors in Baxley, and for about nine years, were the only plumbers in Baxley. Isom's father, being the only plumber in town, made good money, and that is how Isom was able to attend college. Isom's mother was a domestic person, but she did teach, not in the schools, but as a teacher of manners to the local children and a teacher of love towards everyone.
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MAC receives donation to support community art
Kelly Flanders accepts a $300 donation from Andy Knox Jr.
The McDuffie Arts Council (MAC) recently received a donation of $370.00 from Watson and Knox Insurance Company to support art in the community.
The gift was made possible by a Watson and Knox promotions program that donated $10 to a community non-profit organization for every new policy purchased during the month of June.

Medline-Wilson united in marriage July 10
Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Wilson
Christian Medline and Kyle Wilson were united in marriage on July 10, 2015 at Boneville United Methodist Church at 5 p.m. The Rev. Burt Matthews officiated the ceremony.

Phillips-Beasley announce engagement
Jason Michael Beasley and Courtney Elaine Phillips
Jeffrey Phillips and Tracie Cranford, of Thomson, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter Courtney Elaine Phillips, to Jason Michael Beasley, son of Debra Seek, of Boneville.
The wedding ceremony and reception will take place at Pine Knoll Farms in August.

Ruczko-Madsen unite in marriage
Mr. and Mrs. William Brian Madsen
Ashlyn Ellen Ruczko of Chapin, S.C. and William Brian Madsen of Rock Hill, S.C. were united in marriage on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at The Citadelís Summerall Chapel in Charleston, S.C. The Rev. John Wesley Hipp officiated the 6:30 p.m. ceremony. A reception followed at The Charleston Yacht Club

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