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

Hogue-Hood announce engagement
Cherie Ann Hogue and Bryan Hood
Michael and Pamela Hogue, of Grovetown, announce the engagement of their daughter, Cherie Ann Hogue, of Columbia, S.C., to Bryan Hood, of Columbia; S.C., the son of Kenneth Hood, Jr., and Blanche Burnette Hood, of Harlem.
The wedding will be held Sept. 20, 2015.

Haywood Calls: making memories one call at a time
Tyler James creates one of his signature Haywood Calls in the company shop in Harlem.
Harlem native Tyler James made his first turkey call, under the mentorship of Benny Briggs, for a senior project in high school literature.
The project was fun but there was a problem: it required the creation of just one turkey call, James said.
After finishing the call for school, James told Briggs, a five time world champion turkey caller, that he wanted to make turkey calls for a living.
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Joyce Shurling, a familiar face at THS for over four decades
Joyce Shurling
Joyce Shurling has watched students walk the hallways and pass through the office at Thomson High School for more than four decades.
When she first started, THS was located off Main Street in the current Norris Elementary School. After working at the old THS for 19 years, Shurling remembers moving to its current location off White Oak Street.

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