A look into the life of Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley
Dearing Clerk Judy Reeves and Town of Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley are shown at a council meeting. Kelley said he and his council work very well together.
A habit of eating at the Dearing Cafe in the middle of Dearing led to Sean Kelley’s bid for mayor of the Town of Dearing.
“We always ate at the Dearing Cafe, and as those things go, the same people were there all the time,” Kelley said. “Somewhere along the way, the former mayor, Ralph Manees, announced that he would no longer run for mayor, and the group said ‘you ought to run for mayor.’”
Kelley said he went to the Board of Elections to put in his name to run for mayor.

Don Powers: The man behind the City of Thomson
Don Powers serves as the city administrator for the City of Thomson. He has been in the position for nine years.
Do you ever wonder who is the person behind all of the city functions?
Don Powers serves as the city administrator for the City of Thomson, but he hasn’t always been in government. Powers worked for Georgia Iron Works for the first half of his life before coming back to Thomson in 2003 as the executive director of Forward McDuffie.

Youth Leadership McDuffie created, begins Sept. 24
A Youth Leadership McDuffie program has been created, and 16 Thomson High School students were accepted into the inaugural class after a rigorous application process.
The youth program mirrors Leadership McDuffie which is a selected group of individuals representing a cross-section of McDuffie County who come together for six months to increase their awareness and understanding in a variety of areas, including industry, government-local and state, agriculture, history, education and business.
The inaugural class of students from 10th to 12th grades will kickoff its leadership session Sept. 24 with a retreat at McDuffie Place. The intent is to build leaders in the community and increase their citizen involvement.

A look at the McDuffie County Board of Commission chair
Charlie Newton has served as the chairman of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners for 16 years. He will serve four more years until 2020 when the next election comes up
Charlie Newton has served McDuffie County for 16 years as the chairman of the County Board of Commissioners.
With the most recent election, he will serve four more years.
Newton said he got into politics by accident.
“When Joyce Blevins, the former chairman, decided to give up office, a group got together to see who could run to replace her,” Newton said. “When I attended that meeting, I had no intention of that person being me, but at the end, it ended up being me.”

Meet your mayor: Kenneth Usry
Kenneth Usry serves as the mayor of Thomson and has been in the position for approximately 10 years. Usry and his wife, Kathy, live on Milledge Street in Thomson.
Thomson native Kenneth Usry serves the City of Thomson as mayor.
Usry has served in this capacity for approximately 10 years, and prior to his first term as mayor, he served on the City Council for 28 years, representing District 2.
Usry said his parents moved here when he was about four years old.
“I’m from Thomson,” Usry said. “Thomson is home.”
Usry got into politics to be an active and engaged member of the Thomson community.

Church honors late teacher
The stained glass window was dedicated in honor of the late Ruth Wallace Sunday, Aug. 28, at Thomson Presbyterian Church.
The memory of a Thomson woman who taught the kindergarten Sunday school class of a local church for 65 years will live on in perpetuity.
Thomson Presbyterian Church and the family of the late Ruth Farr Wallace dedicated a stained glass window in her honor Sunday, Aug. 28. The teaching mandate to which Wallace subscribed is inscribed at the top of the window in one of the classrooms.
Wallace, who joined Thomson Presbyterian Church in 1958, was one of the church’s longest standing members.
Everyone who spoke in her honor of “Miss Ruth” and of the impact she had in the community said the message “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” epitomized Wallace and is a Scripture that she held close to her heart.

Events help with Stanphill’s battle
Jerry Stanphill
Two recent events helped a local man fighting liver disease.
Proceeds from a Thomson-McDuffie Middle School football game and a benefit dinner hosted by Friends of Jerry Stanphill raised needed funds for the officer who is Chief of Police for the McDuffie County Board of Education.

Amcor’s McLatchie talks about her career in manufacturing
Elaine McLatchie is the vice president of operations for Amcor.
Elaine McLatchie started her career in insurance and banking before moving to on to her current calling -- manufacturing.
McLatchie started her career in manufacturing in 1985 with a plastics company in New Jersey.

Annette Davis: 28 years of success at Farmer’s Furniture
Annette Davis has worked at the Thomson Farmer’s Home Furniture store for 28 years, and she has served as manager for 16 of those years.
Annette Davis was not always interested in working at a furniture store.
As a matter of fact, she graduated from college with a degree in banking and finance.
Davis worked her way up from part-time bookkeeper to manager over the course of 12 years, becoming manager of the Thomson store in 2000. Davis’ job as manager means she does a little bit of everything at the store.

Faith, Hope & Love opens in Thomson
Peyton Chamlee, 8, cuts the ribbon for her parents, Laci and Kevin Chamlee, at the opening of Faith, Hope & Love Christian Gifts & More.
Laci and Kevin Chamlee cut the ribbon Tuesday, Aug. 2, on their new business — a Christian gift store in Thomson.
Faith, Hope &; Love Christian Gifts &; More is located at 654 Main Street, Suite 2, inside Carriage Lane shopping center.
“We’ve wanted to do this for several years. This is something that has been laid on our hearts to do for the community,” said Laci Chamlee, who owns the store with her husband Kevin Chamlee.

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