Belle Meade Country Club to start adaptive golf program
Shown above is an example of a person using the adaptive golf cart to practice putting.
Belle Meade Country Club and the Walton Foundation for Independence (WFI) are partnering to create a program to keep everyone playing golf, no matter if they have a disability.
The adaptive golf program, which consists of monthly golf clinics and an adaptive golf challenge in the fall, is a program open to anyone with a physical disability, and it helps them to rehabilitate physical disabilities such as traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, amputees, paralysis and blindness.

Thomson native recalls her life over her 82 years
Martha Fleming is a resident at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation, and she is a Thomson native.
Even at 82, Martha Fleming is still a sharp lady, and she makes the most out of her time at Thomson Health and Rehabilitation.
“She is our social butterfly,” said Martie Ewest, director of admissions for Thomson Health and Rehab. “She loves to socialize and sit at the front door. She loves to greet people and let them in the nursing home. She’s also our resident watchdog and will let us know if someone is doing something wrong. She’s amazing.”
Fleming, who is a Thomson native, graduated from Thomson High School in 1951. Her class was the last senior class to only attend 11 years of school. The year after her graduation, the seniors had to go another year, making a full school career 12 years as it is now.

THS WebChallenge team places second in the sate competition
Out of 98 teams across the state, the THS team of Aaron Hayes and Victoria Wells came in second place in Technical Complexity in the 2016 High School Cyber Security WebChallenge April 20 at the Google Center in Atlanta. Both students received scholarships for $375 each, and their teacher, Albert Gunby, received a $500 stipend for his CTAE classroom.

David Bushnell: nventor of submarine warfare
The above drawing by John Batchelor shows the inner workings of the Turtle.
David Bushnell is a little known inventor who spent more than 20 years of his life in Warren County.
Bushnell and his brother, Ezra, began constructing a submarine, now known as The Turtle, in Saybrook in 1775.
In 1795, Bushnell moved to Columbia County with Abraham Baldwin and founded the Columbia Academy, which Noble said eventually became Franklin College, part of the University of Georgia. When Bushnell moved to Georgia, he changed his name to Dr. David Bush. Bush moved to Warren County in 1801 and taught at the Warrenton Academy.

Farm Bureau announces art and essay contest winners
The winners of the McDuffie County Farm Bureau high school art contest are pictured with their teacher Tina Swan and principal Claude Powell. Pictured from the left are 1st place winner Morgan Hillman and 2nd place winner Corvanta Hudson.
The winners of the McDuffie County Farm Bureau essay contest for the Thomson-McDuffie Middle School are pictured with their principal Anita Cummings, advisor Jay Murray and education liaison Angie Roberts. Pictured from the left are 1st place winner Dale Shelton, 2nd place winner Anne Marie Gribanow and 3rd place winner Trace Williams.
The Women’s and Young Farmer Committees of the McDuffie County Farm Bureau recently sponsored a Middle School Essay Contest and a High School Art Contest.
For the art contest the students were asked to show in a persuasive essay how modern agriculture has adopted the use of technology to sustain and improve resources while increasing food supplies. It is predicted that the world’s population will reach 10 billion in 2050.
The purpose of this year’s essay contest was to encourage students to explore and study how agriculture strives to meet increasing food demands through technology and other modern agriculture practices.

THS FFA receives Gold Award
Thomson High School FFA Advisor Rick DuBose recently announced that the Thomson High School FFA Chapter has been named one of the top 31 FFA programs in the state.

Morlan uses music to serve his community and country
Morlan and his wife, Becky, are shown in the above picture. Both are teachers in the McDuffie County School System.
Jessie Morlan got into music because of the area he grew up in -- an inner-city area where being skillful at something helped you stand out.
The very large inner-city high school Morlan attended was very diverse.
“Basically, I grew up in a retired military, single-income household, so money was very limited,” Morlan said. “The way things worked at school was you kind of went in the direction that you found the most success or you got the most respect in.”
Music was that field for Morlan, who began playing trumpet in the sixth grade.

THS band travels to Tennessee for spring trip
The Thomson High School band traveled to Tennessee for its annual spring band trip, performing at Wonderworks and the Dixie Stampede.

Mark Rodgers chairing state Farm Bureau dairy committee
McDuffie County Farm Bureau member Mark Rodgers is serving as chairman of the Georgia Farm Dairy Committee. Rodgers’ family owns Hillcrest Farms, a dairy farm in Dearing.
McDuffie County Farm Bureau member Mark Rodgers is serving as chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Dairy Committee for 2016.
Rodgers’ family operates Hillcrest Farm, a fourth-generation family dairy farm that has been at its current location in Dearing since 1941. The Rodgers’ farm is approximately 1,000 acres, growing corn, ryegrass, sorghum and hay for feeding its herd of approximately 890 dairy cattle.

Howard receives national high school honor for academics
Richchard Howard
Richcharn Howard, who attends Warren County High School, was selected as a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.
The Society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community commitment. The announcement was made by NSHSS Founder and Chairman Claes Nobel, senior member of the family that established the Nobel Prizes.

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