Harlem’s hidden gem: Ollie Also and Stanie Too Fine Mess Old Car Museum
Gary and Jean Russeth are shown in the Ollie Also and Stanie Too Fine Mess Old Car Museum located on E. Boundary Street in Harlem.
A hidden gem, Ollie Also and Stanie Too Fine Mess Old Car Museum, is located in Gary and Jean Russeth’s backyard in Harlem.
The Russeths, originally from Minnesota, moved to Harlem 12 years ago.
“We wanted to retire in Georgia, but one of the main reasons we chose Harlem was for Laurel and Hardy,” Gary Russeth said.

Heroes on the Water holds first event of season
Danny Richards, participant, and Jeff Payne, guide, are shown above. Payne shadowed Richards and helped show him the ropes of kayak fish
Veterans and their families descended on the McDuffie Public Fishing Area on March 11 to kayak fish as part of Heroes on the Water (HOW).
According to Kristen Ray, HOW event coordinator for the Ft. Gordon chapter, HOW is a nation-wide nonprofit organization that helps soldiers and veterans from all branches of the military to unwind using the therapeutic qualities of kayak fishing.

Long time upholsterer closes after 40 years
Roger Harrison is shown with his wife, Patricia. Harrison said his wife helped him with day-to day activities involved with running the store while Harrison did the upholstery work.
Roger Harrison, one of four generations of upholsterers in McDuffie County, has decided to close the doors of Thomson Upholstery and Trim.
After being in business for 40 years, Harrison has decided to retire due to age and a decrease in business.

Gym Pups look to continue program for years to come
Shown are Keriah Ivey, Kalaya Robinson, Shelby Moore, Cameron Broom, Kaylee Lyles, Caylee Giles, Tessa Lewis, Lakendra Martin Emma Kate Hoffman, Lacey Reese, Avery Dean, Alice Solcum, Cheyanne Luke, Anya Jacobs, Tiara Burley and Allyson Whipple.
The future of the gymnastics program at the Y130, affectionately known as the Gym Pups, is in question as the new Y building nears completion.
Heather Davis, the program’s coach, said she will meet with the Family Y of Augusta CEO Danny McConnell on March 8 at 6 p.m. to discuss the program’s options, and any one from the community is welcome.
Davis said people who are interested in getting involved with the program can register their children for gymnastics classes. Davis added that they are currently raising money for a new building for the program, including an HVAC system and a possible expansion with new equipment.

Grab N Go Snack Shop cuts ribbon on Thomson location
Grab N Go employees as well as Chamber board members, ambassadors and community members are shown at the Feb. 22 ribbon cutting.
Grab N Go Snack Shop officially opened its second location in Thomson on Feb. 22.
The restaurant, owned by engaged couple Marlon Rhodes and Tifphany Howard, have an established restaurant of the same name in Warrenton, which was opened in October 2013. The Warrenton restaurant is located on Atlanta Highway, across from Warren County High School.
The Thomson location opened in October 2016, and it is located at 220 West Hill Street.

MCFR captain retires after 20 years of service
McDuffie County Fire/EMS Captain Bobby Reynolds gives Capt. David Durrence an ax as a parting gift. The ax was engraved with the number six.
Capt. David Durrence, of McDuffie County Fire and EMS, announced his retirement at the end of January.
Durrence, who has worked in McDuffie County for 11 years, began his career in the fire service in Appling, Georgia. The fire service recognized him at a retirement service Feb. 18.

Reese and Alligood receive Golden Apples
Thomson Elementary School second grade teacher Seymone Reese, last year's McDuffie County Teacher of the Year, (right) and Marcianne Alligood, this year's Maxwell Elementary Teacher of the Year, (left) were named as WJBF-TV Golden Apple Award winners on Friday. Look for their stories to air in the coming months on WJBF-TV/Channel 6.

Wilkes Co. celebrates history with Revolutionary Days
Re-enactors stand ready as the 1776 colors are lowered from the flagpole.
History came alive in Washington, Georgia, over the weekend as re-enactors dressed in colonial attire descended on the Town Square. The Revolutionary Days, celebrated each year during the second weekend in February mark the anniversary of the Battle of Kettle Creek, fought on Feb. 14, 1779. The battle, according to Georgia’s Revolutionary War Trail, was the only Revolutionary battle won in Georgia.

Warrenton native provides healthcare for U.S. Navy Sailors
Lashandrea Young
A 1996 Warren County High School graduate and Warrenton native is serving in the U.S. Navy at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Chief Petty Officer Lashandrea Young serves as a information system technician at the San Diego based hospital.
“I am the command drug and alcohol program advisor and I am the liaison for sailors who might need assistance with treatment for drugs or alcohol,” said Young. “I love seeing the success of sailors who transition from being in difficult situations and begin to excel.”

Sims family honors daughter’s legacy with talent showcase
The late Oriona Sims is shown showcasing the creative side of her personality.
The Sims family, formerly of Thomson, is planning to hold the first annual ORIONa Talent Showcase on March 11.
The showcase will benefit the Oriona Sims Fine Arts Memorial Fund, established in 2016. The fund is a tribute to the memory of Oriona “Ori” Jada Sims.
The showcase will be open to all ages, and it will take place at 304 Greenway Street in Thomson. Tickets are $10, and the price includes admission, entry into raffles and a $5 donation to the fine arts scholarship fund. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
Oriona Sims’ mother, Dr. Latisha Sims, said Oriona was a selfless, artistic young lady who knew how to find the beauty in everything. Ori Sims passed unexpectedly at the age of 15 on July 25, 2014.

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