Hunt writes first book detailing funny moments in medical career
During his medical career, Winston Hunt worked as an ambulance attendant (similar to an EMT now), emergency room and nursing home orderly, Navy Corpsmen in Vietnam, pharmaceutical representative, college professor and physician assistant.
Winston Hunt was destined to work in the medical field from a very young age.
At almost five years old, Hunt’s father took a job as the director of University Hospital in Augusta. Hunt and his family moved from New Jersey in 1953.
“My father, Whitelaw, was the new director of the city’s University Hospital,” Hunt said in the preface to his book “A Half Bubble Out of Plumb.” He would direct it through segregation and a growth phase spanning the next 13 years.”

Strother retiring, body shop and towing operation closing down
Al and Bruce Strother stand beside one of the remaining cars in the body shop. Al Strother Body Shop is closing and the owners hope to be out of the building on Gordon Street by Oct. 20.
August 4 was a bittersweet day for the owners of a McDuffie County business that is closing its doors after 48 years of service.
Al and Bruce Strother of Al Strother Body Shop have decided shutter the operation. August 4 was the day the business ceased accepting new jobs to concentrate on completing work underway and on the schedule. They anticipate clearing out the shop at 118 Gordon Street by Oct. 20 in hopes of selling it.
“I am retiring,” said Al Strother, who turned 66 on the bittersweet day of Aug. 4. “We are closing it. I cannot find any good help to keep it going. It has just been me and my son (Bruce) since 2008.”

Third annual family and community day set for Aug. 20
The third annual event will take place on Aug. 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the WCHS gym.
Families and children in Warren County will have a chance to come together on Aug. 20 for the third annual Candice Warthen Family and Community Day.
Family Connection and Community in Schools, Inc. are partnering with Warren County native Candice Warthen to present the event.

Air Life GA 10 provides area with top-notch care
Brad Tucker, flight paramedic; Ron Young, pilot; Wes Brown, clinical base lead and flight nurse; and Chad Rabun, flight paramedic, are shown next to the Air Life GA 10 helicopter. David Winnette, flight nurse, and Kevin Hopkins, mechanic, is not pictured.
The Air Life GA 10 crew comes to the aid of people in their worst situations.
The crew, stationed at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, fly in one of 13 Air Methods medical aircraft in Georgia. They cover a 30 nautical mile local area, some of which includes McDuffie, Warren, Washington, Jefferson, Wilkes, Richmond and Columbia Counties.
However, they can travel up to 150 nautical miles to transport patients to hospitals in Atlanta, Charleston, Savannah and many other large cities within that range.
According to Air Method’s website, they are the premiere air medical company in the United States, and the Thomson crew is part of that. The crew includes Brad Tucker, flight paramedic; Ron Young, pilot; Wes Brown, clinical base lead and flight nurse; Chad Rabun, flight paramedic; David Winnette, flight nurse; and Kevin Hopkins, mechanic.

Dearing man gives small history on Iron Hill area
Shown above is an aerial view of Iron Hill Road near where it meets Luckey’s Bridge and Ellington Airline roads. This photo shows a portion of the area considered as the Iron Hill community.
The Iron Hill area of McDuffie County has some rich history.
According to Richard Adams, whose family has ties to the area, the Iron Hill area is considered to include an approximately two to three mile radius although Iron Hill Road goes all the way into Dearing.

Beautifying Belle Meade Country Club to honor founders
Shown from left are Al Dudley, Andy Knox Jr., Tommy Foster, Epp Wilson, Scott Williams, Evan Luke and Tyrone Burnett.
The Belle Meade Country Club (BMCC) is celebrating almost 50 years of existence by beautifying the front entrance to the country club as well as other areas around the neighborhood.
Belle Meade Country Club was organized in 1968 by a group of individuals who wanted a high quality, 18-hole golf course.
“There was more to it than that,” said Epp Wilson of Foxboro Custom Fencing. “They knew that the whole ‘country club thing’ was vital to attracting new people and new leaders to town. And they knew it would help keep existing ones here. Quality of life is very important when new industry is touring the region looking for place to locate. A good country club is a key amenity.”

Augusta Warrior Project offers help to local veterans
Alvin Banks serves as a veteran outreach advocate for Augusta Warrior Project. His office, located at East Central Georgia Work Source in Thomson, helps him better serve veterans in our local area.
The Augusta Warrior Project (AWP) services veterans and their families all over the CSRA.
According to Veteran Outreach Advocate Alvin Banks, the local nonprofit connects veterans, wounded or not, of all eras and their families with resources that improve their lives. The organization has four main functions -- connect, educate, collaborate and advocate.
AWP completes these four functions through helping veterans with housing, employment, benefits and healthcare, education and collaborative services.

Clinic returns to provide free dental care to Thomson-McDuffie citizens
Washington Heights Baptist Church will host the annual mobile dental clinic July 27-29. The clinic is for adults who are without health or dental coverage.
Individuals with dental issues will be able to get the care they need, for free, when a mobile dental clinic once again rolls into town.
The Washington Heights Baptist Church is bringing the Baptist Mobile Health Ministry back to Thomson-McDuffie County July 27-29 to provide relief to people needing a tooth pulled, a cavity filled or suffering from emergency issues.

Dive Pirates gives all divers chance to experience sport
Jon Schuetz (quadriplegia, recipient 2016) joins 2017 recipient Mandy McKenzie (incomplete Spinal Cord Injury) as she experiences for the first time the Tibbetts shipwreck off the coast of Cayman Brac.
A local dive shop, Bubbles or Not in Harlem, provides a special service to disabled veterans, law enforcement and first responder veterans who have been injured in the line of duty.
As a local chapter for the Dive Pirates Foundation, Bubbles or Not works with the foundation to recruit disabled persons to include them in the mainstream world of diving.
“Dive Pirates works at the local level, through local dive centers like Bubbles Or Not with the same passion to include people with disabilities in the mainstream world of diving,” said Theresa Cortez, director of communications for Dive Pirates Foundation. “Our goal is to introduce an adaptive diver to his or her local dive center, develop a relationship with the dive community locally and hopefully get involved with that community for years to come.”

Garden gives a wide variety of opportunities for seniors
Taking a pause in their gardening are, from left: Shirley Hunnicutt, Gladys Thaxton, Ernestine Thely, Alice Belvin and Sarah Forth.
A garden gives residents of a Thomson housing facility a chance to show their green thumbs and share.
Close to a dozen senior citizens at Monterey Pass Apartments tend a garden at the Cobbham Road complex.
“It gives us something to do, to eat and to share,” said Gladys Thaxton, as she and others talked about the nearly half acre plot.
There are okra, squash, tomatoes, peas, green beans and cucumbers among the yield. One tenant even grows grass to feed her cat.

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