Murals bring new life to old social building and showcase church ministries
Grady Moss stands before one of his murals painted on the outside of the former Recreational Social Club building on Dean Avenue.
People driving along Dean Avenue in Thomson will see a transformation of the outside of a dull gray building into an artistic canvas depicting the ministries and evangelistic efforts of Springfield Baptist Church.
The murals, painted by local artist Grady Moss, bring the former Recreational Social Club (RSC) to life and usher in a new phase of the building’s use. The church will use the former community center at 828 Dean Avenue for youth activities, education and outreach initiatives.



Helping bring the children of McDuffie County up in the way they should go
Hamp Brown coaches little league baseball for the McDuffie County Recreation Department and has been for more than 30 years.
Hamp Brown, a longtime figure at the McDuffie County Recreation Department, has seen hundreds of children go through the program.
He has had a hand in coaching many of them throughout his years of coaching, starting when he was 19 years old.



Library comes alive with snakes
The snake master gives a group of volunteers an opportunity to pet a large snake.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Library became a snake den June 14 as more than 350 children and adults sat around watching a master handle venomous and nonvenomous snakes in demonstrations.
Squeals and laughter abounded as Steve Scruggs, founder of Let’s Get Wild Inc., held snakes, kissed snakes, stroked snakes and educated the children about the scaly reptiles and the names of the snakes that call Georgia home.



Lending a mindful ear to local children for 25 years
Crawford is shown with his two sons, Jacoby (left) and Jacorey (right). Coaching them and their friends helped Crawford start mentoring.
From the age of 10, Marion Crawford has known that mentoring was his purpose in life.
Crawford, a Thomson native, has been mentoring for 25 years. Crawford said it first started with coaching little league with Carl Gunn, and from there, he coached his sons’ teams.
Crawford said over the 25 years of mentoring, he has helped about 200 to 300 children in the community.



Leadership McDuffie dedicates projects for community
Alumni from the old R.L. Norris High School cut the ribbon, opening the refurbished track and dedicating it to the community.
The weather siren, which is located at the Thomson Fire Department on Main Street, will warn citizens of severe weather up to 15 miles. The alert is refurbished from the old siren that once called firemen to a fire.

Leadership McDuffie, representing a cross-section of the McDuffie community dedicated two initiatives that will enhance the long-term safety and health of residents.
The 2016 Class of Leadership McDuffie restored the walking track across from the new Norris Elementary School and restored the original concession stand on the property as a tribute to the alumni of the old R.L. Norris High School. The Leadership Class also built a weather alert siren in town for the community. Located at the Thomson Fire Department, the siren includes a granite memorial honoring the public service of the men and women of Thomson-McDuffie County who lost their lives in the line of duty.



Riders hit the trails for a cancer cure
Jay Johnson and Freddie Chapman ride mules across the land during the “Ride for a Cure.”
Nearly 100 people spent Saturday morning trotting along trails on horseback or riding in a wagon enjoying the day and helping fight cancer.
The riders, some members of the Belle Meade Hunt, others from South Carolina and other locations, galloped 30 miles of trails along the properties of the Knox and McCorkle families to support Relay for Life.



Local radio personality talks about his love of music
Steve Ferguson is shown at his station at WTHO, reading a script for the radio.
A love for music has led Steve Ferguson on not one, but two career paths for most of his life -- playing in bands and being on the radio.
Ferguson got into radio in 1985. He had already been playing in bands, and Ferguson said he had already been interested in radio while playing in bands in the past. There was one country station at the time in the area called WGUS in North Augusta, South Carolina.
Four years after getting the job at WMTZ, Ferguson moved to Thomson.



Destined to be in McDuffie County
David Moore, a magistrate judge in McDuffie County, is shown in front of the family farm house located on Cedar Rock Road. The home was built in 1838, and Moore had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.
Not many people in McDuffie County can say that they are walking and living on the same land that their great grandfathers did,” said David Moore, McDuffie County magistrate court judge and sixth-generation county citizen.
Moore’s family, on his mother’s side, dates back to the Quakers and Wrightsboro. Moore’s great-great-great grandfather was granted land in McDuffie County in 1780, and the family, at one point, owned 1,000 acres of land in northwest McDuffie County. Moore, his sister and his cousin still own 758 acres of that land, part of which is home to the family farm house, located on Cedar Rock Road.



Thomson High teacher receives national recognition
The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to announce the most recent winners of the Diamond Coach Award.
Lenalee N. Robinson, the speech and debate coach at Thomson High School, received the Second Diamond award.



New antique business opens in Hughes building
Journal on the Green co-owners Dwayne Boutwell and Hunt Headly cut the ribbon for the new antique business located at the corner of Journal Street and Greenway Street. They are surrounded by family, friends, vendors, members of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce board, Mayor Kenneth Usry, Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce director Debbie Jones and Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors Skip Griffin.
Journal on the Green Antiques and Art celebrated its ribbon cutting on May 25.
Journal on the Green is located in the old Hughes Furniture building, which has been a part of Thomson for decades.
The business, located at the corner of Journal and Greenway streets, is co-owned by Dwayne Boutwell and Hunt Headly.








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