Nava brings new opportunity for sports in McDuffie
David Nava and assistant coach Greg Derry are shown coaching the Thomson Revolution.
Soccer has been a part of David Nava’s life for as long as he can remember.
Nava was born in Vera Cruz, Mexico, and he began playing soccer in elementary school. After college, Nava began playing professionally in Mexico for Atletico Espanol in the Primera Division de Mexico. The team played out of Mexico City in the 1970s and 1980s.
He then played for another team in the second level of professional soccer in Mexico until he suffered an injury during a game. After his playing career ended, he took up coaching, coaching younger children at a private school called Tepeyac in Mexico. At the beginning of his coaching career, he also got married, and he and his wife had two children. He and his family moved to Dearing began working at McCorkle Nurseries, and he coached at the McDuffie County Recreation Department. He now works at Thomson Plastics, and he coaches the Thomson Revolution Football Club teams.

McDuffie County BOE recognizes Dec. and Jan. students of the month
The December superintendent students of the month are:Tyler Dawson (DES), Sa’Miya Reese (MES), Rondriako Burnett (TES), Ahmad Jeffery (NES), Yareli Castillo (TMMS) and Sadie Brown (THS). The January superintendent students of the month are: Jordan Jones (DES), Harrison Neal (MES), Callen Roberson (TES), Emma Kate Alfriend (NES), Zeahtone´ Clarke (TMMS) and Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Zinkhan (THS). Zinkhan and Jones are not pictured.

Thomson attorney delights with classic country songs
Jimmy Plunkett, also known as J. Dalton, performs for different events in the area. He incorporates both contemporary Christian and gospel songs as well as classic country into his performances.
Most people in Thomson know that Jimmy Plunkett has a talent for being a lawyer, but some don’t know that he also has a talent for singing what he calls classic country.
He performs under the name J. Dalton, incorporating his middle name into his stage name. J. Dalton entertains with songs from artists such as Hank Williams Jr., Keith Whitley, Brooks & Dunn, Conway Twitty, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Alabama, Ronnie Millsap, Kenny Chesney, Kenny Rogers and Elvis among others.
He also incorporates impersonations into his performances, especially of Elvis, but he also tries to make his voice sound like the person whose music he is singing.

Presents from Partners brings holiday cheer to local children
Santa delivered presents on Christmas Eve to children in neighborhoods around Thomson.
Christmas came a little early this year for children in several neighborhoods in McDuffie County.
Since 2009, McDuffie County Partners for Success has worked with Santa Claus to brighten the holidays for local children.

Dearing woman keeps daughter’s memory alive through ‘Smiles’ for babies around the world
The teddy bears shown in the photo are created for the babies as their first teddy bear in the hospital.
For the past three years, a Dearing woman has been helping the smallest babies stay warm in the hospital.
Maria Cavnor created Charli’s Love in honor/memory of her daughter Charli Elisabeth. Members of Charli’s Love are from all over the country, and they create “Smiles” (hats), “Cuddles” (blankets), small teddy bears, hearts of love, going home “Hug” (cocoons) and other items for children in the NICU at hospitals around the world.

JEC donates thousands to area schools it serves
Steve Chalker gives McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Mychele Rhodes THS’ share of the capital credits.
Jefferson Energy Cooperative (JEC);donated more than $187,000 to local schools during since October of this year.
The energy cooperative, owned by its members, gave money to area schools that it provides with electricity.
JEC serves parts of 11 different counties in the Central Savannah River Area including McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Columbia, Jefferson, Richmond, Burke, Washington, Johnson, Emanuel and Jenkins. The cooperative provides electricity to 13 schools in those counties, including Briarwood Academy and Thomson High.

Tarzan finds a balance between bodybuilding and school
Thomas Davis is shown at his first body building competition in August 2016. He won first place in the teenage category and second place overall in the lightweight divsion.
Thomas “Tarzan” Davis is a senior at Thomson High School, but he also has another life as a bodybuilder.
Davis said he began bodybuilding about eight months ago, doing prep work for his first show that occurred in August of this year.

Donations for Mayors’ Motorcade to benefit East Central Regional Hospital
The Thomson Fire Department has held boot drives at the Thomson Walmart since October for the 2016 Mayor’s Motorcade to support the East Central Regional Hospital. On Dec. 2, Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry participated in the drive to accept donations. Pictured from left are Thomson Firefighter Pamela Gordon Nickles, Kenneth Usry and Firefighter Chip Bentley.
The City of Thomson has helped make Christmas brighter for hospital patients with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.
On Dec. 8, Thomson Fire Rescue, the Mayor and others will deliver $5327.91 to the East Central Regional Hospital in Augusta as part of the 2016 Mayors’ Motorcade.

Thomson Dental Wellness expands to better serve the Thomson community and surrounding area
Dr. Curtis Pickard held a ribbon cutting on Dec. 2 to showcase the new building and held an open house to join the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber.
A 30-year-old Thomson dentistry has revamped, expanded and reopened next door.
Thomson Dental Wellness, a medical facility that features cosmetic, family and implant dentistry, held an open house and ribbon cutting Dec. 2 at its new building at 524 Jackson Street, just across the parking lot from its previous location that opened in June 1987.
Home to Drs. Curtis Pickard, Ulysses Clifford Pickard and Cheryl Pickard, the pharmacist, the dental facility expanded to better serve the community.

University McDuffie lights 34th annual Tree of Love
The late Dr. Mary Powell’s son Joe pulled the switch to light the Tree of Love.
University Hospital McDuffie illuminated its 34th annual Tree of Love on Tuesday night.
The Nov. 29 tree lighting was done in memory of Dr. Mary Powell, who passed away earlier in the year. Powell was a member of the medical staff at the hospital from 1991 to 2016. Her son, Joe Powell, had the honor of turning the switch to light the tree.

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