The long and winding road…
Dreams come true even though the road to them can be long and winding.
For Antrone Brewer, the road meant bumps and bruises – figuratively and literally.
On May 30, the longtime Indie wrestler, from Thomson, earned a full time job as referee D.A. Brewer in the WWE. The announcement came after Brewer took part in a WWE try-out earlier this year.
|Above, Antrone Brewer walks with Andrew Johnson, left, and Chris Reynolds after a brush fire on Pitts Street.|
|D.A. Brewer talks to Tony Nese during a NXT Live Event match against Austin Aries.|
Tharpe receives Good Samaritan Youth Hero Award
Walker Tharpe, a 2017 graduate from Thomson High School, recently won the Good Samaritan Youth Hero Award from the American Red Cross.
|Walker Tharpe, a Thomson native, received an award for his efforts to take over the Kajukenfu Budo Kai Kenpo Karate School at Thomson’s Y130 after the passing of Shihan John Pereda.|
On June 7, the Augusta Area Red Cross held its annual Heroes Breakfast. According to the Red Cross, each year, chapters across the country present awards to local heroes.
NAMI Thomson celebrates 10 years of supporting people with mental illness
A hidden gem that supports people dealing with mental health issues has existed in Thomson for 10 years.
|Precious Wiley, Yolanda Hixson-Smalley and Vera Helen McCladdie received certificates of appreciation for their 10 years of service to NAMI Thomson June 12. The support and recovery group celebrated its 10th anniversary and a party was held at Watson-Brown. |
NAMI-Thomson celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party at Watson Brown June 12. The recovery support group meets every Monday at 10 a.m. at Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson.
Facilitated by Precious Wiley, Yolanda Hixson-Smalley and Wanda Miles, NAMI-Thomson is part of the National Alliance on Mental Health, one of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organizations dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
McDuffie groups join in on rock painting trend
If you have seen painted rocks around McDuffie County and are wondering what they are, you can thank Fun Rocks McDuffie and McDuffie Rocks.
|Stephen Weeks is shown hiding one of his rocks at Watson-Brown.|
McDuffie Rocks, created by Carla and Stephen Weeks, currently has more than 300 members on Facebook.
Carla Weeks said their group stemmed from the Augusta Rocks group and is based on the Kindness Rock Project.
“You paint a rock and put it in an unexpected place for someone to find,” Weeks said. “Everyone needs a pick me up now and then, and finding the rocks makes them happy. We encourage others to get involved with painting because it is fun and relaxing.”
LaVeta’s Guardians seeks to help newly diagnosed cancer patients, seeks donations
A local woman’s battle with breast cancer led her to create a charity for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
|LaVeta Grant has told her story at several different events to help raise awareness of breast cancer and all cancers.|
In 2003, LaVeta Grant was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her recovery also helped inspire the tagline of her organization, “Give hope a chance to float up.”
Now cancer-free, Grant said she knows firsthand the importance of helping newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Because of her experience with cancer, Grant’s organization LaVeta’s Guardians was created to help newly diagnosed patients with needs of any kind.
Spreading Christianity into Southeast Asia one person and church at a time
A local family wants to spread their faith into Southeast Asia.
|Pastor Sorayut Ngamsanthia and his wife Hanna are shown with Hamilton and Melissa Dawkins. Pastor Ngamsanthia heads up the church that Hamilton Dawkins and his mission group are working to build.|
Hamilton and Melissa Dawkins, along with several others from Faith Community Church in Lincolnton, are working to build a church and safe house in Phetchaburi, Thailand.
The church will be the only Christian church in the city.
Hamilton Dawkins said two years ago he went into Thailand for the first time.
Packway Band to perform during B.R.A.G and business expo on June 5
The Packway Handle Band will give a free concert in Thomson, June 5 when B.R.A.G. (Bike Ride Across Georgia) comes to town and spends the night in the Brickyard area and a expo will be held to showcase local businesses.
|The Packway Handle Band will perform June 5 in Thomson during a free concert at the Thomson Depot.|
The band will perform Monday, June 5, from 6:30 p..m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Thomson Depot, 111 Railroad St.
Daniels family marks four generations working for Georgia Power
A father-son duo from Thomson were recently highlighted in Georgia Power’s Thank-A-Lineman campaign.
Lawrence and Tyree Daniels both work as lineman for Georgia Power and mark the second and third generation of their family to pick up the craft. Tyree Daniels also has two nephews, Quincy and Josh Daniels, who work at Georgia Power substations.
|Lawrence Daniels is a line construction projects supervisor for Georgia Power.|
|Tyree Daniels is a transmission line construction crew leader for Georgia Power.|
Thomson family opens home to adopted child
|The Hadden family, Jonathan, Kim, Ella and Jude, are shown above. Jonathan and Kim will soon travel to Burundi, Africa, to pick up Henry Elijah Hadden, their new adopted child. |
The Hadden family, comprised of Jonathan, Kim, Ella and Jude, will soon expand to a family of five.
|Henry Elijah Hadden is shown above. The Hadden family, of Thomson, will soon welcome Henry into their home.|
Jonathan and Kim Hadden will soon travel to Burundi, Africa, to pick up Henry Elijah Hadden, a three-year-old boy they have adopted. The trip will end a three-year adoption process that the Haddens began in November 2014.
Warren County expands farm to table program
With the help of a $10,000 tiny grant from the Governor’s office, Warren County Schools has expanded its farm to table program.
|Jalen Hawkins and Robert Andrews, members of the plant science class, are shown working with plants in Phase II.|
The grant, received from the Georgia Governor's Office of Student Achievement, totals $10,000 that will be used for the expansion program for the school’s gardens into phase two. The program is a partnership between WCHS FFA, Warren County’s CTAE/Vocational Department and the Nutrition Services Department for Warren County Schools.
Scott Richardson said the GOSA grant will be used to purchase an outside fence, soil, new garden shed and a variety of vegetable plants.