Burnett receives Shero Award for her service as an educator
Raschondrius Burnett serves as an English/Language Arts and social studies teacher at Warren County Middle School. She has been teaching for 16 years, all of which have been in Warren County.
A Warren County Middle School (WCMS) teacher has been recognized as a super woman in the community.
Raschondrius Burnett received a Shero Award from 96.3 Kiss FM’s Cher Best as part of the Sisters Only Club (SOC). The award is one of several initiatives the club does in the CSRA to promote health and education especially in young girls and women, according to the club’s website.

Barbara Herrington looks to make Boys & Girls Club a safe learning place for community
Above, Barbara Herrington is shown helping Ladanian Williams with his homework.
Barbara Herrington wants to make the Thomson-McDuffie County Boys & Girls Club into the best club it can be for the community.

Lewis gives Thomson community his service
Lt. Ed Lewis and Scott McAlister are shown at a local day care showing the students that firefighters are not people to be afraid of and teaching the students about fire safety during a friendly firefighter session.
Ed Lewis is known to many people in McDuffie County as a public safety worker, but he also has a giving heart.
“There are two types of people -- givers and takers,” Lewis said. “I’m a giver.”
Lewis, a Thomson native, has been a member of the fire service for 35 years and in EMS for 29 years.

Cummings is a man of many talents
The painting Cummings is holding is the Lord’s Supper reimagined as African-American disciples and Jesus.
Bodie Cummings, a Thomson native, has many talents but none more evident than his eye for art.
Cummings began drawing when he was in high school.
“I just picked it up from Mr. Sampson, the football coach, and Ms. Lena Thomas, the health teacher, at Thomson High School,” Cummings said. “I had to draw body parts for health class, and Ms. Thomas saw my art and liked it. He has created probably 80 to 100 pieces of art in his lifetime. He created some art on tin for the Thomson-McDuffie County Library, and he said the art led to one of his best showings and best-selling pieces.

Da Vinci Foot & Ankle cuts ribbon on Thomson location
Christopher and Alison Menke cut the ribbon on Da Vinci Foot & Ankle along with their staff and Chamber board members.
Da Vinci Foot & Ankle celebrated a ribbon cutting on March 22.
Located at 1043 Washington Road in Thomson, the West Augusta location opened in September 2016 as the Menke’s second location. Drs. Allison and Christopher Menke, a brother and sister duo, have been in medicine for 13 years and 16 years, respectively.

Camak to hold Railroad Days Festival April 1
The 17th annual Camak Railroad Days festival will be held on April 1..
The public is invited to to come and spend the day in a historical railroad town. There are lots of craft vendors that will be attending this year, along with a variety of food vendors. Amusement rides, along with an arcade, will be providing lots of fun for the young at heart.

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.

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