Events help with Stanphill’s battle
Jerry Stanphill
Two recent events helped a local man fighting liver disease.
Proceeds from a Thomson-McDuffie Middle School football game and a benefit dinner hosted by Friends of Jerry Stanphill raised needed funds for the officer who is Chief of Police for the McDuffie County Board of Education.



Amcor’s McLatchie talks about her career in manufacturing
Elaine McLatchie is the vice president of operations for Amcor.
Elaine McLatchie started her career in insurance and banking before moving to on to her current calling -- manufacturing.
McLatchie started her career in manufacturing in 1985 with a plastics company in New Jersey.



Annette Davis: 28 years of success at Farmer’s Furniture
Annette Davis has worked at the Thomson Farmer’s Home Furniture store for 28 years, and she has served as manager for 16 of those years.
Annette Davis was not always interested in working at a furniture store.
As a matter of fact, she graduated from college with a degree in banking and finance.
Davis worked her way up from part-time bookkeeper to manager over the course of 12 years, becoming manager of the Thomson store in 2000. Davis’ job as manager means she does a little bit of everything at the store.




Faith, Hope & Love opens in Thomson
Peyton Chamlee, 8, cuts the ribbon for her parents, Laci and Kevin Chamlee, at the opening of Faith, Hope & Love Christian Gifts & More.
Laci and Kevin Chamlee cut the ribbon Tuesday, Aug. 2, on their new business — a Christian gift store in Thomson.
Faith, Hope &; Love Christian Gifts &; More is located at 654 Main Street, Suite 2, inside Carriage Lane shopping center.
“We’ve wanted to do this for several years. This is something that has been laid on our hearts to do for the community,” said Laci Chamlee, who owns the store with her husband Kevin Chamlee.




McDuffie County welcomes more than 40 new teachers
McDuffie County will welcome more than 40 new faculty and staff for the 2016-17 school year.T hey are as follows;Melanie King, Kaitlin Ledger, Michael Lee, Rebekah Mitchell, Myra Morgan, Andrew Morris, Ansley Newsome, Phillip Peavler, Michelle Peterson, Michael Phillips, Lance Pitts, Teresa Posey, Jazmine Rawls, Stephanie Rhoden, Ashley Michelle Rogers, Robin Rowe, Sarah Berdon, Bradley Bohler, Donna Bryan, Teresa Cox, Mary Crawford, Jessica Echols, Ary Edmonds, Reid Forzley, Peggy Grant-Counselor, Sherella Hamilton, Kathryn Hardy, Latoria Harris, Rebecca Hawkins, Shanda Hunt, Pamesha Ivey, Corie Johnson, Michael Santiago, Stephanie Scott, Tamara Simmons, Lisa Smith, Jeanette Starnes, Melody Stephens, Porsha Stephens, Tiffany Tanner, Susan Thigpen, Cassandra Usry, Jessica Walters, Mary Westbrook, Debra Westmoreland, Barbara Whaley, Rha’Kiya White, Lakisha Willams, Hayley Wilson and Portia Woodard-Counselor.



Paul Leroy: Patriot, math scholar, coach and family man
Paul Leroy coached at THS from 1962 through 1968, winning Thomson’s first state championship. Below, Leroy is shown coaching a kicking camp about 10 years ago.
Coach Paul Leroy is best known in Thomson as the coach that led the Thomson Bulldogs to their first ever state championship in 1967, but his passion for coaching has led him to be successful in many other places.
Leroy coached at THS from 1962 to 1968, winning the school’s first state championship in 1967 and coaching Ray Guy during his sophomore and junior seasons.
After he retired from coaching after 23 years, Leroy turned to industry, working for the Crown Door Company for 30 years.



Hart-Moss’ strong foundation in God helps her persevere
Bea-Hart Moss is shown at the new NES groundbreaking ceremony. In addition to being on the BOE, Hart-Moss serves on several ministries at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Thomson.
From an early age, Bea Hart-Moss knew that having a servant’s heart and a strong foundation in God would bring her through anything she faced.



THS students attend Beta Club Convention in New Orleans
Students from the Thomson High School Beta Club attended the National Beta Club Convention in New Orleans from June 27-30. Although none of them placed in the top-10 in their respective events, the students were able to experience New Orleans.



Taiphoon takes his music from Thomson to the world
Ty Cummings, a native of Thomson, now lives and goes to school in Atlanta. He is a musician who does hip hop with several types of music mixed in.
From an early age, music has been an integral part of Tycarious “Ty” Cummings’ life. Cummings was born and raised in Thomson and his musical interest began here.
After Cummings began his college career in Atlanta, he said he began focusing more on making music and getting his name out in the music industry.
Cummings, who performs under the stage name Taiphoon, will be one of the first Americans to perform at The Allgaus Festival in Wangen im Allgau, Germany, Aug. 5 and 6.



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.








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