Dunaway recounts his 45-year career as lawyer and judge
Roger W. Dunaway Jr. is a third generation McDuffie County citizen and serves the community as a judge.
|Roger W. Dunaway Jr. currently serves as the chief judge for the Superior Court of the Toombs Judicial Circuit. |
Thomson native Jones gives insight into music business
Chris Jones, a 2003 graduate of Thomson High School, now serves as the vice president of A&R for Atlantic Records and wants to give advice for getting into the business.
Lazenby recounts her many years of service to McDuffie
Jean Lazenby, a Warrenton native, has served McDuffie County for more than 30 years.
|Jean Lazenby is shown in the old McDuffie County Courthouse when she was about to retire. She was able to hire her replacement, Phyllis Wheeler, for her first tenure in McDuffie. |
Lazenby was born in Warrenton to Lamar and Annie Cody. Her father owned a blacksmith shop in Norwood and assisted an embalmer named Mr. Haynes. Lazenby said her father helped embalm Blind Willie McTell.
In 1984, she became the first full-time voter registrar in McDuffie County.
R.L. Norris Elementary School holds pink out Fridays in October
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. R.L. Norris has been holding Pink Out Fridays during the month of October for five years. This campaign is dear to the staff at Norris. There are two breast cancer survivors at Norris. Several staff members have had loved ones who survived. Yet others have lost a family member to the disease. Norris honors them by wearing pink on Fridays and wearing their pink ribbons every day during the month of October.
|Shown from left are Daisy Hill, survivor, Ashley West, Christian Wilder, Patricia Stripling, Vicki Seal, Tan Dukes, Chele Duteau, Selena Nicholson, Jessica Walters, Hilda Van, Michelle Phillips and Dr. Pam Graziano. |
Graham continues his background of helping people
John Graham started his career in local government to help people.
|John Graham serves as the chairman of the Warren County Board of Commissioners. |
Graham, who is originally from Thomson, moved to Warren County in 1993 to become the Emergency Services director for Warren County. Graham oversaw the fire department, EMS and communications center.
“At that time, the county did not have 911,” Graham said. “We had a seven-digit number that you could call for help. We didn’t get 911 until about one year in my first term on the commission.”
Graham said his background in emergency services helped make his decision to run for county commission easier. Graham was a full-time paramedic in McDuffie County and part-time in Warren County prior to 1993.
Yelton Properties cuts the ribbon at Whiteoak office
Yelton Properties, LLC joined the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 29.
|Tracie and Al Yelton along with their children, Sam and Sally, cut the ribbon surrounded by Chamber members and other family members. |
The office is now located at 1446 Whiteoak Road in Thomson. The business was established 36 years ago, and serves the McDuffie County community with rental properties.
The late Roy Yelton founded the business, but in addition to his work in real estate, Yelton did a lot for the community including bringing the GED to the Thomson, helping a lot of citizens get diplomas and helping a lot of students get into the military.
Crawley ensures the safety and health of McDuffie Co.
James (Jimmy) Crawley is a hometown guy who grew up in Thomson and graduated from Thomson High School.
|Jimmy Crawley serves as the chief building official for McDuffie County, and he also has responsibilities with the zoning. |
His father and grandfather were firefighters for the City of Thomson and Crawley himself worked full-time with the fire department for eight years. Crawley has also been a volunteer firefighter with Thomson Fire Rescue for 39 years.
A look into the life of Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley
A habit of eating at the Dearing Cafe in the middle of Dearing led to Sean Kelley’s bid for mayor of the Town of Dearing.
|Dearing Clerk Judy Reeves and Town of Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley are shown at a council meeting. Kelley said he and his council work very well together. |
“We always ate at the Dearing Cafe, and as those things go, the same people were there all the time,” Kelley said. “Somewhere along the way, the former mayor, Ralph Manees, announced that he would no longer run for mayor, and the group said ‘you ought to run for mayor.’”
Kelley said he went to the Board of Elections to put in his name to run for mayor.
Don Powers: The man behind the City of Thomson
Do you ever wonder who is the person behind all of the city functions?
|Don Powers serves as the city administrator for the City of Thomson. He has been in the position for nine years. |
Don Powers serves as the city administrator for the City of Thomson, but he hasn’t always been in government. Powers worked for Georgia Iron Works for the first half of his life before coming back to Thomson in 2003 as the executive director of Forward McDuffie.
Youth Leadership McDuffie created, begins Sept. 24
A Youth Leadership McDuffie program has been created, and 16 Thomson High School students were accepted into the inaugural class after a rigorous application process.
The youth program mirrors Leadership McDuffie which is a selected group of individuals representing a cross-section of McDuffie County who come together for six months to increase their awareness and understanding in a variety of areas, including industry, government-local and state, agriculture, history, education and business.
The inaugural class of students from 10th to 12th grades will kickoff its leadership session Sept. 24 with a retreat at McDuffie Place. The intent is to build leaders in the community and increase their citizen involvement.