Jail or Bail to return to Thomson Police Dept. May 3
Shown above is the basket of Masters merchandise that will be raffled off.
Residents of Thomson and McDuffie County have been putting their bosses and coworkers in jail since 2002.
In 2016, the $20 price to have someone cuffed and transported to a makeshift holding cell on the lawn of the Thomson Police Department remains the same. But, the bond for the person arrested has been reduced from $50 to $40.
People will be going to jail and others will be paying bail on Tuesday, May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In another fundraising endeavor, the Thomson Police Department will raffle off a basket of merchandise from the 2016 Masters golf tournamet. A replica of the basket will be placed around Thomson to encourage the purchase of raffe tickets, from $2 or three for $5. The basket of merchandise will be given away during the May 13 Relay for Life celebration. The winning ticket holder does not have to be present to win.



County organizing committee for Rock House restoration and caretaker cottage
McDuffie County leaders are moving forward with repair of the Rock House and are considering creating a planning committee to help coordinate community involvement in improving the property.
McDuffie County voters approved a $23 million tax referendum to finance capital projects in McDuffie County, the City of Thomson and the Town of Dearing through sales tax collections for six years, beginning Jan. 1, 2016. The SPLOST includes nearly $450,000 toward improvements and restoration of the historic Rock House and construction of a caretakerís cottage.



Warren County parents can now increase engagement
Alana Crawford, 18 months, is shown looking at an alphabet puzzle as she learns what the pictures are on the pieces.
Family Connections and Communities in Schools of Warren County has received a grant from the United Way to help educate the small children of the county.
The rural expansion program, funded by the grant, has been used to create a Parent Engagement Program. The grant helps fund the supplies and resources needed to teach parenting classes.



County looking at inmates to clean up trashy problem
McDuffie County may have a solution to its trashy problem in the next three to four months. The county is developing an initiative to return inmates to picking up trash from McDuffie roads. The county commission is working on a proposal for prisoners from Jefferson County to clean up the litter.


Warren County offers emergency notification system
Tommy Wolfe is shown looking at the CodeRED system on his computer in the his office at Warren County EMA.
The Warren County Emergency Management Agency has been offering an emergency notification system known as CodeRED since 2013.
The CodeRED system gives Warren County officials, including fire, EMS and police, the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.
Warren County EMA Director Tommy Wolfe said people in Warren County who are signed up for the system can receive a text, call or a voicemail/answering machine message from the system warning of weather, emergency situations and non-emergency situations such as roadwork.



Morning fire causes major damage to Sills St. home
The back corner of the home is where the fire appeared to have started, possibly because of faulty wiring in the bathroom.
At approximately 3:08 a.m. on April 16, Thomson Fire Rescue received an alarm from a home located at 102 Sills Street in Thomson.
When Thomson Fire Rescue arrived, the back corner of the house was fully involved.
According to Assistant Fire Chief Paul Johnson, 50 percent of the house was on fire when the fire personnel arrived, and 75 percent of the home was destroyed because of the flames and smoke.FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the McDuffie Progress. To have the Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.



Manís body found in Warrenton retention pond after chase
The deceased male involved in the City of Warrenton's death investigation has been identified as Dexter Thomas, Jr., 15, of Warrenton, Georgia.
Thomas' body was discovered in a roadside stream by a Warrenton police officer.
On Thursday, April 14, at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was requested to assist the City of Warrenton Police Department with a death investigation.
Forty-five minutes earlier, a Warrenton Police Department officer had been conducting a follow-up an investigation related to a vehicle pursuit that occurred at approximately 10 p.m. the night before.



Dearing leaders seeking solutions to roaming dogs
Residents inside and outside the city limits of the Dearing have used social media to express dissatisfaction about pets and animals being killed and injured by roaming dogs and have called upon the town to act but leaders say there is nothing they can do at this time.
The Dearing town council met April 11 for their monthly session and pet concerns were included on the agenda.



1997 murder conviction reversed, case returned to McDuffie County Superior Court
The District Attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit says the case against a McDuffie County woman convicted of murdering her father in 1997 is back to square one.
The Georgia Supreme Court reversed the murder conviction of Melissa Nicole Norris, now 35, on March 7.



Community invited to rename Festival off Main for 2016 Christmas season
The festival that brought people downtown at the beginning of the Christmas season returns this year, but the community is invited to give it a new name.
It has been two years since the Festival Off Main was held in Thomson to accompany the tree lighting, the Christmas Parade and the Tour of Homes.






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