Jody Hice visits local area, unveils historical displays
McDuffie County government officials, the McCorkle family, U.S. Congressman Jody Hice and members of Ten Commandments Georgia stand in front of the nine documents funded by the McCorkle family.
U.S. Congressman Jody Hice traveled to McDuffie and Warren County to speak with his constituents and be a part of dedicating two historical document installations.
Hice spoke to constituents at the McDuffie County Farm Bureau on Nov. 17.
“There’s a lot going on in Washington today,” Hice said. “You see it in the news. It’s a pretty bizarre place to be.”



DA office launches circuitwide website
The Toombs Judicial Circuit website can be found at toombscircuitda.com.
The Toombs Judicial Circuit launched a website Nov. 16 that provides victims of crimes, witnesses to crime or anyone with questions about the judicial system with a place to meet their needs.
District Attorney Bill Doupe´ and his staff launched http://toombscircuitda.com to give the public a way to follow the court system with ease. The office’s Facebook page at district attorneytoombs went live Nov. 18.
The Toombs Judicial Circuit serves Glascock, Lincoln, McDuffie, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes counties. Each county has a court calendar and schedules, but it is sometimes difficult for people interested in court cases to know about upcoming trials unless they have access to the circuit-wide calendar.
“We wanted to have a way to let the public know what is going on with our cases, and it was very important to us that our victims get as much information that we can give them to help guide them through this process,” Doupe´ said. “This website will really help that a great deal.”
The website, accessible by a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or cell phone, is a response to the circuit’s desire to use modern technology to keep people advised of the status of trials in an easy and user-friendly way.



Dearing man dies in dump truck accident
Coworkers speak with the Georgia State Patrol trooper at the accident scene.
A Dearing man died at University Hospital McDuffie Nov. 20, following a dump truck accident off White Oak Road.
McDuffie County Coroner Foster Wylie said Dexter Martin, 44, died as a result of blunt force trauma from the single vehicle crash in the field at 2349 White Oak Road. He was pronounced deceased at 3:45 p.m.



Warren County offers emergency notification system
Tommy Wolfe is shown looking at the CodeRED system on his computer in 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 allows 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, a voicemail/answering machine message, emails or social media alerts from the system warning of weather, emergency situations and non-emergency situations such as roadwork, boil water advisories, criminal activity and other community notifications.
CodeRED is provided by the Em



Thomson Fire Department receives new rating
Thomson Fire Rescue gave homeowners and business owners in Thomson an early Christmas present Nov. 9 when it reported that its new rating would decrease the fire insurance premiums for both homeowners and businesses in the city limits of Thomson.
Thomson Fire and Rescue announced to the City Council that the Insurance Service Office (ISO) upgraded the insurance rating from a Class 4 to a Class 2, effective Feb. 1.



Operation Christmas Child kicks off in McDuffie Co.
Kathy Hendrix, Dean Boone, Pam Partridge, Summer McDonald, Rev. Matt Ward and Jennifer Cheely cut the ribbon to officially kick off the collection period.
From now until Nov. 20, people can drop off a box of toys and other items for children in third-world countries through First Baptist Church in Thomson.
Pam Partridge took over the reins of the operation as Jo and Floyd Montgomery, who have been spearheading the Operation Christmas Child collection efforts at FBC Thomson for at least a decade, have retired.
The church opened its Operation Christmas Child relay center on Nov. 13 in the atrium building that comprises of the gym and fellowship hall. For this year, Jennifer Cheely is the assistant coordinator for the relay center.




Rags & Riches grows into new space in Gibson
Renae Kelley and her husband Gregg have expanded their business into a building that they have recently remodeled adjacent to their original location in downtown Gibson.
Gibson-area residents flocked to a special Christmas Open House, on Saturday and Sunday, which showcased a new area one existing business has grown into recently.
Gregg and Renae Kelley opened Rags & Riches Flowers & Gifts about two-and-a-half years ago at 14 E. Main Street in what was the once the small town’s jewelry store.



New mission to provide local community members with free Thanksgiving meal on Thanksgiving Day
Kathy Bouttry-Webb is the founder of LPHO (Love, Peace & Happiness Outreach), an organization created in 2016 to serve the community by providing a dinner on both Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The belief that every family should enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner and that everyone needs embracing and support during the holiday season galvanized a local mission organization to serve a free Thanksgiving meal at the Thomson Depot on Nov. 23.
LPHO (Love, Peace & Happiness Outreach), a nonprofit charity founded in 2016, will serve meals on Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Our organization truly understands hardship and the difficulty people face during the holiday. We strongly believe that every family should enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner,” said Kathy Bouttry-Webb, LPHO founder. “We’re inviting anyone unable to provide a meal or share the holiday with family and friends to a free Thanksgiving meal. Our goal is to spread the love of Jesus Christ over dinner,” she said.
Bouttry-Webb said the organization’s 10 members, comprised of family, friends and her colleagues, want to give thanks by giving back.
“God loves us unconditionally and there are many ways to show God’s love by being a blessing to others every Thanksgiving,” she said.
Meal delivery and transportation to the Depot will be available upon request, she said. Call 706-452-5113 to arrange pickup or delivery.



Warren County wins gold level in Golden Radish
The school gardens at Warren County encompass two greenhouses and 26 raised beds.
Warren County Schools received honors for its farm-to-school initiatives for the second consecutive year.
In 2016, the system received the bronze level award, but this year they moved to the gold level on Oct. 30.
The Golden Radish Award is given by Georgia Organics to recognize school systems for their efforts in nutrition and agricultural education, and according to a release from this organization 75 school districts, including Warren County, participate in the farm-to-school initiative.



City of Thomson to close Nov. 10
The City of Thomson offices will be closed Friday, Nov. 10, in honor of Veterans Day.





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