County Commission awards Wilson, reviews problematic intersection
The McDuffie County Commission presented Commissioner Sammie Wilson, second from left, with a plaque on May 17 recognizing his completion of his lifelong learning academy and economic and community development specialty track within the ACCG.
A McDuffie County Commissioner may be the most educated among his peers in local county government operations thanks to his diligence in continuing education.
Sammie Wilson, of District 2B, was presented with a plaque May 17 that recognized his overall training and community development expertise.
Wilson won the award at the April 29-May 2 ACCG annual conference in Savannah, which was presented to him during the McDuffie County Commission meeting.

Warrenton council approves new industrial water rates
During its May meeting, the Warrenton City Council approved a resolution to lower industrial water rates for more than 100,000 gallons.
Mayor Pro-tem Chris McCorkle proposed the resolution to add a third tier to the water rates for industrial water customers to allow for them to have lower rates.

City of Thomson offices to close for Memorial Day
City of Thomson offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

McDuffie fifth graders pledge to remain drug-free
Deputy Barry Whitfield presents a certificate to a CHAMPS graduate as teacher Ashley West calls out the classes and names. The graduates received their certificates and shook hands with educators, law enforcement, firefighters and county leaders as they crossed the stage at NES.
Fifth grade students at Norris Elementary school walked across the stage May 16 and pledged to stay off drugs as they graduated as “Champs.”
Two hundred fifty students graduated from the 20-week Choosing Healthy Activities & Methods Promoting Safety program under the local auspices of the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office and state auspices of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association.

McDuffie County Schools to offer summer nutrition program
McDuffie County Schools will be offering a Seamless Summer nutrition program for students aged 18 and younger during the summer, beginning May 23.

Tragedy avoided in accident on Thomson Bypass
The trailer the lawnmower was in was pinned under the cab.
Tragedy was narrowly averted in an accident on the Thomson Bypass Wednesday afternoon.
According to GSP Master Trooper John Freeman, the wreck occurred at the corner of the bypass and Dallas Drive at close to 2:40 p.m.

McDuffie participates in Relay for Life
The survivors lap began the 2016 Relay for Life Celebration that honored the late Tinye Harding and the late David Ruehle. The lap was led by their families.
Celebration was the signature as McDuffie County recognized the lives of two people who were stalwarts in the county’s Relay for Life events before they died from cancer last year.
The McDuffie County Relay for Life honored and celebrated the lives of volunteers David Ruehle and Tinye Harding and their contributions to the effort on May 13. Their families led the first lap, the survivors lap, around the Thomson High School track as walkers behind them walked in honor of or in memory of someone.

Jones charged with statutory rape
Logan O. Jones
A Sandersville man has been charged with the statutory rape of 14-year-old Mitchell girl and is being held in the McDuffie County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Fourteen arrested in illegal use of gaming machine in Warren County
Fourteen people were arrested in Warren County May 12 after the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, in conjunction with the Georgia Lottery Corporation, executed search warrants at four businesses and one residence for violations of Georgia’s commercial gambling laws.
The search warrants were served at the Camak Grocery & Deli, 3390 Highway 80 N, in Camak; Gunn Mini Mart, 41 Main Street, in Warrenton; Chevron, 32 Thomson Hwy., in Warrenton; and at Norwood B & D, 4655 Atlanta Hwy., in Norwood.

Stopping the summer slide in Warren County with books
Jordyn Heath, a kindergartner at M.E. Freeman Elementary, picks a book from the table during the May 4 Books for Keeps event.
For the third year in a row, students at M.E. Freeman Elementary had Christmas in May, picking out 12 free books for their summer reading pleasure.
A group out of Athens called Books for Keeps began servicing the children of Warren County in 2014, and every student from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade is able to participate.

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