Man charged with statutory rape following GBI investigation
Nicholas Becerra
A Thomson man has been arrested for the statutory rape of a girl under the age of 16.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the actions of Nicholas Austin Becerra, 19, of the 800 block of Ginger Hill Road stemming from a child molestation complaint in December 2016.



Thomson High School registration set for July 24-27
Registration for the Thomson High School 2017-2018 school year will be held July 24-27, for students new to Thomson-McDuffie County. Hours of registration are 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m.
Student registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Typically, parents should plan to spend between 45-60 minutes to complete all required registration forms and meet with a school counselor.



Precision Waste sells to Advanced Disposal
Precision Waste customers will soon see a new company taking over their trash pick up.
Precision Waste, which sold to Advanced Disposal on July 6, was sold based on a desire to do what is best for the company’s existing customers.



Wheeler Ace Hardware hosts ribbon cutting
Philip Sherer, owner, is shown with his family, ACE Hardware employees, Warren County Chamber of Commerce board members and Cindy Rivers, CEO/President of Warren County Chamber of Commerce.
Wheeler Hardware Store has a new owner and name thanks to Philip Sherer.
Sherer purchased the former Wheeler True Value Hardware store and has been working to convert it to an ACE Hardware.



Technical colleges speak on campus carry bill
College campuses expect students who carry weapons to understand and follow the law when bringing firearms onto campus, said the director of Community Engagement and Public Affairs.
Kimberly Holden said Augusta Tech and its campuses in Thomson, Grovetown and Waynesboro and the other technical colleges across the state were given uniform guidance by the Technical College System of Georgia prior to the state’s July 1 implementation of House Bill 280. The bill, known as the “Campus Carry” gun law, was signed by Governor Nathan Deal in May to permit licensed individuals to carry concealed firearms on college campuses.



TPD arrests second robbery suspect
Kijordan Ceaser
The Thomson Police have arrested the second of five suspects allegedly involved in the May 21 robbery of four people in two separate incidents on Thomson streets.



Drivers who stretch the speed limit are warned to slow down or be prepared to get pulled over
Georgia joins neighboring states in regional effort to reducing traffic deaths by getting motorist to obey posted speed limits.

Motorists who think they can drive a few miles over the speed limit without getting pulled over could soon see blue lights in the rearview mirror as Georgia joins a multi-state effort to reduce traffic deaths by getting drivers to follow the posted speed limit.



Keystone Homes opens new neighborhood in Grovetown
Keystone Home President Mark Gilliam and Robyn Nelson, design studio coordinator, prepare to cut the ribbon. They are surrounded by other Keystone staff as well as Chamber members and government dignitaries.
Grovetown’s newest neighborhood opened to the public on June 29.
Euchee Lake, a neighborhood built by Keystone Homes, is located just outside the Grovetown city limits off of Harlem-Grovetown Road. It has the possibility of having 73 homes in the neighborhood, and the prices range from $190,000 to the mid-$200,000s.



Warren County Schools receives top honors at Charter System Foundation luncheon
M.E. Freeman Principal Kathy Hinesley, Warren County Board Member Cecil Brown, Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Warren County Board Chairman Gwendolyn Tucker, Board Member Eugene Andrews, Rep. Mack Jackson and Warren County Middle School Principal Shauna Andrews are shown with the Charter System of the Year Award.
The Warren County School System has been named the charter school system of the year in Georgia.
On June 21, the Georgia Charter Systems Foundation held the third annual Charter System Foundation Awards Luncheon hosted by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle. The awards ceremony highlighted the numerous achievements of Georgia charter systems, including Warren County Schools.
The system received the Charter System of the Year Award as well as a $10,000 grant from the Georgia Association of Realtors to further enhance their reforms.



Police arrest suspect in Guill Street and Pinelane Drive armed robberies
Overton L. Williams
The Thomson Police Department arrested one of five suspects allegedly involved in robbing four people in two separate incidents on Thomson streets on May 21.






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