OFTC looking to offer more adult education in Warren Co.
Saketha Adams, OFTC’s dean of students, is shown speaking with some interested students.
Oconee Fall Technical College (OFTC), in partnership with Warren County Schools, is gauging interest in adult education classes through the Career Academy in the Warren community.
OFTC already offers adult education/GED classes in Warrenton, and the Career Academy classes would be an extension of the college’s offerings in the community.
“We have been offering credit classes through the Warren County Career Academy for several years in the areas of computers, early childhood, welding and nurse aide,” said Erica Harden, OFTC’s executive vice president. “Carole Jean Carey, superintendent for Warren County School System, and their entire board of education have been very supportive. Therefore, we wanted to offer similar classes to the community as a whole.”
Harden said OFTC recently finished its accreditation process, and the technical college wanted to see what the interest would be in the community to offer classes in nurse aid, early childhood care and education, welding and joining technology and Microsoft Office specialist certificate in Word or Excel.




Frontage road planned in Warren County
Phase one of the Frontage Road is shown above. The first phase of the road will run from Cadley Road to Ridge Road.
Warren County and the Georgia Department of Transportation are working together to create steps for the county’s future.
“We want to open up the 160 interchange on the Interstate for commercial and industrial development,” said Warren County Board of Commissioners Chairman John Graham. The first phase will begin at Cadley Road and run to Ridge Road.
Graham said bidding for the first phase will begin in late 2019 and construction should begin in 2020. The road will be a two-lane road and will allow easy access to the Interstate. Graham said the plan is long-term, and the road will not be constructed over night.




24th Annual Sportsman’s Festival makes move to Career Academy, set for Nov. 11
The 2017 Sportsmans Festival is set for Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Career Academy.
Hometown Warrenton is gearing up for the 24th annual Sportsmans Festival on Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“The purpose of the Sportsman's Festival is to celebrate with those sportsmen who have chosen to live in, to come to, and often, to retire to, Warren County to hunt and fish,” said Cindy Rivers, manager of Hometown Warrenton. “We offer this event as a show of our appreciation and hope that it's something fun for their entire family.”
Also new this year is the location of the festival. The festival will be held at the Career Academy located at 115 Gibson Highway in Warrenton.
The Warrenton American Legion Post 96 will also be hosting a VeteRUN 5k and color run as well as a turkey shoot. The turkey shoot will be at Legion Field following the festival.
“The support of the local community is invaluable and means so much to us,” said Milissa Wilkerson of the American Legion Post 96. “We are holding this run as a celebration of America's veterans and service members.”
The run, which starts at 9 a.m. will begin at the corner of S. Gibson St. and Legion Dr., and parking will be at the Career Academy.



Eighth graders sign REACH scholarships
Andrea Cobb, Kayja Hatcher, Faith McNair, Xarea Primas and Antron Dixon sign the REACH contracts as their parents look on.
Five Warren County eighth graders signed a $10,000 scholarship Wednesday Oct. 4.
The Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) scholarship signing ceremony occurred at the Warren County Career Academy as Andrea Cobb, Antron Dixon, Kayja Hatcher, Faith McNair and Xarea Primas -- along with their parents -- signed the dotted line.
“Their teachers and principal are already proud of these students,” said Quamid Green, REACH coordinator and parent liaison. “We want them to continue what they’re already doing.”Faith McNair and Xarea Primas -- along with their parents -- signed the dotted line.
“Their teachers and principal are already proud of these students,” said Quamid Green, REACH coordinator and parent liaison. “We want them to continue what they’re already doing.”



Smith Bios Group gives tutorial on how to be more healthy
The crowd listens as the Rev. Antonio Smith addresses issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other health issues.
The Smith Bios Group, composed of the Rev. Antonio Smith and Minister Pam Smith, were guests at Springfield Baptist Church on Sept. 30.
The Smith Bios Group, of North Carolina, provided a workshop for the community to spread the word about kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health issues in a church setting while Antonio Smith shared his personal health testimony.
The group was established in 2015 to bring awareness to chronic kidney disease and its leading causes -- diabetes and high blood pressure.



Sickle cell awareness raised in walk around R.L. Norris track
Ready, set, walk. Participants of a sickle cell awareness walk Saturday, Sept. 23, set off as a group behind the sign for a half-revolution around the R.L. Norris track before disbursing to walk individually at their own pace. By the end of the morning, nearly 100 walkers stepped onto the track to walk a lap or a mile in honor of Ronny Moss.
Ronny LaQuain Moss died in 2012 from complications from Sickle Cell disease that went undetected his entire life.
Friends, the Moss and Norris family, and the community celebrated his life Saturday, Sept. 23, with the first Sickle Cell Awareness Walk and fundraiser at the R. L. Norris Track on Harrison Road in Thomson.
“He inspired not only me, but many of us to take up his fight,” said organizer Chris Norris. “Through his death, we fight to give life. His death impacted the lives of many and continues until this day.”
From 8 a.m. to noon, nearly 100 people, at different times of the morning, stepped onto the track to walk a lap or a mile in Moss’ honor. The refrain was that Moss had a big heart and was loved across Thomson and beyond.



Mesena man charged with burglary of eight properties
Michael Harden
What do gas cans, weed eaters, ladders, chain saws, trimmers and a generator have in common?
The items are among power tools and lawn equipment a Mesena man allegedly took when he allegedly burglarized eight McDuffie County garages/sheds and properties from Aug. 20 through Sept. 11.
The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Daley “Mikey” Harden, 62, of East Reese Road Sept. 13 for the burglaries that occurred on Twin Pine Road, Cedar Rock Road, Mattox Creek Drive, Wrightsboro Road and Aleise Street.



Harlem to hold 29th annual Oliver Hardy Festival Oct. 7
Dennis Moriarty and the late Dale Walter Sr.
For the 24th year in a row, Dennis (Sparkie/Stan) Moriarty will return to Harlem for the 29th annual Oliver Hardy Festival on Oct. 7.
He will be without his partner of 30 years Dale E. (Pogo/Ollie) Walter Sr. who passed away during the first week of November 2015.
Moriarty will have the pleasure to enjoy the skills and talents of “Little Ollie” and his driver, Phillip Jones and Gary Oliver Russeth.
The performers will perform at various locations the week before festival to promote Harlem. They will perform at “Sons of the Desert” activities on Oct. 5, 6 and 7. These activities include the Augusta Canal Tour and Discovery Center, reception and “Berth Marks Tent” #238 meeting at the Laurel and Hardy Museum.



County to pick up storm debris from curbside for four weeks
The high winds associated with Hurricane Irma created a fair amount of “green waste”, such as limbs, branches, leaves, and even some whole trees.
The City of Thomson learned on Thursday, Sept. 14 that all Georgia City and County Governments will likely qualify for some Federal reimbursement for costs associated with storm or “green waste” cleanup.



Life to be offered at community-wide workshop Sept. 30 at Springfield Baptist Church
Smith Bios Group will present a communitywide Life Workshop about Kidney Disease Sept. 30 at Springfield Baptist Church. Pictured are the founders, Minister Pam and the Rev. Antonio Smith.
The importance of health screenings and awareness about chronic kidney disease and its leading causes will be the focus of a Life Workshop for the Community on Sept. 30.
Springfield Baptist Church is bringing the Smith Bios Group to Thomson to provide a community workshop that begins at 10 a.m. The Rev. Antonio and Minister Pam Smith desire to spread the word about kidney disease in a church setting where they will share their personal testimonies of sickness and disease, wholeness and healing. They founded Smith Bios Group in 2015 to bring awareness about chronic kidney disease and its leading causes — diabetes and high blood pressure.






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