Phyllis Wheeler rehired to lead McDuffie elections
Phyllis Wheeler
A former elections director has been rehired to lead McDuffie County’s office of elections and voter registration.
Phyllis Wheeler, who held the position from May 2006 to May 2010, returned to the office in the old McDuffie Courthouse on Feb. 1.

Warren County grand jury indicts man for murder
David Lee Jackson
The Warren County Grand Jury issued a true bill indictment against David Lee Jackson on Jan. 28 for the Dec. 24, 2013 stabbing death of John Norman Thomas.

Family Y to break ground on Feb. 9
Shown above is a digital rendering of the front of the new Family Y located at 521 West Hill Street.
The Thomson Family Y, currently located at 510 West Hill Street, will move directly across the street to the old University McDuffie hospital building.
“It’s been a fun adventure,” said Dede Keir, executive director of the Thomson Family Y.

State’s high court upholds murder conviction
James E. McGuyton
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld McDuffie County’s murder conviction of James E. McGuyton, who was arrested, found guilty and given a sentence to life in prison for the 2012 murder of Kenneth Seek Jr.
The court on Jan. 19 upheld the decision by the McDuffie County Superior Court Judge Roger Dunaway to sentence McGuyton, on Sept 12, 2014, to life in prison plus five years, for malice murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Warrenton and Hancock deputies capture sex offender
Warren and Hancock county law enforcement have taken an unregistered sex offender off the streets.
Warren County Chief Deputy Sammy Purvis said Neal Pender of Atlanta was arrested Jan. 20. He had been living/ camping under the bridge on the Hancock side of the river.

Authorities on the lookout for stolen tractor in Warrenton
The red tractor shown above was reported stolen on Jan. 23. Authorities and the owners family urge people to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
The tractor portion of a tractor trailer was reported stolen from the 1100 block of Legion Drive in Warrenton on Jan. 23 and Warrenton Police seek the public's assistance in locating it. .

City of Warrenton breaks ground on new wastewater plant
Several dignitaries from the City of Warrenton, Warren County and the USDA broke ground at the site of the new wastewater treatment plant on Garland Circle.
A project that has been 10 years in the making has finally broken ground in Warrenton.
On Jan. 14, the City of Warrenton, Warren County and the USDA broke ground at the site for the new wastewater treatment plant located on Garland Circle in Warren County.

Students to test oratorical skills in heritage contest
Youth from across the community are invited to participate in an oratorical contest that illustrates their knowledge of and appreciation for their heritage.
Sponsored by the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Feb. 27 competition invites youth from sixth to 12th grades to acknowledge the importance of personalities and historical organizations that laid a foundation for transforming lives and impacting communities.

Firefighters and EMS receive new tools for their trades
Several crew members from McDuffie County Fire EMS are shown with the department’s new inflatable fire safety house.
New equipment that will assist in the protection and care of citizens of McDuffie County was unwrapped, unpacked and tested by firefighters and EMS workers Jan. 13.
McDuffie County Fire Rescue Service unpacked an inflatable fire safety house and the EMS workers showcased trauma-related equipment that will be placed among the county’s six ambulances.

Whiteoak Road head-on collision injures four
The Dodge Durango failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of Howard and Whiteoak roads, causing the accident.
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office and several other emergency personnel received a call for a wreck at the intersection of Whiteoak Road and Howard Road.
According to Georgia State Patrol Corporal Rick Fishel, a Dodge Durango, driven by David Payne, 65, of Harlem, was driving on Howard Road towards Whiteoak Road. The driver of the Durango failed to stop at the stop sign, and the two vehicles pretty much hit head on, according to Fishel.

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