Child Advocacy Center celebrates grand opening at Thomson location
Kari Viola-Brooke, director of the CAC in Thomson, cuts the ribbon to officially open the organization. She is surrounded by Child Enrichment Inc. personnel, CAC personnel and other Toombs Judicial Circuit personnel.
The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Thomson celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 1.
“Today is a day of great joy and a lot of promise for the kids of our community,” said Bill Doupe´, Toombs Judicial Circuit district attorney.
He said the process to open the CAC through Child Enrichment Inc.’s Augusta office started in October 2002.
“There was a big push where many in the community, our office, law enforcement from all the different agencies were really anxious to get a child advocacy center opened up in the Toombs Circuit,” Doupe´ said. “I think we went ahead and applied for a certificate, had a building picked out and did a lot of fundraising, and a lot of people in this community were involved in the fundraising.” 



Thomson jewelry store celebrates 30 years in business
Shown are Victoria English, Tynsley Grisco, Amber Martin, Olivia Hohlwein, Terry Holley, Carrington Beggs, Ashtyn Simons and Baxter. Not shown are Love Zimmerman, Gerry Owens and Faith Cash.
This year marks Holley Jewelers 30th Christmas in business.
The business was founded in Harlem in November 1987, and owner Terry Holley said the store has always taken pride in customer service, honesty above profit and celebrating long-time relationships with customers and the community.



Reports of counterfeit bills surface in Thomson
With the holiday season in full swing, counterfeit money is circulating in the Thomson area.
According to Thomson Police Chief John Seay, the police department has received information from a local bank that three counterfeit $50 bills were received with a customer’s deposit.
“It’s Christmas, and some bad people use this hurry and rush time of year to take advantage of our good citizens,” Seay said.



Thomson man stabbed at Gus Street home
Shameka McGahee
A Thomson, GA man was stabbed in his Gus Street home on Dec. 1.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., McDuffie County 911 received a call from an an individual who said a man had been stabbed at a home in the 400 block of Street in Thomson. The male subject was later identified as Jonathan Andre McGahee, 36, of Thomson.



Child Advocacy Center opens in Thomson
Kari Viola-Brooke, director of the CAC, Bill Doupe´, DA for the Toombs Judicial Circuit, and Jimmy Talkington, Toombs Investigator, are shown inside one of the interview rooms at the new CAC in Thomson.
An Augusta center dedicated to being an advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect has opened an office in Thomson.
Child Enrichment Inc.’s Child Advocacy Center (CAC) has established an office at 123 Nassau Place (in the Knox Shopping Center) to assist the Toombs Judicial Circuit in helping victimized children heal and help law enforcement and the prosecution build stronger cases.



Fire at Thomson hotel damages first floor room
Thomson and McDuffie County firefighters responded to a fire at the Comfort Inn on Washington Road in Thomson early Sunday morning.
Thomson Fire Rescue and McDuffie County Fire and EMS responded to a report of a structure fire at the Comfort Inn on Sunday morning.



Nonprofit provides comfort during holiday season
Deolisa Booker and Tina Butler put food into containers on Thanksgiving for meals.
A local nonprofit worked to serve Thanksgiving meals to anyone who couldn’t provide their own meal or couldn’t be with family and friends on the holiday.
“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, Love, Peace and Happiness Outreach (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.”



Thomson Police investigating alleged Pecan Ct. stabbing
Thomson Police Department Investigator Robert Brown searches for a blood trail following a reported stabbing in the 1000 block of Pecan Court Nov. 20.
A Pecan Court woman allegedly stabbed her Gus Street boyfriend Monday evening Nov. 20.



Warrenton Area Children’s Theatre to perform Cinderella
The Area Children's Theatre presents its 20th production: Disney's “Cinderella.” The troupe will also perform select numbers from their previous musicals as a Musical Reprise. Included are Godspell, Annie, Mulan, and Mary Poppins.
There will be four performances, two of which are matinees. Performances are: Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.



Operation Christmas Child brings in more than 1,000 boxes
Pam Partridge served in her first year as coordinator for the drop-off location at First Baptist Church in Thomson.
The Thomson and Warrenton area collected more than 1,800 shoeboxes full of toys and goodies for children in need in third world countries across the planet.
Pam Partridge, first-year drop-off coordinator at First Baptist Church in Thomson, said the collection site brought in 1,857 shoeboxes from 1,747 donors, including churches and individuals. Twelve volunteers spent 53 hours packing the boxes into cartons to be shipped.






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