Thomson teen dies in Friday crash
A 17-year old Thomson teenager was killed in a two-vehicle collision at approximately 5:15 p.m. Friday, June 26 at Old Milledgeville Road and Wrens Highway.


Thigpen new assistant chief for Thomson Fire Department
John Thigpen
A Thomson firefighter who was promoted to lieutenant in 2014 has been named Assistant Fire Chief for the Thomson Fire Rescue Service.
John A. Thigpen, who has been working part-time with the Thomson fire department since 2001 and received a new rank in December, is moving into the newly created full-time position on July 6. He will end his 36-year career as shift supervisor and back-up incident Command on the Fire Brigade at DSM Chemicals in Augusta, on June 30.



Warren County to resurface 10 miles of roads
The Warren County Commission recently approved the resurfacing of 10 miles of roads for a cost of $600,000.
The funds to resurface the roads will be provided by the T-SPLOST and the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG).



Gunman tries to rob Long John Silver’s
A man brandishing a gun tried to rob a local eatery Sunday night but was halted from getting away with the restaurant’s revenue because the money drop had been made prior to his arrival.
The African-American man walked into the Long John Silver’s Restaurant, at 1589 Washington Road, in Thomson, shortly before 10:15 p.m., June 14 with a gun and demanded money from an employee at the counter, said McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office Major Ronnie Williamson.



Family Y holds fundraiser for Texas flood victims
Shown at the Family Y in Thomson are (from left) Tyler Shelton, Togetherhood coordinator; Corie Johnson, Y program director; and employee, Jennifer Harris.
The Family Y in Thomson is kicking off the Togetherhood Program. Every month, the program will switch between focusing on local issues and those elsewhere. The first month of the Togetherhood Program will be an effort to raise money for the Texas flood victims.
“We just wanted to do something in the community and get them involved in what we’re doing. It’s also for a good cause,” the program’s coordinator, Tyler Shelton, said.



Police request assistance in identifying man who took thousands from Sprint
An unidentified African-American man entered the Sprint Convenience Store on May 25 and took more than $5,000 from an office and left the store undetected. Visit the McDuffie Progress Facebook page to view the video of the suspects.
The Thomson Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the man who walked away from a local convenience store with thousands in cash on Memorial Day.
Thomson Police Investigator Jamie Bridges said that an unknown African-American man entered the Sprint Convenience Store on Jackson St., at approximately 9:45 a.m. on May 25. The man went to the back of the store and entered the manager’s office.
“He discovered a bank deposit in excess of $5,000 and was able to leave the store without being detected and he left with an accomplice,” Bridges said.
He said the suspect thief was wearing a blue, New York shirt, blue jeans and a gray hat. The African-American man who left the store with him was wearing a light blue or white Polo-type shirt and a ball cap. “He is also believed to be involved,” the police captain said.



New Norris Elementary to be completed by December
Neal Tam, TMMS principal and soon-to-be director of administrative services for the school district, walks along the middle hallway of the new Norris Elementary School during a tour of the construction site Tuesday morning.
School and construction officials confirm the new school will be completed by the Dec. 18 deadline or possibly sooner. The McDuffie County School District plans for the school to move from its current location and into the new school over the Christmas break.



Blevins and Graziano are Senior Citizens of the Year
Louis C. Graziano and Joyce Blevins
Two individuals who have performed unselfish service to the local citizens and beyond have been named McDuffie County’s Senior Citizens of the Year for 2015.
Joyce Blevins, who was involved in county government for more than 50 years, and Louis C. Graziano, a hairdresser and barber since 1939, were named top seniors and recognized with proclamations during the May 6 meeting of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners.



Edwards resigns McDuffie EMS director position
Tim Edwards (McDuffie Progress file photo)
The director of the McDuffie County EMS has resigned his duties, effective immediately.
According to McDuffie County officials, Tim Edwards resigned his position today, May 11, citing personal reasons.
For additional details, see the full story this week in the McDuffie Progress. To have the Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe.



Student caught with gun at Thomson High School
School officials report that a student was in possession of a firearm this morning at Thomson High School. The gun was not loaded.
The firearm was .22-caliber, according to Superintendent Mychele Rhodes.
Rhodes said the students who came forward after witnessing the firearm did the right thing, they reported the situation to an adult.

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