Atnip retires from PFA
George Atnip enjoys a sunny day with dog, Sissy, at the State Ponds in Dearing. Antip, the current area manager at the State Ponds, will retire on April 1 after nearly 30 years on the job.
On April 1, George Atnip will officially retire from his position as the Area Manager at the McDuffie Public Fishing Area, in Dearing, where he has been employed since 1986.
“It involves managing this entire area,” Antip said of his job duties. “It’s a three-pronged operation.” The three prongs being: a public fishing area stocked with catfish, a warm water hatchery and the McDuffie Environmental Education Center (MEEC).
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Warren County health officials drill for Anthrax outbreak
There was a station set up for medicine for the anthrax outbreak scenario.
Warren County citizens gathered for a disaster preparedness exercise on Saturday, March 14 that covered bases on what procedures to follow if there was ever a bio-terrorist act or contagious disease outbreak that has potential to cause major causalities in the area. Specifically, this drill focused on an Anthrax outbreak.
The Warren County Health Department and other emergency response agencies would be responsible for heading up the response in such a scenario.
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City council approves $67k for two new police cars
The Thomson Police Department will soon have two new police cars in its patrol fleet.
The Thomson City Council, on March 12, approved the $67,551 purchase of the two cars with accompanying equipment from Thomson Motor Center as well as in-car video systems for $8,745 from McLaggan Communications of Hahira.



Dearing and McDuffie hold hearings on HUD improvement grant
Water ponds in a yard and flows under a home on Davis Circle. The county commission is seeking a community development block grant to improve drainage in the area.
McDuffie County and the Town of Dearing are seeking to receive up to $100,000 to make improvements to areas of the community that pose a threat to the health and welfare of citizens.
McDuffie County and the Town of Dearing are each seeking up to $500,000 in community development block grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.



Anthony Chiles named new Norris Elementary principal
The new Norris principal, Anthony Chiles (right) addresses the McDuffie County Board of Education at the Tuesday, March 10 meeting, after the announcement was made.
Anthony Chiles got his start in the education field as the band director at Murphy Middle School in Augusta. He eventually became the assistant principal at a primary school in Waynesboro, was transferred to the same post at the neighboring high school in Burke County, and has been there ever since. Now, of course, Chiles has been named the principal at Norris, and he is just 32 years old. He said there is no way he could have reached his current level without the help of loved ones and friends.



Man ejected from driver's door on I-20 exit ramp
Officer Baron Pernell examines a one-car accident scene on Interstate 20 West Exit 175 ramp.

A one car accident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 involving Thomson native George Roberts, 61, on the Interstate West 175 exit.
According to an officer on the scene, Baron Pernell, Roberts was exiting off Interstate 20 West when the Ford F-150's tires blew, causing him to loose control of the vehicle and swerve off the exit rap. The F-150 hit the ditch that runs along side the road, and skidded forward. Roberts was thrown from the driver's door and transported to McDuffie Hospital.



Hutson sentenced to 45 years for death of Kenny Seek
Rondoe Hutson, shown in this photo fromt he time of his arrest, pleaded guilty to multiple charges and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Rondoe Hutson pleaded guilty today to charges related to his involvement in the shooting death of Kenny Seek, Jr. and was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
He and another man, James McGuyton, initially faced malice murder and felony murder charges for the Nov. 22, 2012 death of Seek, whose body was found in a wooded area near Marshall Church Road.
Hutson, who was charged as a party to the crime, pleaded guilty at 2 p.m., March 11 to voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
McGuyton, who was described in court as “the trigger man” who actually killed Seek, pleaded guilty to murder last year and was sentenced to a life sentence on Sept. 12, 2014.

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Dearing to establish a citizens’ patrol
The Town of Dearing is pursuing the creation of a Citizens Observer Patrol, a volunteer watchdog program. Neighbors, Harlem, enacted a COP program in 2014, and Grovetown launched a COP program in February.
“We are having issues at the walking track,” Kelley said of the motorcycles and golf carts on the track at night. “There are odd things happening at the gym. There are a lot of things going on,” he said.
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Dearing to relocate voting precinct
Complaints about lack of privacy and temperatures at the voting precinct in Dearing have the town council seeking another venue.
According to Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley, McDuffie County’s elections director informed him that the town’s polling location should move from the gym to another location or a portion of the voters may be reassigned to the larger polling station at Fort Creek beginning with the 2016 election cycle.
Kelley made this announcement at the March 9 town council meeting. For the full, expanded story pick up a copy of this week's McDuffie Progress. Be sure to take advantage of Friday the 13th — new subscribers can get $13 off a new subscription now until 5 p.m., Friday, March 13. Just call the Progress at 706-595-1601.



One car accident in Dearing
The White 2002 Infinity, which crashed on Culberth Road in Dearing, being taken away by Sutton's towing. Shown, (left to right): Mike Holderfield, Ray Sutton, and Ray Sutton Jr.

On Tuesday, March 10 there was a one care accident on Culberth Road in Dearing at approximately 5:45 p.m. A 16 year-old female minor was westbound on Culberth Road in a 2002 white Infinity when she lost control and ended up in the road-side woods.
"I'm not even going to venture how fast she was going," Senior Georgia State Patrol Officer Steve Shelton said.
Shelton said no charges would be pressed.






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