City receives grant to rehab housing and help Habitat build houses in Pitts Street area
The City of Thomson has joined with Habitat for Humanity to build three homes in the Pitts Street area.
The City received a $612,000 grant from the Community Home Investment Program of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to build the Habitat homes on First and Second streets and to make housing improvements that would bring houses up to safety code within the city.



Hancock County to have new superintendent for 2016-17
Dr. Charles Culver has been appointed as the superintendent of Hancock County Schools.
Dr. Charles Culver, currently a member of the Warren County Board of Education, was appointed as the superintendent of Hancock County Schools on May 26.
After a five-month search conducted by the school system, with assistance from the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA), Culver, who has been the interim superintendent for Hancock County since February 2015, was appointed to the superintendent position.



Thomson High School cannery set to open for another year
The Thomson High School Cannery will open on June 14 at 7:30 a.m., and it is located at 1077 Whiteoak Road in Thomson.
The Thomson High School canning plant, located at 1077 White Oak Road in Thomson, will open for business on June 14 at 7:30 a.m.
The cannery has been open for more than 60 years at the Whiteoak Road location, and this is the 12th year of operation in the current building.



Combined agency graduates first basic firefighter class
Firefighters and paramedics graduated from a Basic Firefighter Class June 1. Pictured are (from left) Firefighter/AEMT Ben Hobbs, Firefighter Jacob Kirby, Firefighter Dylan Collins, Firefighter/EMT David Drawdy, Firefighter Marquavious Williams, Firefighter Michael Newman, Firefighter/AEMT Matt Neal and Firefighter/EMT Harvey Brown. (Not pictured) are Firefighter/ Paramedic Matt Cassingham and Firefighter/Paramedic George Rouse
Six months of training and 200 hours of coursework culminated in a graduation and certification ceremony for 11 firefighters and EMTs June 1.
The Basic Firefighter Class began in September 2015 and was completed in March 2016. Its members included a mixture of full-time, part-time and paid per call personnel and included EMTs and paramedics from McDuffie County Fire and EMS and the Lincoln County Fire Department.



State closes controversial used car dealership
AutoSource, a controversial auto dealership, was shut down on May 18 by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Used Car Board.
The operating license of a controversial used car dealership in Thomson has been revoked by the statewide used car board.
AutoSource Unlimited LLC, an Augusta business operating at 1214 Washington Road in Thomson, was shuttered May 18 after a Georgia Secretary of State Used Car Board hearing outlining numerous complaints about its business practices and operations received by the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office.



Mission: McDuffie celebrates 15 years of service
Jennifer Miles, of Fort Creek Baptist in Dearing, scrapes paint off the roof of a Hamilton Drive home on June 6.
Several area churches partnered to bring the 15th year of Mission: McDuffie to fruition.
Beginning with a kickoff that occurred on June 5 at First Baptist Church of Thomson, 65 student volunteers, grades six through 12, and 20 adult volunteers began their week of service.



Small plane crashes at Thomson-McDuffie airport
The lights of emergency responders are shown on the airport runway.
A student pilot crashed a small plane on the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport runway on June 7 at approximately 10:12 p.m.



Community contributes to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’
Two local charities received more than 5,000 pounds of food to help nearly 800 families put food in their pantries and feed children over the summer.
Manna Inc. and Agape Outreach Ministries were recipients of food collected through the postal carrier’s “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive on May 14.



McDuffie County kids kick off their summer with reading
Priscilla Richardson helps Dakota and Dalton Richardson with a scavenger hunt during the kickoff.
The Thomson-McDuffie County Library kicked off its summer reading program on May 24 with games, a balloon artist, crafts, food and games.
The program has two themes this year -- one for children called On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! and one for teens called Get in the Game, Read!
The summer program includes fun activities for children and teens throughout the summer as well as workshops for teens and children. The story times, Tuesday programs and Thursday and Friday movies are open to any child or teen, although the movies shown on Thursdays are more suited for older children.



Thomson Depot receives statewide award
Photo courtesy of Emily Taff Don Powers, Thomson City administrator, second from left, displays the excellence award the Thomson Depot received during the April 22 ceremony in Marietta. He is surrounded by Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust president and CEO; Anne Floyd, grant writer and administrator of the CSRA Regional Commission; Tom Little, director of historic preservation at Surber, Barber, Choate and Hertlein; Luke Rushing, landscape architect at The Jaeger Company and Bill Peard, Georgia Trust chairman.
The Thomson Depot received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation during its 39th annual Preservation Awards ceremony.
The award was presented April 22 during The Georgia Trust’s Spring Ramble in Marietta.
The rehabilitation of the Thomson Depot was accomplished through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation and The City of Thomson.






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