Five Warren Co. seventh graders sign REACH scholarship
Jakeem Meadows, Caleb Griffith, Jatavian Allen, Shaikevia Jackson and Serita Ivey sign their REACH scholarships at the signing ceremony on Sept. 20.
Five Warren County seventh graders signed a $10,000 scholarship Tuesday evening.
The Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen (REACH) scholarship signing ceremony occurred at the Warren County Career Academy on Sept. 20 as Serita Ivey, Shaikevia Jackson, Jatavian Allen, Caleb Griffith and Jakeem Meadows -- along with their parents -- signed the dotted line.

McDuffie County BOE to replace THS cooling tower
The McDuffie County Board of Education approved a bid from Coleman Construction to replace the cooling tower at Thomson High School.
At its September meeting, the board unanimously approved a $115,903 bid from the company to replace the 25-year-old unit. The cooling tower will be paid for with SPLOST funds.

Planning Commission denies special use request
The above building was the proposed location of a daycare for non-traditional working families, but the use of the property was denied.
The McDuffie County Planning Commission recommended the denial of a proposed day care at its September meeting.
The owner of the proposed daycare, Nisharro Usry-Wilson, approached the county about granting special use of a building located at 216 First Avenue, which is currently zoned as B-2, heavy business.

ECHS brings awareness to infant mortality in McDuffie
Jodi Hudgins, Artnisha Jones, Laura Tucker and Deontavia Cohen prepare to release the balloons.
Enterprise Community Healthy Start (ECHS) along with local families held an infant mortality awareness event on Sept. 17.
The event, which occurred at the Camellia City Park in Thomson, coincided with Infant Mortality Awareness Month.

Request for Military Assistance via the Department of Defense’s Innovative Readiness Training Program
Notice to medical providers, labor unions, veterinarians, and private individuals.

Electrical short causes fire in Faubus Street home
A Thomson Fire Rescue firefighter enters the home located at 149 Faubus Street.
Thomson Fire Rescue and McDuffie County Fire and EMS responded to a structure fire call on Faubus Street on Sept. 17.
According to the fire report, the fire started as an electrical short in the back of the home, located at 149 Faubus Street in Thomson. The home is owned by Lynette and Raymond Parker.

City and County begin to pave roads for 2016
McDuffie County and the City of Thomson are joining forces to pave two roads in 2016 to positively impact their transportation accounts.
McDuffie County was to pave Mt. Pleasant Road and Murray Lane up to the Thomson City limits as one of its projects this year. The city was to pave the remaining sections of the roads. Bidding for resurfacing the two roads brought in a lower bid for the county, and therefore, the City of Thomson requested McDuffie pave the two roads into the city and it would pay $67,888.50 to the county’s paving contractor, ATC Contracting. The paving project began the week of Sept. 6.
Don Powers, the City administrator, informed the City Council about the county’s paving of the two city streets during the council’s Sept. 1 meeting. David Crawley, County manager, noted the paving of the two streets during the county’s Sept. 6 work session.
In a called meeting Sept. 1, the city council approved paving Springfield, Hunt, Grier and Beechwood in 2016 and approved C&H Paving of Thomson to resurface the streets for $167,705. The city indicated that partial paving of Holt Street and Jones Road would occur in 2017.
During the Sept. 6 work session of the county commission, Crawley announced the receipt of a Community Development Block Grant, which will benefit Davis Circle. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced Sept. 6 that McDuffie County would receive $445,506.00 for drainage and street improvements. He also announced the county’s receipt of a $1,500 wellness grant.

Warrenton Council passes animal cruelty ordinance
At its September meeting, the Warrenton City Council adopted an animal cruelty ordinance for the city.
The ordinance, which passed unanimously, amends the General Ordinances of the City to bring them in line with the state’s anti-cruelty provisions.
Under the statute, “animal” doesn’t include any fish or pest that would be exterminated or removed.
“A person commits the offense of cruelty to animals when he or she causes death or unjustifiable physical pain or suffering to any animal by an act, omission or willful neglect,” the ordinance reads.

McDuffie residents to cry out for America on Sept. 10
Recognition of the national event that came into being following the 9/11 terrorist attacks will be held in Dearing, Sept. 10, the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attack on America.
Cry Out America encourages people to gather at their county courthouse or other designated location on Sept. 11 to pray for the country. Its intent is to bring people together on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks to pray for a spritual revival in the United States.
McDuffie residents will gather at the Dearing track at 10 a.m., Sept. 10, to cry out to help awaken hearts and seek to transform the county and country through prayer.

McDuffie BOE holds public hearings on tax increase
Linda Whitaker, center, and several other McDuffie County citizens gathered at the board of education office for a public hearing on Aug. 25.
A proposed millage rate increase brought many people to the board office on Aug. 25.
The first hearing, one of three scheduled, began at 10 a.m. McDuffie residents attended the meeting to gather more information about the increase and give the school board some public input.
Mychele Rhodes, superintendent for McDuffie County Schools, gave a small presentation to the crowd to give the reasoning behind the millage rate increase from 17.19 mills to 19.69 mills, an increase of 2.5 mills, or 15.31 percent.

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