Sanders celebrates retirement from district attorney position
Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Hugh Thompson is shown with outgoing Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders.
After 44 years, Toombs Judicial Circuit District Attorney Dennis Sanders is retiring.
His family, friends and coworkers held a retirement dinner for Sanders at Belle Meade Country Club on Dec. 1.
Sanders began his career as an assistant district attorney in the Toombs Judicial Circuit in April 1973 and became the district attorney after winning the 1984 election. He has been re-elected in 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008.
“It’s a great career he’s had,” said Hugh Thompson, Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. “He’s really deserving. Anybody who gets 44 years in this career should be recognized. This position has more to do with the preception of justice than any other. The DA has a lot to do with that. The sheriffs and judges do too, but no one more than the DA. It’s a hard job.”



Warrenton’s Hometown Christmas set for Dec. 8
Children enjoy a wagon ride through downtown Warrenton during last year’s Hometown Christmas.
Hometown Warrenton will be hosting its annual Hometown Christmas on Dec. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m.
For this year’s event, Cindy Rivers, manager of Hometown Warrenton, said there are plans for a parade featuring the Warren County High School marching band as well as Warren County High School and Briarwood cheerleaders and/or twirlers marching and performing. The parade will also give clubs and other organizations a chance to be involved as well.
“Hometown Christmas is a nostalgic evening of celebrating Christmas,” Rivers said
The event will kick off with a parade down a luminary-lined Main Street. The final stop for the parade will be in front of the Warren County courthouse where the WCHS band will perform alongside the M.E. Freeman Singers, the Briarwood Chorus and Amanda Ferguson during the Tree Lighting Ceremony.



Fire brings units to Carver Street home twice
A section of the roof falls to the ground and burns as firefighters attack the flames inside the home.
Smoke and flames brought McDuffie County Fire and EMS to a Carver Street home twice Nov. 22.
Firefighters were dispatched to 441 Carver at 3:55 a.m. and 11:10 a.m. to extinguish the burning structure.
The 13 firefighters responding to the 11:10 a.m. call fought flames in the shell of what was once a one-story, 1375-square foot brick home of Timothy West.
According to Fire Chief Stephen Sewell, the cause of the initial blaze was an electrical malfunction in the attic space. The fire reignited as a result of smoldering embers or a hot spot in the attic insulation.



Suspect arrested in Newton murder
Jeffries S. Anderson
The Atlanta Police Department (APD) has arrested Jefferies S. Anderson, 36, of Atlanta, for the Oct. 31 murder of Jonathan Alexander "Alex" Newton.
According to the APD spokesperson Donald Hannah, Anderson was arrested on Nov. 22 by the APD Fugitive Unit and charged with felony murder. He is currently in the Dekalb County jail with no bond.



Curtis Funeral Home introduces emergency mobile app for community
Curtis Funeral Home has helped create Vital Ice, a free downloadable app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play to help save lives.
Curtis Funeral Home has invested back into the community in order to promote the saving of lives.
Owner J. Foster Wylie recognized a very unique opportunity to assist local first responders through an ingenious marketing initiative that could help save lives.
Wylie and funeral home staff ask that residents download the free Vital ICE (In Case of Emergency) app, from either the Apple App Store or Google Play, for your smart phone and enter in their code: #3695.
Curtis Funeral Home is making this potentially life-saving app available for free to download in the community as a way of showing their gratitude for allowing them to serve you.
The funeral home requests that smart phone owners take just a few minutes to download the Vital ICE app and fill in the information so that you are prepared in case of an emergency. This app is available to the entire community, regardless of age, so do not pass up this great life-saving opportunity, said Brenda "Brandy" Brockmeyer of The Vital Ice Team.



Thomson to build CNG fueling station at City Barn
The City Barn on Railroad Street in Thomson will be the location for the new CNG fueling station. One of the trash trucks is shown being fueled.
The City of Thomson is currently bidding out a compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station at the City Barn.
City Administrator Don Powers said the City has been using CNG since the late 1970s to fuel City vehicles, but the current fueling station is in need of an update.
“The station is outdated, and the compressor capacity is too low,” Powers said.
Powers said the City is soliciting bids for contractors to update the fueling station, and he estimates the cost to be about $500,000, although he said he wants to get the price lower than that amount.



Thomson man charged with homicide by vehicle
Benjamin Farr
The driver of a pickup truck involved in an accident that killed a 19-year-old in May has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree, among other charges.
Benjamin Farr, 28, of Thomson, was arrested on Nov. 14 and charged with homicide by vehicle in the first degree , driving under the influence and failure to yield.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred at the intersection of Wire Road and Warrenton Highway on May 8, 2016. One of the passengers, Drake Widener, 19, of Thomson, was killed in the crash after the pickup truck Farr was driving was hit by a tractor-trailer.



McDuffie put into Level 1 Drought Response
The entire boat ramp at Amity Recreation area is out of the water. The lake is currently 10 feet below full pool, which is 330 feet.
McDuffie County as well as several other area counties has been put into Level 1 drought restriction by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
Drought conditions have worsened throughout Georgia, causing lowered lake levels in our area and wildfires in north Georgia.
EPD Director Rick Dunn announced on Nov. 17 that 52 counties have moved from Level 1 to Level 2 Response, and 58 additional counties have been included in Georgia’s drought declaration, including McDuffie, Warren, Wilkes, Columbia, Richmond, Jefferson, Glascock and Lincoln counties.



Thomson-McDuffie Middle hosts Veterans Day program
Bea Hart-Moss and Greg Derry stand as the US Marines song is played.
Thomson-McDuffie Middle School hosted its annual Veterans Day celebration on Nov. 11.
Organized by Laura Osborne, the program began with a presentation of colors by the Thomson High School NJROTC Color Guard, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Heather Boutwell, and the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” by the THS Patriotic Winds.



Thomson man charged with molesting 13-year-old
Jordan Smoot
A joint investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a 13-year-old female resulted in the Nov. 8 arrest of an 18-year-old Thomson man.






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