Local seniors benefit from Vision Program
Gladys Thaxton receives an eye screening from Steve Tarpley, a volunteer from Walton Options for Independent Living and De Nichols, of Prevent Blindness Georgia.
Some seniors from, McDuffie and Lincoln counties are able to see clearly now thanks to the Vision Program.
The program, which has been run by the CSRA Area Agency on Aging in partnership with Prevent Georgia Blindness and Walton Options, allows seniors and people who don’t have access to eye care an opportunity to receive vision screenings, eye exams, glasses and education at an affordable rate.

Dearing Council addresses invisible house numbers
The lack of visible numbers on many houses or mailboxes in Dearing was brought into sharp focus when first responders could not find a house where someone needed attention.
Dearing’s Fire Chief Rhusha Mack reported to the Town Council March 11 that responders answering medical calls could not find a home on two very recent occasions.

Warren County teachers attend Ron Clark Academy
Ten faculty members from Warren County Schools attended the Ron
A group of faculty members from Warren County Schools attended the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta on March 3.
Nine teachers and one administrator visited the school touted as America’s Model School and met Ron Clark and Kim Bearden, co-founders of the school.

McDuffie County Schools to hold Pre-Kindergarten Lottery Drawing for 2017-2018
A lottery drawing for the 2017-2018 Pre-K program offered by McDuffie County Schools is scheduled for March 30, 2017, at Dearing Elementary School. No lottery is needed at Maxwell Elementary School.

Wounded veterans pedal through Thomson on Beaches to Peaches ride
Three waves of wounded military veterans cycled through Thomson March 10 as part of a 520-mile ride from Florida to Atlanta in a Beaches to Peaches challenge to overcome their disabilities and raise money for United Healthcare’s Project Hero.
Stefan Leroy, on his hand cycle, leads a group of wounded veterans into Thomson as part of the Beaches to Peaches challenge.
Andrea Graham prepares for the next leg of the 520-mile ride after stopping in Thomson.

DES named reward school for second consecutive year
The Georgia Department of Education announced on Thursday, March 2, that McDuffie County’s Dearing Elementary School has been named a 2016-2017 Title I Reward School for Highest Progress. This is the second consecutive year DES has been awarded the honor.

STAR students honored at region event
STAR students from 13 counties gathered in Thomson March 7 for the 2017 PAGE STAR Awards Banquet. The winners of Region 7 STAR Student and STAR Teacher were awarded at the conclusion of the annual banquet, which is sponsored by Georgia Power.
The Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program recognizes high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development.
PAGE officials Ann Stucke, at left, and Judy Henry, at right, flank Warren County’s STAR Student Conner Matthew Land and STAR Teacher Kayleigh Sheppard, of Briarwood Academy, after presenting them gifts.
McDuffie County’s STAR Student Jacob Derry and STAR Teacher Khrista Henry were awarded by PAGE officers Ann Stucke and Judy Henry.

Logan Marshall named Kiwanian of the Year
Logan Marshall accepts the Kiwanian of the Year award from Tommy Phelps and Kiwanis Club of Thomson President Pam Capps.
The Sheriff of McDuffie County was recently selected as top Kiwanian and was recognized for his countless efforts to protect the elderly and children and for his concern for the community.
Logan Marshall is the Kiwanian of the Year.

Warren Co. Schools commended by SACS review team
Warren County’s school system is accredited for another five years after its most recent review.
At the end of February, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) review team came to Warren County. A team of five educators visited Warren County for four days to complete an accreditation visit, which takes place every five years.

Torres named GCEP 2016 ED Director of the Year
Shown, at University Hospital The McDuffie are, from left, Toby Peebles, RN; Tara Harris, RN; Ron Torres, MD; Terri Stephenson, RN; Jennifer Gates, RN; and Taylor Pounds, PA. Torres has served as a physician and a leader for more than 20 years, much of his experience stemming from his service in the U.S. Army. He joined ApolloMD two years ago as the Emergency Department Medical Director for University Hospital The McDuffie. Alongside his team, he served as a lead in many decisions from the ground up after a brand new 30 million dollar facility was built.
Rolando Torres, M.D., illustrates dedication to supporting others, both clinically and professionally, which has earned admiration by many who have crossed his path. So much so, that the Georgia College of Emergency Physicians (GCEP) recently named him the 2016 Emergency Department Director of the Year.

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