Warrenton residents to elect five positions in November
Citizens in the City of Warrenton will elect a mayor, mayor pro-tem and three members of the city council on Nov. 7.
The regular election will include the positions of mayor; District 1, Post 1 and District 2, Post 1. A special election will also be held for the unexpired terms of mayor pro-tem and District 1, Post 2, according to City Clerk/Administrator Mary Ann Moseley. These terms are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019.

City Council changes direction of Journal St., eliminates parking on Central St.
The eight parking spaces on Central Street in downtown Thomson will be eliminated and a portion of Journal Street will become a one-way direction in the coming days.
The Thomson City Council granted the request of the owner of the new forthcoming restaurant on Main Street to make the directional changes for more effective traffic flow behind the restaurant during its Aug. 10 session.
Central Street is the short street that runs behind the buildings on the east side of Main Street, between Journal and Railroad. The council approved reversing the direction of Journal St. at its intersection with Central Street to the intersection with Main St. and become one-way, in an eastward direction.

Thomson Police seeking information about Family Y car break-ins
Thomson Police are investigating three break ins that occurred in the Family Y parking lot on Aug. 9.
Thomson Police Lt. Don Hilson said at approximately 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 9 purses in three different vehicles were stolen. The purses were left inside the vehicles while the owners were working out at the Family Y.
"The purses were stolen when someone busted out the window and reached into the vehicles taking the purses," Hilson said.

Two men arrested in connection to Knox Street shooting
GBI and Thomson Police responded to a shots fired call in the 500 block of Knox Street early this morning.
Two male subjects have been arrested in connection to an early-morning shooting on Knox Street in Thomson.

Deputy draws weapon to end attack by man armed with two butcher knives
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A Warren County deputy drew his weapon to stop a man from injuring another with knives on July 30.
According to Chief Deputy Sammy Purvis, the sheriff’s office responded to a physical domestic assault in progress in the 320 block of Pine Avenue in Warrenton.

Lil’ Bo Peep gears up for back-to-school with drive
During the Aug. 2 Open House at Lil’ Bo Peep Learning Center, Tessie Tutt fills out the paperwork to enroll her two children.
Music, dancing, food, fun and school supplies were the features that brought children and adults to a local learning center Aug. 2.

Red Oak Manor & Acorn Restaurant celebrates 10 years
The Meyer family and Red Oak Manor staff cut the ribbon to celebrate 10 years in business.
Red Oak Manor recently celebrated a decade in business.
“When we purchased the property it was the house and a carport,” said Murle Meyer, co-owner of Red Oak Manor. “This [the restaurant] is the carport. We closed it in and added a little on for the kitchen.”
The Acorn restaurant opened in October 2008, but the bed and breakfast began housing overnight guests in March 2008.
“About five weeks after we purchased the house, we began having parties outside and on the bottom floor,” Meyer said. “All we had to do on the bottom floor was pretty work.”

THS students taught to persevere on first day of school
The Class of 2018 took their seats on the gym floor as part of the Aug. 4 opening day ceremony.
Thomson High School hosted the second annual Opening Day Ceremony on the first day of school Aug. 4.
The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the gym to the applause of their classmates at THS, and they took their seats on the gym floor.

Hogie Joe’s wing challenge gets hot
Richard Neal is shown with the grand prize after keeping down the highly-seasoned wings.
A Thomson restaurant was the hot place to be Saturday afternoon.
Hogie Joe’s Sports Grill hosted the First Annual Chicken Wing Challenge July 29.

Children and parents receive supplies at back-to-school drives, bashes and blasts
McDuffie County school children had three opportunities July 29 to receive book bags and school supplies as churches and the volunteers who organize the annual Willie “Coolie” Myrick annual Back-to-School event conducted drives and festivals.
The 10th annual Coolie Myrick Back-to-School Drive was held at Pitts Street Park. The Springfield Baptist Church, in conjunction with Church of the Living God and WellCare, held a Back-to-School Blast in the church’s parking lot, and New Zion Hill A.M.E. Church held a Back-to-School Bash in the parking lot of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts on Harrison Road.
Showing off their new book bags received at Springfield are Mikey Land, Bryson Reid and Tyler Rogers.

Myrick volunteers Doretha Thomas, left and Brianna Snyder, right, present book bags to Miracle White, Kelvon Moss, Mirror Drayton and Kenya White.

Diane Brinson, left, and the Rev. Gwen Fowler, right, leaders at New Zion Hill A.M.E. Church distribute book bags to children July 29 during the Back-to-School Bash.

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