McDuffie County introduces First Tee in elementary schools
Bobby Hildreth, area manager for Georgia Power, gives McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Mychele Rhodes and Lynn Cato, director of curriculum services for McDuffie County Schools, a plaque honoring their First Tee partnership.
The First Tee National School Program will come to all four elementary schools in McDuffie County.
The First Tee has partnered with Georgia Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, to bring the program to all four elementary schools in McDuffie as well as 18 in Columbia County as part of the physical education curriculum.
Along with the golf and health education, the program implements character lessons, including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgement.



City votes to purchase property from Board of Education
The Thomson City Council upheld a recommendation by the municipal Water-Sewer Commission to buy the land next to the wastewater treatment facility from the McDuffie County Board of Education.
The Water-Sewer Commission voted in July to purchase approximately 5.75 acres of land for $4,400 an acre from the board, and the City Council approved the purchase of the property Aug. 11.
According to Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, the intended use of the timber covered property will be as a buffer for adjoining neighborhoods and to provide an opportunity for future expansion of the water treatment plant.



Thomson High School implements new safety policy
Effective on Aug. 15, Thomson High School implemented a new safety policy for students.
“Thomson High School is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents in our effort to provide the very best education for students -- key to that partnership is open communication,” said Carla Shelton, THS principal.



Farmers State Bank to build new location on Washington Road
The future location of Farmers State Bank will be located at 1197 Washington Road.
Farmers State Bank is in the works to build a new branch on Washington Road within the next year.
Renee Eick Wright, vice president of the Thomson branch, said the new building will be located at 1197 Washington Road where B&A Mobile Homes was once located.
“We have been at our current location for two years,” Wright said. “The great support from our community has made the building a possibility. We want to make a statement to the community that we are here for the long haul.”



Two tractor-trailers collide on interstate
Steve Burton’s tractor-trailer struck the back of another tractor-trailer, causing the pipes he was carrying to come off the bed of the truck.
A tractor-trailer following too closely to another tractor-trailer caused an accident on Interstate 20 on Aug. 11.
At approximately 9:15 a.m., a 2011 Freightliner Cascadia driven by Steve Burton, 58, of Deatsville, Alabama, and a 2004 Freightliner Conventional S driven by Billy Gene Adams, 64, of Stockbridge, Georgia, were both traveling east on I-20 in the right lane near mile marker 170.



County commission receives $35K insurance check
The Rev. Fred Favors and Ross King, who are officials of the ACCG and its insurance programs, presented a $35,785 check to the McDuffie County Commission Aug. 3. Shown are Sammie Wilson, Charlie Newton, Favors, King, Paul McCorkle and Bill Jopling.
Christmas arrived early for McDuffie County as the commission accepted a $35,785 check from its association’s insurance provider.
Ross King, the executive director of the ACCG, which is Georgia’s county association that assists local governments with needs and cost-saving programs, and County Commissioner Fred Favors, presented the check Aug. 3.
The gift represented McDuffie’s share of a $5 million one-time special return from the ACCG-Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund.



Failure to yield causes accident
First responders work to help people injured in the Aug. 7 wreck in Dearing
A two-car accident at the intersection of Luckey’s Bridge Road and Ellington Airline Road caused several injuries on Aug. 7.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Brad Eagler, a Toyota Corolla, driven by Elizabeth Arciga-Patricio, 25, of Dearing, was traveling westbound on Ellington Airline Road, approaching the intersection with Luckey’s Bridge Road at approximately 5:49 p.m. A Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Brandon Marques, 16, of Dearing, was traveling northbound on Luckey’s Bridge Road, approaching the intersection with Ellington Airline Road. The driver of the Corolla failed to yield from the stop sign and turned left into the Dodge’s path. The front of the Dodge struck the left rear side of the Corolla.



Multi-county car chase ends in two arrests
Hoke Freeman
Benjamin Smith
A 911 call to the McDuffie County Sheriff's Office about a car traveling north in the southbound lane of Thomson Bypass resulted in a car chase that ended in Wrens and involved multiple law enforcement agencies on Thursday.



Jewell man among the 214 receiving shorter sentences from President Obama
A Jewell man is among the 214 federal prisoners whose drug sentences were shortened by President Barack Obama Aug. 3.
Milton Kemp was among 10 Georgians whose drug-related convictions were commuted by President Obama.
Kemp was sentenced by the Southern District of Georgia to serve 280 months in prison and then 10 years supervised release for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute crack cocaine; distribution of crack cocaine in April 2000.
His sentence was commuted by Obama, and he will released Dec. 1, 2016.



Banquet to honor three named to Wall of Fame at The Brickyard
Three more athletes will be added to the Wall of Fame at Luther Welsh Field at The Brickyard later this month.
Dr. Mac Bowman, Dexter Poss and Johnny "Knot" Norris will be honored at the 3rd Annual Brickyard Wall of Fame Banquet, Saturday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church.
Honorees are selected annually by a Wall of Fame Selection Committee consisting of seven individuals appointed by the Thomson Bulldog Athletic Booster Club.






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