County to pick up storm debris from curbside for four weeks
The high winds associated with Hurricane Irma created a fair amount of “green waste”, such as limbs, branches, leaves, and even some whole trees.
The City of Thomson learned on Thursday, Sept. 14 that all Georgia City and County Governments will likely qualify for some Federal reimbursement for costs associated with storm or “green waste” cleanup.

Life to be offered at community-wide workshop Sept. 30 at Springfield Baptist Church
Smith Bios Group will present a communitywide Life Workshop about Kidney Disease Sept. 30 at Springfield Baptist Church. Pictured are the founders, Minister Pam and the Rev. Antonio Smith.
The importance of health screenings and awareness about chronic kidney disease and its leading causes will be the focus of a Life Workshop for the Community on Sept. 30.
Springfield Baptist Church is bringing the Smith Bios Group to Thomson to provide a community workshop that begins at 10 a.m. The Rev. Antonio and Minister Pam Smith desire to spread the word about kidney disease in a church setting where they will share their personal testimonies of sickness and disease, wholeness and healing. They founded Smith Bios Group in 2015 to bring awareness about chronic kidney disease and its leading causes — diabetes and high blood pressure.

Artists showcase talent at Art on Main
Artists, crafters and artisans from Warren County and surrounding communities took over Main Street in Warrenton Saturday, Sept. 9, to showcase their wares and to engage in a people’s choice competition in the annual Art on Main.
Valton Murray discusses his art with Ginny Kitchens during Art on Main in Warrenton, Saturday, Sept. 9.

Victoria and Elizabeth Wilkerson draw on the sidewalk with chalk in front of the American Legion Post during Art on Main.

Hurricane evacuees travel through McDuffie for refuge
Ollice and Latasha Howton, with children Shiloh, 1; Damon, 10; and Malachi, 3, left Savannah for Atlanta.
People leaving their home came to and through McDuffie County this week and last.
Ollice Howton and his wife, Latasha, and children Shiloh, 1, Damon, 10, and Malachi, 3, chose McDonald’s Thursday evening for a break while traveling as Hurricane Irma moved from Florida to Georgia.
Latasha said the family left Savannah as the reports came in.

Trash Amnesty set for Oct. 21
This is the time of year where families begin to clear their homes and yards of clutter accumulated over the summer and prepare areas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The McDuffie County Commission is assisting the community in clearing their properties of accumulation by holding a "Trash Amnesty Day" on Oct. 21 to allow residents to dump their waste at the county’s landfill for free.

Dearing election cancelled after no opposition to candidates
The mayor and three members of the Town Council of Dearing have been automatically reelected to their positions for another four years without an election. A new member was also elected after qualifying for a seat on the board without opposition.

Thomson FUMC accepting donations for Harvey victims
Examples of completed and ready to ship cleaning kits are shown above.
For those in the local area looking for a way to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, Thomson First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is serving as a drop off site for supplies.
The Rev. Ronny Brannen, pastor of Thomson FUMC, said the church is working with the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to collect cleaning kits and hygiene kits.
“The cleaning kits used to be called flood buckets,” Brannen said. “They include very specific items, and you can either do a kit as a whole or buy items and we’ll put the buckets together.”

Harlem Arts Council opens in new location
Members of the Harlem Arts Council help Harlem Mayor Robert Culpepper cut the ribbon to open the council’s new location.
The Harlem Arts Council celebrated a move to the new Harlem Civic Center on Sept. 2.
The Harlem Arts Council (HAC) was established in November 2014.
“We’re relatively new, and we’ve done really well,” said Linda Jung, vice president of Harlem Arts Council. “We’re really excited to be in this new location.”
HAC recently moved into the former Harlem Library at 375 N. Louisville Street.

County and city set millage rates for 2017
The McDuffie County Commission has approved a millage rate that will not result in a tax increase for citizens in the 2017 fiscal year.
The Thomson City Council set a millage rate for 2017 at .076 above 2016’s rate of 6.881, which results in a $16,000 shortfall in tax revenue for the city.
During its Aug. 22 session, the county commission adopted a millage rate of 7.80 for the unincorporated areas of McDuffie County and 8.2 mills for the areas inside the city limits. The total millage rate for 2017 for the unincorporated area is 27.49, which includes 19.69 for McDuffie Schools. The total millage rate for the incorporated area is 27.89.

Georgia DOT to host public input meeting Sept. 12
Photo courtesy of GADOT McDuffie County is included in the Augusta District. DOT will host a public input meeting on Sept. 12 from 5-7 p.m. at the Thomson-McDuffie Government Center.
East central Georgia citizens have an open invitation to be heard when the Georgia Department of Transportation showcases the Draft FY 2018 - 2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) next month. Georgia DOT's Tennille District Office will sponsor two Open House meetings for STIP viewing. At these sessions, citizens can view maps of projects in the local area, discuss projects with GDOT staff and formally offer comments. The meetings are wide-open to the public. The meeting in Thomson will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Thomson-McDuffie Government Center.

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