Thomson man killed in single-car accident
Danny Reese’s vehicle overturned on the side of Ginger Hill Road, and the vehicle came to a rest in a ditch on the right side of the road.
Danny “D.J.” Reese, 20, of Thomson, was killed in a single-car accident on Ginger Hill Road in Thomson on Saturday morning.
According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Ben Rollins, Reese was traveling north on Ginger Hill Road in a Toyota Scion when, for unknown reasons, he veered to the right and left the roadway.
The Scion traveled down a small embankment and into a ditch. The front of the vehicle struck a large mound of dirt, vaulted and began to roll to the left. The left side of the Scion struck the large mound of dirt.



City offices to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The City of Thomson Government Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, to celebrate and to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Citizens are reminded not to place their garbage or recycle containers at curbside on Monday, Jan. 16.
Monday, Jan. 16, garbage and recycle pickup service will occur Tuesday, Jan. 17.
If an emergency arises on Jan. 16, citizens should call (706) 595-2145 or (706) 595-6133 to arrange repairs of utility (water, sewer, natural gas) services. Police and fire departments will be on the job as usual.



WCHS student arrested for bringing gun to school
A Warren County High School student has been charged with bringing a weapon onto school property.
Juantavious Marriweather, 17, of Warrenton, who is also a junior at WCHS, was arrested on Jan. 9 at his home in Warrenton by the Warrenton Police Department.
According to Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey, Marriweather brought the gun to school on Jan. 6.



Mother and daughter arrested for burglary of a Glascock Co. home
Linda Denton
Nikki Denton

A mother and daughter from Glascock County have been arrested for the September burglary of a home on Bastonville Road.
Linda Smith Denton, 50, of Gibson and Nikki Lea Denton, 26 of Mitchell, have been charged with two counts of theft by taking and two counts of burglary.



McDuffie County 2017-18 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration to be held March 13-17
Registration for the 2017-2018 public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs at Dearing Elementary and Maxwell Elementary Schools will be March 13-17. Maxwell Elementary will have staff available to assist with registration between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Dearing Elementary will accept registrations between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Parents are asked to come to the school assigned to their attendance zone during this time to submit the completed registration packets for their pre-kindergarten and/or kindergarten eligible children.



Mechanical failure causes fire at HP Pelzer plant
McDuffie County Fire/EMS and Thomson Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to HP Pelzer, located in the 1800 block of Warrenton Highway, for a fire.
On Dec. 29 at approximately 8:09 a.m., both the city and county responded to the location for a report of a structure fire. When the first truck arrived on the scene, heavy smoke was coming from the left side of the building, and fire was showing from the roof.
The firefighters cut open the roof, and the interior crew used the interior line to extinguish the fire at the initial ventilation hole. The roof crew then cut two more spots in the roof that had smoke coming from them and located burning insulation.



Lincoln County man shot, killed at party
Samuel Russell
A Lincoln County man was killed at a party on Friday.
According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, on Dec. 30 at approximately 12:20 a.m., the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call in reference to a shooting that occurred in the 1000 block of Fleming Lake Court in Lincolnton. Two groups of people were attending a party at the Fleming Lake Court address when an altercation occurred. During the altercation, Samuel Bradford Gray, 21, shot Derrick Brandon Smith, 30, of Lincolnton.
Gray, who attended Thomson High School in the past, is currently being held at the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office jail and is being charged with murder.



Five Thomson High School students arrested in Columbia County
Shown are Dondrell Howard, J.T. Thomas, Tra Parker, Mike Thomas Jr. and Zack Johnson. Photos are courtesy of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
Five Thomson High School students were arrested on drug-related charges.
Zackary (Zack) Shamond Johnson, 17; Jucorius (J.T.) Demerro Thomas, 18; Waldrekious (Tra) Tratavious Parker, 19; and Michael (Mike) Miguel Thomas, 18, all of Thomson, were all arrested in Columbia County at approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 31. They were booked into the Columbia County Detention Center in the early morning hours of Jan. 1. Each is facing one charge of marijuana possession, less than one ounce.
Another person, Dondrell Lavonsiza Howard, 19, of Thomson, was also arrested along with Johnson, Parker, Thomas and Thomas.



Davis retires from district attorney's office
Durwood "Woody" Davis
Durwood “Woody” Davis, the chief assistant district attorney for the Toombs Judicial Circuit since 1994, is moving on.
Davis will not be a part of the district attorney’s office, effective Jan. 2.
“I am retiring from government service at the end of the year, effective Jan. 2, and I intend to go into private practice locally,” he said.



Santa visits Queensborough, spreads Christmas cheer
Santa receives a big hug from Callie Johnson before she is spirited away with her cousins.
Santa continued his commitment to stop by Queensborough National Bank to bring Christmas joy to the community before his big annual worldwide delivery of gifts on Dec. 24.






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