Thomson Wendy’s affected by nationwide hack
More than 1,200 Wendy's restaurants across the nation have been hacked, including the Thomson location.
According to a list of hacked restaurants, the Thomson location was affected from Dec. 2, 2015, to June 8, 2016.



McDuffie County receives grant for Rock House restoration
The Watson-Brown Foundation Junior Board has awarded a $13,000 grant to McDuffie County for a new roof on The Rock House. McDuffie County has one year to complete this project.


Several new laws take effect in Georgia in July
As of July 1, several new state laws in Georgia went into effect.
These laws will affect various areas of the lives of Georgia and Thomson citizens.
The first new bill that will affect your travel around the state is a change to the “move over” law which is already in effect. The change requires drivers to move over a lane or at least slow down below the speed limit for utility crews working on the roadside. Failure to move over or slow down could result in a fine up to $250.



Patrick inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
General Burton DeWayne Patrick, center, was inducted into the US Army ROTC Hall of Fame by Sgt. Major Kerry Dyer, right, of UNG’s Department of Military Science and retired Sgt. Major Terry Baumann from the Commandant of Cadets Office in a ceremony on June 20.
The 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army’s ROTC program was heightened June 10 by a ceremony inducting its first group of former cadets into a national hall of fame.
General Burton DeWayne Patrick, of Thomson, who served 31 years in the Army, was among the inaugural class of inductees into the U.S. Army Reserve Officers Training Corps Hall of Fame. He was inducted in a special ceremony held at the University of North Georgia on June 20.



Thomson man gets 30 years for trafficking and burglary
Brian C. Cushman
A Thomson man was sentenced to 30 years after pleading guilty to methamphetamine trafficking and burglary of a church in Warren County.
Brian Christopher Cushman, 44, was convicted during the June 27 bench trials in McDuffie County Superior Court.



Thomson man drowns at Big Hart
Divers search the area near a buoy where a Thomson man drowned Saturday afternoon at Big Hart Recreation Area.
Saturday afternoon a 20-year old Thomson man drowned in 22-feet of water at Big Hart Recreation Area at Clarks Hill Lake.
Searchers found the body of Nickalous Ramon Jones, of 823 Dean Ave., from McDuffie County Fire Rescue and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. His body was recovered at 3:55 p.m., July 2.
Warren County Deputy Coroner Sandy Yelton confirmed Jones’ death by drowning shortly before 4:30 p.m.



Tractor-trailer driver dies in I-20 wreck
McDuffie County fire and Warren County EMS personnel work to get the driver out of the cab of the FedEx truck.
The driver of a FedEx tractor-trailer has died following an early morning accident on Interstate 20.

According to Warren County Coroner Paul Lowe, the driver of the FedEx truck was Wallace E. Lee, 49, of Lexington, South Carolina. Lowe said he died on impact of blunt force trauma.
On July 1 at approximately 5:30 a.m., McDuffie County dispatch received a call for a tractor-trailer that had run into the woods near mile markers 166 and 165 eastbound.



Grand jury indicts two for murder, 12 for other offenses
Kimberly Johnson
Danny E. Blackmon
Two individuals accused of murdering family members in 2015 were indicted by the McDuffie County Grand Jury on June 13. Kimberly Ann Johnson, who was charged with the Nov. 24, 2015 shooting death of her father, Sanders Johnson, and Danny E. Blackmon Jr., who was charged with the April 29, 2015 murder of his wife, Bobbie Rhodes Blackmon, were true billed by the 22-member grand jury.



School lunch prices for students and adults to increase
Due to federal regulations, meal prices for the 2016-17 school year will increase in McDuffie County.
Cecil Strong, director of nutritional services for McDuffie County Schools, said the prices for student lunches will increase by 10 cents and adult lunches by 25 cents.



Rollingwood Place, a new, multifamily housing community to open in 2017
Leland Nunn pours over the blueprints for Rollingwood Place, a 70-unit housing complex under construction in the 400 block of Mendel Avenue in Thomson.
Construction noise abounds in the 400 block of Mendel Avenue as ground is being readied and buildings outlined for a multi-family apartment complex.
Rollingwood Place is the name of the $11.5 million, one-to three-bedroom, gated housing complex under construction.






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