County Commission sets qualifying fee for upcoming election
The McDuffie County Commission set qualifying fees for individuals seeking election to the county commission.
The county commission, meeting Jan. 3, set qualifying fees of $225.00 for the election of individuals to its district one commission seats, currently occupied by Sammie Wilson Sr. and the Rev. Frederick Favors. Both incumbents seek re-election to their A and B seats on May 22.
Three seats on the McDuffie County Board of Education are also up for grabs during the May 22 primary.

TMMS students remember fallen classmate
Students release balloons with notes attached in memory of their classmate.
Thomson-McDuffie Middle School students gathered on Jan. 5 to remember a classmate who passed away unexpectedly during the Christmas break.

Two plead guilty during McDuffie arraignments
Two women pleaded guilty to charges as they were being arraigned in McDuffie County Superior Court Jan. 3.
Tiffany C. White, 35, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery in the second degree for using counterfeit bills at two Thomson-McDuffie businesses on Jan. 13, 2016. She was one of four arrested by the Thomson Police Department with more than $900 in counterfeit bills in the van in which they were riding.
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Tiffany White

New work requirements to be enforced for food stamps
Several local counties are included in the newest rollout of the Able Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD) requirements for food stamps in Georgia.
Local counties included in the newest rollout include: Burke, Columbia, Glascock, Hancock, Jefferson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington and Wilkes.

Warrenton to pay $24,855 in attorney fees, new Mayor Chris McCorkle and councilmen sworn in
Mayor Chris McCorkle takes the oath of office from Warren Co. Chief Magistrate and Probate Judge Janice Thigpen. Councilmen Steve Giddens and Brenda Johnson were also sworn in.
The Warrenton City Council voted on Wednesday to finish paying attorney fees incurred by former Mayor George Ivey.
The City of Warrenton’s council approved a resolution for payment of $24,855 in remaining attorney fees.

McDuffie County Schools pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration open Feb. 12-16
Registration for the 2018-2019 public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs at Dearing Elementary School and Maxwell Elementary School will be Feb. 12-16. 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.

Small fire in HVAC system causes issues at Pizza Hut
McDuffie County and City of Thomson firefighters responded to reports of a possible fire at Pizza Hut on Jan. 6.
According to the fire report, reports of a light haze of smoke and a smell of something burning alerted the manager on duty at approximately 1:04 p.m.

Lambert arrested, charged with aggravated assault
A Stapleton man was arrested on Jan. 3 and charged with aggravated assault and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon.

Avera man arrested for marijuana possession among other charges
An Avera man was arrested in Glascock County for marijuana possession less than one ounce among other charges.

Gibson funeral home destroyed by fire
Firefighters from several neighboring communities assisted in putting out a Dec. 26 blaze at Taylor Funeral Home in Gibson.
An early-morning fire on Dec. 26 completely destroyed a funeral home in Gibson.
According to Glascock County EMA Director Mike Lyons, the call for the fire came into dispatch at 4:27 a.m. When first responders arrived on scene, Taylor Funeral Home, located at 57 College Place, was fully involved.

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