New Norris Elementary to be completed by December
Neal Tam, TMMS principal and soon-to-be director of administrative services for the school district, walks along the middle hallway of the new Norris Elementary School during a tour of the construction site Tuesday morning.
School and construction officials confirm the new school will be completed by the Dec. 18 deadline or possibly sooner. The McDuffie County School District plans for the school to move from its current location and into the new school over the Christmas break.



Blevins and Graziano are Senior Citizens of the Year
Louis C. Graziano and Joyce Blevins
Two individuals who have performed unselfish service to the local citizens and beyond have been named McDuffie County’s Senior Citizens of the Year for 2015.
Joyce Blevins, who was involved in county government for more than 50 years, and Louis C. Graziano, a hairdresser and barber since 1939, were named top seniors and recognized with proclamations during the May 6 meeting of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners.



Edwards resigns McDuffie EMS director position
Tim Edwards (McDuffie Progress file photo)
The director of the McDuffie County EMS has resigned his duties, effective immediately.
According to McDuffie County officials, Tim Edwards resigned his position today, May 11, citing personal reasons.
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Student caught with gun at Thomson High School
School officials report that a student was in possession of a firearm this morning at Thomson High School. The gun was not loaded.
The firearm was .22-caliber, according to Superintendent Mychele Rhodes.
Rhodes said the students who came forward after witnessing the firearm did the right thing, they reported the situation to an adult.

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Motorcycle rider injured after hitting truck Friday afternoon
Emergency crews work a Friday afternoon accident in front of First Bank.
A man was thrown from his motorcycle after striking a truck that was pulling onto the road Friday afternoon.
Shawn Sturgis, of Thomson, was transported by ambulance to Georgia Regents University Center with injuries after he was thrown from his Suzuki GSXR when he struck a Ford F150 on East Hill Street at approximately 5:15 p.m., May 1.



Man cut stepping between arguing women
A Thomson man who stepped in between two arguing women was cut with a knife during the scuffle.
At 3 p.m., Saturday, April 25, Antwain Bonner, 27, was at a business in the 200 block of Greenway St., talking with a woman when his former girlfriend, Teneka Jones, 23, arrived.



Police seek man who fired shots into couple’s bedroom
The Thomson Police Department is seeking a man who fired two shots into the bedroom of a couple’s apartment early April 26.
The police are looking for Claude Corey Marshall, a Washington, D.C., man who shot into the Thomson Villas bedroom of Jeffrey and Orgalidia Story. The couple were in their bedroom when another person inside the apartment let Marshall into the home.



Previous students who failed state test can now graduate
Greg Derry and Bea Hart-Moss vote with other school board members to allow former THS students to graduate after test rules change.
With a change to a state law being approved by Governor Nathan Deal in late March, now 27 former Thomson High School students will be able to graduate. They did not graduate in prior years because each had failed to pass either the Georgia High School Graduation Test or the Georgia High School Writing Test.
Under the previous state law, even if a student met all district level requirements for graduation they were not allowed to graduate unless they passed the state tests. On March 30 Deal removed the state testing requirement and cleared the way for prior students to now earn their diplomas.



Dearing man charged with wife's murder
The McDuffie County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, has charged a Dearing man with the Wednesday morning shooting death of his wife at the couple's home in the 3800 block of Randall Road.
Danny E. Blackmon Jr., 48, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Bobbie R. Blackmon, 51, according to GBI Special Agent in Charge Pat Morgan.



Woman dead from shooting in Dearing
The McDuffie County Sheriff's and Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting death of a woman that occurred in the 3800 block of Randall Road in Dearing at approximately 4 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29.





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