Burley receives love during appreciation celebration
Valerie Burley is shown at the head table with her daughter Tiffany waiting to be escorted onto the stage to be presented to the citizens attending a banquet in her honor.
A woman who has spent the last 28 years caring for people in handling wills, estates, conserverships, guardianships and as well as marrying others was treated to a love fest May 6.
Valerie Burley, probate judge of McDuffie County since 2007 and staff member in the probate office since 1989, was shown how much the community appreciates her during an appreciation banquet and celebration at Thomson-McDuffie Middle School.

TFR Chief helps create cancer insurance for firefighters
Chief John Thigpen
Firefighters in Thomson and McDuffie County who are diagnosed with cancer will have firefighter cancer insurance in January that will protect them if they are unable to work and financially support their families.
Thomson Fire Chief John A. Thigpen was among those in the fire service from across the state present to witness Governor Nathan Deal sign a bill making firefighters who contract cancer while on the job eligible for extra health insurance.

Local veteran receives Quilt of Valor for service
The McDuffie Progress/Caitlin Boland Cynthia Fuller, Kathleen Clark and Sandy Yarbrough stand with Ronald Cranford and his Quilt of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor (QOV) organization gifted retired Cpl. Ronald Cranford with a quilt on May 4.
Cranford served in Vietnam with the 7th Marines Echo 2-7. While in Vietnam, Cranford served in the combat infantry and was shot through the right shoulder after his company was ambushed in the jungle. For his service, Quilts of Valor created a quilt for Cranford to have for the rest of his life. Cranford’s quilt was made in McDuffie County by a group led by Kathleen Clark.
Cranford said receiving the quilt is a huge honor.
“It’s the most I’ve been really appreciated since coming back from Vietnam,” he said. “Even though I got a Purple Heart, this means more to me.”

McDuffie Co. Farm Bureau donates Ag Library to NES
Norris Elementary School Media Specialist Tammy Story and MFB Educational Liaison Angie Roberts stand by the newly donated Ag Library.
On April 21, Norris Elementary School received a customized Agricultural Library donated by McDuffie County Farm Bureau. The library includes a set of 28 age-appropriate books with agricultural themes. Lesson plans and resources aligned to 4th and 5th grade standards were also provided as a means to assist teachers in incorporating agriculture education into the regular curriculum. McDuffie Farm Bureau partnered with Thomson-McDuffie Middle School FFA students who constructed the barn-themed bookshelf. The shelf was painted by TMMS art students. The book display and resources are housed in the NES Media Center.

City completes Forest Clary work, to begin Dell Dr. improvements
The City of Thomson has completed its work on infrastructure improvements on Forest Clary Drive and has spent $647,611 to make life a little easier for residents living there.

McDuffie County Schools offering summer transition program
McDuffie County Schools is accepting registration applications until May 19 for its Rising Kindergarten Summer Transition Program (STP) to be held at Maxwell Elementary School. Applications are available at local daycares, the McDuffie County Board of Education office, and Dearing and Maxwell Elementary schools.

Hunting and fishing license fees to increase July 1
Hunting and fishing license fees will increase July 1 -- the first increase since 1992 -- and the result of the increase will be accessibility and more game wardens.

deBeaugerine named Warren County’s Staff Professional of the Year
Meree deBeaugerine is the 2017 Staff Professional of the Year in Warrenton and Warren County. She was named April 27 during a staff appreciation luncheon. She is shown accepting the award from Cindy Rivers, president of the Warren County Chamber of Commerce and manager of Hometown Warrenton.
Staff professionals who work to keep offices, shops and plants in Warrenton and Warren County operating at peak performance were recognized April 27 and one was named Staff Professional of the Year.
Meree deBeaugerine, who has worked for six years as administrative assistant and office manager for both Lowe Funeral Home and Lowe Vault & Monument Company, is the 2017 Staff Professional of the Year.

Reese named Administrative Professional of the Year
Anita Reese, the 2017 Administrative Professional of the Year for Thomson-McDuffie County, poses with her Georgia Pacific colleagues. Pictured are Allison Ford, Reese, Andy Knox Jr., chairman of the Board of Directors for the thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, Larry Thompson, former Georgia Pacific plant manager, and Steve Dwyer, current plant manager.
For 40 years, Anita Reese has served as the administrative assistant to Georgia-Pacific, formerly Temple-Inland.
Described as the cornerstone in the company’s foundation, Reese was named the 2017 Administrative Professional of the Year during the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce’s 29th annual Administrative Professional Luncheon April 26.

Four-vehicle accident closes Interstate 20, injures three people
Emergency personnel work to free the driver of one of the tractor-trailers from the cab of his tractor.
A four-vehicle accident closed I-20 eastbound near mile marker 158 for several hours.

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