Tournament honoring Widener a huge success
Skipper and Bonnie Widener clasp hands as prayer is led before the tournament.
It was a time to celebrate, remember and play softball Friday night at Sweetwater Park.
Hundreds attended the 2017 Drake Widener Scholarship Fund Softball Tournament. Widener, 19, a past member of the Thomson Bulldog Diamond Dogs and a welder lost his life in a car accident in May of 2016.

INFECTION 2 to become viral in CSRA
Birthdays are fun. An upcoming birthday will be infectious, ferocious, fun, and explosive.
On Saturday, August 12, Viral Pro Wrestling will celebrate its first year with INFECTION 2; it’s most viral and infectious show.

Hunting and fishing license fees increased July 1
Hunting and fishing license fees increased July 1, the first increase since 1992, and the result of the increase will be accessibility and more game wardens.
According to Cpt. Stan Elrod of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources office in Thomson, House Bill 208, which Gov. Nathan Deal signed April 25, increases hunting, fishing fees and boating registration.
On July 1, fishing licenses moved from $9 to $15 and hunting licenses rose from $10 to $15. The annual hunting and fishing license for state residents will increase from $17 to $30. Lifetime licenses and non-resident licenses for commercial, dealer and sportsmen categories in hunting, fishing and boating also will see change.

Tournament to celebrate Drake Widener’s legacy
Drake Widener was a pitcher and outfielder for the Bulldogs.
An upcoming softball tourney will celebrate the life of a Thomson teenager.
The 2017 Drake Widener Softball Tournament will be Friday, July 7, beginning at 7 p.m. at Sweetwater Park.
The event will honor Widener, a 2014 graduate of Thomson High School.

Sapp camp helps improve diamond skills
Kaidyn Porter, 8, of Washington, left, and Rebecca Campbell, 8, of Hinesville, converge on a grounder.
America’s pastime got a boost last week as baseballs flew at Sweetwater Park.
Robert Sapp Baseball Camp and Girls Softball Camp welcomed 85 boys and 30 girls.
“We’ve got the most players we have had in several years,” said Robert Sapp.
Caynan Moody, 8, of Grovetown, makes a throw.

Local community coach remembered for caring spirit
Troy Miles
A well-known coach and community member, Troy Miles, passed away recently.
Troy Miles, 51, died suddenly on June 23 after being transported to the hospital on June 21.

THS alumnus continues her career in professional basketball
Monique Martin is shown taking a shot against her opponent.
Monique Martin, a 2002 Thomson High School graduate, is working to further her career in professional basketball.
Martin said she began playing basketball in eighth grade.
“All my friends went out for the team, so it was only right that I gave it a shot, and from there it was all history,” Martin said. “I fell in love with the game.”
Martin continued to play basketball through high school and college.

Alexander signs track and field scholarship
Aja Alexander is shown signing her scholarship on June 15 surrounded by her family, teammates and coaches as well as WCHS Athletic Director Cherard Freeman.
Aja Alexander, a 2017 graduate of Warren County High School, will continue her track and field career at Garden City Community College located in Garden City, Kansas.

Brick City Bulldogs offers Pop Warner teams
Local children will have a new opportunity for football and cheer thanks to Brick City Bulldogs.
The team, which will be part of the East Georgia Pop Warner organization, is headed by Jonathan Ringer and Hiawasse James. The two serve as president and vice president of the organization.
The Brick City Bulldogs, which gives a nod to the Brickyard in Thomson, will be open to children ages five to 13. There are three age and weight divisions: Tiny Mite - five to seven (35 to 75 pounds), Mighty-Mite seven to nine (45 to 100 pounds) and Junior Pee Wee - eight to 10 (60 to 115 pounds), 11+ (60-95 pounds).

Briarwood holds annual Mighty Bucs football camp
Ryder Johnston tries to touch Tyler Harpstrite during a scrimmage.

Wilkes Edwards passes to Banks Demore at the Mighty Bucs football camp.

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