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A 26-year-old University of Georgia student was killed Wednesday when the Ford Explorer she was driving crashed into the rear of a sanitation truck that was stopped southbound on State Route 17 north of Thomson. She was the only occupant in the vehicle.

A final decision whether to reopen public schools in McDuffie County for in-person classes or to continue with online instruction will not be made until the end of the month, according to a news release from the district administration office.

Wrightsboro area residents touched off a Black Lives Matter sort of moment when they demanded action during Monday night’s McDuffie County Board of Commissioners work session. Homeowners said they want county officials to commit additional SPLOST VII funding to upgrading sewer infrastructure…

McDuffie County’s 150th anniversary celebration organizers confirmed last week that the Paceline cycling event would merge with the county’s sesquicentennial and Thomson’s yearly Camellia Festival on Oct. 24.

Two of three items on the agenda of the Thomson-McDuffie County Planning Commission’s public hearing next Tuesday are requests that parcels be approved for Kaolin mining. As in the past, opposition is rallying against the mining proposals.

Approximately 50 shots, and possibly more, were fired towards a Hillman-Gay Road home early Friday morning. Inside, a man was killed by the gunfire.

The McDuffie County Board of Commissioners approved a variance request during a regular meeting June 16 allowing a new Sprint Food convenience store to reduce setback requirements and position the future building to the rear of the property. The new store will be built at 2093 Washington Roa…

Even during the coronavirus pandemic where many folks have sheltered at home, uninsured residents may find themselves in unbearable pain from a toothache and needing treatment. These individuals, should they call for an appointment on July 6, could be seen and treated by a volunteer dentist …

Monday in Augusta, two federal indictments were unsealed. One of the two indictments charged 38 individuals in connection with the Dec. 14, 2019 raid of a cockfighting tournament in Lincoln County.

McDuffie County, City of Thomson and Town of Dearing leaders met for a joint review of proposed SPLOST VII projects and funding estimates last Thursday at the Thomson Depot.

For a small group of Thomson High Seniors, COVID-19 may have disrupted their senior year — until Saturday night. One of their mom’s decided to hold a special prom.

In the midst of 2020’s unrest and upheaval, the matter of being counted has been largely ignored. This is a Census year, and residents are being urged to complete a Census survey so that their communities will receive valuable federal funding for a myriad of services including education, hea…

The McDuffie County Board of Education held the first of two virtual public hearings on its trimmed down, tentative budget for fiscal year 2021 the morning of June 4. The next and final budget hearing will be held at 5 p.m. June 11 via teleconference. The school board is scheduled to adopt i…

(Editor’s note: The following is a copy of the communication provided to candidates, that have challengers either in the June primary or the November general election, seeking elected positions. We last week published answers for those that responded as well as including the questions provid…

Saturday afternoon, what appeared to be several hundred people joined together for the Stand By Me March, which began at The Brickyard and concluded at the McDuffie County Courthouse.

Around the globe massive protests have alerted people to the existence of systemic racism and multiple incidents of police brutality perpetuated against black Americans. The McDuffie Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is keeping track of current…

McDuffie County school administrators, staff, and teachers wrapped up the school year last week.

(Editor’s note: the following is a copy of the communication provided to candidates, that have challengers either in the June primary or the November general election, seeking elected positions in McDuffie County. We have also provided questions to the State Senate Dist. 23 candidates. We ha…

Last week, Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Thomas B. Hammond sentenced Tyquerion Steed, 19, to 20 years on a myriad of charges which included violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act. Jury trials have yet to resume so the case was presented as a bench trial befo…

As coronavirus pandemic restrictions ease across the state, local churches are taking careful steps to reopen to their members. Those who have begun to hold in-person worship services are implementing social distancing and other precautionary measures. Most are taking a hybrid approach by of…

A 59-year-old Thomson woman who falsely told police she was COVID-19 positive to keep from going to jail about four weeks ago was arrested Friday afternoon.

Anastasia Daniels, 19, of Thomson, was first diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease, last September. Just months into living with Lupus, she recently organized an awareness walk.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed Monday, Memorial Day, that two employees at the McDuffie County Elections and Voter Registration Office had tested positive for COVID-19.