McDuffie Progress



Family Y breaks ground on renovations
Members of the Thomson Y board are shown at the groundbreaking.
Several community members, Y staff and fundraisers braved the cold February morning to attend the Feb. 9 groundbreaking ceremony for the Thomson Family Y.
The Y will move from its current home across the street to the old hospital located at 521 West Hill Street. The expected completion date is Jan. 1, 2017.
The $6 million capital campaign, headed by Bill Coleman, the campaign chair for the Thomson Family Y, is approximately 93 percent complete.




Blind Willie Festival lineup announced
Kyle Vohland, of Icon Poly in Gibbon, Nebraska, and his son Drake personally delivered the 12 Stella guitar replicas on Jan. 29.
The 23rd installment of the Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival is just around the corner as May 7 gets closer.This year’s line up has been announced, and it's headlined by Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters.
In addition, guitars will be used to promote the festival. The promotion is known as McTell's 12-String Strut public art project and 12 guitars, painted by local artists will be placed around Thomson,




Wrens Highway crime bandits arrested
Two people have been arrested in connection with the recent rash of crimes on Wrens Highway in McDuffie County.
According to the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Wayne Standridge , 27, and Kayla Susan Raulerson, 24, both of Waycross were arrested Friday, Feb. 5, for armed robbery, burglary and theft of a motor vehicle.




LOCAL NEWS
Warrenton city council approves pouring ordinance
Phyllis Wheeler rehired to lead McDuffie elections
Warren County grand jury indicts man for murder
Family Y to break ground on Feb. 9
State’s high court upholds murder conviction
Warrenton and Hancock deputies capture sex offender

McDuffie County
SPORTS
Bucs take 44-41 region win at Piedmont
Dogs close season with two losses, advance to region tourney
Commission approves disc golf at Sweetwater
Dogs and Lady Dogs close out regular season this weekend
Bucs defeat rivals from Thomas Jefferson, 79-33
THS football banquet honors performance



LIFESTYLES
DAR essay contest winners honored at Feb. 3 meeting
Dixon named Kiwanian of the Year
THS hosts first debate tourney in 10 years
Sunset Finance cuts ribbon
Briarwood Academy fields first debate team in 30 years
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