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Dogs headed to Dome
Head coach Rob Ridings celebrates the win right after the game. [Photo by Caitlin Boland]
For the first time in 14 years the Thomson Bulldogs are headed to the Georgia Dome, where they will face Cartersville next Saturday for the GHSA AAAA state championship at 4:30 p.m.




Move came after Jefferson did not have stipulated seating
Fans are encouraged to get tickets as soon as possible as there will be no reserved seating for the semi-final playoff game. All tickets are $15 and THS student tickets are $13. Advanced ticket sales will end at 11 a.m. Friday. Tickets the gate at $15.
The venue of the Class AAAA quarterfinal playoff game between Thomson High School and Jefferson High School was moved after a ruling Tuesday morning by the Georgia High School Association.
The game will be played at The Brickyard at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Gary Phillips, executive director for the GHSA, said Tuesday afternoon the game was moved because Jefferson did not have the required 4,000 seats for the playoff game at Jefferson Memorial Stadium.
“We had questions about the permanent seating at Jefferson stadium,” said Phillips.
“Through some miscommunication Friday night and again Sunday afternoon, we were under the assumption that Jefferson had 4,000 permanent seats in their stadium which is what is required for a Class AAAA game.”




More than 2,200 shoeboxes collected for Samaritan’s Purse
Members of Marshall Baptist Church are shown dropping off shoeboxes at First Baptist.
Forty-three churches and individuals. Eight volunteers. 154 cartons filled with 2,269 shoeboxes and packed in 126.5 hours over seven days.
That’s the 2016 Operation Christmas Child collection by the numbers. The relay center, located at First Baptist Thomson, hosted the collection from Nov. 14 through Nov. 21.
Some of churches that donated boxes include New Tabernacle, Fort Creek, Sharon Baptist, Warrenton First Baptist, Marshall Baptist, First Baptist and Calvary Baptist.
Operation Christmas Child is a program through Samaritan’s Purse. Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world. Since 1970, the organization has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ, according to the organization’s website.




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