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Thomson teen drowns in pond
McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall has identified the Thursday-afternoon drowning victim as Marquavious Cummings, 19, of Thomson. Divers recovered Cummings’ body around 7:45 p.m. in about 15 feet of water.
The body has been taken to the University McDuffie Hospital morgue and Sandy Yelton, Warren County deputy coroner, said the body will be transferred to the GBI Crime Lab on Friday for an autopsy.
McDuffie County 911 received a call reporting a possible drowning at the pond at the Imery’s mine location off Iron Hill Road and dispatched emergency units around 5:30 p.m.
According to a Department of Natural Resources officer, three boys went swimming and one did not surface. McDuffie County Fire Rescue divers searched in water depths up to 25 feet. Other agencies which assisted at the scene were the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Thomson Police, McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office, McDuffie County EMS, and McDuffie County Fire Rescue.




Street named for Ray Guy
Ray Guy stands beside signage unveiled Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Miss.
On Tuesday afternoon, under a golden Southern Miss sun, the University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the unveiling of new signage for Ray Guy Way.
The road that runs in front of the Jim & Thomas Duff Athletic Center toward the Payne Center and in front of Spirit Park, was officially renamed. It was once known as Black and Gold Boulevard.




Couple married in county’s first same-sex ceremony
David Martin places the ring on James Dorsey’s finger during the marriage ceremony performed by McDuffie County Probate Judge Valerie Burley. The couple are now David Martin and James Dorsey Martin.
Surrounded by family and friends, James Dorsey and David Martin exchanged vows, accepted rings and became spouses in McDuffie County’s first same-sex marriage on July 24.
The couple who met nearly a year ago on Facebook claimed excitement and nervousness prior to their 1:30 p.m. ceremony in a courtroom at the McDuffie County Government Center.
“I am happy that this day has come,” said Dorsey, a Thomson native. “I really do not care what anyone else says about it. As long as I am happy, that is all that counts,” he said to applause from relatives and friends.




LOCAL NEWS
No longer dirt: Guill Street in Camak gets paved
Thomson Rotary’s Alan Smith is new district governor
Warren County staffs new dean of students position
NoahPOPTV;interviews popular Disney band
McDuffie set for its first same-sex marriage
Multiple accidents slow interstate traffic for miles

McDuffie County
SPORTS
From Warrenton to Arizona to Finland
Five new honorees to be added to Brickyard Wall of Fame
Briarwood summer softball league
Robert Sapp Baseball Camp returns to Thomson
Ohana Karate brings home more gold
Jones named to Georgia All-State baseball team



LIFESTYLES
Medline-Wilson united in marriage July 10
Phillips-Beasley announce engagement
Ruczko-Madsen unite in marriage
Hogue-Hood announce engagement
Haywood Calls: making memories one call at a time
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