McDuffie Progress



Dearing man guilty of murder, sentenced to life in prison
Danny Blackmon Jr.
A Dearing man has been found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life in prison plus five years for the 2015 murder of his wife.
A McDuffie County Superior Court jury, hearing the case March 20-22, found Danny E. Blackmon Jr., 49, guilty of the April 29, 2015 murder of Bobbie Rhodes Blackmon, 51.
The jury also found Blackmon guilty of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of methamphetamine.




Area high school students create logo for water trail
Micah Franklin
High school students from McDuffie, Warren and Wilkes counties were given the chance to create a logo for Georgia’s Little River Water Trail.
The Water Trail is in the development stages, but it will be a 20-plus mile trail stretching through Wilkes, McDuffie and Warren counties. Students submitted a logo design, and the winning logo will be considered for use on Georgia’s Little River Water Trail website, on potential brochures and on information at access points along the river that will be posted on kiosks.
First place logo

The first place winner was Micah Franklin, a ninth grader at Thomson High School. The second place winner was Kerensky Brown, a senior at Warren County High School, and the third place winner was Miles Davis, a junior at Washington-Wilkes High School.




Man with criminal history sentenced to 20 years in prison
Ricky Martin
A man with a history of crimes in McDuffie County was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, March 23 following a trial for breaking into a local store and attempting to break into an automobile.
A McDuffie County Superior Court Jury found Ricky Martin, 56, guilty of burglary, aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit a felony and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony. Superior Court Judge Britt Hammond sentenced Martin to 25 years, with the first 20 in prison and five to be served on probation.





LOCAL NEWS
County Commission grants Verizon new cell tower in McDuffie County
Thomson Planning board says no to cows
TMMS students receive money for college from Path2College
Man fights police, gun fires during struggle
Memorial effort seeks to curb crime-related deaths
Local seniors benefit from Vision Program

McDuffie County
SPORTS
Middle school Dogs finish second in CSRA league
Seals signs scholarship with Point University
Bulldogs drop two region games, score lopsided win
TMMS Bulldogs hope to have perfect season
Turkey hunting season opens March 25
McDuffie Rec. Dept. girls basketball team makes history



LIFESTYLES
Cummings is a man of many talents
Da Vinci Foot & Ankle cuts ribbon on Thomson location
Camak to hold Railroad Days Festival April 1
Harlem’s hidden gem: Ollie Also and Stanie Too Fine Mess Old Car Museum
Heroes on the Water holds first event of season
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