McDuffie County along with its incorporated areas and governmental bodies -- Thomson, Dearing and the Board of Education -- thinks of 2005 as a new year in name only.
Little but continuation of current projects is planned for the county, cities and school board. Water and sewer expansion and repairs are planned to continue as scheduled while Thomson and McDuffie County cooperate in those and other efforts.
Also, this will be the final year that Dearing Mayor Ralph Menees will wield the gavel at city council meetings. His retirement from public office will bring a new mayor to Dearing in elections this year.
The school board will also have a new face during its January meeting. Paul Leroy won the seat of former Chairman Tommy Phelps when Mr. Phelps decided not to run for re-election. The board will also elect a new chair from current members this month.
In Thomson, a new animal control ordinance will begin in February. The new regulations are aimed at taking strays off the streets and providing recourse for dealing with problem animals.
In county government, two commissioners and the chairman start new terms with the new year. They will continue the ongoing study of a proposed smoking ban and ask for public input on the issue as 2005 progresses.
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• Here's to a successful 2005 in McDuffie