City replaces AEDs
The Dearing City Council voted Monday night to purchase an Automatic External Defibrillator to replace the Dearing Fire Department's AED that was recalled by Access Cardio Systems.
The McDuffie County Fire department also purchased three AEDs from Defibtech through distributor Matrx Medical after Access went out of business. The city council's move came because the AEDs were being offered by Matrx for $695 instead of the normal $1,490 through a trade-in program.
Pelzer addresses Development Authority
Dean Youngblood, the H.P. Pelzer plant manager in Thomson, spoke to the McDuffie County Development Authority on Tuesday. He gave an update on the company's new plant that will open in the coming months at the old C-Board building.
Mr. Youngblood said the new plant will make Thomson a "fiber center of excellence in North America." He added that by the end of the week $1.5 million of machinery and equipment will arrive at the new plant. He also announced the launch of a sound deadening floor material that will be manufactured by Pelzer.
Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers said the plant will save Pelzer and McDuffie County money as well as save landfill space by recycling waste material. All present praised the speed at which the deal to bring in the new plant came about.
"Had it not moved at the rate it did, I don't think it would have taken place," Mr. Youngblood said.
THS to host education teleconference
Thomson High School was selected as one of 20 sites around the state to host a teleconference with Governor Sonny Purdue entitled "Investing in Educational Excellence." The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 27, and the teleconference will begin at 7 p.m.
Gov. Purdue will speak for 30 minutes, and participants will answer two prepared questions via the internet. There will be room for 100 people from across the area at Thomson High.
Answers to the questions and the discussion that takes place afterwards will be considered by Gov. Purdue when forming education policy for the state of Georgia.