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T-Hangars and runway in airport plans

McDuffie County and the City of Thomson will apply for a $500,000 OneGeorgia low-interest loan to help fund the building of a 22-bay T-Hangar at the Thomson-McDuffie County Regional Airport.

The total cost of the hangar will be just shy of $1 million. According to Thomson City Administrator Bob Flanders, the demand for hangar space at the airport is currently so high that Fixed Base Operator Keith Bounds has guaranteed 100 percent occupancy once the building is complete.

Also, money from the Georgia Department of Transportation should be on the way soon to pave a 300-foot runway extension that would help attract corporate jets to the airport.

The extension will cost around $525,000. Of that figure, 75 percent would come from the DOT grant. The Clarks Hill Partnership - a five-county economic development collaboration - has been working on the extension for several months now.

Edwards receives service award

A longtime employee of McDuffie Regional Medical Center was recognized by the Hospital Authority last month.

Franky Edwards was presented a plaque for his 25 years of service.

Hospital CEO Douglas Keir said Mr. Edwards began as a housekeeping aide Dec. 21, 1980, and later transferred to surgical services. He is described as hard-working in making his department "truly shine."

In other news from the Authority meeting, Mr. Keir said Health Link, the hospital's wellness center, has applied for a $10,000 grant from Jefferson Energy.

In late November, Mr. Keir said the Georgia Department of Human Resources issued its annual inspection report on the ambulance department. Everything was found to be in compliance including training, maintenance of equipment, supplies, cleanliness, properly manned, and proper disposal of waste materials.

Loaded fries at Checkers

The local Checkers is adding a little french fry variety.

Checkers Loaded Fries are bacon, cheddar, chili and/or ranch-topped fries deliver a bold flavor with casual dining quality at Checkers double drive-thru value.

"Our seasoned fries are consistently ranked as some of the best in the business, and they've always been a guest favorite," said Andy Pye, franchisee of the Checkers of Thomson. "Early response to our Loaded Fries has been phenomenal, and we're excited to give our guests new ways to enjoy our fries by loading on the flavor, while we stay true to Checkers brand of high quality products at a great value."

From now through Feb. 12 at participating locations, guests can choose Bacon Cheddar, Chili Cheese, or Bacon Ranch topped seasoned fries, or go fully loaded with Checkers new Bacon Cheddar Ranch fries. The loaded fries start at $1.99 with fully loaded fries priced at $2.29. Prices may vary by location. Guests can also choose to load their fries with any combo meal.

Web posted on Thursday, February 2, 2006

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