McDuffie roads to be resurfaced
Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue's office announced Tuesday that seven McDuffie County roads were approved for resurfacing as part of the state-funded Local Assistance Road Program.
The roads receiving work will be Adams Street in Dearing; Dogwood Drive, Poplar Street and Sycamore Street in Thomson, and Dearing Acres Road, Moose Club Road and Salem Road in the unincorporated area. That totals 3.56 miles of roadway.
"Local roads account for nearly 84 percent of the state's entire road system. Improving local roads will lead to greater economic prosperity and ultimately a better quality of life, paving the way home for Georgia travelers," Gov. Purdue said in a press release.
Blevins appointed to state board
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced on Friday that former McDuffie County Commission Chairman Joyce Blevins had been appointed to serve on the Workforce Investment Board Coordinating Council.
The 11 member council - which includes the Governor - includes chief executives of the lead State agencies in the workforce development system. The Coordinating Council will serve as the steering committee of the entire board.
Mrs. Blevins serves as the director of East Central Georgia Workforce Development. She is a member of the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce and the McDuffie County Board of Education Foundation Board.
Mrs. Blevins also formerly served on the state boards of Community Health and Community Affairs. She is a past chairman of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, and was a 2001 recipient of the Kiwanis Hixson Award.
Bank struck by lightening
Queensborough National Bank and Trust employees found it a little more difficult to do their jobs on Saturday. The building on Hill Street in Thomson was struck by lightening causing many of the bank's systems to go down, which affected business even into the week.
According to Branch Manager Ralph Starling, the bolt hit at 8:07 a.m.
Even through Monday, the bank's alarm was down necessitating the use of an off-duty Thomson police officer to guard the lobby. Also, the drive-through was closed, and tellers had to conduct deposits and other business by hand.