Trash Amnesty Day
On March 24, McDuffie County citizens can drop off household garbage from 7 a.m. to noon at the transfer station - located 4.5 miles west of Thomson on Mesena Road - at no charge. No tires, biomedical waste or asbestos will be accepted, and commercial haulers will be charged as normal.
The day is set aside to encourage residents to clean up before Masters Week. Officials are reminding citizens that trash must be covered and secured while being hauled. Call 706-595-2374 for more information.
County keeps Waste Management
McDuffie County Commissioners voted in January to re-bid their contract with solid waste providers at the request of Advanced Disposal - a company hoping to secure the contract.
On March 7, commissioners voted to remain with the current provider, Waste Management, because the company submitted the lowest bid - $33.61 per ton with a $1.50 rebate.
In his recommendation of remaining with Waste Management, McDuffie County Solid Waste Director Don Clauson said the company's reliability, community involvement and its contract with local haulers were key factors in his decision.
Truck route changed
Imery's trucks hauling kaolin through Dearing may soon be a thing of the past. McDuffie County Public Works Director Chris Pelly recommended to County Commissioners that the company be allowed to use Fort Creek Road instead of driving through the center of the town.
The change would cut 17 miles off the route and decrease safety hazards in the more densely populated area, Mr. Pelly said. According to a letter from Carl Forrester of Imery's, the company has agreed to repair damage on Fort Creek Road as needed and will post a bond against future road damage.
Mr. Pelly will now contact the Georgia Department of Transportation to get the new route approved. Commissioners also suggested adjusting the times the trucks were in route to avoid school busses.
McDuffie health fair planned for April 14
The date for the annual McDuffie County Health Fair has been set for April 14 at Thomson High School beginning at 8 a.m. Organizer Dot Cofer said she hopes to have many of the same exhibits and tests as in the past, plus a few new ones this year. This is the 30th year that Mrs. Cofer has coordinated the event. Each year, the health fair draws an estimated 550-600 people for tests and educational exhibits.
Mrs. Cofer is asking any medical or civic group wishing to participate to contact her at 706-595-2501 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"We are asking civic groups and individuals in the area to volunteer to help our professional medical personnel conduct the fair," said Mrs. Cofer.
Isom named to board
The McDuffie County Hospital Authority voted unanimously to approve the nomination of James Isom to serve an initial four-year term on the Authority, effective March 26.
Mr. Isom is a graduate from Baxley Appling County Training High School and continued his education at Fort Valley State College from 1954-1958. After graduation, Mr. Isom worked for the McDuffie County school system in choral music until his retirement in 1991. Mr. Isom was also the pianist and later named Minister of Music for Springfield Baptist Church where he retired after 43 years of dedicated service.
Mr. and Mrs. Isom have two sons, Demetrius and Joel. Demetrius is a division manager for Six Continent Motels. Joel is a physician in Nashville, Tenn. They have one granddaughter, Genesis Elizabeth.