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Others announce plans to run for Superior Court

Hal Hinsley and Britt Hammond have announced plans to run for a Superior Court Judgeship of the Toombs Judicial district.

Mr. Hinsley has a practice in Warren County, resides in McDuffie County and is an active member of the Thomson First United Methodist Church as well as the Warrenton Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Hinsley grew up in Warren County and graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1975.

He has practiced law for 29 years and was appointed as a juvenile court judge in 2000. He feels this position fits his experience and qualifications.

"I have enjoyed being the juvenile court judge, and when Judge Davis indicated that he was not going to seek reelection, I decided that was something that I would enjoy doing," Mr. Hinsley said.

Local attorney Jimmy Plunkett has also announced his intentions to seek the judgeship. Look for comments from Mr. Hammond in next week's Mirror.

Arson ruling in fire

The cause of one of the fires that took place in Eastern McDuffie County on March 24 has been determined. The fire that consumed a mobile home and a camper at 1495 Smith Crawford Road was caused by arson, according to McDuffie County Fire Chief Bruce Tanner.

Preliminary findings put the beginning of the blaze underneath the camper. Next up for investigators are interviews and possible polygraph tests to attempt to identify a suspect.

The cause of the fire at 1616 Jean Road that claimed two lives has yet to be determined. According to Chief Tanner, it has been determined that the Jean Road fire started in the surrounding salvage yard.

Pre-K registration

Registration for McDuffie County Schools Pre-Kindergarten will be held on Apri1 13 for Thomson and Maxwell Elementary Schools. Dearing Elementary's registration will take place on April 14.

Students registering must be four years old on or before Sept. 1. They also must register in the school attendance zone in which they live. There are only 40 slots available in each school. Parents need to bring children's immunization records and birth certificate to register.

Trash Amnesty Day

Around 250 tons of trash were dropped off at the McDuffie County Transfer Station several weeks ago as part of Trash Amnesty Day, an increase of 120 tons since the one held in late October..

Since 1997, increases and decreases in the amount of trash deposited on Trash Amnesty Day have fluctuated. In March of 2001, 420 tons of trash were reported. But in March of 2002, only 165 were dumped. That number jumped to 304 tons in March of 2003.

"It's just seasonal. ... There are just different times they clean up. In the fall they don't participate as much, and in the spring it's spring cleaning," said Solid Waste Manager Don Clauson.

One of the big reasons for this year's increase was a jump in the amount of scrap metal dumped. 54 tons were reported this year, while in October of 2003 only 8 tons were deposited.



Web posted on Thursday, April 8, 2004


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