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Elections Superintendent resigns

The McDuffie County Elections Superintendent and a County Finance Department employee resigned from their posts last Wednesday after discovery of some "e-mails that were inappropriate" on their computers, said County Manager Don Norton.

Elections Superintendent Tiffany Neal along with Patricia Hobbs stepped down after violating the county's "Acceptable Use Policy" for computers. Mr. Norton said using county computers for personal use is prohibited, but he referred to the content of the emails as "odd and embarrassing."

He went on to say that the appropriate departments are looking into filling the two positions as soon as they can.

Dearing to get involved in Museum effort

Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley wants Dearing involved in McDuffie Museum fundraising plans. Mayor Kelley said he felt a need to get involved because "it's not a Thomson-McDuffie Museum, it's a McDuffie County Museum." The mayor said with $2 million to raise, the project is "of significant magnitude."

Ideas discussed for fundraisers included a basketball tournament, a town yard sale, and a horseshoe tournament.

"We can do it all. It's just going to require people to give of their time. And they're not going to get anything back from it but a pat on the back," the mayor said during the Town Council meeting Monday evening.

Council members said they thought the effort would show the museum board that Dearing supports the project.

Other discussions at the meeting included expressing gratitude to the McDuffie Sherriff's Department for having a deputy monitor traffic in front of Dearing Elementary School for three days, continued efforts to spruce up the Town Hall, the application of a grant for restoration of the gym and the Mayfest.

It was also noted that enforcement of the Clean Community Ordinance was going well, with two positive responses to the four notices that were issued since last month's council meeting.

Tour De Georgia

The world's best cyclists will descend on Georgia as the 2006 Tour De Georgia begins on April 18. The race will start in Augusta at 11:30 a.m., and riders will make their way through McDuffie County along Hwy. 278 through Dearing around 12:30 p.m.

The race then turns onto Wire Road at Capps Curve and continues on Old Milledgeville Road into Warren County. The first stage of the race ends in Macon after 5 p.m. that day.

Motorists should expect rolling road closures between 45 and 60 minutes long while the cyclists move through the area. A schedule and map of the race route are available on the race's website,

Road patching

Two McDuffie County roads will be patched soon.

CnH of Thomson was awarded the bid to pave sections of Margarets Road Fort Creek Road at the price of $61.70 per ton.

Web posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006

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