Jail and bail
The Thomson Police Department plans to conduct several lock ups May 5, but it is all in good fun for a good cause.
For the first time, Thomson police will raise funds for the Relay for Life effort through a "Jail and Bail" program. Those interested in having a friend or colleague locked up can fill out the paperwork at the police department and pay $20, said Inv. Scott Whittle.
Police will escort the "prisoner" to a mock facility at city hall, where they must post a $50 bond to be released.
All proceeds will benefit the Relay for Life which raises money for the American Cancer Society.
"The whole community is a strong supporter of the Relay for Life. I think all of us have all had family members with cancer, and we want to raise as much money as we can for research to help find a cure," he said.
The police department normally organizes a golf tournament to support the relay for life, The Rudy Foster Memorial.
"We will still do that, but it will be later on in the year, and it will benefit next year's Relay," he said.
Illustrator will visit McDuffie County schools
Pam Alexander, illustrator of the Yumion series books, will visit three McDuffie County Schools this week.
The Yumion books are Georgia history books for young children. Schools all over Georgia are making these books a part of their Georgia history unit. Mrs. Alexander will explain how the Yumion books are made, and she also inspires students to reach for their dreams.
Mrs. Alexander spent Wednesday at Dearing Elementary School and will be at Thomson Elementary School on Thursday from 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m., and at J. A. Maxwell Elementary School on Friday at 9 a.m.
The presentations are open to the public. A mini book fair, where Mrs. Alexander's books will be for sale, will follow each presentation.
Mrs. Alexander has had such success with these books that they were featured in Southern Living magazine, the Georgia magazine, and just recently she was interviewed by the Travel Channel.
Ride for soldiers
The Soldiers' Angels, in conjunction with Full Throttle Magazine will be sponsoring a "Ride For the Troops" fundraiser on May 7 to benefit Georgia VA Hospitals as well as newly-deployed Georgia Army National Guard troops.
This motorcycle ride will begin at the VA hospital in Decatur, Ga., and end at Heritage Park in Canton, Ga., near the Canton National Guard Armory.
A minimum donation of $10 is requested from each participating rider, and all participants will receive a free Soldiers' Angel ribbon magnet just for signing up. Donations of hygiene items will be accepted at both ends of the ride for soldiers and VA patients, and the end of the ride will feature a DJ, raffles, and lunch available at the park.
All motorcyclists are invited to join in this event by either signing up on the day of the ride, or by contacting the event coordinator, Emily Byrd at: 678-758-2347.
For more information about times, directions, and item donation suggestions, call the same number or email Mrs. Byrd at Emily@fwaccess.com.
National Laboratory Week
National Laboratory Week has been slated for April 25-29, 2005. Clinical laboratory professionals are key members of today's health care team, and quality medical care depends on them. Every day, nurses, physicians and other medical workers rely on laboratory professionals to perform tests on bodily fluids, interpret the results and help provide a complete picture of a patient's health.
Laboratory professionals work in a variety of settings, from hospital to doctors' offices to research laboratories and community health fairs.