School system opens E-store
The McDuffie County School system just made it possible for patrons to show their school spirit and help out the school's budget at the same time. The system has created an E-store through Cuda Apparels which offers clothing and accessories featuring embroidered logos of each school.
"There just wasn't enough opportunity for folks to wear McDuffie County stuff, and we ran into Cuda Apparel," said School Superintendent Mark Petersen. "And the biggest part of it is the schools get 15 percent of everything that is sold."
The E-store is accessible on the school system's website. Products range from bags and blankets to button-down shirts, sweatshirts and jackets in adult and children's sizes. Prices range from approximately $18 to $70. Gift certificates are also available. Dr. Petersen said 15 percent of everything sold goes to each school's Renaissance Program budget. The schools will receive their checks on a quarterly basis. To browse the E-store, go to www.mcduffie.k12.ga.us.
New school on schedule
Construction of the new junior high school on White Oak Road is progressing according to schedule, according to Dr. Jim Franklin, the assistant superintendent of administrative services for the McDuffie County Board of Education.
Dr. Franklin said steel beams are going up for the second wing of the building, and foundations are being poured for the other wings.
"The weather has helped us," he said. "Although it's been hot for most of us, that's the kind of weather they like to work in."
At the last board meeting, Dr. Franklin announced the system received approval from the Department of Transportation for an entrance to the new school from the eastern by-pass. Dr. Franklin said the approval was an achievement because the median access will be close to the White Oak Road entrance, and the DOT "doesn't normally put them that close together."
Stamp Out Hunger drive is Saturday
Local postal carriers will be participating in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive this weekend, marking 15 years of participation in the event. Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Thomson's pick up date is Saturday, May 12. Residents of McDuffie County are asked to leave non-perishable food items in a bag at the side of their mailbox Saturday.
Postal workers will pick up the bags and distribute the food between local food banks Manna and Agape.
Fire truck purchased
McDuffie County Fire Services was approved to purchase a new fire truck to replace an older pumper. Commissioners approved the bid for a 330-hp International brand truck that came in at $243,992. Sales tax money will be used to purchase the truck.
Fire Chief Bruce Tanner plans on using the old truck as a reserve pumper in case one of the main ones needs to be serviced. Assistant Chief Stephen Sewell told commissioners that the department's insurance rating would be improved by having a reserve truck.
Commission Chairman Charlie Newton asked what the old truck would bring in at auction. Chief Tanner said past sales had only generated between $30,000 and $40,000.
Locals have prayer day
Local ministers, community leaders and citizens gathered at the Thomson Presbyterian Church to observe the National Day of Prayer on May 3. The group enjoyed a breakfast at 7 a.m. and spent time in prayer for the nation as well as for the local community.
Oratorical contest entries due May 25
Springfield Baptist Church will play host to the annual Marion and Lucille Paschal Scholarship Oratorical Contest June 3. High school students should make their submissions by Friday, May 25. Sponsored by the Evita Paschall Foundation, the eligibility requirements include the student must plan to attend a technical school, a two- or four-year college or any institution of higher learning after high school. Criteria used by the judges include stage decorum, diction, delivery, memory, subject matter, content and length of the speech.
There will be awards given in three places earning a $600, $300 or $100 scholarship. The applicants' title and outline, along with an application, may be given to their school counselors or the secretary of Springfield Baptist.