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No audit issues for Partners for Success

According to McDuffie County officials, an audit of the finances of McDuffie County Partners for Success found no problems. County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said the only bookkeeping issues for the group arose from differences in the fiscal calendars for the county and the non-profit agency.

The organization's director, Mary Ann Kotras, said she made the request to take over the group's own financial bookkeeping. For the past several years, the county had acted as fiscal agent for PFS. She said that she is thankful for all the support from the county government in the past and looks forward to their continued support and cooperation.

Last week, The Mirror incorrectly reported information about the budget process for Partners for Success. The Mirror regrets the error.

Extra instruction days approved

The McDuffie County School Board approved some extra days of instruction targeted toward high school students who just fell short of a passing grade.

By offering students who earned a failing grade between 60-69 percent a chance for remediation and to gain mastery of the subject, the promotion and graduation rate could be raised, officials said.

The extended semester courses will be offered May 25-June 8 from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and will be open to students approved by THS Principal Rudy Falana.

"These students could re-take pieces of work and pass the course, instead of taking the whole course over again," said Kathryn Collins, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

The remediation course will be individually designed for the needs of the student and will target weak areas that kept the student from passing.

Argentinean rides through town

Eduardo Discoli is on his way to Canada from Argentina, but he's taking it slow --about 20 miles per day to be exact. Mr. Discoli, who is riding on horseback for the entire journey made his way through Thomson last week making a stop at Pine Top Farm for the night.

According to Pine Top's Glenn Wilson, Mr. Discoli spent seven months just making his way through Mexico. After riding for a ways with Mr. Wilson, his next stop was in Aiken where he will play polo.

The ultimate end to his journey will be the birthplace of Argentinean horses, Northern Africa, after a trip through Europe. Along the way Mr. Discoli has relied on the help of the people he has met.

GMA visits Thomson

The Georgia Municipal Association held a listening session for the entire district at Thomson City Hall on Monday evening. Officials from the cities of Washington, Wrens, Grovetown and others came to hear GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon give an update on legislative issues that will affect the cities in Georgia.

Thomson City Administrator Bob Flanders made a presentation to the group on the joint city/county redevelopment effort and the importance of imminent domain. Others present were able to ask questions about current issues for cities in the area.



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