Firm to help plan complex
An Atlanta architecture firm will present a feasibility study regarding the proposed city/county government complex to the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
Bryant Associates will present its findings on the possible costs and location of the complex, which has been a popular topic among local elected officials. Voters approved money for the study in last year's Special Local Option Sales Tax resolution, as well as land acquisition for the building which will go towards alleviating county space concerns.
County faces big medical bill
McDuffie County has been ordered to pay approximately $85,000 in medical expenses it incurred after a prison inmate died.
The charges were originally around $100,000, but County Attorney Sammy Fowler was able to lessen the blow, which will be taken out of the county's contingency fund. The topic is expected to be addressed at further commission and budget meetings.
Football camp cancelled
A football camp scheduled to take place at Thomson High School on June 12 will be cancelled due to a lack of participants. Only seven children were signed up after an extended deadline, so Camp Director Chris Tutt decided to pull the plug and aim for trying again next year.
Garrison Hearst, Chris Mohr and other NFL players were scheduled to give instruction and to speak at the one-day camp. Mr. Tutt said he hopes to get started earlier next year and include surrounding areas in the camp as well.
County fire officials told commissioners at a meeting last week that they've been experiencing a drop in volunteer firemen.
County Fire Chief Bruce Tanner told commissioners that it's been difficult finding volunteers who are willing to commit to two years of service, which is what has been the standard.
Chief Tanner and commissioners talked about ways to let more people know of the opportunities available within the fire department.