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Crenshaw scheduled to appear on GMA

McDuffie County native and Thomson High School graduate Chris Crenshaw was scheduled to be one of the trombone players featured around 6:28 Wednesday morning, June 28, on Good Morning America on ABC affiliate WJBF Channel 6.

Mr. Crenshaw is part of the world renown Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. He is the son of Casper and Jeanette Crenshaw.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is comprised of 15 of today's finest jazz soloists and ensemble players touring worldwide while performing a vast repertoire of works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman and many others. The orchestra will play seven dates in France and Spain next month before returning to New York in September.

Newton named District Media Specialist of the Year

According to a press release from McDuffie County Schools, Jennifer Newton - Thomson High School media specialist - was named the East Georgia District Library Media Specialist of the Year for 2006-2007 by the Georgia Association of Instructional Technology and the Georgia Library Media Association.

The award places Mrs. Newton in the running for the title of state Library Media Specialist of the Year, which will be announced during the September Georgia Council of Media Organizations conference in Athens.

Local woman part of sex offender law case

U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper's Monday ruling temporarily blocks a recently-passed Georgia law from applying to several sex offenders - one of which lives in Thomson - according to Associated Press reports.

Wendy Whitaker, 26, of Thomson, is one of eight plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the law. AP reports state that the plaintiff's lawyers say the new law could make it almost impossible for registered sex offenders in Georgia to live in or nearby populated areas.

The law - which bars registered sex offenders from living 1,000 feet from churches, schools, gyms, parks, pools, bus stops or anywhere children may gather - will take affect on July 1.

According to AP reports, Ms. Whitaker pleaded guilty to consensually having oral sex with a 15-year-old boy when she was 17.

Gilbert graduates

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carolyn Gilbert recently graduated from the Institute for Organization Management, a four-year nonprofit leadership training program held at the University of Georgia in Athens.

The industry leader in nonprofit education, Institute is a four-year program, held at five sites each year - four in the summer and one in the winter. Most participants attend the one-week sessions at the same site each year, building valuable relationships with others in the industry and creating a network of idea sharing. Through a combination of required courses and electives, students not only enhance their own organizational management skills but add new fuel to their organizations, making them run more efficiently and effectively.

Graduates of Institute receive the IOM recognition, signifying completion of more than 90 hours of nonprofit study and dedication to the nonprofit profession. Institute students also earn points toward the Certified Chamber Executive (CCE) or Certified Association Executive (CAE) designations. Nearly 1,500 individuals attend Institute each year.

Hahn named to Wofford dean's list

Dr. Dan B. Maultsby, senior vice president and dean of Wofford College, has announced that Miriam Hahn of Dearing, class of 2006, has been named to the Dean's List for the 2006 spring semester.

To be named to the Dean's List, a student must be enrolled for at least 12 semester hours of graded courses and attain a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher.

Lightning causes power outage

Lightning played a role in Sunday afternoon's power outage in Thomson. Georgia Power Area Manager Ron Shipman explained that around 1,000 customers were without electricity for 64 minutes.

Generally customers north of the railroad tracks were without power from 5:30 until 6:34 Sunday afternoon.

Web posted on Thursday, June 29, 2006

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