County sets budget schedule
A tentative schedule was recently set for the McDuffie County government's budget process for 2006. Commissioners discussed the schedule given to them by County Manager Don Norton in a work session on June 30.
A budget work session will take place on July 12, and a balanced budget could possibly be presented at a July 26 public hearing. Then during an Aug. 3 meeting, the budget is scheduled for adoption. After adoption of a budget, commissioners would review the millage rate.
Mr. Norton pointed out that all of those dates are subject to change depending on several factors, including completion of the tax digest in a year when all property in the county was reevaluated.
Committee to decide direction of drug fund
A committee will soon be appointed to decide how the Drug Education Fund money is spent. Around $20,000 of drug fines go into McDuffie County's coffers each year to help educate the public on the dangers of drugs, but now a committee will decide the best way to spend that money.
Law enforcement personnel, probation officers, court officials and a county commissioner will be part of a group that will hear proposals for drug education programs and decide how the fund should be spent to best educate the public.
No time has been set for the committee to begin work, but a group of potential members has met to discuss its formation. The county commission would be responsible for appointing the members.
Warrenton Highway paving to begin
Drivers along Warrenton Highway may want to make more time for their trips soon. Work on resurfacing the road ‚" State Route 12 ‚" is scheduled to begin soon, according to a press release from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The $1.2 million project will be handled by APAC-Georgia, Inc., and the work will cover 5.908 miles from the Warren County line to State Route 10. The expected completion date for the project is Sept. 30.
During construction, motorists can anticipate a single-lane closure along State Route 12 with both directions of traffic sharing the remaining lane. This closure will be implemented utilizing flagmen and a pilot vehicle.
Local dealership gets new owners
Horton Chevrolet on Washington Road in Thomson is now under the banner of the Stokes-Hodges Auto Group based out of Augusta as of Tuesday, said Russ Boykin, chief operating officer of Stokes-Hodges. The purchase came about after Owner Jan Hodges wanted to get into the domestic car sale business.
Mr. Boykin said the current employees will stay with the dealership, and there is a chance for expansion as business picks up under the new management. Stokes-Hodges ‚" which has been in business since 1987 ‚" is pleased to be in the Thomson market, he added.
"(Mrs. Hodges) actually comes from a small town and knows what kind of service is expected, and we're going to definitely offer it," Mr. Boykin said.