Study to help growth
On July 6, the McDuffie County Commission approved use of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money to fund a market analysis that could help officials see how money should best be spent to foster economic development.
The nearly $10,000 study will be conducted by the University of Georgia's Small Business Development Center and will consist of more than 400 telephone surveys from a 50-mile radius around McDuffie County. It will take four months to complete the study.
Typical questions include what new types of businesses would shoppers like to see, preferences on business appearance, traffic and parking issues, impact of green space, and new buildings such as a proposed city-county complex.
Tournaments come to Sweetwater
Between 60 and 80 teams will descend on Sweetwater Park for the boys and girls slow pitch softball world series this July 20-24, said Thomson-McDuffie Recreation Department Director Bob Howard.
Mr. Howard wanted to get the word out about the tournament because so many people will descend on the area for the five-day event that he was concerned about large crowds cleaning out local restaurants and other shops.
Just prior to that tournament will be another event on a much smaller scale. The U.S. Specialty Sports Association's eight and under boys' machine pitch tournament began on July 13 and will end on July 17. Around 15 teams from across the country are participating in that event.
Planning commission OK's tower
Cingular Wireless is hoping a new tower will fill a dead zone in the middle of McDuffie County.
Pending final approval later this month by the McDuffie County Commission, the wireless company will lease a 100'x100' area on Ansley Road at the CSX Railroad Crossing from Culpepper Lumber Company. Cingular plans to build a 250-foot tall tower on the property.
McDuffie County Planning Commissioners unanimously approved the project last week with a stipulation that the developer must landscape 25 feet around the site.