I've spent several afternoon and evenings this season watching the Augusta GreenJackets play at their stadium.
Saturday, it was nice to see some familiar faces in the stands during McDuffie County night - sponsored by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce.
Aside from the Chamber, other groups that packed the stadium included McDuffie Feed and Seed, Queensborough National Bank & Trust - Thomson Branch, Edward Jones Investment, David M. Parker Exterminating, Rodgers Builders, More than Mudpies, Stephanie's Stylon, The Milliken Company, Two State Construction and Thomson Roofing. And that doesn't count the folks who went on their own or a contingent of friends and families of The Mirror.
Thanks to everyone who attended the game, participated in the Chamber's effort and supported your community while watching America's Pastime.
Saturday's game was a welcome break for me. It was one day removed from one of the most exhausting days of my newspaper career.
Last Friday began with the screeching of my alarm at 5 a.m. I was in the office by 5:45 and Billy Hobbs and I were on the road by 6:40 a.m., chronicling the six hours of efforts of a cadre of law enforcement officials from not only the McDuffie County area, but also from across the state.
Their plan was two-fold. First, authorities wanted to take care of some warrants connected to an undercover Georgia Bureau of Investigation drug sting. Second, the group of more than 20 officers, deputies, troopers and agents wanted to canvass intersections to raise the police presence in parts of Thomson and McDuffie County.
"We've always enjoyed good cooperation between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia State Patrol, the Thomson Police Department and the Richmond County Sheriff's Department," McDuffie County Sheriff Logan Marshall said as officers checked licenses and insurance cards at a checkpoint in Thomson. "This was just another one of those occasions where we all worked well together."
And that got me thinking: If those police agencies could get past departmental turf wars and work together, what could The Mirror do to help them accomplish their mission?
My wife had the answer. It's on Page 6A of this week: the inaugural installment of "Most Wanted" for Thomson, McDuffie and surrounding areas.
It will run weekly in The Mirror and feature (hopefully) a picture and a description of someone local authorities are looking for. We start this week with one of the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department most wanted. We're also working with the Thomson Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation to help get these folks off our streets.
Now, it's up to you: If you can help police find someone listed as "Most Wanted," step up. Your community deserves it.