Carrington named to GMA board
SAVANNAH - Thomson Councilmember Mike Carrington was elected to the Georgia Municipal Association's Board of Directors during the association's annual meeting in Savannah June 26.
Mr. Carrington will serve as First Vice President of GMA's 7th District. The district includes cities in the following counties: Wilkes, Lincoln, Taliaferro, Warren, McDuffie, Columbia, Richmond, Hancock, Glascock, Jefferson, Washington, Burke, Jenkins and Screven.
"We are pleased to have Councilmember Carrington joining the board," said GMA Executive Director Jim Higdon. "He's well respected by his colleagues, and I'm sure he'll provide great leadership to the cities in his region."
Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, employee benefit and technical assistance services to its 500 member cities.
Springfield Baptist purchases building
The Warren County School Board approved a contract with Springfield Baptist Church of Thomson for the purchase of the old Warren County School. The agreed upon price is $380,000 and closing is expected Sept. 30. Rev. Fredrick Favors with Springfield Baptist Church says the church will utilize the basketball court and use the building for outreach ministries.
Georgia on chamber's mind
The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is putting Thomson in tourists' minds. On July 8, the COC set up a display booth at the state's welcome center on I-20 as part of "Georgia On My Mind Day."
According to Carolyn Gilbert, chamber director, this is the second year for Thomson to participate in the annual event. Mrs. Gilbert said a booth was set up at the welcome center to promote Thomson restaurants, historical properties, inns and motels. She said the display had many visitors, and she feels it was very successful.
"We're working toward making it even better next year...we have a good location set up at the front, and it's really worth going to...everybody from all different areas of the state is there," Mrs. Gilbert said.
Thomson gets EIP grant
Officials from the City of Thomson received word last week that the town will be awarded a $360,400 Employment Incentive Program grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The grant will be used to provide a loan to Pelzer Acoustic Products which has set up shop in the old C-Board building. The company is in the process of making a $1,829,578 private investment in the plant that will create 38 full time jobs.
City Administrator Bob Flanders said he had known for some time that Thomson would receive the grant, but that he was glad to hear official word on its approval.
Heritage tourism seminar
A heritage tourism seminar will be held at the Depot in Thomson on July 28-29. The group will get instruction on historic preservation of buildings by touring Sen. Tom Watson's home Hickory Hill.
Three state agencies will have representatives present at the event, including the Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Trust Group and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.