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Points Between

Times - at least in the lives of some folks around me - they are a'changing.

My wife, Miriam, started her new job Tuesday as the Executive Director of Partners for Success in McDuffie County.

I've had a good laugh with several folks who wonder how I am going to handle having my wife in town on a regular basis. But more than anything I've been humbled at the level of commitment, excitement and faith that several people involved in the hiring process have put in Miriam. They are excited about the future of Partners for Success, and so is Miriam.

For my part, I'm thrilled to know that one of my favorite programs - the Ferst Foundation efforts in McDuffie County - falls under the Partners for Success umbrella. (And, yes, the program still needs financial help. To find out how to donate, call Beverly Dunn at 706-595-7160.)

Big changes - bundled in a 7 lb., 11 oz.-package - also came for my sister and her husband. Baylor Cobb Smith became McDuffie County's newest resident on Aug. 28. The youngster, along with his tired parents, is resting comfortably at home.

Just as a quick update on our local NFL prospects, it was a good news, bad news week.

Durant Brooks won a spot on the Washington Redskins' roster as a punter. At the same time, Thomson's Danny Verdun Wheeler was among the final group of players cut by Washington.

But I'm confident that Danny is not done. He's too smart, too talented and too dedicated to not be involved with football in some way, be it playing or coaching. And, best of all, Danny finished college this year and is venturing out into the world with a degree in hand. You know all those "back-up plan" admonitions? Danny Verdun Wheeler is the walking, talking example for younger players.

And finally, some housekeeping:

• I was amazed at the overflow crowd that packed into the Thomson Depot last Wednesday to hear about the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. A copy of the event - which lasted a little longer than an hour - is available at The SPLOST is on the ballot on Sept. 16, and whether you are for it or not, please let your vote be counted.

• The next town hall meetings sponsored by The Mirror and WTHO are set for mid-October and will focus on the races for the McDuffie County Board of Education. We are planning one meeting at the Thomson Depot and another at Dearing Elementary School. More information on both will be available soon, but a question submission form will be posted on The Mirror's website this week.

Now is the time to subscribe (or renew your subscription) to The Mirror. For the next few weeks, we'll donate $5 to your choice of Thomson, Warren County or Briarwood booster clubs, the Bulldog Brigade boosters or the McDuffie's Ferst Foundation efforts.

Web posted on Thursday, September 04, 2008

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