Raccoon confirmed rabid
The third case of rabies in McDuffie County during the past two months was confirmed on Tuesday. A raccoon was sent to the Georgia Public Health Lab for testing after Happy Valley Road residents observed their dogs fighting with the raccoon on Sept. 1. A resident shot and killed the raccoon then notified authorities.
According to McDuffie County Health Department Environmental Health Specialist Tim Mosley, the dogs did not have current rabies vaccinations and were euthanized.
On July 12, a rabid raccoon was found in the Boneville Road, Randall-Hunt Road area. On July 20, a rabid fox attacked a woman and her dog on County Line Road near Larkin Road.
Health Department officials urge all McDuffie County residents to have their pets vaccinated by a registered veterinarian. They also advise residents to avoid contact with wild animals, but request that any such contact be reported by calling 595-1740.
Water saver kits free
The City of Thomson is asking all water customers help conserve the precious resource. Water saving kits are available at several locations around town for free.
The kits have a shower head, two faucet nozzles, a toilet bladder and leak detecting tablets - a retail value of $35.
City Administrator Bob Flanders said using the kits translates to a savings of $48 per year for the average Thomson customer and $71 a year for those outside the city limits. The kits are available at City Hall, The McDuffie Mirror, The McDuffie Progress and at local banks.
MANNA food drive
The Thomson Rotary Club is sponsoring a food drive on Sept. 29 to benefit the local charity MANNA which provides food to the hungry of McDuffie County. Those willing to help are asked to bring food and cash donations to the motor home in the Thomson Depot parking lot from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This is the second year in a row that Rotary member Alan Shapiro has headed up food drive efforts to make sure the cabinets at MANNA remain stocked.
Supper benefits burn victims
Local public safety officials are planning a spaghetti supper to help raise money for the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. The meal, which costs $5, includes spaghetti, salad, bread dessert and tea. All of the proceeds will go to help burn victims and their families in the area, most of which are treated at Doctor's Hospital.
The event is a fundraiser in conjunction with Emergency Services and Safety Awareness Day in October. The supper will be held on Sept. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomson fire station across Main Street from Movie Gallery.
Tickets can be purchased at Wal-Mart, the Chamber of Commerce, the McDuffie County Fire Department, the City of Thomson Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services at the hospital, the Planning and Zoning Department, the McDuffie-Warren Forestry Unit and the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation office.
Chamber celebrates new members
The Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce will welcome new members at their After Hours meeting from 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8. According to Carolyn Gilbert, chamber director, the purpose of After Hours is to thank all volunteers, all new members, and all who worked to make the membership drive such a success.
"It's a good way to come and network," Mrs. Gilbert said. "We're going to have door prizes and great food from local caterers and drinks. It's a good way to come and meet your new chamber members. It's going to be a lot of fun."
Mrs. Gilbert said anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce is welcome to the After Hours also.
After Hours will be at The Depot, 111 Railroad Street, Thomson. For more information, call Mrs. Gilbert at 597-1000.
Springfield Baptist purchases old Warren County High
Warren County School Board Superintendent Carol Jean Carey said she has a signed contract on her desk for the sale of the old Warren County High School to Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson.
The closing date for the sale is Sept. 30. Springfield Church has indicated the building will be used for outreach ministries and basketball. The sale price is $385,000. Superintendent Carey said some of the funds will be transferred to the Food Service Department, and payment of the realtor, but the rest will be placed in the general fund for required salary accrual. Board members said they are pleased with the sale and that the sale will also save the school system $50,000 per year which was being paid for utilities and upkeep of the old school.