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Dinner by the Tracks

McDuffie County residents will get a taste of what opulent dining was like in the mid 1930's at the annual Dinner by the Tracks event Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

Decorations and entertainment will follow this year's theme, A Night on the Orient Express.

"This will be a fun evening," said Carolyn Gilbert, chamber of commerce director.

The theme is based on the most famous train in the world, the Orient Express, and its route across 13 European countries from Istanbul to Paris.

Tickets to the event are $30 per person and are available at the Chamber office.

Tables for eight, located on the platform, will be set with linen and china for an elegant evening, and chamber members will serve as the wait staff, she said.

Tables may be reserved, and tickets are limited.

Some of the proceeds will benefit the restoration of the historic Thomson Depot.

Wal-Mart health fair

Wal Mart will host a women's health event Friday and Saturday, Oct. 8 and 9, which will cover a variety of issues and will offer free vision screenings. The event, scheduled from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, will cover a range of health topics such as preventive medicine, diabetes, cancer, nutrition, and mental health counseling. Medical professionals from the community will give out health information while answering questions. The event is free and open to everyone.

PSAT test set

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004 at Thomson High School. All current sophomores (10th graders) will be tested on this date without charge to the student. The PSAT/NMSQT is an annual test and this is the only date for the one-time administration. There is no make-up date.

Each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competitions. For example, the 2004 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test for entry to competitions for scholarships to be awarded in 2006.

Students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in their third year (grade 11, junior year), to be eligible to be entered into the competition that ends when awards are offered in the spring of their fourth high school year (grade 12, senior year), the same year they will leave high school and enter college.

Juniors that want to qualify for National Merit Scholarship should contact Richard Williams in the guidance office. The cost is $11 to be paid at the time of registration. Make checks payable to Thomson High School. This fee is also applicable to freshmen that want early practice for the SAT.

McDuffie eligible for loan

McDuffie County is one of several Georgia counties included in disaster declarations by the United States Department of Agriculture.

On Sept. 9, 2004, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue requested a disaster declaration for 93 counties due to losses by high winds and excessive rains associated with Hurricane Frances, according to a press release from the governor's office. Primary and contiguous counties will be eligible for emergency low-interest loans from the Farm Service Agency.

Federal officials released the designation list earlier this week. McDuffie County was included on Gov. Perdue's original list of primary disaster counties. However, the USDA said 10 counties on that list did not sustain a 30 percent or greater production loss in a single enterprise.



Web posted on Thursday, October 7, 2004


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