Halloween moved to Saturday
The Thomson City Council decided at its Oct. 14 meeting to encourage Thomson citizens to celebrate Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 30 so as not to interfere with church activities. The County Commission is also encouraging McDuffie residents to do their trick-or-treating the day prior to Halloween.
Last year, both the county commission and Thomson City Council were asked if Halloween celebrations would be shifted due to the holiday falling on a football Friday night. Neither government chose to act on the issue last year.
Music festival planned
The inaugural October Music Festival will be held on Oct. 30 and 31 in the same field as the Blind Willie Blues Festival. A variety of live music will be the centerpiece of the community event that will also feature games, clown performances and an arts and crafts sale.
Tickets will be sold at the gate. Wristbands will be given out to identify those legal for alcohol consumption.
McDuffie County children and adults are collecting canned goods and other nonperishable items as part of the It's Spooky to be Hungry annual food drive based in Evans.
The local effort, under the direction of Sheilah Johnson, will include public drop off points where individuals can donate canned goods and non perishable items to benefit the Golden Harvest Food Bank which serves the Augusta area, including Thomson. McDuffie County was also part of last year's drive, which collected 61,600 pounds of food and $31,600 in donations across seven counties in the CSRA.
Now in its tenth year, the Spooky to be Hungry drive has attracted national attention with its emphasis on fighting hunger and strengthening communities through the grass roots efforts of volunteers doing their small piece.
Donations may be left at the following locations:
21st century CCLC
(Norris, Dearing, and Thomson Elementary and Middle)
TMS Beta Club
Briarwood Key Club
Regions Bank (3)
Dearing Baptist Church
First United Methodist in Warrenton
A last chance to donate will be at the Halloween Carnival beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Fountain Campground on Hwy. 80 North on Oct. 30.
McDuffie County donations will be collected following the carnival and then weighed in with other donations on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 4:15 p.m. at the food bank.
Culpepper Ford comes to Thomson
Culpepper Ford is moving to Thomson.
Culpepper owner Bobby Culpepper announced last Thursday he is purchasing Freedom Ford in Thomson and consolidating it with his Columbia County location. The dealership in Thomson will operate under the Culpepper Ford banner.
"This is going to be good for us," he said. "This is going to be good for Thomson. ... It's a consolidation that really makes sense."
Mr. Culpepper's family has owned the Harlem Ford dealership since his father purchased it in 1949. The dealership was located in downtown Harlem until 1997 when Mr. Culpepper moved it next to Interstate 20.
Mr. Culpepper said several factors weighed into his decision to move to McDuffie, including the increased customer base and higher sales numbers at the Thomson locale. He hopes to continue Culpepper's strong service numbers across the county line.
"Our philosophy has always been selling cars is not what it is all about," he said. "It's the service and making them a friend."