According to Dearing Mayor Ralph Menees, the town issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, Oct. 30 as the official day for Halloween celebrations within Dearing. The Thomson City Council and McDuffie County Commissioners made similar recommendations for their citizens last week.
Tourism gives to Wrightsboro effort
The Tourism Board supported preservation efforts at some of McDuffie county's historical sites by approving funds for repairs at The Rock House and conservation efforts at the Wrightsboro Cemetery.
The board agreed to spend up to $5,000 for the Wrightsboro Cemetery conservation effort, a project first reported in The McDuffie Mirror Oct. 7.
The effort will cost about $20,000, with repair work beginning in November. About $10,000 has already been allocated, which includes a $5,000 grant from the Watson-Brown Foundation's Junior Board, said Epp Wilson, who is spearheading the conservation project.
Tourism board members agreed to support the project up to $5,000 if needed, with the understanding that efforts to explore other possible avenues of funding would continue.
Board members also allocated $1,000 to support repair work on The Rock House historical structure. Some general maintenance is needed, and doors and windows need to be replaced, Forward McDuffie Director Don Powers said.
He also suggested the board discuss a long term maintenance plan for upkeep of historical sites.
In other action, board members discussed Festival Off Main, an early-December event featuring crafts, food, entertainment, and city decorations.
Board members also talked about the possibility of using billboards for advertising in the future, and agreed to gather more information for upcoming meetings.
Farm Bureau to award scholarships
The McDuffie County Farm Bureau will award two $1,200 scholarships to high school seniors for the 2004-2005 academic year, J. Robert Farr, McDuffie County Farm Bureau president recently announced. The applicant's parent or legal guardian must be a member of Farm Bureau as of April 1, 2004.
Applicants must plan to enter a unit of The University System of Georgia or Berry College during the 2004-2005 academic year to pursue a course of study in the field of agricultural and environmental sciences, family and consumer sciences or a related agricultural field.
All applications must be submitted to the Farm Bureau office on the Augusta Highway no later than Friday, Dec. 3, 2004.
The two winners of these scholarships will also be entered in the Georgia Farm Bureau scholarship program which will award four $1,500 scholarships under these same guidelines.
The two local winners will receive $600 the freshman year and the remaining $600 the sophomore year provided they maintain a B average their freshman year.
Applications may be obtained at the Farm Bureau office or by calling 706-595-1756.
Newton gets state appointment
McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton received an appointment to the Georgia Agricultural Exposition Authority by Governor Sonny Purdue on Friday, Oct. 22.
The GAEA manages the operations of the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Ga.
The group meets monthly, and Mr. Newton's first meeting will be in November.
"The Governor was needing an appointment from this area of the state, and I was honored that he gave me a call and asked if I would be willing to serve on that authority," Mr. Newton said.
Currently the vice president of McDuffie Feed and Seed, Mr. Newton also serves on the McDuffie County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. He also served on the Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher State Committee.