Thomson Mayor Bob Knox singed a proclamation this week designating Sunday, Nov. 5 as Retired Educators Day. The proclamation echoes one from Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue.
The documents declare that retired educators are, and continue to be, a source of inspiration for many young people. They go on to say that everyone should recognize their contributions.
Of the 15,000 statewide members of the Retired Educators Association, 111 are affiliated with the local chapter that meets in Thomson.
Heating bills help
The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority is gearing up to help residents fight this season's heating bill increases. Energy Coordinator Patricia Johnson said her office began taking applications Wednesday, Nov. 1, for homebound and 65 and older households to pay their home heating costs. If funds are still available from the energy assistance program, applications will be opened to the general public Friday, Dec. 1.
To qualify for assistance, residents must be responsible for paying the cost of energy for the home's primary heating source, a US citizen or legal alien and receive income at or below 150 percent of the poverty level in Georgia. A single person would be based on $14,700 or less annually, a family of two would be at or below $19,800.
Ms. Johnson said residents of McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Taliaferro, Wilkes, Jefferson, Jenkins and Lincoln counties should call 1-866-722-4346 for more information.