Magazine features McDuffie
Georgia Trend Magazine will highlight McDuffie County in its upcoming February issue. The magazine features counties and cities across the state in each monthly issue.
According to the magazine's mission statement, one of its aims is to "paint an accurate portrait of economic development at the local level." McDuffie County's recent economic development and Clarks Hill Partnership efforts will be the focus of the piece.
Plackemeier earns Guy award
Wake Forest punter Ryan Plackemeier took home the top punting prize in college football on Dec. 8. He was given the Ray Guy Award after leading the nation in gross punting average (47.2) and net average.
The Bonsall, Calif., native booted 13 of his 67 punts 60 yards or longer. He had an 82-yarder against North Carolina State that was a career best and fourth-longest in ACC history.
This was the sixth Ray Guy Award given. It is named after the former Thomson star who went on to become what many consider the best punter in the history of the NFL.
Local Mayor's Motorcade donations top $1,500
Thomson and McDuffie County came through in a big way for the Mayor's Motorcade.
Thomson Fire Chief Rick Sewell said local residents contributed $1,564 - plus various items - to the annual fundraiser, which benefits Georgia's mental health and retardation hospitals. Last year, donations from the area totaled $910.
"This was a very good year," Chief Sewell said.
He said this year's effort was boosted by a boot drive held one afternoon at Wal-Mart. In five hours, firefighters raised $938.
Chief Sewell said local leaders delivered the money and items to Augusta earlier this month.