Camellia House to close
After 25 years, Sue Wilson is closing the Camellia House in downtown Thomson.
Mrs. Wilson said she is "semi-retiring." She will continue to work in interior design, but will discontinue her retail store that sells home accessories and baby apparel.
"The best part has been the friends I've made for a lifetime, the people that come in my store てｶ not only the people in this community, but we have a lot of transit people that come through. てｶ I'm a people person anyway, so it's just been a pleasure the people I've gotten to know," Mrs. Wilson said.
Mrs. Wilson said she looks forward to staying home, being with her husband, working in her yard, and taking care of her aging mother. She will close her store today, and will reopen the day after Christmas until everything is sold out. Mrs. Wilson said she will miss not being downtown during the renovations.
"I'm on the downtown development authority, so I hope I'll be able to add some input. てｶWe've had good times here. てｶ God gave me this talent, and it's gratifying to use it. てｶ I'm going to miss the everyday traffic," she said.
McDuffie gets dividend
The county government got a $22,497 check from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia recently. It was McDuffie's share of a $3 million dividend declared by the board of trustees of the ACCG Group Self-Insurance Worker's Compensation Fund.
ACCG released a statement saying the share of the dividend showed that the "dedicated and successful management effort of McDuffie County towards the implementation of loss control and the promotion of safety contributed significantly to the reduction of claims."
McDuffie's share will be credited toward the county's workers' compensation premium for 2006.
Charity program pays off fines
Patrons of the Thomson-McDuffie Library took advantage of an opportunity to pay late charges and help local food pantries at the same time.
During the special program which began Dec. 1 and ended Dec. 17, a total of 146 cans were collected at the local library to be given to McDuffie County food pantries. Each can or package of food paid off up to $1 in fines owed.