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BOE member recovers from surgery

McDuffie County Board of Education member Dorothy Hart is recovering well after quadruple heart bypass surgery July 28.

Rev. Hart's daughter, Toni Hutchinson, said her mother was expected to have been released from University Hospital in Augusta this past Tuesday. "We are real blessed," Mrs. Hutchinson said.

Dearing searches for committee members

The Mayor of Dearing is searching for new committee members. At the last town council meeting, Mayor Sean Kelley said members of several committees have gotten burned out and he'd like to combine them.

The town will be celebrating its 100th anniversary next year, so the annual Mayfest will include a centennial celebration.

Because the county's Relay For Life fundraiser will not be held this year, Mayor Kelley said he's like to revamp the committee and combine it with the others to be a Community Activities Committee.

"So we can still have all the activities, but we'd like to put the funds towards another grant that we're looking at, one that we might need matching funds for," he said.

Mayor Kelley said the town needs a lot of volunteers for the Mayfest/Centennial Celebration.

"I'd like to see some way-out thinkers this time," he said. "We need to do something big, so I need some ideas."

The first meeting will be held at Dearing City Hall at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18. Anyone interested in helping is invited to attend.

Former Thomson officer now local deputy

After being out of law enforcement for several months, Jared B. Land is back.

Deputy Land, who served as a sergeant with the Thomson Police Department for several years, is now working as a deputy with the McDuffie County Sheriff's Department.

Deputy Land began his new job July 27, according to McDuffie County Human Resources Director Ruthie Thomas.

Deputy Land, who resigned his position with the police department in May 2008, had been working with his brother, Keith Land, owner of a local business.

After training, Deputy Land is expected to be assigned to the road patrol, Mrs. Thomas said.

Local officer completes training course

Officer Patrick Sanders of the Thomson Police Department recently completed a DUI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course taught by the Georgia Police Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

This training program includes the observation techniques involved in recognizing when a driver might be operating a vehicle under the influence, patterns of driver behavior and the more common driving errors committed by drivers under the influence are identified. Students are taught the safe methods of stopping and approaching a suspect driver and the observations to make to determine if a driver is under the influence. Emphasis is placed on the proper manner in which to administer field sobriety tests. Practical exercises are conducted during the day and night, and are used to emphasize the importance of a proper response to this problem. The field sobriety tests meet the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Restaurant offers 'Blizzards in August'

While some stores offer "Christmas in July" events, Thomson's Dairy Queen is having "Blizzards in August." During the fourth annual Miracle Treat Day, Thursday, Aug. 13, Dairy Queen will donate a portion of the sale of each Blizzard to the MCG Health Children's Medical Center. Participating DQs in the Augusta area raised nearly $9,000 in 2008. Proceeds from this year's Miracle Treat Day will help fund the renovation of the children's cancer clinic at the Children's Medical Center.

Web posted on Thursday, August 06, 2009

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