Christmas is going to be a little brighter in the lives of government employees in Thomson and McDuffie County.
The reason: Bonus money soon will be in their stockings.
Fulltime employees with both the city and county will receive $100 gifts, while part-time employees with both local governments will receive $25 gifts, officials say.
Bonus money for employees with the county will total nearly $17,000, McDuffie County Manager Don Norton said.
During last Wednesday's county commission meeting, officials approved of that amount being distributed to employees before Christmas.
At a work session two days before the full county commission meeting, Commission Chairman Charlie Newton said he had no objection to the idea, provided the funds were in the budget. In the Wednesday meeting, commissioners agreed unanimously to approve the Christmas bonuses for employees.
Mr. Norton said the county has provided the bonuses for several years.
The City of Thomson, meanwhile, has done the same thing for their employees, according to City Clerk Dianne L. Landers.
It cost the city about $12,000 annually to participate in the Christmas bonus program, she said.