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WHERE: Thomson-McDuffie County Library

WHEN: September 25, 2-4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFO: Parking is in the rear of the building. For more information, please email


WHERE: Reedy Creek Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Stapleton

WHEN: September 25, 10 a.m.

FOR MORE INFO: Come bring a covered dish and share old pictures of family history. Learn more about our Scottish pirate background.


WHERE: Thomson Walmart

WHEN: September 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FOR MORE INFO: This free event for kids will offer jumping bean inflatables, "big wheel" race, story teller, face painting, music, coloring books, free hotdogs and nachos. Call 706-504-4071.


WHERE: Thomson Walmart

WHEN: September 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

FOR MORE INFO: Sponsored by Agape Ministries, all donations will be greatly appreciated. Call 706-597-8800.


WHERE: Jockey Club restaurant on The Square in Washington

WHEN: September 27, 6 p.m.

FOR MORE INFO: Mr. Jack Marlar will present this program. The cost of the meeting is $15 per person and includes a very nice dinner. Please make reservations, as soon as possible, by e-mail at or by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message. After 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, make reservations ONLY by calling 404-210-5811 and leaving a message.


WHERE: WalMart

WHEN: September 29, 30, October 1, 5, 6

FOR MORE INFO: Protect your family this flu season. Available to ages 4 and up. Administered by professional nurses. Powered by Mollen. They accept: Medicare part B (primary plans): no co-pay, no out-of-pocket expense; Insurance: they will bill many insurances directly. Be sure to check with the nurse; Self-pay: they accept credit cards, personal checks and health savings account (HAS) credit cards. Plan to get your flu shot during your next shopping trip.


FOR MORE INFO: Thomson High School will administer the Georgia High School Writing Test on Wednesday, September 29. This is the main administration for all juniors and others planning to graduate in May 2012. It is also a retest opportunity for candidates for May 2011 graduation. Former students wishing to take this test must pre-register no later than September 10 by calling 706-986-4222. Per state testing rules, photo identification is required of all test takers who are not currently enrolled at THS. No cell phones, PDAs, or other electronic devices are permitted in testing rooms.


WHERE: Maxwell Elementary gym

WHEN: October 2, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FOR MORE INFO: The school is presently collecting items for the yard sale and they are renting booths for $20 for those wanting to sell their own goods. The yard sale is from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the festival is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a $5 fee per child for a wrist band to play on the bounce houses and games. Donations can be made at the Maxwell front office during school hours.


WHERE: Doodle Hill Hunting Club, 2924 Sterling Gibson Rd. SW, Thomson

WHEN: October 2

FOR MORE INFO: Approximately five hour ride through wooded areas. Evening meal and dance Saturday night with DJ Dewayne Holliman. Hamburger and hot dog lunch will be available for Saturday. Free primitive camping available. No electric or water hookups. Cost: $30 includes ride, lunch, evening meal and dance; $20 includes ride and lunch; $10 includes evening meal and dance; and $5 dance only. Kids (12 and under) $5 off all prices. Contact Jerry Brinkley 706-595-7345, cell 706-825-8465.

had been drinking. Testimony in the trial, which began Monday, revealed that the couple argued over Mrs. Ansley agreeing to loan one of her sons, Steve Chaney, $1,000. Mr. Ansley did not like the idea and told her so on the day he was killed.

The shooting took place in the living room of the couple's home on the 800 block of Whiteoak Road, just outside Thomson.

Mrs. Ansley took the stand in her own defense Tuesday.

Mrs. Ansley said her husband pushed her and that Mr. Ansley had threatened to shoot her just moments earlier.

"He was reaching for it (a Ruger .22-caliber revolver)," Mrs. Ansley said. "But I got it. I had to shoot."

During an interview by Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Tony Williamson, she claimed it was never her intention to shoot her husband.

"I killed him; I didn't mean to," Mrs Ansley told Agent Williamson during a recorded interview that was played for jurors during Tuesday's testimony.

Mrs. Ansley told Agent Williamson and Special Agent Lauren Fritsz that she had asked her husband not to bother her.

"I said leave me alone; stay away from me," Mrs. Ansley recalled.

She said her husband replied, "You stupid -----------, I'm going to kill you."

Asked by Mr. Wallace if she honestly believed at the time of the shooting that she had to defend herself, Mrs. Ansley replied, "Yes."

On the night of the shooting, Mrs. Ansley said she was convinced that her husband was going to shoot her because he had threatened her several times.

"He said he was going to blow my brains out," Mrs. Ansley said.

The 23-year marriage was filled with "arguments, fussing and fighting," Mrs. Ansley told jurors.

During that time, she said she had been injured on numerous occasions. The more serious injuries were a broken collar bone and a broken ankle.

Mr. Wallace asked how she received the broken ankle. Mrs. Ansley replied, "He slammed the screen door on it."

The defendant said she was afraid of her husband when he was drinking.

Mrs. Ansley testified that Mr. Ansley had been drinking about a week before the shooting.

Mrs. Ansley said she would go to her bedroom to avoid him, but about once a month he came into the room and poured water on her. She noted that such incidents upset her, "because I had to change my bed."

During cross examination of Mrs. Ansley by Mrs. Harbeson, the assistant district attorney pointed out that she never told GBI agents during the interview that her husband had pushed her on the night of the shooting.

Mrs. Harbeson then asked about the shooting.

"I picked up the gun because he was going to kill me," Mrs. Ansley said. "I'd been wanting him to shut up for years."

Mrs. Harbeson reminded her that a bullet to the chest of her husband did it.

Dr. Douglas Payne, a licensed clinical psychologist, who was classified as an expert witness when he testified for the defense on Tuesday afternoon, said Mrs. Ansley suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as well as battered woman syndrome.

She met the criteria for both, the Martinez doctor said.

Web posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010

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