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First meeting held in new building; grand opening planned





"Welcome to your building," Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry told those attending the July 14 city council meeting, the first public meeting in the new ground floor meeting room of the Thomson-McDuffie County Government Center.

The room will also be used for county commission meetings and as a jury assembly room.

Usry asked members of the audience to tell him if they could not hear because the public address system had not been set up.

"We've had a few glitches, but that's gonna happen any time you move into a new building," he said.

The official grand opening and dedication ceremony for the new building, which houses city and county offices, courtrooms, the district attorney's office and judges offices, will be Aug. 5. The ceremony will take place from 7 to 7:30 p.m., McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton told members of the Rotary Club of Thomson earlier July 14.

From 7:30 to 9 p.m. there will be free hot dogs and hamburgers, tours of the building and inflatables for children on the lawn.

U.S. District Court Judge Ed Tarver will be the keynote speaker, and Thomson school bands will perform.

Fireworks are scheduled to go off at 9:30.

"So it'll be a fun, family night," Usry said.

Newton said the move into the new building is complete. The county extension service and the Office of Elections and Voter Registration will move into the courthouse.



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