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Event to celebrate government center





The Thomson-McDuffie County Government Center will be dedicated Friday evening, in a celebration featuring food, fireworks and more.

The public is invited to tour the recently completed building on Railroad Street.

The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Hot dogs will be served for free while the public tours the facility from 7:30 to 9 p.m. A fireworks show at 9:30 p.m. is billed as the largest ever in McDuffie County, with donations reaching $10,000.

Family fun activities will include inflatables for the children.

Donna Branch, a member of the committee that organized the opening celebration, said that committee included city and county representatives and other community leaders.

Branch invited the public to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the celebration.

The fireworks will be launched from near the other side of the tracks. Branch said good viewing will be available at nearby locations such as First Baptist Church.

In the event of rain, officials plan to move the opening ceremony inside the government center. The rest of the celebration will be rescheduled.

Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry and McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton have been busy promoting the celebration at public meetings and before civic groups for weeks.

"Ever since I came into office in 2001, our people have been talking about the need for additional space, better space, it's been going on that long," Newton told The McDuffie Mirror on Tuesday.

He said city and county leaders worked together closely to sort out space needs.

"We went through all those things to make sure that we have a building that would be suitable for McDuffie County for the next 25 years," he said.

Newton said the finished building demonstrates the cooperation that has been typical of the city and county.

"The governments of Thomson, Dearing and McDuffie County are going to continue to work very closely together despite the recent negative atmosphere," he said.



Web posted on Thursday, August 04, 2011













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