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Thomaston firefighters receive driver training at SCTC

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Firefighters with the City of Thomaston Fire Department participated in a “Firefighter Defensive Driving” course with Southern Crescent Technical College throughout the first three weeks of September to increase their skills in dealing with the safety obstacles they experience driving the fire trucks on a daily basis. All three shifts of TFD participated in the course, which has been taught through SCTC for the past seven years. The two-day class includes both classroom time and closed-course driving. It also featured two instructors this year, Don Stewart and Brandon Stone, as a way to bring more diversity to the class.


Just Thinking

The world of sports is always full of people, things, and happenings that keep us interested and amazed. There is not a day that passes where we cannot find something that grabs our attention and causes us to think about what we have heard or read. Here are a few things that made me think this week.The Braves fired General Manager Frank Wren. Even though I did not mention this in my last week’s column about dismantling the Braves, it is surely a positive move that precedes my...

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Our imperfect system is the best on earth

Every year Upson-Lee North Elementary School has a celebration on Constitution Day. The students dress up in costumes and reenact the Constitutional Convention. Last Tuesday they did it again.I wish you could see them. When the delegates are disagreeing about a matter, the students point and wag their fingers at each other. When George Washington calls for a break in the proceedings, students perform a little dance. The chorus sings patriotic songs.When the program is ov...

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Sprewell Bluff will be closed Sunday at 5

This Sunday, September 28, Sprewell Bluff will close at 5 p.m. County Commissioner Steve Hudson stated the park has been rented for a wedding that evening. Hudson first announced the closing at the Upson County Board of Commissioners meeting on September 9. He noted that the park will be open to the public earlier in the day, but those present will be asked to leave by 5 p.m. Hudson stated the Upson County Sheriff’s Department will be on hand to help with the closing and no one will be ...

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Deadline for Yatesville vet memorial is September 30

Time is running short for anyone with Yatesville roots wanting to get a family member who is a deceased veteran in on a special memorial the City of Yatesville is planning for Veterans Day. September 30, 2014 is the final day for request forms to be turned in to Yatesville for their special Yatesville Veterans Memorial Markers.Modeled after similar markers used in Hampton, Georgia, the markers will feature a white wooden cross with the deceased veteran’s name, war or conflict...

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Getting in the 90’s

I’m getting in the 90’s. And I don’t mean speeding in a car!With my 98th Birthday coming up in the Spring next year, if I make it, I am consoling myself with knowing that many others have similar “aches and pains.”When I was teaching in Nashville, Tennessee, and a member of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association, we received a newsletter regularly. I have kept the following from one of those newsletters:

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ULMS Knights bend but don’t break against Mustangs

The Rehobeth Mustangs from Spalding County traveled to Matthews Field on Wednesday to take on the ULMS Knights in a battle of undefeated teams. The Mustangs and Knights have each scored a ton of points this season, so a defensive struggle was something fans did not expect to see. However, defense is what won the game.With just 32 seconds left in the game, the Knights forced a Mustangs fumble inside the ULMS 10 yard line, sealing the Knights’ 7-6 victory and keeping their reco...

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Boss Hog BBQ & Art Show is Saturday

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Fox 5 Team of the Week!

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It’s business as usual for Knights as Region 2 play starts

Sitting at 3-0 for the first time since 2007, the Upson Lee Knights have gotten the attention of many people around the community. The first two home games have been packed out on the Knights’ side of Matthews Field. However, tonight Upson Lee will hit the road for their first Region 2 game of the season, as they take on the Baldwin Braves in Milledgeville.

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I get by with a little help from my friends

The moment I sat down to write this column, my mind checked out on me. This is inevitable. Each time I try to work on a column this happens, so you think I would be used to it. Instead I often think, or rather hope, that each time it will be different. Since it wasn’t, as per usual, I paced around my office and tried to come up with something interesting to say. I thought and I thought hard. In fact, I thought so hard that I gave myself a headache and therefore I decided to take a break...

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IDA works to reduce price of turn lane

Earlier this year a turn lane for the intersection of Highway 36 and Ben Hill Road was proposed by the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) as a way to alleviate truck traffic as well as addressing safety concerns at the entrance for Interfor. In 2013 the company had 21,500 trucks in and out of the plant and with their current expansion plans that number is thought to go much higher. The idea was signed off by the Upson County Commissioners, since it would be a county project and a $100,000...

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UL Volleyball defeats Spalding

Larry Stanford/The Thomaston TimesThe Upson Lee varsity and junior varsity squad both defeated Spalding last Thursday. The Varsity defeated Spalding by scores of 25-21 and 25-11, while the junior varsity downed the Jags by scores of 25-11 and 25-23. Upson Lee will hold their Senior Night on Monday. Look in Friday’s edition of The Times for Senior Night photos.

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URMC has $132M impact locally

While hospitals provide patient care to those in our community who are sick and need care the most, they also contribute to the well being of people who may never enter the facility.A Georgia Hospital Association report estimates Upson Regional pumped more than $132 million into the local economy in 2012.The 2012 data is the latest available from the Georgia Department of Community Health, and the economic impact analysis includes direct impact and an economic multiplier...

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Upson-Lee football program remains undefeated

Last week saw Upson-Lee football continue to win games on all levels of the program. Entering the week, the varsity, junior varsity, ninth grade, middle school, and intramural teams were all undefeated.On Wednesday, the ULMS Knights shutout the Cowan Road Panthers by a score of 28-0, and on Thursday the ninth grade Knights took care of business against the Mary Persons Bulldogs by a 32-16 score. Jayden Barron accounted for three rushing scores, while Ty Montfort scored on a 12 yard...

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Scenes from Smoke On The Water Chili Cookoff and Music Festival

Shirley Russell|The Thomaston TimesCorey McCard and his son, Clay, stand in front of their tent, Big Daddy’s Chili.T.I. and Taylor check out some of the chili samples in the People’s Choice Award.The winners of the Chili Cookoff categories received some distinctive and one-of-a-kind trophies.Alan Weems (left) presents the People’s Choice Winners: “Two Old Men and a Pot!” - Alan and Tanner, with their as Paddle Award and...

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School Teachers of the Year announced

The Thomaston-Upson School System announced the school Teachers of the Year on Thursday, September 11. These teachers were chosen by their peers to represent their schools and will now compete for the title of T-U System Teacher of the Year. The system Teacher of the Year contest is judged by a panel of school and community members. Teachers must complete a written application, personal interview, and a classroom observation. The system Teacher of the Year will be announced in December and wi...

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Knights pass first test of the season

In their first two games of the season, the outcome for the Knights was in little doubt as the fourth quarter started. However, on Friday night Upson Lee needed to play a tough four quarters to escape Matthews Field with a 21-13 victory over the Northside-Columbus Patriots.Kenderius Pennyman rushed for 119 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns to lead the Knights. Kalen Puckett also scored on an 11-yard touchdown run and passed for 80 yards on seven completions in 11 attemp...

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