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Bickley Reeves wins annual ‘If I Were Mayor’ essay contest

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Bickley Reeves is the winner of this year’s ‘If I Was Mayor’ Essay Contest. Dawson Fleming is the runner-up. The contest is part of the annual Make Thomaston Shine and Georgia Cities Week. The Top 10 essay finalists were honored at the Thomaston City Council meeting Tuesday night.Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold was absent from the meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Doug Head said Arnold was attending a Georgia Department of Transportation meeting in Atlanta to promote the Import/Export Highway.Head, who presided in the mayor’s absence, praised the students for their hard work, stating that is it is encouraging to see students taking an interest in their community and government, since they are the future leaders of Thomaston.

 

Penny ponders: Girls’ weekend

We planned to attend our first auction. It was “girls weekend” with Mom and daughter. With my husband out of state, I wanted to try something different and the auction sign called to us. But that wasn’t until Saturday night. For me, there is nothing like enjoying one on one time with my daughter. She’s getting older and spending more and more time with friends and in activities. I now look at my calendar to find an open weekend. I grab the rare open squares and pen in ...

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“A tough pill to swallow”

The Upson-Lee Knights traveled to Griffin on Wednesday to face the No. 8 state ranked Bears. The Knights entered the game in the midst of a playoff hunt. Upson-Lee, Woodland, and Dutchtown are battling for the fourth and final playoff spot, as the end of the regular season is just around the corner.

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BOE changing monthly meeting time to 6 p.m

The Thomaston-Upson Board of Education voted 7-0 to change their regular meeting times from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. The action came at their regular BOE meeting on April 8.School Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook brought up the issue, stating the board had talked about it at their last work session.“Several board members expressed starting the meeting at 6 p.m.” Dr. Shook said. “If the board would like to do this, I think it would give an opportunity for some pe...

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Rec League Softball recaps

Chaos: 19Gator Girls: 4Darbi Callaway led the way for Chaos with three hits and two runs scored, as Chaos defeated the Gator Girls by a 19-4 score in just four innings. Callaway also pitched for Chaos, allowing four runs, but all four were unearned. Callaway also struck out five batters in the game.Bethany Smith and Kimberly White each tallied two hits, while Nicole Cummings, Chelsea Graham, and Hope Napoletano each chipped in...

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Group ‘springs forward and rides’ to fight childhood obesity

Imagine growing up with physical conditions related to being overweight? Being called horrible names or ridiculed? This is what the “Spring Forward and Ride” theme represents for the bicycle ride for many bikers on Saturday. The bikers represented the “The Neighbor Next Door Foundation, Inc., which Lavance Brown and Eboni Chillis are the manager and the co-manager respectively. Mr. Brown stated “The goals of this foundation is to provide an outlet to healthy habits, un...

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‘Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners…’, Martha Anne McCrary remains Upson EMA Director

“Under the direction of the Board of Commissioners of Upson County, I have been directed to contact Miss Martha Anne McCarty. She has agreed to continue to be the EMA Director here at Upson County. There will be no status change. Everything will remain the same as it was a week ago.”Six days after Upson County Commission Chairman Rusty Blackston called Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Martha Anne McCarty into his office and told her she was being relieved of h...

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2014 Track & Field Senior Night

Upson-Lee senior Jaleesa GibsonUpson-Lee senior Melissa DraimeUpson-Lee senior Brian ReveireUpson-Lee senior Taylor York

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