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Yatesville wants its American flag back

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If you have the City of Yatesville’s ceremonial American flag, pole and stand, please return it.Mayor Cecil Moncrief advised the City Council at their July 14 meeting that sometime in the last month, someone took the flag, the flag pole, and the stand it sat in from the Senior Center, and has not returned it.“It was here in June because we had it at the Senior Citizens meeting because we always say the Pledge to the flag. But this month it is gone,” Moncrief said. “If anyone knows anybody that got it, they need to return it. Maybe they’ll read it in the paper and get convicted and bring it on back. If not, we’ll have to purchase another flag.”

 

Lady Knights putting in the work

Wes McCard/The Thomaston TimesEven though rain poured down on Tuesday, and the Lady Knights were not able to get on the softball field, they were able to get in some cuts at the batting cages at the high school. Above, freshman Taylor King takes some hacks off the tee, as Coach Stephen Hammock observes his team. Upson-Lee is preparing for their season opener on August 8 at the Jordan High School Invitational.

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The new paint job

The little white house down the street was old and the paint was peeling. The owner had put on a light green tin roof many years ago, but he had never done much more to fix it up. We were excited when a new family bought it, and they decided to renovate it.One of the first things they wanted to do was to paint the outside. Because the paint on the exterior was worn and ragged, they spent many days scraping and brushing the sides of the house. They then put on the primer. I told my ...

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Knights look strong against Seminoles

The Upson-Lee Knights football team cannot put on their pads and give or take hits just quite yet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t go out and compete. On Tuesday they took on Thomaston native Shedrick Risper and his Westside-Macon Seminoles in a 7 vs. 7 passing game.

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We need Facetime protocol

I’m sure you have heard of Facetime.Just in case you are even more technologically challenged than I am, Facetime is a fulfillment of the Dick Tracy watch that made phone calls that allowed you to see the person you were talking with. I think the Jetsons had something like that, too.By the way, why aren’t we all zooming around in those flying saucer cars like George Jetson had?But, back to Facetime. It sounds like a great idea. You call somebody on...

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Fighting Wildfires: A view from up front

Editor’s Note: Zack Kephart is a freelance photographer from Macon who has worked for The Thomaston Times in the past. Zack is also a wildfire firefighter during the summer fire season. Those of us in the South see news coverage of the fires out west. But we rarely get a view of what is going on from the people who are actually doing the firefighting. Zack will be writing a weekly blog for The Thomaston Times, so that we can understand what it is like to fight wildfires. Below is hi...

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Building a tradition at Upson-Lee

Coach Perdue has decided to coach at Upson-Lee, but not that Coach Perdue. There have been many changes in the Upson-Lee coaching community over last six months, and one of the new coaches coming into the coaching carousel is the new Upson-Lee volleyball coach Monica Perdue.Coach Perdue comes to Thomaston after last coaching at Shaw High School in Columbus. She is originally from Pine Mountain, where she graduated from Harris County High School. Perdue attended Columbus State Unive...

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‘I can see clearly now…’ with glasses on

A new school year will soon be upon us and bring with it all the anxieties that only school can bring. One anxiety which will likely bring the most stress for students will be the exams they will encounter over the next nine months. While we all know cheating is wrong, it can be tempting to take the easy way out and copy someone else’s answers, especially if you forgot to study the night before. While in school I always tried to do my best on tests and accepted my fate if I did not know...

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The Thomaston Times print edition has a new look

The print edition of The Thomaston Times now features a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.Even though we live in a digital age, with more people than ever turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want, we recognize that our print products remain extremely important, both to thousands of readers and to our advertisers.

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Perdue wins Republican runoff for Senate

Primary election run-offs in Georgia were held Tuesday, and of the three races that Upson County voters had a say in, only one of the three candidates chosen by Upson County was also chosen statewide.

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Fizz! Boom! Read!

Magician Ken Scott entertains the crowd by magically makes spoons stick all over a volunteer from the audience during the Summer Reading Program.During his show, Ron Anglin helps this group of youngsters learn how to become plate spinners.Juggler Ron Anglin demonstrates his skills of juggling four balls at one time while at the Hightower Memorial Library for the Summer Reading Program.Magician D’Vante Parks gets help from three boys in the audience to pe...

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BOC approves engineering costs for Zorn Landfill

After ceasing operation in the early 90s, the Zorn Street Landfill is close to being officially closed down, according to Upson County Water Superintendent Danny Johnson. He told the Board of Commissioners last week that the county is entering into the last 10 years of a 30-year period of monitoring groundwater contamination required by the EPA to give official certification of the solid waste landfill being closed.

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Changes stir emotions at Senoia

After a less than successful Saturday night two weeks ago at Senoia Raceway, promoter Tim Moses had to make a couple of tough decisions. Drivers were informed on Monday afternoon that the 3/8ths mile track would discontinue running the Modified Mini division on a weekly basis. Saturday night marked the fourth time this season a race was not conducted in the four-cylinder division due to only one competitor signed in to compete.

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The Thomaston Times now has a new faster, easier website

The Thomaston Times is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.thomastontimes.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:• Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility t...

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Industry Tour gives teachers at look at jobs availalble

Representatives of the Thomaston-Upson School System participated in a tour of local industries on July 10, to gain a better understanding of what types of jobs are available in our community and what skills are needed to be successful in those positions. This is the third consecutive year the school system has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce for the industry tours, something Thomaston-Upson School Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook is very happy about.

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Council hears from residents about Tobin

A crowd of nearly 200 people filled the R.E. Lee Auditorium for the Thomaston City Council meeting last Thursday to voice their opinions to the mayor and council on Thomaston Police Officer Phillip Tobin. Of the roughly 25 people who spoke, the majority expressed their desire to see Tobin fired from the force for allegedly causing torment to citizens by using excessive force and brutality by a police officer.

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Majority of weather sirens are installed

Thanks to a Response and Recovery grant program through FEMA and GEMA, Upson County was able to install six additional weather sirens throughout the county in hopes of giving better coverage to warn citizens of inclement weather. Upson County EMA Director Martha Anne McCarty told the county commissioners at their meeting last week, that the EMA is in the process of wrapping the project up and of the $46,387.24 that the county had to pay upfront, $39,429.15 is reimbursable from the state. She ...

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Dr. L. L. Allen retiring after serving Thomaston for 50 years

Dr. Lawrence L. Allen was honored last week with a proclamation designating July 11, 2014 as “Dr. L.L. Allen Day” in the City of Thomaston, upon his retirement from practicing medicine in Thomaston over the last 50 years. Mayor Hays Arnold made the declaration during a ceremony held at the government complex last Friday with many family and friends in attendance.

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