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McDuffie County Commission approves new sheriff's firing range

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 9:23 PM
Last updated 9:32 PM
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THOMSON – McDuffie County Commissioners voted Tuesday to allow the sheriff’s department to set up a firearms training range in a rural area northwest of Thomson.

The 3-0 vote overturned a recommendation from the planning commission, which had opposed the special use permit.

The range will be built on about 3 acres of county-owned land off Vic Moore Road, north of Wrightsboro Road. In all, the county owns about 297 acres there.

Maj. Ronnie Williamson, who had directed the project through a series of public meetings, said the county will keep its pledge to be a good neighbor. He said he will contact representatives of hunting clubs whose members had objected to the shooting range. Williamson said the range will be built in six phases, beginning with constructing a sand barrier around it.

Dearing Mayor Sean Kelley spoke in favor of the training range. He said police officers put their lives on the line and deserve the best training available.

The county has been using the former Department of Natural Resources training range at the fish hatchery property in Dearing.

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Asitisinaug 01/18/12 - 02:06 am
Awesome decision in support

Awesome decision in support of law enforcement from the commissioners.

Ole School
Ole School 01/18/12 - 07:33 am


TNTHOMSON 01/18/12 - 11:07 am
Let's see how long it takes

Let's see how long it takes Obama's EPA to start thinking about all that lead entering the environment and how the noise will impact local wildlife....

Lawyers needs to step up and represent all the animal species in the surrounding area that this range will effect, and the ACLU needs to inspect and approve the targets to make sure diversity is applied in the color selection of targets..

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