Originally created 12/14/01

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BACK IN TIME

Dec. 14, 1981

Columbia County will not pay Richmond County on a per capita basis for the cost of operating the Augusta Judicial Circuit, the chairman of the Columbia County Commission said Sunday.

Chairman Al Dempsey said that message was contained in a letter, which was sent to Richmond County commission chairman Travis Barnes on Friday.

The letter was in response to one sent by Richmond County stating unless Columbia County paid its share, no employee in the district attorney's office paid with Richmond County funds would be allowed to work in Columbia County after Dec. 31.

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MCDUFFIE COUNTY CONTACTS

McDuffie County Communications Department, 911 Public Safety Dr., Thomson, GA 30824,

Emergency - 911

Non-Emergency - (706) 595-2102

Cooperative Extension Service, 116 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-1815

Board of Commissioners, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824,

(706) 595-2100

Veterans Administration, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA30824

(706) 595-2132

Voter Registration, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2105

Department of Family and Children Services, 300 Greenway Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2946

Emergency Management Agency, 504 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2922

Fire Department, 504 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2145

Georgia Forestry Commission, Warrenton Hwy, Thomson, GA30824

(706) 595-4661

Health Department, 300 Greenway Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-1740

Industrial Authority, 136 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-5967

Landfill, Mesena Road, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2374

Leisure Services, 304 Greenway Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-7502

Planning Board, 504 Railroad Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-5355

Public Transportation Service, Whiteoak Road, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-6683

Sheriff's Department, 751 Public Safety Drive, Thomson, GA 30824

Tax Assessor/Property Tax, 406 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2128

Tax Commissioner/Tags and Titles, 406 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2132

Thomson Recycling, 863 Augusta Road SE, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-0176

McDuffie County Family Connection/Communities In School, 526 Mount Pleasant Road South West, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-3112

McDuffie County Board of Education, 716 North Lee Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-1918

Magistrate Court, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 597-2618

Probate Court, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2124

Superior Court clerk, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2134

Superior Court Judge Davis, 337 Main Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2106

District Attorney, 309 Greenway Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-7175

Recreation Department, 808 White Oak Road South East, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-2152

Senior Citizens Center, 304 Greenway Street, Thomson, GA 30824

(706) 595-7502

THE NATION'S 'PEANUT BASKET'

Georgia leads the seven states that account for about 98 percent of all peanuts grown in the U.S. There are about 40,000 peanut farms in the major producing regions.

Georgia produces 37.7 percent of the nation's peanuts. Texas, 23.2 percent; Alabama, 10.5 percent; North Carolina, 9.3 percent; Florida, 6.4 percent; Virginia, 5.4 percent; Oklahoma, 5.2 percent.

The peanut plant is thought to have originated in Brazil or Peru. Portuguese explorers transplanted it to Africa, and from there it was brought to America as an inexpensive, high-protein staple, later to be consumed by soldiers during the Civil War.

APPENDIX PUZZLE

Despite having more tools to diagnose appendicitis, doctors aren't getting any better at it.

In nearly one of four appendectomies performed in women of childbearing age, the removed appendix is actually not infected.

The rate of misdiagnosis among young women and older men has actually increased, according to the results of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The misdiagnosis rate among men is about 9 percent, vs. 23.2 percent among women.

The disparity may be because women have more complex anatomy in the right side of their abdomen, such as an ovary, a uterus and fallopian tubes.