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The McDuffie Mirror has always been more to me than just a newspaper. In many ways it was like my child. I was there when it was born. I helped nurture it as it quickly grew into its own.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:56pm

Here's something a lot of people won't believe: There really wasn't a firm plan in place for The McDuffie Mirror when we started in July of 2003. Well, that's not completely true. There was a plan.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:54pm

The seven-mile drive south on U.S. 421 changes everything. Between Medaryville and Francesville you leave the edge of the once endless swamp and enter the still endless prairie. The towns, once proud rivals, now proudly share a high school.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:54pm

I haven't been with The Mirror very long. I came in January after being unemployed for five months. In the past, I wrote for a small weekly newspaper in North Augusta. I loved getting to know the people and telling their stories.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:54pm

My emotions have really been stirring inside since I learned about the eminent death of The McDuffie Mirror.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:53pm

Rodeo Nights - an annual fundraiser for the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation - is scheduled for April 20-22 at the Columbia County Fairgrounds. The eighth annual event is sponsored by Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:49pm

Thomson High School was recently notified that sophomore Ellen Wallace, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Wallace, has been selected to attend the 2012 Governor's Honors Program.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 5:48pm

Young Harris College sophomore outdoor leadership major Elizabeth Land, trumpet, of Thomson, will perform at a concert featuring the Young Harris College Concert Band on Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 4:48pm

A family-owned Ford dealership in Thomson its doors after more than 60 years in business.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 4:45pm

A former Harlem High School Junior ROTC teacher accused of having sex with a student was arrested April 11.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 4:36pm

"Once I had a bird come in from a race and zoom by me and circle around to come into the loft, and then he flew back by in a big arc with a hawk after him. Pretty amazing birds, that even after flying for 200 miles, they can still outrun a hawk.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 4:30pm

The first edition of The McDuffie Mirror hit the stands July 3, 2003.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 4:29pm

Thursday Augusta Christian at Cardinal Newman, 6 p.m. Friday Augusta Prep vs. Bulloch Academy, 4:30 p.m. Region 2-AAAA Playoffs Greenbrier vs. Brunswick, 3 p.m. Evans at Richmond Hill, 3:30 p.m.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:11am

Gordon Park Speedway race results for April 14.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:11am

These kittens are among the pets available for adoption from Columbia County Animal Services. For more information, call (706) 541-4077 or visit and follow the links to Animal Services. Adult animals cost $25 to adopt and the adoption fee for puppies and kittens is $20. All animals must be spayed or neutered. The kennel is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays for adoptions and visiting with the animals, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to reclaim a lost pet and all other services. The facility is located at 1940 William Few Parkway.

Wed, 04/18/2012 - 12:09am

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