Governor Sonny Perdue announced Monday that Thomaston in Upson County will be home to a new biorefinery demonstration plant, the result of a partnership between Diamond Alternative Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Valero Energy Corporation, and American Process, Inc. (API). The opening of the new facility, expected around the first quarter of 2010, represents the creation of 25-30 jobs in Thomaston and Atlanta.
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A one-vehicle crash Monday night on Highway 109 near its intersection with Mountain View Road killed a nine-year-old boy and injured six other juveniles and the driver.
Pike County Elementary School principal Tammy Bell has identified the dead child as Bradley Shinkle, a third grader.
An account has been set up at United Bank for donations to help cover medical expenses for the victims siblings, 4-year-old Gracie and 13-year-old Christopher, who were also injured in the wreck. Donations may be made at any United Bank branch, payable to the Shinkle family or Benefit for Bradley Shinkle. Payments can be mailed to United Bank, P.O. Box 945, Zebulon GA 30295.
"He is a single father and is having to miss a lot of work," the victim's uncle Jereme Cheney said of the elder Shinkle. "He is still up at Egleston with his two other children." [Full Story »]