The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

Today is our final post honoring this week’s unsung hero, Dr. Gertrude Horne. Dr. Horne was very progressive in her thinking and was, in many ways, very much ahead of her time. Her niece, Andre’ Marria recalls that she was loved by the whole community, both the African American community and the white community. Before integration, it was rare for an African American woman to receive a loan from the bank, but because she was so well respected, she did just that and was able to build her...



COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT APPLICATION PUBLIC NOTICE

A resolution was passed at the January 29th meeting of the Thomasville City Council authorizing staff to move forward with submittal of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application for Phase 2 of the Fletcherville community. The CDBG grant application will include rehabilitation of water and sewer mains in the area as well as street, sidewalk, and drainage improvements. As part of the application process, a pre-application public hearing will be conducted at the regular City...



The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

Today is our second post about one of our community’s unsung heroes, Dr. Gertrude Horne. In addition to owning the first beauty school in Thomasville and holding a Masters and PhD in Cosmetology, Dr. Horne was also a published poet, author and playwright. One of her popular books was entitled “They Gave Me My Flowers – Poems, Essays and Prayers.” Dr. Horne was also a popular columnist for the Thomasville News. Dr. Horne was the founder of First Unity Missionary Baptist Church,...



PAVING PROJECTS AHEAD FOR THOMASVILLE

The City of Thomasville has announced a series of roadway resurfacing projects set to begin Monday, February 19th and continue through Friday, February 23rd. Crews anticipate being able to pave up to three streets per day. “Resurfacing our City streets is important to our community,” said Assistant City Engineer Wayne Newsome. “Resurfacing the streets not only makes the roadway last longer, but it also offers the community a better driving experience.” During the...



The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

As part of the City of Thomasville’s celebration of Black History Month, we’d like to announce our next unsung community hero…Dr. Gertrude Horne. Dr. Horne was a trained cosmetologist and the owner/operator of LaCharme Beauty School located on Railroad Avenue. LaCharme was the first beauty school to be established in Thomasville. Dr. Horne received her Bachelor of Science degree from State Rite Beauty School in Tallahassee, FL and her Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Cosmetology from the...



IMPROVEMENTS AHEAD FOR WEST JACKSON STREET

The City of Thomasville has announced an improvement project for West Jackson Street. Beginning Tuesday, February 20th, West Jackson Street from the railroad crossing at Remington Ave. to South Pinetree Boulevard will be re-striped. This will include all lane lines, turn arrows, stop bars and crosswalks. “Our goal for restriping this area of West Jackson Street is to help improve driver safety along this corridor by enhancing visibility of the roadway lane markings, turn arrows,...



CITY CELEBRATES MILESTONE SERVICE AWARDS

During Monday’s Thomasville City Council Meeting, 74 City of Thomasville employees were honored for their years of service to the community. The service awards honored employees who have achieved milestones of five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service. "We congratulate our employees on reaching these milestones and want to thank them for the service they have invested in our community and its citizens," said Kha McDonald, Interim City Manager/Utilities Superintendent....



The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

As we give our final salute to Mr. Larry Davis and his service to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church community kitchen, we want to share his answer when asked why he gives his time to help feed others. He said he feels this is a labor of love; he just really likes to cook and enjoys feeding people. He also shared that he stopped questioning the amount that his diners may eat long ago after a man told him once that he did so because he didn’t know when he might eat again. Such a simple...



The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

We are excited to share more of Mr. Larry Davis’ story, our second unsung hero that we are saluting this month in honor of Black History Month. Our theme for this celebration is “The Power of One,” showing what one person can do to make a difference within his or her community. In case you missed it, Mr. Davis was selected because of his service to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church community kitchen, which provides free meals for anyone who needs a hot meal each weekday. Mr. Davis is...



CITY OF THOMASVILLE DISCUSSES ‘STRONG TOWNS’

Last year, the City of Thomasville invited the community to take part in the comprehensive planning initiative, Thomasville: Blueprint 2028, a process to help develop a guiding document to direct capital improvements, evaluate development projects, guide public policy, and ensure that Thomasville is the city its residents want it to be. This conversation will continue on February 27th with “Let’s Discuss Strong Towns.” According to Brian Herrmann, City Planner, the guest speaker for...



THOMASVILLE RECEIVES 2018 LIVE, WORK, PLAY CITY AWARD

On Jan. 21, the City of Thomasville received a 2018 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend magazine, during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day conference in Atlanta. There were a total of nine cities in three population categories—small (population under 4,999), Medium (5,000-24,999) and Large (more than 25,000)—that received this year’s award. These cities will be featured in the February 2018 issue of Georgia...



The Power of One: A Celebration of Black History Month and the Unsung Heroes of Thomasville

The City of Thomasville is pleased to announce Mr. Larry Davis as our second unsung hero in honor of Black History Month. Mr. Davis may not be a familiar name to many, but he has contributed greatly to our community through his work in the community kitchen at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. For the last 11 years, he has been cooking and helping to provide meals to those that need it the most. In fact, last year, the community kitchen prepared and served more than 4,000 meals alone. They...