May 2,
 Tifton Georgia

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Sonny 'Enos" Shroyer
Sonny Shroyer, "Enos" of the "Dukes of Hazzard" fame, is coming to Tifton representing Valdosta in the second annual "Dancing Stars of South Georgia" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
Online ticket sales are now closed. Call 229-388-8219 for ticket availability. 

Tables for $1,000 donation or seats for a donation of $125 remain for those who want to see and vote for their favorite local "celebrities" from Tifton, Albany and Valdosta.


The event is a key fundraising initiative for the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, and is one of seven held around the state each spring. All funds raised go toward supporting statewide services and vital research toward a cure in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.


Ray Cross of Tifton is the "dancing star" currently in the lead with nearly $16,000 raised for the Alzheimer's Association.


Tifton's J.J. Jackson, owner of Dance King JJ Productions of Tifton, will be a judge in the event,

Miss Georgia

along with the reigning Miss Georgia, Carly Mathis of Leesburg, and Valdosta's Jeani Synyard. The event will mimic an episode of ABC TV's Dancing with the Stars and will include food, drinks, dancing performances, and fun for attendees.


 "We anticipate a fun, glitzy, sparkly event for an important cause," said Dan Phillips, regional development director of the Alzheimer's Association. The South Georgia Region represents 35 counties surrounding Tift. Hosts of the show are WALB TV's Karla Heath-Sands and Ben Roberts.


The program will have two judging categories: the Judges' Selection -- determined at the event by the judge's scoring -- and the People's Choice -- determined by the number of votes/dollars raised by each couple through pre-voting and voting during the event.


Shroyer's professional partner is Hannah Moore, co-owner of MotionDance Studio in Valdosta. Tifton dancers are: Ray Cross, paired with Angie Stoecker; attorney Sandy Sims and Gail Barnard; Katie Tenneson with Dr. Joe Lewis, under the tutelage of Michelle Oakes of Albany


Albany area dancers are veterinarian Dr. Haley Hydrick Clark of Leesburg with Ashley Helton, Paige Harrell with Steven Cantrell, Emily Plummer with Tony Mangiapane, and April Reardon with Gary Fowler. Charleston Carter of Albany and Tifton is dancing with Serena Garcia of Atlanta.


Click Here! to view fundraising status or vote for a dancer. Anyone needing more information on the importance of an early diagnosis or suspecting they or a loved one may have dementia should call the 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900 or visit for the latest information.



Tifton Grapevine Report


A young man was injured Wednesday night in Tifton while skateboarding on Carpenter Road at the intersection of Melba Drive when he was struck by a vehicle shortly before 9 p.m. 


Taylor Graham, 20, was airlifted to the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He was

Graham in his hospital bed on Thursday.
doing well after surgery on his leg Thursday.

"He's doing fine," his grandmother, Charlene Tatum, told the Tifton Grapevine. "He's got several pins in his leg and some compressed discs in his back. It's amazing he wasn't hurt worse." 


The physicians will order physical therapy, which she hoped can be done back home in Tifton.


"I'm doing fine; I'm a trooper," Graham told the Grapevine. "I've felt better, but it could be a whole lot worse." 


Graham said he remembered seeing the headlights behind him, and the next thing he was aware of was being in an ambulance which took him to the helicopter in the parking lot of Annie Belle Clark Primary School.


He said he has "a big gash on the back of my head" with stitches. "I've been relatively stable, though, since I got here."


A witness to the accident told the Grapevine that  Graham's "the luckiest person I know." He said the impact broke the windshield on the car, driven by Nathaniel Sartain,19. From the witness' viewpoint, the accident was unavoidable. He called police and stayed with Graham and the driver and passenger of the vehicle until Graham left in the helicopter.


The witness, who asked not to be identified, said the impact threw Graham to the entrance of Annie Belle Clark school. 


"He didn't know where he was, and he kept trying to get up." When some friends he knew from school came by and stopped to help, Graham calmed down and was able to tell the witness his name, where he lived and his grandmother's phone number. 


The witness was able to tell Georgia State Patrol the sequence of events.



The 29th Annual Juried Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibit is making a stop in Tifton during its tour across the state. 


This is an opportunity to view 50 works of art crafted by Georgia artisans with disabilities. The exhibit  will be on display at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture Gallery through May 31.


The Pilot Clubs of Metropolitan Atlanta founded Georgia Artists with Disabilities Inc., in 1985. Disabled artists throughout Georgia may display and sell their original art. They are eligible to compete for awards and have the opportunity for their artwork to be displayed in a statewide tour and exhibit. Many of the pieces in the exhibit are available for sale.


The nine-city tour kicked off in Moultrie in September and ends in Douglasville in July.

The Tift Theatre's live production of "Steel Magnolias" opens at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) withperformances Saturday night and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday
The play stars Dottie Freeman, Julie Smith, Lisa Purser, Elizabeth Powell, Judy Thomas and Carlie Johnson.
For information, call 229-386-5150

                       At a Glance.... 
  • Tift County Special Olympics, 9 a.m., Eighth Street Middle School, Tifton.
  • 'Steel Magnolias' play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.


  • Stafford Community Market Benefit, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Eighth Street & Love Avenue, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market,  9 a.m-Noon., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • 'Steel Magnolias' play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.
  • 'Steel Magnolias' play, 3 p,m, Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.

In Memoriam

April 24

Angie Gregory Wynn, 42, Ashburn

Mary "Evelyn" Crane Johnson, 80, Griffin 


April 25

 Billie Brooks Butler, 85, Tifton

Jimmie Lee Brown, Sylvester  

William Thomas Willoughby, 86, South Carolina   


April 26

 Randall Clark Dean, 71, Sycamore

Mildred Louise Rubin McKenney, 94, Ocilla


April 27

 Earl B. Bryan, 85, Adel

Bobby Ray Walker Jr., 51, Cordele

Joyce Rasmussen, 81, Nashville 


April 28

 Jesus Angel "Chuy" Ramirez, 20, Omega

Marie Tompkins Davis, 72, Tifton

Michael Sammie "Mickey" Walker, 68, Sylvester

Jeffrey W. Fletcher, 54, Macon

Phillip Dewayne Hall, 54, Chula

Maureen Therese Hartshorn, 74, Nashville

Linda Jackson, 71, Nashville  

April 29

 Marjorie "Marge" Ruble Bodkin, 85, Tifton

Alvin Y. Cook, 92, Sylvester

William "Terry" Dunne, Sr., 65, Sumner

Lillian L. Gaines, 91, Fitzgerald 


April 30

Janie Pendley Bell, 67, Sylvester

Richard Zupko, 64, Albany  


May 1

Richard Franklin "Dick" Kelley, 93, Tifton 

 Pecola Ransom, Sylvester

Curtis "Pete" Jackson, Ashburn



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