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This Week in Tifton, Georgia -- July 12, 2013

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When Ga. Rep. Seeks Citizens' Photo Requests,

They Focus on More Than Expected



U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., recently took to social media and asked residents of our Congressional District 8 what kind of photographs they would like to see him post showing some of the behind-the-scenes working of a congressional office.


But according to the Congressional Quarterly's Roll Call blog, Scott may have gotten more than he pictured.


Here's the dispatch from Warren Rojas' "Heard on the Hill" blog: 


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"Nothing like kicking off a recess week with a light, breezy photo project. We imagine that's what Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., had in mind when he tweeted out plans to bring his constituents behind the scenes of a congressional office. 

"The month-long #CongressionalPhotoADay will offer snapshots of life in the legislative trenches.

"Whereas he was no doubt envisioning a low-key slideshow of noncontroversial moments -- "fireworks," "selfie with a staffer," and "something funny" are all on the to-do list -- his Facebook followers seem to have a completely different agenda in mind.


"Requests for images include:

  • "Your top corporate donors!
  • "I want pictures of: IRS employees and those responsible for their targeting of conservatives, AG Holder for Fast and Furious and lying to congress, and Hillary and Obummer for Bengazi; ALL in handcuffs.
  • "Forget the pic a day stuff, work on the Fair Tax, get that passed.
  • "You, standing before Congress, offering a motion to impeach OBAMA.
  • "Congress working ... oh, wait.

"Keep that camera ready and, er, in focus, congressman."


Tobacco-growers in Tift County and throughout Georgia are facing major challenges this year -- not from insects or diseases, but from Mother Nature.


The Georgia Farm Monitor reports from Tift County.


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Georgia Tobacco Growers Deal With Too Much Rain
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American Idol Auditions are Saturday, July 13 in Tifton 



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 Local Fox TV affiliate, Fox 31 WFXL, is giving locals a chance to represent Southwest Georgia at the upcoming

American Idol auditions in Atlanta.


Tifton auditions begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center for undiscovered talent ages 15 to 28. Interested artists may register at the event between 8 a.m. and 11a.m. Saturday.


The first round of auditions begin at approximately noon Saturday. Contestants must bring a valid Georgia state-issued picture ID or some form of ID proving age and residence. Any auditioner under 18 years old must be accompanied by his/her parent or legal guardian.

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Georgia Firebirds Win Lupus Bowl, Focus on Panhandle Crusaders 


Ga FirebirdsFresh off another big win last Saturday, the Georgia Firebirds minor league football team, based in Tifton, faces the Panhandle Crusaders of Pensacola at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Brodie Field in Tifton.


The Firebirds whipped the Bay Area Pirates of Tampa by 19-6 last Saturday in the Lupus Awareness Bowl at the Brodie.Firebirds Friends

The bowl game, which helped raised funds and awareness for Lupus, included several local celebrities.


They included Travis Pratt, seen on the far left, who recently created a buzz on the "America's Got Talent" TV show; and NFL Player and former Tift County High Blue Devil Larry Dean of the Minnesota Vikings, pictured at the far right.


Also in the photo, posted by Pat McKinnon, are J Rain Rainey, next to Pratt; Sterlyn AustinMonica Austin; and Dean

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S.Ga. Photography Exhibit Opens July 14 



The 2013 South Georgia Photography Exhibit opens Sunday, July 14, at the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage.
The free exhibit, which continues through Aug. 1, is open 1-3 p.m. Sunday with winners being announced at 2 p.m.


Both amateur and professional photographers are exhibiting their images in the categories of nature, adults, children, animals and architecture.   


Gary Blackburn, professor of art, photography and sculpture at Mercer University in Macon, is judging the exhibit. 


Other exhibit hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-3 p.m. 


The museum at 255 Love Ave., is next to the Tifton-Tift County Public Library. For information, contact Jeannie Rigdon at (229) 382-5083 or

UGA Tifton Orientation on July 12

UGA Orientation 

Yes, it's only mid-July but school is starting very soon.


Things are buzzing on the UGA Tifton campus as orientation for new students is held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 12 in NESPAL room 601. 


Students who have been accepted for the fall semester will receive an informational packet in the mail. 


Last December, the UGA Tifton campus had its first agribusiness graduate. Within the next year, six more students will graduate from the program, begun in 2011.


Using a combination of on-site instruction and distance learning technology, undergraduates on the Tifton campus join the 140-plus agribusiness majors on UGA's main campus in Athens for courses covering farm management, agribusiness management, marketing, agriculture policy, finance, economic principles, quantitative analysis and selling. 


Five faculty members in Tifton teach approximately two-thirds of the courses in the major, with the balance taught by Athens and Griffin campus faculty through distance education.


For information or to schedule a campus tour, contact the Office of Academic Programs at (229) 386-3528.

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Thousands Coming to Town for Swim Meet 

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Tifton is hosting the 2013 Georgia Receation and Park Association's Class B/C State Swim Meet beginning at 7 a.m. Friday July 19 and continuing through Saturday July 20.

 There will be 
775 swimmers and approximately 4,500 to 5,000 folks from about 30 different communities across the state in attendance at the Tift County Recreation Department pool off Second Street, says Craig Sowell, Tift recreation director.


"As most know, Second Street and Baldwin Drive becomes a very busy location," Sowell said. "We will be placing the city traffic sign on Second Street blocking the northern-most lane of westbound traffic as a safety buffer for those who might get out in the street by accident. 


"Barricades will also be placed on Baldwin Drive to create one-way traffic to reduce traffic flow on Baldwin for swimmers going to vehicles," Sowell said.


Parking will be along Baldwin, tennis courts, the Leory Rogers Senior Center, and around all ball parks.


"Your help and cooperation in making this a safe event has and is always a significant factor in how Tift County is able to repeatedly host this event," Sowell said.


"Please know, you are welcome to drop in and walk around during the event. We would encourage that. Friday is age-group children seven to 10, and Saturday, 11 to 18 years old." 

            At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, July 12
  • UGA Tifton Student Orientation, 11 a.m., NESPAL building, Tifton.
  • American Idol Auditions, 8 a.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Harry King performs on the patio, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton.
  • Georgia Firebirds vs. Panhandle Crusaders of Pensacola, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton.
SUNDAY, July 14
  • South Georgia Photography Exhibit, 1 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton.

In Memoriam


July 3
Magalene Turner Baggett, 76, Ashburn
Jimmy Lee Graham Sr., Hampton, Fla.

July 4
Frances Johnson Thompson, 86, Tifton
John Royce Lightfoot, 79, Fitzgerald
July 5
Jessie "Dunk" Walter Cone, 68, Tifton
Robert Carl Dickey Sr., 64, Tifton 
July 7
Daniel Ivan Yancey, 49, Ty Ty
Edgar David Dorminy, 53, Brookfield 
Mary Payne Brown Perry, 91, Nashville
July 9
Gerald J. Parker, 60, Tifton
Dr. Homer Wells, 89, Savannah
July 11
Thelma Montgomery Sutton, Nashville
Roland E. Shaw, 84, Tifton 






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