Jan. 9, 2015
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Tifton is starting 2015 very much like we began last year -- with bitter cold weather.


The low temperature on Thursday, Jan. 8, in Tifton was a bone-chilling 18.7 degreesaccording  to the University of Georgia's Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton.


You may recall that last year, on Jan. 7, Tifton set a record low temperature for the date, shattering a 90-year-old recordA low of 15.4 degrees was recorded on Jan. 7, 2014.The previous record low for Jan. 7 was 17 degrees set in 1924, according to National Weather Service records. 

On Jan. 7 this year, Tifton didn't set a new record but it it was close at 19 degrees.


Today (Friday) the high is expected to be 49 degrees and the low will be 27. Beginning Saturday, we experience a warming trend with a high temperature at about 51 and the low at 35 degrees.


Don't complain: It will be spring and the gnats will return before you know it!



U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., took the oath of office this past Tuesday, succeeding retired Sen. Saxby
Perdue, left, is sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden as Perdue's wife Bonnie looks on.
of Moultrie


Perdue joins Sen. Johnny Isakson and 10 GOP House members, four of them newcomers, in Georgia's largest ever Republican delegation in Congress.


The GOP now holds 54 of 100 seats in the U.S. Senate.


"As part of the new Senate majority, I am going to roll my sleeves up and get to work fighting for the people of Georgia," Perdue said in a statement released by his office. 


"My commitment is to build consensus and work with my colleagues to produce results, but never compromise my principles," Perdue said.


"I hope to bring a fresh perspective and some business sense to the U.S. Senate. I came to Washington for one reason: to make America better for future generations."




The Porchdogs of Orlando, Fla., will return for the third annual Parti Gras for Literacy, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Melvin Thompson's Barn, 214 Willie Moore Road, in Tift County.


"Everyone enjoys this event for a great cause that's very dear to my heart -- literacy," says Victoria Horst, Branch Manager of the Tifton-Tift County Public Library and vice president of the board of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County.


"This is a chance to hear and dance to some really good Cajun music and eat Louisiana-style shrimp po' boys and gumbo."


The Porchdogs specialize in "spicy hot, accordion-driven Zydeco music," according to their website,, where you can hear a sample of their toe-tapping music. "Those who don't dance Cajun may take a quick free lesson at the event," Horst said.


Tickets are a $15 donation and include complimentary beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. Food may be purchased on site. Tickets are available at Caryn & Co. Market on Love Ave., Dave's Bread and Coffee House on Tift Avenue, from Horst at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library on Love Avenue, or from Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County board members.


Tickets will also be sold at the door. Proceeds benefit literacy tutoring and GED preparation. For information, call Literacy Volunteers, 229-391-2527 or Horst at 229-386-3240.


"This is one of the most exciting events Literacy Volunteers has hosted," says Bonnie Sayles, interim director of LVTTC. "Frank and I have gone every year because it's a perfect date night. It's an event that young adults enjoy, as well as older folks. And the bonus is you are helping to improve literacy in Tift County."


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One of the most cherished operas of all time will be in the spotlight at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Jan. 22 when the Peach State Opera Company presents "The Elixir of Love" at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.


ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said a limited number of tickets are now available for the performance which is a part of the annual "ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series."

"Gaetano Donizetti's 'The Elixir of Love' combines whimsical wit and charming characters with dazzling arias and breathtaking duets," Jones said. "Written in only six weeks by the Italian composer, this two-act comic opera was the most often performed opera in Italy between 1838 and 1848, and it has remained a constant in the international opera repertory. We are very pleased to bring it to the ABAC stage." 

Formed in 2009, the Peach State Opera Company is a touring company that brings live opera to small communities in Georgia and surrounding states.  he company presents well-known and portable English-language productions and helps emerging operatic professionals with opportunities to perform new roles.


The company resides at the Clarkston campus of Georgia Perimeter College as one of the college's "Artist Affiliate" organizations.


Future performances in the ABAC arts series include The California Guitar Trio on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium and The Ron Westray-Thomas Heflin Quintet on April 16 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium.


While available tickets will be sold at the door, Jones encourages advance purchase to ensure seating. Individual tickets for each event are $15 for adults and $10 for students under 18. Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at 229-391-4895.




Renowned pianist Tanya Gabrielian performs in a benefit concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 in Howard Auditorium to conclude a weekend residency at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Admission for the benefit concert, which is part of the Virtuoso Chamber Music Series, is $15.


Dr. Doug Jurs, an ABAC assistant professor of piano and music theory, said proceeds from the concert will assist ABAC's popular piano program and its students within the college's music program.


Gabrielian rose to international acclaim with back-to-back first prize wins at the Scottish International Piano Competition in Glasgow, and the Aram Khachaturyan International Piano Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. Her visit will include judging a piano competition, meeting with ABAC students in the music program and taking part in community outreach activities.


Jurs said Gabrielian will serve as head juror of The First Biennial Abraham Baldwin Piano Competition for High School Pianists sponsored by Kawai Corp. of America on Jan. 10. Thirty students from 19 counties in Georgia compete for $1,900 in cash prizes and a scholarship to attend ABAC. The final round will feature up to eight pianists in a recital open to the public at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 in Howard Auditorium. This performance is free.


Gabrielian was the recipient of the Pro Musicis International Award, as well as being selected as a laureate of the Sydney International Piano Competition and the Bosendorfer International Piano Competition. She was awarded the coveted Wigmore Prize for her Wigmore Hall debut from the Royal Academy of Music in LondonGabrielian has performed in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia in venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Sydney Opera House, Salle Cortot in Paris, Usher Hall in Edinburgh, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago.


Gabrielian received bachelor and master's degrees from the Royal Academy of Music and  graduated from The Juilliard School.



Sayles Unlimited Marketing is sponsoring a business opportunity meeting with LifeVantage representatives Sayles Unlimited logo at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the conference room of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Joe Ford of Cartersville, a LifeVantage industry leader, will discuss potential for growth in this young company in the health and wellness field. 

To register, call local LifeVantage Independent Distributor Bonnie Sayles at 229-848-2366. Space is limited. 

Another South Georgia partner, Renee W. Parker of Valdosta, will speak on her experiences with LifeVantage.
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The U.S. Department of Human Services will once again help Georgians struggling to keep up with the cost of heating their homes. DHS's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program funding is being award to Coastal Plain Area Economic Opportunity Authority  to serve South Georgians.


Beginning Jan. 13, Coastal Plain will be offering heating assistance to income-eligible clients.  In most cases, payments are made directly to the home energy supplier for gas, electricity, propane gas, wood, coal,or kerosene.


To participate in the program, a family must meet a yearly income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income. For a one-person household, that would be $21,180; for two people, $27,697; for three people $34,214; for four people, $40,731; for five people, $47,248; for six people; $53,765, for seven people, $54,987; for eight people, $56,209 (for each additional person, add $1,222 to annual income.)


Assistance will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For information, please contact your local Community Services Center:


Tift County -- 2737 S. Central Ave., Ste 4, Tifton - 229-382-2960

Ben Hill County --116 N. Johnston St., Fitzgerald  - 229-426-5177

Irwin County -- 311 Vo Tech Road, Ocilla - 229-468-5186

Turner County - -124 E. College St., Ashburn - 229-567-2844


January 8
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In Memoriam


Dec. 31

Eric Sikes, 40, Warner Robins

Toby M. Worthington, 44, Fitzgerald 


Jan. 1

Betty Clara Malcom Sklany Fenn, 87, Tifton

Patricia Watson Hulett, 73, Fitzgerald

Leah Elliott Newbern, 30, Sparks

Jan. 2

Helen Conger Revels, 82, Tifton

Nell Grace Johnson, 63, Fitzgerald

Jan. 3

Mary C. Jones, 81, Sumner

Jan. 4

Louise Bennett Warren, 74, Alapaha

Jan. 5

Jemes Derward Tolbert, 80, Tifton 

Lynn Smith Busbin, 65, Waterloo

Christopher Roberts, infant, Tifton

Lemuel J. Hall, 83, Fitzgerald

Hazel C. Delk, 94, Fitzgerald

Verna A. Gordon, 96, Fitzgerald

Jan. 6

Harry E. Sawyer, 86, Sumner

Thelma S. Padgett, 77, Fitzgerald

Jan. 7

Billie Ann Grantham Bowers, 75, Tifton

Mary Thompson, 93, Sylvester

J. David Smith, 76, Fitzgerald





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