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This Week in Tifton, Georgia -- May 24, 2013

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Old Ice House Coming Down for New Bank;
Historic Preservation panel OK's Demolition

The Tifton Historic Preservation Commission votes unanimously for razing the former ice house/market building on the corner of Central Avenue and Second Street. Colony Bank plans to construct a bank building on the site employing some of the current structure's architectural features.
Colony Bank's Bill Marsh says they hope to have the new bank open by late summer 2014.

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TCHS Class of '13 Ready to Graduate 
The Tift County High School Class of 2013 is ready to march on Brodie Field for one last time.
The graduation ceremony, as has been the tradition in recent years, is scheduled at "the Brodie" for early Saturday morning before the day gets too hot.
The graduation processional begins at 8:45 a.m. Saturday with the ceremony commencing at 9 a.m. Family and friends are asked to be in their seats at Brodie Field by 8:30 a.m. The school has asked the audience to wear "Sunday church clothes."
In the event of rain Saturday morning, the ceremony will be moved to 7 p.m. Saturday at Brodie FIeld, with the processional at 6:45 p.m.
Kim Seigler
In that instance, family and friends will be asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m.

As the school year ends, interim TCHS principal Kim Seigler, pictured at right, has been officially named principal of Tift County High School for the upcoming school year. She formerly was an assistant principal and teacher at the high school.

This Saturday, May 25: Music by Keith Evans, 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
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Reading Capital AR Program
Returns This Summer in Tifton

Tifton -- the "Reading Capital of the World" -- will soon hit 5 million Accelerated Reader, or "AR," points.


As the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence gets ready to once again launch its Summer Reading Program, Tifton's total AR points stand at 4.5 million.


The summer AR program kicks off June 6 at the Betty Jo Roach United Way Community Center on Fourth Street, pictured above. Children and adults may take computerized AR tests on books they have read to obtain AR points. Both the students who generate points and local schools benefit from the points generated; schools receive 10 cents for every point earned.


The program is back after a year's hiatus. The parent company that owns the AR program had been sold, and the local school system had to determine whether or not to renew the contract with the new company. 


The testing center will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from June 6 through July 25, except on Independence Day.


For more information, contact Moppy Brumby at or 229-382-7515.

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Museum Sets Photo, Writing Contest
If you have a talent for photographing or writing about rural Georgia and your experiences on her dusty country roads, you will want to be a part of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village's fall competition and exhibit, "Back Roads of Georgia."


The competition and exhibit will feature two categories of art -- photography and writing -- with awards provided by the Tifton-Tift County Arts Council, Georgia Backroads Magazine and the Georgia Museum of Agriculture at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


Entrants are invited to an opening reception in the fall with farm-grown foods served by the Wiregrass Farmers Market and backroads music by a local musician.


For information, contact Gallery Curator Polly Huff, or mail questions to Sandra Giles at

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            At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, May 24
  • Concert at Veteran's Park, Austin Kilby, noon, Downtown Tifton.
  • Circus Garcia, 6 & 8:30 p.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton.
  • Tift County High School Graduation, 9 a.m., Brodie Field, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Circus Garcia, 3, 6 & 8:30 p.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton.
  • Keith Evans performs during dinner, 6:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton.
SUNDAY, May 26
  • Carolyn Ellis School of Dance Recitals, 1 & 4 p.m., UGA Campus Conference Center, Tifton.
  • Circus Garcia3, 6 & 8:30 p.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton.
MONDAY, May 27 (Memorial Day)
  • Butter Bean Auction, 2:30 p.m., Leroy Rogers Center, Tifton.

In Memoriam


May 14
Sebrina Celeste Lockett, 30, Tifton

May 17
Joyce Ann Fioravanti Puckett, 72, Tifton
Ernest Moore, 88, Sparks
James " Jim" Robert Marshall Jr., 72, Lenox 

May 18
Howard Lee Gay, 50, Tifton
Kay Pridgen, 60, Irwin County 

May 19
Bobby Bickford, 42, Omega
May 20
Mattie "Sue" Johnson Benson, 94, Tifton 
May 21
Daniel George Cleveland, 68, Chula 
May 23
Susan Linda Brandon, 57, Ty Ty 
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