May 30,
 Tifton Georgia

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Officials remain tight-lipped about the raid Thursday at Tifton Drugs located downtown on Main Street.

 Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents appeared at Tifton Drugs early Thursday morning and were there several hours as they removed boxes and plastic containers form the business.


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Agents remove items at Tifton Drugs.

The pharmacy shares a building with the Medicine Man's Corner, which is a separate business and is said to be uninvolved in the investigation.


"I know lots of folks are concerned and wondering what is going on in downtown Tifton at Tifton Drugs," Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough noted on his Facebook page. 


"We are very early in the investigation and will release more information just as soon as possible without compromising the investigation or the integrity of the case. Please be patient," Scarbrough said.


The sheriff said the Drug Enforcement Agency is also involved in the investigation.




The Gallery at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will showcase Fitzgerald's wild chicken population in a new photography exhibit, "Chicken Scratch," from Atlanta photographer Nicole Walker, from June 6 to Sept. 6. 


Walker is an award-winning photographer who specializes in children, animals and challenging subjects. The Fitzgerald chickens added a new dimension to her definition of challenge and captured her heart from the start of the project. All the photos in this exhibit were taken in the moment with no staging or props.


The "Chicken Scratch" exhibit is presented by Fitzgerald resident Sue Rochfort, who is a TV host, teacher, author, cook and antiques appraiser.


In 1896, the town of Fitzgerald was founded by Philander Fitzgerald, a veterans' pension attorney and publisher of The American Tribune, a paper created to help war veterans. In the mid-1900's, the Department of Natural Resources brought in a flock of Burmese chickens to Fitzgerald with the initial intent to turn them into a gaming bird. 


However, the beauty of the chickens and their preference for living in the city rather than the woods caused them to become more of a protected guest than a hunter's prey.


For exhibit information, contact curator Polly



The second annual Wiregrass Bike to Farm Tour on Saturday, June 7, benefits the Wiregrass Farmers Market at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture, the Tiftarea Greeenways Association and the Tift County Recreation Department.


Participants get a collectible event T-shirt created by a local artist, free tours of several picturesque local farms and samples of locally grown refreshments. There are two loops available for riders: A short 6-mile loop will take you to an innovative in-town garden and one unique energy efficient home, a farmstead of the future and a local farmers market. 


The longer loop (35 miles roundtrip) takes you to a pick-your-own berry farm, a hobby flower grower and a large-scale commercial vegetable growing operation.


All routes start and finish at the Recreation Department. On-site registration available from 7-7:45 a.m. Mass start is at 8 a.m. Helmets are required to ride. 


Register by Clicking Here!



Four wrestlers of the Intensive Wrestling Academy competed this past  weekend at USA Wrestling's Southeast Regionals in Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. 


More than 1,500 competitors in three age divisions from as far away as Wisconsin and Connecticut, as well as the Southeastern U.S., competed in the two-day tournament at the World Congress Center in Atlanta.   


The four wrestlers from Tifton were Cole Dillard, 145 Junior Division; Austin Woods, 182 Junior Division; Rayder Schemmel, 182 Junior Division; and Charlie Powell, 195 Cadet Division. All four wrestled against top competition that included several returning All-Americans.  


Charlie Powell placed highest among the Tifton competitors with a 5th place finish in Freestyle. The tournament culminates the Freestyle and Greco season in Georgia and the members of the Intensive Wrestling Academy will now concentrate on preparing for the high school wrestling season and summer camps.  

                       At a Glance.... 
  • TGIF -- Enjoy your Friday!


  • Downtown Tifton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.

In Memoriam

May 24

 Dan H. Scarborough, 76, Tifton

Mason Wilson Thompson, 96, Tifton

Gretchen Waters Townsend, 51, Sylvester  


May 25

Mary Doster Brown, 90, Ashburn 


May 26

 Allen Morris, 79, Cordele


May 27

Michael "Mike" Conaway, 52, Doerun  

Katherine Adelaide "BeeBe" Kent, 86, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Barry Richards, 61, Worth County

Voncille Powell Stegall, 78, Leesburg

Homer "Junior" Mathis, Jr., 67, Lenox

Diane Smith, 60, Nashville

H. Paul Perry, 67, Ashburn  


May 28 

Sarah "Deene" Cravey Bowen, 86, Tifton

Beverly Hair Dennis, 60, Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Taylor, 72, Ashburn  


May 29

Vickie Taylor Hayes, 65, Adel

Susan Elaine Joyce-Stone, 50, Nashville

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