June 13, 2014
       Tifton Georgia

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Home Free, winners of NBC-TV's "The Sing-Off," will be performing two shows on June 21 at the UGA-Tifton Campus Conference Center. The award-winning country a cappella group will perform at 3 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.


The group and its two founding members are based in Minnesota but their lead tenor, Austin Brown, is a Tifton native. In Home Free's performance of "Ring of Fire" during the televised Sing-Off competition, Shawn Stockman, judge and founding member of Boyz II Men, said, "Austin, listen, your voice is as smooth as butter."

In addition to Austin, there is tenor Rob Lundquist, baritone Chris Rupp, bass Tim Foust and beatboxer/vocal percussionist Adam Rupp.


Home Free is the first a cappella group to focus on country music.


"Our favorite tagline is 'your eyes won't believe what your ears are hearing.' Using just our five voices, the audience is going to hear a complete 'band' sound, filled with drums, bass, guitar, horns and more," said one of Home Free's founders and musical director, Chris Rupp.

Home Free released its first CD, "Crazy Life," with Columbia Records in February. It is now in the top 10 on Billboard's Country Albums chart.



The first-ever Watermelon Crawl 5k, Fun Run and Festival will be July 12 on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. 


This event is a fundraiser to establish the Jerry Moore Memorial ABAC Scholarship, which will be awarded each year to a student majoring in Diversified Agriculture.  Moore was an ABAC alumnus who passed away in December at age 46.


The Watermelon Crawl is open to the community. To participate in the 5k, there is a registration fee of $23 that includes a T-shirt and a runner's bag. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m. on race day, and the 5k will start at 8 a.m. Those who aren't participating in the 5k can walk the 5k path or take part in a 1-mile fun run, which begins at 9 a.m.


Registration is required for a T-shirt and a runner's bag. Runners who prefer not to register for the race online may bring payment to Dr. Ray Smith, assistant race director,.


Tax deductible donations can be made to the scholarship fund even if you are not participating in the event. Checks should be made to the ABAC Foundation.


The festival opens at 8:30 a.m., featuring lots of watermelon-themed activities, at the grassy area north of Conger Hall


For more information, visit or contact Smith at or his daughter, Josie, at

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Charles Conger of the ABAC Bass Fishing Club will compete at the Bassmaster College National Championship July 31-Aug. 2. Conger will fish against students from more than 70 college and universities. 

Charles Conger, a mechanical engineering major from Chula, will represent Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College from July 31-Aug. 2 at the 2014 Bassmaster College National Championship. The competition will be held at Lake Chatuge near Hiawassee.


"I am excited about the national championship as it will be on Lake Chatuge and weigh-ins will be hosted at Young Harris College," said Conger.  "While it is a Georgia lake, we will be competing against the best college bass teams in the United States."


Anglers will be representing approximately 73 college and universities from across the country. Only the top five teams will compete on the third day of the tournament.


Conger earned the right to compete in the national competition during the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series in January at Lake Okeechobee in Okeechobee, Fla.  He and his partner for the event, D.J. Thomas, a biology major from Willacoochee, were one of 130 teams to take part in the event to make it to nationals.


"We had to finish 17th or better to make it to the championship," said Conger. "Since we were in second place after day one, we were one of the last teams to weigh-in on day two. As soon as we weighed our fish, we knew we were going to the championship. We were ecstatic."


Conger has been a part of the Bass Fishing Club at ABAC for three years and was president of the club from 2012-2013. He is also a member of the Tifton Bass Busters.




Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes is organizing another "One Street At A Time" clean-up event from 8 a.m.-noon this Saturday, June 14, starting at the corner of Highway 41 South and Elm Street


Hughes said this event honors World Lupus Day recognized recently. Professional Court Services has donated purple trash bags for the cause.She is seeking volunteers to help clean up the streets.

The county commissioner has been organizing these regular clean-up events to take back "one street at a time" in Tifton. Those interested in helping may contact Hughes at 229-326-0241.

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


  • One Street at a Time Clean-up, 8 a.m., Corner of Highway 41 S, and Elm Street, Tifton.
  • 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.
  • Open House: Meet the Administrator, 2-4 p.m., Southern Care Assisted Living, Tifton.

  • Happy Father's Day!

In Memoriam


June 6

Edwina Paulk Walker, 91, Ty Ty 

Carolyn Jones Cravey, 89, Sylvester

Jerry Allen Rowe, Dawson

Jeff Gray, 42, Abbeville

Betty Clark Latham, 79, Jacksonville, Fla.

June 7

Clayton George Harrell, 73, Fitzgerald 

Donny Bryan, 59, Adel 


June 8

Glenn Floyd, 65, Sylvester

Ronald Paul Exum, 56, Valdosta

Gussie Jordan Abrams, 85, Pinellas Park, Fla.  


June 9

Evelyn Darlene Cooper, 59, Sylvester 


June 10

Martha Louise Fuller Owens, 82, Ocilla

James Edward Sewell, 76, Fitzgerald 

 Willie "Shakey" Jake Pitts, 50, Poulan

Cleo Pertilla Bailey, 84, College Park  


June 11

Lisa "Sugar" Yvonnie Moore Atkins, 45, Omega 

 George Winiford Patterson, 60, Sumner


June 12

Suzanne Natasha Moore, 34, Enigma

Lottie Mae Walker, 82, Norman Park

Phyllis McCrimmon Dixon, 60, Dawson

Lenora Montine Richey, 71, Rochelle

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