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SEPT. 14, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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HURRICANE FLORENCE BATTERS
CAROLINA COAST
GEORGIA SPARED BUT UGA MOVES UP GAMETIME

Hurricane Florence, now a Category 1 storm with a 10-foot storm surge, began battering the Carolina coast early today, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).

At 2 a.m. today, the center of the eye of Hurricane Florence was located near latitude 34.1 north,
Hurricane Florence on a National Weather Service map as of 2 a.m. today.
longitude 77.2 west. Florence was moving toward the west/northwest near six mph, the NWS reported. A turn toward the west at a slow forward speed is expected today, followed by a slow west/southwest motion tonight and Saturday. 

On the forecast track, the center of Florence is expected to move inland across extreme southeastern North Carolina and extreme eastern South Carolina today and Saturday. Florence will then move generally northward across the western Carolinas and the central Appalachian Mountains early next week. 

Data from Doppler radar indicate the the maximum sustained winds remained near 90 mph with higher gusts

The NWS said life-threatening storm surge and hurricane-force winds are occurring along the North Carolina coast this morning. Catastrophic freshwater flooding is expected over portions of North and South Carolina.

More than 80,000 people were already without power as the storm approached, and more than 12,000 were in shelters in North Carolina. Another 400 people were in shelters in Virginia, where forecasts were less dire.

While Georgia appears to be unscathed by Hurricane Florence, many hotels and motels across South Georgia are seeing guests who are fleeing the Carolinas

And the uncertainty of weather conditions has caused the University of Georgia to move its football game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday from a  7:15 p.m. kickoff to a noon kickoff.

Clemson and Georgia Southern, who were set to play at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, have also moved their kickoff to noon because of the weather.




SWINGIN' MEDALLIONS
ROCK TIFTON LAST NIGHT

The Swingin' Medallions of   Greenwood, S.C., rocked the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center on Thursday night during a fundraiser for the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation.

The band had the Tifton crowd on its feet throughout the evening as folks danced to beach music and shagged to "A Double Shot of My Baby's Love."

The dinner and concert event is the Library Foundation's only fundraiser and is held annually to aid the public library in purchasing materials, sponsoring children's programs and offering online initiatives.

JACK COLBY
SYLVESTER APPOINTS AN 
INTERIM CITY MANAGER
 
Sylvester this week named Fire Chief Jack Colby as  interim city manager.

This past Monday was the last day for City Manager Autron Hayes, who is relocating to the Atlanta area.

The City of Sylvester is accepting resumes for the city manager position through Nov. 12.

TRMC DONATES TO 
SUBSTANCE ABUSE CENTER

The Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Foundation donated $20,000 to the State Court of Tift County on Sept. 11 to support a new substance abuse community resource center under development in Tifton.

Funds will help purchase furniture, office equipment, computers, audio-visual equipment and other needs within the center. 
 
Pictured from left are Tift County DUI-Drug Court Coordinator Michelle Calhoun, Tift Regional Health System President/CEO and TRMC Foundation Board Member Chris Dorman, Tift State Court Judge Herbert Benson, TRMC Foundation Executive Director Mandy Brooks and TRMC Foundation Board Member Joe Manning
 
"This new community partner will provide a program that supports Tift Regional's mission to enhance the health and wellness of our population," said Brooks.  

"This service can significantly help in reducing emergency room utilization and hospital readmissions.  We commend Judge Benson and the state court for developing this innovative program that integrates recovery services with justice system case processing."


LITERACY VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE DONATION

Southeastern Credit Union presented a giant check for $500 to Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County at the Wednesday meeting of the Tifton Merchants Association

The Credit Union is a Bronze Sponsor of the Sept. 27 Carnival of Knowledge.  

Victor Pires, vice president of retail member services for Southeastern Credit Union, along with fellow employees Miriam Holloway and Jamie Werho, presents the check to Bonnie Sayles, second from left, the executive director of Literacy Volunteers

The organization's 19th annual trivia competition will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Southern Regional Technical College. 

At least 24 teams of three people each will compete in the event, and the audience will participate in a cake auction and drawings for prizes, along with the "Howard-Q" trivia audience contest. 

A pasta dinner will be provided by Fresco Italiano, Hilton Garden Inn, Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday. For more information, call 229-391-2527.

TIFTAREA ACADEMY STUDENT MODELS 
AT NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

REAGAN WARD
Reagan Ward, a senior at Tiftarea Academy, was selected to participate as a model at  New York Fashion Week last weekend.

Ward walked the fashion runway for designer Talisha White last Saturday in New York City

She walked with Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell and Marian A'vila, a Spanish international model who was the first Down Syndrome model on stage during New York Fashion Week.

Models from around the world attend the event and model for big-name designers



SHERIFF DISCUSSES ISRAEL TRIP

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough on Wednesday told the Rotary Club of Tifton about his recent trip to Israel with other Georgia law enforcement officials to learn about Israeli police techniques and weaponry.

The sheriff said the training convinced him that law enforcement interaction with the community is more important than ever in helping to address local crime issues.


SENIORS TO 'CUT A RUG' NEXT FRIDAY

The local  "SELF" organization --  "Seniors Enjoying Life Forever" -- will hold its  monthly dance next Friday, Sept. 21.

Doors open at  6 p.m. at Tifton's  Leroy Rogers Senior Center on Second Street. All participants are asked to bring a  dish of food to share. Dinner is at 7 p.m., and dancing begins at 8 p.m.

For information, contact  dashers@windstream.net


WANTED
Part-time
NURSERY WORKER

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a nursery worker. This is a part-time position 
  available after September 18.

Regular schedule is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays. Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. is optional. 
The hourly rate is $10 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 21, meet background check for working with children, learn and enforce the Safe Sanctuary policy, and must be able to work with a wide range of people in a personable and friendly manner.  

Interested persons should send a letter of application stating their experience, qualifications 
 and relevant information to:

FUMC Church Secretary
Re: Nursery Worker
107 W. 12th St.
Tifton, GA 31794


ABAC TO MARK CONSTITUTION DAY

Elizabeth Matherne, lead attorney with the Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), will speak at the annual Constitution Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 in the Chapel of All Faiths on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
ABRAHAM BALDWIN

The SIFI team provides free services to immigrant detainees at the Irwin County Detention Centercontrolled by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or ICE. The Irwin center is the second-largest facility of its type in Georgia.

Matherne will be joined by team attorney Erin Argueta and program director Lisa Walters for a question-and-answer session. Their work falls in line with the U.S. Constitution as it centers around the right to due process for all people on American soil, as addressed in the Fourth and 14th amendments. 

ABAC has a natural tie to the annual Constitution Day because Abraham Baldwin, the college's namesake, was one of two Georgia signers for the historic document 231 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia

 William Few was the other Georgia signer of the 4,543-word document that is the oldest and shortest national constitution in existence.

PHOTO EXHIBITION OPENING OCT. 6 

Atlanta photographer David King brings his work to Tifton by way of "Triskelion," a photography exhibit hosted at Plough Gallery

The opening reception for Triskelion is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, O ct. 6, at Plough Gallery, 216 W. Eighth St. The artist will give a brief talk about his work during the reception.

Encompassing three distinct bodies of work, Triskelion spirals into one exhibition. The series includes images from "Axis," (his thesis images from Georgia State), his current project "En Passant," and "Anywhere But Here," a politically charged body of work. King and his wife Athea will be attending the opening reception.
 
He received a master's degree in fine art in photography from The Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University.



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YOUR WEEKEND 
         . ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
  • 'Meet & Greet'11:30 a.m., City Department of Community Development, Tifton
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Parkview High Panthers, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
  • Fluid Art Basics, 
    10 a.m., Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16
  • 'From Azure to Zaffre' exhibit opening reception, 2 p.m., Gallery, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

SEPT. 6
Stevie Aaron Taylor, 59, Tifton
David Alan Turner, 33, Tift County
William "Buddy" Welch, 85, Sylvester
Annie Lydia Smith Ellis, 82, Fitzgerald
Jackie Cone, 82, Fitzgerald
Jean Jones, 83, Quitman

SEPT. 7
Jayne Elizabeth Fletcher Hendley, 78, Tifton
Sharon Pope, 63, Fitzgerald
Betty Knight Horton, 79, Quitman

SEPT. 8
Pat Jackson, 79, Worth County
Billy Frank Reynolds, 72, Sylvester
Claudia Turner, 80, Tifton
Cheryl James Norton, 74, Alapaha

SEPT. 9
Doraldina Lara De Lara, 85, Tifton
Carolyn Lawrence Harris, 83, Tifton
Annie Lee Swain, 84, Albany
Ellis Connell, 99, Alapaha

SEPT. 10
Bettye Jean Tucker Chapman, 89, Tifton
Edith Zane Barrentine, 79, Tifton
Mary Ann Scott, 79, Worth County
Tony Gray, 57, Sparks
Barbara Sparrow Mathis, Sylvester
Jimmy Lee Ransom, Ashburn
Homer Lee Forehand Jr, 89, Nashville

SEPT. 11
Bonnie Louise O'Neil, 84, Moultrie
Ron Edwards,76, Sylvester
John Louie Simms, Doles
Calvin G. Brown, 88, Sycamore

SEPT. 12
Margie P. Giddens, 82, Poulan
Stanley Spence 46, Juliette
Doris Morgan, 70, Adel 

SEPT. 13
Charles Y. Massey, 92, Tifton
Patricia "Pat" A. Pitts Hendricks, 78, Tifton
Alma Connell Sirmans, 93, Ashburn
Edward Matthews, Ashburn



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