Aug. 22, 2014
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This is it: The official opening of the high school football season in Tift County.


Today at 7:30 p.m. in Brodie Field, the Tift County High Blue Devils face the Henry County Warhawks in 

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the opening game of the regular season.


This is the first meeting between the Tifton and the McDonough schools. Tonight also marks the beginning of John Reid's third season as Blue Devils coach. Last year his team ended with a 5-5 season, winning three more games than the previous year. 


Reserved seat and general admission tickets will be sold today on the visitor side of Brodie Field from 4-6 p.m.

The pre-sale general admission cost is $5 for students and $8 for adults; Reserved Seats are $15 each for individual games.

If you wait and purchase tickets at the gate tonight, tickets will be $10 for general admission.


The Return, one of the top Beatles tribute bands in the country, is coming to Tifton on Saturday, Sept. 27, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

This year marks a half-century since The Beatles first visited America, changing music and popular culture for decades.

The appearance is hosted by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the local public library. Proceeds are used for programs and materials at the library.

Patrons may purchase dinner/show tickets for $80 or show-only tickets for $35. Tickets are available at the public library, at Ameris Bank on Second Street in Tifton and online at

The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and The Return takes the stage at 8 p.m. They will do two sets: The Beatles early years circa the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Sgt. Pepper years and beyond. The tribute band has performed all over the world, including at Abbey Road studios in London, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and at venues large and small.

"They are outstanding! Absolutely the best thing next to the originals," says Pete Beaudraultpresident and CEO of the Hard Rock Cafe.


Tony Perkins of ABC-TV's Good Morning America says, "They were great! Their energy and enthusiasm jumps off the stage. It was quite fun to watch them and imagine what it must have been like at an actual Beatles concert."


The library foundation event is black tie-optional, or you may dress in your best '60s attire. For more information about the library foundation fundraiser, call Dr. Hal Henderson, foundation president, at 229-386-2237.

Take a tour of our Personal Care & Assisted Living community between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Aug. 28 and receive a free entry in our drawing for a new 39-inch flat-screen TV!



The U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors will be featured in a free concert Sept. 2 to kick off the 2014-15 "ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series" at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.


The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center. Although the event is free, ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones says a ticket is required for admittance to the performance.


Supported and presented jointly by the Arts Connection at ABAC and the Performing Arts Center at TCHS, Jones said the concert is a gift to the community and an opportunity to show support for troops serving at home and abroad.

The Jazz Ambassadors are the Army's premier touring jazz ensemble and the official touring big band of the United States ArmyThe 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, entertains all types of audiences. Custom compositions and arrangements highlight the group's creative talents and gifted soloists. The diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections. 


"ABAC Presents!"is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.


Other performances in the series include The University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra at the TCHS Performing Arts Center on Sept. 13; Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium; the Peach State Opera Company's production of "The Elixir of Love" on Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium; 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.


For information call 229-391-4895.


The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence's Summer Accelerated Reader (AR) Program was another big success. During the summer program, hosted at the United Way of South Central Georgia's community center, 544 folks took AR tests on books they had read. A total of 22,243 AR points were amassed during the summer program.

At last week's foundation board meeting, the top readers of the summer were recognized. In the photo above, top student reader Jalyn Kelly had 219 AR points. With Jalyn are Lawton Bassett, left, the foundation president, and, at right, Frank Sayles Jr., the foundation's vice president and summer reading committee chairman.

Also recognized were top reading friend, Sue Denham, with 282 AR points; and top staff reader (and summer reading program coordinator) Terri Nalls with 821 points.

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Austin French of Tifton, a finalist in ABC-TV's "Rising Star" singing competition, was a surprise performer Wednesday night at singer Josh Groban's concert in Vienna, Va.

Groban is the host of the "Rising Star" TV show and is a multi-platinum singer-songwriter-musician who has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

French, the worship pastor at Tifton's Journey Church, is one of four contestants left competing in the "Rising Star" finale, airing live this Sunday at 9 p.m.

That's French at left in the photo with Groban on stage Wednesday night. 

On his Facebook page, French wrote, "Holy cow! Did that really happen!? Such an honor and privilege to perform with @joshgroban last night! Thanks for an unforgettable experience Josh!"



Former state Rep. Earleen Wilkerson Sizemore, 76, died Aug. 20, in Sylvester.

She had won four elections to the Georgia House of Representatives from 1974 to 1988, serving as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. She then was elected to a four-year term as Worth County schools superintendent in 1988.

Mrs. Sizemore also has served as an administrator of the Tifton campus of Moultrie Technical College.

She was born in Scooterville on July 29, 1938. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

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Garrett Boone has been named the director of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College by ABAC Vice President for Finance and Operations Paul Willis.

Boone has served as assistant director at the museum since 2012 and began work there in 2011 as the conference facilities and marketing coordinator.


Boone attended the University of West Florida and then worked in the tourism and hospitality industry for more than 10 years. In 2008, he became program coordinator for the Turner County Mentoring Program, part of a federally funded six-county mentoring initiative through Middle Georgia College, later leading to becoming the Communities in Schools site coordinator in Turner County.

                                      At a Glance.... 



  • Tift County High Blue Devils football, 7:30 a.m., Brodie Field, Tifton.
  • Downtown Tifton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.

In Memoriam


Aug. 14

Tommie Wayne Haithcock, 68, Omega 


Aug. 15

Anthony Torres, infant, Tifton


Aug. 16

Marjorie Lorena Lee Carroll, 85, Fitzgerald 

Terry Joe Morrison, 58, Albany 


Aug. 17

Ander Prentice Tucker, 69, Tifton  

Jim Harrison Merritt Sr., 87, Sylvester

Richard T. "Dusty" Rhoads Jr., 62, Sylvester

Jimmie Enoch "Jim" Collier, 86, Americus 


Aug. 18

Jessie James Harris II, 22, Tifton 


Aug. 19

Daphne Christine Thacker Willis, 82, Tifton 

Doris Kinchen Lynch, 76, Lenox

Willena Harrison Taylor, 78, Sylvester

Frances Rylander Bowen, 88, Tifton

Aug. 20

Earleen Wilkerson Sizemore, 76, Sylvester

Shelby Jean Ward Haynes, 75, Ashburn

Aug. 21

David Charlier, 66, Ashburn

John D. "J.D." Lindsey, 89, Tifton

Roma Spell Evans, 85, Fitzgerald

Tammie Meri Zorn, 45, Ashburn



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