June 5, 2015
                                  Tifton, Georgia                                    
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Tifton is the undisputed  Reading Capital of the World , and for the 18th year the Summer AR (Accelerated Reader) Program will open Tuesday for six weeks for readers of any age to take AR tests on books they have read.


The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence's Summer AR Reading Center will be housed once again at the United Way's Betty Jo Roach Community Center at 211 W 4th St., directly behind the Post Office. The Summer AR Center kicks off at noon Tuesday, June 9, with fanfare -- live entertainment, the singing of the

Reading Capital Chairman Frank Sayles Jr., left, and J.J. Jackson, owner of Dance King Productions, plan the Summer AR Center opening.
"Reading Capital" song and an appearance by
Reading Capital mascot  Ricki Reader .


Among the entertainment will be Austin Kilby, Stephanie Davis and James Mann.


Austin Kilby is a business major at ABAC. The son of James Kilby, Austin has owned his own business, Kilby Entertainment, for almost four years. He has sung at numerous community events and is currently writing and recording his own music.

Stephanie Davis, daughter of Randy and Melinda Davis, is a rising senior at Tift County High School where she's a member of Eighth Street Singing Co., the high school show choir. Stephanie started singing at a young age and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she sings on the praise and worship team.

James Mann, son of Bill and the late Sheree Mann, is a rising junior at Tift County High and is a member of the Eighth Street Singing Co. show choir. James is excited about performing a hip hop dance routine for the Reading Center opening. He began dancing when he was 11 and is a member of the talented Mann Family that has performed around town in past years.

The entertainment is being coordinated by J.J. Jackson, owner of Dance King Productions where he has been a freelance choreographer for 27 years. Jackson manages Kilby Entertainment, a mobil DJ company, owned by Austin Kilby. Jackson has been called upon frequently to help provide entertainment for many local events through the years.

The Summer AR Center will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. through July 16Just look for the big Reading Capital of the World (RCW) sign with the big number of 5,373,427 AR pointsThe RCW effort was launched in 1997 and has never slowed. The Reading Center will once again be run by Terri NallsTifton's "Reading Angel."

Anyone may take an AR test on any of more than 150,000 AR book tests. It is easy to check online (AR BookFinder) to see if your current  or favorite  book has an AR test. The Tifton-Tift County Public Library has many AR books and will be happy to help  you locate  them.


From left: Special Agent Rob Bell, USDA; Chris Schindler, HSUS; Direct or Regina Wells, Tift County Animal Control; Assistant U.S. Attorney Julia Bowen; Marsha Vera, U.S. Attorney's Office; GBI Special Agent Shannon McCook; U.S. Attorney Michael Moore.


The Humane Society of the United States on Tuesday presented 2014 Humane Law Enforcement Awards to the federal, state and local agencies -- including Tift County Animal Control -- responsible for a successful dogfighting case that resulted in the rescue of more than 140 dogs. 


After a four-year investigation, seven people have been prosecuted in connection to the "229 Boys Kennel ClubInc." who bred, purchased, sold and trained American pit bull terriers for the purpose of dogfight gambling. Tift Animal Control and Director Regina Wells accepted 42 of the dogs gathered in the investigation and helped find homes for them.

The special awards ceremony was Tuesday, June 2, at the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Georgia in honor of the cooperative agencies that brought the individuals to justice, including the Georgia Bureau of investigation, Sylvester and Americus Field Offices; the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General; and the U.S. Marshals Serv

Assistant United States Attorney Julia C. Bowen prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

"People who breed animals simply for the sport of killing then show a lack of conscience that is shocking," U. S. Attorney Michael Moore said. "These people literally gamble in the flesh and blood of man's best friend. My office will continue to dismantle any organization in Middle Georgia whose primary objective is to commit criminal conduct through such cruel methods."

The Humane Society of the United States celebrates the work of law enforcement to crack down on animal fighting, puppy mills, the illegal wildlife trade, poaching and other forms of cruelty and abuse. Humane Law Enforcement Award recipients exemplify the best of law enforcement in protecting animals from needless violence and harm.


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Motivational speaker Ty Foster of Salt Lake City, Utah, is bringing his program, "Navigate to Greatness," to Tifton for an early morning business meeting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 12.


Sponsored by Sayles Unlimited Health Promotions, the business program is open to the public. Register by emailing or calling (229) 848-2366.


Foster received his doctor of chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College of Overland Park, Kansas. He is owner of AIM Solution LLC of the Greater Salt Lake City area. He presents information using a variety of


instructional techniques or formats such as simulation, team exercises and group discussions. He records an online podcast, "Navigate to Greatness," on Sound Cloud that can be accessed from his Public Figure Facebook page, Click Here!.


"The world is full of pain," says Foster. "We need more inspiration, more guidance, so people can find their greatness and liberate others to do the same."


Ty's father was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy when Ty was five years old. Surrounded by gangs and violence, he grew up to become a successful businessman despite the odds. This accomplishment fuels his passion for inspiring personal change and human achievement.


In Kansas City, Mo., Foster presented "The Power of You" and "4th and Goal" to groups such as Hallmark Cards Leadership Training, the International Association of Administrative Professionals and as keynote speaker for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Fall Ball Symposium.


Since last October, he has focused his efforts as speaker and consultant in the Salt Lake City areas, using the 3Gaps philosophy, a timeless and powerful presentation in corporate training. It was developed by the founders of FranklinCovey, a multibillion-dollar worldwide training organization.


"We've all been miles apart from the things we want and need in our lives and the reality of our present situations," says Foster. "Companies large and small face the same dilemma. The longer we allow that gap to remain, the greater the risk of losing it all. Closing three essential gaps in our lives will open the door to new possibilities and allow us to get closer to our real potential.


"With the ever-increasing problems in the world today, corporate executives, employees and individuals alike are searching for the piece of happiness, inner peace, contentment and confidence to sustain them and to provide added motivation to move onwards and upwards. 3Gaps offers up a simple but proven methodology and if followed will propel anyone to greater levels of success and happiness."



A "Healing Arts Chair," the 14th academic chair of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, was recently endowed in honor of Dr. Joseph H. "Skoot" Dimon III.


Dimon, a foundation supporter and father of Moppy Dimon Brumby of Tifton, was a nationally known 

From left are Annie Dimon, Moppy Dimon Brumby and Dr. Skoot Dimon

authority in the field of hip surgery. Born in Columbus, he trained at the top medical centers in the nation, was one of the founders of the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic (POC) and served as doctor for the Atlanta Hawks for many years. 

Dimon, who died last year, was said to have practiced the "art of medicine." He believed that being present with someone who was hurting, either mentally or physically, was as important as surgical or medical intervention.

A generous supporter, teacher and advocate of numerous causes, Dimon went on rotation with his POC partners to work in Haiti for 35 years and was also a major force in the professional training and development of orthopaedic nurses. Other examples of his ministry and service include being a member of the Board of Directors of Medicine and Ministry, his work in Depression Ministry, and serving as Visiting Professor to India, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.


Friends and family endowed the  Dimon Chair to promote the heartfelt, hands-on care of patients -- just as 
Skoot Dimon always practiced. The Education Foundation's academic chairs are used to fund and enrich education in Tift  County  schools through creative learning experiences that are beyond the regular curriculum.


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It's time for the biannual South Georgia Photography competition and exhibit sponsored by the Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage.  


Professional and amateur photographers, ages 18 and up, may submit photographs for the event scheduled June photography 19-July 10 at the museum.


Photographers may submit a maximum of three photographs. The best will be included in the exhibit and will be eligible for prizes totaling $800

. A qualified judge will choose the prize winners, who will be announced at an opening reception. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, originality and quality of work.


A non-refundable fee of $5 must accompany each print submitted. They must be brought to the museum on Tuesday or Wednesday, June 16 or 17 from 4-7 p.m. All photos must be framed and ready to hang, and may be no smaller than 8"x10" and no larger than 36"x36," including framing.


A complete list of rules, plus a required application form, may be found on the museum's website, or contact Jeannie Rigdon, 229-382-5083 or email


An opening reception will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19.  Admission is free. The exhibit will continue through July 10 and will be open Tuesdays - Fridays, 1- 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 1- 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-3 p.m.  The museum is in downtown Tifton at 255 Love Ave.


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  • Women's DIY Day, 9 a.m.-noon, Tift Regional Community Events Center, Tifton
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Train Depot Platform, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Buddy Jewell and Doug Stone in Concert, 8 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.
  • Open House, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 111 Oakwood Court, Tifton

In Memoriam

MAY 28

Clara Mallard Tubbs, 90, Chula  

 Aubrey Eugene (Gene) "Moose" Walker, 47, Guyton

Vickey Marie Hickman Debruhl, 56, Ashburn  


 MAY 29

William "Bryan" Nicholson Sr., 60, Ty Ty  

Elaine Pool Tharp, 96, Fitzgerald

Deborah Lynn Bonarrigo, 52, Greenville, S.C.  

Gary L. Harris, 60, Ashburn


MAY 30

Thomas P. "Tommy" Johnson, 85, Sylvester  

John Campbell, 69, Adel

William Thomas "Tom" Tison, 58, Buford  


MAY 31

Alberta Emily Dix Anderson, 85, Lake Park  

William Franklin "Frank" Parrish Jr., 84, Fitzgerald



 Leonard Huntley Patterson, 84, Sylvester

Heather Renee' Pilkinton, 35, Ashburn 



Evelyn Holk Koehler, 85, Magnolia Springs, Ala. 

Clarence Warren, 85, Nashville



Eddie Mae Mason House, 86, Omega

Lillian Willis Lyon, 94, Albany



Charles "Walter" Harvey, 82, Tifton

John Nelms, Poulan

Price "Wayne" Posey, 75, Sylvester 


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