April 26, 2016
        Tifton, Georgia

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For the third consecutive year, the Stafford School of Business at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host a Carry The Load Step-Off event on the campus beginning at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28

The event involves a continuous two-mile relay through the campus that culminates with a send-off for the national Carry The Load Relay participants in a ceremony in front of Lewis Hall at 5 p.m.  The community is invited to participate. 

The goal of Carry The Load is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel. Carry The Load was established in 2011 by former Navy SEALS Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley.

The Step-Off begins at Lewis Hall at 1 p.m. with a route through the campus and concludes at 5 p.m. with a short ceremony. After one loop is made through campus, participants will have the option of walking two different routes -- the front circle of the campus or a specified 2-mile route within the college.  

The walk serves as a prelude to the national Carry The Load Relay which begins in West Point, N.Y., on May 1 and ends in Dallas, Texas, on Memorial DayABAC students intern for the National Relay and lead the way on each portion of the route across the country. Individuals may join in the National Relay and the ABAC students at any point along the route and walk for as long as they would like. There is no fee to participate in Carry The Load. 

In 2015, ABAC had 700 participants in the step-off event on campus. Seven ABAC students then walked or pedaled a bicycle the 2,000-mile trek from West Point to Dallas for the National Relay.

ABAC students participating in the National Relay this year are Rakeem Alexander from Moultrie; Ainsley Cash from Gillsville; John Hall from Moultrie; Lane Riley from Adel; Russ Simpson from Sparks; Rilea Stapf from Jackson; Rodney Troupe from Moultrie; Matt Turner from Omega; Jalen Williams from Ocilla; Madison Woodson from Jesup; and Chevy Young from Brunswick.

For information on ABAC's Carry the Load event, e-mail


Moody Air Force Base honored a fallen airman Thursday with the unveiling of  the Lee Fulp Drop Zone at Henry Tift Myers Airport in Tifton.

TSgt. Lee Fulp, 38, of Hahira, died July 11, 2015, in a motorcycle accident.
Click Above to See WCTV Video

Family and friends watched Moody's first honorary jump into the drop zone.  Fulp was a member of the 820th Combat Operations Squadron at Moody AFB and was a combat veteran.

"We utilize this drop zone quite a bit in conducting airborne training operations, and so he's constantly going to be a part of us," Joshua Maskovich, commander of the Moody squadron, told WCTV.

"It means a lot to me that they cared that much about him because he was one-of-a-kind to me, but I could tell he was one-of-a-kind to them too. I'm proud," Sheila Fulp, the airman's mother, told the TV station.

McAlpin Entertainment is proud to present multi-Platinum super-group, Shenandoah
live at the historic Tift Theatre on Thursday, May 5. Don't miss one of the greatest bands 
to ever play Country music perform their endless string of hits including "Two Dozen Roses," "Next to You, Next to Me," "Sunday in the South," "I Want to be Loved Like That" and 
"Moon Over Georgia." Marty Raybon, the original lead singer, left the band in 1997 
and is now  back in action and touring with Shenandoah. Don't miss these Grammy winners 
live at the Tift Theatre in downtown Tifton, GA! Accomplished singer-songwriter 
Daniel Parrish will open the show. Advance tickets are only $25 and are on sale now at  Tickets at the door the day of show will be $30
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Sheriff candidates Gene  Scarbrough and Steve Woods, at table, at Monday's forum. Moderator Rusty Simpson is standing at right.

Local candidates for public office gathered Monday night, April 25, for a Concerned Citizens Forum organized by Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes.

Candidates for Tift County sheriff, Board of Education and Superior Court clerk of court spoke at The Place on U.S. Highway 41 S.

Those attending were sheriff candidates, incumbent Gene Scarbrough and Steve Woods; BOE chair candidates, incumbent Kim Rutland and Jonathan Jones; BOE District 3 candidate Amy Johnson; and Superior Court clerk candidates Charleston Carter and Gail Taylor Drayton.

The primary election is May 24.
BOE chair candidates Jonathan Jones, left, and Kim Rutland at the forum.
Mother's Day Buffet
Sunday, May 8

A fabulous menu will include roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, baked ham, 
sweet potato soufflĂ©, baby butter beans, squash casserole, roast beef, mashed potatoes, 
rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, Italian green beans, glazed carrots, asparagus, Southern fried chicken, rolls,  celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, 
24-hour fruit salad, Watergate salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, grape salad, 
marinated vegetable salad,  chocolate pie, lemon meringue pie, pecan pie, 
carrot cake, chocolate cake, coconut cake, cheesecake, strawberry cake, chocolate Mousse -- and much more!
$12 per person; children age 4 & under are free

Special extended hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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392-2913 or 382-6745

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  5 Springhill Drive E. (off U.S. Highway 82)
                                        Tifton, Ga.

The recent renovation of Tifton City Hall at the Myon Complex has received an  Excellence in Rehabilitation award from the  Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Georgia Trust presented 28 awards recognizing the best of preservation  in  Georgia  during its
39 th  annual Preservation Awards ceremony last Friday in Kennesaw

Tifton Mayor Julie Smith,Councilman Frank Sayles Jr., City Manager Larry Riner and a representative from Willett Engineering accepted the award.

The city moved out of the Myon Complex during spring 2011 when it was told that city hall offices there were structurally unsound and were unsafe. City offices moved back last year following a renovation totaling more than $2.2 million.

The building was  made level and its foundation was shored up. Also, the interior was  restored to its original splendor, including a  skylight. Initially the  Myon Hotel, the structure was originally built by I.W. Myers in 1906 atop the ruins of the  Hotel Sadie, which was first at the site and was destroyed by   fire in  1905
  City Hall  first moved into the  Myon  during  summer 1987  following a  two-year public-private renovation  partnership. 

The city owns approximately 18,000 square feet of the building; in recent years, its portion had begun sinking and causing the structure to shift. The privately owned part of the building sits on a concrete foundation.

The  Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, during its awards ceremony Friday, also awarded the First National Bank building in Fitzgerald with an Excellence in Rehabilitation award.

"This year's winners represent a tremendous dedication to restoring and revitalizing Georgia's historic buildings and communities," said Mark C. McDonald, president of The Georgia Trust.

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The Tiftarea Board of Realtors recently awarded four area high school seniors with a $500 scholarship each. 

The four recipients were chosen from 18 applicants. 

Pictured are three of the seniors from
Tift County High School:  from  left, Charley Dillard, Luke Stephenson and Hope Goodman at far right. The fourth recipient, not pictured, is Berrien High senior Amanda McWaters.

The scholarships were awarded in honor of longtime Realtor  Francis McGinty , seated. Local Realtor   Randy Clements is standing in back.

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in
Tifton will host its Second A nnual Summer Writing Workshop and Young Writers Conference o n Saturday, May 7, for  aspiring high school writers.
This year's conference will feature  Tom Phillips, a former television news editor for
Walter Cronkite and  Dan Rather, and author of  "A Beginner's Life: The Adventures of Tom Phillips."
It will also include novelist and poet
Jeff Newberry, author of  "A Stairway to the Sea;" Dr.  Sandra Giles , Dr.  Tom Grant and
Brandi Arrington.
The  workshop is aimed at  high school students interested in honing their writing skills by working with  experienced writers and educators . The workshop is limited to
60 participants.

For information, contact Dr. Jordan Cofer, ABAC's assistant vice president of academic affairs, at or 229-391-4971.


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