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Marcus Holloway of Moultrie, who won the Fox 31 "Tifton Idol" competition last summer to represent South Georgia on TV's "American Idol" competition, was one of many singing hopefuls sent home Wednesday night during the show's Hollywood Week


More than half the field of 212 "Idol" contestants was cut before the end of the two-hour episode on Feb. 5. After winning the local "Idol" competition, Holloway had made it past the next round in Atlanta and was sent on to compete in Hollywood. But judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. wasted little time winnowing the field to fewer contenders. 


Back in South Georgia, Holloway's friends and fans offered words of encouragement. His Facebook page is filled with sentiments such as "We're proud of you!" and "You are so talented and this was just a stepping stone."


His mother Lisa Holloway adds: "So proud of my son!!!!! God has more for you than American Idol!!!!"

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One of Downtown Tifton's landmarks, the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, is a hub of activity these days under new managing director Robert Reid Goodson.


On Monday, Feb. 3, Goodson gave an update about the theatre to members of Tifton City Council


Among activities are regular community theater classes, discount movies, concerts and special events.


Check out the video report at right....


As you probably know, this Sunday, Feb. 9, marks 50 years since The Beatles made their American television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show." 
For us Baby Boomers, that Sunday night was a watershed moment in our collective history; we could actually feel the world change. Music became different; fashion became different; and we began to see the black-and-white world differently. Soon enough, there would be a phantasmagoric explosion of color, and hope, and possibility.
We were privileged to be alive and young at the start of this cultural revolution. They were heady times. We grew up along with The Beatles. As their music developed, so did our musical tastes -- and our sensibilities. In the ninth grade, I and several classmates would gather at the home of a friend and create a mimeographed newsletter that we distributed around school, pointing out issues we saw around the campus and offering our somewhat juvenile solutions. 
We believed we could change the world during those years; and The Beatles were the soundtrack to our seasons.
The world has changed many times since those stimulating days of the 1960s, and we have as well. Yet, when we recall that chilly Sunday night in February 1964 when four lads from Liverpool first appeared on our small black-and-white TV screens, once again we feel that youthful yearning for something out there that's just waiting to be grasped.
--Frank Sayles Jr.
Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan version of the farm bill that President Obama is scheduled to sign on Friday, Feb. 7. 
The compromise cuts $8.7 billion to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (food stamps)  -- far less than the $39 billion the House had hoped to slash from the program and more than the $4.5 billion in cuts the Senate approved last summer. 
In the bill, farm subsides are being replaced by a more extensive crop insurance program with an additional $6 billion in funding.


The Associated Press called the reduction in SNAP "a mostly symbolic cut in food stamps," but the Washington Post editorial board called on the president to veto the farm bill, citing what it says is an inequity between its decreased benefits for the poor and its maintaining of the status quo for agriculture.



The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence's Reading Capital of the World program (RCW) is kicking off its 5 million Accelerated Reader points celebration this Sunday, Feb. 9, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. with "Rally for Reading" at the ABAC Red Hill Tennis Center
ABAC Coach Dale White has volunteered his teams (16 players) to help raise money for the RCW upcoming promotions. ThIrty-six citizen/tennis players of all ages (from eight to 65) are donating $100 each for a unique and positive court experience while getting the community's "Big Read-off" to a strong start. 

An ABAC player will be on each of the 12 courts with three like-level participants. After running some level-appropriate warm-up drills, the ABAC player will partner one round with each of the three players assigned to that court, with explicit instructions not to hit "winners" and to make sure all have a fun and competitive experience. 
Fans and RCW supporters are encouraged to come out Sunday for the event.
Participants include: John Bowen, Megan Bowen, Sandy Bowen, Steve Brown, Davis Byrnes, Ryan Byrnes, Anmol Chhina, Paul Chhina, Mike Davis, Crisp Gatewood, Tammy Griffin, Jake Hill, Jordan Hill, Skip Hill, Jim Howard, Mary Kathryn Howard, Bill Jackson, Carter Jackson, Connor Jackson, Hays Jones, Jonathan Jones, Will Jones, Dillon Kemeness, Katie Kemeness, Alan Lewis, Mason Lewis, Wayne Roe, Cynthia Sauls, Holly Scott, Phil Shiflet, Nancy Smith, Collin Summerlin, Bret Wagenhorst, Wesley Walker, Allen Wiggins and Austin Wiggins.

For more information, call Mike Brumby at 229-382-7515.


Join Us For Our 

Valentine Special



2 for $25


Includes 2 entrees and 1 dessert


 Choice of Entrees


      Pasta Marinara          Meatball Marinara          Sausage Marinara          Pasta Meatsauce

Aglio & Olio Pasta        Penne Chicken & Broccoli        Penne Alla romana        Fetuccini Alfredo

Fetuccini Primavera       Gnocchi in Pink Sauce       Ravioli       Tortellini       Tortellini alla  Panna


Oven-Baked Entrees


        Baked Ziti          Manicotti          Cannelloni          Cannelloni Florentine          Stuffed Shells

                Lasagna          Giro a la Verona          Eggplant Parmigiana          Eggplant Rolatini


Choice of Dessert


         Slice of Almond Cake                                Tiramisu                                 Banana Sundae



We will be celebrating Valentine's Day from Feb 13 through 15


212 Main Street, Downtown Tifton

 Call ahead for take out: 229-445-3301

We will deliver 8 orders or more free



 February is National Heart Health Month and Southern Care Assisted Living Center in Tifton is presenting a Health Seminar with certified personal trainer Denise Googe at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7. 


Southern Care Assisted Living is located at 1934 Whiddon Mill Road. Googe will speak on cardiovascular exercise and heart health. The event will include door prizes and free blood pressure checks.


The Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival
returns March 1 in Tifton as a sanctioned Georgia Barbecue Association event at Fulwood Park.


Last held in 2009 and 2010 as a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned event, this year's festival will have cooks from across Georgia visiting Tifton to earn points toward their season championship.


There will be a "Fun Cook" division for amateurs. In all, over $10,000 in cash prizes will be awarded for the area's best barbecue.


The weekend starts Feb 28 with recording artist Edwin McCain performing at the Tift Theatre


McCain is best known for his Top 10 hits "I'll Be" and "I Could Not Ask For More."                  


Entertainment continues Saturday, March 1 as seven acts perform on the Syd Blackmarr Stage at Fulwood Park beginning at 11 a.m. The Randall Bramblett Band will headline at 7 p.m. Saturday. Bramblett has recently played with the Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and Widespread Panic. All entertainment on Saturday is free.


There will be a dedicated Kids' Area featuring bounce houses and slides, a mechanical bull, a rock climbing wall, a kids' train and more.


For information, contact Angela Elder, Forms may be obtained at and updates are on Facebook: Ciick Here. Food and arts & crafts vendors may contact Jessica Jones, 229-391-3927 or


 For information, please call Sommer Dunston 

or Cindy Spurlin, 

229.386.5200 /229.386.1412




Each year in the United States, over 200,000 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer and nearly 160,000 people will die of the disease. More men and women die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer.


"Tobacco is the most significant risk factor for lung cancer," said Tift Regional Health System Medical Oncologist Apurva Shah, MD. "More than 80 percent of all lung cancers are related totobacco."


Researchers have found that smoking or breathing secondhand smoke greatly increases lung

cancer risk. The risk of lung cancer increases with the length of time and number of cigarettesyou've smoked. The most frequent lung cancer cases occur in people over the age of 55 who have smoked for many years.


Early detection is a proven, successful strategy to increase a patient's chance of survival with many forms of cancer. Unfortunately, lung cancer is difficult to detect in its earliest stages and often is not discovered until it has spread to other tissues or organs.


Tift Regional Health System's mission is to serve the health needs of our patient population as well as those of the community. In an effort to continue that mission, Tift Regional Medical Center is announcing a new lung cancer screening program available for a minimal fee to people who are at high risk for lung cancer.


"Lung cancer is easiest to treat when found early," said Dr. Shah. "Patients can have annual low-dose CT scans to detect early stage lung cancer much like mammography is used to detect early stages of breast cancer. These low-dose CT scans for lung cancer will save lives and patients typically need to have the scan only once per year."


The screening program is available to people ages 55-79 who have smoked at least an average of one pack a day for 30 years," said Faye Cooper, RN, OCN, Lung Screening Navigator. "This includes current smokers or smokers who quit within the past 15 years." Cooper added, "This program is ongoing; upon meeting the qualifications, a patient will receive the lung screening scan on a yearly basis, as long as they are within the age group." 


A scan is taken of the patient's chest using a CT scanner. The images taken of the lungs are read by a radiologist to determine if there is a need for further evaluation. The scan time takes about 10 seconds and is painless. Through this screening program, the total cost to patients for the scan will be $198.


Lung screenings are available by appointment only. In some cases, lung screenings may not be appropriate for certain patients. If you meet the criteria for this program and would like to see if you qualify for a lung cancer screening, please call 229.353.LUNG (5864)


Visit the TRMC website at




null The Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton is offering another AARP Driver Safety Program from
10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The cost is $20 per person with a $5 discount for AARP members with card. 


Update your driving skills and earn a discount from your current automobile insurance provider.



Applications are being accepted for the 24th Annual Miss Tift County Forestry to be held Feb. 22 at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Tifton.


No pageant experience is necessary. To enter, call 229-238-2851 or 229-386-2681.

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                       At a Glance.... 
  • Heart Health Seminar, 2 p.m., Southern Care Assisted Living Center, Tifton. 
  • "Risen Voices: Celebrating Black History," 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.
  • Tift County High Basketball at Colquitt, 7:30 p.m., Colquitt County High School, Moultrie.

  • Community Manna Drop, 9 a.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton.
  • "Sock It To'Em With Love" sock drive distribution, 1 p.m., Copeland Park, Tifton.
  • Tift County High Basketball at Valdosta, 7:30 p.m., Valdosta High School, Valdosta.
  • Rally for Reading: Reading Capital of the World, 1:30 p.m., tennis courts at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton.

In Memoriam
Jan. 29
Joy Ann Dall Lane, 77, Fitzgerald
Larry Sisson, 50, Fitzgerald 
Jan. 30
Thelma Grace Frazier Lawhorne, 90, Ty Ty
Elwanda Lee Schell, 91, Fitzgerald 
Jan. 31
Shirley Hodge Downing, 68, Fitzgerald 
John Richard "Ricky" Lynn, Jr., 42, Irwin County 

Feb. 1
Peri Lee Merchant Ross, 79, Woodstock, Md.
Donald Griffin, 86, Tifton
Joan Gunter Lumpkin, 86, Shingler 
Evelyn Hayes Martin, 88, Adel
Betty Lucille Musselwhite Kennedy, 68, Tifton 

Feb. 2
Emmett Lester Nalls, 88, Tifton
Ira Mark Stone, 55, Tifton 
 William David "Duck" Duckworth, Sr., 79, Worth County 
Feb. 3
Robert Paul Adamson, 89, Tifton 
Barney Harrell Willis, Sr., 69, Tifton
Ardist Cathrine Bryant Williams-Merritt, 89, Tifton
Barbara Y. Ross, 90, Ocilla 
William Randall Gaskins, 41, Nashville 
Billy Mitchell Houston, Sr., 59, Richmond, Va. 
Feb. 4
Mildred Branch Walker, 93, Tifton
J.D. Moreland, 90, Tifton
David Lee Smith, 59, Morven 
Shonna Holbrook, 40, Tifton 
Opal L. Clark, 78, Poulan 
James E. "Jimmy" Stalvey, 56, Hahira 
Feb. 5
Willis Hester, 82, Chula
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