STATE CITES TIFTON EATERY'S DISH AS ONE OF '100 PLATES LOCALS LOVE'
THE LOCAL KITCHEN-BAR'S 'PEACH TOWN PORKCHOP
WITH TOWN BRANCH BOURBON AND PEACH GLAZE'
Tifton's The Local Kitchen-Bar has been awarded a 2016-17 "100 Plates Locals Love" distinction by the Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism division.
The restaurant's "
Peach Town Porkchop with Town Branch Bourbon and Peach Glaze" was awarded the
Georgia Tourism's second annual list of "100 Plates Locals Love" featured in the state's culinary guide, "Georgia Eats."
The free guide also includes 10 flavor tours, feature stories, exclusive recipes
from local chefs and information on popular food festivals. The list can be found online
The dishes were selected from nearly 600 nominations
and evaluated by a panel of judges.
"Georgia's cities, towns and back roads are filled with authentic restaurants and culinary specialties that visitors love to experience when they travel," says Kevin Langston, state deputy commissioner for tourism. "The list of '100 Plates Locals Love' is our way of providing visitors and locals with suggestions, the same way we would recommend restaurants to our family and friends."
The Local Kitchen-Bar
is located on
and sits in the center of
. The Local restaurant has become a staple in the Tifton community where freshness and unique dishes abound, says
, economic development director for Tifton's Downtown Development Authority.
The Local's Executive Chef
David Scarbrough leads the kitchen with a menu that features fresh, seasonal ingredients and the restaurant's signature menu items. His farm-to-table approach is evident in his use of local products that can be found at farmer's markets.
Tifton is in the Plantation Trace region. Other nearby restaurant dishes on the list this year include:
- The Jonathan (a chicken, rice and white cheese dish) at La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant, Ashburn;
- Filet Mignon at Daphne's Lodge, Cordele;
- Chicken Salad Plate at Sweet Georgia Baking Co., Americus.
- Shrimp & Grits at Jonah's Fish and Grits, Thomasville;
- Manchester Farms Quail at Liam's Restaurant, Thomasville;
- Pulled Pork & Pimento Cheese Wontons at Steel Magnolias, Valdosta;
- Memphis Nachos, The Bleu Cafe, Valdosta
CORDELE CELEBRATES THIS WEEKEND
"Watermelon Capital of the World," is capping its month-long
"Watermelon Days Festival" with big events this weekend.
67th annual festival has a
Watermelon Gospel Sing tonight,
June 24, at
7 p.m. at the
Cordele Community Clubhouse.
Saturday, June 25, events get underway at
7:30 a.m. with the
Watermelon Walk at the
Perry G. Busbee Walking Track. The annual
Watermelon Days Parade then starts at
9 a.m., as well as the
Watermelon Horseshoe Tournament at
Turner Park, and the
Watermelon Car & Truck Display and
Arts & Crafts Exhibit.
10 a.m. Saturday, the festival's day-long activities begin with
live entertainment at
Crisp Regional Hospital Park at the
corner of 3rd Avenue and 3rd Street.
10 a.m.-2 p.m., the
4-H Watermelon Slice Giveaway will be available; at
11:15 a.m. is the
Watermelon Eating Contest; at
1 p.m., the
Watermelon Chunking Contest; and at
2 p.m., the
Sweet Melon and Adult Seed Spit.
'THEY'RE CREEPY AND THEY'RE KOOKY....'
"The Addams Family," and they have come alive this
weekend at the
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts on Main Street.
urtain rises at 7 p.m. today (Friday) and on Saturday night, and at 3 p.m Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.
Among the cast members are Scarlett Eirish and Brian Ray,
or "Morticia" and "Gomez," as seen at right.
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MAYOR FROM AFRICA VISITS TIFTON CITY HALL
A special visitor was in Tifton City Hall on Wednesday, June 22.
Mayor El hadnj Taha Diane, the youngest mayor ever elected in Kahi, which is in the Republic of Senegal, Africa, met with local elected officials.
The newly elected African mayor was interested in how American cities work and what ideas he could take home.
He met with Tifton Mayor Julie Smith, Tifton City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr., Tift County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson and County Commission Vice Chair Melissa Hughes.
Dr. Babacar Mboup, a Valdosta State University professor and Senegal native, acted as the interpreter. Mboup told the elected officials that he and the Kahi mayor found that Tifton really is "The Friendly City."
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING
Tuesday, June 21
1909 Highway 82, Tifton
PEE WEE SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMP BEGINS MONDAY AT TCHS
Pee Wee Summer Basketball Camp
will be held next week
for boys and girls going into pre-K through the fifth grade, says Coach Julie Conner.
The camp begins Monday, June 27, and
Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30. The cost is $50 per camper.
Participants may register at the door for the camp, to be held at Tift County High School.
Coach Conner said the camp will focus on teaching basketball fundamentals and basic skills. It is open to all area children entering Pre-K through fifth grade.
RUNNERS TO DO 'WATERMELON CRAWL'
The third annual
Watermelon Crawl 5K and Fun Run will be
July 9 on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Ray Smith, agriculture department head in the
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said
the event is a
to establish the
Jerry Moore Memorial Scholarship
. Once the endowment funds are in place, the scholarship will be awarded each year to a student majoring in agriculture.
Moore was an
ABAC alumnus who
died in 2013 at the age of 46.
"The past two years of this fundraiser have been very successful, and we hope the endowment will be completed with this year's event," Smith said. "Then we can begin awarding the
Open to anyone, individual runners may register for the
; ABAC faculty and staff may get a discounted registration fee.
is open at
Registration begins at
7:15 a.m. on race day; the
5K starts at 8 a.m. Those not participating in the 5K may walk the 5K path or take part in the
one-mile fun run, beginning at
early packet pickup, cookout and silent auction will be
July 8 from
6-8 p.m. The packet includes the runner's bib, shirt, and bag. All registered runners eat free, with others eating for $5.
MAYOR READS ALOUD 'CLARK THE SHARK' TO LOCAL CHILDREN
As part of the "Read Aloud" campaign to make Tifton the "Read Aloud Capital of the World," Mayor Julie B. Smith read to children Tuesday at the Summer Accelerated Reader (AR) Center located at the United Way of South Central Georgia.
"To stress the
importance of reading, in particular,
reading aloud, I'd like to
issue a challenge to my friends on the
City Council of the
City of Omega, the
City of Ty Ty, the
City of Tifton and the
Tift County Commission to each schedule a time to
read aloud and to
take the AR test for the school of their choice. Today, I used my point for
Omega, and was proud to do so,"
Mayor Smith said.
Pictured behind Smith is Vice Mayor Wes Ehlers who, along with City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr., also read to the kids along with the mayor.
The Summer Reading Center, sponsored by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 14.
LOCAL WOMAN GETS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Anita L. Merrill of
Tifton has been recognized by
Continental Who's Who with the 2015-2016
Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award as a result of 40 years of excellence in medical technology.
chief medical technologist
University of Georgia's Veterinary Diagnostic and Investigational Laboratory
She is a
registered medical technologist with management experience. She helped develop the
Clinical Pathology Department in the
Tifton Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a composite of departments Including hematology, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, endocrinology, as well as parasitology and cytology studies.
Merrill is a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Veterinary Association of Clinical Pathologists, National Certification Association and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry with AACC Veterinary Section. She is a former member of the American Chemical Society, where she served in leadership positions. She coordinated National Chemistry Week hands-on demonstrations for grammar school students and high school chemistry student tours of Merck Pharmacology labs and Busch laboratories.
An active member of
Tifton Sigma XI Club for more than two decades, she was awarded the
Outstanding Service to Research award in 1997. She received the
Staff Appreciation Award from the
UGA School Of Veterinary Medicine for her contributions in 2007. Anita has participated in many wildlife research projects and was a contributing editor in those studies.
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...at a Glance
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
- "The Addams Family" musical comedy, 7 p.m, Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- Watermelon Gospel Sing, Cordele Community Clubhouse, Cordele
SATURDAY, JUNE 25
- Watermelon Walk, 7:30 a.m., Perry B. Busbee Walking Track, Cordele
- Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
- "County Fair Day" at Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- 67th Annual Watermelon Days Festival, 9 a.m., Crisp Regional Hospital Park, Cordele
- "Precious Pearls" Cotillion Ball, 6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
- "The Addams Family" musical comedy, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SUNDAY, JUNE 26
- "The Addams Family" musical comedy, 3 p.m, Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
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