APRIL 7, 2017
ONE OF SIX GA COLLEGES NAMED THIS YEAR
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has been designated a Best Value School by University Research & Review (UR&R) for the fourth consecutive year. Only six colleges in Georgia received this distinction this year.
"It is our distinguished pleasure to present the award to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College," said UR&R founder Joseph Schmoke. "We hope current students and alumni take pride in the honor, and anyone searching for a quality, reasonably priced college education strongly considers Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College."
Tuition for a fulltime in-state student at ABAC is $4,066 per year. For out-of-state students, the cost is $12,324 per year. ABAC has also established the Neighbor Waiver program, an out-of-state tuition waiver that allows qualified students from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina to attend ABAC without paying out-of-state tuition.
Schmoke said the Best Value School designation is determined by a rigorous qualification process, which takes three to four months. The UR&R, in naming ABAC, said the college "has, as you might expect, a strong program in agriculture, an exceptional degree program in turfgrass, good programs in forestry and conservation, and their RN program is quite popular."
The organization added: "ABAC is one of those interesting and exceptional colleges that are well-known for certain successful programs -- they are, for instance, highly regarded for preparing students for golf course management.
"The administration is progressive, the majority of the students are pleased with the school, with about a third of the students living on the 'gorgeous' campus. ... Our take on this school is that it is a gem, serving a somewhat unique niche in higher education."
UR&R was created after discussions by eight senior higher education experts who bemoaned the growing amount of student debt and rapidly rising costs to attend college. With input from Steve Goodall, former president of J.D. Power and Associates, Schmoke's group decided to honor reasonably priced, under-recognized colleges with a J.D. Power-type award. More information on the company can be found at www.bestvaluecolleges.org
Only 81 colleges nationwide received this distinction for 2017. Other colleges in the state who received the recognition this year are Agnes Scott College, Beulah Heights University, Brenau University, Georgia Military College and Young Harris College.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OK's
This year's Georgia General Assembly may be remembered as the "Session for Rural Georgia" as several bills passed to help small towns across the state.
Among the bills was a controversial one
as the Legislature headed for adjournment late last Thursday night.
On a 29-23 vote at 11:25 p.m., the Senate passed
Senate Bill 133
, a complex plan that would provide $60 million in tax credits to companies that invest in rural businesses.
House Resolution 389
, authored by Rep.
Sam Watson, R-Moultrie,
creates the House Rural Development Council in an effort to study and propose solutions for greater economic development in rural Georgia.
SCONYERS CHARITABLE TRUST AWARDS FUNDS
FOR SCHOLARSHIPS, LOCAL GROUPS
The Cortez H. Sconyers Charitable Trust, which owns Sconyers Gin & Warehouse in Sycamore, recently awarded a total of $100,000 in scholarships and awards to several local organizations.
Cortez H. Sconyers founded
Sconyers Gin more than 60 years ago. Mrs. Cortez Sconyers had a strong desire to give back to her community and farmers. As a result, when she died in 2000, her will and trust agreement stipulates
that each year
are awarded to
Sconyers Gin's farmers
who wish to further their education.
Also, each year Mrs. Sconyers' beloved Sycamore United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America and the Turner County Health Department receive donations.
This year, the Trust donated $10,000 each to the Sycamore United Methodist Church, the Boys Scouts, and the Turner County Health Department. Sconyers Trust also gave $5,000 to the Victoria Evans Library in Ashburn.
Approximately $70,000 was allocated for nearly 30 scholarships awarded to the gin's farmers' and employees' families, including two scholarships given to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for its choice of recipients.
Scholarship recipients this year are students from Ben Hill, Tift, Turner and Wilcox counties. They include: Laurel Elizabeth Bell, Maggie Lynn Bloodworth, Tracie Bloodworth, Allison Megan Cook, Tanner Andrew Crawford, Dixie Danielle Edalgo, Christopher David Floyd, Brandon Hobbs Griffin, Caroline Nicole Griffin, Josie Elizabeth Jones, Kylie Rosalynn Keene, Katelyn Bloodworth Land, Sallie Kathryn McHugh, Marilyn Elizabeth Ponder, Victoria Lorraine Ponder, Celie Grace Raines, Christian Marie Raines, Kristen Michelle Story, Megan Troupe, Holly White, Rebecca Ann Whitehead, Milton Jack Williford III, Amanda Jessie Wilson, Virginia Brooke Wilson and Kimberly Jane Wood.
FOLKS ASKED TO WEAR BLUE TODAY
Local residents are asked to
"wear blue" today (Friday, April 7)
to show a commitment to keep kids safe.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month; in support, "please wear blue on Friday, April 7," says Lillie McEntyre of the Tift County Commission on Children & Youth. "On this day, individuals and organizations across Georgia will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and supporting strong families and healthy children throughout the state."
McEntyre says "the unified, community-wide act of wearing blue will help raise awareness that child abuse is preventable." She asks that participants take photos of themselves and others wearing blue and email it to
Doing spring 1989, a grandmother from Virginia began the blue-ribbon campaign as a tribute to her grandson, a three-year old who died at the hands of his mother's abusive boyfriend. Since then, concerned people all over the country have worn blue as a symbol of the need to prevent child abuse and neglect.
'CA$H MOB' TACKLES WALLS OF BOOKS
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors and
Lois Harper (at right behind sign) at
Walls of Books, 357 Main St., on
Tuesday afternoon with a
"Cash Mob." The Chamber holds monthly
Cash Mobs at
unsuspecting member businesses where attendees shop and get to know local
GMA APPRENTICE PREVIEW APRIL 11
Young people who want to get a taste of the past while getting experience for the future may attend a Youth Apprentice Program preview April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Lynn McDonald, museum volunteer coordinator, said the program is designed for ages 14-18. The
preview will be in the Peanut Museum Conference Room adjacent to the Country Store.
"The students are invited to bring a parent and learn about this year-round volunteer program," McDonald said. "We will share details of the program, and current participants will be on hand to talk about their personal experiences with the volunteer program."
Youth apprentices agree to work a minimum of 30 hours during the summer and another 30 hours during the school year, helping with interpretation and special events. Many of the students work beyond the minimum hours.
"This program is designed to involve young people in our volunteer program and give the students work experience," McDonald said. "Fun is also part of the program."
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TIFTON'S JUSTIN BROWNLEE LIGHTS UP COURT IN PHILIPPINE BASKETBALL ASSOC.
Tiebreaker Times photo
Tifton's Justin Brownlee is a star on Philippine's top pro basketball team.
Brownlee is back playing
professional basketball in the
As an "
Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, a professional basketball team in the
the team signed
According to the "Tiebreaker Times," returning imports struggle in their first few games back in the Philippines; and Brownlee, 28, was limited to just 12 points last Saturday. However, by Wednesday's game, he got back in
the groove, scoring 20 points after halftime, including 11 points in a game-breaking 16-1 run. Brownlee led his team
to a 113-96 conference win.
"We really believe in Justin," said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. "It's good to see Justin break out a little bit and hit some shots," he told the Tiebreaker Times.
Brownlee was inducted last year in the Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame. In college, Brownlee played at St. John's before playing for the NBA's summer league and Developmental League before finally landing in the Philippines.
WORTH COUNTY NAMES FOOTBALL COACH
Former Turner County football coach Ben Simmons has been named head football coach at Worth County High.
Worth County Board Education made the appointment at its meeting
Tuesday night. There were 41 applicants for the position.
23 years of experience as a
football coach in
During the past two years, he led the Turner County Rebels to a 16-7 record and
two playoff appearances.
"It's not just about football,"
life lessons for kids once they leave those high school doors to be able to go out into the community. It's not just about wins and losses. I want to be able to build young student athletes men or women for those
positive opportunities that they can be able to take advantage of."
'FARMHOUSE LUNCHEON' OPEN TO PUBLIC
The Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host a Farmhouse Luncheon on April 13 open to the public. A ticket is required, and space is limited.
The meal will be served 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Gibbs House in the Historic Village.
The menu features fried chicken, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, corn bread, pound cake and sweet tea. Barbara Cody, cook for the Gibbs House, will be doing all the cooking.
Tickets are $10 each and are available at the Country Store, 229-391-5205.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16
fabulous menu will include
Celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad, 24-hour fruit salad, Watergate salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, grape salad, marinated vegetable salad, roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, baked ham, sweet potato soufflé, baby butter beans, broccoli casserole, roast beef, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, Italian green beans, glazed carrots, steamed squash, asparagus, Southern fried chicken, shrimp and grits, rolls, 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.
Reservations are Suggested:
BJ's at Springhill
5 Springhill Drive E. (off
U.S. Highway 82)
Springhill Country Club,
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR GLEANINGS
The Society of St. Andrew volunteers will be gleaning strawberries in Chula today beginning at 8 a.m., and will be
in Ty Ty on Thursday, April 13 to
harvest collard greens to distribute to needy families and individuals in Tifton and Sylvester.
Volunteers are needed for a couple of hours of community service. Next Thursday, the group will also be picking broccoli in the Tifton area.
Society of St. Andrew volunteers will be celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 22,
by spending a few hours outdoors in a field of collards to be taken to shelters, soup kitchens and agencies in Tifton and surrounding
will meet at about 8:30 a.m. in Tifton and travel to a field just outside town to harvest the greens.
Volunteers are encouraged
to take a few bundles of greens home to prepare for their family or share with friends and neighbors.
229-386-5800 to participate.
TIFTAREA AUTO CLUB GOIN' HOG WILD
The 25th annual
Tiftarea Auto Club's Goin' Hog Wild Car, Truck and Bike Show is set for
April 14 and 15 at the
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
cruise-in will be Friday,
April 14, beginning at
6 p.m.; competition
judging will be held on
Saturday. Gates open at
8 a.m. Saturday.
There will be
cash prizes and the
Top 35 trophies include Best of Show, Best Ford in a Ford, Best Show Engine, Best Interior, Best Paint, Best Import and Best Motorcycle.
Awards begin at
..at a Glance
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
- Society of St. Andrew Strawberry Gleaning, 8 a.m., 229-386-5800, Chula
- American Legacy Quilt Show, 9 a.m.,-3 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
- ABAC Alumni Awards/Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, 6 p.m., Gressette Gym, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
- Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Rodeo Arena, ABAC, Tifton
- Run for the Nurses half marathon & 5K, 7:30 a.m., Health Sciences Building, ABAC, Tifton
- Folklife Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- American Legacy Quilt Show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Community Easter Egg Hunt, Noon, E.B. Hamilton Complex, Tifton
- Southeastern Southern Gospel Music Conference, 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
- Gee Haw Whoa Back Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Rodeo Aena, ABAC, Tifton
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Lucia Veronica Csinos, 67, Tifton
Dewayne Ray McDowell, 72, Sylvester
Samuel Murrell, 78, Tifton
Judy Elaine Bristol, 65, Nashville
James Lamar White Sr., 67, Albany
Charles Michael Stanford, 36, Nashville
Bobby Carroll Woods, 65, Tifton
Renee Lucille Williamson, 88, St. Simons Island
Plyde P. Marsh, 89, Fitzgerald
Mallie Proctor, Sylvester
Marion Norman Heath, 85, Tifton
Louise Sheffield Reynolds, 85, Worth County
Ramsey "Big Boy" Renfroe Jr., 84, Quitman
Freddie Burch, 72, Sylvester
Margie Jan Giddens Mathis, 44, Enigma
The Rev. Charles L. Daniell, 81, Lee County
Brett Allen Vickers, 54, Fitzgerald
Ruby Lucille Cox Mullis Metts, 88, Berrien County
Mildred Louise Brown Snow, 98,
Pauline "Polly" Veal Boone, 88, Ocilla
Geraldine Martin, Ashburn
Ronald Wiley, 83, Lenox
Karson Lee Heath, 25 weeks, Valdosta
Joyce Reynolds, 62, Fitzgerald
Mary Catherine Roper, 70, Fitzgerald
Freda Ann Watts, 59, Lenox
Mary Elizabeth Dorsey, 57, Ocilla
Allen Leroy Welch, 66, Sparks
Mary Agnes Rose, 90,
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