Dec. 12, 2014
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For the first time in the history of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, two academic awards were presented to the top outstanding graduates during Thursday's fall commencement ceremony. 


Retha Martin, a business major from Moultrie, received the George P. Donaldson award for associate degree graduates; and Andrea Smith, a biology major from Fitzgerald, was named the recipient of the first ABAC Alumni Association Award for bachelor's degree graduates.


Each recipient was selected through an application and interview process. They received a plaque and a check for $500 from the ABAC Alumni Association

ABAC Alumni Director Lynda Fisher said the Donaldson Award has been part of the commencement ceremony for years, and the Alumni Association decided to add the award for bachelor's degree graduates since more than 1,100 students now major in bachelor's degree programs at the institution.


Jim Hall, chief of law enforcement with the National Wildlife System through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was the featured speaker at the ceremony.  A 1983 ABAC graduate, Hall told graduates that "the world will continue to change in years to come, and you will be a part of that change. Always seek improvement in yourself.


Martin began her ABAC career by taking classes at ABAC on the Square in Moultrie. ABAC faculty members had high words of praise for her in their recommendation letters. "Two words that best describe Ms. Martin are conscientious and tenacious," said Kathy Moreno, who teaches in the Stafford School of Business.


Smith started taking ABAC classes when she was a senior at Fitzgerald High School through the ACCEL program, which allows high school students to enroll in selected college classes. Her goal was to attain her bachelor's degree in biology, which was accomplished Thursday when she walked across the stage at Gressette Gymnasum. "The time I have spent here has shaped me and made me a better person, all while getting a top-notch education to help fulfill my dream of becoming a dentist," Smith, said.


A total of 211 graduates participated in the ceremony. ABAC will close for the holidays on Dec. 23 and reopen Jan. 5, 2015. Classes begin for the spring semester Jan. 8.




"Travis Pratt Presents a Tifton Christmas Carol" has added local singers to the line-up for next Saturday's concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Tift Theatre.


The show features sounds of the season and benefits Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County, which provides tutors to help students earn GEDs and improve our local workforce. 

Featured singers include Dr. Susan Kirby Roe, director of the music program at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural CollegeAlso, Todd Williams of Ty Ty, known locally as "The Piano Man," will perform. He has opened for Keith Urban, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, Diamond Rio, and Tracy Lawrence. Todd has also shared the stage with Jerry Lee Lewis, whose style of music he emulates.

Another pianist, Greg Millette, will perform. He has served as pianist for Tifton's First United Methodist Church for nearly a decade.

Tickets are $25 in advance, available from Caryn & Co. Shops on Main and Dave's Bread and Coffee House on Tift Avenue. They will be $30 at the box office an hour before the show. Also, they may be purchased online at  or by calling Literacy Volunteers at 391-2527 or emailing

Bell Plantation of Tifton is the Grand Sponsor of the event, and other sponsorship opportunities and recognition are available. "Our success as a community depends on workforce preparation," said Bonnie Sayles, interim director of Literacy Volunteers. "We are so proud that Travis decided to support this cause for his hometown! Now we need his hometown to come out and support him. If we reach our goals, we'll be able to provide tutoring and GED scholarships to more students." 

Pratt was featured on ABC TV's "America's Got Talent" last year, singing a soprano piece that amazed the judges. He grew up in singing in a musical family in Tifton and performs internationally.


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Tifton's Northgate Lakes subdivision, located on Brighton Road between Highway 125 and I-75, is having its annual luminary event this Sunday, Dec. 14. The luminaries will be lighted by 5:30 p.m. and will be lit until about 11 p.m. 

This is the neighborhood's way of sharing Christmas joy during the season and invites the entire community to the event.

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Every year, City of Tifton workers spend hours putting together lighted decorations and creating a bright, festive
Christmas wonderland in Fulwod Park


This season, they seem to have added more lights than ever. 


Many cities charge a fee for vehicles to ride through a light display such as this. We are fortunate that we have this enchanted holiday light show available free for our community. If you haven't had the opportunity yet, take a nighttime drive through Fulwood Park and feel the magic.


Floyd Cospelich shared this video at left on You Tube.


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Victorian dessert sampling and live holiday music highlight activities at the Wiregrass Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.


Wiregrass Christmas at the museum offers the reading of Christmas stories, tasty treats and live music. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., visitors may sample Victorian desserts while touring the farmhouses in the Historic Village.

Christmas story readings will be at the Knight Cabin.


The Wiregrass Craft Circle will be creating Christmas ornaments and paper stamping with young visitors from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visitors may also make their own Christmas cards.


For information, call 229-391-5205 or visit the web at

Christmas is more than presents, lights, and flying reindeer.  It's the birth of our Savior and God's 
 hope for the world.

The people of St. Anne's Episcopal Church warmly invite you to worship with them at their Midnight Mass this Christmas Eve. Doors open at 10 p.m., followed by a Christmas concert at 10:30 p.m. 
The Mass begins at 11 p.m. 

A Tifton tradition for over 30 years, St. Anne's Midnight Mass is a unique way to celebrate the true reason for the season. Expect candlelight, scripture, and beautiful music featuring St. Anne's choir and a brass ensemble under the direction of Minister of Music Stan Smith. The Rev. Lonnie Lacy, Rector of St. Anne's, will preach. 
 A free, festive reception follows in the Parish Hall.

St. Anne's is located at 2411 N. Central Ave. Admission is free. Seating is offered first come, first served. 
Please bring non-perishable food items to donate for the poor. A professionally staffed nursery is available at no charge. 

For more information, contact the church office at (229) 382-7505 or visit

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                          At a Glance....


  • "One Starry Night," live performance, 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton.


  • Wiregrass Christmas, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • "One Starry Night," live performance, 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton.


  • Community Luminary, 5:30 p.m., Northgate Lakes subdivision, Tifton.
  • "One Starry Night," live performance, 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton.

In Memoriam


Dec. 3

Marilyn Hale Eubanks, 56, Sumner

Kenny Duane Webb, 61, West Berrien

Dec. 4

John Willis Lupo, 75, Tifton

Desi A. Proctor, 57, Ashburn

Dec. 5

Melvin Earl Danford, 73, Fitzgerald

Margaret Lee Griffin Goff, 79, Tifton


Dec. 6

Dr. Durham Keith Bell, 82, Tifton

Dec. 7

John Ralph Hamilton, 83, Tifton

Dec. 8

Virginia Elizabeth "Betty" Franklin, 88, Atlanta

Dave Aaron Fletcher, 47, Lenox

Leon S. "Buddy" Coker, 62, Dawson

Dec. 9

Ruby Mae Glenn, 98, Tifton

Alice Trowell, 83, Nashville

Rev. Lester H. Anthony, 89, Fitzgerald

Mary McDuffie Melton, 79, Fitzgerald

Craig George Zabriskie, 59, Ashburn 

John W. Richey, 71, Atlanta

Dec. 10

Thomas W. Ganas, 62, Tifton

Bobbie B. Jordan, 88, Tifton

Raymond Floyd Berry, 83, Sparks

Kenneth Edward Kaltschnee, 66, Enigma





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