Friday, Dec. 13, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
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ABAC President David Bridges, from left, with new graduates Kaycee Goodman and Kaycee Aultman. At right is Alumni Association President Dan Hobby.
ABAC'S BIGGEST FALL GRADUATION DAY
TWO TIFTON RESIDENTS RECEIVE TOP AWARDS
Kaycee Aultman and Kaycee Goodman , both from Tifton , received the top awards at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's fall commencement Thursday , which had the most graduates in a fall ceremony during the college's 111-year history.  

ABAC President David Bridges said 221 students participated in the ceremony in Tifton and another 36 ABAC graduates received their diplomas at ABAC Bainbridge on Thursday night.

“It’s another record-setting day for ABAC ,” said Bridges, who received his associate degree from ABAC in 1978 . “Each of these graduates has participated in the life-changing experience we call ABAC.”

Aultman , who received a bachelor’s degree in writing and communication, was named winner of the ABAC Alumni Association Award, which goes to the top bachelor’s degree graduate participating in the ceremony, and Goodman , who received an associate degree in nursing, earned the George P. Donaldson Award for the top associate degree graduate .
Aultman compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was named to the President’s List  each semester. She was recognized during the ceremony for being the first bachelor’s degree graduate of the Honors Program . She took Honors Program coursework throughout her college career.

Aultman was an ABAC Foundation Scholar , a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society  and received an ABAC Pacesetter Award . She also participated in study abroad opportunities, is a former ABAC Ambassadors president and spent two summers as a Stallion Society member facilitating summer orientations.
Goodman , with a 3.69 grade point average, received academic recognition as a member of the Dean’s List for the past three semesters and is an ABAC Foundation Scholar . She balanced her nursing curriculum with extracurricular activities including intramural softball , the Miss ABAC pageant and the homecoming royalty campaign

While on campus, Goodman volunteered with the Tifton Soup Kitchen and the Women’s First Choice organization. She also facilitates an annual canned goods drive in Chula . She has held officer positions in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and served as a small group coordinator.
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The Irwin County High Indians take the field.
IRWIN COUNTY HIGH VIES
FOR STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY
The Irwin County High Indians will face the Marion County High Eagles on Saturday for the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) state football championship .

The single A public division state championship game begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Georgia State University in Atlanta . This is the Indians' fifth state title game in six years; the Ocilla school has only won one championship and that was in 1975 Marion County also has one state championship , which dates to 2013 .

The Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald is offering a live stream of the Irwin County game Saturday . Admission is free , and concessions will be available .

In the 7-A state championship game, Lowndes High will face Marietta High at 8 p.m. Saturday.
LARRY DEAN, UNITED WAY GIVING
FREE TURKEYS, GROCERIES
Professional football player and Tifton native Larry Dean is teaming with the United Way of South Central Georgia to give away turkeys and groceries for the holidays .

Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 , the Larry Dean Foundation and United Way will give away 100 free turkeys , 100 bags of groceries and 100 bunches of mustard greens on a first-come, first serve basis.

The giveaway will be at the open lot at 405 Cole St. , next to the Old Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Tifton .

Dean was a linebacker in the NFL for four years with the Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills . He went on to the Hamilton Tiger Cats in the the Canadian Football League (CFL) and currently plays for the Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL .
'SANTA'S BLUE ELVES' ACTIVE AT ESMS
"Santa's Blue Elves," students at Eighth Street Middle School , went shopping to buy toys and other presents to be donated locally for Christmas . The students raised the money for their annual charitable shopping trip as Santa's Blue Elves .
DEC. 15 DEADLINE FOR ABAC ATHLETICS
HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the 2020 class of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Athletics Hall of Fame are being accepted through this Sunday, Dec. 15

The Hall of Fame ceremony will be held April 3 as a part of the annual homecoming festivities.

ABAC Athletics Director Alan Kramer said any individual, living or deceased, may be considered for induction. Individuals are nominated in one of three categories: Athlete , Coach or Contributor .

Kramer said athletic achievement as well as integrity , sportsmanship and character will be considered. He said the college is also looking for individuals who attended ABAC and then went on to coach high school or college teams to state or national titles .
 
The 2019 inductees included Alfred Barney, Jennifer McCarthy, Lisa English, Sidney White, Terry Mixon and the  1969 Men's Basketball Team .

To make a nomination , Click Here!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT MONDAY AT BRODIE FIELD
Tift County Schools are holding "Family Movie Night" under the stars Monday at Brodie Field.

Beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, the film "The Polar Express" will be shown on the big screen in the stadium. Folks may bring lawn chairs and blankets.

Admission will be donations of school uniforms, gently used coats or children's books. Concessions will be available. No pets are allowed, and children must be accompanied by adults.
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RIBBON CUTTING
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Dec. 5
First United Methodist Church of Tifton
presents "Rejoice! The King Is Here"
  6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15
 This wonderful family event features choir, orchestra, handbells, soloists and children. Admission is free. 
Please come and enjoy a joyous time of celebration!
KIDS, ADULTS HAVE 'BREAKFAST WITH SANTA'
The 20th annual Breakfast with Santa , sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tifton and the Tift County Recreation Department , served breakfast and provided photo opportunities for 206 adults and children Saturday, Dec. 7. The club plans to donate proceeds to Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County .
Nancy and Mike Muldowney hold a sign expressing the Rotary “Vision” along with Tifton Rotary President Wayne Roe. 
ROTARY GOV THANKS TIFTON CLUB
FOR EFFORTS IN UGANDA
Mike Muldowney , Rotary District 6920 governor , commended the Tifton Rotary Club on Wednesday for starting a grant to help villages in Uganda with water issues .

“This is what you do, what we all do as Rotarians – understanding a need somewhere else in the world, and doing what we can to fill it,” said Muldowney , who is a member of a Rotary Club in St. Simons Island .

Former Tifton Club President Marion Curry had started with $5,000 from the Tifton club, and received support from other clubs. The District itself put in $15,000 toward the Uganda project.

“We had a little pool of money that grew and grew ; Rotary International got involved, and it grew to $93,000 ,” Muldowney said.

Now with start-up funds from a Rotary club in Brazil and the support of four clubs in the Golden Isles , a global project is growing to assist Brunswick , Ga., with its homeless and poverty problems . “ Sri Lanka and Guatemala are giving funds to support this project that could grow to $93,000 as well,” he said.

Big issues for Rotary International (RI) are polio, literacy and Alzheimer’s disease , Muldowney said. There were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide when RI made its eradication a priority in the mid 1990s . This year there were 93 cases. In 2018, there were 33, and in 2017, 22.

Cases are increasing because volunteers – sponsored by Rotary International , the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation -- had to stop vaccinating in Afghanistan because it wasn’t safe . “One volunteer was killed , and many were beaten and maimed .” Now, the Afghan government is going to help with security for the volunteers

On the current trajectory, Rotary International predicts that the world will be polio-free in 2022

Nigeria will be certified polio free next month because they have not had a new case in three years,” Muldowney said. In October , Polio Type 3 was eradicated from the world. Polio Type 2 was eradicated in 2015 . Only one type remains .
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TIFTON URBAN REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW OFFICE
The Tifton Urban Redevelopment Agency , created by City Council earlier this year, held its ribbon cutting and open house last Sunday .

The office was crafted from the old carport cottage at the Bass Water Plant on Ridge Avenue next door to the Tifton City Community Development Office .

Bruce Green , the city's interim economic development director, said it is the first major project in the newly defined Tifton Urban Redevelopment Area and showcases what can be done with the simplest of buildings .
CHAMBER HONORS LOCAL FARMERS OF YEAR
Buck and James Aultman  of  Aultman Farms and Cattle Co. were honored as the  2019 Farmers of the Year  recently at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Agriculture Banquet , sponsored by  Lasseter Equipment Co .

The Aultmans farm cotton, peanuts, grain sorghum, grass for hay, millet and rye for cattle grazing, watermelons and cattle. They are members of the Georgia Farm Bureau and the Georgia Cattlemen's Association , and are also long-time supporters of the Tift County 4-H, FFA and other youth livestock programs. They are members of Mt. Zion Baptist Church .
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YOUR WEEKEND
...at a Glance

FRIDAY, DEC. 13

  • North Pole Express, 5 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • "One Starry Night," 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton
  • Tift County Chorus Christmas Spectacular, 6:30 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton
  • "A Child is Born" by Tift Community Players, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
  • A Smalltown Christmas Festival, 7 p.m., ABAC's Howard Auditorium, Tifton

SATURDAY, DEC. 14

  • Brunch with Santa, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, Tifton
  • Cocoa, Crafts & Claus, 10 a.m., Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Library, Fitzgerald
  • A Grand Fitzgerald Christmas - Snow Day, 1 p.m., Fitzgerald Area CVB, Fitzgerald
  • North Pole Express, 5 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Ashburn Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Downtown Ashburn
  • "One Starry Night," 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton
  • Tift County Chorus Christmas Spectacular, 6:30 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton
  • "Emmanuel," 6:30 p.m., Irwin County High School, Ocilla
  • "A Child is Born" by Tift Community Players, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton

SUNDAY, DEC. 15

  • Handel's "Messiah" Sing-along, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Tifton
  • "One Starry Night," 6 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton
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DEC. 5
Geneva Grace Tompkins, 86, Tifton
Erzsebet Godor, 85, Fitzgerald
Takako Truelove, 83, Tifton
Alfred "Al" Leland Stanford Jr., 86, Albany
Tracy Glass, 35, Baconton
Elizabeth Goff Payne, 99, Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.

DEC. 6
James Edward “Jim” Cattell, 87, Tifton
Dexter “Dex” Falcon, 21, Tifton
Whilden Willis Cook, 82, Ashburn
Bobby Jones, 89, Omega
The Rev. Todd Lee, 43, Worth County
Ricky Carl Stone, 55, Nashville
Joe Deariso, 52, Raleigh, N.C.

DEC. 7
Helen Scarborough Montgomery, 81, Tifton
Bertha Lee Johnson Little, 109, Omega
Raymond Phillips, 70, Vidalia

DEC. 8
Louis Edwin Orlando, 77, Ponte Vedra, Fla.
Deborah Lee Walker Griffin, 63, Tifton
Kantilal Manilal Patel, 79, Tifton
John Marion “Johnny” Simmons, 77, Lenox
George Henderson “Sonny” Barfield Jr., 81, Ty Ty 
Roger Edgar Connell, 77, West Berrien Community
Grace Lee Hancock, 79, Nashville
The Rev. Jack Brannen Smithwick, 87, Nashville

DEC. 9
Nell Hill Sumner, 89, Sylvester
Jimmy Lanier Alberson, 83, Sycamore
Verlin Giddens, Florida
Bobbie Jean Clark Morrell Blalack, 74, Leesburg
Evelyn Atheline McGee Pitts, 81, Pace, Fla.
DEC. 10
Earl Fletcher, 96, Sylvester
Carolyn C. Jones, 76, Ashburn
Lillian Hall, Florida

DEC. 11
Mattie Lou McGee Spicer Snowden, 92, Fitzgerald
Steve G. Cowart, 57, Adel

DEC. 12
Lester Paul McIntyre Jr., 65, Adel
Emma Jean Knight, Ashburn


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