MAY 9, 2017
ABAC TENNIS COACH NAMED
NATIONAL COACH OF YEAR
DALE WHITE IS TOP JUNIOR COLLEGE WOMEN'S COACH;
ABAC's CELIA MOREL NAMED REGION'S ROOKIE OF YEAR
"It was a total surprise to get the national award; it's certainly an honor," White told the Tifton Grapevine.
"If it wasn't for the girls that I have on the team this year, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to win the award. "
Also at the event Monday, ABAC's Celia Morel, a freshman from France, was named ITA region Rookie of the Year.
"She's had a great season and is currently ranked No. 4 in the country in singles," Coach White said.
"She's one of the best all-round kids I've ever had. She's the hardest worker and has a great attitude. Combine that with her level of play, and she's only going to get better."
ABAC Athletic Director
Alan M. Kramer said, "We are very
Coach White in his selection as
2017 Women's National Coach of the Year. Dale is a
humble ambassador of
ABAC athletics. He has been very
successful in balancing
coaching duties of student-athletes at a very high level of college tennis along with team
Dale is very
deserving of this
Kramer also said that
Celia Morel is "
a special student-athlete. Her work ethic and character at the No. 1 position set an example for others to follow. We are excited ABAC is a part of her very bright future and look forward to great things from her during her sophomore year."
White and the ABAC Fillies are in Tucson at the junior college NJCAA tennis nationals. The ABAC women's team went into the nationals ranked as t
he No. 5 team in the nation.
"The Fillies are currently ninth after the second day (of play) with great opportunities today to move up some spots if we can win some matches," White told the Grapevine today (Tuesday morning).
OCILLA CELEBRATING 'SOUL MAN' DAVE PRATER THIS WEEK
Ocilla and Irwin County residents this week are hosting the third celebration of R&B singer Dave Prater of
the group Sam and Dave.
Prater, who died in a car crash in 1988, was a Grammy Award-winning singer who hailed from Ocilla. In 2015, the city began honoring his legacy with a festival.
hree-day Prater Music Fest include sthe following events:
Wednesday, May 10: A
gospel sing, honoring Dave Prater's roots of singing in
church, begins at
7:30 p.m. at
Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, 207 E. Seventh St., Ocilla.
Thursday, May 11:
Tribute Dinner and Scholarship Fundraiser begins at
6 p.m. at
Irwin County High School, 149 Chieftain Circle, Ocilla.
The winners of the
first Dave Prater Music Scholarships will be presented to Irwin County High School seniors interested in pursuing careers in music.
Dinner tickets are $15 if purchased by 5 p.m. May 10. Afterward, tickets are $25 at the door. Tickets will be available for purchase with cash or check at
Ocilla City Hall, 111 N. Irwin Ave., or with credit cards at the
Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce.
229-468-9114 or City Hall at
Friday, May 12:
Street festival with live music featuring
Jerry Moss and the Southern Soul Band, the
Irwin County High Jazz Band and the
Irwin County High Show Choir from
6-10 p.m. on North Cherry Street between Fourth and Fifth streets in
Parents are encouraged to bring the young ones. There will be a
bounce house sponsored by the
Ocilla Police Department and other youth activities. Visitors may wish to bring a chair.
For collectors, the
2017 Prater Music Fest T-shirts will be on sale starting May 10 for $15-$18, depending on size.
For information about Dave Prater, Ocilla's festival and sponsorship opportunities, go to
or call 229-468-5141.
ABAC GRADUATION CEREMONY THURSDAY
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's spring commencement ceremony is 10 a.m. this Thursday, May 11, in Gressette Gymnasium. Approximately 258 graduates are expected to participate.
The featured speaker will be Nell Roquemore,
creator of the historic Milltown Murals project in Lakeland. The Milltown Murals depict scenes and residents from Lakeland's past on murals in 41 locations throughout the community. The downtown area shows scenes of Milltown in 1925, the year the community was renamed Lakeland.
Roquemore, a Lakeland native, was its mayor pro tempore in 1973-74. She has published two books, "Roots, Rocks, and Recollections," in 1989, and a "Lanier County: The Land and Its People," in 2000. She also the Lakeland postmaster for 13 years,
taught shorthand, typing, and general business at Lanier County High School, and served as secretary to the wing surgeon at Moody Air Force Base.
Mother's Day Buffet
Sunday, May 14
A fabulous menu will include roasted turkey, cornbread dressing, baked ham,
sweet potato soufflé, baby butter beans, squash casserole, roast beef, mashed potatoes,
rice pilaf, macaroni and cheese, cream corn, Italian green beans, glazed carrots, asparagus, Southern fried chicken, rolls,
celebration salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad,
24-hour fruit salad, Watergate salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, grape salad,
marinated vegetable salad,
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:
392-2913 or 382-6745
BJ's at Springhill
5 Springhill Drive E. (off U.S. Highway 82)
inside Springhill Country Club
TIFTAREA ACADEMY'S CLASS OF '17 COLLEGE-BOUND
Tiftarea Academy held its second annual
"Almost Alumni" celebration
Friday, May 5, honoring accomplishments of TA's
seniors by encouraging them to wear a
T-shirt displaying their
seniors also took a
victory lap through each building on campus as
underclassmen cheered them on and congratulated them on their college acceptances.
Heather Fletcher, director of development & marketing, said she is especially proud of the
Class of 2017.
"This class of
42 students has been offered over
$1 million in
merit scholarships, excluding the
HOPE scholarship. We thought it would be especially fun to add a victory lap parade through each building on campus.," Fletcher said.
"Our hope is that when our lower and middle school students see these seniors being honored with a
parade and wearing their selected college shirts, that it will in turn
encourage them to work hard to make the grades so they too can attend the college of their choosing," she added.
Tiftarea Academy will
graduate 42 students at
7 p.m. Friday, May 12, at
First Baptist Church in Tifton.
SUMMER WRITING WORKSHOP FOR
HIGH SCHOOLERS SET MAY 20
High school students who want to improve their writing skills may attend a summer writing workshop May 20 sponsored by the Department of English and Communication in the School of Liberal Arts at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Michael Lucker, screenwriter and professor at Emory University, will headline the workshop. His work includes, "Vampire In Brooklyn," "Home On The Range," "Good Intentions" and "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 as best animated feature.
He also served as screenwriter on the animated sequels to "Mulan," "Lilo & Stitch," "Emperor's New Groove " and "101 Dalmatians."
The workshop also features Dr. Jeff Newberry, Dr. Sandra Giles and Brandi Arrington from the ABAC faculty. Newberry serves as the ABAC poet-in-residence, while Giles is an accomplished essayist, and Arrington serves as a mentor for Pegasus, ABAC's literary magazine.
The workshop runs 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Academic Achievement Center on the first floor of the Carlton Center on the ABAC campus.
Several types of writing, including poetry and fiction, will be showcased in the workshop, which costs $20 per person. Breakfast, lunch, and a T-shirt are included in the fee. Students are encouraged to bring their own writings as well as a notebook or laptop.
"It should be a lot of fun," said Jordan Cofer, assistant vice president of academic affairs. "Students will have the unique opportunity to work closely with professional writers who can share their expertise and advice."
To register, students may go to the Pegasus site at the ABAC website and click on the link for the Summer Writing Workshop or Click Here!. Payment may be made online at the time of registration.
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
people attended the
National Day of Prayer
service in Tifton last Thursday evening at the Leroy Rogers Senor Center.
Local residents led prayers for first responders, military members, churches and ministries, families, youth, educators, healthcare entities and local, state and federal
TCHS VOLLEYBALL TEAM
RAISING FUNDS THROUGH
CLASS OF '17 YARD SIGNS
Tift County High volleyball team is raising money for
summer camps by selling
yard signs celebrating
the graduating class of 2017.
The signs are $20 and are available through Coach Dana Fletcher at Tift County High's Northeast Campus; email
GDOT, LOCAL OFFICIALS DO ROAD SAFETY AUDIT
Georgia Department of Transportation's district
traffic operations office recently did a
road safety audit. GDOT engineers, state traffic officials, a transportation consultant, a Tift County sheriff's deputy, a
Tifton police officer and a city utilities
representative recently walked
U.S. Highway41/State Road 7 from
Forrest Avenue to
reviewed driveway access, sight distance, overgrown vegetation covering signs, striping, sidewalks, pedestrian traffic, etc., to determine if changes can or should be made to enhance the corridor. Of particular interest was the
proximity of the Forrest Avenue
intersection to the Fulwood Boulevard intersection and
potential conflicts that could occur.
The road audit may prompt
AMERICAN TEXTILE CO. EXPANSION CONTINUES
Lance Ruttenberg, president and CEO of
American Textile Co., (at left in photo) spent some time in
Washington, D.C., last week with Congressman
Austin Scott, R-Tifton.
American Textile has opened two facilities in
Tifton in the past
six years and will open a larger
warehousing and distribution facility here later this summer. The
construction, seen above, is on schedule.
SRTC PINS 16 NURSING STUDENTS
Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) last week held a pinning ceremony where
16 associate of science in
nursing (ASN) students from the LPN to RN Bridge program and the Generic ASN program were honored by receiving their
The ceremony commemorates the students' successful completion of their nursing course work and clinical rotations. This class of nursing students will participate in SRTC's next scheduled graduation ceremony and will officially be
Registered Nurses (RN) pending the passage of their board exams.
The students receiving pins were:
Vonteaic Anderson of Macon,
Tim Donalson of Thomasville,
Amanda Eldridge of Moultrie,
Sarah Farmer of Ray City,
Karen Fitzpatrick of Thomasville,
Brittany Hurst of Pelham,
Takara Lopez of Valdosta,
Deanna McBride of Moultrie,
Josh Moody of Thomasville,
Nikki Paul of Warner Robins,
Shanna Sheppard of Pelham,
Megan Stalvey of DuPont,
Heather Stinson of Moultrie,
Paige Swearingen of Thomasville,
Renee Trawick of Thomasville, and
Crystal Wetherington of Thomasville.
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