Friday, May 29, 2020
ABAC PLANS FOR STUDENTS' RETURN
FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION RESUMES AUG. 12
and staff are making plans for students to return to the familiar campus setting when
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
opens the fall semester
But officials caution that students should not expect business as usual.
“Our institutional priority is to return to
instruction, but it will be far from a return to normal,” said
, the longest serving president among the
colleges and universities in the
University System of Georgia
“We are taking extensive measures for the
of our students and our employees in the classrooms, the offices, the residence halls, and the dining hall. Right now, we are going through an extraordinary planning process,” Bridges said.
ABAC and the state's other colleges and universities moved to
for the final weeks of the spring semester when the
hit. All summer term classes are also online.
times,” Bridges said. “We are dealing with complex directions from many sources including the governor’s office, the Georgia Department of Public Health, the USG and others. When the fall semester begins, we want to be ready.”
Bridges said changes will be evident, such as the number of students in a class to their proximity to each other when they eat in the dining hall.
will be the norm, not the exception.
“Our primary mission is to
students,” Bridges said. “We are working daily on a plan to do that.”
BAR, NIGHTCLUBS MAY REOPEN NEXT WEEK
GOV. KEMP TO ALLOW GATHERINGS UP TO 25
in Georgia on
, with restrictions, and slightly
are allowed under an executive order that Gov.
Brian P. Kemp
venues will stay
for now, but bars and nightclubs, closed since
because of the pandemic, will be allowed to
if they follow
mandatory health and safety measures.
keeps intact his
for Georgians age
or older and those deemed
asking them to stay home except for conducting essential services.
The executive order permits
of as many as
and requires larger groups to continue
The state also lets
begin holding in-person
with restrictions and allows
overnight summer camps
if they meet
may also reopen
under new state guidelines.
“This declaration plays a critical important role in our battle against
,” Kemp said, and is a “slow, careful
Ga. Department of Public Health
reported a total of
cases of COVID-19 in Georgia with
has a total of
deaths, the DPH said, representing persons with Tift County residences.
health system, which includes
Tift Regional Medical Center
positive cases of the coronavirus and
deaths, most of which involve residents of other counties outside Tift.
IS RUBY TUESDAY CLOSING
FINANCIAL WEBSITE SAYS YES, BUT RESTAURANT COMPANY DECLINES TO CONFIRM
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
The future of
Tifton's Ruby Tuesday
restaurant on U.S. Highway 82 may be in doubt.
location is among
of the company's restaurants that have quietly closed this year, according to
, the international financial and business news website.
However, Ruby Tuesday's corporate office has not confirmed the Tifton closing, and the local restaurant manager said on social media
that there are hopes the Tifton location will reopen soon.
"We are hoping for an open date in the next few weeks. We truly miss serving the Tifton community," said
Laura Temples Ellsworth
, manager of Tifton's
. She noted that the company's corporate website still lists the Tifton location as "temporarily closed."
location halted inside dining in
along with many other businesses as the
. For awhile, it offered curbside pickup but that has stopped. While some Ruby Tuesday restaurants have begun reopening, others have not.
Business Insider said
that a Ruby Tuesday company spokesman declined to confirm the list of restaurant closures, but sent the following statement:
"During these uncertain times, and after careful consideration, we have made the decision to
close select locations
in an effort to better position our restaurants for future business. We value the dedication and hard work of all our employees, and we greatly appreciate all those who support us. We will continue to work hard to make the Ruby Tuesday brand even stronger for the future."
Among the U.S.
cited as closing are several other
: Memorial Drive,
; Highland Crossing,
; Highway 400 South,
; Steven B. Tanger Boulevard,
; South Highway 27,
; and Mall Boulevard,
crop is expected to be of high quality and have the crisp, sweet flavor unique to
watermelon, says the
Georgia Watermelon Association
While Georgia has had a relatively cool spring, consumers should still start seeing Georgia-grown watermelons in stores the first week of
. The Georgia season typically peaks around
“We expect excellent quality and even more, we are eager to have a successful growing season,” said
, GWA president and owner of
Lime Creek Farms
Planting for Georgia’s
crop begins in
. From planting to harvest, watermelons typically need
days to grow, ripen, and be ready for harvest. With more than
acres of watermelon harvested on average each year,
ranks in the
for production in the U.S. among
Georgia watermelons are expected to hit stores by
GA JOBLESS RATE AT RECORD HIGH;
TIFT COUNTY HITS 8.8 PERCENT
rate in Georgia hit a record
percent in April as
County's jobless rate rose to
percent, says the
Ga. Department of Labor
Georgia's unemployed increased from 342,601 to 581,820. April's numbers represent the
recorded increase and also the
The state's April number of unemployed is more than
higher than at the height of the Great Recession of
"This is the highest unemployment rate on record, eclipsing the previous high of
percent that occurred in
," said Commissioner
Tift County's 8.8
percent jobless rate in
was up significantly from
percent during April last year. In the Tiftarea,
percent rate; it was
percent a year ago.
Ben Hill County
percent jobless rate in April;
Worth County, 8.9
Irwin County, 8.8
TIFTON ATHLETE LEAVES
VA TECH FOR UGA
Tift County High
is transferring from
University of Georgia
to play for the Bulldogs during his senior year.
, who helped lead
Tift County High
Class 7A Georgia State Championship
as a senior in
that he wanted to play basketball closer to home after an aunt died from
and other family members contracted the virus.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Horne, as a junior at
, started in 30 of 32 games and averaged 7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He also shot 34.9 percent from three-point range (45 of 129).
The forward/center was a four-year letter winner at
Tift County High School
for former Coach
. Horne was a member of both
Tift County's 2017
championship basketball teams. As a
, Horne was named first-team
and was an all-state selection by the
. As a
, he averaged 25.3 points and 11 rebounds per game, scoring more than 700 points.
ABAC NAMES NEW FINANCIAL AID CHIEF
has been named financial aid director at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Taylor-Hickey has served as associate director of financial aid at the
College of Coastal Georgia
. She had worked in different positions at Coastal Georgia, including University Center director, Student Affairs special assistant, and operations specialist.
“To provide excellent service to our students, the
staff must communicate effectively with students and award aid in a timely fashion,” Taylor-Hickey said. “My passion for customer service has been a part of my management philosophy since my days as a seasonal manager at
Summer Waves Water Park
during the summer while I attended college.”
Taylor-Hickey completed her master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology at
and her bachelor’s in psychology at
. She succeeds
, who is now financial aid director at
Georgia Southwestern University
LEGISLATURE HONORS CREATION
OF TIFTUF TURFGRASS
Georgia House and Senate
recently passed resolutions recognizing Dr.
University of Georgia Tifton
campus for the development of
has become the
world's gold standard
and is used on athletic fields as well as on the lawns of many businesses and residences.
above for more details.
TIFTON GRAPEVINE'S PET OF THE WEEK
, a "sweet boy and ready to find his comfy home"
is among the animals available for adoption
Tift County Animal Shelter.
The shelter, located at 278 Georgia Highway 125 S., in Tifton, is now open to the public for adoptions
1-6 p.m. Mondays
Pets of the Week are sponsored by:
Branch’s Veterinary Clinic
205 Belmont Ave., Tifton, 229-382-6055
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