day, Oct. 19, 2018
A Southwest Georgia cotton field is devastated by Hurricane Michael.
GEORGIA AG LOSSES
NEAR $3 BILLION
STORM DESTROYS MILLIONS OF ACRES, STATE SAYS
estimates for the
damage to Georgia
Hurricane Michael are reaching
$3 billion, according to a new report from state Agricultural Commissioner
said. “We saw months and sometimes
years of work
just laid over on the ground in a
matter of seconds
Georgia has long led in the production of several renowned commodities, and now we have the dubious distinction of also
leading in the
devastation and incredible
loss of these prominent
crops," Black said.
generational losses that are
unprecedented, and it will take unprecedented ideas and actions to help our
farm families and
rural communities recover."
are coming in from the
University of Georgia
Georgia Forestry Commission
, and the numbers are staggering.
"The meter started at
$1 billion and jumped quickly to nearly
$3 billion," Commissioner
Black said. "Unfortunately, we are not quite sure where it is going to stop."
Ga. Department of Agriculture on
Wednesday released the following
1 million acres were destroyed, resulting in
$1 billion in losses.
Cotton: Record yields were expected this year. Estimated losses from Hurricane Michael range from
$300 million to
$800 million. The final loss estimate will be dependent on the ability to harvest what remains in the field.
Pecans: Trees were either blown over or broken, resulting in an estimated
$560 million loss. The damages will have a generational impact since it takes about
seven years for a tree to begin producing marketable pecans.
Row Crops: Georgia is home to a wide variety of
produce including sweet corn, cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes and peas, which suffered an estimated
$480 million loss.
Poultry: This sector usually contributes nearly
$23.3 billion to Georgia's economy. Michael will make a lasting impact on the poultry industry with the loss of
97 houses and more than
2 million chickens. The losses are estimated at
Peanuts: Estimations for losses range from
$10 million to $20 million, with the final loss estimate to be determined by getting remaining peanuts out of the field and into storage facilities, as well as graded and sorted.
Other industries affected include Cattle and Agritourism: Fall is
calving season for many cattlemen who are facing extensive damages to fence and lack of access to water, requiring them to haul water to their animals.
Fall is also typically the most important season for many
agritourism sites with corn mazes and pumpkin patches that bring families and school field trips to farms.
Multiple mazes have been
destroyed in addition to other
Public works personnel fix a broken water pipe Thursday as they prepare to reopen a part of Fulwood Park. The northern portion of the park will be closed awhile longer as cleanup continues.
FULWOOD PARK PLAYGROUND AREA REOPENING AFTER STORM
Tifton city officials expect to have the
reopened today at
Fulwood Park, which has been
Hurricane Michael smashed through the area last week.
upper portion of the
park will remain
temporarily closed as workers continue to
clear downed trees and
limbs, said City Manager
pine trees, limbs and
power lines were down, and a
picnic shelter was
demolished by the storm. City workers have been
clearing roads and
associated debris around
percent, a number not reached since
, Labor Commissioner
Mark Butler said
At the same time, Georgia continued to
residents, Butler said.
“September was another
for Georgia,” he said. “We set records for jobs and employed residents. At
and growing, Georgia has
two dozen states
The September jobless rate
national rate again.
In September, Georgia added another
jobs to push the state’s total number to
. In the past year, Georgia added
111,100 new jobs
, or nearly
People also got those jobs in
Georgia ended September with just under
employed residents. The state added
to the employment rolls for the month to set yet another
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GDOT AIDING LOCALITIES, REPLACING SIGNAGE
Ga. Department of Transportation
(GDOT) crews have now made
safe to travel in the aftermath of
and are continuing to answer calls from
who need help
"This does not mean we're done with state routes," said Southwest Georgia District Engineer
. "There is still plenty of work left to do. We've got thousands of cubic yards of
rights of way
. The debris will be hauled off in time but there is a more immediate need to
assist local governments
counties in the
Southwest Georgia DOT district
are included in the governor's
state of emergency declaration
, which has been extended to
. DOT may assist local governments as long as the declaration is in effect.
So far, the
Tifton district office
has received requests from
counties for manpower and/or equipment and supplies such as loaders, signs and barricades.
have also received help with
on local roads.
Southwest District sign shop
, with the help of multiple crews from across the state, is
replacing and/or realigning
straightening critical signs
– stop, do not enter and one way. District Sign Shop Manager
signs at the minimum will need to be replaced or repaired. Other DOT districts have also
to the area.
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IT'S A 'DOGGONE BEAUTY'
Keep Tift Beautiful
board is recognizing
Quailwood Animal Hospital
at 4024 Tift Ave., as the
Commercial Beauty Spot of the Month.
Retired Army Col. Ralph Puckett, a Tifton native, and his wife Jeannie.
TIFTON NATIVE SAYS FORTUNE-TELLER PREDICTED MEETING WITH FUTURE WIFE
this week in the
and decorated retired Army Col.
related how his
meeting with his
, 91, who has been named to the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's "Wall of Fame,"
last year published a
of his military service,
He and his wife
In the newspaper column,
writes: "A few days after arriving at
Fort Benning’s Martin Army Hospital
) the ward nurse told me about a
ward who claimed that he could tell
"She asked if I would let him tell me mine. Anxious for some
, I told her to bring him over.
"He began with, 'You have been on a
.' Since all of us in the ward had just returned from
, that hardly qualified as any great insight. He continued, 'You will
soon meet two girls
. One will be a
; the other will be
. You will
one of them!'
"He did not know which one but added, 'One has a lot of
.' He could not say which one. Other than burning a
of hospital time and providing a good
, I put no store in what the
To read the
SYLVESTER CANCELS GA PEANUT FESTIVAL
55th Annual Georgia Peanut Festival
scheduled this weekend
"As we all know,
has been a
for our city and county resources," the
Peanut Festival Committee posted on its
"The main concern that we currently have is for the
public safety workers
, who are
already spent in this effort. We would like to thank you for your understanding and look forward to bringing our community a
The festival is sponsored by the
Georgia Peanut Festival Committee, the City of Sylvester and
REP. SCOTT'S OFFICE OFFERING AID
FOR MEDICARE ENROLLMENT
, R-Tifton, says staff in his
district offices are accepting
and to speak with constituents about their
Medicare Part D
Medicare Part D
, and this is the
to enroll or make changes to your plan.
We encourage anyone already enrolled for
Medicare Part D
to call either our
or to schedule an appointment with a member of our staff. We are happy to work with you individually to find the prescription drug plan that is best for your needs,”
Medicare Part D
, contact the Medicare offices at
BLUE DEVIL SWIM TEAM ASKS:
ARE YOU A 'LUCKY DUCK'
Tift County Blue Devil Swim Team
is having a
7 p.m. Nov. 8
, at the
Tiftarea YMCA pool
rubber duck race
that will be held at the
each, which gets you
four rubber ducks
in the race (or
) to win
tickets are being sold. You do not need to be present to
swim team will be selling
hot dogs and
All proceeds go to the
Tift County Swim Team.
Tift County Swim Team Booster Club says
swimming is the one kids' sport in Tift County that does not have its own
training facility; the
YMCA pool must be
rented. The swim team practices in an
outdoor pool throughout all
winter (the swim season).
"It will be
37 degrees outside, and these kids will be
Booster Club says. "It is
pretty rough, but
they do it."
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ROTARY STUDENT FROM DENMARK TELLS ABOUT HOME COUNTRY
Alberte Dalsro Jorgensen, or
Rotary Club of Tifton's sponsored student from
Denmark, was the club's speaker
Wednesday. She has been in
two months, attending
three times bigger than
Denmark," Allie said. The country is home to
5.8 million people.
She grew up on a
family farm where her ancestors have lived for
five generations, raising wheat, barley, grapes and potatoes. Her
grandfather has been a
Rotarian member for
35 years and her grandmother for
"The reason why I applied for the
GRSP (Georgia Rotary Student Program)," she said, is because her
uncle Thomas was sponsored by the
Tifton club in
1990-91, and he attended
"He met my
GRSP student from
France, and married her." This year, the GRSP, through state Rotary Clubs, is hosting
47 students from
20 countries. "
Among other facts about
- The average temperature in August is 63 degrees. Hurricane Allan brought the strongest winds, 88 mph.
- The Danish flag is the oldest flag by an existing country in the world.
- The dessert called a "Danish" was actually introduced to the country by Vietnamese.
- Denmark has the longest continuous monarchy.
- The country has long been known as a proponent of green energy and has twice as many bicycles as cars.
- It is the leading producer of windmills, and 90 percent of its windmills are offshore.
Denmark was chosen as the
happiest country in the world," she said. The country has
universal welfare with
free education for all and
free health care. The
minimum tax paid is
42 percent of income.
Allie has enjoyed going to a
Blue Devils football game, tubing at
Lake Blackshear and attended the
Swinging Medallions concert fundraiser for the library. She was on the
winning team in the
Carnival of Knowledge last month.
Her plans are to be either a
veterinarian or a
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, OCT. 19
- Tiftarea Academy Football Panthers @ Brookwood School Warriors, 7:30 p.m., Thomasville
- Tift County High Blue Devils Football @ Lowndes High Vikings, 8 p.m., Martin Stadium, Valdosta
SATURDAY, OCT. 20
- TA Halloween Hustle & Family Fun Day, 8:30 a.m., Tiftarea Academy, Chula
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Living Estate Auction, 10 a.m., 93 Holland Road, Tifton
- "From the Horse's Mouth," 6 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
SUNDAY, OCT. 21
- Pumpkin Carving at the Carnegie, 1 p.m., Carnegie Center courtyard, Fitzgerald
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