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April 18,
                      2014
 
 Tifton Georgia

 
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ASHTON KUTCHER, MILA KUNIS
STARS TAKE 'SELFIE' IN ASHBURN

 

 By FRANK SAYLES JR.

Tifton Grapevine

  

Travelers along I-75 occasionally stop and snap photos of Georgia's official peanut monument in Ashburn, which can be seen from the interstate.

  

So, motorists may not have thought twice when they passed the young couple on Wednesday taking pictures at the "World Largest Peanut" statue.

  

But those pictures have now gone around the world because the couple

was Ashton Kutcher of the hit TV show "Two and A Half Men" and his fianc´┐Ż Mila Kunis, who most recently starred as the wicked witch in the Hollywood film "Oz the Great and Powerful."

 

The Instagram photos immediately created a buzz on social media. Kutcher shared a photo of the two of them looking playfully perplexed beneath another picture of the 20-foot-tall peanut statue. ABC News says the pair may be trying to tell us something. Kutcher captioned the photo: "Worlds largest peanut. @itskunismilena."

 

"The comical photo could be the couple's way of confirming reports of their own little 'peanut,' " ABC speculates. Numerous media have reported that the couple is expecting a baby, although there has been no official word.

 

The Ashburn photos have even been printed in The Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom along with speculation about a pregnancy.


The Ashburn-Turner County Chamber of Commerce is happy for the attention.

 

"There's no doubt that there would be people stopping that never stopped before, all because Ashton Kutcher stopped," the Chamber's Michael Geoghagan tells WALB-TV.

 

The Georgia peanut statue has stood along I-75 since 1975Kutcher, 36, and Kunis, 30, who have been dating for almost two years, both formerly co-starred together in "That '70s Show" on TV.

NEWSONG PERFORMS TONIGHT IN GOOD FRIDAY SHOW
NewSong, the award-winning  contemporary Christian music group with founding member
and Tifton native Eddie Carswell gives a 
free concert on Friday, April 18, in Tifton 
sponsored by the local Road Less Traveled organization.

 

The Good Friday event is at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center; doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event.

 

NewSong has released 18 albums and numerous singles, including the hit,"The Christmas Shoes," written by Carswell. NewSong was founded in 1981 at Morningside Baptist Church in Valdosta.

 

Road Less Traveled is a non-profit organization, based in Tifton, with the goal of exposing people to Christ, promoting human development creating unity in our community.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS POSTPONED TO MAY 2

 

Because of inclement weather, the Tift County Special Olympics has been postponed to 9 a.m. Friday, May 2 at Eighth Street Middle School.

Admission is free. Special needs pre-kindergarten students will also participate for the first time among the approximately 190 athletes.

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'FOUR WISE MEN' WIN 
TIFTON FITNESS CHALLENGE
 
The "Four Wise Men" won the Team Fitness & Wellness Challenge weight loss competition held to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Tift County
 
Rehabilitation Services of Tifton and Tifton Fitness & Wellness Center organized the event, which raised $2,025 for the Tift County Relay for Life.
 
The Four Wise Men team is David Vice, Joshua Roberts, Ronnie Vice and Peter Roberts. They lost a combined 17.82 percent of their body weight, 32.5 inches from their waists and 20.5 inches from their hips. This earned them the top prize of $1,015.

The 12-week competition began Jan. 13 with 130 participants. The competition featured teams of four to six individuals, with 26 teams vying for cash prizes. Participants weighed in weekly to check their progress, with the final weigh-in on April 8.  

Winners were determined based on the most points earned. The majority of points were awarded for losing weight. Points were also earned throughout the competition by keeping food and exercise logs, participating in fitness tests, taking part in the annual Sweetheart Run and winning weekly contests.

Team "Over 1300" came in second. Paul Nelson, Mark Myers, Danny Hoover, Craig Matthews and Ashley Vickers lost a combined 15.93 percent of their body weight, 33.5 inches from their waists and 22.5 inches from their hips. 

The third place team was "No Mo Junk in the Trunk." Danny Lewis, Jennifer Lewis, Kevin Robinson, Brian Joy, Kim Robinson and Casey Pollock lost a combined 14.42 percent, 33 inches from their waists and 25.5 inches from their hips. 

Paul Nelson lost the largest percentage at 23.62. Kay Lupo lost the largest percentage for a female at 18.67. Danny Lewis lost the most pounds, and Jennifer Lewis lost the most pounds for a female. 
 
"This competition was designed to be a 12-week kickoff to a healthier lifestyle" said event coordinator Sommer Dunston of Rehabilitation Services of Tifton. "We did more than just focus on the scales. We tried to promote activities which will lead to long-term success."


CHEFS COMPETE FOR 'GOLDEN ONION' 
Ten Georgia chefs will prepare their best Vidalia onion dish Sunday, April 27, and visitors can elbow right up to them, watching, learning and, hopefully, tasting too.
 
The third annual Golden Onion competition happens in the Vidalia Community Center during the 36th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival.
    
With one hour to present and prepare their recipes, the chefs alternate cooking times, creating down-time opportunities to talk with foodie admirers. Chef competitors will each prepare eight plates of their entry dish. Five plates will be presented to judges, one reserved for photography and two plates will be raffled.
 
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The Best Friends Humane Society is holding its annual Bark in the Park 5K Run and Festival on April 19 in Sylvester.


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YOUR WEEKEND
                       At a Glance.... 
 
FRIDAY, APRIL 18:
  • Tifton Auto Club Cruise-in, 6 p.m., Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.
  • NewSong, 7 p.m. concert, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.

SATURDAY, APRIL 19:

  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Goin' Hog Wild Car Show, 9 a.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.
  • Bark in the Park 5k Run & Festival, 9 a.m., Agriculture Pavilion, Sylvester.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 20:
 
Happy Easter!
 

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson
    

April 10

Patricia Ann McBride, 54, Fitzgerald  

  

April 11

 Vernon Harlon Tanner Jr., 53, Ty Ty

Diane Bush Wallace, 69, Ocilla

Jane Culpepper Thompson, 86, Poulan

Randall Godwin, 85, Adel  

 

April 12

Patsy Dykes Hudson, 66, Sylvester

William H. "Bill" Williamson, 87, Warner Robins  

  

April 13

Flora Mae Whitman, 80, Fitzgerald

Rev. William Laran Martin, 69, Nashville

Jami Samantha Wheeles, 30, Fitzgerald  

Robert (Bob) B. Conoly, 78, Perry

George Bennett Kilgore, 99, Fitzgerald

Ben Whidby, Sylvester  

  

April 14

Mattie Ruth Taylor, 83, Enigma

  

April 15

Wanda Brown, 56, Bridgeboro

George Bennett Kilgore, 99, Fitzgerald  

Donald "Don" Dorminey, Slocomb, Ala.   

  

April 16

Violette "Vi" Roberson Wacklin, 83, Tifton

Jeffrey Dianne Waldrop Smith, 71, Tifton

Frances Weaver Myrick, 92, Dublin  

  

April 17

 Christine Jones Harrison, 93, Sylvester

Ralph Lumpkin, 69, Ashburn  

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