NOV. 3, 2017
AN AUTUMN WEEKEND
SEASONAL EVENTS MAKE A BUSY SATURDAY
We are full throttle into fall, with
Thanksgiving only weeks away, but the weather is warm and bordering on hot.
temperatures are forecast to reach the mid 80s once again during the next few days, autumn waits for no weather as
Saturday is full of
local seasonal events.
Downtown Tifton will be buzzing with folks visiting the annual Artists' Market on Love at the Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage. You will see artists at work, hear local musicians, meet local authors, taste local food -- and view a wide variety of handcrafted arts and crafts available for purchase.
The Artists' Market will be open
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 4, at the museum, 225 Love Ave.
Also Saturday, the annual Mistletoe Market will be open at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. It's not too early to get those unique gifts for Christmas. Many local and regional vendors will offer unique arts and crafts items, and special products and merchandise. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day, and concessions will be available.
The Mistletoe Market is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the conference center, 15 RDC Road, Exit 64 off I-75.
82nd Annual Coastal Plain Agricultural Fair is underway at the
county fairgrounds on
U.S. Highway 82 East. The
seasonal fair has
rides, food and fun, and operates 6-11 p.m.
Friday, 2 p.m.-midnight
Saturday, and 1-6 p.m.
EARLY VOTING ENDING
Early voting ends
today (Friday) for the
Nov. 7 election in Tift County.
The poll location at
Chesnutt Ave., Building B
, is open today from
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
There are two Tifton City Council district races on
the ballot and the countywide
Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax
On the ballot for City Council District 1 are Vice
Mayor Wes Ehlers and political newcomer Paul Boyd. In District 3, Councilman Johnny Terrell is running unopposed.
Most voters will only see the SPLOST referendum on the ballot. That vote is fo
r the continuation of the
current SPLOST, which funds capital and road projects throughout
The polls reopen from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday for election day.
TIFTON Kmart TO CLOSE
Sears Holding Co. announced Thursday it will close 18 Sears stores and 45 Kmart locations -- including the Kmart on Virginia Avenue in Tifton.
were informed of the closures
. The stores are set to
with clearance sales starting this week.
Tifton Kmart is one of
closed. Also closing are the stores on
Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard in Macon and one on Cleveland Road in Dalton.
Two Sears stores in Georgia are closing: In Valdosta and in Lithonia.
The closures are an effort to
"right size" its footprint, the company said in a statement.
"In the process, as previously announced we will continue to
unprofitable stores as we transform our business model so that our physical store footprint and our digital capabilities
preferences of our members," the company said.
"It's important to note that these
stores will remain
open to serve members during the
The closures bring the total number of Sears stores in the U.S. to about 680, down from 3,500 locations in 2010. There are currently 610 Kmart locations in the United States.
SRTC TO OFFER MORE PROGRAMS WITH NO TUITION COST
Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday
that five additional programs have been added to the HOPE Career Grant.
electrical line work, logistics and automotive technology
-- delivered through the
Technical College System of Georgia
will be added to the
HOPE Career Grant
program, bringing the total to 17 areas of study.
The effort is aimed at better aligning Georgia's workforce with the needs of growing industries and providing students with opportunities to learn skills that lead to high-wage professional employment.
"As we continue building upon our
strategic resources by investing in workforce development initiatives such as the
HOPE Career Grant, we are ensuring that industry leaders remain connected to a
skilled labor pool capable of meeting the
challenges of today, tomorrow and beyond,"
The HOPE Career Grant (formerly the
Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant) is designed to supplement the
HOPE Grant and pay the
full cost of tuition for students enrolling in one of Georgia's
strategic industry program areas. So far this year,
14,921 individuals have received the grant.
"We are thankful and excited about Gov. Deal's approval of the
additional programs for HOPE Career Grant funding. These
17 programmatic areas are very important in training additional, skilled employees for the companies in Georgia's expanding business and industry fields," said Dr.
Craig Wentworth, president of
Southern Regional Technical College.
Not all HOPE Career Grant programs are available at all of Georgia's technical colleges, but
SRTC offers many of the
programs, including welding and joining technology, automotive technology, construction, practical nursing, industrial maintenance, early childhood care and education, computer technology, commercial truck driving, and an array of programs under the health sciences umbrella.
'A NIGHT OF JAZZ'
TUESDAY AT ABAC
The First Tuesday Concert Series performance on Nov. 7 will feature "A Night of Jazz Featuring ABAC Alumni" at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The concert is free to the public.
Dr. Thomas Heflin, ABAC assistant professor of jazz, will headline the concert on trumpet. Heflin directs the much-acclaimed ABAC Jazz Ensemble. He will be joined by two ABAC Jazz Ensemble alumni, Kenyon Carter on saxophone and Andrew Hill on trombone.
The rhythm section will be comprised of Mason Margut on piano, Rodney Jordan on bass and Rowan Cowan on drums. Current jazz ensemble students will also be included in the performance. Heflin and company will perform a mixture of jazz standards and originals.
Carter is a musician who performs in the
Hill serves as assistant director of bands and jazz ensemble director at
Valdosta High School;
Jordan is associate professor of jazz studies at
Florida State University; and
FSU students and
musicians from the
The First Tuesday series, now in its 16th year, features regional professional artists on the first Tuesdays of five months during the year. Dr. Susan Roe, head of ABAC's Department of Fine Arts, is the First Tuesday program director.
'FALL BACK' ON SUNDAY
Remember to set your clocks:
Daylight savings time ends
Sunday, Nov. 5.
At exactly at 2 a.m. Sunday, the official time goes
backward an hour to make it
1 a.m., giving us an extra hour in bed.
early mornings will now get
lighter, and the
evenings will get darker earlier.
winter be far behind?
REMEMBER A TEACHER ON
RETIRED EDUCATORS DAY
Sunday, Nov. 5, has been declared as
Retired Educators Day in
Georgia by Gov.
There are more than
121,000 retired educators in
Georgia who donate
thousands of hours of
volunteer service and make countless
contributions to the
welfare of their
communities across the
And this is after having
devoted years of their time, energies and talents to public education, motivating and inspiring students to become responsible and productive citizens.
retired educator. They are among those who
helped create our community's
present and its
A DAY OF FIRST LADIES
Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal, right, wife of Gov. Nathan Deal, and ABAC's First Lady Kim Bridges, left, wife of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President David Bridges, watch first graders from G.O. Bailey Primary School participate in the Destination Ag program Tuesday at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
Deal and Bridges spent time with the children as well as with ABAC students, who serve as instructors for the program. The Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has committed $1 million during the next four years to continue Destination Ag, a program offering hands-on field trip experiences to young learners.
The trips focus on the value of agriculture and natural resources with an emphasis on careers in those fields.
PECAN TRUFFLES COULD BE
CASH CROP IN GEORGIA
University of Georgia plant pathologist
Tim Brenneman has studied the viability of
truffles in the state's
pecan orchards for years. This winter, he will advance his research by introducing the
European variety of truffles to
Georgia pecan trees.
"With collaborative researchers in
, we are trying new ways of introducing the
to young trees so that all trees have truffles instead of just some
of the trees in an orchard,"
Pecan truffles are
expensive, and their incorporation into a pecan orchard represents potential
monetary gains for growers, he said.
Native pecan truffles can sell for $200 to $300 per pound in local markets. They are more economically priced than European truffles. Truffles and truffle-related dishes are growing in popularity among chefs.
"We're just trying to make these
native truffles more well-known," said Brenneman, who conducts his truffle research at the
Ponder farm on the
UGA Tifton campus. "We also have to find a way to produce them more consistently.
Pecans can host the high-value European truffles. If
pecan farmers can grow those, then returns from an orchard would be much greater than just the value of pecans alone."
Four to five years, or more, may elapse before Brenneman sees results from his introduction of truffles to
Georgia pecan trees. He discovered pecan truffles in Georgia in the late
1980s and has since been searching for ways to consistently produce them.
The color -- various shades of yellow and brown -- and seeming
invisibility of truffles makes them
difficult to harvest. They grow
beneath the soil on the roots of pecan trees. Growers often don't know they have truffles until they dig them up or accidentally find them during harvest. If they do know they have truffles, they might employ a
truffle-sniffing dog to find the mature truffles, which exude a very strong, earthy aroma.
RUN 4 LIFE 5K, COLOR RUN
Run 4 Life 5K & 1-Mile Color Run
, sponsored by the
Pregnancy Care Center of Tiftarea
, will be
Saturday, Nov. 4,
Northside Baptist Church
t in Tifton.
timed, non-color 5K will begin at
8 a.m. Race day
registration for the 5K begins at
1-Mile Color Run begins at
9 a.m. The Color Run is a
non-timed event with two different color stations where
runners will be
colored with a
registration for the
Color Run begins at
8:30 a.m. Sunglasses are provided in registration bags.
RONNIE DUNN NAMED TIFT CHAMBER'S 'AMBASSADOR EMERITUS'
Ronnie Dunn of Century 21 Smith, Branch & Pope received the first Ambassador Emeritus Award from the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce during its recent October membership meeting.
Chamber President Brian Marlowe, pictured left, surprised Dunn with the award, the first ever given by the Tifton Chamber. Marlowe cited Dunn's long history of volunteer service with the Chamber and thanked Dunn for his support throughout the years.
IT'S DOWNRIGHT 'A-MAZE-ING!
University of Georgia Tifton campus students contributed to the design of Rutland Farms'
"The Wizard of Oz"-themed corn maze this season using
precision agriculture technology.
The students use the technology to prepare them for future agricultural careers.
"GPS is a fundamental technology in precision agriculture," said Dr. George Vellidis, who teaches the class. "Without it, you couldn't collect data and pinpoint the exact location from which the data is collected in the field. Creating the corn maze is a great opportunity for the students to learn how to use GPS to navigate to locations in a field."
Ryan Rutland, an alumnus of
UGA's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and his wife,
Meredith, have created a different
corn maze at their Tifton farm each year since
2011. Meredith Rutland
draws the design, while Ryan Rutland
navigates and students direct his path.
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FRIDAY, NOV. 3
- Coastal Plain Agricultural Fair, 6 p.m.-11 midnight, Highway 82 E. fairgrounds, Tifton
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Camden County High, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
SATURDAY, NOV. 4
- Run 4 Life 5K & 1-Mile Color Run, 8 a.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Mistletoe Market, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
Artists Market on Love,"
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
- Coastal Plain Agricultural Fair, 2 p.m.-midnight, Highway 82 E. fairgrounds, Tifton
SUNDAY, NOV. 5
- Coastal Plain Agricultural Fair, 1-6 p.m., Highway 82 E. fairgrounds, Tifton
Ann Whitesides Malone Good, 83, Destin, Fla.
Linda Mobley Watson, 67, Byron
Gene Hutchinson, 65, Adel
Virginia P. Jordan, 94, Americus
Carlton Davis McDonald, 84, Fitzgerald
Arthur "Bubba" Griffin Sr., 76, Sylvester
Mary Jack Johnson, 89, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Robert "Bob" Bruce Gressette, 79, Tifton
George Cleveland Free III, 71, Tifton
Melvin Otha "Gopher" Hines Sr., 84, Tifton
James T. "Roogie" Gibbs Jr. 61, Enigma
Leonard "Sam" Luther Booth, 86,
Lloyd Scoggins, 85, Sycamore
Julia Lynn Craig Avery McLean,
Betty Ruth Hayes, 75, Tifton
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