SEPT. 22, 2017
TIFT COUNTY HIGH UNDEFEATED AS IT FACES COFFEE TONIGHT
The Tift County High School Blue Devils varsity football team is undefeated, and tonight they have a chance to do something that no Blue Devil team has done since 1993 -- start their season with a 6-0 record.
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Forgive the folks in Tifton if they're a little giddy these days. The hometown team is 5-0 on the season and ranked for the first time since 2007. Tift County is coming off wins over Valdosta and Parkview. These were not just any ol' wins. The Blue Devils had not won at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium (in Valdosta) since 1993 until beating the defending 6-A state champion Wildcats 20-10 two Friday nights ago. Tift had never beaten Parkview, in the four-game all-time series that started with the 1997 4-A State Final, until outscoring the Panthers 50-37 last Friday night in Lilburn."
Tift County Head Coach Ashley Anders told the Tifton Grapevine on Thursday that he is "so proud of this team, not only for how
they are playing on Friday nights but how proud I am of them for their character, dedication and hard work.
"I think one of the main reasons we are having the success we are is because we are growing each day as a team. I tell them all the time -- it's not the best athletes that win; it's the best team. And I see us maturing in that area each and every day."
Anders praised his seniors on the roster for stepping up. "
When you have a strong senior class you usually have strong leadership, and that's what I'm seeing out of this year's seniors," the coach said. "These guys are playing hard each and every game, having fun and expecting to win, and I hope the community is as proud of them as the coaching staff is."
Blue Devils face the
Coffee County High Trojans tonight for
Brodie Field. Although TCHS has won the last two encounters,
Coffee High has a
history of dashing Tift County's hopes; the
Trojans lead the
series with the Blue Devils
"So just how good are the Blue Devils? " asks the GPB blog. "That remains to be seen but we know they can light it up."
Winning -- and losing -- can become a
habit. Much of it is
attitude. Right now, the
Blue Devils are on a roll. If the Blue Devils stay
working hard and keep
believing they can
Tift County may have a
season that we haven't seen in
--Frank Sayles Jr., Tifton Grapevine
TIFT SCHOOLS' GRAD RATE IMPROVES, ATWATER SAYS
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tift County School's
graduation rate has
84.7 percent, School Superintendent
Patrick Atwater told the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce on
Atwater said the rate shows
steady improvement in recent years. According to previous information from the school system,
Tift County Schools' four-year graduation rate was 83.97 percent last year, an improvement from 83.2 percent in 2015 and 74.4
percent in 2014.
"This is huge" the school superintendent said.
He also shared some statistics about the Tift school system, noting that it is the second-largest employer in the county with 1,100 employees. The system also has 8,000 students ranging in age from three years old to 21, Atwater said.
"We have the largest public transportation in the region," he noted, saying that 4,000 children ride school buses every morning and again each afternoon. The school system also serves 9,000 meals daily.
"We run a massive public transportation and food service operation," Atwater said.
The superintendent also mentioned Tift County's transition to a Charter Schools system and the implementation of school uniforms for lower grades this year. "The community has truly embraced the idea of uniforms," Atwater said, to the surprise of some.
Atwater also noted that beginning with the 2018-19 school year, Tift students will only attend three schools during their public school years rather than the current seven. Some schools will be merged, and Tift County High is being renovated and enlarged. The TCHS building is 20 years old, Atwater said, and the $7.2 million renovation includes $4 million from the state.
USDA HELPING RURAL AREAS
HIT BY RECENT HURRICANES
SONNY PERDUE ASSESSES SOUTH GEORGIA DAMAGE
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Rural Development division is providing tools and resources to help rural communities recover from the devastation brought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the emergency procedures will provide additional flexibility for Rural Development borrowers and community partners to help them recover as quickly as possible and ensure they have what they need to rebuild their homes, businesses and communities.
"Our team at
Rural Development is devoted to supporting rural communities ravaged by the recent hurricanes," said
Perdue. "We are committed each day to the
recovery effort, collaborating with federal, state and local partners to begin to rebuild."
USDA Rural Development has provided
disaster recovery assistance by coordinating with private partners to restore utilities to rural communities in hurricane-affected regions.
Rural Development is helping
utilities that are current
USDA borrowers by considering requests to defer principal and/or interest payments and to provide additional temporary loans. Current USDA single-family home loan customers may also qualify for assistance.
Borrowers can contact their local
Rural Development office
to obtain information on potential assistance. Additional information may be found at
USDA Rural Development is partnering with the
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is taking the lead to provide emergency housing for people who need it in the affected areas.
On Friday, Perdue, a former Georgia governor, made a swing through several South Georgia farms to assess the crop damage that Tropical Storm Irma caused. He was accompanied by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. While visiting cotton farms in Colquitt
County, Perdue was told that up to 20 percent of the state's cotton crop has been damaged.
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FACE2FACE Tribute Band performing Thursday night at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
LIBRARY FOUNDATION EVENT ROCKS TIFTON
-- well, at least the next best thing as the FACE2FACE tribute band performed at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
The event was a fundraiser hosted by the nonprofit Tifton-Tift County Public
The performers played numerous hits from both artists and had the audience up and dancing.
The dinner and concert raises funds for the local library. This enables the Library Foundation to sponsor children's programming, such as the Summer Reading Program, to purchase library books and other materials for the community, and to fund initiatives such as the electronic system that allows patrons to download reading materials to their electronic devices.
Foundation board members
supporting their local
library and helping it continue to be a valued
VALDOSTA SYMPHONY ON 'FIRE' SUNDAY
AT TCHS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
The first of eight performing arts series events from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College begins this Sunday, Sept. 24, when the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (VSO) presents "Symphonic Fire" featuring acclaimed violin soloist and chamber musician Corinne Stillwell.
This ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series performance will be held at 3 p.m. in the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center.
ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said Stillwell will join the VSO to perform Russian Alexander Glazunov's haunting violin concerto. Among other selections, the orchestra will also play German maestro Ludwig van Beethoven's "Lenore Overture No. 3" and Czech composer
Dvorak's "Symphony No. 7."
Winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Performance, the VSO performs at a superb standard that enables it to entice guest soloists of national and international recognition. The symphony is comprised of specially selected professionals from a five-state region.
Other events on tap for the 2017-2018 ABAC performing arts season include the Neeman Piano Duo on Oct. 19 and the critically acclaimed play "Tuesdays with Morrie" on Nov. 30 starring Jamie Farr of "M*A*S*H" fame.
In 2018, the lineup includes the Three Redneck Tenors on Jan. 16;
the Olney Theatre's National Players production of "The Great Gatsby" on Feb. 1; the California Guitar Trio on Feb. 15; Andy Lagrimas (piano) and Jared Starr (violin) for "An Evening at the Cinema" on March 15; and
saxophonist Tim Green
on April 19.
Tickets for the entire series are $80 for adults and $25 for students under 18. Individual ticket costs vary based on the performance and may be purchased online at www.purplepass.com/abac or at 229-391-4895.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAMS
SUBJECT OF MONDAY MEETING
A community meeting to develop Neighborhood Watch Programs in Tifton's Historic District as well as in the neighborhood north of 20th Street will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, at Tifton City Hall.
Tifton Police Capt. Steve Hyman will speak about establishing a Neighborhood Watch and what residents can do to help protect their neighborhoods.
Tifton City Councilman Frank Sayles Jr. is coordinating the meeting, which is a result of local citizens approaching city officials about the need for formal neighborhood watch programs in their areas.
Interested citizens are invited to attend.
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, nonstop performances from The Howard Center Stage, Street Dance
with Quique Fuentes from Atlanta Radio Rumba & non-stop singers from BB&T stage (south side of park);
Children's Area with rides and face painting;
Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Center for Women's Health
Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Quality Produce, LLC
First Community Bank
South Georgia Banking Co.
City of Tifton,
Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
Special Thanks To:
Tifton-Tift County Public Library
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Murray's Flower Gallery
GOV APPOINTS SRTC NURSING CHAIR TO STATE BOARD
Gov. Nathan Deal recently appointed Tammy Bryant, Southern Regional Technical College's associate of science in nursing
program chair, to the State Board of Nursing.
"I am honored to have been chosen to represent
nursing education across the state of
Georgia. This appointment will allow me to assist the
Georgia Board of Nursing in developing and implementing strategies to address the statewide
nursing shortage we continue to face. Nursing education is my love, and I cannot wait to share my passion with the State of Georgia,"
The Georgia Board of Nursing exists to protect, promote and preserve the public health, safety and welfare through legislative regulation and control of practical nursing and registered professional education and practice. The board consists of eight members -- seven registered professional nurses and one consumer member. It is responsible for the regulation of registered professional nurses and advanced practice registered nurses.
..at a Glance
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football @ Southland Academy, 7 p.m., Americus
- AET Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., ABAC, Tifton
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Coffee County High Trojans, 7:30 p.m., Homecoming, Brodie Field, Tifton
- AET Truck & Tractor Pull, 6 p.m., ABAC, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market's Car-to-Farm Tour, 2 p.m., Ga. museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m., TCHS Performing Arts Center, Tifton
Michael Wade "Mike" Biggers, 60, Irwin County
Carey Lee Marks, 65, Sylvester
Garland Braswell, 65, Worth County
James Luther "Bo" Wright Jr., 89, Tifton
Frank Price Kelley, 90, Tifton
James "Alton" Spillers Sr., 69, Ty Ty
Mary Ruth Flanders, 75, Sparks
Willie Edward Hudson, 56, Ashburn
Leigh Googe Jordan, 46, Tifton
Jean Shiver Woolard, 87, St. Simons Island
June Evelyn Busbin Sumner, 86, Chula
Clarence Jones, 84, Sylvester
Gail Sams, 65, Sylvester
Robert E. Smith, 73, Fitzgerald
Grady McMillan, 65, Tifton
William Donald Lee Sr., 66, Moultrie
Effie Lee Hodges Foxworth, 87, Worth County
Ronald "Ronnie" Holt, Worth County
Charles L. Marshall, 84, Ty Ty
Billy Newham, 78, Fitzgerald
Ossie Chaney, Ty Ty
Billy Newham, 78, Fitzgerald
Celia Dupree, 70, Adel
Bobby John Stanford, 79, Tifton
Carl Bailey, 65, Sumner
Edward Sellars, 67, Ty Ty
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