AGREEMENT CLEARS WAY FOR RUTH'S COTTAGE GRANT
The cities of
Tifton, Ty Ty and
Omega, along with
Tift County, on
Monday approved a
resolution adopting a
Service Delivery Strategy for
one year, allowing a
grant request to go
forward for construction of a
new facility for
Ruth's Cottage and the
Patticake House in Tifton.
Between now and
June 30, 2019,
Tift County will continue ironing out
differences regarding the
provision of several
water, wastewater-sewer, solid waste disposal and
10 years, the
local governments to adopt a
to detail what
-- such as fire, water, animal control, etc., -- are provided and who provides them. The new
is due by
have been working on the items but did not believe they all could be
Without an approved
strategy at the beginning of the fiscal year, the
state said it
could not consider the
Community Development Block Grant request for building an 11,000-square-foot facility for
Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House -- the domestic violence prevention, emergency shelter and child advocacy organization.
county officials got together with the Ga.
Department of Community Affairs, and after several conversations and revisions, the one-year
compromise was worked out.
PUBLIC LIBRARY CUTTING HOURS
BECAUSE OF FINANCES
"We are funded by the city and the county. Funding for the library, like funding for most else, has been flat for more than 10 years. We have been able to balance the budget with funds left over from the renovation that was finished in 2007, but that fu
nd is almost gone," Horst said.
Because of what it calls
"longstanding financial difficulties," the
Tifton-Tift County Public Library has announced it will
reduce its operational hours, effective
new hours will be:
- Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
- Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Closed on Sundays
A total of
eight hours have been
cut each week, said
Victoria Horst, library manager. She said the amount of money spent on materials will also be reduced.
"Acquisitions and personnel are the two biggest line items for us, and to reduce personnel costs means to reduce hours. We will also be more selective in our materials purchasing."
Horst said the library's health insurance costs are rising, as are other costs. Even with the reduction in hours, the library will have to use $50,000 left over in the renovation fund to balance the budget, which is just under $600,000.
Miss Rita's School Mobile
is Celebrating our
FIRST DECADE Serving Tifton!
All of Miss Rita's Past Students
are Invited to our Annual Pool Party!
But you must RSVP
by Wednesday, June 13
Call or Text
Pool Party is on Saturday, June 23
Photo at 9:45 a.m.; Party at 10 a.m.-Noon
GROWS BY 60 PERCENT
The second year of the Destination Ag program at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture has reached 60 percent more students during its second year, ABAC says.
From pre-kindergarten through second grade, a total of 6,359 students from four local counties received a first-hand look at where their food, fiber and shelter originate. The 2017-18 total headcount represents an increase of 2,390 students from the initial year of the program, operated under the auspices of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
It is vitally important to engage students with the importance of agriculture and natural resources at an early age," Museum Director Garrett Boone said.
"We, along with our partners, are working hard to provide opportunities to increase the awareness on the critical role that agriculture and natural resources play in our everyday lives -- from the food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the house we live in."
Destination Ag added programming for students in pre-k through second grade from
Berrien County this year to accompany students in the same grade levels from
Tift, Cook and Colquitt
counties. Each student received a hands-on experience with
agriculture, Georgia's top industry.
With an initial
$250,000 gift from the
Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation to the
Destination Ag opened its doors to pre-k through first grade students in
September 2016. Last
Langdale Foundation committed another
$1 million over the next
four years tocontinue the program.
support by the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation has made it possible for us to
invest in the lives of these
students who will one day be the
agriculture leaders of this state," ABAC President
David Bridges said. "This program
connects agriculture and natural resources to a child's everyday life."
Boone said that by 2020, "we hope the program will reach over 17,000 students annually in pre-k through fifth grade in Tift and seven surrounding counties. There is a realized disconnect between today's younger generation and the origins of their food, fiber and shelter."
TIFTON'S BASSETT NAMED TO
FRESHMAN BASEBALL TEAM
Tifton native Le Bassett, a Mercer University baseball infielder, has been named to the 2018 Collegiate Baseball Freshmen All-American team, the publication announced last week.
Bassett, 19, emerged as the Southern Conference's top power threat in his first year of college action,
Collegiate Baseball Newspaper publication, considered the bible of amateur baseball in the country.
Bassett, a left-hander, was a star designated hitter for Mercer and led the league with 17 home runs while adding 60 RBI's. His 17 home runs were a program freshman program record. He batted .282 overall and slugged a team-best .678.
Bassett is the son of Alisha and Lawton Bassett III.
SRTC AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS
Southern Regional Technical College
scholarships totaling more than
. These funds assist students with
such as tuition, fees, clinical scrubs, dissection kits and books.
The students who received scholarships include: Worth County Students Scholarship: Colby Bearden and Chandler Bearden; Worth County High School: Southern Williams;
Tift County Students Scholarship: Felicia Richardson;
Tift County High School: Elizabeth James;
Turner County High School: Mia Carithers.
The SRTC Foundation is a non-profit corporation that promotes higher education and expanded educational opportunities to SRTC students. It strives to create scholarships and endowments, and assist in financing of capital improvements and other college-related expenses.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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911 Main St. South, Tifton
ABAC FINANCIAL AID DEADLINE LOOMS
New students interested in receiving
financial aid at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College during the 2018-19 academic year should complete the
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and verification process by the priority deadline of
priority deadline is to complete financial-aid processing that determines financial-aid eligibility before the
ABAC fee payment deadline at
4:30 p.m. Aug. 8. Students submitting
after the priority
deadline are subject to
fees out of pocket or their
Students missing the deadline and paying fees out of pocket will be
reimbursed all eligible funds once the FAFSA
application has been
received, processed and
, contact ABAC's Office of Financial Aid,
, by email at
, or by visiting the office on the second floor of the
J. Lamar Branch Student Center
Tift Regional Health System
has started clearing for the
, 120,000-square-foot Cook
The new, state-of-the-art facility will be located in Adel off Interstate Highway 75 at Exit 37.
Construction is expected to be completed by September 2019.
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