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DEC. 26, 2017
Tifton, Georgia

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COPS SEEK TIFTON
MURDER SUSPECT
SECOND MURDER IN CITY WITHIN THREE WEEKS

We're Seeking a
Church Pianist

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA


Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a part-time church pianist.
 
The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with 
the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday 
traditional services  at  9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Angie Carr at  musicdirector@tiftonfumc.org 
or call   229-382-6100 .

PEANUT CROP EXPECTED
 TO BE 'VERY GOOD'
Georgia's peanut crop is the largest in more than 20 years, and " we're probably going to have a very good crop," says a local peanut expert.

"Based on what I've heard and seen, overall, we're probably going to have a very good crop as far as the state average is concerned. We had a very good yield across the state. We had very good grades; the quality was good," says Scott Monfortpeanut agronomist with the  University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Georgia's dryland peanut crop excelled this year, while irrigated fields lacked in comparison to past years, Monfort said. The result is a crop estimated to average 4,400 pounds per acre. 
Some 714,168 acres of peanuts were grown last year in Georgia, and 828,000 certified peanut acres were planted this year -- the state's highest amount since the early 1990s.

But Monfort said farmers who irrigate their fields typically yield in the range of 7,000 pounds per acre. This season, they are reporting between 5,500 and 6,500 pounds.

"We had multiple factors working against us from the beginning of the year," he said.  A lack of sunlight in June and July, critical months for the development of a peanut plant, may have contributed to decreased yields. Parts of Georgia received at least 20 percent less sunlight than normal in both of those months.

"What does that do overall to blooming? We're trying to figure that out," Monfort said.

Georgia farmers also encountered disease issues. Almost all varieties grown in Georgia, Alabama and North Florida are susceptible to leaf spot .

To learn more about this year's peanut crop and what to expect during next year's growing season, the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center will host the annual Georgia Peanut Farm Show on Thursday, Jan. 18. For information, Click Here!


SYNOVUS-FIRST COMMUNITY BANK
 HELPS FUND ABAC SCHOLARSHIPS

Ginger Orton, an agricultural communication major from Ellaville, received an ABAC Foundation Scholarship this fall semester to continue her education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural
James Morris, market president of Synovus-First Community Bank of Tifton, with scholarship recipient Ginger Orton.
College
Synovus-First Community Bank of Tifton helped to make it possible by its sponsorship of "An Evening for ABAC."  

"Being an ABAC scholarship recipient encourages me to pursue excellence in my education," Orton said. "Knowing there is a team invested in myself and other ABAC students' education inspires me to be involved, make good grades and make the community proud as an ABAC student.   

"It is incredibly stress relieving to help ease the financial obligation of a college education, allowing me to focus on my academics and campus involvement. Because of donor support, I can graduate on time and pursue graduate school. I am so thankful for ABAC and its network of support." 

Synovus-First Community Bank of Tifton is a Platinum Level Sponsor for "An Evening for ABAC" scholarship fundraising event on March 2. For information, contact Deidre Martin at 229-391-4907, or at dmartin@abac.edu

FOUR STAR FREIGHTLINER 
RECOGNIZES TOP TECHNICIAN

Four Star Freightliner recognized its top diesel technician recently during the company's annual Year-End  Employee Celebration at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. 

Kenneth "Woofie" Woodruff, a road technician in the Tifton dealership, was named the top revenue-producing technician for 2017. 

Scott Dixon, Four Star's operations manager, made the announcement in front of more than 200 people. Dixon said that previously, technicians only received recognition at the dealership level but he wanted all Four Star technicians to see what was possible. 

Woodruff has worked for Four Star Freightliner for five years. He is an A-level technician with all-system certification and expert certification. 

Pictured is Jerry Kocan, Four Star Freightliner dealer principal, at left, presenting the award to Woodruff

Four Star Freightliner provides truck products from Daimler and services with six locations -- Tifton, Valdosta, Albany, Montgomery, Ala., Dothan, Ala. and Tallahassee, Fla.

FAMILY PROMISE TO MEET

Family Promise of Tift Area will meet at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Tifton on Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The organization is working to provide aid to local homeless families in Tift County.

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