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JULY 27, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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COUNTY A NO-SHOW
NO COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ATTEND 'JOINT' CITY-COUNTY MEETING

After Tift County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson had asked for a joint meeting of the commission and Tifton City Council, no commissioners attended a special called meeting Thursday night at the County Administration Building.

But the entire Tifton City Council was in attendance and proceeded anyway to discuss joint landfill issues and pending service delivery issues.

City Council members said they were
disappointed that no county commissioners decided to attend the meeting, scheduled after Thompson, at the last County Commission meeting on July 17, had called for a joint meeting of the two governing bodies.

"We've got a lot of issues to cover," Thompson was quoted as saying in The Tifton Gazette.

Also in that article, County Commissioner Donnie Hester, during a discussion on landfill improvements, was quoted as saying, 'You've got two governments, and they've got to come together and agree."

No reason was given as to why the County Commission decided to boycott the meeting. Tifton Mayor Julie Smith said she was disappointed that county commissioners at their last meeting had asked multiple questions of City Manager Pete Pyrzenski but decided not to attend Thursday's meeting "to receive the answers they wanted."

The mayor said County Commissioner Stan Stalnaker had wanted just the joint city-county service delivery committee to meet rather than both boards in their entirety. 

In an email to Stalnaker on Tuesday, Smith said it's the sentiment of City Council that "it's time to move past the committee and get the two full boards engaged in productive and objective conversations so together we can work toward a final conclusion of the remaining ( service delivery) topics for the betterment of the governments and entire community."


WORTH SHERIFF PLEADS GUILTY
SUSPENDED SHERIFF JEFF HOBBY MAKES PLEA DEAL

Suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby, in Worth County Superior Court on Wednesday, pleaded guilty to three counts of violation of oath of office.


His plea resolves all pending criminal charges against him. Hobby immediately resigned his position as Worth County sheriff. "He also surrendered his POST certification, which is the certification required for any law enforcement officer in the state of Georgia," District Attorney Paul Bowden said in a press release. 

Following Hobby's plea, Chief Judge Bill Reinhardt of Tifton sentenced Hobby to six months of jail time and five years' probation but is counting time the former sheriff already served, meaning the six months would be up in about a month.

In  November ,  a $3 million federal class action  was  settled stemming from what prosecutors called  warrantless intrusive body searches  by the  Worth County Sheriff's Office and directed by
Hobby. The settlement, brought by the students who were searched, was paid through a county insurance policy.

Students in their lawsuit claimed that their constitutional rights were violated during the search.

Hobby had ordered a  school-wide search of nearly  900 students on  April 14, 2017Hobby and his deputies allegedly touched students in their genital areas during the drug search that resulted in no drugs or arrests. Deputies had locked down the school in Sylvester for more than four hours.


VOTERS DECIDE TIFT SCHOOL BOARD RACE 
BUT GOP LT. GOV. RUNOFF MAY BE HEADED FOR RECOUNT

Rusty Harrelson won Tuesday's runoff election for the District 6 seat on the Tift County Board of Education, defeating Jimmy Cargle, 305 to 266 votes in unofficial results.

The runoff was necessary because they were among three candidates in May's primary election, and no one had received a majority of the votes.
HARRELSON

"It's been a long process, and I really enjoyed it. This is my first venture into politics," Harrelson told the Tifton Grapevine.

"I'm looking forward to serving on the board. I appreciate the others who ran -- in all races. Competition is really good for our community, and that's why I ran -- to give the folks a choice."

Harrelson said the school system is facing a lot of changes and that a lot of decisions need to be made with a new school superintendent to be hired and the school  reconfiguration underway.

"I am humbled and honored that folks have enough trust in me to serve them," he said.

Meanwhile, one race in the runoff election may not be settled. The Republican runoff for lieutenant governor may be facing a recount, even though former state Rep. Geoff Duncan has claimed victory

Unofficial returns show Duncan finishing just 1,740 votes ahead of state Sen.  David Shafer in Tuesday's election. That's less than 1 percent of the total votes cast, which exceeded 556,000 throughout Georgia. Shafer has not conceded.

According to the Tift County Board of Elections, 12.87 percent of registered voters -- or 2,717 -- voted in the runoff in Tift County

Tift  voters mirrored the  state results , choosing  Brian Kemp as the  GOP nominee for  governor; 
Duncan edging Shafer in the Republican lieutenant governor contest; Brad Raffensperger over David Belle Isle for GOP secretary of state;  and  picking Otha Thornton over Sid Chapman   for  the Democratic nominee for state school superintendent.

ROAD WORK TO START TODAY

The City of Tifton has announced that its contractor will begin milling and repaving the eastbound lane of Eighth Street (between Love and Central avenues) today, Friday, July 27.

Motorists are asked to be aware of the work and possible temporary delays along that route.


SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS ... ALREADY?!

For students in Fitzgerald and Ben Hill County, summer is over as the schools there opened their doors Thursday for the new school year.

And Thursday at Ben Hill Elementary School, they welcomed a new principal, James Sirmans.

Elsewhere around the Tiftarea, students don't return to class until August. Irwin, Turner and Cook counties begin their school years on  Friday, Aug. 3Berrien County students go back on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and Tiftarea Academy on Friday, Aug. 10.

Both  Tift and Worth counties begin classes late this year on Monday, Aug. 13. The Tift County School System had delayed the opening because of the new school configuration, which will now have students attend only three schools rather than six during their time in Tift public schools.


TIFTON CITY MANAGER NAMED TO
 LEGISLATIVE POLICY COUNCIL FOR CITIES

Tifton City Manager Pete Pyrzenski has been appointed to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Legislative Policy Council for the 2018-2019 term. The council is comprised of 37 city
PYRZENSKI
officials, both elected and appointed.

"It's an honor to represent South Georgia, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve in this capacity,"  Pyrzenski said.

The Legislative Policy Council proposes a legislative platform for consideration by GMA's six policy committees and provides real-time feedback and advice on issues during the General Assembly session in Atlanta. The council maintains contact with legislators both in and out of session.  
 
The City of Tifton is well represented at GMA, with Pyrzenski serving along with Mayor Julie Smith, who was elected to the GMA Board of Directors in June.

"I am excited to represent the City of Tifton and South Georgia through this respected organization during the 2018-2019 term. I know that Mr. Pyrzenski and I will gain knowledge and experience we can utilize to continue to make the City of Tifton thrive," Smith said.



TIFTAREA'S SENIOR ATHLETES READY FOR SCHOOL YEAR

Senior athletes  at  Tiftarea Academy gathered for photos  Thursday morning. Members of the  Class of 2019 are gearing up for the new  school year,  which begins on Aug. 10.

SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS 140

The Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 140 people, some on multiple charges, during June, Sheriff Gene Scarbrough says.

The sheriff said that 47 charges of parole/probation violations were filed, 41 property  crime charges, 21 drug violations, 13 crimes against person charges, three child support violations, two weapons  charges, two fraud charges, two sex offender registry violations and eight other non-traffic charges.

Traffic stops led to the arrest of nine people for drug violations, 34 arrests for driving with suspended or revoked license, and three arrests for driving under the influence.

Deputies served 185 warrants, 83 civil papers and 207 subpoenas. D eputies also conducted 1,484 business and property checks, 712 mobile home  park and subdivision checks, and answered 3,267 calls for service.
 
The sheriff said deputies completed 642 incident reports, 36 accident reports, issued 1,026 traffic citations, 167 traffic warnings, patrolled 70,117 miles and verified the home addresses of 62 registered sex offenders living in Tift County.
 
Deputies handled 67 transports that took 216 hours and totaled 7,362 miles, Scarbrough said. 


GDOT AWARDS CONTRACTS IN REGION

Another $10.2 million in construction projects is headed to Southwest Georgia in Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT) contracts awarded recently.

The median openings on U.S. 19/state Route 300 in Worth County will be reconstructed to separate the left turn lanes from adjacent lanes. This will improve sight distance for drivers turning left, which could reduce angle crashes. 

Right turn lanes will also be constructed and/or extended at various locations. Extending the deceleration lane moves turning traffic out of the through lane, which can prevent rear end crashes, GDOT says. The $8.1 million project begins at the Dougherty County line and ends at Warwick. The completion date is Nov. 30, 2019.

Signs and striping will be upgraded at 27 locations on Cook County roads that are not on the state highway system. Worn road markings can make it difficult for drivers to see the limits of their lane, especially at night or in inclement weather. The $260,908.61 contract has a completion date of June 30, 2019.

Other contracts include:
  • Rehabilitating four bridges over Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks on SR 7/Seventh Street North in Crisp County, and SR 520/Liberty Expressway (east and west) and SR 91 in Dougherty County. The $664,705 contract has a completion date of July 31, 2019.
  • Replacing a structurally deficient bridge on Edison Road at Spring Creek in Clay County. The $1 million project is to be finished by June 30, 2019.


WANTED
Part-time
NURSERY WORKER

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a nursery worker. This is a part-time position 
  available after September 18.

Regular schedule is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays. Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. is optional. 
The hourly rate is $10 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 21, meet background check for working with children, learn and enforce the Safe Sanctuary policy, and must be able to work with a wide range of people in a personable and friendly manner.  

Interested persons should send a letter of application stating their experience, qualifications 
 and relevant information to:

FUMC Church Secretary
Re: Nursery Worker
107 W. 12th St.
Tifton, GA 31794


THEY HAD A FIELD DAY

University of Georgia Extension
weed scientist  Stanley Culpepper speaks about  weed research during the  Sunbelt Field  Day  on  Tuesday  in  Moultrie

UGA had several speakers talk about their agricultural research, which will be on display during the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo this Oct. 16-18

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YOUR WEEKEND 
         . ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, JULY 27
  • Art of Annette Rigdon Swan Memorial Sale, 1-4 p.m., 315 W. 8th St., Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 28
  • Kickoff to Men's Health, 8-11:30 a.m., Tift Regional Community Events Center, Carpenter Road, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market 9 a.m-Noon, 'Ice Cream Social' 10 a.m.-Noon,  Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Art of Annette Rigdon Swan Memorial Sale, 10 a.m.-Noon, 315 W. 8th St., Tifton
  • Mims' Kids Stay in School Rally, Noon-3 p.m., Tift County Recreation Dept., Tifton

In Memoriam
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JULY 19
Georgia "Grace" Apperson Watson, 85, Bishop
Inez Lewis Bailey, 93, Valdosta
Joseph Edward Havens, 88, Fitzgerald

JULY 20
Madison M. "Dubie" Wilds, 83, Tifton
Helen "Marie" Hall, 73, Tifton
Joseph Edsil Wylie, 57, Tifton
Milton Brogdon, 53, Nashville
Angela Marie "Angie" Fender, 37, Blackshear

JULY 21
William C. Wright. 83, Tifton
Leola McMillan, 91, Alapaha
Paul Anthony Britton, 56, Fitzgerald
Pearlie Lott, 65, Ashburn

JULY 22
Sharon Rouse Bailey, 71, Albany

JULY 23
James Daniel Taylor, 68, Tifton
Julia Bailey Murray, 97, Nashville

JULY 24
Lynda Prescott Crowe, 77, Fitzgerald

JULY 25
John Grady Mathis, 66, Cordele
Mildred "Wava" Watson Stephens, 85, Sparks
W. Jack Futch, 83, Adel

JULY 26
Daniel LaVelle Williams, 56, Tifton
Mickey Brown Goodwin, 97, Tifton



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