Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
The Tiftarea Greenway Association (TAGA) is hoping to create two greenways in Tifton for walking and biking .

TAGA is raising funds to pay for an engineering plan to create the two trails . To date, $800 has been raised primarily through its Go Fund Me online page. The organization has a $20,000 goal to pay for the detailed engineering plan. 

The proposed trails are one that runs along the old CSX railbed from the Tiftarea YMCA on Carpenter Road to the Interstate 75 bridge near the Chick-fil-A restaurant, and one that starts at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and ends downtown at the Tifton Terminal Railway Museum .

"Imagine having safer, beautiful trails for walking and biking in our community. Trails are known to provide numerous health, economic and environmental benefits that enhance communities," TAGA says in a written statement. "The groundwork for this vision begins with having a detailed plan and support from a cross-section of the community ."

The proposed Carpenter Road Greenway Trail is already well shaded , TAGA says, and will provide opportunities to bicycle or walk to the various restaurants along the route on the north side of U.S. Highway 82 West .

The Moore Highway Trail is proposed to run along the existing railroad green-space and provide a safe travel route to several schools ABAC , the UGA Tifton Campus , Len Lastinger Elementary and Eighth Street Middle – and to recreational areas such as Brodie Field and the Tift County Recreation Department . The downtown section of the trail would provide access to Veterans Memorial Park and businesses along Main Street .

Contributions may be made to TAGA's Go Fund Me page by  Clicking Here! o r by mailing a check to:  Tift Area Greenway Association (TAGA),  P.O. Box 6, Tifton, GA 31793 .
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, along with the Technical College System of Georgia , recently presented Fitzgerald High School College and Career Academy with a $3 million grant to build a workforce engine for Ben Hill County Schools .

Cagle praised the partnership among local school systems, technical colleges and industry, which has proven effective in increasing student achievement and workforce development .

There will now be 47 College and Career Academies in Georgia with more than 20,000 students already enrolled, and with graduation rates as high as 99 percent .

“Our students deserve every opportunity for academic success – and with the creation of Georgia’s next College and Career Academies , we are one step closer to ensuring students across our state have access to these world-class learning institutions,” Cagle said.

“These school systems have embraced innovation in the classroom, bringing business and community leaders together to ignite economic growth for many years to come.”

College and Career Academies are developing programs to train high school students for in-demand careers. Students find that challenging, hands-on programs provide greater relevancy and value, preparing them for the workforce.
Pictured are Officer Barrious, Capt. Dennis Reese, Layla Trammell, Lexi Taylor, Rogdrick Durham, Ella Bruce, Lakyn Walker, Maria Dominguez, Annie Belle Clark Principal Stephanie Morrow, and School Board Chairman Jonathan Jones.
Annie Belle Clark Elementary fifth-grade C.H.A.M.P.S. students were recently recognized during a special graduation ceremony.

C.H.A.M.P.S. – "Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety" – is a 12-week program that targets fifth and sixth graders. Students attend weekly hour-long lessons from a C.H.A.M.P.S. certified deputy sheriff.

The program was designed by the Georgia Sheriff's Association in 2003 to address the challenges that today's youth encounter.

The program promotes child participation in healthy activities that are drug and alcohol free , non-violent and promote safety . Some of the course programs include alcohol awareness; drug awareness; choices and consequences; positive alternatives; bullying; and vehicle safety.

Among winners in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Essay and Poster Contest are: Essay winners Maria Dominguez (first place), Lakyn Walker (second place) and Ella Bruce (third Place). Poster winners Lexi Taylor (first place), Layla Trammell (second place) and Rogdrick Durham (third place).

In addition, Durham was named "CHAMP of the Year."
The Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 68 people during November , some on multiple charges, says Sheriff Gene Scarbrough .

He said that 43 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 10 crimes against persons charges, 10 property crimes charges, 12 failures to appear, two weapons charges, two child-support cases and 39 cases of fraud.

Deputies conducted traffic stops that led to four charges of driving under the influence, 10 drug charges, four wanted persons and 18 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license, as well as 12 non-traffic charges.

Deputies also responded to 2,487 calls for service, conducted 1,577 business and property checks, 700 mobile home park and subdivision checks, with 18 school checks.
Scarbrough said deputies served 171 warrants, 93 civil papers and 282  subpoenas.

He added that deputies completed 446 reports, worked 40 accidents issued 527 traffic citations, 116 traffic warnings and patrolled 68,375 miles. The Sheriff's Office also provided 59 transports, totaling 166 hours and 6,536 miles.       
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Dec. 13
Mary Grace Lavender from Ashburn has been awarded the Captain D’s scholarship from the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation for the 2018-2019 academic year.

A freshman early childhood education major, Lavender hopes to earn her specialist degree in early childhood education and become an elementary school teacher

“I have a long way to go, and this scholarship has greatly helped me begin my journey,” Lavender said. “Without this scholarship I probably wouldn’t have been able to come to school.”

The ABAC Foundation has more than 250 scholarships and endowments valued at $11 million that support ABAC and its students.  An Evening for ABAC , the annual ABAC Foundation scholarship fundraiser, is set for Feb. 23 .
Seniors Enjoying Life Forever , or " SELF ," is having a  Christmas Dance  on Friday,  Dec. 21 , at  Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center .

Doors open at 6 p.m.  for the dance; the Fred Hand Band  will perform holiday music and many favorites.

All local seniors are invited.
The Rotary Club of Tifton is seeking nominations for its annual Rotary Ethics in Business Award , which will be presented Jan. 31 at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting .

To be considered for the award, a business must be located in Tift County and be a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Also, the business must have consistently demonstrated high ethical standards of honesty and integrity in dealing with employees, customers and contractors while enhancing the economic well-being of the company and providing local jobs , opportunity and profits. 

Nomination applications must be received by Friday, Dec. 21 . The nominations may be submitted by anyone other than an owner or manager of the nominated business or their family members.

Nominations must be mailed to the Tifton Rotary Club, Attn: Ethics in Business, P.O. Box 1354, Tifton, GA 31793. To get the nomination form, Click Here!

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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