Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
Tifton, Georgia
The Ga. House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing Roger C. Dill of Tifton , naming in his honor the new district office building for the Ga. Department of Transportation (DOT) under construction in Tifton .

The new "Roger C. Dill District Office" is being completed behind the DOT's current Southwest District Office on Second Street .

Dill is a longtime roads consultant, engineer and community volunteer . The resolution reads that "Dill has long been recognized by the citizens of this state for the vital role that he has played in leadership and his deep personal commitment to the welfare of the citizens of Georgia."

He spent 23 years with the DOT , aiding in many road projects including the construction of Interstate 75 . Dill then worked for Scruggs Co. and Reeves Construction Co. , while also serving on the boards of the Georgia Highway Contractors and the National Asphalt Pavement Association.

" Dill has dedicated his career to addressing the critical needs of infrastructure and transportation by helping to secure funds for numerous roadways and economic development projects in Tift County , including funding for a study of a bypass of U.S. 82 through Tifton to provide traffic congestion relief ," the resolution notes.

"During his tenure as president of the recreation board of the Tift County Recreation Department , Mr. Dill assisted in the engineering and construction of the Tift County High School stadium and the construction of the track located at the Tift County Eighth Street Middle School ."

Dill has been involved with numerous local boards and organizations , including the Georgia Agrirama Authority, Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, Springhill Country Club, Goldleaf Officials Association, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation, Tiftarea YMCA Board, Tift County Tourism Board and Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House.

He was named to the Chamber of Commerce's Wall of Fame in 2016 . An Irwin County native, Dill has a civil engineering degree from Auburn University .
Audrey Conner , far right, has been named STAR Student at Tift County High School . She named science teacher Cindy Marzen , in the middle, as the STAR Teacher of the Year.  Conner and Marzen pose Wednesday with TCHS Principal Kim Seigler , left.
Movie nights , a cookout and guest speakers are scheduled on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus this month to celebrate African-American History Month .

The cookout at noon Feb. 21 in the John Hunt Town Center will feature Nick Green , a former major league baseball player from Tifton . He played for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Angels , and was a Tift County High star athlete.

After his stint in the big leagues, Green continued to play baseball across the globe in places such as Taiwan and Venezuela . Currently, he is a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox . He is one of only eight African American pitching coaches in major league baseball .

On Feb 25 , retired Lt. Col. Sammie Davis will speak at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium . Davis served 34 years in the Army as a logistics, acquisition, contracting and procurement expert. He has a Ph.D. in education and owns a catering service .

Other African-American History Month events at ABAC include movie nights in the Lakeside Lobby at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 24 , and Rutha Mae Harris speaking at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in Howard Auditorium.  Harris was a member of the Freedom Singers in 1963 when they signed a contract with Mercury Records . She has also recorded with the Landmark Gospel Singers and Whitney Houston .
CSX Transportation plans to work on railroad crossings on State Route (SR) 11 north and south, the one-way pair streets in Fitzgerald , beginning next week , according to the Ga. Department of Transportation (DOT).

The crossings on Sherman and Grant streets are scheduled to close at 8 p.m. Feb. 19 , and reopen by 6 p.m. Feb. 26 . The railroad will remove the existing track and roadbed , update the track, and surface and install new crossing material, the DOT said.

Traffic will use Rhine Road, Joshlyn Road and SR 107 for the detour . Signs will be posted .

The DOT said closure dates are subject to change . Updates will be posted at  and
Marion Curry of the Tifton Rotary Club pumps the first five gallons of water from a new well in Uganda, made possible by contributions from Rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation.
Tifton Rotarians were thanked Wednesday for leading the effort to create nine new water wells in Uganda and supplying materials for rural schools in the African nation.

Tifton Rotarian and Rotary Assistant District Gov. Marion Curry told the Tifton Rotary Club about her trip to Uganda last September , and thanked Tifton , the lead club in raising a total of $103,000 for nine bore holes for wells .

The water project , begun by Curry , was a true depiction of the 2020 theme for Rotary International: “How Rotary Connects the World,” Curry said.

Uganda is about the size of Georgia , and it was appropriate that a Tifton Rotary donation of $500 went toward a Rural School Health Team , Curry said. Another $700 was spent on school supplies : reference books, educational posters and five books in every subject for every grade in a rural school.

When Curry visited Uganda three years ago , the students learned from teachers’ notes . “We as a club were able to give each grade what is equal to what students in a national school (in larger cities) use,” she said.

During her recent visit , Curry pumped the first water from a well in the Abor Water Project . Curry visited clubs around Georgia and elsewhere , garnering donations of $62,000 from 14 clubs, with the Rotary Foundation adding funds for the total of $103,000 .

The project will provide funds to dig nine wells in rural areas , allowing access within two miles rather than the current much greater distances. Women carry five-gallon containers of water twice a day from these wells for washing clothes, cooking, bathing and drinking.

Curry and another Tifton club member, Jean Courson , plan to return in the fall to celebrate the opening of all nine wells .
Coastal Plain CASA will have its fourth annual Volunteer Appreciation and Recruitment Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Springhill Country Club .

CASA volunteers will be recognized for their service in advocating for children in foster care. Also, people interested in learning about being a CASA advocate may attend, but must RSVP as limited seating is available.

Among guest speakers will be Miss Georgia Victoria Hill, whose social-impact initiative is "Flip the Script on Foster Care."

For information, call Darcie Norton at 229-386-9765. To RSVP, Click Here!
Local growers and ginners were among award winners recently at the Georgia Cotton Commission’s 13th Annual Meeting and UGA Cotton Production Workshop in Tifton .

The 2019 Georgia Quality Cotton Awards were co-sponsored by the Georgia Cotton Commission and BASF , and administered by the University of Georgia Cotton Team .
In Region 3, awards for less than 500 acres :
 Grower – Randall Webb, Tift County
• Ginner – Omega Gin Co.
• UGA Extension Agent – Justin Hand

500-1,000 acres category:
• Grower – Chris Exum, Brooks County
• Ginner – BCT Gin Co, Quitman
• UGA Extension Agent – Stephanie Hollifield

1,000+ acres category:
• Grower – Brian and Ken Ponder, Tift County
• Ginner – Omega Gin Co.
• UGA Extension Agent – Justin Hand

Also among winners were: Region 1 , less than 500 acres Grower , Beth NeSmith, Turner County; Ginner, Sconyers Gin and Warehouse, Sycamore; 1,000+ acres – Grower, Ronnie Conner, Wilcox County; and Ginner, Worth Gin & Warehouse, Sylvester.

In Region 4, 500-1,000 acres – Grower, Stacey and Stuart Jones, Worth County; Ginner, Worth Gin & Warehouse, Sylvester; UGA Extension Agents, Scott Carlson and Bryce Sutherland.

The purpose of the awards is to recognize producers and ginners of high-quality cotton fiber and to identify their general management practices for the benefit of other growers.
These cats are currently on stray hold at the Tift County Animal Shelter . If not reclaimed , they will be available for adoption or rescue . Several others dogs and cats are available to be your next pet at the Animal Shelter.

Visit the Tift County Animal Shelter, 1-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, 
at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.

FRIDAY, FEB. 14 ~ Valentine's Day

  • Couple's Hike, 10 a.m., Reed Bingham State Park, Adel
  • Tift County High Lady Devils basketball playoff vs. Marietta High Lady Devils, 6 p.m., TCHS gym, Tifton


  • Tifton Auction Group, 10 a.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton
  • Miss Colony City Pageant, 10 a.m., Grand Theatre, Fitzgerald
  • Valentines Hike, 10 a.m., Georgia Veterans State Park, Cordele
  • Turner County Lady Rebels basketball playoffs vs. Worth County Lady Warriors, 6 p.m., Turner County Civic Center, Ashburn
FEB. 5
Irene Sapp, 81, Quitman  
The Rev. Harris Whitman, 74, Adel
Reba Joyce Strickland Pryor, 89, Tifton
Mary Lou Sutton, 88, Nashville
Melba Webb, 93, Quitman
Jackie Ray Flinchum Sr., 67, Sylvester

FEB. 6
Gerri Turner, 74, Adel
Betty Gray Hudson, 74, Ocilla
Dorothy Griner, 84, Adel
Matt Joseph Moser, 50, Tifton

FEB. 7
Hazel Christine McGinty, 73, Quitman

FEB. 8
Sylvia Lopez Every, 64, Douglas
Esperanza Alfaro Carrillo, 44, Adel
Britta Kay Futch, 79, Nashville
Anne Fitzgerald Taylor, 73, Owensboro community, Wilcox County
Wendell Manning, 75, Barney

FEB. 9
Louise Oliver Baker, 66, Omega
Mary Ruth Dockery Davis, 78, Albany
Eloise Herbert, 87, Poulan
Richard Doyle Coleman, 73, Nashville
Paul Lord, 54, Fitzgerald
Sharon Thompson Lord, 52, Fitzgerald

FEB. 10
DeLois Whiddon Spearman, 77, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
Christopher "Chris" Irwin Grantham, 48, Tifton
 Linda Kay Walters, 70, Tifton
Allen Ray “Al” Miller, 84, Tifton
Gracie Mae Burt, 74, Moultrie
Helen Scaff, 98, Adel
FEB. 11
Debbie Jean Cox Knight, 67, Tifton
Glyn Dora "Glyn" Bailey, 87, Nashville
Gerald Wayne Cribb, 62, Ray City
Linda Sizemore, 71, Nashville
Mary Linda Collender, 61, Tifton

FEB. 12
Willie F. Moore, 82, Tifton
Bettye Rose Rigdon, 78, Nashville


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