Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
An artist's rendering of the Towne Center Lofts project in Downtown Tifton.
Drs. Margaret and Cameron Nixon  kicked off their Towne Center Lofts project Friday – a planned seven-unit ground-floor apartment center with a potential restaurant in Downtown Tifton .

The site at 501 S. Main St., at the corner of U.S. Highway 82 , is currently a series of older vacant buildings . The massive renovation is expected to start later this month .

The Nixons previously met with the Tifton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and said they want to be a part of the growth downtown . They plan to construct f our two-bedroom apartments, one apartment with one bedroom and two studio apartments .

Margaret Nixon said she wants to retain the old brick walls and high ceilings in the building while offering modern apartments , one being made handicapped accessible .

DDA members said they applaud the Nixons' investment in downtown Tifton and their planned improvements to the empty buildings.
Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11 , South Georgia farmers affected by Hurricane Michael last year may begin signing up for federal aid , says Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said more than $3 billion in aid is available for agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 . Tift and surrounding counties are eligible for aid through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).
“In October , Hurricane Michael ripped through South and Middle Georgia leaving billions of dollars in agricultural damages in its wake," Scott said.

"As our state’s oldest and largest industry, it is vital our farmers have the resources they need to recover from this storm. That’s why Rep. Sanford Bishop and I fought for months for $3 billion in aid for agricultural producers in Georgia and across the country to help put the pieces back together again.”

WHIP+ is available for eligible producers around the country who have suffered eligible losses of certain crops, trees, bushes or vines as a result of natural disasters.
Flags stand sentry in front of the Sylvester Post Office and along both sides of U.S. Highway 82 in Sylvester this week in memory of those who lost their lives on Sept.11, 2001 .
A ribbon cutting was held Thursday for Tift Regional Vascular's new location at 1641 Madison Ave. , next to Tift Regional Medical Center's Anita Stewart Oncology Center.

Attendees toured the newly remodeled space.  Tift Regional Vascular is the home of vascular surgeon Dr. William Kaiser (pictured) and advanced practice providers Bradley Holt and Christopher Floyd .

Tift Regional Vascular offers surgical techniques and non-surgical interventions to diagnose and treat disorders and abnormalities involving the blood vessels outside of the heart .
Local attorney and minister Chris Solomon will speak at the Constitution Day ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 , in the Chapel of All Faiths on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .  

Sponsored by the ABAC Department of History and Political Science and the ABAC Student Government Association , the event is open to the public.

ABAC has a natural tie to the annual Constitution Day on Sept. 17 because Abraham Baldwin , the namesake for the institution, was one of only two Georgia signers for the Constitution 232 years ago on Sept. 17, 1787 , in Philadelphia

When the 39 men signed the Constitution , they set the stage for a quality of life in America that still exists today. The Constitution is the oldest and shortest national constitution in existence William Few was the only other Georgia signer of the 4,543 -word document.

Baldwin was born on Nov. 22, 1754 , in Guilford, Conn. , as the son of a blacksmith. He enrolled at Yale College at the age of 14 and completed his degree in 1772 . He studied theology and stayed at Yale as a tutor until 1779 . He served on George Washington’s staff as a chaplain during the Revolutionary War .

When the Revolutionary War was over, Baldwin began a study of law . After being admitted to the bar, he moved to Georgia in 1783 to set up a law practice near Augusta . Georgia Governor Lyman Hall then asked him to develop an educational plan for Georgia on both the secondary and post-secondary level. One year later, Baldwin was elected to the Georgia House of Assembly, and in 1787 , he represented Georgia as a member of the Constitutional Convention .

Baldwin later became the first president of the University of Georgia . He also served in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate . A colorful panel depicting his career is a key part of the ABAC history exhibit in the Tift Hall administration building.
Tift County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 81 people, some on multiple charges, during August , according to Sheriff Gene Scarbrough .

He said that 27 charges of parole/probation violation were filed, 12 drug charges, one  weapon violation, seven crimes against a person charges, two property crimes charges, five failures to appear, two child support violations, one case of fraud with 90 cases being assigned to the Criminal Investigative Division .

Traffic stops conducted by deputies led to four drug charges, 21 individuals having a suspended or revoked driver’s license, as well as the arrest of two wanted persons with the recovery of one stolen handgun.

Deputies responded to 3,424 calls for service, conducted 1,841 business and property checks along with 686 mobile home park and subdivision checks. Scarbrough said deputies served 83 warrants, 93 civil papers and 204  subpoenas.

He added that deputies completed 574 reports, worked 31 accidents, patrolled 56,641         miles, verified the home addresses of 67 registered sex offenders and issued 1,474 citations with 150 warnings.

The sheriff also reported that deputies provided 61 transports, totaling 165 hours and 6,700 miles.
Music, Dancing, Food & More!

Taste original dishes from around the United States, Mexico, El Salvador, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Venezuela, Italia and the Dominican Republic.

Children's Carnival by BAM / Arts and Crafts / Exhibitors with information on Education, Health and more!
Entertainers: Peruvian Apu Inka music/dancers, Grupo de Danza MexicaAzteca Tonacuauhtli, Dancer’s Pointe Dance Company, ABAC Cultura Latina, Nuestro Folklore & Nuestro Folklore Jr., Mariachi Garibaldi, Tifton County High School Spanish Club, Aposento Alto Band, TCHS Spanish Club, 501 Legion Star Wars group, Platanito the Clown, The International MEGA DJ from Hidalgo, Banda Los Rodriguez de Nuevo Leon, Banda Los Compas de Nuevo Leon

Sponsors: Platinum – The Howard Women’s Health Center // Gold – Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association; Tift Regional Medical Center, Coca-Cola; Georgia Power // Silver – Southwest Georgia Bank; BB&T Bank // Bronze – Tifton Merchants Association; Synovus; South Georgia Banking Co.; Ameris Bank // Supporters – Colony Bank; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Pappa John’s Pizza; Nashville Monument & Memorial, LLC // Special Thanks – Tifton-Tift County Public Library; City of Tifton; Tifton Police Department; Tifton Fire Department; Tift County Recreation Department; Tifton Gazette; Willis Signs & Graphics; Bob’s Flowers

RECUERDEN FESTIVAL de LA FIESTA DEL PUEBLO, Sabado 28 de Septiembre, En el Parque Central Fullwood de Tifton, De 10 de la manana a 10 de la noche, Carnaval para ninos, Comidas tipicas, Actividades de Arte, salud y educacion, Ademas de, Espectaculo de danza y baile, Entrada Gratis
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) employees raised $64,669.99 for its annual Community Spirit Fund benefiting the Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation, Horizons Community Solutions/Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, the United Way of South Central Georgia, and the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Cook County Area .

A special check presentation was made to these charitable organizations on Sept. 5 at Tift Regional Medical Center.
Each spring , TRHS employees raise funds for the Community Spirit Fund through T-shirt sales, bake sales and other fundraising projects . TRHS departments also contribute items for an annual gift basket raffle
The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office is hosting a “ SHE LEADS Forum ” in Tifton on  Friday, Sept. 20

The free workshop will feature speakers , interactive exercises and group discussions to empower women on how to increase and leverage wealth .

The forum's goal is to provide useful information and insights , mentorship opportunities, networking , and educational resources , including all resources developed by the Investor Protection Trust and its partners.

The forum will be held at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Howard Auditorium , Building 4. To register, click here!
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