AUG. 18, 2017
WITHOUT PROPER EYE PROTECTION
solar eclipse will not be a total one in
Tiftarea residents will experience a
eclipse of the sun, enough to turn the area
historic event may
pique one's interest,
eye professionals warn folks not to
peek at the eclipse without proper eye
protection. In fact, to be absolutely safe, some professionals advise viewing the eclipse through online streaming, on TV or through a pinhole projection box rather than using
eclipse is expected to be at its
Tifton at approximately
2:40 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. It will begin at about
1 p.m. and continue to just after
4 p.m. All
schools in Tift County will
"I prefer not to recommend direct viewing, especially for kids, as the risk of not viewing correctly can be permanent damage to the retina and central vision, and kids don't always follow directions carefully," says Dr. Bret Wagenhorst, Tifton ophthalmologist.
"It is critical that anyone choosing to view directly have the appropriate protective eyewear of certified eclipse glasses meeting the ISO 1232-12 standard.
I imagine there will be opportunities to watch the eclipse online through live streaming or on TV, with the added benefit of not being as constrained by time and weather and possible live commentary," Wagenhorst says. "
A pinhole camera/projector apparatus for indirect viewing is another option."
The American Academy of Ophthalmology also has a web site with advice:
JOINT CITY-COUNTY MEETING
TIFTON CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY COMMISSION TO SIT DOWN TUESDAY
Following months of an ongoing war of words between the
Tift County Commission and the
Tifton City Council, both elected bodies have agreed to
meet jointly next
Tuesday to discuss the
Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST),
service delivery and a proposed regional
T-SPLOST for transportation projects.
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith appeared at the Tift County Commission meeting on Monday, saying it is time to "stand up and work together." Smith, on behalf of the City Council, called upon the county commissioners to meet with City Council members to discuss the specified issues. Commissioners agreed.
The joint meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce civic room. The meeting is open to the public.
Tifton First United
107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA
Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part time position.
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 at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.
Interested persons should contact Debbie Minton, church executive secretary, at
Dr. David Bridges, ABAC president, displays an example of how much more he says parents would pay to send a student to a large college/university for a bachelor's degree rather than getting the degree at ABAC
ABAC PREZ TELLS ROTARY THAT COLLEGE IS A GROWING
4-YEAR INSTITUTION WITH BEST VALUE IN STATE
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's president says the institution has changed from a "great place to start" college to 'a
great place to finish."
13 bachelor's degree programs encompassing such curricula as agriculture, nursing, history/government, and writing and communications, Dr.
David Bridges says there is little reason for students to transfer elsewhere after beginning at
He told the
Rotary Club of Tifton on
ABAC is no longer the
two-year feeder school that it was for a
century, but he finds that that word still needs to get out.
It is similar to the situation in which
Bridges found himself more than a dozen years ago when he was the dean of the
University of Georgia's Tifton campus. In that role, he worked to inform the region that there was indeed a UGA campus in
Bridges praised ABAC 's faculty, saying he puts them up against any college faculty in Georgia. The Tifton college
has 19 new faculty members this semester.
ABAC offers a top-notch bachelor's-degree education at a great value, Bridges said. He brandished an oversized facsimile of a check showing that a "wasteful Georgia parent" would end up paying $50,000 more for their student's bachelors degree at some other big institution than they would pay at ABAC.
"I didn't use the word 'cheap' in the past, but we are," Bridges said. "Attending ABAC is cheap."
Rotarians that while there is a
declining number of state-resident
freshmen entering Georgia's colleges, including ABAC,
Florida residents entering
ABAC is up
22 percent this semester. One reason may be that
Florida, Alabama and South Carolina residents are allowed to enter
"neighbor" in-state tuition rates.
FOOTBALL COACHES PREDICT GOOD, TOUGH SEASONS
Tift County High School and
Tiftarea Academy both have tough
football schedules this year but their head
coaches are praising their
Tift County High Varsity Coach Ashley Anders (pictured at left) and Tiftarea Coach Tully
Payne (pictured at right) both
talked about the football season with T
ifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce members Thursday.
Anders mentioned how several of his players already have commitments with colleges; Payne said his players are showing more unified spirit than ever before.
AMBASSADOR OF MONTH
The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, at its membership meeting Thursday, named Jody Benson of Georgia Premier Services as the Chamber's
July Ambassador of the Month.
Chamber Chairman Tyron Spearman, left, is pictured congratulating Benson. The Chamber said Benson is highly active in Chamber of Commerce activities.
TIFTON NATIVE GRADUATES FROM
U.S. ARMY WAR COLLEGE
U.S. Army Col.
Alan B Alexander, a
Tifton native and
ABAC graduate, is among
385 leaders who recently received
degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
The student body was composed of competitively selected
senior leaders from the U.S. military, federal agencies and international military.
Admissions to the Army War College are by appointment.
Alexander is a 1978 graduate of Tift County High School and also graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Georgia Southwestern and Valdosta State University. He is the son of
Johnny and Shirley Alexander of Tifton.
He is the supervising U.S. probation officer in Columbus and is commander of the Georgia Army National Guard, 122D Tactical Support Detachment. Alexander
has more than 25 years in the Georgia National Guard.
"This class exemplifies grit, determination and professionalism," said Maj. Gen. Bill Rapp as he addressed his final graduating class as commandant of the Army War College. The graduation ceremony marked the end of the two-year program for a class of 336 Army officers, four Navy, three Air Force, 10 Marines, 27 federal civilians and five international officers from five countries.
LOCALS TAPPED FOR REGIONAL LEADERSHIP TRAINING
Several local leaders are among 35 participants in this year's "Locate South GeorgiaLEADS," an eight-month leadership development program for the region.
Presented by Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG), Locate South GeorgiaLEADS kicked off on Thursday, Aug. 17, at Southern Woods in Worth County.
With representation from 21 South Georgia counties, the LEADS program develops individual leadership skills while engaging participants in discussions of regional importance concerning economic and workforce development, influence and community growth in South Georgia.
Tift County participants are Lequrica Gaskins, downtown economic
development director; and Audrey Luke-Morgan, a member of the agriculture faculty at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Molly Giddens of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce is representing Irwin County; from Ben Hill County are Shawn Haralson of the Ben Hill County School System and Neesa Williams of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Chamber of Commerce; from Worth, Melissa Edwards, Worth County High School; and from Berrien, Ty Schultz, Bank of Alapaha.
This is the second class in the program developed as a partnership of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia, and the region's economic development professionals.
"LEADS is a dynamic and powerful leadership experience that empowers current and future leaders of Southwest Georgia. Its regional participation aligns with today's need for regional foresight and collaboration," said Daryl Ingram, ECG senior vice president for external affairs and economic development.
The purpose of Locate South GeorgiaLEADS is to develop informed, aware and educated leaders to promote and grow South Georgia.
Sponsors this year include Electric Cities of Georgia, AT&T, Georgia Power Co., Georgia CEO, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Development Authority, One Sumter Economic Development Foundation Leadership Worth and the Sylvester-Worth County Chamber of Commerce.
VOLUNTEER FAIR SUCCESSFUL
non-profit organizations joined
Thursday for a
Volunteer Recruitment Fair at the
Tift Regional Community Events Center on Carpenter Road. The local
information to potential
volunteers about how to get
TIFTON SENIORS DANCE TONIGHT
Tifton's "Singles Enjoying Life Forever," or "SELF," has a senior dance planned on Friday, Aug. 18, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing beginning at 8 p.m.
All Tifton seniors are invited to attend.
'PAINT FOR PETS' FUNDRAISER:
ROCK-PAINTING TO HELP ANIMALS
A "Paint for Pets" event, during which you may paint rocks for placing around town, will benefit Tifton's homeless animals. Participants may come out anytime between noon and 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Tift County 4-H Building on Carpenter Road South.
Leah Robbins, a volunteer rescue coordinator for the Tift County Animal Shelter, said the event is to "raise money for our work at the shelter with rescues and to support our basic needs to continue saving animals -- let's paint for pets!"
..at a Glance
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. South Effingham High, 5 p.m., Erk Russell Classic: Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
- 'SELF' Senior Dance, 7 p.m., Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Tifton
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Creekside Christian Academy, 8 p.m., Tiftarea Academy, Chula
- Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
- Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
- Paint for Pets, noon-2 p.m., Tift County 4-H Building, Carpenter Road, Tifton
A Night of Southern Gospel,
5 p.m.: Doors open, piano music; 6 p.m.: Singing begins;
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
Florence Salmons Stone, 96,
Sherrye Chambers, 61,
Betty Carroll James, 83, Sylvester
Andrew W. "Billy" Rowell, 76, Irwinville
Robert Mark Evans, 60, Enigma
Juanita Powell, 85, Roswell
Edward Lee Saylor, 85, Plant City, Fla.
Louise O'Neal, 82, Pavo
Betty Sumerford Kickliter, 92, Tifton
Paul "P.T." Braun, 70, Sylvester
Virginia Fowler Johnson, 91, Lands Crossing Community
Linda Gibbs, 70, Adel
Carlton Luther Corey, 79, Monroe
Robert Hugh "Bob" Parramore, 82, Adel
Jack Clanton, 88, Tallahassee, Fla.
Wayne Fussell, 65, Fitzgerald
Jeannie Ashworth, 57, Quitman
Roy Bamburg, 69, Valdosta
John McGuire, 68, Sparks
Sara Worsham Farmer, 87, Sylvester
Charles E. Balkcom, 81, Sumner
John Warren, 73, Quitman
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