SOLAR ECLIPSE SHORTENS SCHOOL DAY IN TIFT COUNTY
solar eclipse on
Monday will not only
shorten the amount of
daylight; it will also
shorten the local
eclipse is expected to be at its
Tifton at approximately
2:40 p.m. Monday,
Aug. 21, and local schools will
Tift County public schools will be releasing early on
Monday as, it says, a "
Each school will dismiss students three and a half hours earlier than the normal dismissal time.
Tiftarea Academy will also dismiss early -- at
noon Monday -- for the
Tift public schools, for example, students normally released at 3:30 p.m. will be let out at noon. Students will receive
lunch before they leave, the
school system said. The
Kids Advocacy Coalition
after-school program will be
are asked to talk with their
on Monday. Practices can
be held after 4 p.m., but it will be up
to each coach whether or not to do that because transportation could be an issue.
"After thoughtful deliberation and research concerning the upcoming
, the decision has been made to release students
Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. As superintendent, I realize there are many items for consideration with the most important being student safety," Tift Schools
Superintendent Patrick Atwater
in a written statement.
"As a school system, we have
plans for natural disasters, fire drills, tornado drills, bomb threats, inclement weather, chemical threats, intruders on campus an
d multitudes of other protective plans for faculty, staff and students. However, we do not have a plan for a 100-year solar eclipse," Atwater said.
"After consulting with local ophthalmologists, reviewing research from NASA and other reliable sources, it has been determined for the safety of students, we will dismiss early. ...
We strongly encourage parents/guardians to educate their children of the dangers of improperly viewing the solar eclipse."
Tiftarea Academy noted that solar eclipses
are never safe to watch without taking special precautions.
"The solar eclipse will occur through
out our normal dismissal time. In order to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we will follow our early dismissal schedule. This action is being taken as a result of safety concerns related to this event. We feel it will be safest for our students to be off of the buses and roads during the actual eclipse," Tiftarea Academy said in a
*We realize this is an
educational moment, and each teacher will use this opportunity to teach their students about the event in the days leading up to it. However, the
safety of our students is always our No. 1
Tiftarea Academy will follow a normal
half-day schedule with no lunch or break. Bus riders will be dismissed at
noon, and car riders/drivers at
COLLEGE COURSES EXPAND WITH
FIVE NEW BACHELOR'S DEGREES
fall semester classes begin
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College,
a record number of students will be enrolled in bachelor's degree programs; among the 13 bachelor's degrees are five new programs approved Aug. 8 by the
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
"This is the
largest number of bachelor's degrees we have offered in the history of ABAC," says President
David Bridges. "It's also the most number of students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in the history of
ABAC. I think it bodes well for the future of this institution."
students are enrolled in
degree programs as compared to
students enrolled in
those programs in
. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Regents approved ABAC bachelor's degrees in
agribusiness, agricultural communication, history and government, rural community development, and writing and communication.
"We already have about
200 agribusiness majors. That program is off to a very strong start. I think the addition of the new degrees gives us a broad range of programs for students to choose from for their ABAC education,"
"I have said it before, and I'll say it again: The value of an ABAC education is absolutely priceless. The
ABAC experience is life-changing for these students."
ABAC offered only associate degrees for
75 years until
41 students enrolled in bachelor's degree programs. Bridges says ABAC added nursing and agricultural education last year,
"Adding ag education to our curriculum last year is going to have a phenomenal impact on our
agriculture," Bridges says. "The more ag education teachers we have out there, the more students we will get back. I believe ag teachers have more influence on the students they teach than maybe any other teacher in high school."
ABAC also offers bachelor's degrees in
agriculture, biology, business and economic development, environmental horticulture, natural resource management, and rural studies.
Bridges expects the overall
enrollment to be close to the
3,475 students enrolled during the
2016 fall term, which included students from 154 of Georgia's
21 states and
"We have increased our enrollment over the previous year in three of the past four fall semesters," Bridges says.
Freshmen began moving into ABAC
ABAC Place on
Saturday. Bridges said both housing complexes are almost full with
1,300 students living on campus. Combined with the students who are living in the community, the start of fall semester classes grows the
Tifton population by
several thousand people within a few days. Those students are a big reason why
ABAC has a
$330 million annual
economic impact on
Tift and surrounding
counties, the college says.
'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!"
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
DISTRICT GOV VISITS TIFTON ROTARY
Georgia Rotary District 6920 Governor
amsa Thota of St. Simons Island visited the Rotary Club of Tifton on Wednesday and gave an inspirational talk. In photo from left are Tifton Rotarians Aleta Larger, Secretary Jim Sinclair, Gov. Thota, Club President Shaundra Clark and Program Chairman Charleston Carter.
A BIT OF TIFTON IN ATHENS
freshmen arrived at the
University of Georgia
this week, they were not the only new thing on campus. Developed at the
is the new infield
is the newest
and is now being used on
around the world.
LOCAL FIRE OFFICERS JOIN FOR TRAINING
Representatives from the Tifton Fire Department and Tift County Fire/Rescue participated in a joint fire officer training program last week. The county department was created last year.
MUSIC FACULTY TO SHOWCASE TALENTS
Faculty members in the
music department of the School of Arts and Sciences at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will exercise their
Aug. 22 in a
Fine Arts Faculty Showcase at
7 p.m. in
Howard Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will serve as a
kickoff to the
16th season of the college's
First Tuesday Concert Series.
Performers in the entertainment lineup include Dr.
Thomas Heflin, assistant professor of jazz;
Wayne Jones, Arts Connection director; Dr.
Andy Lagrimas, assistant professor of piano and theory; Dr.
Brian Ray, professor of English and theatre; Dr.
Susan Roe, choral music director and fine arts department head; and
Marti Schert, voice instructor.
Heflin will be joined by students from the
ABAC Jazz Ensemble, as well as
Landon Cowart, a graduate of ABAC's associate of arts in music from
Jessica Wade, a biology major from
Kenny Pratt, a music-instrumental major from
Donna Hatcher, art and journalism professor, will feature some of her favorite art works during the event. F
or information, contact Roe at
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