Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
ELECTION DAY:
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Today's gubernatorial election , which has gotten national attention , is down to the wire as Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp were in a dead heat as polls closed across Georgia .

Because a candidate must get 50 percent plus one of the vote to win , there's a slim possibility of a runoff which would be held Dec. 4 . Libertarian Ted Metz was also on the gubernatorial ballot.

Voting was steady across Tift County on Tuesday . Early voting broke previous records in Tift as 7,658 people voted early . The last day of early voting , last Friday , saw 850 people vote early with lines doubled back inside the Chesnutt Avenue voting headquarters.

Across the United States , more than 33 million people voted early . Still, lines were long at many polls across Georgia on Tuesday with some voting lines at least two hours long in some urban areas.

In very early results , after the polls closed , Kemp was leading in the vote .

To follow statewide vote counts, Click Here!

To follow Tift County voting results, Click Here!
TIFT, TURNER, WORTH
ELIGIBLE FOR DISASTER NUTRITION ASSISTANCE
Households in Tift, Turner and Worth counties that aren't normally eligible for federal nutrition assistance may temporarily qualify for  Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) assistance , the USDA says.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture 's announcement is part of the effort to provide relief from the effects of Hurricane Michael . Households n 20 Georgia counties that may not normally be eligible for nutrition assistance may be eligible if they have qualifying disaster-related expenses and meet D-SNAP income limits .

If a household in the affected area qualifies for D-SNAP , it could receive one month of benefits to meet food needs. Households in the approved areas that already receive SNAP benefits will automatically receive disaster supplements, up to the maximum allotment for their household size, and do not need to apply for D-SNAP.

The D-SNAP program will operate in Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Laurens, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Randolph, Seminole, Sumter, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner and Worth counties.

The state estimates up to 50,000 households may be eligible for benefits and will determine eligibility based on a household’s income, resources, disaster-related expenses and other circumstances .
HURRICANE CLEAN-UP
TIFTON HAS COLLECTED 1,700+ TONS OF YARD DEBRIS
The City of Tifton says more than 1,700 tons of yard debris from Hurricane Michael has been picked up within the city limits, and clean up is expected to take three more weeks.

"We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to clean our community post Hurricane Michael," the city said in a written statement

The city Public Works Department, ESG Inc. , along with Golden Environmental are continuing to pick up yard trash and debris left from the hurricane.

Golden Environmental is covering areas west of Interstate 75, south of U.S.Highway 82 and north of 28th Street. ESG Inc. is covering everything from Highway 82 to 28th Street (north to south) and I-75 to the city limits on the east, the city says.
The photos show areas being actively worked because of the extreme amount of debris along those streets

If residents hire tree surgeons , they are responsible for disposing of the remaining debris and cannot leave debris on the curb for pick up.

For questions about debris pick up, call Golden Environmental at 229-382-0309 or ESG at 229-391-3944 .
Polly Huff, Will Hunnicutt and Britt Fuller, from left, receive the archival award on ABAC's behalf.
ABAC RECEIVES STATE ARCHIVAL AWARD
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has received a Georgia archival award for stabilizing, rehousing and cataloging collections of the ABAC archives

The Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council (GHRAC) Award for Excellence in Archival Program Development by a State Institution recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records work.  
 
In early 2018 , ABAC redirected the duties of Polly Huff , curator of the Ga. Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, to stabilize, preserve, rehouse, catalog and begin to digitize the collection.

Huff and two ABAC rural studies student interns , Will Hunnicutt and Britt Fuller , entered a room containing hundreds of boxes of material on shelves and covering the floors, and thousands of loose pages, along with artifacts and various discarded materials.
 
The team spent the next couple of months going through every box, stabilizing the contents and properly re-boxing records. They cataloged and arranged the records and then moved them to storage where they will stay during the renovation of the library. The most significant records are undergoing digitization .
TIFT COUNTY FOOD SCORES
AVAILABLE FOR PAST MONTH
For Tift County food service health scores reflecting Department of Health inspections between Oct 7-Nov. 6 , Click Here!

The scores can be found on the Tift County public health inspection page .

Anyone with a question or comment may contact the Health Services section of the Tift County Health Department at 229-386-7967 .
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
RIBBON CUTTING
Preserve Personal Shoppers
  201 N. Park Avenue, Suite 104
Oct. 22
Dr. Leslie Pryor-McIntosh from ABAC, left, works with other USG Chancellor’s Learning Scholars in Macon.
STATE SELECTS FOUR LOCAL PROFS FOR GA SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Four faculty members from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have been selected for the University System of Georgia (USG) Chancellor’s Learning Scholars program.

Dr. Mark Johnson , assistant professor of education; Dr. Justin Ng , associate professor of agriculture; Dr. Leslie Pryor-McIntosh , assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Dave Nelson , professor of history; were chosen for the program, which is in its inaugural year. 

The Chancellor’s Learning Scholars program is a two-year program focused on helping faculty develop various aspects of their teaching . The scholars will work with ABAC’s Center for Teaching and Learning to lead Faculty Learning Communities , which will engage faculty in conversations and readings about various teaching topics.

The four ABAC faculty members attended two recent orientation sessions in Macon at Middle Georgia State University . They will begin leading faculty learning communities at ABAC in the 2019 spring semester.
FREE JAZZ CONCERT SET NOV. 15

The mellow sounds of jazz will waft across the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus Nov. 15 as the Jazz Combo , the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Choir present their fall concert at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium

The concert is free and open to the public .

The Jazz Combo kicks off the evening with “Cherokee” and “Tenor Madness.” The Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Choir combine their talents for “Nice and Easy” and “Moonglow.” The Jazz Ensemble steps into the spotlight with “Blues to Begin With,” and a Miles Davis tune called “Four.”  

The Jazz Ensemble then reels off “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” “One Note Samba,” “Big Dipper” and the classic from Joe Bishop and Woody Herman, “Woodchopper’s Ball.” In the grand finale, the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Choir wrap up with “Sway.” 
"WESTERN CANTEEN"
"CHILDREN'S
PLAYHOUSE"
"DOLL HOUSE"
"LOG CABIN"
WIN A
NEW
PLAYHOUSE
FOR THE
HOLIDAYS
"SHE SHED"
'HOUSES OF HOPE' TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
HOMELESS WOMEN'S & CHILDREN'S SHELTER

The Tiftarea House of Hope is selling tickets for a drawing to win one of five playhouses on display at Tifton Mall .

Tickets are $10 each or three for $25 . They are on sale at the mall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. , until the drawing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. You do not have to be present to win.

All funds raised benefits the Tiftarea House of Hope , a Tifton shelter for homeless women and children.

For information , call 229-382-9010 or 229-402-2610 .
GFWC 20th CENTURY 
LIBRARY CLUB
(TIFTON WOMAN'S CLUB)
The GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club
(Tifton Woman's Club)
is hosting a membership meeting for guests
who wish to know more about the club and
are considering joining to enhance their volunteer service in our community.

The meeting will begin with a Social Gathering and
Hands-On Project at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13,
at Leroy Rogers Center, 315 W. Second St.

The project includes writing cards to veterans and working on Christmas decorations for Hometown Holidays.

The program will begin at 3 p.m. with speaker Rosemary Hightower from House of Hope Women's Homeless Shelter.
  
Call for more information:
President Shirene Daniell (229) 392-4060  
or Membership Chair Genie McCook (229) 386-9990
GOT A WEEKEND YARD SALE? LET US KNOW!

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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