NOV. 7, 2017
Tifton, Georgia


Voters in Tifton go the polls today to elect City Council members for Districts 1 and 3, and all Tift County voters will decide whether to keep the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST

City Councilman Wes Ehlers, a Tifton bank vice president, is seeking re-election in District 1 against Paul Boyd, who recently retired from the Tifton Fire Department.

In District 3, Councilman Johnny Terrell is running unopposed for re-election.

The SPLOST referendum is a renewal of the penny sales tax that Tift County and its municipalities already have in place and is used for road and capital improvement projects. More than $60 million has been collected in the past, and most of it has come from people outside Tift County , officials say.

Polls are open until  7 p.m. today. Georgia voters must have their  driver's license or state-issued  identification card with them.  After the polls close, Tift County election results will be tallied at the elections office on Chestnut Avenue .

Country music star Dwight Yokam got folks up on their feet last Thursday night at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.

Tifton-based McAlpin Entertainment and Six String Southern Productions brought Yoakam's show to the Friendly City.

Austin McAlpin of McAlpin Entertainment announces that among other country music concerts coming nearby are Doug Stone in Fitzgerald on Nov. 9; Shenandoah in Thomasville on Nov. 11 ; Jeff Bates in Savannah on Nov. 17; Ben Haggard in Tifton , Dec. 16 ; and John Berry's A nnual Christmas Show  coming to Valdosta on Dec. 18 .

Tifton's Len Lastinger Primary School, one of five schools nationwide to win a $20,000 grant earlier this year for new playground equipment, has set Jan. 6 as the school's "Dream Playground Build Day." 

The school's PTO launched the "Play. Learn. Grow. Building Our Dream Playground" campaign last year.

Len Lastinger's "Are You Smarter Than a Len Lastinger Bee?" video was one of five highest vote-getters on Facebook and was selected as a finalist from approximately 140 video entries in the nationwide "Let's Play" video contest. The final five winners were determined by online votes.

The  grant is part of  "Let's Play," an initiative by Dr Pepper Snapple and the national non-profit  KaBOOM! The goal is to provide kids and families with the tools, places and inspiration to make  active play a daily priority.


Kaycee Aultman, a writing and communications major from Tifton, was recently
Kaycee Aultman, left, and AT&T's Courtney Brinson. Aultman was the valedictorian for the Class of 2016 at Tift County High School.
named an AT&T Georgia/Foundation Scholar at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Courtney Brinson, regional director for external affairs for AT&T Georgia, was on hand to congratulate her. Brinson is also an emeritus member of the ABAC Foundation board of trustees. 

" I have been given the opportunity to advance my college career," said Aultman of the scholarship. 

"Not only am I planning to obtain my bachelor's degree in writing and communications from ABAC, but I am serving ABAC as an Ambassador so that I can give back to the college to say thank you for all the incredible ways that it has given to me. None of my accomplishments here at ABAC would have been possible without this scholarship."

AT&T Georgia is a Gold Level Sponsor for the upcoming An Evening for ABAC scholarship fundraising event on March 2, 2018.


Peace Lutheran Church hosts its annual Cookie Walk on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m.-noon at the church's Fellowship Hall, 604 Tennessee Drive, Tifton.

Church members have been busy baking different kinds of cookies, cakes, breads and German pastries, and making holiday candies and homemade peanut brittle

Last year, there were 26 different kinds of cookies, including Cardamom Cuties, German Gems and, of course, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip. The cookies will be sold for $6 a pound, mix and match.

Shoppers are given a plastic glove and a take-out tray, and then choose their cookies from more than two dozen different kinds. 

Handmade Christmas ornaments and many new items will also be available.

Phone cards will be purchased for the Armed Forces, and a donation will be given to Lutheran Services of Georgia. Supplemental funds have been received from  Thrivent Financial.


Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County is selling smoked turkeys for Thanksgiving for a donation of $25 each. 

Orders are being taken now, and the holiday main course may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the parking lot of Peace Lutheran Church, 604 Tennessee Drive, near Virginia Avenue, during the church's annual Cookie Walk.

The fundraiser benefits adults in our community who are learning to read and preparing to take their GEDs, as well as those who are learning to speak, read and write English as a second language

Call 229-391-2527 to reserve your turkey today, smoked by Towson Meats. Deadline for orders is Wednesday, Nov. 15. You may also preorder via Messenger on Facebook or email or donate online at
" Donations from friends and local businesses keep us going strong," said Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers. "Donations enable us to purchase books and recruit and train tutors, and pay fees for students to take their GEDs when they are ready."

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The Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will present an evening of jazz music at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Howard Auditorium.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Jazz Ensemble's performance will feature "One O'Clock Jump," by the Count Basie Orchestra; "The Rotten Kid," by Buddy Greco; "The Star-Crossed Lovers," by Duke Ellington; "Sun Goddess," arranged by Mike Tomaro and written by Jon Lind and Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire; "A Night in Tunisia," by Dizzy Gillespie arranged by Michael Philip Mossman; and "I Love Being Here with You," originally a vocal for Peggy Lee.

ABAC vocalists Asia Bryant, a music-vocal major from Albany, and Shana Morman, a music-vocal major from Valdosta, will perform.
The ABAC Jazz Choir will perform with the Jazz Ensemble on "You're the Top" and "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To" by Cole Porter and "How Deep is the Ocean" by Irving Berlin.

The GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club
 a member of the General Federated Women's Clubs

  Holds its next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, with a 2:30 p.m. social time and project, and a 3 p.m. business meeting. 
 Any area women who would like to find out more about this international women's organization dedicated to community improvement are invited to attend.

For information, call President Bonnie Sayles at (229) 848-2366

 "Collectively, we are Living the Volunteer Spirit," Sayles said.
 The speaker will be Jessica Swords, Student Veterans Organization Advisor for Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

"Jessica Swords works with ABAC veterans that have returned to college after serving in the military. She has some interesting points to share with us," according to Shirene Daniell, club treasurer and former state president. "Please make every effort to attend this meeting and support her and these young people."

The club will work on several community projects during the meeting including: collecting Box Tops for Education, Campbell Soup labels, magazines for TRMC waiting rooms, plastic silverware for the Soup Kitchen, pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Other Project ideas include decorating a Christmas tree for the Hometown Holidays Hall of Trees; saving stamps, sports cards and post cards for veterans national stamp and coin club; collecting children's Bibles for Toys for Tots/Santa's Helpers; YMCA Christmas Program; Suitcases for Kids; and shoe box items for Samaritan's Purse. 

Bring any small items such as school supplies, small books, caps and hats to pack a shoe box at the meeting. 

Garden Club members gather at City Hall with City Manager Pete Pyrzenski.


The Tifton Garden Club's Flower Show is on display at City Hall in the Myon Complex. Residents are encouraged to drop by and see the floral arrangements.


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