Aug. 7, 2015
                            Tifton, Georgia

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Tift County football teams very well may need all the detergent expected to be collected tonight at its Ninth Annual Soap Bowl scrimmage -- more rain (and mud)  is forecast.

Graphic by MillaCreationsz

The sixth grade through varsity squads are scheduled to scrimmage beginning at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 7, at the Tift County High mini-stadium.


The varsity is expected to take the field at 7 p.m. For 

admission, the audience is asked to bring 

biodegradable detergent and fabric softener. No bar soaps or towels are being accepted this year, says the Tift County Touchdown Club.

This is Tift County High School's head football coach Ashley Anders' first year at the helm. The Blue Devils finished 7-4 last season.


This year's first contest will be  a preseason scrimmage against Worth County on Aug. 14 in Sylvester. The regular season starts a week later against Henry County at Brodie Field.


There are anticipated to be a few changes this season, in addition to the coaching staff; the Tift County "T" is expected to return to helmets, and a new digital scoreboard is planned at Brodie Field.



It's down to the wire: Horace Hudgins of Ocilla and Clay Pirkle of Sycamore are on the ballot in Tuesday's special runoff election to fill the Ga, House seat representing District 155 in the General Assembly. The district encompasses the northern part of Tift County. as well as Irwin, Ben Hill, Turner and Coffee counties.


The two were the top vote-getters among four candidates in a special election last month to fill the seat vacated by


former Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, who resigned to become state planning director of the Department of Transportation.


Early voting in the runoff ends today. Polls reopen from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, for election day.


Hudgins, the former Ocilla mayor, says education, jobs, community development and agriculture will be his priorities if elected. 

member of the Ocilla Church of God, Hudgins has worked with Georgia Power Co. for 42 years, serving as area manager for Ashburn, Fitzgerald, Douglas and Ocilla.

He is married to Kimberly James of Homerville, and has a daughter, three sons and six grandchildren.


In 2014, Hudgins was named Ashburn-Turner County Volunteer of the Year, is a state board member of the Georgia Sheriff Youth Homes, was appointed by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss to serve on the Agriculture Advisory Council, was appointed by Gov. Zell Miller to the Regional Advisory Council of the Department of Community Affairs, and was

appointed by Gov. Roy Barnes to the Georgia State Games Commission.


Hudgins has been a member of both the Ocilla and Homerville city councils, a board member and past president of the Ocilla Chamber of Commerce, was named the Ocilla Chamber's Director of the Year, has been a board member of the Ashburn-Turner County Chamber of Commerce, a past president of the American Heart Association chapter, 

past  president  of the  Ocilla Rotary Club and past a ssistant district governor for the  regional  Rotary Club district in Georgia.


For Pirkle, this is his first run for elective office and says education, agriculture, families and fiscal conservatism will be his main priorities if elected.

Pirkle, a deacon at Bethel Baptist Church, works with his family-owned  Pirkle  Farms in Sycamore He has been a
federal government economist, a commercial banker, and an economics instructor at Darton College.

He and his wife, Sharon, have two sons and a daughter. 

Pirkle  has taught Sunday School for 20 years at his church, where he also serves as treasurer. He says his faith is central to his life, and  his passion has taken him on mission trips to such locations as Peru, Jamaica, Kentucky and South Carolina. He serves as a director of the Scott Dawson Evangelistic Association based in Birmingham, Ala.



Country music star Kip Moore, a Tifton native, has announced plans for his "Comeback Kid Skatepark Project," a charitable initiative that will oversee the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and "comeback kids."


Moore is launching the project through his non-profit organization, "Kip's Kids Fund." His first skatepark is being built in Tennessee, and, according to ESPN Music, future cities include Tifton.


"The Comeback Kid Skatepark Project broke ground on the first park in Nashville, Tenn., with upcoming skateparks in cities like Boston, San Marcos (Texas), Annapolis (Maryland) and Kip Moore's hometown, Tifton, Georgia," reports ESPN Music.


The report has caught Tifton officials off guard.


"This is the first I've heard of it," City Manager Larry Riner told the Tifton Grapevine.


On his web site, Moore is quoted as saying: "What started off as a pipe dream of mine years ago has truly become a passion project. It came from me wanting to give kids in inner cities a safe outlet where they can form the bonds I know can be made from having somewhere awesome to go and be a part of something they enjoy.


"I wrote the song 'Comeback Kid' at a time when I felt like a comeback kid, but now when I sing it I think less about myself and more about the kids we are doing this for and how much I admire and respect them."


According to his web site, Moore is an avid rock climber, surfer, skateboarder and outdoor enthusiast. "He also has a heart for small town and inner city kids growing up with too few options. As a result, the 'Kip's Kid Fund' provides alternative outlets for youth to engage in healthy habits and physical activities like skateboarding," his web site notes.

As Moore told ESPN Music,  "The beauty of skating is that it's such a community; it's such a brotherhood. Even though it's an individual sport, it's a lot more of a cameraderie. It's a band of brothers kind of thing. I just want to create a new outlet, an outlet that these kids aren't used to seeing."



Horace, with wife Kim & grandchild Paisley


Tuesday, Aug.11


A Proven Conservative
 Georgia House District 155


Horace Hudgins will work to represent our 

 South Georgia values at the Georgia Capital

~ Support Georgia Agriculture
~ Fight for education dollars for 

South Georgia 

~ Bring Jobs to our community 


"As Georgia's first                                                  "I first met Horace Hudgins

Republican Labor                                          over a decade ago while serving 

Commissioner,                                               in the Georgia Senate. He is the

I understand what it takes                                                  kind of conservative to create jobs. My friend                                                            leader we need

Horace Hudgins also                                    at the state capitol. It is my belief

understands what it                              that he would be a great representative

takes, which is why we                                       for the people of Coffee, Irwin,

need him in the Legislature."                       Tift, Ben Hill and Turner counties."


~ Mark Butler                                                                                                                                           ~ Brian Kemp

Georgia Labor Commissioner                                                                                                Georgia Secretary of State



Thank You for Your Vote!
Horace Hudgins
Carla Hall, at left, and Lynn Lovett


Carla Hall has been appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation.

Hall, a former Miss ABAC who received a business degree from the Tifton college in 1991, is occupational medicine  director  at Tift Regional Medical Center's WorkSmart Occupational Health Clinic.

"Carla is an ABAC alumnus who is very active in the community,"  said  Lynn Lovett, foundation chairman.  "I know she will do a great job promoting the value of an ABAC education."


"I have very fond memories of ABAC, and I loved the time I spent there," Hall said. "This is an opportunity for me to serve the very institution which served me so well during those two years."

Hall is an 1989 graduate of Tift County High SchoolIn 1993, she graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor's degree in business. After a 10-year career with State Farm Insurance, she joined the staff of Tift Regional in 2003.


"ABAC is an integral part of the economic development of the community, not only because of the students but also because of the faculty and staff who are employed there," Hall said. "The partnership which allowed ABAC to bring in the Agrirama breeds education, leadership and tourism."


Hall served as board of directors chair of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce in 2011.  She was selected Ambassador of the Year for the Chamber in 2006 and graduated from Leadership Tifton in 2005.




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Tift County's Fifth Annual "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive is still underway to help provide school supplies to needy children.


The bus is at Publix Plaza outside Publix Super Market on Virginia Avenue until noon Aug. 17. All supplies collected will be distributed during the school year through the Needy Children's Fund under management of Tift school system social workers.


The drive is sponsored by Publix Super Market, Staples Office Supply, Tift County Public Schools, Tifton Needy Children's Fund and coordinated by the United Way of South Central Georgia in Tifton.


For information or to volunteer, contact the United Way, 229-382-2881 or on Facebook, Click Here!


UGA TIFTON is testing different varieties of lettuce and kale, as a direct result of the California drought, hoping to find some that work in Georgia, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. UGA researchers are working to develop new varieties of lettuce and kale that could help the state's farmers meet growing national demand for crops devastated by drought in California. About 50 types of lettuce were planted in Tifton last year. "Some did OK, but a lot did very poorly because they're bred for the Central Valley (of California)," UGA horticulture professor Tim Coolong said. "We still have some work to do." ... TIFT COUNTY SCHOOLS opened on Tuesday and Superintendent Patrick Atwater reports that it was perhaps the smoothest beginning of the school year ever, thanks to parents and school personnel. ... IT'S NOT QUITE 'JEOPARDY' but the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce has posted a trivia quiz for you to test how well you know your local businesses. To take the quiz, Click Here!


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Target recently presented a $3,000 community grant to the Gallery at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The grant will support the Gallery's Bottles and Brushes art classes. Attending the presentation were from left, Tony Richards, Tony Christopher Target Distribution Center General Manager Stacy Lippa, Museum Curator Polly Huff, Denise Verdesoto and Alisha Stabler from Target. 



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"Let's Hang On!" - the Frankie Valli and The  Four  Seasons tribute group - is coming to Tifton on Thursday, Sept 17, for a gala night of fine food, fine music and dancing to the many hits from the iconic group that inspired the smash Broadway musical "The Jersey Boys."


Sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, the dinner and show at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center is the foundation's annual fundraiser for the public library, aiding the library in providing children's and community programming, and in providing materials and other programs.


The tickets for the show only go on sale Aug. 15 for the general public.  Prices are $35 for show only and dinner/show is $80 at


Sponsorships are still available from $500 to $3,000 and, depending on sponsor level, include one or more tables for eight for dinner and show at this black-tie optional event. 


The show pays tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' many classic songs, such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "December '63 (Oh, What a Night)," "Rag Doll," "Let's Hang On (to What We've Got)," and many more mega hits of the '60s, all presented in a high-energy and polished production.


For information, call 229-386-2237.




Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County  is recruiting sponsors of three-person teams for the  16th Annual Carnival of Knowledge Trivia Contest  at  6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at  Southern Regional Technical College's Tifton Conference Center (formerly Moultrie Tech , Tifton Campus). 


This year, the Carnival is under the direction of past winner and trivia expert Dottie Freeman. It will begin with a free spaghetti dinner for participants and attendees. Freeman encourages family members to come watch and volunteer to serve on sponsored teams that don't have team members. She said to anticipate a fun-filled evening complete with free family entertainment, food and prizes. 


"The goal is 20 teams signed up at $150 a team, but the general public can fill in on sponsored teams for no charge," said Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers. She noted that individuals, groups, civic organizations, and businesses may sponsor teams. "Even if they don't have members to play, they may sponsor a team.  When local trivia buffs fill in for free, the entertainment value is enhanced. Audience participants may come empty-handed and go home with some awesome prizes!" 


"We are keeping the price of a team low so more teams can participate," Sayles said. "My husband, Frank, and I have participated in the past, so I can tell you it's a lot of fun to play and fun to watch." 


The carnival atmosphere of the conference center will be enhanced by circus decorations. In addition to bragging rights as Tifton's trivia experts, the top three teams will receive special prizes. This year, top winning team members each receive  three nights at a mountain cabin in Dahlonega, courtesy of Literacy Board member Liz Carson Keith.  Door prizes for attendees will include meals at local restaurants, manicures, home decor, and gift certificates. Those wanting to play, sponsor a team, donate a prize or volunteer to help may call Sayles at (229) 391-2527.


 "If you believe that improving literacy in Tift County is key to our economic success, you need to support this fundraiser in the strongest way possible," Sayles said. "Each school dropout that earns a GED diploma, each person that learns to read better or speak English better helps to improve our society as a whole. We owe it to ourselves to make sure we can continue the programs that make this possible." 


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             a Glance 

  • Blue Devils 'Soap Bowl," 5 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton
  • Summer Market Mixer, 6:30 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton
  • Freshman Move-In Day, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton

In Memoriam


Martha Virginia Rutland, 93, Lenox

Edward Charles "Ed" Willis, 80, Brookfield
Ray Tyler, 72, Fitzgerald



Tommy "Tom" Dale Dove, 66, West Berrien Community 

Don Akins, 72, Sylvester


AUG. 1

William Warren "'Bill" Conoly, 94, Tifton
 Ronald "Ron" Dale Hester, 69, Adel

Dorothy Young McClelland, 84, Tifton
 Ruth W. Taylor, 83, Fitzgerald

 Robert Hammer, 58, Adel


AUG. 2

Shirley Ann Cannady Jackson, 68, Tifton
 Raymond C. Braddy, 81, Fitzgerald

Leroy Jackson, Tifton

AUG. 3

Bobby Wallace Walker, 82, Tifton
Thomas Hugh "Tommy Hugh" McLean Jr., 87, Sylvester

Violet Webb West, 75, Poulan


AUG. 4

Carrie Louise McCullough, 37, Moultrie

Betty Lewis Hartsfield, 74, Tifton
Joyce Friar McEachern, 85, Lenox 

Dennie Ted Tyson, 63, Lenox
 Cayson Brady Tarrant, infant, Irwin County


AUG. 5

Anna Faye Pickel, 97, Tifton
Michael Wallace McLendon, 57, Nashville


AUG. 6

Donald Robert (Bobby) Young, 82, Fitzgerald


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