SEPT. 29, 2017
HISPANIC FEST SATURDAY
AT FULWOOD PARK
La Fiesta del Pueblo, one of t
he largest Hispanic festivals in Georgia, celebrates its 21st year on Saturday at Fulwood Park in Tifton.
Since its beginnings in 1996 in Omega, La Fiesta has been bringing the taste, sound, history, culture and traditions of Latin American countries to Tifton. The free, family-oriented festival is
a day of fun, authentic food, Mariachi music and folklore dances from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
This year, La Fiesta del Pueblo is in honor of the late Luz Marti of Tifton, who was one of the festival's founders. She dedicated 20 years to this community event.
There are two stages this year: The main stage will have professional dancers, and the Syd Blackmarr stage (south side of the park) will be occupied by singers and music. A street dance featuring a live Radio Rumba from Atlanta will be from 7-10 p.m.
Traditional foods prepared by vendors will be for sale as well as a variety of
arts, crafts and commercial items. The
children's area will include
face painting, crafts, bouncing houses, giant slides, kiddie train rides, bungee jumping and more.
Booths with information about health, education, social services and community organizations will also be located in the festival area.
2016, La Fiesta attracted about
12,500 people from
38 Georgia counties and
In 2004, the festival was recognized by the Georgia Council for the Arts as an outstanding recipient of grassroots funding.
and be used as a
For information, contact
, or visit
FRACAS AT TIFT COUNTY HIGH INJURES COP
A fight among several students Tuesday morning inside Tift County High School seriously injured a Tifton police officer and resulted in eight arrests.
Jody Abad, public safety officer assigned to Tift County High, had gotten in the middle of the fight to break it up and fell to the floor with a couple of students as the students were pummeling one other.
Tifton Police Chief Buddy Dowdy could not say the extent of Abad's injuries, but there are several reports that the officer detached his bicep in one arm, injured his other arm and cracked a kneecap.
altercation among a few students occurred on our
high school campus before school on
Tift County School System said in a written statement.
"The cause of the fight appears to stem from incidents outside of school.
"The safety of our students is always our main concern, and our school was never on lockdown. Our school resource officer and school staff handled the incident quickly and efficiently. All students involved in the fight have been disciplined according to our Code of Conduct. Any further charges and punishments are part of an investigation by local law enforcement officials," the school system said.
Chief Dowdy said the arrests included juveniles and an adult. Some students at the high school claim the fight was gang-related.
"I have heard that," the police chief said Thursday. "That has not been confirmed, as far as I know."
10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, nonstop performances from The Howard Center Stage, Street Dance
with Quique Fuentes from Atlanta Radio Rumba & non-stop singers from BB&T stage (south side of park);
Children's Area with rides and face painting;
Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Center for Women's Health
Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Quality Produce, LLC
First Community Bank
South Georgia Banking Co.
City of Tifton,
Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
Tifton-Tift County Public Library
Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC
Murray's Flower Gallery
'TOPPING OUT' MARKS HALFWAY POINT FOR
$22 MILLION MUSCULOSKELETAL CENTER
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) and
Cauthan Construction Co. held a
"topping-out party" Sept. 21 at the
Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC)
West Campus in Tifton.
The event marked the halfway point of construction for a $22-million musculoskeletal center. "Topping out" refers to the roof being completed on the building under construction. Lunch and tours were offered to hospital board members, executive leaders, physicians, architects and contractors.
"This new, state-of-the-art building will
consolidate outpatient orthopedic, rheumatology, neurology, pain management, chiropractic and rehabilitation services into a single facility," said
Claire Byrnes, TRHS senior vice president, ambulatory services. "It will provide patients a convenient, one-stop shop for
construction is scheduled to be completed in
six months. "Today's celebration recognizes the halfway point of construction," she said. "It signifies that this project has gone from a concept-on-paper to something that is truly tangible. Our goal is be completely moved into the new facility by
The TRMC West Campus is at the crossroads of
U.S. Highway 41 and
Interstate 75 in
Tifton. The musculoskeletal center is a three-story,
80,000-square-foot medical office building on
11.53 acres next to to the
Affinity Clinic building, which houses Tift Regional's multi-specialty physician practice, convenient care clinic and diagnostic services.
Hospital Authority of Tift County secured low-interest financing for the new project through the
U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development program.
CARNIVAL OF KNOWLEDGE CROWNS TRIVIA CHAMPS
Law Offices of Erika S. Johnson won the
Carnival of Knowledge trivia contest
Thursday night at
Southern Regional Technical College. The event is a
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County.
Also placing in the competition were teams representing
Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals (second place) and the
Tifton Kiwanis Club (third place).
Longtime Literacy Volunteers board member and volunteer
Liz Carson Keith was recognized at the event for her decades of service to the organization and to
literacy efforts in
Twenty-one teams competed in the trivia competition.
In photo at right, Liz Carson Keith, left, receives a plaque from Bonnie Sayles, Literacy Volunteers' executive director.
GET READY FOR PUMPKINS
AGRICULTURE MUSEUM OPENING PUMPKIN PATCH OCT. 7
Visitors can pick out the perfect pumpkin beginning Oct. 7 when the
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village
opens its annual pumpkin patch.
Admission is not required to visit the pumpkin patch and playground area at the Country Store near the museum entrance. The pumpkin patch will be open Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Prices for pumpkins start at $5.
While adults are picking out pumpkins, children may choose their own pumpkin or play on the tire swings, seesaws, the ever-popular corn box and the swing set. The agriculture museum has also added a wooden train playground set to the play area.
For information contact the museum at 229-391-5205.
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE OCT. 10
vote in the
Tuesday, Oct. 10.
Early in-person voting starts
Oct. 16, and the
municipal election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
In Tifton, District 1 City
Wes Ehlers is seeking re-election against political newcomer Paul Boyd, a retired Tifton firefighter. District 3 City Councilman Johnny Terrell Jr. is running unopposed for re-election.
Also on the local November ballot will be reauthorization of the county's current Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or "SPLOST."
AT&T HELPS DISASTER RELIEF IN GA
AT&T is contributing
$20,000 to the
Salvation Army to support their
disaster relief efforts in
Georgia in the aftermath of
"I am grateful for the support that the
is showing in this time of need, and it is encouraging to have our local
and creating jobs, while also supporting us yet again to
our community," said
, president of the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce
"As we work with
residents in the impacted
communities -- men and women who are facing immediate and long-term needs as a result of Irma's impact -- this additional
support from AT&T and others in the community is essential," said
Lanita Loyd, emergency disaster services director for the
Salvation Army Georgia Division.
Courtney Brinson, AT&T regional director of external and legislative affairs, said. "At
AT&T, we are committed to providing
communication resources needed every day and especially in times like these. We are also
committed to doing our part to
help our friends, neighbors and communities
recover from disasters like this
IT'S BEACHY... IT'S TACKY ... IT'S
TIFTAREA ACADEMY'S HOMECOMING WEEK!
Homecoming Week at
Tiftarea Academy is always a fun time for students and staff with different
themes each day.
Take a look at some of the fun this week....
..at a Glance
- "Paws on Love," an art exhibit about dogs, last day, 1-5 p.m., Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Brookwood Warriors, 7:30 p.m., Panther Pit, Chula
- Tift County High Blue Devils football @ Fitzgerald High Purple Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m., Fitzgerald
- La Fiesta del Pueblo Hispanic Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m, Fulwood Park, Tifton
- South Georgia Wine Festival, 1-6 p.m., Collins event center, 2703 U.S. Highway 41 S., Tifton
Gwendolyn Snow Carmichael, 97, Tifton
Bobby John Stanford, 79, Tifton
Carl "Dean" Bailey, 65, Sumner
Edward Sellars, 67, Ty Ty
Dorothy Janice Paulk, 76, Tifton
Morris Ervin St. John, 93, Tifton
Myrtle Frances Downs, 71, Fitzgerald
Irma Clyde Wilder Halstead, 92, Waco, Texas
Eddie W. Harper, 66, Osierfield
Martha Viola Patton Brooks, 76, Sparks
Lonnie Edward "Sonny" Register Jr., 74, Watkinsville
Julia "Marie" Paulk Outten, 78, Tifton
Reba Laverne Palmer Burns, 72, Enigma
Willie Eugene Lawson, Vienna
Mattie Lou Monk Woods, 92, Tifton
Velma K. Burdette, 85, Ty Ty
Betty Sandra Gunn Arrington, 75, Omega
Martha Kennedy, 84, Chula
Oveda Joyce Horten Lee, 79, Alapaha
Virginia May Wetherington, 83, Nashville
Melissa Alewine Holton, 40, Telfair County
Jeff Holton, 38, Telfair County
Paul Richard Tanner, 58, Tifton
Benny James Goode, 56, Enigma
Clara Belle Orrick Parker, 84, Tifton
Kenneth James Malloy, 72, Chula
Ronnie H. Kelly, 67, Ocilla
Jerry Mack Crosby, 75, Quitman
Gary Dean Knowles, 53, Alapaha
Evaline King, 92, Madison, Fla.
Sharon Nelson, Tifton
YOU WITH PROFESSIONALISM
BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE SALE
59 Chase Circle, Tifton, GA
New and growing subdivision; 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and split floor plan; 1,650 square feet. Wood and ceramic tile flooring, modern kitchen, 2-car garage and pond access.
Visit Us Online:
Call us TODAY!
Blue Skies &
Each & Every
FRANK SAYLES JR.
Editor & Publisher
A Service of
Sayles Unlimited Marketing LLC