JUNE 29, 2018
MUSIC, FIREWORKS TO ROCK THE BLOCK
The "Rock The Block Street Dance" on Saturday, June 30, in downtown Tifton will include Tifton's fireworks display for
The event, which includes live music, children's activities, and food and beverages, is scheduled from 6-10 p.m. on First Street. Holiday fireworks, formerly held at the Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, will illuminate the downtown skies after dark.
Visitors may bring their own chairs and blankets.
Rock the Block events have always been really popular, but we think the addition of the
fireworks is going to make it even more special," said
Angela Elder, the event's coordinator. "It's a great
display, and we appreciate everyone's help to make that happen."
Farewell Company will provide the musical entertainment, marking its second trip to Tifton this year. Elder said the group performed during the Friday night concert at the Rhythm & Ribs Festival in March and were so well-received that a return engagement was scheduled. The band will take the stage, set up on the west end of First Street near the intersection with Commerce Way, at 7 p.m.
As well as the live music, there will be cornhole games, water slides, rock painting and more.
"We'll have a lot of activities for the whole family," Elder said. "It'll be a great time to come downtown, enjoy some music, get something to eat and relax with your friends."
BOOK DETAILS MURDER AT LENOX DEPOT IN 1909
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Warren Robinson has
written another book,
Death Waits at the Depot," about the true story surrounding a murder at the Lenox train depot in 1909. Robinson will be hosting a
book signing from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 8, at the Civic Center in Lenox.
"The book is a
true story about a
murder that happened at the train depot in
Lenox during the
early morning hours of
April 26, 1909, and the events that followed. It is a very interesting true story of
the Georgia frontier of the early 1900s," Robinson said.
"I heard about this story from family as a small child, and it has always been intriguing to me. After retirement, I would occasionally do research on it, and the more I researched, the more I became interested. After more than 100 years, details seem to keep surfacing and there is a lot of irony involving the event and my family," Robinson told the Tifton Grapevine.
"The story includes a lot of
humor as well as
tragedy, and harkens back to an
South Georgia few now know little about."
According to a promotional blurb for the book: "
This is the true story of two young men of the Georgia frontier who met by chance for the first time on the
night of April 26, 1909. One was black, one was white. Fate brought their paths together at a railroad
depot in the new town of
, and neither man would walk away from that encounter.
"This story is suspenseful with many twists and turns, and covers more than 100 years of Georgia history during the 20th century, including many ironic discoveries. While it begins with the heinous act of murder and its legal consequences, it also includes an interesting story of frontier Georgia history and more than a few humorous stories that make it a book that most readers feel co
mpelled to finish without putting it down."
Robinson published a
memoir of his
military service in the
"Remembering Vietnam: A Veteran's Story," which was well received.
Robinson has many ties to
Tifton and is a
member of the
Tifton Rotary Club.
|Chris Beckham of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce addresses the Rotary Club of Tifton on Wednesday. Beckham cited local business growth and expansions.
TIFT JOBLESS RATE HITS 28-YEAR LOW
unemployment rate is at
3.5 percent -- the
1990, Tifton Rotarians were told
jobless rate in
May is a
significant drop from the
highest rate recorded in
recent years -- more than
12 percent in
Chris Beckham, vice president of the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce.
Beckham also said the
majority of people who
Tift County commute from
outside Tift. According to figures he cited,
53.6 percent of Tift County's
17,630 workers are coming from
other counties across the state.
economic development, Beckham said a
Bitcoin digital company is in negotiations for leasing about a
third of the
Shaw Industries building. He also cited several
industrial expansions in recent years, including
American Textile, Turner's Furniture Distribution Center, Heatcraft, Tifton Quality Peanuts and
Bell Plantation, a manufacturer of peanut-related products, is
PB2 Foods under
new management and is
expected to grow significantly, Beckham said.
retail growth coming to
Tifton, he cited
Cook Out restaurant at the former Hunt office building on U.S. Highway 82 West;
Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches,
Chicken Salad Chick and
Red Owl Coffee Co. on North Tift Avenue past Zaxby's;
Ollie's Bargain Outlet at the former JC Penney location in Tifton Mall; and
Harbor Freight Tools in part of the former Kmart building on Virginia Avenue.
FITZGERALD SCHOOL GRANT
AIDS COMPUTER CODING
Georgia Department of Education will provide
$500,000 to help
17 school districts implement
middle-school computer coding programs, including
Ben Hill County Middle School in
State Board of Education approved the
funds on State School Superintendent
Richard Woods' recommendation.
The grants target
middle schools in
rural, underserved or high-poverty school clusters. Each grant includes
equipment, training, curriculum and
teacher professional development.
students need to graduate ready for
21st-century careers; we can't be complacent and rely on the way we've always done things, and we can't wait until high school to start preparing our kids," Woods said.
computer science is a piece of that puzzle. This funding and these new courses for middle-school computer coding are part of the broader work we're doing at the department to
expand opportunities for students in Georgia's public schools."
SRTC TAKING OVER FORMER BAINBRIDGE COLLEGE CAMPUS
Southern Regional Technical College
(SRTC) formally takes over the former
Bainbridge State College (BSC)
When the official announcement was made about
of the former
, the question arose about what would happen with the baccalaureate programs that
BSC offered. This was remedied by a consolidation with Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, which was effective Jan. 1.
That merger paved the way for a seamless academic transition for those BSC students who were enrolled in programs not offered by technical colleges.
Once that hurdle was cleared,
SRTC was able to begin working toward
acquiring the assets and implementing programmatic-curriculum
updates to the
technical division of the former
BSC (now operating as
July 1, all
property formerly belonging to
BSC on the
main campus and
Midtown education center will belong to
Southern Regional Technical College.
ABAC will be
leasing space from SRTC at the main
Bainbridge Campus, which will be branded as
WIREGRASS FREEDOM FESTIVAL SET
AT AG MUSEUM / HISTORIC VILLAGE
Break out the red, white and blue on Saturday, June 30, for the Wiregrass Freedom Festival at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Ga. Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
Face painting, egg races, sack races, a hoop toss, three-legged races, tug-of-war, baseball and fishing with a cane pole. Activities are 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
1914 Vulcan Steam Train
will be operating all day.
Crafts for kids and an Independence Day oration will add to the
atmosphere, enhanced by a pie-baking contest and hand-dipped ice cream.
"We invite neighbors and guests from near and far to join us in celebrating America's birthday through fun, educational and unique activities," said Museum Director Garrett
For information, call 229-391-5205.
ABAC NAMES NEW DEAN OF NURSING
Dr. Jaibun Earp has had her eye on Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College for a long time; now she gets to experience ABAC up close as the dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
"I have driven by ABAC for years on Interstate 75," Earp said. "I always turned my head and looked toward the campus and was quite attracted by the view."
Dr. Jerry Baker, ABAC provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Earp begins her duties July 1, succeeding Troy Spicer, who has decided to return to a position inside the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
"We believe that Dr. Earp has the vision and leadership skills necessary to address the challenges of combining two excellent nursing programs into one," Baker said, referring the former Bainbridge State College nursing program that is now a part of ABAC.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Earp came to the United States in 1973.
"I really came to study and just explore the world," Earp said. "Seoul is a city of 20 million people so I know all about big city life. Since living in North Florida for the past 27 years, I look forward to becoming a part of the Tifton community."
A Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Earp has taught at two schools in Georgia -- Emory University and Columbus State University.
Earp's most recent position was with the U.S. Department of Justice as an advanced nurse practitioner with the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Tallahassee.
She previously was a professor and associate dean at the Florida A&M University School of Nursing. She has also worked at Howard University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee at Nashville, St. Luke's Hospital Center in New York, the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville and the U.S. Army Hospital in Seoul.
A Teacher of the Year Award recipient twice and Advanced Teacher of the Year Award recipient at Florida A&M in 2003, Earp also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Emory University School of Nursing in 1992. She has served as president of the Big Bend Area Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and as vice president of the Florida Nurses Foundation.
TIFWILAR alumni event
is coming back to
Thursday-Saturday, July 5-8.
The TIFWILAR, or Tift County Industrial Elementary & High School - Wilson Elementary & High School Alumni Reunion, brings together members of those former schools' classes through 1975.
The reunion activities are held every two years for the former, traditionally black schools.
In 2016, approximately 400 people attended.
Organizers say this year alumni are registered to attend from all over the country and Germany, including two alumni from the classes of 1946 and 1947.
Wilson High Class of '68 will also gather for its 50th class reunion.
Scheduled activities during the four-day event include a memorial service, individual class gatherings, a "Disco Night," a motorcade parade, a "Golden Oldies Dance" and a Scholarship Awards Banquet with speaker Bob Yancey from the Wilson High Class of 1961.
The former Wilson Elementary and High School closed in 1970 and is now Matt Wilson school; the Industrial Elementary and High School became J.T. Reddick school in 1974.
SATURDAY AT GALLERY
Dave Richards of the Little River Woodturners Guild will be on the porch of Plough Gallery on Saturday, June 30, from 2-6 p.m., to share his woodturning technique.
The Guild will also be present to discuss the craft.
Richards has developed his own
turning style that transforms
discarded wood into multi-textured
bowls, vases and
Woodturning is a creative hobby but also a potentially dangerous one. Lathes can rotate wood at 3,000 rotations per minute; as they spin, wood turners use specially designed gouges to carve and shape the wood into smooth vessels.
The vessels are then coated in a thick resin. But some wood turners buck this trend by leaving natural edges, not using thick resin and embracing the
natural knots and divots in wood.
Richards is one of the turners who has developed his own taste in how
wood can be
transformed. The demonstration and trunk show is free and open to the public.
Jared Ziegenbein's interactive exhibit
"Highly Functioning Ceramics" is also be available for viewing. Guests are welcome to use
soft mallets to create music with his hanging bowls. The
gallery hosts a variety of ceramic, glass, fiber, photography work from artists across the country. In the main hall,
Jack Deese's show
"Timeshare" is on display.
Plough Gallery is located on Eighth Street in Tifton.
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..at a Glance
- "County Fair Day" at Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Wiregrass Freedom Festival, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
- Woodturning Demonstration, 2-6 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
- Miss Georgia Forestry State Scholarship Pageant, 3 p.m., 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- Rock the Block Street Dance & Fireworks, 6-10 p.m, Downtown Tifton
Dorothy "Ann" Yancey Atwater, 77, Tifton
Jessica Lynn Gayton, 30, Fitzgerald
Grace Day, 85, Adel
David R. Jones, 80, Sparks
Margaret Shivers Wood, 81,
Lillian Garner Fowler, 89, Fitzgerald
Lamar Green, 86, Irwin County
Stevie Charles Washington, 46, Ashburn
James F. Phillips, 94, Fitzgerald
Hazel Kathleen Lee Butler, 87, Fitzgerald
J.L. Hasty, 82, Fitzgerald
Dr. John R. Young, 85, Tifton
Mildred Frances Easters Branch, 92, Tifton
Jamaine Eulalie Anderson Nixon, 61, Tifton
Kenneth Thomas Fender, 66, Lakeland
Margaret Lunelle Coker Smith, 89, Sycamore
Nell Pearman Harrell, 87, Tifton
Larry Ledbetter, 88, Sylvester
Mike Sadler, 58, Irwin County
Ret. M.Sgt. Bobby "Bob" Davis Greer, 77, Adel
Robert Lawson "Bob" Puckett, 81, Nashville
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