June 21, 2016
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Fitzgerald artist and educator David Malcolm sharpened his painting skills at the easel of a legend, much acclaimed Georgia art master Lamar Dodd. Now Malcolm will showcase his own style in a 52-piece landscape series in an exhibit at the Gallery of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture (GMA).
Malcolm's exhibit, "Home Place Series," will be on display July 2 to Sept. 13. Exhibit hours coincide with the GMA's operating hours throughout the summer.

"When planning his unique 52-part landscape series, there were several objectives David Malcolm hoped to achieve," says Polly Huff, curator and assistant director. "One objective was to document a specific period of South Georgia history, depicting an abandoned farm and the rural landscape of that particular time including the portrayal of many native birds.

"Another objective was to paint the same rural scene during different seasons of the year from spring through winter and during different times of the day from dawn to night with the landscapes also being transformed by a variety of atmospheric conditions."
Now retired, Malcolm worked as Dodd's graduate assistant while completing his studies in art education following completion of his graphic design degree at the University of Georgia . In 1962 , Malcolm established the art education program at Fitzgerald High School , where he taught for several years. 

Malcolm later became art education consultant for the Northeast Georgia Shared Services Project, serving public schools in six counties. During summer 1969, he served on the art staff of the Governor's Honors Program at Wesleyan College in Macon

Beginning in 1970, Malcolm served on the administrative staff of Ben Hill-Irwin Tech where he designed many award winning exhibits promoting the school.

Involved in the arts in South Georgia for many years, including a stint as president of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Arts Council, Malcolm has designed props for many stage productions at the Grand Theatre in Fitzgerald.

Malcolm was honored in 2015 with the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Chamber of Commerce for his service and contribution to the arts.

For information about the exhibit, contact Huff at 229-391-5222 or at


"Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day in the year and then miss it." ~  Daisy Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Summer is a time of possibilities. The days are longer; the skies are brighter; the world is warmer.

The hot South Georgia sun hugs us closely, its warm, whispery breath on our necks. A hazy veil falls upon
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the land and shrouds our lazy days of longing amid, what Joni Mitchell calls, "the hissing of summer lawns."

The other night, I spied the intermittent blinking of lightning bugs, the first ones that I have seen in the city in years. As children, we would catch them in old mayonnaise jars, punching holes in the metal lids to allow air. We would place the jars on our nightstand as we went to sleep, but always the "fireflies" would be dead come morning; they would never last the short night.

So too, summer would not last. Far too soon, we would return to school and have to put away the shiny 
things of summer. Before long, a crispness would return to the air as summer became but a pleasant 
memory fading away to another autumn.

Thus, the cycle continues. Summer officially arrived at 6:34 p.m.  Monday, making it the longest day of the year with about 15 hours of sunlight. For local school children, their summer began a month ago and will end in a short six weeks or so.

Don't miss the summer for it is here now; and its possibilities are indeed endless. We are in the primordial season of renewal.

As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote in "The Great Gatsby":  "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

We have the power to create the future, for it is summer and the days are long.


Tifton continues its quest to become the "Read Aloud Capital of the World" in addition to its "Reading Capital of the World" title.

Local "celebrities" are reading aloud on  Tuesdays and Thursdays at  12:15 p.m. at the  Summer Accelerated Reader Center operated by the  Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence; the summer center is being held  at the United Way of South Central Georgia, 211 W. 4th St.

Today, June 21, Tifton Mayor Julie Smith is reading to children and is challenging elected other officials to read aloud as well. Other readers scheduled in the coming days include ABAC President David Bridges, Tift Schools Superintendent Patrick Atwater and retired educator/Tifton's grande dame Eunice Mixon.

The Reading Center is open for computerized AR testing on books between  11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays  through  July 14 .


Local business owner J.B. Stinchcomb, 53, of Tifton died in his sleep Saturday, June 18, at his residence.
Stinchcomb was the longtime owner of Wishbone Fried Chicken on Love AvenueHis funeral will be at 2 p.m. today ( Tuesday, June 21) in the Chapel of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals with the Rev. Terrell Roberts officiating.

Born Nov. 7, 1962, in Barrow County, he was a son of Jane Evans Pendley of Tifton and the late A.J. Stinchcomb. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Sarge Pendley; and a brother, Jerry Stinchcomb

He was a member of Tift Avenue Missionary Baptist Church.

The Wishbone restaurant opened in 1968 in Tifton, and Stinchcomb bought it in 1989. Before that, he worked with the Golden Corral restaurant in Tifton.

In addition to his mother, Stinchcomb is survived by his wife, Linda Green Stinchcomb of Tifton; three sons; three daughters and two sons-in-law; three brothers; three sisters; 18 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

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Summer Grace Miller of Tifton was recently crowned the 2016 Little Miss Georgia Forestry Queen.

She had represented her title of  Little Miss Worth County Forestry in the annual Miss Georgia State Forestry Scholarship Pageant on  June 11.

Summer Grace is the nine-year-old daughter of Marty and Tara Miller of Tifton and has an older sister, Colee Miller, 18, and an older brother, Ben Miller, 15. Her grandparents are Jackie Martin, Johnny Goff, and Ray and Debbie Miller, all of Tifton.

Summer Grace will spend the year traveling and making appearances all over Georgia, including a visit to meet the governor. She and her sister queens will also spend the year promoting Georgia's forestry industry. 

She wishes to thank Vicky Lovett, director of the Worth County Forestry Pageant; and Dianne Dominy, director of the Georgia State and National Forestry Scholarship Pageants.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle speaks at the lunch as state Sen. Tyler Harper, left, and Rep. Clay Pirkle, listen.

The  Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce recently held its Legislative Day. 

More than 200 attended, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Sen. Tyler Harper, and Rep. Clay Pirkle.

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