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      OCT. 21, 2016
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SHAW CLOSING LAST FITZGERALD PLANT
EMPLOYS 202 WORKERS

Flooring giant Shaw Industries says it is closing its last Fitzgerald manufacturing plant which employs 202 local people.

Shaw said the yarn manufacturing facility's work will be absorbed by other plants throughout the Southeast. The Fitzgerald workers will be able to apply for transfers to other Shaw facilities, the company said.

In 2007, Shaw closed another plant in Fitzgerald putting 550 people out of work. Then, in 2011, Shaw eliminated another 90 jobs in Fitzgerald.

Also this week,  Shaw Industries, based in Dalton, said it plans to buy Georgia-based manufacturer USFloors, which makes solid flooring products such as  vinyl tile.

Shaw, the world's largest  carpet manufacturer, is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway and has more than 20,000 employees.


TIFT HALL OF FAME
ATHLETES, COACH, TEAMS TO BE INDUCTED

Nine individuals and two teams will be inducted into the Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tift County High School.

The 2016 inductees are:  Coach  Emmett Bowers (state champion golf coach, champion football and basketball coach, and inductee into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame); Winford Vickers (All-State football star);  Monique Jordan (two-time state champion in discus and All-Region fast pitch softball player);  Morgan Jones Schoenbachler (regional female athlete of the year, cheerleader and state champion gymnast);  Justin Brownlee (All-Region, All -State and professional basketball player);  Johnny Lipsey (All-State and All-Region football star);  Todd Shiver (district player of the year football and baseball star);  Monroe Jones (football, basketball star and local coach), the  1972 TCHS baseball team (which finished second in the state) and the  1954 boys basketball team (the state runner-up that year). 

The  Meritorious Service designee is the late  Jimmy Spurlin, who was a Tifton athlete, coach, sports official and was elected as a commissioner to both the Tifton city and Tift County commissions. As an elected official, he promoted local athletics and new and improved athletic facilities.

This third class of Hall of Fame inductees will  be recognized tonight (Friday) during the Tift County High football game with defending state champion Colquitt County High at Brodie Field, which is also " Senior Night."

The Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2014 to recognize athletic accomplishments.  Tift County High School Athletic Director Rusty Smith led efforts to create the Hall of fame, and  Johnny Spurlin chairs the Hall of Fame committee.

For more information, Click Here.

Country music star John Berry, left, with manager Brian Smith. 

SINGER, FORMER TIFT RESIDENT
JOHN BERRY MARKS 20 YEARS
ON GRAND OLE OPRY 

Twenty years ago this week, award-winning country singer John Berry made his debut performance on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry; next Friday, Oct. 28, the former Tift County resident revisits the stage in celebration of that milestone achievement.

Berry, 57, who has had six Top 10 hits including a No. 1 single, "Your Love Amazes Me," now resides in Nashville, Tenn. Just a few years ago, he was 
living on a  farm in Tift County and was regularly spotted around town in his pickup truck.

"Tifton really is a great community. It's still a small town. It's got that small-town feel about it," Berry had told this reporter. "There is a sense of community here; people enjoy living here."

But Tifton is a long way from Music City. Berry and his wife Robin eventually decided to head back up the road. His web site notes that the singer has "a new outlook, a new address and a new beginning" and that he's "pursuing a touring and personal appearance schedule that is more active than ever. "

Berry will once again bring his Christmas show to Tifton on Dec. 20 at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts. This is the 20th anniversary of his annual holiday show; he recently released a new album, "Christmas," available for digital download now with the physical CD being released Nov. 18. 

Next week's Grand Ole Opry appearance will be streamed online at  www.wsmonline.com
Darin & Brooke Aldridge will join Berry during his set. Other artists on the bill that night include Lorrie Morgan, Old Crow Medicine Show, Love And Theft, Brent Cobb, Carly Pearce and Connie Smith.
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                      Join Us for Downtown Tifton Christmas Open House
             Thursday, Dec. 1 -- 5. p.m - 9 p.m.
FLA NATURALIST  READING
AT WRITERS' HARVEST

The annual Writers' Harvest sponsored by "Pegasus," the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College literary magazine, is 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village conference center at ABAC. There is no admittance fee.
CERULEAN
Author Susan Cerulean, the featured reader, is a writer, naturalist and activist who divides her time between Tallahassee and Indian Pass, Fla. Her 2015 nature memoir, "Coming to Pass: Florida's Coastal Islands in a Gulf of Change," won the Gold Award for Florida Nonfiction by Florida Book Awards.

Her previous books include "Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites," "Writers Speak for Florida's Coast," and "Between Two Rivers: Stories from the Red Hills to the Gulf."  She writes a column at  www.susancerulean.com

Everyone attending the Writers' Harvest is asked bring one nonperishable food item or canned good for Brother Charlie's Rescue Mission Donations may also be taken to the offices of "Pegasus" co-advisors Dr. Jeff Newberry in the Carlton Center Library and to Brandi Arrington, Conger Hall, Room 325. Donations may also be left at the "Pegasus" office on the bottom floor of Carlton Center.

For information, email jnewberry@abac.edu or   Click Here.

ABAC PLACES SECOND 
IN HAY CONTEST

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Farm Beef Unit won second place in w arm-season perennial grass hay during the  Southeastern Hay Contest at the Sunbelt Agricultural Expo this week.

This year, 269 entries vied for the top prize of $1,000 cash and the use of a new Massey Ferguson RK Series Rotary Rake or DM Series Professional Disc Mower for the 2017 growing season.

The grand prize winner was Bohlen and Son Farms of MadisonThis year's categories were warm-season perennial grass hay, alfalfa hay, perennial peanut hay, cool-season perennial grass hay, mixed annual grass or other hays, grass baleage, legume baleage and high-moisture legume or grass/legume mix.

"The Southeastern Hay Contest is an event that allows producers in the Southeastern United States the opportunity to showcase their high-quality hay. The contest is divided into nine different categories, which allows us to recognize a wide range of growers," said Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension forage specialist.


COMMUNITY LUMINARY TO SPOTLIGHT
LOCAL YOUTH SUPPORT

A community-wide luminary event, "Go Light Up Your World," scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in Tift County is designed  to show support for  local youth.

Sponsored by  Tift County Commission on Children & Youth, the luminaries are asked to be lit simultaneously as a sign that the community is united in working to keep youths healthy and productive, and to provide them with a safe and caring environment. 

"Our hope is that throughout the year (and especially on Oct. 26), our community will provide programs for our youth that encourage involvement in positive activities," t he Commission on Children & Youth said.

For information, call 229-388-1000.


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SCENES FROM SUNBELT AG EXPO

The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition outside Moultrie this week attracted thousands of visitors from throughout the Southeast. Here are a few scenes from the three-day event:
POLITICAL SELFIE: U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., takes a 'selfie' with Georgia 4-H students and Congressman Austin Scott of Tifton.

Kirsten Underwood of Tifton, right, and Wendy Martin Rowand lock arms with Mr. Peanut, who is celebrating his 100th birthday as the Planters Peanut symbol.





ABAC student Tyler Hogan.



















The alpaca barn was popular.
 

For information, call Anne Veazey, 229-392-1720, anneveazey@hotmail.com
 
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YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, OCT. 21
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Valwood, 7:30 p.m., Chula
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Colquitt County High, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton

SATURDAY, OCT. 22
  • Pink Cup Breast Cancer Challenge, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Tift County High soccer stadium, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Tift County Athletic Hall of Fame, 6 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

OCT. 13
Maurice Keith McMillan, 59, Enigma
Jeff Bryant, 66, Fitzgerald
Linda Louise Horne, 67, Fitzgerald
Mary Estelle Black Mitchell, 78, Rebecca
William Palmer, 89, Fitzgerald

OCT. 14
Evelyn Sarah Buhl, 89, Fitzgerald

OCT. 15
Jerry Mobley Connor, 67, Tifton
Jack Ernest Keith, 71, Omega
Capt. (Ret.) James Elvin Harnage, 78, Tifton
Bobbie Nell Wynn, 81, Ocilla
Pauline Morgan Baker, 86, Fitzgerald
Mary Magalene Mack, Ashburn

OCT. 16
Martha Ann Smith Hobbs, 93, Tifton
Martha Benton Lane, 80, Tifton
James William "Billy" Griffin, 79, Irwin County
George W. Peterson Jr., 53, Fitzgerald
 Archie Norris, 82, Sparks

OCT. 17
 Jeanette Bittner, 93, Poulan
Rachel Irene Parrish, 97, Irwin County

OCT. 18
Irene Kendrick Watson, 91, Tifton
Bertha Mae Gentry, 95, Irwin County

OCT. 19
Emma Elizabeth "Betty" Remley Baker, 80, Tifton
Bonnie Faye Wisham Giddens, 74, Tifton
Aubrey Clifton Mixon, 92, Tifton
Jolane Rawl Guske, 75, Tifton
Larry Rex Clark, 57, Tifton
Yorkie Caldwell Martin, 67, Adel
Allen Terrell "Al"  Clark, Sylvester

OCT. 20
Jack C. Howell, 86, Enigma


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