Friday, Nov. 29, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
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MORE THAN 17% OF TIFT COUNTIANS ARE 'FOOD INSECURE'
AND 25% OF THEM ARE CHILDREN, ACCORDING TO DATA
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine
As most of us bask in the afterglow of a full Thanksgiving meal , there are many Georgians , including families with children here in the Tiftarea , who struggle with obtaining basic, nutritional food on a regular basis.

In Tift County , 17.4 percent of residents – or 7,040 – are "food insecure;" of that number, 25 percent are children , according to data compiled by Feeding America , the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization .

Food insecurity refers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) measure of a lack of access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods .

According to the USDA , food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time . Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between buying nutritional food and paying for basic needs such as housing and medical prescriptions .
Information from Feeding America shows that Ben Hill County has the highest food insecurity rate in the Tiftarea at 21 percent of its residents. Turner County has a rate of 19.2 percent ; Irwin , 17.8 percent ; Worth, 16.2 percent ; Cook, 16.2 percent ; and Berrien, 14.5 percent.

A recent review by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that Georgians in rural counties are likely to pay more for basic foods than residents in Atlanta and other more urbanized areas of the state.

Experts say there are a number of reasons why grocery prices are higher in rural areas , such as fewer stores creating a lack of competition and the time it takes to deliver goods to more rural parts of the state, the AJC reported.

Poor, rural Georgians pay more for fresh lettuce, macaroni, cheese and other foods than residents in the Atlanta area, the newspaper reported.
LEN LASTINGER TO HAVE A 'STEM WILD NIGHT'
Len Lastinger Elementary School is hosting a "STEM Wild Night" for the community from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 .

The event is a " community outreach . ... We want to increase STEM awareness and show people how it ties to them right here in Tifton ," said Tracy Ingram , who is a Len Lastinger teacher , a Georgia Department of Education STEM Teacher of Excellence and the 2019-2020 Tift County Teacher of the Year .

STEM refers to  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education.

Ingram said the STEM event is all about nature . There will be more than 20 information booths in the school's Exhiibit Hall; displays and activities by the Georgia Reptile Society, Quail Forever, the Georgia Native Plant Society and 4-H students ; drones flying in the gym; a 3-D printer and engineering station; food vendors; and live music .

Teachers will lead hands-on STEM activities throughout the building, and there will be a Star Lab , a Flashlight Forest Walk taking families on a type of scavenger hunt to the woods behind the school, where they will discover the food plots and deer cameras that fourth-graders have created.

Also outdoors will be a campfire and a chance to make S'mores , along with other activities.

"Our goal is to expose as many people as we can to STEM ," Ingram said.
TIFT CHAMBER'S TAL:K CLASS BEGINS
The 2019-2020 TAL:K (Tomorrow’s Aspiring Leaders: Kids) class attended in a kickoff luncheon last week at Colquitt EMC .

TAL:K is the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce’s youth leadership training program of 50 eighth graders from Eighth Street Middle School, Northeast Middle School and Tiftarea Academy who participate in a variety of activities throughout the academic year.

The program is sponsored by Colquitt EMC, Georgia Power, Heatcraft, South Georgia Banking Co., Synovus and Tift Regional Health System
Kasey Kight, left, of Fitzgerald received the South Georgia Banking Co. scholarship from SGBC President Glenn Willis and Marketing Director Maghan Campbell.
SGBC SUPPORTING ABAC SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
On Giving Tuesday Dec. 3, friends and supporters of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College have an opportunity to support the ABAC student scholarship program as one of their giving options.

South Georgia Banking Co. (SGBC) is already sponsoring a scholarship for ABAC student Kasey Kight as a result of its annual sponsorship of "An Evening for ABAC."

“For the past 50 years, we have made it a priority to invest in the communities we serve,” SGBC President Glenn Willis said. “Our partnership with the ABAC Foundation allows us to help build the future of South Georgia and change the lives of young people through their education.”

Kight is a sophomore biology major from Fitzgerald who is an ABAC student this fall semester. She plans to become an occupational therapist .
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING
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3020 N. Tift Ave., Tifton
Nov. 21
TIFTON PAPER, PACKAGING OPERATION
TO BE SOLD WITH OTHER U.S. FACILITIES
North American flexible packaging company TC Transcontinental , a Canadian-based company, has agreed to sell its paper and woven polypropylene packaging operations , including its Tifton operation , to Hood Packaging .

As part of the transaction, Hood Packaging will own TC Transcontinental’s facilities and operations, including Transcontinental Sibley, Iowa; Transcontinental Hanford, Calif.; Transcontinental Hazleton, Penn.; and Transcontinental Tifton.

The deal is valued at $180 million and is subject to working capital adjustments and regulatory approvals. As part of the deal, 415 employees will be transferred to Hood Packaging , which manufactures plastic film, woven polypropylene bags, paper packaging and more.

The sale is expected to be completed during the first quarter of the next fiscal year.

“When we acquired Coveris Americas , we welcomed all of their assets and broad portfolio of products. After operating the paper business for almost 18 months, we concluded that it is less core to our packaging sector’s growth strategy," said TC Transcontinental President/CEO François Olivier.
UGA TIFTON SCIENTISTS GET RECOGNITION
Two University of Georgia Tifton scientists recently received honors at the 2019 meeting of the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents .

Dr. Glen Harris , professor and Extension agronomist, received the Senior Specialist of the Year award , while Dr. Jennifer J. Tucker , assistant professor of animal & dairy science, received the Junior Specialist of the Year award.

"We appreciate the work they do to cultivate growth for the agriculture industry ," UGA Tifton said.
ADOPTION AVAILABLE AT
TIFT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
This friendly pair are currently on "stray hold" at the Tift County Animal Shelter . If not reclaimed soon, will be available for adoption or rescue
Visit your future pet at the Tift County Animal Shelter,
1-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.
YOUR WEEKEND
...at a Glance

FRIDAY, NOV. 29

  • GISA Playoffs: Tiftarea Academy Football Panthers @ John Milledge Academy Trojans, 7:30 p.m., Milledgeville (radio broadcast on 107.5)

SATURDAY, NOV. 30

  • 5th Annual Giving Back Brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., South Tifton Learning Center & Lester STEM Program, 2304 Dorminey St., Tifton
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NOV. 20
Lillian Marie Bailey, 75, Nashville
Mickey Adam Tennison, 40, Nashville
Thomas Ansel Barley Sr., Abbeville


NOV. 21
Bobby Lee Hopson, 75, Adel
Samuel Jay Merlin, 38, Tifton


NOV. 22
Carolyn Jetta Sprayberry, 74, Ashburn


NOV. 23
Mary Hall Bridges, 101, Albany
Michael Collins, 52, Atlanta


NOV. 24
Brenda Joyce Hayes Griffin, 73, Tifton
James D. “Jim” Martin, 66, Fitzgerald
Amy Kristin Hurst, 49, Quitman
Robert Baker, 92, Hahira


NOV. 25
Imogene Sutton Green Holmes, 96, Tifton
Peggy Tona Baldree Cardona, 75, Enigma
Carl Allen Cook, 75, Doerun
Carolyn M. Scott, 87, Ashburn


NOV. 26
Eunice Evelyn Ellis Norman, 94, Statesboro
NOV. 27
Martha L. “Marty” Snowden, 68, Fitzgerald
Pearly L. “Buddy” Raffield, 91, Ocilla

Tifton Grapevine
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