Friday, Nov. 9, 2018
IT'S FOOTBALL PLAYOFF SEASON
TIFTAREA ACADEMY HAS FIRST 10-0 REGULAR SEASON;
PANTHERS' SPENCE MASSEY GETS NATIONAL HONOR;
TIFT HIGH BLUE DEVILS TRAVEL TO ROSWELL
first time in school history, the
Tiftarea Academy Panthers varsity football team is
undefeated during its
regular season with a
10-0 record and is
Erik Soliday, a
South Georgia coaching veteran in his first year at
Panthers will host the
GISA state playoffs at
7:30 p.m. next week,
Panthers will play the
winner of tonight's match between
Loganville Christian Academy and
Trinity Christian. Tiftarea Academy has a
bye this week.
Spence Massey, a senior runner and receiver pictured here with the 3AAA region championship trophy, has been named a
National Wendy's High School Heisman State Finalist.
Wendy’s restaurant founder
Dave Thomas, the national recognition
honors some of the nation’s most esteemed
high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of
giving back to their communities,
treating people with
continuing education and
excelling on the
Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the
Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the
Heisman Memorial Trophy.
Tift County High School Blue Devils, with a
6-4 record, is in the Ga. High School Association state playoffs, facing
7:30 p.m. today in
The most recent
Ga. Sports Writers Association's high school football
rankings have placed
No. 7 while
Tift County is
not ranked among the
Top 10 in
Class AAAAAAA. The Sports Writers Association ranked
Colquitt County High as
Pictured from left: Christopher K. Dorman, TRHS president/CEO; Dr. James Scott, recipient of the John B. Prince III Distinguished Service Award; Lisa Fiveash, RN, recipient of the Dixon-Dorminy Employee of the Year for Tift Regional Medical Center; Stephannie Smith, RN, Employee of the Year for Cook Medical Center; Michelle Williford, RN, recipient of the 2018 Jensen-Patrick Nursing Excellence Award; and Jimmy Allen, chairman, Hospital Authority of Tift County.
TRHS RECOGNIZES SERVICE AT AWARDS BANQUET
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS
) honored associates at its annual awards banquet
at the at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
“For those of us in
healthcare, it is essential that this list of people be a long and diverse one. Those who have a
positive impact on us enable us to achieve our full potential and influence others,” said TRHS President/CEO
Christopher K. Dorman.
“There is no greater gift than that of
good health, and your continued dedication to serve the residents of
South Central Georgia is very much recognized and appreciated.”
TRHS presented the
John B. Prince III Distinguished Service Award
, orthopedist with
Georgia Sports Medicine
Named after the chairman of the
Tift County Hospital Authority
, the Prince Award recognizes a long-standing TRHS associate who is also an
in the community, using their influence to enhance the hospital's mission.
Dixon-Dorminy Employee of the Year
Tift Regional Medical Center
, RN at
Cook Senior Living Center
, was named
Cook Medical Center’s Employee of the Year
Recipient of the
Tift Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Jensen-Patrick Nursing Excellence Award
Hospice of Tift Area
. The foundation also presented the
Exceptional Physician Award
, urologist with
Tift Regional Urology
also saluted employees with
five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 40
years of service.
ELECTION BRINGS OUT TIFT VOTERS;
GOV RACE STILL UNDECIDED
Tuesday's general election,
62 percent of
Tift County's registered voters cast ballots, says the
Tift County Board of Elections.
13,687 votes in the election; there are
22,064 registered voters in the county.
Brian Kemp received
69.65 percent of
Tift County votes for governor, while Democrat
Stacey Abrams got
29.73 percent of the county's votes. Libertarian
Ted Metz received
0.59 percent of Tift's votes for
Kemp maintains a
lead statewide, with
50.3 percent of Georgia's vote as of
Thursday, the race has
not been officially
Kemp has declared
victory and on
Thursday resigned as
secretary of state, he said, to begin his
transition to the
are still being
share drops below
percent, the contest would automatically go to a
runoff Dec. 4
, even if Kemp ends up as the top vote-getter.
campaign has argued that there are
outstanding ballots to
campaign contends there are
uncounted ballots to force a
'NATURE BOY' COMES TO TIFTON
Retired pro wrestling legend "Nature Boy"
Ric Flair appeared to a packed house
Wednesday night at the
Tift Theatre in
downtown Tifton to meet folks, to talk about both his successes and his trials and tribulations, and to answer audience questions.
Flair is pictured with
Kirsten McAlpin, left, and
Austin McAlpin, right, of
McAlpin Entertainment in
Tifton, the show's promoter.
Rotary program coordinator Becky Smith, Tony McBrayer and Tifton Rotary President Marion Curry.
'PEANUT BUTTER & JESUS' MINISTRY
REACHES OUT TO LOCAL NEEDY
Rotary Club of Tifton on
Wednesday heard about the
"Peanut Butter & Jesus" program that serves
needy residents in
Peanut Butter & Jesus is a
community ministry offering "PB&J" lunches on
needy children and families. Based at
Pineview Holiness Baptist Church on
Union Road, the ministry includes
volunteers from other
civic groups as well as
individuals who wish to
give back to the community.
Pineview Church member
Tony McBrayer, just elected to an upcoming term on the
Tift County Commission, told
Rotarians that the
volunteers prepare and distribute
bagged peanut butter sandwich lunches, which include a drink and a religious tract, to
1,125 people each
47,000 bags have been distributed,
McBrayer said. He said the group has been blessed to have the
peanut butter donated, but the lunches still have a
cost of between
50 cents and a
dollar per bag, including the cost for the
vans to distribute the lunches.
said up to
morning to prepare and distribute the lunches, and folks may
by contacting the group on its
Peanut Butter & Jesus - Tifton
Tifton group has placed their outreach on
churches around the
nation have seen the
Tifton program, and
Peanut Butter & Jesus groups are being formed in such places as
Ohio, Virginia and
Pennsylvania, McBrayer said.
At the donation ceremony are, from left, Garrett Boone and Sara Hand, Museum of Agriculture; Lynn Lovett, Georgia Power; Wesley Langdale, The Langdale Co.; Kelly Scott and Blaine Holbrook, museum.
GA POWER DONATES TO DESTINATION AG PROGRAM
believes in connecting
students with knowledge about
– that’s the message delivered from Georgia Power's
donation to the Destination Ag program at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture.
continues to grow thanks to the support of several of Georgia’s biggest industries,” Museum Director
said. “Destination Ag reached over
Pre-K through second grade students last year. Thanks to Georgia Power, the program can add valuable educational resources which will enhance each student’s experience.”
goal is “to provide an
learning environment focusing on agriculture and natural resources, allowing participants a richer understanding of where their
food, fiber and shelter
The program prides itself on the
activities presented to students which allow them to have a fun, immersive experience while connecting
to their everyday lives.
TRMC ASKS SMOKERS TO 'KICK HABIT' DURING GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT
Tift Regional Medical Center
Anita Stewart Oncology Center
is encouraging residents to commit to a
healthy, smoke-free life
by participating in the American Cancer Society’s
43rd Great American Smokeout
in cigarettes is one of the strongest and most
one can have,” said
, TRMC lung cancer navigator. “
is hard, but it can be accomplished. It takes
and starts with a
said getting help through
can double or triple the chances of quitting successfully.
American Cancer Society
offers a great program called
Quit for Life
that can help get smokers started,” she said. “Go to
for more information.”
TIFTAREA CROWNS HOMECOMING QUEEN
Tiftarea Academy last
Friday crowned its
2018 Homecoming Queen before the Panthers football game in
Abby Carswell was named queen; in the photo above she poses with the homecoming court.
From left are eighth-grader
Ali Strenth; sophomore
Carrie Engram; seniors
Shelby Sutton, Abby Carswell, Mary Grace White and
Anna Cook; junior
Adylein Hunt; and freshman
Laura Ann Jones.
Tifton First United Methodist Church
is in search of a Director of Music Ministries
who will coordinate all music programs within the church
to include opportunities for all age levels, as talent and commitment allow.
The Director of Music Ministries will collaborate
with the pastors, music and worship teams to provide music
for traditional and contemporary worship services.
The Director of Music Ministries will lead the chancel choir,
other musicians and the congregation in traditional music worship
for 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday services and support leadership
of our contemporary service held at 10:42 a.m.
Attendance averages 100+ at 9 a.m., 200+ at 11 a.m.
and 65+ at 10:42 a.m.
Tifton, Georgia, is located on I-75 north of Valdosta and south of Macon.
The population of Tifton is approximately 17,000
with an additional 23,000 living in the surrounding county.
Please mail resume and contact information for three references to:
Tifton First United Methodist Church
107 West 12
Tifton, GA 31794
CONCERT BAND CONCERT NOV. 13
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Concert Band will present its
fall concert at
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Tifton.
The concert begins with "
written for the prestigious Dallas Wind Symphony. Other compositions to be performed include "
Visions of Flight,"
Filum Vitae," "Gallant Seventh,"
Ammerland," "And The Mountains Echoed: Gloria!"
Intrada: Adoration and Praise."
is invited, and
. Seating is limited. For information, contact
, ABAC director of bands, at
WALKING FOR CHRISTMAS COOKIES
Peace Lutheran Church
is hosting its annual
Cookie Walk and Yard Sale
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17
, at the church's
Fellowship Hall, 604 Tennessee Drive, Tifton.
Church members have been busy
baking different kinds of
cookies, cakes, breads, candies and German pastries, and making
holiday candies and homemade
Also available will be homemade
Christmas ornaments and many new gifts.
Proceeds will be used to purchase
phone cards for
armed forces personnel. A donation will be made to
Lutheran Services Disaster Relief Fund.
Supplemental funds have been received from
UGA's BIG TIFTON WINNERS!
Prizes were awarded at last
game watch and
tailgating event at the
University of Georgia's Tifton Campus.
Patricia Brooks, left, and
Shaun Nichols, right, each won
two tickets to
Georgia's football game against
Donna Holbrook, center, won a
UGA football signed by Head Coach
Kirby Smart. The
tailgating event was part of
UGA Tifton's centennial celebration.
A VETERANS DAY STORY
THIS OLD HAT
This is the first of three parts written by local author and Vietnam veteran Warren Robinson of Lenox in observance of Veterans Day this month.
By WARREN ROBINSON
Special to the Tifton Grapevine
I’m just an
, but boy do I have some
to tell! You’ve probably seen me around town somewhere, proudly sitting atop the head of one of my
. They’ll always be
to me since I’ve been with them for more than half a century now.
We’ve been together through good times and bad. I know their innermost
secrets, the ones that make them scream and wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat as the videotape of
Vietnam plays over and over again in their minds. I promised I would never reveal what they hide from you, because you might think less of them if you knew. Most of them are pretty good at pushing the monsters back down into the deep recesses of their mind, but eventually it all comes back to the surface.
They probably look
old, white haired, maybe shuffling along with a cane or riding in a wheelchair, but make no mistake: these men were once
mighty warriors, feared by their enemies and loved and respected by their friends. They don’t have much to say anymore, but they are always thrilled when you take the time out of your busy day to stop, give them a smile, a handshake or a hug and thank them for their service. Occasionally, they see one of their
old comrades and are instantly drawn to each other as they warmly shake hands and ask the usual questions, “
What year were you there, and
what outfit were you with?”
They share an
unbreakable bond only brothers of combat are ever privileged to know. The old memories and emotions of long ago begin to bubble to the surface as their eyes start to mist over and they exchange goodbyes, moving on quickly with their day, knowing if they linger together too long, the memories will become unbearable. As they move along, often with heads down and backs bent, they instantly
snap to attention whenever they hear the sound of the
national anthem or the sight of the
red, white and blue flying proudly in the land of freedom. If they hear a
jet flying low or the “thump, thump, thump” of a
helicopter in the distance, you’ll notice their eyes
searching the sky as if they were still halfway around the globe,
50 years ago.
Collins is a historic grocery store in Tifton that was revamped to be a premier event space. Wisham Jellies crafts handmade, delicious pepper jellies in South Georgia, and their products are sold in grocery stores around the United States.
The concept of the Grocery Music Festival came after Milton Hall Jr. of Collins and Eric Wisham of Wisham Jellies recognized how much diversity is tied to food and groceries. These two owners recognize that when a person enters a grocery store, they enter a space filled with a chance to create dishes from various diverse communities which can ultimately result in an opportunity to experience a new culture.
The Grocery Music Festival is the recognition that we all, no matter our background, love two things: food and music. This festival is an opportunity to bring all our worlds together for a day filled with food, fellowship, laughter and music.
...at a Glance
FRIDAY, NOV. 9
- Tift County High Blue Devils Football @ Roswell High Hornets, 7:30 p.m., Roswell
SATURDAY, NOV. 10
- Collins Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Collins, U.S. Highway 41 S., Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., Veterans Park, Downtown Tifton
- 'Piece by Part' art exhibit, 5-7 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
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We will run weekend yard sales on Fridays, along with a map so that folks can easily find your yard sale.
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Richard Duwayne Thompson, 75,
Elsie “Joy” Waller Spires, 64,
Lillian Nadine Purvis, 95,
Robert E. Whitlock Jr., 74,
Herbert Gaskins, 86,
Ronald Eugene "Gene" Luke, 78,
Betty Ruth Biggers, 84,
Donna Kay Meeler, 54,
Joel Dean, 64,
Benjamin Clay, 55,
Charles Phillips, 70,
Ferrell K. Brooks, 88,
Loretha Akins Thiele, 69,
Timothy Lee Nelson, 57,
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Angela "Angel" Garner, 51,
Mitchell Ellis "Mitch" Ray, 63,
Kevin Kelley, 44,
Susan Gray Barnes, 65,
Mary Faith Wilson Evans, 94,
Roy Sizemore, 82,
Vickie Lynn Smith, 62,
Ben Hill County
Lois Smith Parsons, 100,
Betty Jean Cook, 72,
Merton Walters, 82,
Cleo "Taft" Bush, 72,
James Melvin Saylor Sr., 78,
Violet Gardner, 97,
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