SEPT. 1, 2017
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Georgia has joined other states in offering relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Gov. Nathan Deal has outlined Georgia's efforts to assist and announced steps to help safeguard Georgians' fuel supply.
Airman aids a survivor.

Deal also authorized the Savannah-based 165th Airlift Wing of the Georgia Air National Guard to deploy a C-130 H3 cargo  aircraft and 15 personnel to aid in the emergency response efforts. The crew first flew into Scott Air Force Base in Illinois to pick up disaster recovery pallets before mobilizing to provide relief support to Texas and the Texas National Guard. 

Meanwhile,  the 347th Rescue Group from Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta is helping with relief operations in Texas. The 23d Wing sent aircraft and personnel in support of the Air Force's support of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response efforts.

Airmen from Moody AFB unload a HC-130J Combat King II in Texas earlier this week. (U.S. Air Force photos)
"To those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you are not alone. Georgia and the rest of the nation are with you. We have boots on the ground in Texas and teams working here to help coordinate response efforts and provide support," Deal said.

"Finally, I've taken steps to mitigate the effects that Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath will have on Georgia's fuel  supply . Earlier this week I applied for, and received, a fuel waiver from the Environmental Protection Agency. This waiver will help ensure our fuel supply remains uninterrupted ," the governor said.

"Further, I've issued an executive order waiving rules and regulations for truck drivers transporting motor fuel in Georgia, as well as for those carrying hurricane relief supplies. While recovery efforts continue and until normal operations resume, I urge the public to maintain regular consumption levels and travel schedules."

Many private businesses and organizations in Georgia are also helping with relief efforts in Texas, where at least 39 people have died in the aftermath of the hurricane and severe flooding in Southeast Texas. The American Red Cross said money is most needed right now so that resources can go where they are most needed. It said Thursday that 91 cents of every dollar donated will go toward Texas relief.

To donate to the Red Cross's Hurricane Harvey effort,  Click Here! 


Peanut Proud, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Blakelyhopes to send 30,000 jars of peanut butter to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, and its seeking help.

The group is asking folks to buy cases of peanut butter -- o ne case is 12 jars and costs $12. One may also make a monetary donation. Every dollar donated goes straight to peanut butter; the organization says it has no overhead costs.

Peanut butter is a valuable tool in disasters because it is nutritious, shelf stable, portable and requires no refrigeration.

Peanut Proud Inc. was as a non-profit organization with the main goal of "uniting the peanut community by celebrating its pride through  humanitarian efforts and the recognition of excellence."  

Volunteers participate in food drives to collect peanut butter and donate to local food banks; a scholarship in food safety was established with funding from the peanut industry.

In 2013, Peanut Proud donated a record 210,500 jars of peanut butter to local food banks, churches, state extension service offices and other groups in need; this had a retail value of $631,000. In response to tornadoes in 2014, Peanut Proud partnered with the state grower organizations of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi to donate more than 90,000 jars of peanut butter to food banks in those areas most storm-damaged.

One may donate online at and may  mail monetary donations to: Peanut Proud Festival, P.O. Box 547, Blakely, GA 39823


Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College ranks seventh on a list of the Top 10 four-year colleges in Georgia, according to the education website

Georgia Tech was ranked No. 1, and the University of Georgia was ranked No. 2.

More than 50 colleges in Georgia were ranked for the list using data from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Center for Education Statistics. The rankings were based on several factors  including graduation rates, student retention rates, student services, degree and certificate programs offered, tuition and fees, cost of books and supplies, and amount of graduation debt.

"This Tifton school ( ABAC) ranked at No. 4 statewide on two affordability metrics: expense of average tuition and fees and cost of books and supplies. Its average net price in 2015 was low enough to qualify it for the No. 3 spot in the state in that category. The three-year student loan repayment rate for ABAC graduates ranked fifth among our Top 10 Georgia schools," the site noted when announcing the rankings.

"By limiting its selection of academic plans on a few specific types of degree, ABAC aims to provide targeted instruction to its students. Students in its bachelor's degree programs in agriculture, biology, horticulture, business, nursing, rural studies and natural resource management are expected to know how to take their skills either directly into the workforce or on up the academic ladder to a master's degree and beyond," wrote.

About Georgia Tech's ranking, the website noted: "The Atlanta campus of this nationally renowned public university came in at No. 1 for its high marks on several important metrics -- its percentage of graduates who repaid their student loans within three years was No. 1 among all Georgia schools, and its student retention rate was also top in the state. The school's graduation rate came in at No. 3 statewide. The traditional and online bachelor's degrees in Georgia Tech's portfolio are among some of the highest rated in the country. Its industrial engineering program has been ranked No. 1 for more than two decades by U.S. News & World Report, and Times Higher Education ranked its computer science program as No. 5 in the world."

The full Georgia Top 10 list is: No. 1, Ga. Tech; No. 2, UGA; No. 3, Middle Georgia State University; No. 4, the University of North Georgia; No. 5, Dalton State College; No. 6, Augusta University; No. 7, ABAC; No. 8, Georgia Southwestern State University; No. 9, Columbus State University; and No. 10, Atlanta Metropolitan State College.

Church Pianist

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part time position.

The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional  services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Debbie Minton, church executive  secretary, at 229-382-6100.


The Tiftarea Greenways Association is hosting a presentation on "Complete Streets,"design for safe travel and access on roads by all users -- pedestrians, cyclists and automotive drivers.

The information program is at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Tift County Recreation Department at 401 Victory Drive in Tifton. It  features a talk by  Ariel Godwin, a senior planner with the Southern Georgia Regional Commission.  

Topics will include:
  • What be done in Tifton to provide recreational and fitness opportunities for residents and visitors?
  • Are there adequate sidewalks, bike paths, multi-use paths and appropriately marked streets, for walkers, joggers, kids on tricycles and bicycles, wheelchairs, baby strollers, skateboards, dog walkers, etc.? 
  • Are our streets friendly for all individuals, not just those in cars? 
The public is invited to attend.


The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage encourages folks to pause on Love Avenue to experience "Paws on Love," an international  art  exhibit about  dogs.

The exhibit opens with a  reception at the Love Avenue m useum  from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10;  the  exhibit will continue through Sept. 29 .

Visitors to the museum may donate one bag or can of puppy food, kitten food or a container of cat litter, and the museum will pin up one unframed picture -- up to 5"x7" -- of your pet as part of the exhibit.

For information, call 229-231-2018. The museum is located at 255 Love Ave. in Tifton.


The Tifton Veterans Affairs Clinic, which opened on Aug. 31 last year, will have a public anniversary celebration Sept. 7.

The celebration will be from noon-2 p.m. at the clinic at 1824 Ridge Ave. in Tifton. More than  300 veterans, local resIdents and state and local officials toured the facility during its grand opening one year ago at the  corner of Ridge Avenue and 20th Street. 

Dr. Donna Ammons, Tifton clinic nursing manager, said the facility averages approximately 1,000 visits a month. A third physician recently joined the clinic staff, and the facility anticipates adding a fourth physician soon.

 Before the Tifton VA Clinic opened, area  veterans had to travel 50 miles or more to visit a  VA clinic.

 The Tifton Clinic is under the auspices of the  Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin.


Country musician and Tifton native Kip Moore's anticipated new album "Slowheart," won't be released until Sept. 8, but you can listen to it now, courtesy of NPR's First ListenClick Here!

Moore has said this album  reflects many of his influences, such as 1970s rock and Motown. 

"That's the thing about this record, there are so many colors," Moore said recently. "You get Motown influences, you get that old Skynyrd, Black Crowes rock 'n' roll feel. This record is going to be a neat discovery for a lot of the diehard fans."

In NPR's album review, the writer notes that Moore has " presented   himself  as fighting for expression that's more authentic to him and more gratifying to his fans, and in the process becoming one of country music's most artful and compelling rascals. ...  There are other current country acts who style themselves as artistically heroic rebels ...  or who excel at  updating heartland rock , or projecting  emo-style urgency , but Moore alone filters elements of those approaches through a soulful, solitary misfit persona."

In one of the new album's songs, "I've Been Around," Moore sings, " I come from Georgia, 90 miles from Florida; I left when I was 18"; and  that although he's been around the world, he can "spend nights at the Crowne Plaza," but still feels "right at home at the Ramada."

This is Moore's most accessible album to date; give it a listen.
                              --Frank Sayles Jr.

Stan Branch and Donnie Robbins
Aug. 29


Fourth-grade students in Amanda Barksdale's and Staci Cavanaugh's classes at  Charles Spencer Elementary School  recently used engineering design and problem-solving skills to create a windmill

Students brought materials from home and worked in groups to design a windmill that would turn by blowing on it or using a fan. If students were unable to correctly construct the windmill, they had to figure out why their design did not work and develop a new plan

The activity was used to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities.

Nancy Bryan, right, with Debra Wright.

Executive Director  Nancy Martin Bryan of Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House spoke last Sunday to t he Ladies Sunday School Class at  Waterloo Baptist Church.

Bryan thanked the Sunday School Class, which has been donating funds for two years toward the Patticake House's Pediatric SANE Project, which is now being implemented.

The Pediatric SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) Project provides forensic medical exams for sexually abused children. The building of this room and provision of its equipment and supplies means that children who are potential victims of sexual abuse will not have to wait for exams nor will they and their families have to travel out of town to receive this service.

The Patticake House serves child victims of severe physical or sexual abuse and/or who are witnesses to violent crime who live primarily in Irwin, Tift, Turner and Worth counties. It offers free services to victims and non-offending family members to ensure that they can cope and overcome their trauma.

Ruth's Cottage is a domestic violence prevention/shelter which also  addresses  family violence issues in the community.


Tiftarea Academy's varsity cheerleaders raised more than $350 and lots of awareness for childhood cancer last Friday night at TA's varsity  football  game.

The private school invited families with survivors of childhood cancer from throughout the area to participate in the "Gold Out" football game observance; a gold ribbon is the universal color/symbol for childhood cancer. 

Survivors and their families were treated to a pregame meal, recognized on the 50-yard line before the game and were given yellow balloons to release. The cheerleaders sold face tattoos and balloons, and organized a halftime field-goal kicking contest to raise money for the cause. 

All proceeds from the event were donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. By the way, Tiftarea Academy defeated South Georgia Academy, 23-12, at the game in Chula

The Tiftarea Academy football Panthers tonight face Gatewood School in Eatonton.

Rotary President Shaundra Clark, from left, Vickie Hickman and Program Chairman 
Charleston Carter.


Tifton Grapevine

"Grandmother used to tell me, 'Don't talk it up,'" said Vickie Hickman with Tift County Emergency Management, saying Program Chair Charleston Carter scheduled her talk to the Tifton Rotary Club long before Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding hit Houston, Texas.

Neither of them had any idea how pertinent her presentation this past Wednesday would be. Hickman said her department deals with "What keeps you up at night?" Their job is to be prepared for anything, such as active shooters, chemical spills, gas explosions, simple fires and pandemics like West Nile and the flu. 

As a destination for evacuees from Hurricane Matthew  last fall, Tifton set up three Red Cross shelters and four Good Samaritan shelters (local churches) that housed 150-200 people each. One thing EMA deals with after flooding and storms is debris management -- what to do with all the trees and vegetation, she said. Another thing is planning how to coordinate donated goods and volunteers. 

One might ask, "What do vou need to be prepared for?" The answer, she said, is "Anything."  Hickman suggested that everyone have an out-of-state contact with all your important documents and whom other long-distance friends and family members may contact to get your status updates in emergencies. 

One question always debated before and after the fact is whether to evacuate or shelter in place. In Houston's case, 30,000 people were evacuated by air or vehicle and 13,000 by boat after the storm. 

"We do have low-lying, potential-for-flooding areas in Tift County," she said.  "We're in it (hurricane season) until November."

Hickman discussed items to keep in a "Go Kit," such as legal documents and battery chargers for your phone and other devices. She said people may sign up for early warnings through the Ever Bridge System by calling 229-388-6020.


Tiftarea Academy juniors received their class rings on Tuesday. Upper School Principal  Michael Heitzman told the juniors that the Class of 2019 only had 328 school days left in their high school careers as of that day.

After the ceremony, the class went off campus to celebrate with a luncheon.

. a Glance

  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Glynn Academy, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football @ Gatewood School, 7:30 p.m., Eatonton
  • Community-Wide Yard Sale, 8 a.m.-Noon, downtown Tifton, Ocilla and Fitzgerald
  • Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
  • Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
  • Youth and Young People's Convention, 9:15-11 a.m., 1001 E. Franklin St., Sylvester
  • Miss U.S. National Forestry Pageant, 4 & 6:30 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton

In Memoriam

AUG. 24
Barbara Ann Webb Davis, 67, Enigma
Evelyn Whitley Clement, 87, Tifton
MGySgt. Douglas Elmy, 66, Sylvester
Deborah Wiggins, 61, Ashburn
Johnny Danforth, 66, Leesburg
 Arthell Brown, 88, Sylvester
Carolyn Henderson, 82, Sparks
Herbert Eston Taylor, 87, Lake Placid
Charles Henry "Chuck" Majeski Jr., 59, Ashburn

AUG. 25
Edward Anderson, 81, Fitzgerald
Christine Dale Brown, 86, Fitzgerald
Ruby Lee Hiers, 86, Valdosta

AUG. 26
Betty Catherine Howell Sowell, 80, Tifton
Jason Larry Heard, 44, Waterloo, Irwin County
Diana Mae Larson, 79, Fitzgerald
Danny Paulk, 81, Ocilla
Jackie Shively, 63, Adel

AUG. 27
Judith Anne Brammer Bell, 84, Tifton
James Glendal "Glenn" Whitley Sr., 83, Tifton
Charles "Chuck" Thompson, 77, Fitzgerald
Thomas Lee Sawyer, 70, Fayetteville

AUG. 28
Shirley H. Price, 70, Worth County
Shane Williams, 45, Fitzgerald
Lauvise Cribbs Hampton, 76, Ashburn

AUG. 29
Annie Jo Bentley Baldree, 73, Tifton

AUG. 30
Doretha Moore, Stockbridge

AUG. 31
John W. Johnson, 85, Hahira


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