AUG. 17, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

The  21-year-olds for the armed robbery and felony murder of the owner of Eldorado Food Mart   on July 30 .

Warrants have been issued  for:


The Southern Georgia Healthcare Sector Partnership will meet Aug. 22 in Tifton to begin exploring ways to build the employee pool for healthcare careers in South Georgia. 

The Healthcare Partnership is comprised of healthcare employers, educators and workforce development, government and community leaders from an 18-county region.

The Partnership group is led by WorkSource Southern Georgia, an organization which provides workforce services to businesses, industries and job seekers in Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Cook, Echols, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Tift, Turner and Ware counties. 

WorkSource Southern Georgia received the Governor's High Demand Career Initiative grant to spearhead the effort.
In the next several months, the Healthcare Partnership will conduct a needs assessment, collecting the occupational, skill and training requirements from regional healthcare employers. The group will then develop steps to implement goals outlined in a strategic plan

Currently in the South Georgia region, there were more than  3,600 job postings last year in healthcare. The Ga. Department of Labor says 11  of the top 15 fastest-growing occupations in South Georgia during the next decade are in the healthcare sector.

Healthcare is a major industry in the region, employing more than 13,600 people in related  occupations, according to a press release.

Peanut producers with  the highest yields gather at last weekend's Peanut Achievement Club meeting, along with industry supporters,  UGA Extension agents and Peanut Team specialists.

Fifteen of Georgia's top peanut producers were honored this past weekend at the annual Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting on Jekyll Island. The meeting recognizes Georgia's highest-yielding peanut growers every year.

"When you're talking about yields from 5,800 pounds to 6,800 pounds, that's still almost 2,000 pounds more than the state average. You can't argue with that," said Scott Monfort, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist.

Monfort said that 90 percent of peanuts grown this year are Georgia-06G peanuts. UGA peanut breeder Bill Branch in 2006 released Georgia-06G, the variety grown the most in Georgia fields.

During the meeting, the UGA Peanut Team held an open forum with peanut producers and industry leaders in hopes of improving the industry that surpassed $624 million in farm gate value in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Seed quality, potential loss of insecticides, fungicide programs and water requirements were some of the main points raised.

State winners this year in the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club are:
  • 100-299 acres: Matt Bryan; Baker County
  • 300-699 acres: Chloe Rentz; Baker County
  • 700-plus acres: 4 Miller Farms; Seminole County 
And winners in District 4 are:
  • 100-299 acres: Bucky Tyler; Irwin County
  • 300-699 acres: Robert Davison; Brooks County
  • 300-699 acres: Chip Dorminy; Irwin County 
  • 700-plus acres: Nellwood Farms/Hal Cromley; Bulloch County


Sara Beth Massey, representing Tift County, is among   50 Georgia 4-H members who have earned
the title of
"Master 4-H'er" at the annual Georgia 4-H State Congress  recently in Atlanta .

Massey's area of study was textiles, merchandising and interiorsThe master titles are conferred after 4-H members compete  against their peers across the state. 

State Congress symbolizes the end of a year of hard work and dedication by Georgia 4-H youth. Students select an area of study, give an oral presentation before judges at their respective District Project Achievement and participate in service and leadership events in their communities.

 Also among the 50  first-place Georgia 4-H'ers this year is Carlissa Stewart of Ben Hill  County, who's area of emphasis was c ompanion and specialty animals.


A year-long effort to form a network of nonprofits that serve South Georgia is about to become a reality. The South Georgia Nonprofit Network (SGNN), a regional organization that brings together nonprofits of all sizes and missions that serve communities across the region, has begun operations.

SGNN aims to strengthen nonprofit organizations by providing professional development training, management tools and networking that will enhance their ability to serve their constituencies.

The new organization is an outgrowth of a leadership training event that the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation in Valdosta sponsored last year.

A nonprofit leadership conference is scheduled Sept. 25. To attend, contact event organizer Steve McWilliams at 404-312-8715 or  

Coastal Plain CASA in Tifton is hosting the 5th Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair for local non-profit organizations.

The event will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Tift Regional Community Events Center, 1657 Carpenter Road.

The fair's purpose is to inform the community about ways folks may serve as volunteers to local nonprofits

"This is an event that people can quickly walk through and see what non-profit organizations are available to them right here our community. They can volunteer a small amount of their time and make a huge impact," said Julie Mitcham, advocacy coordinator with Coastal Plain CASA. 

"I think our communities need more people volunteering for the betterment of their town and making lasting differences."

For information, contact Darcie Norton at 229-386-9765 or


Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a nursery worker. This is a part-time position 
  available after September 18.

Regular schedule is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays. Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. is optional. 
The hourly rate is $10 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 21, meet background check for working with children, learn and enforce the Safe Sanctuary policy, and must be able to work with a wide range of people in a personable and friendly manner.  

Interested persons should send a letter of application stating their experience, qualifications 
 and relevant information to:

FUMC Church Secretary
Re: Nursery Worker
107 W. 12th St.
Tifton, GA 31794

TOP AWARD:  ABAC has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) with a 2018 Educational Fundraising Award for Overall Fundraising Performance.  The honor is presented each year to superior fundraising programs at colleges across the country. ABAC, a first-time recipient of the award, and Columbus State University were the only institutions in Georgia to receive the recognition . ...
Enjoying Life Forever , or "SELF," holds their monthly dance today,  Friday , Aug. 17 , at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center . Doors open at 6 p.m. , and attendees are asked to bring a food dish .

A New Faculty Tour participant feeds a calf while visiting the UGA Tifton campus.


New faculty at the University of Georgia recently learned why agriculture continues to be the state's biggest economic driver.

As part of this year's  New Faculty Tour , about  40 UGA faculty, who have been at the university for two or fewer years, visited the state's oldest experiment station on the  UGA Griffin  campus as well as the 
Tifton campus, both of which educate students as well as engage in  groundbreaking research .

In  Tifton , new UGA faculty learned about  peanut research . Georgia produces more  peanuts than any other state, and UGA  scientists in  Tifton constantly study ways to make  peanuts more
disease resistant. Their findings are shared with  farmers through  UGA Cooperative Extension agents, who are based in each of Georgia's  159 counties.

The faculty also visited the  UGA dairy farm  and fed bottles of milk to two-week-old  calves .

"This week has opened up a whole  new world for me," said  Sakeena Everett , an assistant professor in the  College of Education . "I'm from the  city , and being here on a  farm and  feeding a calf is a
new experience."

Our annual fundraiser, Buckets of Hope, starts Friday, August 17! 
Visit the Tifton Mall between Aug. 17-27 to purchase tickets. 
The drawings will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 27. Tickets are $1 each 
and you get to choose what bucket you want a chance of winning.

Help support the 
Tiftarea House of Hope
 and give hope to those women and children who find themselves 
 in a time of need!

"But I will hope continually & will praise you yet more & more."
~ Psalm 71:14 ~

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         . a Glance

  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers Football vs. Creekside Academy Cougers,  7 p.m., Chula
  • Tift County High Blue Devils Football @ Warner Robins High Demons, 7:30 p.m., Warner Robins
  • AARP Driver Safety Class, 9 a.m., Margaret Jones Library, Sylvester
  • Gospel Music Fest, 
    6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton

In Memoriam

AUG. 9
James Edwin Rowe, 76, Fitzgerald
Louise Stripling, 98, Sparks
Barbara Wilson, 77, Centennial, Colo.

AUG. 10
Edward Richard Ondick, 95, Winter Park, Fla.
Allen Craft Jr., 47, Sparks
Patrick John "Pat" Costello, 81, Nashville
Bobby Plymel, 82, Valdosta
Patricia "Trish" Faye Freeman, 56, Boston

AUG. 11
Milton Newberry Jr., 82, Tifton
Ronald Gordon Dillard, 70, Tifton
Billy L. Reaves, 63, Wilcox County
Herbert "Shorty" Watson Jr., 68, Quitman
Faye Gill, 80, Valdosta

AUG. 12
Seth Silas Reed Ethridge, 13, Tifton

AUG. 13
Christopher Scott Nunnery, 52, Omega
Carol L. Emerson, 69, Lee County
Glen Ernest "Ernie" Merritt, 75, Scooterville
Betty Vernell Meyer, 89, Lakeland
Francis Louise Conger, 87, Nashville
M.Sgt. Robert Myers Stephens, 89, Sparks
Alfonso Gonzalez, 75, Quitman

AUG. 14
Joyce Graydon, 73, Tifton
Deborah "Debbie" Childers Bozeman, 64, Anderson City

AUG. 15
Carolyn Joy Hillhouse Lawrence, 65, Nashville
Peggy Lee Greene Young, 64, Putney

AUG. 16
Bobby Joe "Joey" Lindsey, 64, Forsyth
George Washington, Tallahassee, Fla.

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