PSC RECENTLY APPROVES INCREASE
GA. POWER CUSTOMERS
SEE RATE HIKE IN 2014
As of Jan. 1, Georgia Power Co. customers are seeing their residential utility bills rising by $2.19 a month.
In 2015, ratepayers will pay an additional $3.61 a month; monthly rates rise again in 2016 by $2.96. Georgia Power also agreed to lower its profit from 11.5 percent to 10.95 percent.
The state Public Service Commission approved the rate increase Dec. 17.
Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a compromise between the agency's staff and the Atlanta-based utility that will allow Georgia Power to collect hundreds of millions of dollars more from ratepayers during the next three years.
However, Georgia Power will receive 40 percent less than the utility asked for in its original request filed last summer, saving customers $573 million during the three-year period of the rate hike, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
TO THE CHIPPER!
TIME TO RECYCLE THAT TREE
What should you do with that live Christmas tree that is now looking pretty dead and forlorn? Drop it off at Fulwood Park on Saturday, Jan. 4, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. so that it can be recycled.
For information, call Keep Tift Beautiful at 229-339-0362.
Alzheimer's advocates Earnestine Clark, from left, and Letha Hartley of Tifton, state Rep. Penny Houston, and Bonnie Sayles and Jean Clarke of Tifton.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION SETS LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
The South Georgia office of the Alzheimer's Association has scheduled two legislative updates in Tifton this month in preparation for Alzheimer's Awareness and Advocacy Day at the state capitol on Feb. 13.
The first program will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Leroy Rogers Senior Center, 315 Second St., during the monthly Tifton Alzheimer's Support Group. Another program for those who miss the Jan. 9 meeting is set for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Leroy Rogers.
The association will discuss pending legislative issues dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related elder care. For information, call 229-388-8219 or 1-800-272-3900. Those who wish to participate in Alzheimer's Day at the Capitol may also register online by clicking here.
Those who wish to learn more about Alzheimer's Day at the Capitol may stay after the legislative update for advocacy training. This second half of each program is to help those who have not participated in Alzheimer's Day in the past to know what to expect.
South Georgians will join more than 300 statewide advocates for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders Feb. 13 for Alzheimer's Day at the state capitol in Atlanta, organized by the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter. The South Georgia Regional Office is providing transportation from Leroy Rogers Senior Center and has room for more participants if they register by Friday, Feb. 8.
Awareness Day participants receive a VOICE T-shirt; lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but registration is required in order to plan meals and materials.
The day begins at 9 a.m. with a photo with Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. Next, advocates will keep scheduled appointments with their elected senators and representatives and have lunch with the legislators in a reception hall. Alzheimer's Day ends at 3:30 p.m. after a closing ceremony and Candlelight Tribute Rally on the front steps of the Capitol.
"The South Georgia Region represents 35 counties in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Bonnie Sayles, regional program director. "We need to show our legislators in Atlanta that we speak with one voice in asking them to fund research and provide resources for the nearly 200,000 Georgians with Alzheimer's and related disorders."
She said 600 people in South Georgia have signed up as Alzheimer's disease advocates just since July 2013.
To sign up online as an Alzheimer's advocate and receive monthly email updates, Click Here.
Anyone with questions about Alzheimer's disease or seeking information may contact the Alzheimer's Association's toll-free helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit alz.org. Experts are available to take calls from individuals concerned with their own cognitive health, as well as from family members and friends who may be concerned about a loved one and are seeking resources.
BRRR ... STARTING THE NEW YEAR WITH A 'POLAR BEAR PLUNGE'
Several brave souls began 2014 with the annual "Polar Bear Plunge" at the Tiftarea YMCA -- jumping into the outdoor swimming pool on New Year's Day.
Pictured are, from left, Darian Peavy, Bret Wagenhorst, Mike Beeman and Wingate Whitley.
"Invigorating way to start the new year," Wagenhorst said. He noted that the water temperature was probably in the 50s, but still "darn chilly to a bunch of Southerners."
...AND TIFTON'S RESOLUTION RUN!
The Sunbelt Running Club's 27th Annual Resolution Run was held on New Year's Day in Tifton.
Ernest Lang, at left with clipboard, was "the Captain" of the event.
Participants are pictured below.
FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Voices Heard (Devising Theatre for Adults)
Come join in fellowship on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. This class is designed to serve you, our citizens, as a healthy way to reconnect with the past and share those stories with your peers. We will be reading from published scripts and devising works of art based around your stories. Think of it as Oprah's Book Club, but with your stories told on stage.
January 6 - April 8
Mondays 10-11 a.m. (Adults)
Total Class Cost: $25
Tunes for Toddlers
Take a breather from Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer and engage your little one(s) in our move and groove series. This class is used to introduce them to sound, movement and voice on stage. Move right along with them as they explore the theatre as you plant the seed for cultural appreciation.
January 7 - February 25
Tuesdays 10 - 10:40 a.m. (3 - 5 year olds)
Total Class Cost: $25
Back to Basics (Acting I)
The Tift Theatre is revitalizing its Community Theatre Program and needs YOU! In this introduction to acting class, you will learn the basics of the stage, what it means to act and how to build a character.
January 7 - February 25
Tuesdays 5 - 5:45 p.m. (Kindergarten - 6th Grade)
Tuesdays 6 - 6:45 p.m. (7th Grade- 12th Grade)
Total Class Cost: $35
Musical Theatre Madness
Do you like to act, sing or dance? Do you like watching musicals? Do you dream of being on Broadway? If you answered yes to the above questions, then this class is for you. "Musical Theatre Madness" is designed to explore the mechanics of what makes musical theatre unique. You will learn some of the tools of success that all great actors use and how to apply them to your own acting style.
January 9-February 27
Thursdays 6 - 7p.m. (Kindergarten - 6th Grade)
Thursdays 7:15 - 8:15 p.m. (7th Grade- 12th Grade)
Total Class Cost $35
IT'S A NEW YEAR:
TIME TO GET HEALTHY
The Team Fitness & Wellness Challenge begins Monday, Jan. 13. The weight loss competition benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life of Tift County.
The 12-week competition begins with participants dropping by Tifton Fitness & Wellness Center, 1488 Old Ocilla Road, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 13 to register and weigh in.
Teams of four to six people compete for a cash prize. Winners are determined based on the most points earned. The majority of points will be awarded for losing weight. Points may also be earned throughout the competition by keeping food and exercise logs, participating in fitness tests Jan. 18 and April 5, participating in the annual Sweetheart Run and winning weekly contests.
SWAP HELPS GARDENERS PREPARE FOR SPRING
Although winter has just begun, spring is still just around the corner and it's time to start garden preparation. To help get local gardeners ready and to inspire new gardeners, the Wiregrass Farmers Market has its third annual Seed and Plant Swap on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the museum foyer at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.
No money will be exchanged for any of the plants or seeds. The event is free and is open to anyone with an interest in gardening and who has some seeds or plants to share -- and to anyone who wishes to chat about gardening and planting. Refreshments, prepared by Wiregrass Farmers Market vendors, will be available.
Given the large number of seeds found in commercial seed packets, many gardeners have more seeds of a particular variety than they need to plant their backyard hobby gardens. Others may save seeds from usual plants or plants their grandparents used to grow, seeds not easily obtainable on the commercial market.
Some gardeners have extra plants as a result of thinning their flower beds or dividing clumps of plants or bulbs, or they have rooted cuttings from heirloom plants they pruned.
This event aims to bring such people together to exchange any extra or unusual seeds and plants with others in the community who will put them to good use. To participate, call 229-392-5513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are also encouraged to bring any gardening magazines and books they no longer need.
At the event, a copy of regional author Janisse Ray's book, The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution To Save Food, will be raffled, along with a native azalea plant and some items from the vendors at the Wiregrass Farmers Market. Raffle tickets are $2 each; proceeds go toward the Wiregrass Farmers Market, which opens for its third season in early April.
For information call Polly Huff, 229-391-5222.
NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR ABAC'S
ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME
Nominations are being accepted for the Athletics Hall of Fame at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 15.
ABAC Athletics Director Alan Kramer said any individual, living or deceased, can be considered for induction. Individuals are nominated in one of three categories: Athlete, Coach or Contributor.
The induction ceremony for the 2014 class is scheduled April 4 as a part of ABAC Homecoming. Kramer said athletic achievement, integrity, sportsmanship and character will be considered. He said the college is also looking for individuals who may have been good athletes while at ABAC, but who went on to coach high school or college teams to state or national titles.
Hall of Fame criteria and a nomination form can be found by clicking here or call Shirley
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At a Glance....
- Tift County High Basketball at Brunswick High, 7:30 p.m., Brunswick.
SATURDAY, JAN. 4:
- Christmas tree recycling, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton.
- Tift County High Basketball vs. Camden, 5:30 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton.
- Tiftarea Academy Basketball vs. Fullington, 7:45 p.m., Tiftarea Academy, Chula.
Brenda Gail Parsons, 64, Fitzgerald
Philip E. "Phil" Carter, 92, Sylvester
James N. Sowell Jr., 89, Fitzgerald
Altheda R. Tomberlin, 85, Irwinville
Terry Edwin Dupree, 57, Ray City
Martha B. Boggus, 94, Fitzgerald
Jerry Lewis Moore, 46, Tifton
Emma Evelyn Veal Paulk, 96, Irwin County
Faye Ross Shealey, 84, Fitzgerald
Dura Eidson Smith, 95, Ashburn
Eldon Stanley Haas, 91, Tifton
Annette Pate Cochran, 84, Sylvester
Johnny Skinner, 75, Tifton
Steven Ernest Taft, 34, Tifton
Everett Wood, Jr., 81, Ty Ty
Mona Faye Simmons, 77, Coffee County
Charlene Evans, 58, Fitzgerald
Heath Marcus Day, 41, Chula
Dorothea "Dottie" M. Marchant, 91, Tifton
Lula Marie Howard, 92, Ocilla
Pauline Cotney Underwood, 94, Tifton
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