SEPT. 18, 2018
Tifton, Georgia


Four Tift County students have been selected to serve on state School Superintendent Richard Woods' Student Advisory Council. They are among  approximately 120 students from  across Georgia to serve on the 2018-2019 panel.

Kylei Cutts, an eighth grader at Eighth Street Middle School, will be part of the statewide Middle School Advisory Council. Tift County High students Haley Alexander (senior), Chase Beckham (junior) and Karoline Ponder (sophomore) will serve on the High School Advisory Council.
Throughout the school year, these middle and high school students will meet in Atlanta with Woods to discuss the impact of state policies in the classroom. Student Advisory Council members will also discuss other education issues, serve as the state superintendent's ambassadors to their respective schools and participate in service projects.
"Every day, I'm faced with choices that will directly affect Georgia's kids," Woods said. "Because of the students who serve on this council, I'm better able to make sound, informed decisions. I deeply value their input and involvement."
Members were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. Students were chosen based on the strength of their essay answers, which focused on their ideas for public education as well as their community service experience. The selected students attend public schools across the state.


A Tift County Grand Jury has indicted three people charged in the robbery and shooting death of the  owner of Eldorado Food Mart. The recent indictments upgrade charges for all three suspects.

Caleb Day, Alexis McCrary and Nathaniel Day, all 21 years old, are now each facing charges of malice murder, felony murder, armed robbery and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Initially, Caleb Day was charged with armed robbery and felony murder. Both
McCrary and Nathanial Day were originally charged with a rmed robbery and party to the crime of felony murder in connection  with the robbery and shooting death of the owner at Eldorado Food Mart.

Akhtar "Oscar" Perveez, 55, was shot dead on the afternoon of July 30 during a robbery in his store at U.S. Highway 41 South and Omega-Eldorado Road, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Tift Regional Health Systems (TRHS) Board Chairman Jimmy Allen was joined by fellow board members, TRHS CEO Chris Dorman, other Tift Regional associates, community leaders, and ambassadors and staff with the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce on Friday for the ribbon cutting of the hospital's new Musculoskelatal Center at 2227 Highway 41 North on the hospital's West Campus next to Affinity Clinic

Dorman welcomed the crowd before the ribbon cutting, and tours were offered. The new 80,000-square-foot facility consolidates orthopedics, sports medicine, rheumatology, pain management, chiropractic care and therapy services into one location. 

The Musculoskelatal Center houses Georgia Sports Medicine, the Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center, Affinity Neurology, the Pain Management Center, Chiropractic Services and Outpatient Therapy.


The latest unleashing of a UGA Dawg statue was Monday night outside Tifton's Chick-fil-A restaurant off U.S. Highway 82.

"Nugget," pictured at left, is sponsored by Chick-fil-A and joins the Bowen family-sponsored "Farm Dawg" and Prince Automotive-sponsored "Champ" bulldog statues on Tifton's Main Street.

Another bulldog, "TUGA," is on the front circle at the Tifton UGA campus.
State Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, notes that there will be five Constitutional amendments
and two referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot. 

"I want to make the community aware of the amendments and referendums that will be on the ballot this November because it is important that voters are educated on these issues ahead of the election," she said. 

Houston provides the following guideline:
  • Amendment One: It would create the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to which up to 80 percent of sales taxes collected at sporting goods stores, including gun stores, would be redirected. The fund would be used to conserve and acquire land for uses such as wildlife habitats, recreation and buffering around military installations.
  • Amendment Two: It would create a "statewide business court" with statewide jurisdiction in an effort to streamline and improve handling of business cases.
  • Amendment Three: The amendment would change the rules for assessing the value of forest land for property tax purposes and allows the state revenue commissioner to collect up to 5 percent of forest conservation grants to cover certain costs.
  • Amendment Four: The amendment, modeled on "Marsy's Law," the crime victim's bill of rights, would require the court to notify and include the alleged victims of crimes in most court proceedings.
  • Amendment Five: The fifth amendment would affect counties with more than one school system and would allow the system with the most students to call for a sales tax referendum to fund school construction without getting approval from the smaller system.
  • Referendum Question One: The first statewide referendum question would impose a property tax cap on the City of Atlanta.
  • Referendum Question Two: The second question would expand a property tax exemption on homes for the mentally disabled.
Early voting for the general election begins on Monday, Oct. 15, and ends on Friday, Nov. 2Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.


Lynn McDonald believes that volunteering your time will gain you benefits for life. And McDonald, the volunteer coordinator at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Ga. Museum of Agriculture, has some opportunities available.
Volunteer Brenda Fordham prepares beverages in the Drug Store at ABAC's Ga. Museum of Agriculture.

"Volunteering is great for your mental outlook and physical health," McDonald said. "By volunteering, you'll make new friends, learn about history and stimulate the mind of a young person."

Two information sessions outlining volunteer opportunities will be held -- 10 a.m. Sept. 22 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Both will be in the Peanut Museum conference room behind the Country Store.

"Volunteering is very flexible," McDonald said. "You might be helping out in the Historic Village once or twice a week or assisting with one of our many festivals once or twice every couple of months."

She said other benefits for volunteers include free admission and the ability to earn tickets for friends and family.     
"On a typical day in the village, you could be sharing the beauty of the Tift House, the wonder of the farm or the treats of the Drug Store," McDonald said. "On other days, you could be playing games of the 1880s, treating guests to open-fire cooking or sharing customs of the past. We also have indoor jobs including office work and flyer distributions." 

For information, contact McDonald at or 229-391-5223.


Second graders in Tanesha Dotson's class at Omega Elementary have been reading "Charlotte's Web" lately. 

They took time out from the story to learn a little about pigs and even made images of Wilbur out of paper mache'. 

Pictured are Bo Golden, BeBe Beasley, Mollie Stone, Emmett Thompson and Piper Hawkins.


The Salvation Army in Tifton is looking for people to support the organization by signing up as bell ringers for the annual holiday Red Kettle campaign.

Red Kettle season begins Nov. 23 (the day after Thanksgiving) and concludes on Christmas Eve

If you are interested in signing up or are a member of a civic, church or school organization that would like to participate as a community project, contact the Salvation Army at 229-386-1503.


U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., of Tifton has announced mobile office hours in his congressional district. 

During these events, staff from Scott's Tifton and Warner Robins District Offices will offer AScott constituents individual assistance with such federal issues as Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits.
The mobile offices and hours are:
Tuesday, Sept. 25:  Cochran --  2-4 p.m.,  Cochran-Bleckley Library

Wednesday, Sept. 26:  Jeffersonville --  9:30-11:30 a.m.,  Twiggs County Library
   Forsyth --  2-4 p.m.,  Monroe County Library

Thursday, Sept. 27:  Eastman --  9:30-11:30 a.m.,  Dodge County Library

Tuesday, Oct. 2:  Thomasville --  9:30-11:30 a.m.,  Thomas County Library
        Valdosta --  2-4 p.m.,  Wiregrass Tech College
Wednesday, Oct. 3:  Nashville --  9:30-11:30 a.m.,  Carrie Dorsey Perry Library
      Adel --  2-4 p.m.,  Cook County Library
Thursday, Oct. 4:  Ocilla --  10 a.m.-noon,  Irwin County Library
         Ashburn --  2-4 p.m.,  Turner County Agriculture Building

Call either Scott's Tifton office at 229-396-5175 or Warner Robins office at 478-971-1776 for questions regarding an upcoming mobile office

Literacy Volunteers President Victor Pires, from left, tutor Michael Dalton, Literacy Executive Director Bonnie Sayles, board member (and previous Carnival of Knowledge winner) Karen Hendricks, Dr. Drew Howard and The Howard Center office manager Melisa Carter. 


Mayor Julie Smith on Monday proclaimed the month of September as Tifton Alzheimer's Month in recognition of World Alzheimer's Month. Representatives of Georgia's Southwest Region of the Alzheimer's Association, based in Tifton, spoke of the number of people affected by this devastating disease

Also, Smith read a proclamation for the week of Sept. 23-29 as Adult Education and Family Literacy Week in Tifton and named Sept. 27 as Literacy Day in Tifton. President Victor Pires of the Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County thanked the mayor and City Council for the recognition.

"Literacy Volunteers works through tutors to break the cycle of illiteracy by teaching adults the value of reading and education. Too many children go to kindergarten not even knowing their alphabet. We are working to help their parents and grandparents so that children may excel as well."

Then, Dr. Drew Howard of The Howard Center presented Literacy Volunteers with a giant check for $5,000 as the first Platinum Sponsor of the 19th Annual Howard Center Carnival of Knowledge. The center will host a "Howard Q Trivia" audience participation portion of the program with a $500 prize. 

Howard said the problem of literacy is close to his heart because of its effect on some of his employees and many of his patients, not to mention those in the community. About 20 percent of Tift County residents do not have a high school diploma or GED.

Mayor Julie Smith, from left, with Alzheimer's Association representatives Buffy Hankinson, Amanda Brack, Kimberly Blackstock and Dan Phillips.

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