Feb. 14,
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Today -- Friday, Feb. 14 -- is, of course, St. Valentine's Day.


But not in North Georgia


By pronouncement of Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berrythere will be no Valentine's Day on Friday ... that is, if you live north of Interstate 16 and have to drive to get a gift!


The (semi) tongue-in-cheek announcement was posted on the Oconee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page as the upper part of the state struggles with snow and icy roads. 


The Facebook post reads:


"The Oconee County County Sheriff's Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELLED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border. 

"Men who live in the designated 'NO VALENTINES DAY ZONE' are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until February 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain."


A sheriff's office dispatcher told CNN that the sheriff "was just trying to cut the monotony." Dispatcher John Ogle said deputies have been practically snowed in at the office for a marathon 34-hour shift.


"And I think he was just trying to give our spouses a little laugh," Ogle said.


The Facebook post has gotten more than 1,000 "likes" and scores of comments. One man wrote: "Can you make sure my wife gets a copy of this memo?"

Tifton Grapevine: Reading Rally & Realtor Awards
VIDEO: Tifton Grapevine --
Reading Rally & Tiftarea Realtor Awards
In this week's video, the Tifton Grapevine looks at two events in the community during the past week: The Reading Capital's "Rally for Reading" and the Tiftarea Board of Realtors annual awards program.
The Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence generated $3,600 last Sunday, Feb. 9, during a tennis exhibition to kick off the Reading Capital's 5 million Accelerated Reader points celebration. The event paired local contributors with ABAC tennis players -- and tennis players from the local school system.
Then, on Monday, Feb. 10, the Tiftarea Board of Realtors held its annual awards luncheon to recognize its top Realtors of the past year. Ronnie Dunn formally took over from Jessica Powell as as this year's president of the group. 


The Academy of Country Music and Kohl's Department Stores announced Tuesday that Kip Moore of Tifton is one of three final nominees for this year's ACM New Artist of the Year Award.


Also nominated were Brett Eldredge and Justin Moore.


The winner will be named on the live broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan of Leesburg, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m.


The final round of fan voting for the New Artist of the Year begins at 3 p.m. Monday, March 24 and closes at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 6 (before the live telecast begins) at


The final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music. In selecting the winner, professional member votes will again be combined with fan votes to obtain the winner.

Tift County Habitat for Humanity is having a "Women's Build Day" project on Saturday, Feb. 22. Volunteers will be adding a porch to a house that the group is building.
No experience is necessary. Instruction will be offered on site; women with all skill levels are invited to help.
The build will last from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and will be broken into shifts, depending on the number of volunteers. Tentative shifts are 8 a.m.-Noon and 1- 5 p.m. The organization is seeking five people per shift and no experience is needed.


The house was started several years ago but not completed. The local Habitat group plans to finish it but first must build the porch/deck. That will complete the outside and then the inside will be addressed.


Habitat for Humanity is planning a work day each Saturday until the house is finished. 


Interested volunteers may contact Judy Shiflet at 229-392-7604 or 


This week's winter storm forced the Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, to reschedule its annual Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Capitol to Thursday, Feb. 27.


Anyone who has not registered may still do so at or call 1-800-272-3900, which rings in the Tifton office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. -5 p.m. 


"We have 17 advocates signed up for this year, and we can take a lot more," said Bonnie Sayles,

Bonnie Sayles

regional programs director. "Our region represents the largest geographical area of the state with 35 counties. Some of our local advocates cannot go at the new date, so please consider stepping up to be a Voice at our state Capitol on Feb. 27."


The purpose of Alzheimer's Awareness Day at the Georgia State Capitol is:

  • To speak with our state senators and state representatives about the needs of those living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their families, and
  • To raise awareness about Alzheimer's and related dementias at the Capitol among all legislators and state agencies.

This year, the specific plans of the group include:

  • Advocating to strengthen Georgia's Respite Care for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia;
  • Creating a Georgia Alzheimer's Registry;
  • Funding emergency placement for those with Alzheimer's disease or dementia when a care facility is closed or when a person, who has Alzheimer's disease or dementia, wanders.

For more information, email, visit, or call 1-800-272-3900


More than 300 statewide advocates for those with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders are expected to convene at the Capitol for Alzheimer's Awareness Day. Advocacy training will be offered during a webinar on Saturday, Feb. 22.


Awareness Day participants will receive a VOICE T-shirt to wear, and lunch will be provided. There is no charge, but registration is required by the new deadline of 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, in order to plan travel, meals and materials.


"This is your opportunity to tell your story of your family's journey with Alzheimer's or a related dementia to your state senator and state representative, and to ask them to support key legislation," said Sayles.


Anyone with questions about Alzheimer's disease or seeking information should contact the Alzheimer's Association's 24/7 toll-free Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit

The Rotary Club of Tifton is seeking nominations for its annual Tifton Rotary Ethics in Business Award to recognize a local business that has demonstrated exceptional ethical behavior.


 "We began this annual award last year and the first recipient was Central Jewelers," says Tifton Rotary President Andy Borem. "The award was created to recognize those local businesses exhibiting high ethical behavior and a commitment to our community."


Criteria for the award, which will go to a business physically located in Tifton or Tift County, were 

developed by a committee of Tifton Rotary Club members. The nominated business must have consistently demonstrated high ethical standards of honesty and integrity in dealing with employees, customers and contractors while enhancing the economic well-being of the company and providing local jobs, opportunity and profits. 


In addition, the business must have participated in activities beneficial to the community beyond the provision of economic benefits of the business and must adhere to fair and truthful business practice reflected in the Rotary Four-Way Test


1.     Is it the TRUTH?

2.     Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.     Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIP?

4.     Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Nomination applications are available from the Tifton Rotary Club, which meets for lunch each Wednesday at the Tiftarea Conference Center on Highway 82, may be downloaded online at the Tifton Rotary website, and at the Tifton Rotary Facebook page, Click Here!                               . 


Applications must be submitted and received by March 15


Nominations may be submitted by anyone other than an owner or manager of, or family member of an owner or manager of, the nominated business. Nominations must be mailed to the Tifton Rotary Club, PO Box 1354, Tifton, GA 31793 (attn: Rotary Ethics in Business Award).


A committee of faculty and students from the ABAC business school will select this year's recipient.




 The Azalea String Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 as part of the "ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series" in Howard Auditorium at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


The Azalea String Quartet is musicians Nina Lutz and Brent Williams on violin, Lauren Burns on viola and Steven Taylor on cello. The group performs on a regular basis throughout the Southeast.


ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said the Azalea String Quartet is a vibrant musical ensemble and quartet-in-residence at Valdosta State University and is comprised of the principal string players of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra.


While available tickets will be sold at the door, Jones encourages advance purchase to ensure seating. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students under 18 and are available at or at 229-391-4895.


Contact Angela Elder,
Forms may be obtained at and updates are on Facebook: Ciick Here. 
Food and arts & crafts vendors may contact Jessica Jones,


 For information, please call Sommer Dunston 

or Cindy Spurlin, 

229.386.5200 /229.386.1412


The Kiwanis Club of Tifton is having its annual Art & Music Showcase at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center


Students will demonstrate their talents in a competitive atmosphere to build self-esteem. The competition is open to Tift County students in public, private or home schools in grades 4-12.  A student may enter only one category, music or art.


Applications are available from art and music teachers in the schools, from Cassi Sylvester at TCHS, from Amy Henderson at Tiftarea Academy or from show coordinator Hal Henderson at 229-386-2237. Applications must be received by March 10


The art entry form must be accompanied by the art selection to be judged. Art consists of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, ceramics, sculpture, metal work, graphic design, mixed media, crafts or video media. Submitted art will be judged and available for viewing after the music competition. Music consists of vocal or instrument performances. First, second, and third place art and music winners in each grade level (4-6, 7-8, and 9-12) will be recognized.


The first place music winner in the 9-12 grade category will compete in the Georgia Kiwanis District Art & Music Showcase in Carrollton on April 26. The first place art winners in Grades 6-12 will also compete at the district showcase. The Georgia Kiwanis District Foundation will award $15,000 in educational scholarships with $ 7,500 awarded winners in the art competition and $7,500 in the music competition.


The local showcase is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The club will also announce the Kiwanis Arts Citizen of the Year at its showcase. For further information, contact Henderson, 229-386-2237. Nominations for the arts citizen award are due by Feb. 28.


null The Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton is offering another AARP Driver Safety Program from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26.

The cost is $20 per person with a $5 discount for AARP members with card. 


Update your driving skills and earn a discount from your current automobile insurance provider.



The town of Sumner is hosting an "Irish Spring Fling" dance from 7-10 p.m. March 22, at the Sumner school gym.  Admission is $5. Refreshments will be available for purchase
Sumner, in Worth County, is just 15 miles west of Tifton on U.S. Highway 82.  
For information, call Sumner City Hall, 229-776-7384 or 229-848-3319.
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                       At a Glance.... 
FRIDAY, FEB. 14 -- "Valentine's Day":
  • Tift County High Soccer vs. Berrien, 5:30 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton.
  • Tift County High Baseball @ Perry (scrimmage), 6 p.m., Perry.
  • Tiftarea Academy Basketball @ Deerfield, 7:45 p.m., Albany.
  • Movie: "The Help", 1 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton.


  • "Threads That Bind" -- Season of Quilts project, 1-3 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton.

In Memoriam
Feb. 6
Jerry M. Griffin, 72, Fitzgerald 
Anthony "Popeye" Jordan, Sylvester 
Willie Charles Moore, Sylvester 
Feb. 7
Pedro Ramos, 57, Brookfield
Evelyn Lovett Childers, 92, Sparks 
Meghan Noel Blanchard, 22, Nashville 
Tommie Luke Eastridge, 71, Fitzgerald
Annelle Dillard Morehead, 79, Fitzgerald 
Feb. 9
 Jimmy F. "Jim" Champion, 81, Albany
Feb. 10
Joyce Reed Swaynos, 69, Fitzgerald 
Elder Jerry Barrs, 69, Ocilla
Clifford Sidney Hewitt, Jr., 72, Conley
Patricia Ann Butler, 51, LaGrange 
Feb. 11
John Gaston "Johnny" Abbott, 67, Tifton 
General Jackson "Jack" Taylor, III, 75, Adel
Wayne Sutton, 68, Lenox 
David Mann, 53, Ocilla
Feb. 12
 Florine Willis Thompson, 87, Sylvester 
Barbara Hamner Rowan, 60, Adel
Feb. 13
Brother Fred Hesters, 88, Nashville 




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