MARCH 2, 2018
Tifton, Georgia


Tifton's annual Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival in Fulwood Park kicks off tonight, Friday, March 2, with a concert from 7-10 p.m. by  Farewell Company.

Saturday will be a full day of food and fun in Fulwood, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. with professional and  backyard barbecue competitions, children's activities, nearly 100 vendors, and 11 musical acts on two stages .

The professional barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Georgia Barbecue Association and features teams from across the state. The "backyard" competition is open to anyone.

Among the entertainers performing Saturday is Macon's Molly Stevens, who was on NBC-TV's "The Voice" Tuesday night and chose  three-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson as her vocal coach on the TV show.

Headlining the free entertainment on the main stage is Memphis-based Southern Avenue, who is touring across the U.S. and Europe and has performed with artists such as Alanis Morissette. Other acts include: Ryn Crider at 10 a.m.; Tyler Neal, 11 a.m.; Justin Spivey Band, 1 p.m.; Mermaid Motor Lounge, 2:30 p.m.; Molly Stevens, 4:30 p.m.; Cris Jacobs, 6:15 p.m.; and Southern Avenue, 8:30 p.m.

On the  Community Stage, there is a Pet Parade at 10 a.m.; and performers Scout, at 11:15 a.m.; Garrett Newell, 12:30 p.m.; and Pinebox Dwellers, 2 p.m. 

Festival organizer Angela Elder said indications are that this year's event will be the largest yet.

"We've had a great response from barbecue teams in the professional division and for the backyard contest," she said. 

"We always get great reviews from the teams that have competed here before, and one of the things they like best is having it at a venue like Fulwood Park. And the GBA (Georgia Barbecue Association) has made ours a double points tournament, which has increased the interest with the professional teams."

Teams participating in the competition will not be selling their barbecue, but among the nearly 40 food vendors are several that will be selling barbecue to festival-goers.

With the event attracting thousands of people, shuttle services will be running to help with parking. Throughout the day, shuttles will be making pickups at the Pineapple Post shopping center on the corner of Love Avenue and Eighth Street and in front of First United Methodist Church on 12th Street.

Overnight  work continues this week as highway workers   prep, pour, flatten and smooth the road as they resurface U.S. Highway 82/S.R. 520 at the intersection of South Main Street in downtown Tifton. The work should be completed within the week or so.


Lester Potts, a former member of the Tift County Board of Education, on Thursday announced his  candidacy for the Republican nomination for the District 6 seat on Tift County Commission.

The district, currently served by Greg Wood, encompasses the northwest part of the county including Ty Ty and Chula

"I will strive to bring integrity, community and vision to the post and will work for the betterment of Tift County for all residents," Potts said.

"I'm ready to serve Tift County and work toward a unified community with Tifton and Tift County. We need to work together and not have two squabbling entities."

Potts said the " biggest complaint is the fire department," since the county created its own department, splintering from the previous joint department with the City of Tifton. He said the current configuration doesn't make sense.

"I want to see the city and county work together again," Potts said. "I want a common vision for all of Tift County."

Potts was elected twice to the Tift County school board, in 2006 and 2010. He is a 20-year Air Force veteran, was an instructor and administrator at the former Moultrie Tech, has worked on the staff of the Worth County Board of Education and has worked with the Mell Baptist Association.

Qualifying for County Commission candidates begins on Monday, March 5, and ends at noon Friday, March 9. The general primary election in Tift County  will be held May 22.

GIRL CHARGED IN SCHOOL THREATS: A 13-year-old girl  is charged with making two threats against Eighth Street Middle School on Thursday. A call came into the school saying, "We are coming. Y'all be ready."  Later, the same student, who was later determined to have made the first call, told officials she received a mobile phone call from someone threatening to bomb the school. Authorities searched and determined the threats were hoaxes. The middle school and Tift County High were also targets of baseless threats last week. ...  LOWERING FLAGS: Gov. Nathan Deal  has ordered that all state flags be lowered to half staff today (Friday) in honor of the late Rev. Billy Graham, who is being interred today. Deal's executive order lowering flags on all state buildings and grounds is in conjunction with the president's proclamation to lower the U.S. flag today. ... COUNTY DAYS AT THE CAPITOL: Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes was among county officials with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia who gathered Wednesday in Atlanta to met with the governor about county issues. ... MELON GROWERS: Ed Walker of Spring Hill Produce in Tifton has been elected treasurer of the Eastern Cantaloupe Growers Association.


For the  third consecutive year, snakes will be welcome for one day in the Baldwin Library at  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Lane exhibits one of her snakes.

ABAC hosts "Snakes in the Stacks" at noon March 6.

Dr. Vanessa Lane, assistant professor of wildlife, doesn't plan on releasing any of the reptiles into the aisles of the library, but she will display several non-venomous species from her 40-snake collection. 

This event is open to the public

"Snakes are among the most misunderstood and feared animals on the planet despite the fact that the vast majority of species are harmless and beneficial to humans," Lane said. 

"Snakes in the Stacks is a fun event aimed at showing individuals the amazing characteristics and interesting personalities of live snakes in a safe and controlled setting."

The event features a talk and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity for the audience to interact with the snakes.

The event drew a crowd of more 100 people last year.

"We will cover topics on snake anatomy, snake behavior, snake conservation and how to react if you encounter a snake in the wild," Lane said.


Tifton native and singer Danielle Hicks continues to make waves in the Savannah area music scene. Hicks and her band The Resistance have been added to the lineup of the Eighth Annual  Savannah Stopover Music Festival next weekend.

The Savannah festival is  three days of live music involving an estimated 71 touring bands and 13 local acts playing almost 90 concerts in 11 venues across the city's Historic District.

Hicks, who now lives in the Savannah area, is a regular performer around coastal Georgia and South Carolina. The Savannah Morning News' entertainment publication says Hicks has "drawn the attention of Savannahians, integrating into the local scene organically behind her blues-based, jazz-infused rock 'n' roll. Hicks' indelible soprano is a commanding force on her debut album "Honey." The Resistance -- Ben Keiser, Ryan Kelly, Ira Miller and Matt Fallin -- form a solid, groove-driven backbeat behind her."

Danielle Hicks & The Resistance will play The Jinx in Savannah at 3 p.m. March 10 as part of the Savannah Stopover Music Festival.


A special dinner theatre musical is coming to the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.

The Baldwin Players of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will perform "I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!" on March 8-10 in the museum's conference room. The buffet dinner at 6 p.m. will include a choice of beef or chicken and a variety of sides and dessert. There will also be show-only tickets available with seating beginning at 6:50 p.m.

"When I thought about doing a play as a dinner theatre, to offer Tifton a new  experience from ABAC's Baldwin Players, I immediately thought about this show," said Dr. Brian Ray, director of the theatre troupe . "It is a wonderful family-friendly play that focuses on love and the wonders of life."

Cast members include Reese Johnson, an agriculture major from Nashville; Jannah Zinkler, a core curriculum major from Sumner; Jeffrey Murray, a core curriculum major from Pelham; Hannah Exum, an agriculture major from Nashville; Patrick Ireland, an ABAC alumnus from Tifton; Hannah Moseley, a rural studies major from Cochran; and Mikayla Crenshaw, an agricultural education major from Milton.

The musical is about marriage with all its ups and downs, and in-betweens. The play follows the lives of a married couple from their wedding day in 1895 to 1945.

For information, contact Ray at 229-391-4969 or at

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Nothing signals the arrival of spring like a traditional Easter egg hunt, and students in the Young Farmers Club at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College bring that tradition early this year with a community event for children beginning at 9 a.m. March 10 at the Lakeside Lawn

An educational scavenger hunt focusing on agricultural commodities begins the day. Children will visit information booths from campus organizations where they will get individual Easter Eggs cards stamped for each booth they visit.

"Elementary schools usually do not place emphasis on agricultural education," said Sadie Hobbs, Young Farmers secretary. "Our goal is to show children how agriculture plays a significant role in their daily lives."

After the scavenger hunt, children will get a light meal followed by an egg hunt for those who receive the proper number of stamps on their cards. Individual egg hunts will occur for pee-wee, elementary and middle school ages. 

"Our goal is to be advocates for agriculture while simultaneously representing ABAC," Hobbs said.

For information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Bentley, academic and career coordinator, at 229-391-4815 or


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  • "An Evening for ABAC," 6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
  • Rhythm & Ribs Kickoff Party, 7 p.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton


  • Kids at Art Jewelry Workshop, 10 a.m.-Noon, Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Tifton
  • Rhythm & Ribs BBQ Festival, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton
  • "Connected" ceramic sculpture exhibit reception,  5-8 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton

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FEB. 22 BowenDonaldson
Glenn Edward O'Connor, 87, Tifton
Glenda Miller Roberts, 76, Tifton
Franklin D. Sumner, 81, Irwin County

FEB. 23
Joyce Brooks Burrell, 73, Sylvester
Marcia L. Duren, 80, Adel
John "J.E." Harrell, 86, Adel
Bobby Taylor, 62, Sparks

FEB. 24
Rhonda Dunn Powell, 63, Omega
Donnell H. Whitaker, 84, Adel
Martha Stinson, 85, Fitzgerald
Albert Julian "Al" Cook, 79, Nashville
Janet Carver Stripling, 82, Irwinville
Jacqueline Burkhalter, 85, Adel

FEB. 25
Selby Glen McMillian Sr., 67, Ocilla
Tom A. Parr, 79, Albany
Colise Hatcher Raines, 93, Sylvester 
Randy Cobb, 58, Fitzgerald
Wallace Lewis Jr., 78, Pavo

FEB. 26
William Leon "Bimbo" Harper, 59, Tifton
Marion Max Murphy, 85, Nashville
Talmadge Lamar Sutton, 85, Nashville

FEB. 27
Oscar H. Roberts, 89, Tifton
Herman Lee Autry, 75, Tifton
Margaret Lucille Chapman Carter, 87, Omega
Steve Allen Stone, 52, Nashville
Bobbie L. Dassie, Sylvester

FEB. 28
Edith Angeline Allen, 90, Matthews, N.C.
Georgene B. Harpe, 62, Worth County
Ann Tygart Jones, 89, Nashville
Letha Bailey, 76, Nashville

Juanita Sumner McAllister, 88, Tifton
Shirley Ann Spradlin Tawzer, 74, Tifton

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