'CAVED IN TO BULLIES'
LOCAL SEN. KIRK RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR'S VETO
Shortly after Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday announced his veto of the "
freedom bill," one of the bill's primary sponsors charged that the governor had "caved in to bullies."
"I respectfully disagree with Governor Deal's decision," state Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, told the
Tifton Grapevine. Kirk represents Tift County in the General Assembly.
"The Free Exercise Protection Act was a deliberately drawn piece of legislation that did not discriminate against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender communities) and protected the faith community," Kirk said.
In my opinion, he caved in to bullies."
companies and organizations, including
Coca-Cola, Apple, the NFL and
Hollywood film studios,
veto. Some big companies
threatened to boycott the state if the legislation became law.
Supporters said the bill
protects those whose
rooted in religion and
protects clergy who
decline to perform gay marriages.
Churches and religious groups, based upon their faith, could decline to serve or hire someone.
Opponents said the bill was state-sanctioned discrimination.
of those in the religious community who support this bill have
resorted to insults
. "Some within the
who oppose this bill have
resorted to threats
from our state. I do
not respond well to insults or threats
. The people of Georgia deserve a leader who will make
not inflamed by emotion
. That is what I intend to do."
In announcing his veto, the
also said: "
I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia. ... My decision regarding HB 757 is not just about protecting the faith-based community or providing a business-friendly climate for job growth in Georgia. This is about the character of our state and the character of its people."
TIFT PRE-K INCIDENT GOES VIRAL
Tift County Pre-K Center
in which a
4-year-old special needs student
worldwide media attention
New York Post and
People Magazine to
The Daily Mail in the
U.K. and media outlets throughout
arrest of teacher
Amelia Stripling of
Tifton on a
felony child cruelty charge has made
headlines as well as
lighting up social media.
, 71, was
Friday, March 25
, on a charge of
felony second-degree cruelty to a child
She turned herself in after a
was issued for her arrest. She was
taken to the
Tift County Jail
Her case will eventually go before a
She faces one to 10 years in prison if found guilty.
A Tift County schools' surveillance video shows Stripling walking up behind a
and knocking him down with her knee. She resigned the next day after 22 years of teaching. School officials said there are no previous complaints in Stripling's school personnel file.
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ABAC'S STALLION DAY ON SATURDAY
Prospective students may get a glimpse of college life on Saturday, April 2, during the special Homecoming edition of Stallion Day at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Donaldson Dining Hall.
Visitors may take campus tours guided by the ABAC Ambassadors from 8-9 a.m. followed by a welcome session and overview of the day's events from 9-9:20 a.m. A variety of Student Conversation Corners will be in the Health Sciences building from 9:30-10:40 a.m.
Visiting students will be able to choose sessions on topics that are geared to seniors and transfer students with "College 101: It's here, are you ready?" and a student information panel. Underclassmen may attend a different student information panel and "College 101: Preparing for the Future."
There will also be a Family Conversation Corner at the same time in Howard Auditorium. Parents may ask questions about all phases of campus life.
From 10:45-11:50 a.m., visitors may attend the Stallion Marketplace in Gressette Gymnasium, offering prospective students a look at more than 50 programs of study. Campus t
ours will be provided.
Prospective students should sign up for the Stallion Day event, 229-391-5004.
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NORTHSIDE PRIMARY'S 'BREAKFAST CLUB'
FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE CHAIR FUNDS GRANT
At Northside Primary School, s
tudents have been successful during "Breakfast Club" with the help of materials purchased through the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence's Julian Cannon Chair
for Writing Skills Enhancement.
Teachers are offering students additional support by using the math and reading games,
reading comprehension workbooks, writing workbooks, grammar workbooks and many other fun activity books purchased
a foundation incentive grant.
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CLASS TO FOCUS ON TINY QUILTS
"Itty Bitty Quilties" will be the subject of a
quilting class to be taught during the annual
Wiregrass Quilters Guild Quilt Show on
Sue Turnquist, award-winning fabric artist from
teach the class involving adventures in fusing and free motion quilting. For those who love tiny projects, the class promises to be unusually interesting.
class will be
Friday, April 8, from
1-4 p.m. at the
Georgia Museum of Agriculture. Cost is $25; participation is limited to 15 students.
The class is designed for beginners, but intermediate and advanced quilters are welcome. The provided supply kit will include parchment paper, Misty Fuse, batting and fabric scraps.
TIFT SPECIAL OLYMPICS SET FRIDAY
Tift County Special Olympics
will be held
9 a.m.-noon Friday, April 1,
E.B. Hamilton Recreation Complex
300 special athletes are expected to compete in the games this year.
Trophies will be given to the participants, and a
lunch will be served.
The rain date for the event is April 12.
FIBER ARTIST EXHIBIT OPENING APRIL 9
will be featured in an
"Last Words, Eternal Rest,"
at the Gallery of the
Georgia Museum of Agriculture
exhibit opens at
10 a.m. as a part of the museum's
Folklife Festival, and guests will have an opportunity to interact with the artist from
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Museum Curator and Assistant Director
Polly Huff said that using a needle and thread, Lenz works to express the passage of time through generations.
Grave rubbings on silk, vintage household linens, recycled material and surfaces of dense stitching investigate the concepts of remembrance, mortality and her desire to leave a
lasting legacy. Her work explores the final words marking others people's lives. Her hopes are to communicate the preciousness of life even after death and to waken others to their own family's textile treasures.
Lenz won the 2011 Niche Award for decorative fibers and was a finalist in the 2013 competition. She works from her studio at Mouse House in the historic Elmwood Park neighborhood of downtown Columbia, S.C.
After the opening, Lenz will
return to the museum
May 3-4 to teach a
workshop to local quilters and fiber enthusiasts. The workshop is nearly sold out; contact the
Wiregrass Quilters Guild at
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