CELEBRATING CREATION OF THE UNITED STATES
Tifton kicked off its Independence Day celebration early with fireworks lighting the skies Monday night, July 3, to rave reviews from the audience.
Of course today, July 4, is actually Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which formally separated America's 13 colonies from England and its king.
However, a case can be made that July 2 is the real "Independence Day," for on that day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved a motion by Virginia's Richard Henry Lee to separate from the motherland and proclaim America as independent. In fact, founding father John Adams believed July 2 would become the "great anniversary festival" of America's birthday.
On July 3, Adams wrote to his wife Abigail: "
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews (sic), Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more."
But it was on July 4 when the
Congress actually adopted the written Declaration primarily penned by Thomas
Jefferson. Thus, July 4 became the nation's birthday.
Georgia had three signers of the Declaration of Independence: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall and George Walton -- who all now have counties named
If you are seeking fireworks for today's celebration, here's a rundown of some nearby celebrations:
~ The big fireworks show over Lake Blackshear in Cordele caps the day there that begins at 8 a.m. with fireworks at dark.
State and local officials pose Wednesday at The Big Green Reading Machine outside the Tifton-Tift County Public Library. Among officials are State School Superintendent Richard Woods, at right in white shirt. Beside
him in the dark T-shirt is Tift Library Branch Manager Victoria Horst. Kathy Griffis, Coastal Plain Regional Library System
director is at front center. Mickey Weldon, curriculum director for the Tift County School System, is second from left.
TIFT LIBRARY UNVEILS
'BIG GREEN READING MACHINE'
state school officials visited the Tifton-Tift County Public Library on Wednesday, and the library showed off for the first time its new "
Big Green Reading Machine."
The Reading Machine is a converted used RV, acquired with help from the Tift County School System, to be used a mobile outreach arm of the library, bringing books to children throughout the county and promoting reading.
State School Superintendent Richard Woods visited Wednesday and read to local kids at the library. Woods was accompanied by Assistant State Librarian Jessica Everingham,
SRTC TIFTON STUDENT
ONLY RECIPIENT OF
Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) student Lisey Miley
recently received a national honor
at the Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda National Conference in Anaheim, Calif.
Miley, a business major at SRTC's Tifton campus, was awarded the only Phi Beta Lambda-National Technical Honor Society scholarship given this year. She was chosen from all Phi Beta Lambda students nationwide.
FBLA-PBL is the largest career student organization in the world. Each year, it helps more than 250,000 members prepare for careers in business. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
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Must see to appreciate!
RENOVATIONS CONTINUE ON UGA TIFTON CAMPUS
Progress is being made on the renovation of the Animal and Dairy Science (ADS) Building on the University of Georgia's Tifton campus.
At left is a look at the building's second-floor lobby area. Renovations are scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
After renovations, the building will feature updated technology and new laboratory space.
The ADS Building is the
second-oldest building on campus after the
Tift Building. It was built in
1937 and originally housed the campus
library and administrative
ABAC STUDENT NAMED
MISS FORESTRY QUEEN
I'm so excited to represent the forestry industry while also representing the college that has been so influential in my life," said the diversified agriculture major.
She previously was Ms. ABAC 2016. Lynn is the daughter of Shawn and Heather Lynn of Vidalia.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Ultimate Sandwich Shop
383 Southwell Boulevard, Tifton
UGA TIFTON PROF
WINS PEANUT RESEARCH AWARD
2017 Peanut Research and Education Award
recently at the
USA Peanut Congress
is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia on the Tifton campus.
His primary research areas include peanut and pecan diseases.
Brenneman discovered pecan truffles
in Georgia in the late 1980s.
YOUR $10 DONATION TO LITERACY VOLUNTEERS OF TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY
GETS YOU A CHANCE AT TWO TICKETS TO SEE
Broadway Award-Winnng Actress & Singer
who Portrays Elsa
in Disney's Movie "FROZEN"
Live on Stage at
the Fox Theatre in Atlanta
Saturday, July 22, 8 p.m.
or visiting Vickie at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library!
DRAWING IS JULY 6 @ 5 P.M.
Your Donation Benefits GED tutoring and Literacy Programs in Tift County
JULY'S BEAUTY SPOT IN TIFTON
Keep Tift Beautiful is recognizing Marian Carrington's yard on Fulwood Road as the "Beauty Spot of July."
HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY!
From Your Hometown Friends and Neighbors at
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