Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
RESOLVE TO
MAKE IT GREAT
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine

Another new year is here, whether or not we are ready for it. That's the thing about time : It keeps moving forward no matter what we may do.

There are always comments in the news media about new year resolutions , but I know few people who actually make resolutions – and know fewer people who keep them.

This year, I am looking forward to a great new year and have decided to suggest some resolutions that, if we all adopt them, could create a better world .
Resolve to:

  • Be nicer than you have to be. Smile. Treat everyone with kindness, no matter who they are or their station in life.

  • Be grateful for each day. Life is a gift.

  • Be forgiving. Do not hold grudges. Forgive others, even if you may think they don't deserve it. By forgiving others, we free ourselves.

  • Be respectful – of others' feelings, of their time, of their beliefs.

  • Be forward-looking. Remember the past but don't reside there. We have the ability to create our future through our thoughts and our actions.

  • Be healthy – in mind, body and spirit.

  • Be prayerful. Show reverence to God and belief in the power of prayer.

  • Be aware. Don't go through your days like a zombie. Notice all that is around you, especially the "little" things, which are often not little at all.

  • Be a risk-taker. Don't sit on the sidelines. Get up, and get involved. Embrace change, for that is one thing upon which we can depend.

  • Be positive. Your attitude determines your altitude. Recognize and reflect the good in the world, for there is much good to be found.

Make it a great 2019 .
TIFT COUNTY MARKS
NEW YEAR WITH 'GNAT DROP'
As the new year comes to Tifton , it's being marked by the dropping of "Matt the Gnat."

Tifton's first "Gnat Drop"  is marking the  new year  in  Tift County.

Spearheaded by Tift County Commissioner  Melissa Hughes , the Gnat Drop is in front of the County Administration Building on Tift Avenue .

Atlanta drops its big peach to mark the new year , and local organizers hope that dropping the gnat will become a well-known Tifton New Year's tradition as well.

Live  entertainment,   refreshments  and a street dance are among the evening's activities .
Officials are investigating two fires as arson, including the one pictured in the 100 block of Oak Point Drive in Tifton.
$10,000 REWARD FOR CONVICTION OF THOSE WHO STARTED TIFTON FIRES
The state fire marshal’s office is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of those persons responsible for two fires last Thursday in Tifton .

Both fires are a result of arson and were set at two duplexes under construction in separate locations two miles apart , authorities said.

The first fire occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday at a duplex under construction in the 100 block of Oak Point Drive . The building is a total loss , authorities said.

The second fire occurred later Thursday morning at another duplex under construction in the 1600 block of Carpenter Road.

If anybody has information about the fires, they should call call the Arson Control hotline, 800-282-5804 .
Once again, the  Keep Tift Beautiful   organization will be  collecting  live  Christmas trees for  mulching  after the  holidays   .

Live trees   may be  dropped off   at  Fulwood Park   from  11 a.m.-2 p.m.  on  Saturday , Jan 5.
'POLAR BEARS' PLUNGE ON
NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR CHARITIES
The  Tiftarea YMCA  is hosting the  Sixth Annual Polar Bear Plunge  at  11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1,  in the Tiftarea YMCA  Hunt Park pool  . 

Eleven  participants compete  against each other to  raise money  for their respective  local charity . The individual raising the  most money  for his or her  charity , with the stipulation that they  must slide down  into the  plunge pool , receives  100  percent of the proceeds for their  charity .

All other  charities  receive a  50  percent split with  Tiftarea YMCA  if their corresponding representative  takes the plunge  .

This year's participants and their local charities are:  Darian Peavy Family Promise;   Wingate Whitley PattiCake House Jana Barfield Coastal Plain CASA TJ Mauldin,  Young Life ; Bret Wagenhorst,  Meals on Wheels ; Mike Beeman,  Ruth's Cottage ; Renata Elad,  Humane Society ; Ted McElroy,  Called to Care ; Jennifer Woodall,  Pregnancy Care Center;   Staci Griffin,  Tift County Commission on Children & Youth and  Vicki Taft,  Hospice of Tift Area .
SOMETHING TO HOWL ABOUT:
A SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON ECLIPSE
The year is starting off as a special one for sky watchers : A "super blood wolf moon eclipse" appears on Jan. 21 .

Three events are coming together to create the phenomenon: A super moon , a wolf moon and a lunar eclipse .

A super moon is a  new  or  full  moon that occurs when the moon is closest to Earth . A wolf moon is another name for the year's first full moon . The blood moon is a lunar eclipse that causes the moon to appear red as it enters the Earth’s shadow .

The super blood wolf moon eclipse peaks at 12:16 a.m. Jan. 21 and lasts a little more than three hours. The next time a super moon and lunar eclipse occur together will be in May 2021 .
PEANUT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
INCLUDES TIFTON REPRESENTATIVE
Twenty peanut growers and sheller representatives from across the Southeast , including Tifton , recently began a Peanut Leadership Academy course in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The Peanut Leadership Academy is hosted by the Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and is a cooperative effort among Syngenta Crop Protection , the American Peanut Shellers Association and grower organizations .

The program is designed to give participants a thorough understanding of the peanut industry . The 18-month course encompasses five sessions. Attendees visit peanut operations , meet with industry leaders , visit with members of Congress in Washington, D.C. , and receive professional development training.

Georgia participants include Andrew Grimes of Tifton .

The program began in 1998 with the first class of 14 peanut growers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia . Since then, the academy has grown to also include farmers from Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and sheller representatives .
GOT A WEEKEND YARD SALE? LET US KNOW!

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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