NOV. 21, 2017
Tifton, Georgia


At times, bad news seems to be the only news we hear. Every week, there appears to be a mass shooting. Every other day, a bomb seems to explode somewhere in the world. Every day, there are examples to be found of man's inhumanity to his fellow man.

Yet, there is far more good than evil in our world. Every day, someone risks his own life to save another. Every day, a person lends a helping hand. Every day, someone quietly commits a good and honest act that may go unnoticed but has an effect throughout a community.

There may be numerous problems in the world and within our own country, but that has always been and will always be so. Humans throughout history ultimately and collectively rise and overcome adversity. 

When we stand tall and really open our eyes, we can see the innate beauty in the world.

A half century ago this year, Lous Armstrong released a song, "What A Wonderful World," that comes to mind in this time of Thanksgiving, reminding us that we are truly blessed:

"I see trees of green, red roses too,
I see them bloom for me and you,
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

"I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night,
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

"The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people going by;
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do,
They're really saying I love you.

"I hear babies crying, I watch them grow;
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know;
And I think to myself what a wonderful world."

Sometimes, we need to be reminded that it is, always, a wondrous and beautiful world. Let's be thankful for it and for all that is true and good.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving.
--Frank Sayles Jr.


When you tune in to the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on television Thursday morning, you may recognize some of the dancers.

Several dancers from the Carolyn Ellis School of Dance in Tifton will be performing in the New York City parade, which will be broadcast on NBC-TV between 9 a.m. and noon.

The Carolyn Ellis dance school also has several other dancers who traveled south to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the Dance Revolution Christian Dance Convention.

Macy's Parade dancers pose for a photo. Top row, from left, are: Lydia Suggs, Emily Eason, Samantha Walker, Annabelle Branch, Caroline Clark, Isabelle Stallings, Becca Jones, Caroline Sullivan, Haley Roberson and Meredith Morgan. Bottom, from left, are: Mallory Maves, Audrey Snow, Grace Hall, Carlee Snow, Mallory Ward and Raylin Ward.


Coach  Jon Koran  and his geography bee students from Tiftarea Academy took the top three spots Nov. 14 at the annual Geography Decathlon sponsored by the Optimist Club of Tifton and the TIft County Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Wyatt Thompson placed first;  Ethan McBrayer took second place; and  Andrew Byrd placed third. 

Cash scholarship prizes were awarded to the winners More than 25 students from both Tift County High School and Tiftarea Academy had competed.

Martha McGill and President Richard A. Carvajal
Martha McGill, a Tifton native, recently received Valdosta State University's 2017 Distinguished Alumna Award for the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

McGill earned a bachelor of science in nursing from VSU in 1986. She later earned master degrees from Georgia State University.

"I loved my time at VSU, both while in the nursing program and in pre-nursing classes," she said. "My instructors were kind, smart, and engaging. I grew up in rural South Georgia and felt an immediate connection to the VSU faculty. ."

McGill has more than 30 years of clinical operations and executive leadership experience in service line growth and development, program growth and development, margin improvement, physician enterprise management, merger and acquisition integration, and government relations. She joined Nemours, a multi-state pediatric health system, in 2015 and currently serves as its chief of network operations for Florida and enterprise senior vice president. 

Based in Jacksonville, Fla., she is responsible for building and integrating the company's network of practice sites and partnerships across Florida.

Ross Parrish of Tifton has won a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Ky., for his entry in a farm photo contest.

Parrish's photo of his son Bowen on a cotton picker was one of four winners. The top 20 photos were selected by an external panel and then posted on Alltech's Facebook page for public voting.

The winners and a guest receive free registration to the Alltech Ideas Conference and $2,000 for travel expensesThe international Ideas Conference next May draws 4,000 attendees from nearly 80 countries to discuss world-changing ideas.


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Two former Tifton ladies, Anita Ellis Brzowski, left, and Lena Welsh Ingram, right, share stories in Las Vegas on Saturday.


Two  former Tiftonites met for the first time and discovered their  Tifton connections last
Saturday at a  gathering of the  University of Georgia Alumni Association's  Las Vegas Chapter.

The former Anita Ellis is  the daughter of former Tifton residents H.D. and Nancy Ellis. H.D. worked at the Experiment Station, and  Nancy was a well-known Tifton real estate agent.

 "It is a small world," Ingram told the Tifton Grapevine. "It was a pleasant experience having them join us."

She said Anita Brzowski, a UGA alumna , was in Las Vegas attending a conference and found the alumni group online.

Church Pianist

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part-
 time position.

The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with 
the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday 
traditional services  at  9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Angie Carr at 
or call   229-382-6100 .


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Nick Rosatti, pictured at right, was the first-place male runner in the Tifton Junior Woman's Club annual 5K "Glow Run" last Friday night.

Rosatti, a member of the tennis team at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, had a winning time of 18 minutes, 12 seconds.

The first-place female runner was Carrie Miller with a time of 21 minutes and 30 seconds.


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