DEC. 2, 2016
TIFTON PARADE, FESTIVITIES SATURDAY
Saturday is the big day in
Downtown Tifton as the
18th Annual Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration culminates with the
Christmas parade followed by an evening of
live entertainment, children's rides, ice skating, zip lining, food and craft vending and much more.
And once again, all
events are free
for the community, thanks to local sponsors.
Saturday's events begin at 8 a.m. at the Tift Recreation Department gym with the annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Tift County Rotary Club.
The 12th annual Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/1 mile run/walk begins at 2 p.m. near the corner of Forrest Avenue and 4th Street.
The Tifton Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. Local political matron Eunice Mixon and her dog Gizzy are the parade's grand marshal. The lighting of the city Christmas tree is immediately after the parade.
The Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage will once again exhibit the Hall of Christmas Trees, sponsored by the Tifton Council of Garden Clubs, as well as the Exchange Club gingerbread houses. The UGA "Candy Cane Express" will also offer trolley rides to the Winter Wonderland Festival of Lights at Fulwood Park.
TIFTON FIRE DESTROYS
fire Wednesday night engulfed a
four-story vacant apartment building under
101 Oak Forest Ave. off
Carpenter Road in
structure, owned by
Todd Buckner, had only been framed and roofed and was intended to be
96 units, officials said.
The fire was reported shortly before
7:30 p.m. and quickly spread to nearby trees and brush.
Tifton firefighters battled the blaze for hours to keep it under control, aided by the
first real rainfall since early
Tifton Fire Chief
Michael Coleman said
Thursday that the cause of the fire was not yet determined, "but we
lightning or a
blown transformer in close proximity to the building. There were no utilities connected to the building yet."
Coleman said he hopes to get a report soon based on the investigation. He said a
tate fire marshal arson Investigator is assisting because of the dollar amount of the loss.
In addition to the Tifton Fire Department and the state fire marshal's office, other agencies responding included
Tift County EMS, the Tifton Police Department,
Georgia Forestry, Georgia Power and ESG, which handles several contract services for the city.
Members of Tift County Fire and Rescue were at the scene on a standby basis, Coleman said.
The Dunn family at the agricultural appreciation banquet.
DUNNS NAMED TIFT FARMERS OF YEAR
Larry and Eddie Dunn were honored as the
Tift County Farmers of the Year Monday night at the
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Agricultural Appreciation Banquet, sponsored by
Dunns have worked on their
family farm for decades and with good conservation practices and productive results.
170 farmers and local officials attended the
banquet held at the
Tift County Multi-Purpose Livestock Building.
TIFT, WORTH SCHOOLS GET $3M GRANT
FOR COLLEGE & CAREER ACADEMIES
Casey Cagle, along with the
Technical College System of Georgia, on
Thursday announced the creation of
College and Career Academies in
Tift and Worth counties, making them the newest members of
Georgia's College and Career Academy network.
The Technical College System has awarded the Tift County School System and the Worth County School System grants of $3.1 million each for creating the academies.
|Tift County school and Technical College officials.
College and Career Academies partner school systems with technical colleges, other post-secondary institutions and local businesses to give high school students
hands-on workforce experience and training in high-demand jobs.
Cagle praised the
Tift County School System/
Southern Regional Technical College partnership that has proven effective for increasing student achievement and workforce development.
"Georgia's students deserve every opportunity for academic success, and, with the creation of
Tift College and Career Academy, we are one step closer to ensuring every one of them as access to one of these world-class learning institutions,"
Tift County Schools has embraced innovation in the classroom, and I look forward to working with them as we bring business and community leaders together to truly unleash their students' potential and build a workforce second to none," the lieutenant governor said.
In the past decade, no Georgia community has consistently had more high school
dually enrolled with a technical college than
Tift County. After several years of
planning, Tift College and
Career Academy is being created as a "school within a school" inside Tift County High
There are now 40 College and Career Academies in Georgia.
PEANUT OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY
The Georgia Peanut Commission will be hosting a Christmas Open House at the
GPC office, 445 Fulwood Blvd., Tifton, from 1-4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3, before the Tifton Christmas parade.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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113 E. Second St., Tifton
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Tifton First United
Tifton First United Methodist Church (TFUMC) in Tifton, Georgia, is seeking a full-time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Responsibilities will be focused on 7th grade through college undergraduate. The Director will be expected to work with other staff members under direction of the Senior Pastor.
The successful candidate should possess or be pursuing a bachelor's degree; have experience working with and developing youth and young adult ministries and educational programs; and possess a strong personal faith consistent with the United Methodist tradition.
We are looking for a vibrant, energetic person who can get TFUMC youth and young adults excited about the Lord and can recruit and motivate volunteers to lead and teach under his/her direction.
Available January 2017. Salary will be commensurate with education
Please Click Here for a complete job description and application details.
Applications should be received by January 4, 2017.
SENIORS INVITED TO LUNCHEON
Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center is hosting its
Fifth Annual Christmas Luncheon
seniors age 55 and up, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
will be served; the
will perform; and door prizes will be given. The Rev.
, will be the guest emcee.
For information, call 229-391-9299.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY STUDENTS
A group of Tiftarea Academy 11th graders traveled to Macon on Monday to explore labyrinths in the area.
Labyrinths are often walked upon to reflect or pray as a form of meditation. The student group has studied labyrinths as a possible means for clearer thinking.
Ann Smith, a trained labyrinth facilitator, guided the students' tour of the labyrinth at Mulberry Street Methodist Church and also at
the Rose Park labyrinth located nearby.
The students were so moved in their last walk through the
Mulberry that they
gathered to pray.
are members of Dr.
Lee Saye's English 101
class hosted on
Tiftarea Academy's campus
Brewton Parker College
'MANNA DROP' FEEDS 400 FAMILIES
The third annual
Manna Drop organized by the students at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College raised nearly
$20,000 with the help of
This year, the ABAC students were able to provide
400 families on
Nov. 19 at
Charles Spencer Elementary School. Volunteers gave away
2,600 pounds of ham to those in need.
The Manna Drop's goal is to provide families in
Tift and surrounding counties with a proper
Anyone interested in making a donation to next year's Manna Drop can make checks out to the ABAC Foundation and include Fall Manna Drop 2017 in the memo section.
HOLIDAY BLOOD DRIVE DEC. 15
The Tifton Circuit Court holiday blood drive is set from
noon-4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the
Tifton Day Reporting Center, 115 South Davis Ave., Tifton.
Blood is needed throughout the year but especially around the holidays, officials say.
From left are Jaret Bryan, Kaycee Aultman, Jodie Snow, Lynn Lovett, Tyler White, and Cyndy Hall.
GEORGIA POWER GIVES
Lynn Lovett, area manager for Georgia Power Co. and chair of the ABAC Foundation Board of Trustees, recently presented three Georgia Power Foundation scholarships to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College students.
The students included Jaret Bryan, a rural studies major from Doerun; Kaycee Aultman, a rural studies major from Tifton; and Tyler White, a biology major from Douglas.
Each student is part of the ABAC Honors program under the direction of assistant English professor Dr. Cyndy Hall. The Georgia Power Foundation has been supporting ABAC through monetary gifts for more than 20 years.
Jodie Snow, chief operating officer of the ABAC Foundation, received the check.
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SATURDAY, DEC. 3
- Breakfast with Santa, 8-11 a.m., Tift County Recreation Gym, Victory Drive, Tifton
- Christmas Open House, Georgia Peanut Commission, 1-4 p.m., Fulwood Boulevard, Tifton
- Kiwanis Run for the Kids 5K/1 Mile, 2 p.m., Forrest Avenue & 4th Street, Tifton
- Santa Story Time, 4 p.m., Tifton-Tift County Public Library, Tifton
- Tifton Christmas Parade, 5 p.m., Downtown Tifton
- Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration, until 10 p.m., Downtown Tifton
SUNDAY, DEC. 4
- Victorian Village by Candlelight, tickets sold in advance only, Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
- A Night of Revival with Kari Jobe, 7 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
W. D. Evitt Sr., 77, Fitzgerald
Donald Dale Snipes, 73, Hampton
A'Daesha Holley, 8, Sylvester
Mamie Rainey Gray, 80, Tifton
Beverly Kay Robinson Sutton, 65,
Audrey Wynell "Nell" Rowan, 86, Alapaha
Oscar Wilkerson, 91, Rebecca
Nancy "Mama Nancy," Chastain, 69, Cairo
Brenda Massee, 56, Fitzgerald
Wilson Crosby Jr., 62, Nashville
Calvin Johnson Sr., 71, Sylvester
Lawrence Edwin "Spider" Webb, 87, Tifton
Johnnie J. Luke Sr., 91, Wilcox County
Richard Timothy "Tim" Vaughn Sr., 47, Alapaha
Barnwell Rhett Calhoun Jr., 76, Tifton
Fannie Mae Bryant, 84, Tifton
Melvin Walker Sr., 87, Ashburn
Mary Elizabeth Roberts, 93, Fitzgerald
Hazel S. Powell, 93, Ocilla
Ruby H. Callahan, Sylvester
Derek Bridges, 36, Sylvester
Mildred Lockwood Moore, 102, Nashville
Bernice Kathleen Pearson, 87, Nashville
Myrtice Louise McGee, 93, Flowery Branch
Kathryn McCrary Porter, 77, Tifton
Helen Raney Land, 85, Sumner
Barbara Purvis Benson, 77, Alapaha
Mary Strickland, 77, Quitman
Clara Hundley Rumph, 84, Sparks
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