AUG. 10, 2018
TIFTON'S OLDEST BLACK BUSINESS
FRANK & SOLOMON NIXON FUNERAL HOME
oldest African-American business --
Frank and Solomon Nixon Funeral Home -- was inducted
Tuesday into the
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association's Hall of Fame.
93-year-old Tifton funeral home was inducted during the national
association's convention held this week in Kissimmee, Fla.
prestigious honor is quite
humbling. When I was informed of the recognition, I was in
awe that our funeral home and family would receive such
Solomon Nixon Jr. told the
family has been in
Tift County for over
100 years, and for our
family business to have served this community at large for
93 years gives you an overwhelming since of
appreciation and thanks."
The Nixon funeral home was founded in 1925 by Frank T. Nixon, along with the Rev. Jake Parson and Matt Wilson under the name Nixon Parson Wilson Undertaking Co., with Frank Nixon serving as the licensed funeral director. Both third- and fourth-generation Nixon family members are still actively working at the funeral home.
"We are honored to be recognized along with the other funeral service practitioners and funeral homes in Georgia, Florida and Alabama," Solomon Nixon Jr. said. "My grandfather Frank
based on one simple word --
"My father, Solomon Sr., and mother Ann built upon that and
exemplified the word in every aspect of their lives. My brother
Ronald built upon that legacy of service in many ways in service to this community. To be a third-generation funeral director and be able to receive such an honor on behalf of the entire Nixon family, while representing the past founders, the City of Tifton and Tift County is amazing."
Solomon Nixon Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the funeral home.
"We will continue to serve those with the same sense of honesty, integrity and stellar service that has been instilled in us. We live by one true family motto -- Service," Nixon said.
HARMONY JUBILEE FEST
FLIES HIGH IN FITZGERALD
Hot air balloons are back for the
Harmony Jubilee festival this
Hyggelig, a six-story-tall
hot air balloon, will
fly high over Fitzgerald along with other balloons today and Saturday,
Aug. 10 and 11, with rides available.
The Harmony Jubilee starts today (Friday) with a hot-air
balloon demonstration at local schools and a "balloon glow" tonight along
the edge of Paulk Park lake. The balloonists will carefully synchronize igniting
their burners to create a light show. The balloon glow is a free event.
Saturday, Aug. 11, has events from morning until night. The balloonists start the day
with a sunrise flight. Then the Dorminy Medical Center Foundation kicks off its "Pedaling for a
Purpose" bike ride. This year they have charted three courses: the metric century, a 62-mile ride, a 30-
mile ride and a seven-mile ride.
At 9 a.m., the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Junior Board of Directors will host its
five-kilometer color run, followed by a one-mile fun run. The Junior Board has
color and water stations set up along the route, ensuring every runner gets a
chance to "run through the rainbow."
10 a.m., the
Artisan Market opens at
. The kid zone is also back with bouncy houses, rock climbing and more.
Throughout the day, the park's
hosts young musicians, including Madison Carver and bands Pronto and Off 129.
At lunch, the Selah Dance Group will showcase their latest routines, followed by
the pet fashion show benefitting the Fitzgerald Humane Society.
The Grand Theatre on Saturday night will be rocking with a performance by Titans of Rock, a Journey and
Bon Jovi tribute band.
FORMER TIFTON COP IS
INTERIM SYLVESTER CHIEF
Raymond Drennon, retired captain of the
Department, has been named
interim chief of the
Department, effective Aug. 20.
Sylvester's current chief, Kenneth Washington,
is being reassigned within the department during what the city manager calls a reorganization.
City Manager Autron Hayes said the city is bringing in an outside group of former law enforcement officials to review the structure and policies of the department and to make recommendations for improvement.
SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS
back-to-school time in
its doors to students
Tift County public
begin the school year on
TA, students have a new
upper school principal,
Teresa Sumner. She comes to Tiftarea
with more than a decade of experience in K-12 education. A graduate of both ABAC and Valdosta State University, Sumner obtained her bachelor's degree in early childhood education, her master's degree in elementary reading and mathematics, and her specialist's degree from Georgia Southwe
stern in teacher leadership.
She was named the Worth County Primary School Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Tiftarea Academy also has several
new teachers this school year:
TIFTAREA ACADEMY'S NEW TEACHERS:
Front row, from left -- Stacey Tyson, art; Teresa Sumner, Upper School principal; Rachel Flake, Upper School math; b
ack row: Dennis Gay, SRTC horticulture; Bethany Tanner, Upper School math; Mikel Soliday, weight training; Cheryl Alberson, third grade; Melissa Soliday, second grade; and Erik Soliday, head football coach.
Not pictured is Kendra Gannaway, music teacher.
SYNOVUS CONTRIBUTES TO RUTH'S COTTAGE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
Earlier this week, Patricia Brooks, pictured left, retail market manager for Synovus bank, presented a $10,000 check to Lynn Lovett, chairman of the Ruth's Cottage Capital Campaign.
Funds raised through the campaign will be used to build a new Tift County facility that will house domestic violence victims, along with program and administrative staff of Ruth's Cottage.
SHERIFFS ATTEND TRAINING CONFERENCE
Tift County Sheriff
recently returned from the
Georgia Sheriffs' Association's
Summer Training Conference
on Jekyll Island.
One hundred fifteen sheriffs from around the state participated in the
three-day event. The
sheriffs had multiple
training sessions, received timely
information from high-level
state officials and conducted
The conference was devoted to
training sessions to
update the sheriffs on
topics relevant to
public safety and the
office of sheriff. Speakers provided training on
legal issues, the
opioid crisis and legislation to combat
mental health issues in Georgia, including
During the conference,
Turner County Sheriff Andy Hester was installed as secretary-treasurer of the Georgia Sheriff's Association.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING
The Mabra Firm
116 E. 3rd St., Tifton
Tifton First United
107 W 12th St., Tifton
Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a nursery worker. This is a part-time position
available after September 18.
Regular schedule is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays. Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. is optional.
The hourly rate is $10 per hour.
Applicants must be at least 21, meet background check for working with children, learn and enforce the Safe Sanctuary policy, and must be able to work with a wide range of people in a personable and friendly manner.
Interested persons should send a letter of application stating their experience, qualifications
and relevant information to:
FUMC Church Secretary
Re: Nursery Worker
107 W. 12th St.
Tifton, GA 31794
New faculty and staff at ABAC include, front row, from left: Jennifer Morrell, Dr. I-Chun Lisa Chen and Dr. Scott Phillips; second row: Lillian Oglesby, Patricia Loveday and Jessica Harsh; third row: Dr. Sergio Pichardo, Chris Earls, Dr. Jennifer Huang, Dr. Andrea Krafft and Dr. Carlos Lopes; back row: Dr. Yavuz Agan, Dr. Doug Barlo and Jennifer Reid. Not pictured are Dr. John Lai and Dr. Joanne Littlefield.
FOURTEEN JOIN ABAC FACULTY
Fourteen new faculty members will greet students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College when classes begin for the fall semester on Wednesday, Aug. 15.
New faculty members are Dr. John Lai, assistant professor of agricultural economics and agribusiness; Dr. Sergio T. Pichardo, assistant professor of agronomy; Dr. Doug A. Barlow, physics lecturer; Christopher N. Earls, biology lab instructor; Jessica L. Harsh, agricultural communication lecturer; Dr. Z. Jennifer Huang, assistant professor of piano and music theory; and Dr. Andrea E. Krafft, assistant professor of writing and communication.
Other new faculty members are Dr. Joanne S. Littlefield, associate professor of agricultural communication; Lillian Oglesby, biology lab instructor; Dr. Scott D. Phillips, assistant professor of jazz music and music theory; Dr. Yavuz Agan, assistant professor of management; Dr. I-Chun Lisa Chen, assistant professor of business; Dr. Carlos J. Lopes, assistant professor of economics; and Jennifer C. Reid, business lecturer.
Among new staff members are Patricia Loveday and Jennifer Morrell, laboratory assistants in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.
PERFORMANCE PREVIEW SET AUG. 16
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host the Sneak Peek Preview of the 2018-2019 Arts and Culture Series at ABAC at 6 p.m. Aug. 16.
The preview highlights new additions and spotlights the returning series, such as the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series, the First Tuesday concerts, An Evening for ABAC, the Baldwin Players' productions and other musical performances.
New to the Arts and Culture Series at ABAC this year are the Georgia Poetry Circuit, ABAC History Lecture Series and cultural events for Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month.
The preview will be held in the conference center of ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture. The event is free but attendees should RSVP via phone by Aug. 13 at 229-391-4895.
ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said the preview includes a look at many free events as well as events which require admission, recognition of sponsors and a video highlighting performing arts events available to the community. Refreshments will be provided following the video, and sponsors will also have information tables.
First row from left: Kim Ivey, Cornellia Lane and Amber Walker; second
row: Emily Gandy, Chelsey Hartsfield;
third row: Shelbi Singletary, Cristina Huerta, Joesy Coronado;
back row: Will Byers, Nestor Nunez-Vazquez and Chandler Bearden.
SRTC PINS PRACTICAL NURSING STUDENTS
Southern Regional Technical College held a
pinning ceremony recently honoring the most recent class of
practical nursing students from the
Tifton campus. The ceremony commemorates the students' successful
completion of their
nursing coursework and
The pinning ceremony is a rite of passage into the nursing profession; each student received a pin and a small lamp.The pin is used to remind students of their purpose to serve the sick and infirmed. The lamp serves as a tribute to Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern-day nursing. At the ceremony, students recited the Nightingale pledge stating their dedication to upholding the standards of nursing.
students that received
pins on the
Tifton campus are
Chandler Bearden of Sylvester, William Andrew Byers of Tifton, Joesy Coronado of Tifton, Emily Gandy of Sparks, Chelsey Hartsfield of Sylvester, Cristina Huerta of Tifton, Kimjuana Ivey of Tifton, Cornellia Lane of Tifton, Nestor Nunez-Vazquez of Omega, Shelbi Singletary of Tifton and Amber Walker of Tifton.
Nunez-Vazquez also received a Practical Nursing HESI Exit Exam Award for the
highest score on the exit exam on the Tifton campus.
THE TOP 40:
Tift County Schools'
Chief Technology and Information Officer
has been named to
Georgia Southern University's "Top 40 under 40."
Judy is a
GSU graduate. The
GSU Alumni Association
leading the way
in business, leadership, community, educational and/or philanthropic endeavors. ...
YOU KNOW I CAN DANCE: Seniors
Enjoying Life Forever
, at the
Leroy Rogers Senior Center
. Doors open at
, and attendees are asked to bring a
ROTARY DISTRICT GOVERNOR VISITS
Margaret Jacobs, Rotary District
6920 governor from
Jesup, visited the
Rotary Club of Tifton on
thanked the club for its
Rotary initiatives, such as the
Rotary Foundation and the
Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust or "
photo above are, from left, former Rotary District Gov.
Gary Smith of
Fitzgerald; current District Gov.
Chandler Day, the
newest member of the
Tifton Rotary Club; and Tifton Rotary President
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..at a Glance
- Tiftarea Academy classes begin, 8 a.m., Chula
- Ronnie McDowell in concert, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Peforming Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, AUG. 11
- Tift County Schools Annual Day of Prayer, 9-9:30 a.m., various Tift County schools
- Harmony Jubilee festival, 9 a.m., Paulk Park, Fitzgerald
- Dynamic Fluid Art Class, 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
A Night of
6 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
Betty Worsley Barnes, 86, Tifton
Darrell Carter, 71, Adel
Lincoln Gaskins, 84, Alapaha
Wilma Jean Hall, 71, Nashville
Mary Ann Deese, 74, Fitzgerald
Randy Bullard, 54, Nashville
Arthur "Wayne" Hartsfield, 63, Tifton
Sarah H. Folsom, 75, Adel
W.L. Futch, 77, Fitzgerald
Robert Lee "Scamp" Hall Jr., 60, Sylvester
Marjorie Catherine Sikes Sandifer, 82, Tifton
Gordon Lee Burgess Sr., 75, Tifton
David D. Garrison, 69, Fitzgerald
Mack Junior Patterson, 71, Worth County
Billie Kay Floyd, 64, Fitzgerald
Gerald H. Thompson, 84, Fitzgerald
Sue Hutchinson Spires, 76, Sparks
Daniel Isbon "Danny" Walker, 69, West Berrien
Marvin Whitley, 88, Ocilla
Kirk Gordon, 64, Adel
Sharon Howell "Sherry" Mobley, 64, Irwinville
Edna Lurline Ellis, 95, Albany
Jerry Herbert Young Sr., 67, Tifton
Ann Stephens Williford, 82,
Bonnie Sue Spencer, 75, Barney
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