BE A PEPPER!
13th ANNUAL EVENT THIS WEEKEND
It's going to be a hot time in Omega this weekend as the 13th Annual Omega Pepper Festival gets underway.
The festival starts tonight (Friday) with an opening ceremony, BBQ and gospel sing beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Ponder Park. The gospel sing will go on until 10 p.m.
The annual parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday kicks off a full day of festivities, including kids' amusements, arts and crafts, food vendors, NWA Georgia Extreme wrestling and music provided by Hatcher Station, Tyler Hogan, the Flint River Band and Justin Dukes.
And, of course, peppers will be available.
'Driftin' the Night Away'
THE DRIFTERS BRING HUNDREDS TO THEIR FEET IN TIFTON
played to a full house
in the ballroom at the
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.
The event, sponsored by the
Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, raises money for programs, services and materials at the local public library.
The group, members of the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, sang many of their hits, including "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof," "On Broadway," "Save the Last Dance for Me," Spanish Harlem," "This Magic Moment," and "Stand By Me."
Unable to sit still, many of the guests got up and danced along with the
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$2.3 MILLION GRANT WILL HELP
MIGRANT WORKERS GET GED
The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) in the Office of Multicultural Education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College recently received a $2.3 million grant renewal for the next five years.
Olga Contreras-Martinez, assistant director of the HEP program, said the grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education from the Office of Migrant Education.
"Every five years, ABAC has to submit a proposal for the renewal process," said Contreras. "It is very competitive. We also have to meet previous grant goals in order to be considered."
The funding will be used to assist migrant and seasonal agricultural workers in obtaining the equivalency of a high school diploma; in Georgia, that is the General Education Diploma, or GED.
"There are very few programs like this in the state," Contreras-Martinez said. "It gives students the opportunity for a better life."
The HEP program has been administered at ABAC for 15 years. With its fourth renewal, 75 more students per year will receive a GED and mark the 20th year of the program.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Education at 229-391-4880.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM HUDDLES TO HELP
The Tiftarea Academy Varsity football team recently collected donations for Louisiana flood victims. The team collected multiple boxes of cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries and cases of water during a week-long donation drive.
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SECRETARY OF STATE ADDRESSES ROTARY
Ga. Secretary of State
Brian P. Kemp spoke to the
Rotary Club of Tifton on
Wednesday and said that the state is prepared for the
November general election. Kemp said reports of hacking into voting machines across the nation
have been blown out of proportion. He also said the voter identification requirement in
Georgia is a non-issue in the Peach State.
Pictured from left are
Keith Stone of the secretary of state's
Tifton office, Secretary of State
Brian P. Kemp and Tifton Rotary President
TIFT FFA MEMBERS ARE BUDDING FLORAL DESIGNERS
Tift County FFA
School), Susie Peters (8th Street Middle), Anna Farmer (8th Street Middle), Gage Nichols (TCHS Northeast Campus), Didi Parten (Tift County
Elissa Aviles (Tift County High) recently attended the statewide FFA Floral Design Career Development
This two-day training was developed specifically for FFA members and advisors to strengthen their floral design skills and build confidence in their own creative ability. The training was led and sponsored by members of the Georgia State Florist Association along with donations from many floral companies from across the nation.
The partnership between the middle and high school agriculture programs and the Georgia State Florist Association plays a fundamental role in preparing students through hands-on experiences for future careers in the floral industry.
FFA -- Future Farmers of America -- is a national organization of more than 601,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in the science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA is an integral part of the agricultural education program in public schools. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
TIFTON JELLY HELPS TIFTON WOMAN
BECOME GRILLING FINALIST
Lauren Pope of Tifton is a finalist in a grilling competition using Wisham Jellies' Mango Pepper Jelly, a Tifton product.
Pope's "Grilled Chicken with Mango Pepper Jelly Glaze" is one of
finalists from around the country. A Food Network judge will select the winner based on creativity, healthy content, originality and presentation.
Pope works with
Advertising, a d
ivision of Mediacom, which
held its Sixth Annual "OnGrilling" Healthy Grilling Competition. She
her finalist status to the
Mango Pepper Jelly
"expert advice on grilling with it."
The winner will be announced in the next few weeks.
Honor those who are ﬁghting cancer and remember those whose battle was lost by donating to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with your purchase of a Lights of Hope luminary bag.
Your donation of $10 or more per bag will help the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urge lawmakers to make the ﬁght against cancer a national priority.
Lee Turner of Tifton will take the local luminary bags to Washington, D.C.
TIFT REGIONAL WELCOMES EIGHT NEW PHYSICIANS
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) announced that eight new physicians have joined its medical staff. The specialties represented include anesthesiology, hospital medicine, neurology and obstetrics/gynecology.
The new physicians include anesthesiologist Nora Fine, M.D.; hospital medicine doctors Ali Araghi, M.D., Nugma Chadha, M.D., and Vince Faridani, M.D.; neurologist Deborah Stokes, D.O.; and,
obstetricians/gynecologists B. David Baddour, M.D., Rana Khalek, M.D., and Ana Hernandez, M.D.
Dr. Nora Fine is an anesthesiologist serving surgery patients at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC). She earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and completed residency training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Dr. Fine is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Dr. Ali Araghi, Dr. Nugma Chadha and Dr. Vince Faridani practice with Affinity Hospital Medicine and
provide care for patients who are hospitalized at TRMC. Dr. Argahi, who specializes in critical care hospital medicine, holds a medical degree from the Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He completed residency and fellowship training in pulmonary medicine, critical care and sleep medicine at Wayne State University in Detroit. Dr. Araghi is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonology, critical care and sleep medicine. Dr. Chadha and Dr. Faridani earned their medical degrees from the Saba University School of Medicine in the Dutch Caribbean. Dr. Chadha completed her internal medicine residency training at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Chadha is board certified in internal medicine. Dr. Faridani completed his internal medicine residency training at the Virginia Tech-Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Va., and is board certified in internal medicine.
Dr. Stokes has joined Affinity Clinic in Tifton and specializes in neurology, providing the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. Dr. Stokes completed residency training in neurology at Oakland General Hospital in Madison Heights, Mich. Dr. Stokes is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. To make an appointment with Dr. Stokes, consult with a referring provider or call 229-391-4100. Visit www.affinity-clinic.com for more information.
As an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN), Dr. Baddour, Dr. Khalek and Dr. Hernandez each offer expertise in women's health. Services include general and surgical gynecologic care, annual exams, contraception and pregnancy care. They also can help with more complicated issues like pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, infertility evaluation, fibroids and other concerns.
Dr. Baddour and Dr. Khalek are practicing with Affinity Physicians for Women, based in Tifton. They earned their medical degrees from the St. George's University School of Medicine in the West Indies. Dr. Baddour completed OB/GYN residency training in Chicago at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and is board eligible in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Khalek finished her OB/GYN residency training at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., and is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. To make appointment with Dr. Baddour or Dr. Khalek, call 229-391-4130. Visitwww.affinitywomen.com for additional information.
Dr. Hernandez has joined The Howard Center for Women, a UOG Practice, in Tifton. To make an appointment with Dr. Hernandez, call 229-391-3500. Learn more at www.uoghealthcare.com. Dr. Hernandez graduated with a medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela School of Medicine in Caracas, Venezuela. She followed with OB/GYN residency training at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, N.Y. Dr. Hernandez is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology.
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...at a Glance
- Omega Pepper Festival Gospel Sing, 5:45 p.m., Ponder Park, Omega
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Valdosta High Wildcats, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Omega Pepper Festival, 10 a.m., Ponder Park, Omega
- ABAC Presents! University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m., Tift County High Performing Arts Center, Tifton
Don F. Green, 80, Irwin County
Timothy Paul Underwood, 35, Tifton
Patricia Hall McConville, 53, Adel
Pamela Williams Merwin, 67, Adel
Tilla Idelle Harris Roberson, Nashville
Homer Whelchel, 66, Nashville
Chantal Clark Cook, 43, Fitzgerald
Sharon "Patsy" Flowers Bailey, 62, Lizella
Terry Wright, 88, Adel
Justin Louis Stephens Smith, 25, Tifton
Howard Gunn, 84, Worth County
Juanell Guthrie Mathis, 88, Nashville
Jerry Sue Campbell, 71, Tifton
James D. DeBerry, 71, Irwin County
Barbara Madeline Newsom "Butch" Phillips, 77, Adel
Glynn Hornbuckle Smith, 78, Tifton
M.C. Powell, 84, Sylvester
James Hardy "J.H." Moore, 80, Alapaha
Ada Mae Drake, Fayetteville, N.C.
Mary Gay Flippo Whitley, 85,
David Michael Boone, 61, Sumner
Maria Elena Roldan de la Paz, 58, Fitzgerald
Lois Denby Fincher, 71, Butler
Leroy Walker, 73, Sumner
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