By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Christmas Eve 1968
spacecraft took three astronauts –
Frank Borman, Jim Lovell
– around the
. It was a
moment in a year with many of them, most
Yet, for a
came together with
that evening and was in the
as my five younger siblings slept. Our new
was on the counter, and we watched the
command module beam back
from above the
"We were told that on Christmas Eve we would have the
that had ever listened to a
is quoted as saying on
. "And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to
do something appropriate
first 10 verses
, not just the Christian religion," added
. "There are more people in other religions than the Christian religion around the world, and so this would be
to that, and so that's how it came to pass."
from the book of
Here is the
appropriate then and appropriate today....
"We are now approaching
, and for all the people back on
, the crew of
that we would like to send to you.
In the beginning God
created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
And God called the light Day
, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
And God said,
Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
"And from the
, we close with
good night, good luck
all of you,
all of you on the good Earth
PEBBLEBROOK WATER BEING TURNED OFF THURSDAY
On Thursday, Dec. 27,
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
residents can expect their
water to be off
in order for the City of Tifton contractor to
complete a phase
Pebblebrook Water Main project
This phase of the project requires a
water system shutdown
all of the
old water main lines
. Residents should have received
notifying them of the process.
Residents should also have received a
that tells the causes and the steps to take if one experiences rusty water. The pamphlet can also be found
and appreciate your patience as we move into the
Pebblebrook Water Main project
," the city said in a
. "For updates on any changes in regards to this project, please reference the
or the City of Tifton
LOCAL RESIDENTS RAISE AWARENESS
OF FOSTER CHILDREN
Beginning this week,
local business owners
will be featured on a 60-second television
public service announcement
(PSA), raising their voices to speak up for
local foster children
The PSA will air on during the next two months, and participants will speak on the need for
to support and advocate for
Tift, Turner, Irwin and Worth
counties children in foster care.
Coastal Plain CASA
trains volunteers from the community to serve in the local
“Court Appointed Special Advocates,”
who mentor local foster children, investigate their cases and advocate for their best interests during court proceedings.
The production of the PSA was funded through the
Victims of Crime Act
administered by the
Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.
Local community members featured in the spot include CASA volunteer and ministry leader
, Tift County Schools representative
, CASA volunteer and Worth County community leader
, The Howard Center’s
Dr. Drew Howard
, CASA volunteer and ABAC staffer
, state Rep.
, CASA advocacy coordinator
M. Jay Hall
, CASA advocacy coordinator
, Century 21’s
, Ameris Bank’s
, Irwin County Hospital’s
Mary Lynn Bracewell
, and CASA’s Executive Director
. For a sneak peek of the PSA
GDOT SUSPENDS CONSTRUCTION
LANE CLOSURES DURING HOLIDAYS
With the increased
Georgia Department of Transportation
(GDOT) is helping make holiday dreams come true by
on interstate highways, heavily traveled state routes and roadways near major shopping centers, malls, shopping districts and tourist locations.
Lane closure restrictions are as follows:
– No lane closures until
10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
– No lane closures from
6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30
5 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2.
“If you plan to
during the holidays, I urge you to
, be extra cautious and alert, and make sure to put the phone down,” said
, GDOT’s state construction engineer.
“The holiday season tends to be one of the most deadly times to travel on our roadways due to an
holiday drinking and driving
. If you choose to drink, find a
to get you home safely.”
GDOT reminds travelers to exercise
as crews may still work in
to highways, and safety concerns may require some long-term lane closures to remain in place. Also, incident management or emergency, maintenance-related lane closures could become necessary at any time on any interstate or state route.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Legacy Village of Tifton
1934 Whiddon Mill Road, Tifton
ABAC RECOGNIZES STUDENTS FOR FALL TERM
Students who achieved
were recently recognized at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
. ABAC cites its top academic students each semester on the
, and the
Distinguished Achievement List
is the highest academic honor possible for ABAC students, with each student on the list attaining an
, resulting in a perfect
grade point average. The students had to carry a minimum of
hours of academic work.
who were recognized include:
Haley Alexander, Mary Allison, Maria Alvarez, Katherine Arnold, Kelly Atkins, Kaycee Aultman, Melanie Baker, George Bates, Tania Bautista, Jessica Benefield, Anthony Brey, Elijah Brooks, Coleman Byers, Jhonelle Chambers, Cynthia Chester, Randa Cooper, Sydney Doss, Trey Doss, Cj Evers, Leilani Fonsah, Brittney Fuller, Bailey Gebhart, Kasey Griffin, Benjamin Hardy, Giovani Jimenez, Kennedy Jones, Eni Nadia Kuchambi, Mariah Mcdowell, Emmalee Milner, Maggie Moore, Emma Moroney, Jesse Page, Haley Pate, Raveena Patel, Dana Payne, Jordan Pittman, Jason Powell, Riley Roberts, Alexis Scott, Jacob Smith, Nicholas Spader, Jordan Sparks, Nathan Stainback, Rebekah Tucker, Osiel Villasana, John Vo, Levie Walsh, Britney Welch. Zachery Willis, and Elizabeth Yawn.
Nicholas Beck, Seth Bishoff, Autumn Bowen, Alexandria Branch, Jacob Brooks, Destiny Burr, Rachel Catholic, Landon Chavis, Laura Clark
Lizbeth Cortes Martinez, Stephanie Davis, Kate-Ellen Dean, Zachary Dunn, Emily Eason, David Edge, Hanna Frederick, Vidal Gallegos, Breanna Gardner, Javontae Gaskins, Michael Goodnight, Anna Griffin, Nykia Griggs, John Helms, Blair Hil, Sierra Hill, Taylor Holmes, Taylor Horton, Kayla Hughes, William Humphries, Kevin Joachin, Hannah Jordan, Hannah King, Alejandra Lopez, Bronson Lott, Kaylee Lumpkin, Clayborn Mathis, Alyssa Mazzuchelli, Darrel Mckee, Hannah Melvin, Logan Milner, Declen Parker, Madeline Pate, Jiten Patel, Leah Pool, Makayla Pulsifer, Ziaur Rahman, Justin Ratliff, Shayley Register, Marc Renner Andreu, Floyd Sanders, Hylan Schmidt, Jedidiah Seaman, Bowen Simmons, Laura Starnes, Ally Tankersley, Sarai Tello, Allison Tomberlin, Shermor Touze, Brett Turner, Patricia Tyler, Jane Veasey and Melvin Whitsett.
Nolan Barbour, Sawyer Bass, Reginae Batts, Cora Cadiz Barton, Eli Calderon, Ronsha Carridine, Hope Carter, Maggie Clark, William Cox, Benjamin Cravey, Johnna Dales, Caroline Dalton, Samantha Dorminey, Ayla Evans, Kelsey Foster, Cory Frazier, Caroline Frederick, Colby Gann, Erin Gilleland, Matthew Gillis, Luis Hernandez, Cassie Hogan, George Hunt, Noelle Konich, Aaron Lever, Fanxu Lin, Donovan Lott, Kyleigh Marchant, Peyton Matt, Joshua May, Reed McPherson, Jacqueline Mejia, Daniel Miller, Brian Murray, Danny Nguyen, Eason Parker, Caitlin Pilcher, Joseph Pittman, Morgan Ramos, Walter Sanders, Luke Smith, Asha Stephens, Courtney Stevenson, Cassidy Tawzer, Yesly Tovar Duque, Lillie Turner, Isabella Waddell, Hannah Walker, Anna Weldon and Callie West.
Salem Baptist Church and Northside Baptist Youth Groups were among those participating in "pizza and packing."
TOYS FOR TOTS/SANTA'S HELPERS
BRING JOY TO 675 LOCAL CHILDREN
Toys for Tots /Santa’s Helpers
completed another successful distribution day recently at the
American Legion Fairgrounds
children received toys, balls, books and other items to make their
shiny and bright.
parents picked the toys – packed in a large toy bag – and were treated with hot chocolate, homemade cookies and encouraging words.
Local community organizers began working on the application process
collected applications and processed the families to be notified of their selection.
were placed around town to collect toys and items for these families.
After all toys were collected and placed on tables, more
helped with sorting and packing the toys into the family bags.
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