Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
GrapeNew
THE LIGHT THAT 
IS CHRISTMAS
At  Christmas 2019 , we are seeking " peace on earth and goodwill toward men" as mankind has for centuries. They are ever elusive , yet can be found in quiet moments .

Wars and disasters – both natural and manmade – have occurred around the globe since the very beginning . There is evil in the world as real as the goodness that exists. Perhaps we cannot have one without the other, just as we cannot have sunny days without rainy ones, or even day without night .

With the problems that abound around us in the world, we could choose to remain huddled in darkness , shy and fearful, or we can step out into the light and boldly face the world head on. We can choose to see the good and the true all around us, and to lend our hands toward making each day a little better and a little brighter for others.

Christmas is a time for joy , of merriment , and it should also be a time for reflection . Among the hustle and bustle of gatherings and gifts and feasts, let us find our quiet moment of peace and reflect upon our blessings and upon that which truly matters in life. In serving others , we ultimately serve ourselves .

So, say a prayer for those who are lonely , who are sad , who grieve , and who are huddled in the darkness . Help pull them into the light and to feel God's warmth .

For it is Christmas , and it is a time of hope and promise . And let us live each day by the credo that God's work on Earth must truly be our own .
– Frank Sayles Jr.
STATE SEN. GREG KIRK
SUCCUMBS TO RARE CANCER
State Sen. Greg M. Kirk , R-Americus, died Sunday morning after a short battle with a rare liver bile-duct cancer . His wife, Rosalyn J. Kirk , and his family were by his side.

Kirk , 56, who had seven children and five grandchildren, was first elected in 2014 in Senate District 13 , which encompasses Tift, Turner, Worth, Dodge, Dooly, Lee , and parts of Sumter and Wilcox counties .

He was chairman of the State and Local Government Operations Committee , secretary of the Health and Human Services Committee , and a member of the Appropriations and Insurance & Labor committees.

Born in Americus , Kirk graduated from Troy State University with a master’s degree in psychology . He was a licensed professional counselor and attended Rehoboth Baptist Church where he was the senior pastor from 1998-2005 .

A lifelong Republican , he was a member of the Sumter County Republican Party ; served as a board member of the Easter Seals Southern Georgia ; president of his professional organization, Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia ; a board member of the Georgia Association of Community Care Providers ; and had been appointed to the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services Board by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2011.

Kirk founded three successful companies in South Georgia, creating more than 100 jobs. He was dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities and was a parent of an autistic child . He worked as a behavioral specialist, case manager, therapist and in other capacities .

He once hosted weekly talk show , “Disabilities Issues and Answers.” In November , Kirk was awarded the Annette Bowling Advocacy Award by the Albany Advocacy Resource Center.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Central Baptist Church , 190 Upper River Road in Americus . The visitation will be noon-2 p.m. at the church.
SRTC FOUNDATION AWARDS $49,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS
For the 2020 spring semester, which begins Jan. 7 , the Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) Foundation awarded scholarships to 63 students totaling $49,150 . The funds aid students with education-related costs such as tuition, fees, books, classroom and lab supplies.

The students awarded scholarships were: Sondra Gordon of Baconton ; Rebecca Kearns, Savannah Pace, and Hannah Salter of Bainbridge ; Jennifer Cliett, Ashley Hornsby and Sandy Matias of Cairo ; Elizabeth Delk and Cortnie Humphries of Camilla ; Salina Howard of Colquitt ; Anna Batchleor and Caylin Dollar of Coolidge ; Jacie Sutto of Enigma ; Jamey Carnline and Lauren Singletary of Meigs ; Zachary Eason and Kristen Miller of Monticello, Fla. ; Julio Alba, Jacob Brinson, Sara Brown, Heather Cooper, Casandra Ellis, Terrell Hall, Brian Hernandez, Haley Reynolds and Melissa Salter of Moultrie ; Jessica Clarke and Karol Kirk of Nashville ; Hannah Watts of Norman Park ; Lydia Baldwin and April Thompson of Ochlocknee ; Amanda Barnes and Dana Boak of Pelham ; Michael Edwards of Quitman ; Amanda Owens of Rochelle ; Brittney Sessions of Sale City ; Colby Bearden and Chandler Bearden of Sylvester ; Brendy Ambrocio, Beysy Ambrocio, Ronald Bryant, Stephanie Griffin, Tiffany Joseph , Sonya Joslyn, Patricia Kinsey, Romona Rae Kline, Tony Mathews, Megan McCoy, Saran Ryan, and Adrainna Smith of Thomasville ; Claire Auger, Mary Brantley, Morgan Carmichael, Amber Cummings, Raynor Kvistad, Kayla Powers, Felicia Richardson, and Caitlin Tucker of Tifton ; Kinsey Herrin, Jody Stephens, and Stephanie Vinson of Valdosta ; and Deana Dabner and Hanna Harrell of Whigham .
TCHS DRAMA CLUB MEMBERS
PERFORM FOR CHRISTMAS
Tift County High School Drama Club members, from left, Harley Normand, Julia Ryland, Madison Malcom and Mae Mae Collins pose after entertaining the Rotary Club of Tifton last week with selections from the "Christmas Spectacular" and "MacBeth." They put the club members in the spirit of Christmas by performing “Breath of Heaven,” “Santa Claus Looking for Rudolph with a Shakespearean Twist,” “Grown Up Christmases” and “O Holy Night.” They were introduced by Drama Director Jake Alley
FIND YOUR NEXT PET AT
THE TIFT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
Visit "furever" friends at the Tift County Animal Shelter, 1-6 p.m.,
Mondays-Fridays, at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.
The Rainey Group presents Tift Regional with a check for $15,000 on Dec. 18. From left are Justin Beck, vice president and chief strategy officer; Alex Le, vice president and chief operating officer; Marie Roof, vice president and chief information officer; Kim Wills, senior vice president and chief financial officer; and Mike McPherson of Rainey’s Used Cars.
RAINEY'S USED CARS DONATES TO TIFT REGIONAL
Rainey’s Used Cars made a donation of $15,000 to Tift Regional Health System this holiday season.

“Our mission at Rainey’s is to become the greatest car company by becoming the greatest care company ,” said Mike McPherson of Rainey’s .

McPherson said that Tift Regional was chosen for the donation because of the healthcare it provides and its work to support, strengthen and serve the community
religion_candles2.jpg
REACH THOUSANDS OF FOLKS IN THE TIFTAREA ~
ADVERTISE IN THE TIFTON GRAPEVINE!
Call Us at 478-227-7126

Your Locally Owned Digital Newspaper!

Tifton Grapevine
e-published every Tuesday and Friday

Frank Sayles Jr.
Editor & Publisher
Bonnie Sayles
Managing Editor
A Service of Sayles Unlimited Marketing LLC , Tifton, Georgia