FEB. 9, 2018
These two buildings will be razed, at 325 and 327 Commerce Way, to create more downtown parking. The state has determined the building at right to be of 'historical significance.'
COMMERCE WAY PROJECT MOVES FORWARD
TWO BUILDINGS TO BE RAZED FOR PARKING LOT
Tifton City Council this week
Memorandum of Agreement with the
Ga. Historic Preservation Division to allow the
two adjacent buildings on
Commerce Way to create a
downtown parking lot.
state has determined one of the buildings, a
vacant structure at
327 Commerce Way owned by downtown businessman
Jack Stone and built in
1908, to be of
"historical significance." Because of that finding, the
city agreed to
document the building with
photographs and to
erect an "interpretive display," or
kiosk, at the site to note the
history of the structure.
The other building at
325 Commerce Way is currently occupied by
Davy Davis' music shop.
agreement allows the
Tifton Downtown Development Authority to
move forward with its
Commerce Way downtown revitalization plan. The
Redevelopment Fund Grant from the Ga. Department of Community Affairs in the amount of $376,887 for the parking project.
PRAYING FOR TIFTON
Retired Lenox banker and Vietnam War veteran Warren Robinson, at left, was the guest speaker for the first Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Tifton on
Robinson spoke on the difference between belief and faith, and said that simple actions can have lifelong ripples throughout a community.
Mayor Julie Smith hopes the event will become an annual one.
Bonnie Sayles, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County, presents top place awards to Nakia McCoggle, right, with K&K Custom Creations: 'Best Taste,' 'Best Presentation' and 'Best in Show.'
'CHOC-ING IT UP' IN TIFTON
Attendees at the 2018 Choc-It-Up for Literacy selected Tifton's best chocolate Tuesday night at the sixth annual February fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County at Spring Hill Country Club.
First-time competitor Nakia McCoggle and her crew at K&K Custom Creations was the crowd favorite, taking "Best Taste," "Best Presentation" and "Best in Show."
Another first-timer, Maggie Torres, pastry chef with Fresco Italiano, won "Most Original" with crème brulee, tiramisu and other unique desserts.
Hilton Garden Inn employees, a longtime competitor, won "Greatest Variety."
Other chocolatiers receiving votes in all categories were Cakes by Audrey, Ruby Tuesday of Tifton and Edible Arrangements. BJ Smith at Springhill staffed the event and provided linens, utensils and staff help as a donation to Literacy Volunteers. Espresso 41 provided coffee and cookies.
"Our local chocolatiers made this event delicious, exciting and elegant. We are so happy so many people came out to bid in the silent auction and live auction, and
for Literacy Volunteers," said Victor Pires, president of the nonprofit organization.
reading and math skills
test. It also supports
Southern Regional Technical College
English Language Learners
classes and has
to help eligible students
pay for GED test
"Whenever we are able to help a student increase his or her educational level, we benefit our community," Pires said.
For information on GED or other tutoring opportunities, contact Literacy Volunteers at
. The office is located at Southern Regional Technical College, Tifton Campus, 52 Tech Drive, Tifton GA 31794.
TIFTON'S EUNICE MIXON GETS HONORED AT STATE CAPITOL AS 'DISTINGUISHED OLDER GEORGIAN'
Tifton's grande dame
was formally honored
Georgia Council on Aging
's 2018 Distinguished Older Georgian.
Council on Aging wrapped up
Senior Week at the Capitol with a
Mixon, attended by her
family, friends and state officials.
was also honored
and in the
, where she
was presented with
Senate Resolution 607 recognizing her work and dedication to the state of Georgia.
A retired educator, Mixon spent decades working on behalf of statewide and national political candidates and promoting Tift County, was the Senate's doorkeeper for a dozen years, chaired the state's first Hope Scholarship committee and served 16 years on the State Bar's legal disciplinary board, a position to which she was appointed by the state Supreme Court.
Mixon has served in numerous other organizations and has been honored by the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce, being named to the county's Wall of Fame.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE ARRESTS 97
The Tift County Sheriff's Office reports it made 97 arrests during January, arresting some people on multiple charges.
There were 30 charges filed for
drug violations, 23 for
probation/parole violations, 20 for
property crimes, nine for
failure to appear, seven for
obstruction of officers, four for
crimes against persons, three for
fraud, two for
child support violations and nine for
non-traffic offenses, said Tift County
Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.
traffic stops led to the filing of seven
drug charges, the arrest of two
wanted persons, the filing of five charges of
driving under the influence and 26 charges of driving with
suspended or revoked licenses.
Deputies conducted 1,938 business and property checks, 347 mobile home park and subdivision checks, and answered 2,986 calls for service. D
eputies served 102 warrants, 87 civil papers and 392 subpoenas.
Scarbrough said deputies completed 486 reports, 36 accident reports, issued 915 traffic citations, 190 traffic warnings, verified the home addresses of 62 registered sex offenders residing in Tift County and patrolled 59,470 miles.
He said deputies handled 61 transports totaling 5,992 miles and 171 hours.
LENTEN LUNCHES BEGINNING
This year's Community Lenten Lunches
begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 14, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center with Pastor Wayne Roe of Tifton's First Baptist Church.
Fran Kinchen, director of the Leroy Rogers Senior Center, said the event
is a continuation of the annual Tifton Community Lenten Lunch Series designed to bring Christians together from different denominations and traditions during the Easter season.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing each Wednesday of Lent, the lunches conclude the Wednesday of Holy Week, March 28. A light lunch will be served from noon-12:30, with devotions concluding by 1 p.m. A donation of $3 is requested to help with the cost of the lunches.
Pastor Roe said the Lenten Lunches will continue to be a meaningful, ecumenical worship service, and the response from the community has been enthusiastic. In the past, weekly attendance has averaged 150 to 175 people.
The weekly schedule is: Feb. 14, First Baptist Tifton, Dr. Wayne Roe; Feb. 21, Dayspring Inspirational, the Rev. Cornelius Ponder III; Feb. 28, First Presbyterian, Pastor Jarred Hammet; March 7, Beulah Hill Missionary Baptist, Pastor Christopher Solomon; March 14, St. Anne's Episcopal, the Rev. Lonnie Lacy; March 21, Our Divine Saviour Catholic, Pastor Peter Oyenugba; and March 28, First United Methodist, the Rev. Benjy Varnell.
Easter Sunday is April 1.
POSITION NOW AVAILABLE!
Tifton First United
107 W 12th St., Tifton, Ga.
Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist.
This is a part-time position.
The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with
the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble on Wednesday evenings
for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional services
at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as at special services.
Irwin County Elementary School closed
Thursday and remains
closed today (Friday) because of a
"pattern of sicknesses," the school said.
of "our school's pattern of sicknesses (viruses and flu) continues to grow, especially among staff members."
School officials said more than 60 students have been out ill along with about a dozen school staff members.
"The cleaning crews will be doing extensive cleaning and sanitizing" while school is closed, officials said.
Irwin County's middle and high schools remain open.
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS
ATTEND EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Tift Regional Medical Center held its second annual
Heart and Vascular Symposium on
Saturday. The event, which was open to area
health care professionals, included
academic institutions such as the
University of Florida, Emory University and
Bill Reinhardt, who serves as chief judge in
Superior Court for the
Tifton Judicial Circuit, discussed common
liability issues in Georgia
The educational event was spearheaded by Tift Regional's
TIFT COUNTY HIGH STUDENTS TO COMPETE
IN STATE SKILLS COMPETITION
Tift County High School who won in
regional competition last week are headed to
state competition in
TCHS student winners are:
FIRST PLACE --
Jamicah Whitehead, masonry;
Taylor Williams, plumbing;
Larri Hernandez, cabinet making;
Rebekah Roberts, first aid/CPR;
Justin Bailey, automotive service;
Eli Boatner, job skills demo;
Keenan Webb, team works;
Alex Barlow, team
Julio Gutierrez, team works;
Bryce McDaniels, welding fab;
Ty Barbee, welding fab;
Bryce Gilder, welding fab; Grant Stinson, welding fab.
SECOND PLACE --
Armando Garcia, job skills demo;
Kyle Hudgins, T-shirt design;
Lainee Conley, prepared speech;
Nick Braswell, ext. speaking;
Jesus Garcia, quiz bowl;
Jackson Bailey, quiz bowl; Blake Smith, quiz bowl; William Clinton, quiz bowl; Owen Willis, quiz bowl.
THIRD PLACE --
Chandler Pitts, carpentry;
John Cheek, welding;
Lindsey Poore, job interview;
Michael Golden, electrical wiring.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education.
TRHS NURSE PRACTITIONER
SPEAKING AT INTERNATIONAL
internal medicine nurse practitioner and n
NPP) coordinator for
Tift Regional Health System
, has been asked to speak at the
Fifth World Congress on Nursing and Healthcare
Williams will be addressing the abstract she submitted, "Increasing Awareness of the American Diabetes Association Guidelines for
Prediabetes Screening in Asymptomatic Adults to
Prevent the Transition from
Prediabetes to Diabetes Mellitus."
Last year, she was selected as an associate editor for the Nursing & Healthcare International Journal, a forum for communication and idea exchange for advance nursing practices.
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SATURDAY, FEB. 10
- Sock it to 'Em with Love sock drive celebration, 2-5 p.m., Copeland Park, Tifton
SUNDAY, FEB. 11
- Tiftarea Academy Open House, 2-5 p.m., U.S. Highway 41, Chula
Cleo Jackson Stone, 87, Tifton
Wilma Delaine Apperson Eubanks, 67, Ty Ty
Ricky Darrel Burdette, 61, Ty Ty
Carl Lucious Harper, 61, Thomasville
William E. Marsh Sr., 90, Fitzgerald
Louise Humphreys Dupree, 87, Tifton
Bonnie Lou Black Horn, 59, Omega
Eleanor Logan Fausett, 75, Adel
Robert William Bishop, 78, Alapaha
Elton Reynolds, 85, Fitzgerald
Sheila Walker, 57, Ocilla
William J. Ivey, 56, Fitzgerald
Jose Antonio Garcia, 38, Adel
Freddie Lee Gaddy, 83, Tifton
Lola Addison Powell, 60, Abbeville
Iris Earline Allen, 87, Chula
Capt. Richard Rosewood Page, 83, Tifton
Martha Nell Dorminy Morrison, 94, Fitzgerald
Emory Cheek Jr., 56, Fitzgerald
W.P. "Bill" Herlovich, 89, Fitzgerald
Raymond Laverne Dorman, 75, Tifton
Baby Girl Brooklyn Nicole Ann Hill, Tifton
The Rev. Billy Morris Dawson, 86, Tifton
Nelda Jane Blount Conger, 82, Tifton
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