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 Jan. 5, 2016
       Tifton, Georgia

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HISTORY AT CITY HALL
JULIE SMITH SWORN IN AS TIFTON'S FIRST FEMALE MAYOR

Mayor Julie Smith is sworn in by City Attorney Rob Wilmot.
Tifton's first female mayor took office Monday, Jan. 4, along with two new members of City Council.

Julie Smith, formerly the District 4 representative on City Council and a local business owner and Realtor, took the oath of office before a standing-room audience at City Hall.

 "I'm looking forward to a wonderful  four years together," Smith said.

She read a  poem that she said was dear to her late grandfather, noting that each of us in life is  given a shapeless mass to form either a "stumbling block or a stepping stone."
Councilman Frank Sayles Jr.
Councilman Jack Folk
The new mayor said she is hopeful the new council will be a stepping stone and not a stumbling block.

Grady Thompson, Tift County County Commission chairman, rose to speak to council and pledged  cooperation between the county and city.
"I'm looking forward to working with y'all," Thompson said. "It's a good day in Tifton, and we will work together."

Also taking office were District 2 Councilman Jack Folk and District 4 Councilman Frank Sayles Jr.

DOWNTOWN WELCOME STATION 
TO DISPLAY LOCAL ART

The conference room at the Downtown Welcome Station on Main Street will host a gallery of local art, allowing visitors to experience local culture and giving local artists another venue to display their works.

The Tiftarea Artisans organization is working with the Main Street office to install lighting and move the art into the conference room this month. A grand opening of the exhibit will be scheduled later in February.

In 2014, after nearly 30 years, the Tiftarea Artisans, formerly the Atlantic Coastline Artists Guild, vacated the Atlantic Coastline Depot in Downtown Tifton, developing a partnership with the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Gallery to display local works of art.

The Downtown Welcome Station will once again give local artisans a downtown presence.

Tiftarea Artisans has been founded to promote arts and crafts  and to create an organization in which local artists can communicate. All artists and craft persons wishing to join may request a membership application by e-mailing ArtisansTiftarea@outlook.com

The plungers included, front row from left, Ted McElroy, Mike B eeman, Julie Smith; and, back row from left, Kiefer Daughtry, Bret Wagenhorst, George Vellidis, Darian Peavy, Leeann Culbreath and Wingate Whitley

'POLAR BEARS' PLUNGE AT TIFTAREA Y

The water wasn't too cold on Jan. 1 for the Tiftarea YMCA's annual Polar Bear Plunge at the Y pools, but it was a chilling but refreshing dip nonetheless.

The event raises money for local charities. Leeann Culbreath came in first place, raising $1,185 for the local Family Promise organization.

BLOOD NEEDED, RED CROSS SAYS

The American Red Cross has blood drives scheduled in the area this month. Especially needed are donations of blood types O negative, A negative and B negative, as well as platelets and type AB plasma.

Here are the blood drives:
  • Jan. 8: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Margaret Jones Library, 205 East Pope St., Sylvester.
  • Jan. 11: 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Northside Baptist Church of Tifton, 4605 Murray Ave., Tifton.

You are invited to Tifton's
FIRST FUN  Coloring Party for Grown Ups!

Sponsored by the  Tifton-Tift County Public Library and the 
GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club
the  Keep Calm and Color event will be held 
at  6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12

Coloring sheets and colored pencils, pens and markers will be provided along with soup and snacks.  Brenda Rose
will read from her book,  "Dogwood Blues", and award-winning club members will read their poetry and short stories. 

Learn more about the 
20th Century  Library  Club and library services. 
Come see what this new trend is all about and spend a creative, relaxing time together  with friends.

Call 229-848-2366 for information.


   
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