SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND
TIFT SCHOOLS OPEN TUESDAY, AUG. 2
The Georgia Department of Revenue reminds all Georgians that they may
purchase certain items tax free during the "Back to School"
sales tax holiday this weekend.
sales tax holiday
begins on Saturday, July 30, and runs through Sunday, July 31, and allows shoppers in Georgia to purchase many work- and school-related goods, tax free.
Georgia's sales tax holiday also covers clothing and computers, as well as school supplies, and could provide a much-needed lift to many small stores and businesses, says the National Federation of Independent Business.
For details about what's exempt from state sales tax this weekend, Click Here!
The sales tax holiday is just in time for the
opening of Tift County schools on
Tuesday, Aug. 2.
seventh year, local residents plan to
gather outside each Tift County school from
9:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, for a brief prayer for
all students, staff and faculty for the upcoming school year.
Day of Prayer for Tift County Schools" is
held annually on the last Saturday before school begins "
to ask God for protection, provision, and productivity for the new school year."
For parents or students with
questions about the upcoming school term
, the school system has an updated section online encompassing
bus schedules, school supplies
TIFTON NATIVE'S FILM
SCORES BIG AT COMIC-CON
'MONSTERS' STARRING CAITLIN CARMICHAEL WINS TOP AWARD
Caitlin Carmichael, star of films and television, is said to be "over the moon" after her short
two awards, including the
top prize, at last weekend's
San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival.
"Monsters," in which Caitlin, 12, has the lead role, won the award for
Best Horror/Suspense Film and also received the Judges' Choice Award for best film.
Aaron Billet and directed by Steve Desmond, "Monsters" is a short film in the vein of the old "Twilight Zone" TV show.
The film also stars Ione Skye and Christopher Wiehl. Skye is best known for the films "Say Anything..." and "Wayne's World;" and for roles in the TV shows
"Covington Cross," "Arrested Development," and "Private Practice."
Wiehl is a veteran TV actor who has appeared on episodes of "CSI," "JAG," "Touched by an Angel," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "ER," "Monk," "Body of Proof" and "Switched at Birth."
Caitlin is currently filming a Hallmark TV movie about a mermaid and has several other projects in the works. She is the daughter of Cathy and Tom Carmichael, a partner in a Tifton CPA firm.
'MR. AGRIRAMA' FORD SPINKS DIES
Former state Sen.
Ford B. Spinks, 89, of
Tifton, who led the effort to create the
Georgia Agrirama in
died at his home on
"We lost a beloved member of our museum family this morning," the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village posted on its Facebook page Wednesday. "Mr. Spinks, a former state senator,
spearheaded the efforts
build Georgia's museum of agricultural history, which opened to the public as the Agrirama on July 1, 1976. Without Mr. Spink's contributions and dedication to preserving Georgia's rich, rural agricultural history,
we would not be in existence today," the statement reads.
in Excelsior, served in the Army during World War II,
attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College and ran two successful campaigns for the Georgia State Senate, leaving the Legislature in 1971. He was appointed a Public Service Commissioner in 1971, a post he held until 1989.
Spinks was a farm equipment dealer, owning and operating Tifton Tractor Co. He served as a director of South Georgia Banking Co. and as chairman of the Coastal Plain Area Tourism Council. He was inducted into the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Wall of Fame in 2000. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir and was a deacon.
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TIFTON NATIVE STONE NAMED TO HALL OF FAME
Bobby Stone, one of the
top athletes ever to come from the
Friendly City, is being
inducted into the
Jackson Parish Sports Hall of Fame in
Stone was a star at Tifton High School during the 1940s, playing football, baseball and basketball; he was an all-district player throughout his high school career. Stone was also a junior college All- American while
football at South Georgia Junior College in 1947.
While spending four years in the Air Force, he played for the military team that won the U.S. Armed Forces football championship.
Stone was also an
All-Gulf States Conference linebacker for
Louisiana Tech and was
Jonesboro-Hodge High School, La., football and track
coach for nine years. His
football teams won 47 games and
three district championships. He was presented the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the
University of Louisiana-Monroe Bayou Classic in
Stone is the
Jack Stone, a
Downtown Tifton business owner who is well-known in town for his
half-century of community service.
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NEW GREENHOUSE COMPLEX OPENING SOON
ON UGA TIFTON CAMPUS
University of Georgia's Tifton campus
with a new
to support UGA's expanding warm-season
project is expected to be
complete within a
"The necessity for
new greenhouse facilities
has become more critical during the past few years so that the level of research and development which has come to be expected from UGA's Tifton Campus
Turfgrass Breeding Program
said when the replacement project began.
works in greenhouses built more than
a half-century ago.
$1.4 million project in
Tifton is part of a
larger turfgrass renovation effort across the
UGA system. New complexes are also being built in
The goal of the new facilities is to enhance the college's undergraduate and graduate education programs, enable turf scientists to conduct high-level research and allow UGA to retain and recruit top scientists in support of Georgia's turf industry.
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences supports Georgia's $7.8 billion turfgrass industry.
Turfgrass is one of Georgia's top crops, providing 87,000 full- and part-time jobs and 17 percent of the state's farm gate value.
ABAC OPENS LAB SCIENCES BUILDING
The $8.5 million laboratory sciences building at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton was dedicated on Wednesday.
The 20,966-square-foot facility
contains eight laboratories focusing on general biology, microbiology, molecular biology, general chemistry, tissue culture, organic chemistry, and anatomy/physiology.
Participating in the DNA Helix ribbon cutting are, from left,
Brooke Appleton, Lynn Lovett, Dr. Johnny Evans, ABAC President David Bridges, Kenna Scragg, Rob Evans and
ABAC ALUM TO SPEAK AT CONVOCATION
Buzzing with nervous anticipation, hundreds of freshmen will enter Gressette Gymnasium on Aug. 9 for the 12th Annual Freshman Convocation at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
The 11 a.m. ceremony serves as the opening of the academic year; classes begin Aug. 10.
convocation speaker is Dr.
Thomas Turcotte. A native of
Jasper, he graduated from
Pickens County High School before entering
2008. As a student, he was an ABAC Ambassador, a campus assistant, a Welcome Week leader, a math and science tutor, an ASSETS scholar, and an active member in multiple clubs.
Turcotte was one of the first students at ABAC to take advantage of the junior- and senior-level classes leading to a
bachelor's degree in biology. He received his ABAC bachelor's degree in biology in spring
2012 and was accepted into the
Auburn University veterinary medicine program in the fall of
graduated from Auburn this year and is now a
Barnesville Animal Clinic, treating both small and large animals.
IT'S HOT, AND IT'S AFFECTING AGRICULTURE
As of this week,
2016 has entered the
top 10 in terms of
years with the most consecutive days over 95 degrees.
Even for a
doesn't look like
it will be
letting up anytime soon
University of Georgia
Cooperative Extension's agricultural climatologist.
"Everywhere in the state is basically in the top 10 as far as
days over 95 degrees," Knox said. "If you look at nighttime temperatures, they also have been higher than normal, and on average they're increasing faster than the daytime highs. That's important because livestock need those cool nights to recover or they can become stressed."
The same goes for crops and people, she added.
amazing to me -- the
relentlessness of it," she said.
While the heat makes it hard, or even dangerous, to work or play outdoors, one of the most serious impacts has been the heat's contribution to the
The lack of rainfall combined with the persistent high temperatures has the
upper half of the state in
severe or extreme drought, according the
U.S. Drought Monitor.
South Georgia has
fared a little better than North Georgia, the state's
row-crop powerhouse counties are going through a
dry spell, putting
peanuts, corn and cotton grown without irrigation in
peril as they enter their peak growing season.
"Farmers expect that they're going to get about an
inch of rain a week during the summer," Knox said. "The crops
may need more than that with this heat, but they at least need that inch and they need it every week. If they don't get it every week, the plants begin to shut down."
Over the last decade and a half, many farmers have installed
irrigation systems in their row crop fields, but there are
still thousands of acres of
dryland fields across the state. It's not clear yet how those farmers will fare.
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.
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...at a Glance
- Stuff the Bus, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, U.S. Highway 82, Tifton
- 'Shrek Jr., The Musical,' 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
- Kickoff to Men's Health, 8-11:30 a.m., Tift Regional Community Events Center, Carpenter Road, Tifton
- Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Day of Prayer for Tift County Schools, 9:30-10 a.m., outside every Tift County school
- Mims Kids Stay in School Rally, Noon-3 p.m., Tift County Recreation Department, Tifton
- 'Shrek Jr., The Musical,' 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
SUNDAY, JULY 31
- 'Shrek Jr., The Musical,' 3 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
Leland Bruce Leet Jr., 65, Adel
Elma Lee Taylor, 99, Nashville
Evelyn Zonnie Horton Farmer, 84, Tifton
Imogene Franks Ellis, 79, Tifton
Marcus Edgar Bennett, 96, Nashville
Vanessa Lea Strickland, 62, Nashville
Raymond Russell Harper, 70, Talbot County
Nellie Wildolph Lewis Collins, 82, Columbus
Haley Carter Smith, 34, St. Mary's
Jimmy Thomas Peeples, 71, Sylvester
Ford Belmont Spinks Sr., 89, Tifton
Stephan L. "Buddy" Massey Jr., Sylvester
Wiley Jones, 95, Lafayette, Ind.
Corine Benson Patton, 90, Tifton
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