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AUG. 24, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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PRESERVING TIFTON HISTORY
DDA OK's PLAN TO KEEP BUILDING FACADE ON COMMERCE WAY

The  Tifton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted Tuesday to retain the facade of one of two buildings slated for  demolition on  Commerce Way to create a parking area.

The DDA decided to pay the additional $63,404 estimated cost to keep the front of the vacant structure at 327 Commerce Way, owned by downtown businessman Jack Stone and built in 1908. The state has determined the structure to be of "historical significance." 
Artist's rendering of Commerce Way facade with new parking area behind it.

Because of that finding, the city has already agreed to document the building with photographs and to erect an "interpretive display,"  or kiosk, at the site to note its history.

The DDA plans to save the front wall of the building along  Commerce Way when the rest of the building, and one next door, are razed for additional downtown parking. Tifton has lost much of its history, and this would be a way to save a small part of it, DDA members say.

Earlier this summer, the DDA hired  Bret Henderson of Henderson Structural Engineering to assess the  feasibility of saving the  front-facing wall. Henderson said the  brick facade could be retained   with strucutral steel braces helping to support it. The facade would be a  pedestrian gateway into the proposed  parking lot.

City Manager Pete Pyrzenski told the DDA on Tuesday that after reassessing all costs involved, the city estimates the additional cost to keep the facade would be $63,404, plus or minus 20 percent. The sense of Tifton City Council is that the DDA would need to shoulder that cost if it wanted to keep the building's front, Pyrzenski said.

The city received a $376,887 Community Development Block Grant  for the parking project that  includes  razing the building under discussion along with the adjacent  building at 325 Commerce Way currently occupied by Davy Davis' music shop. The city's portion of the parking project is $113,732. With retaining the facade, the DDA's portion now totals $133,404.


Emmy Norton, 2, cheers for the Georgia Bulldogs while meeting 'TUGA' for the first time. TUGA is the newest addition to the UGA Tifton campus in front of the flagpole.

WHO LET THE DAWGS OUT?
UGA BULLDOG STATUES ABOUT TO POP UP AROUND TOWN

As the University of Georgia Tifton campus begins its nine-month  centennial celebration, UGA Bulldog statues will begin showing up around Tifton, similar to those found around Athens where UGA's main campus is located.

Last week, the first Dawg statue, "TUGA" -- for Tifton UGA -- appeared at the front of the Tifton
This is one of the Dawgs in Athens.
campus. Six more Dawgs are scheduled to be placed around Tifton, sponsored by local businesses. The statues are an initiative of the campus' Agribusiness Club and Collegiate FFA.

Two of the Dawgs are scheduled to be placed downtown, one near the entrance to the Cato Knight Memorial Parking Complex on Main Street. The fiberglass Dawgs are five feet long, three-and-a-half feet tall and three feet wide. Each sponsored Dawg will have a customized paint job.

Organizers say the Dawgs should begin appearing around town within the next three weeks.



THIRD SUSPECT NOW 
IN CUSTODY 
ADEL MAN ARRESTED IN ELDORADO ROBBERY, MURDER CASE

Authorities on Wednesday arrested Caleb Day, 21, in Adel in connection with the robbery and shooting death of Eldorado Food Mart's owner.
Tift County Sheriff's Office photo
CALEB DAY


Caleb Day is charged with armed robbery and felony murder. Two other suspects in the case were already incarcerated.

On Monday, Aug. 20, Alexis McCrary turned herself in to the Tift County Jail. McCrary, 21, is charged with armed robbery and party to the crime of felony murder in connection with the case,

Nathaniel Day, 21, is also charged with armed robbery and party to the crime of felony murder and is incarcerated at the Ben Hill County Jail on an unrelated charge of armed robbery, the GBI said.

Investigators thanked the public for sharing information on social media.


LEADERSHIP GEORGIA HONORING JULIE HUNT

Julie Ewing Hunt of Tifton is receiving one of three top awards being presented by the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees at  its annual gala in November.

Hunt  will receive the J.W. Fanning Award  presented to a Georgian whose "statewide contributions
through progressive leadership and service have been broad in scope and rich in achievement," the organization said in a press  release.
JULIE EWING HUNT

Hunt is president of J.H. Services Inc. in Tifton. She is an entrepreneur with experience in the restaurant, advertising and real estate industries, as well as a former school teacher

She serves as a member of the Georgia Ports Authority, a member of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President's Club, an emeritus trustee of the University of Georgia Foundation and a former Regent of the University System of Georgia

Hunt chairs the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association, is a past chairman of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and is the Chamber's 2018 Entrepreneur of the 
Year

She is a former member of the Commission for the Privatization of State Government and the Georgia Economic Development Authority. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Valdosta State University.

Other honorees include Judge Horace J. Johnson Jr. of Covington, receiving the Frederick B. Kerr Service 
Award; and Eddie Staub of Gainesville, receiving the E. Dale Threadgill Community Service Award.

"We, as vested Georgians, are privileged to honor these great individuals who have had significant impacts on their communities and the state at large," said James A. Nixon, trustee and chair of the 2018 awards committee.

Leadership Georgia is one of the nation's oldest leadership-training programs for young business, civic and community leaders. Its primary purpose is to identify, train and inspire a network of emerging young leaders. Affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the organization has fielded numerous state and national leaders.


WET WEATHER, HEAT FUEL MOSQUITO BOOM

Georgians only face a few more weeks of mosquito season, but residents need to stay vigilant to keep mosquito populations in check.

Fueled by what seems to be almost daily rain showers or storms across the state, Georgia's mosquito population is higher than average this year, said Elmer Gray, a University of Georgia
Be sure to empty containers with standing water.
Cooperative Extension entomologist and mosquito expert.

"Populations are already up, and with standing water everywhere and forecast intermittent showers through August, we're poised to see even more mosquitoes," Gray said.

Gray reminds residents to use mosquito repellents and to wear long sleeves and long pants as often as possible while they're outdoors making the most of the end of the summer.

Asian tiger mosquitoes lay eggs and develop in anything that can hold water: Clogged downspouts, watering cans that are left outside, children's toys or dishes used to catch water under potted plants.

"People don't understand how diligent they have to be in emptying out their containers," Gray said. "Really, we're at the point that there is so much in the environment, with this frequent rainfall, that there are going to be pockets of water where these mosquitoes can breed."


Tiftarea Coach Erik Soliday, right,  speaks to Tifton Rotarians on Wednesday as member Darian Peavy, left, reacts.
 
FOOTBALL COACH HAPPY TO BE AT TIFTAREA ACADEMY

Tiftarea Academy Football Coach Erik Soliday regaled the Rotary Club of Tifton with stories from his coaching career Wednesday at the club's weekly meeting. Soliday said he has a good team at Tiftarea with good, coachable student athletes. 

This is his first year coaching at a private school; Soliday said the biggest difference from coaching at a public school is the fewer number of players available, prompting many of his athletes to play both offense and defense. But he said football is football and still requires the basics.

Soliday said he is happy at Tiftarea Academy and that it is a great environment.

VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT FAIR
SET FOR THURSDAY
 
Coastal Plain CASA in Tifton is hosting the 5th Annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair for local non-profit organizations.

The event will be held 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Tift Regional Community Events Center, 1657 Carpenter Road.

The fair's purpose is to inform the community about ways folks may serve as volunteers to local nonprofits

For information, contact Darcie Norton at 229-386-9765 or  dnorton@cpcasa.org


WANTED
Part-time
NURSERY WORKER

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a nursery worker. This is a part-time position 
  available after September 18.

Regular schedule is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sundays. Wednesdays from 6-8:30 p.m. is optional. 
The hourly rate is $10 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 21, meet background check for working with children, learn and enforce the Safe Sanctuary policy, and must be able to work with a wide range of people in a personable and friendly manner.  

Interested persons should send a letter of application stating their experience, qualifications 
 and relevant information to:

FUMC Church Secretary
Re: Nursery Worker
107 W. 12th St.
Tifton, GA 31794

SCOTT
'OUTSTANDING': Kelly Scott with the Ga. Museum of Agriculture and HistoricVillage received the 2017 Georgia Project Learning Tree Outstanding Facilitator award at the recent Georgia Forestry Association annual conference.  Scott is agriculture and natural resources supervisor at the museum, where she oversees the Destination Ag program for ABAC.



SCHOOL-AGED GIRLS MAY ATTEND 'GIRLS AND STEM' AT LIBRARY

Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is holding a "GIRLS and STEM" event at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library at noon Saturday, Sept. 1, for girls in kindergarten through 12th grade

Registration for the free event is open through Monday, Aug. 27, by calling Courtly Dean at 229-299-5635 or email  cdean@gshg.org
 
"Girls will learn about science by making slime and ice cream," said Dean, who is membership recruitment manager for the region. 

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and research shows that girls are more interested in these subjects than previously believed. 

The library is located at  245 Love Ave., Tifton. 



IT'S ALL IN YOUR PERSPECTIVE!

Renee Hughes' yearbook/newspaper students at Tift County High School have an assignment to take perspective photos for their photography projects. Karla Rodriguez took this picture of Thomas Holley, a longtime, well-known fixture at TCHS who keeps the school in top shape.

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YOUR WEEKEND  UGATifton
         . ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, AUG. 24
  • "The Savannah Sipping Society" play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton
  • Tift County High Blue Devils Football vs. Valdosta High Wildcats, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers Football @ Terrell Academy Eagles, 7:30 p.m., Dawson
SATURDAY, AUG. 25
  • Tift County Hall of Fame Induction, 6 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton
  • UGA Tifton Centennial Celebration Concert, 
    6 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus, Tifton
  • "The Savannah Sipping Society" play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton

In Memoriam
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AUG. 16
Bobby Joe "Joey" Lindsey, 64, Forsyth
George Washington, 66, Sylvester
Evelyn L. Stiles, 95, Sylvester
Joyce Katherine Bonnett Lloyd, 75, Tifton
Steve Randall Jarvis, 56, Nashville

AUG. 17
Mary Jane Fender, 90, Tifton
Elder Wayne Gibbs, 74, Statesboro
Ralph Shubert, Worth County

AUG. 18
Sandra Turk Fussell, 64, Fitzgerald

AUG. 19
Reba Nell Parrish Carr, 96, Tifton
Jimmy Newell Sr., 67, Fitzgerald

AUG. 20
John Franklin Burgess, 72, Tifton
Clarice Cook Hamilton Gilliard, 86, Nashville

AUG. 21
Laurien Ruth Seanor Davis, 84, Tifton
Judy Cone Cyr, 74, Tifton
Robert E. "Gene" Hulett, 78, Fitzgerald

AUG. 22
Annie Ruth Spradley Culpepper, 76, Sylvester
Charles Alonza "C.A" McGough, Bridgeboro
Lexie Fulp Sirmans, 92, Adel
Freddie Mae Hester, 65, Tifton

AUG. 23
Martha Jane Pearman, 89, Tifton
John Daniel "Danny" Renfroe, 65, Oakfield



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