AUG. 24, 2018
PRESERVING TIFTON HISTORY
DDA OK's PLAN TO KEEP BUILDING FACADE ON COMMERCE WAY
Tifton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted
facade of one of two
buildings slated for
Commerce Way to create a
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."
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
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
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
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
ADEL MAN ARRESTED IN ELDORADO ROBBERY, MURDER CASE
Caleb Day, 21, in
Adel in connection with the
shooting death of
Eldorado Food Mart's owner.
Tift County Sheriff's Office photo
is charged with armed robbery and felony murder. Two other suspects in the case were already incarcerated.
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.
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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.
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
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
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
across the state, Georgia's
higher than average
this year, said
, a University of Georgia
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
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
defense. But he said football is football and still
Soliday said he is happy at
Tiftarea Academy and that it is a great
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.
Tifton First United
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
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
event is open
through Monday, Aug. 27
, by calling
"Girls will learn about
science by making
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.
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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..at a Glance
- "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
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
Mary Jane Fender, 90, Tifton
Elder Wayne Gibbs, 74, Statesboro
Ralph Shubert, Worth County
Sandra Turk Fussell, 64, Fitzgerald
Reba Nell Parrish Carr, 96, Tifton
Jimmy Newell Sr., 67, Fitzgerald
John Franklin Burgess, 72, Tifton
Clarice Cook Hamilton Gilliard, 86, Nashville
Laurien Ruth Seanor Davis, 84, Tifton
Judy Cone Cyr, 74,
Robert E. "Gene" Hulett, 78, Fitzgerald
Annie Ruth Spradley Culpepper, 76, Sylvester
Charles Alonza "C.A" McGough, Bridgeboro
Lexie Fulp Sirmans, 92, Adel
Freddie Mae Hester, 65, Tifton
Martha Jane Pearman, 89, Tifton
John Daniel "Danny" Renfroe, 65, Oakfield
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