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MARCH 27, 2018
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RURAL HUNGER
CONGRESSMEN SCOTT, BISHOP HOST TALK WEDNESDAY AT ABAC

  U.S. Reps. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, and Sanford Bishop Jr., D-Albany, are hosting a roundtable discussion on rural hunger on  Wednesday, March 28, at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton

The discussion will be from 3-4:30 p.m. in ABAC's Tift Hall.
SCOTT
 
The goals of the conversation are to:
  • Highlight the strong public/private partnerships that food banks and other organizations have established to address hunger;
  • Elevate what has worked well to aid communities in hunger relief;
  • Discuss current problems and restrictions that are hurting local organizations' ability to serve; and
  • Address specific policy reforms through the farm bill and other legislation that can help community partners alleviate hunger in rural communities.
BISHOP
According to a recent study conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute36 percent of children in Tift County live in poverty, compared with 23 percent of children statewide.

In addition to Scott, who represents Congressional District 8; and Bishop, who represents Congressional District 2panelists on the roundtable will include  Frank Richards of Second Harvest of South Georgia David Griffin, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Vanessa Hayes, Tift County Schools nutrition director Nicole Gaither, Middle Georgia Regional Commission Area Agency on Aging Charles Hall, Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Darlene Cowart, Peanut Institute Scott Hudson, Pecan Growers Association Gerry Gantt, Walmartand  Mary Loy with the Kroger grocery company.



SHERIFF'S OFFICE PROMOTES THREE

Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough has announced the promotions of three Tift County Sheriff's Office employees.

In the photo, from left, is Investigator Jason Barber, promoted to lieutenant; Sheriff Scarbrough; Investigator Senida Gonzales, promoted to sergeant; and Investigator Shane Mims, who is being promoted to lieutenant.

"Congratulations  to each of you on your accomplishments and your untiring efforts in helping keep the citizens of Tift County safe and their property secure," Scarbrough said.

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RIBBON CUTTING

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March 23


PEPPER PLANTING TIME

Richie Proudfoot plants peppers for University of Georgia Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong on the UGA Tifton campus.

Coolong serves the Georgia vegetable industry by conducting outreach and applied research focusing on innovative tactics for vegetable production. His program includes irrigation and fertility management, plasticulture systems, postharvest evaluation and germplasm evaluation in more than a dozen crops. 

He partners with UGA faculty in several departments to take an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems facing the state's vegetable growers.

KIWANIS HOLDING 'CHICKEN Q'

The Kiwanis Club of Tifton will hold its annual "Chicken-Q" on Saturday, April 14

Tickets are $8 for a chicken barbecue meal with proceeds supporting the Kiwanis Club's work in the local community Plates will be available to be picked up between 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 14  at Tifton's First United Methodist Church Social Hall.

For tickets or to volunteer, contact any Kiwanis Club member or contact Kiwanis President Deidre Martin at dmartin@abac.edu or 229-391-4907.

The Tifton Kiwanis Club is dedicated to changing the world one community and one child at a time. The club meets at noon Thursdays at the Leroy Rogers Center. Kiwanis supports such programs as the  Fishing Rodeo, Public Library Foundation, Recreation teams,  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, 4-H, Ga. Sheriff's Youth Home, Special Olympics,    Literacy Volunteers, Meals on Wheels, Red Cross Bloodmobile,  Brother Charlie's Rescue Center, Ruth's Cottage and Patticake House and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

HAVE 'A DAY IN THE WOODS'

"A Day in the Woods" -- a  day of free forest, wildlife and craft activities -- begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Gaskins Forest Education Center, 3359 Moore Sawmill Road, Alapaha.

Following the activities from 1-5 p.m., is a bring-your-own food cookout from 5-7 p.m.; a nature walk, 7-9 p.m.; and an astronomy event, 9-10:30 p.m.

This is the fourth year of this non-commercial community event. There will be more than 30 activities related to forestry, wildlife, and traditional crafts and history are scheduled, including archery, fishing, tree identification, animal print identification, native plant identification, paper making, basket making, pine-cone bird feeders and wildlife calls.

For information, contact Heather Brasell, 229-339-3966, heather.brasell@gmail.com

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