RUTH'S COTTAGE GETS BLOCK GRANT
$750,000 TOWARD NEW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE FACILITY
Tift County is getting a $750,000
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
toward a new domestic violence shelter and administrative facility for Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House.
Gov. Nathan Deal made the announcement the other day as part of more than $40 million in federal assistance for
60 Georgia communities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia's CDBG program, administered by the Ga. Department of Community Affairs.
CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to
community needs and
local economies that need it most. By
smaller cities and
rural areas, we are preparing an even
brighter future for all of Georgia," the
Ruth's Cottage has plans for a
$1.6 million, 11,200-square-foot building to move all of the
domestic violence prevention initiatives under
one roof. Currently, the
non-profit agency is spread across
five buildings in the community.
new building will also increase the shelter's
25 and would have several
apartments for women with children and for men.
Ruth Cottage board has a
capital campaign underway to raise the
remainder of the building's
Regarding the CDBG, state Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus, whose district includes Tift, said he is glad that the grant program includes funds for "a domestic violence shelter in Tift County. Above all else, it's important that our citizens feel safe, and providing a shelter for victims of domestic abuse is a huge step in ensuring this. I'm thankful for everyone who had a helping hand in making this possible."
CDBG grants the governor announced are
$750,000 for the
City of Ocilla
for multi-infrastructure improvements, $703,400 for the City of Sylvester for sewer improvements, and $415,265 for Turner County to make street and drainage improvements.
CONCERT A THANK-YOU TO TIFTON
FOR CAMPUS' 100 YEARS
University of Georgia's Tifton Campus has begun its nearly
year-long celebration of its
centennial in the
Friendly City, and on
Saturday the campus threw an
outdoor concert-lawn party to
Country music star
Keith Anderson, seen at left and above, performed along with special guest
James Otto on the Tifton campus'
UGA Tifton Assistant Dean Dr. Joe West says there will be other events, many of them internal, leading up to the big public centennial celebration finale next May 3.
CROSS COUNTRY BLUE DEVILS PLACE AT TALLAHASSEE INVITATIONAL
Tift County girls and boys Blue Devils cross-country teams traveled to
Saturday to participate in the
Cougar Invitational. Despite an early departure and a long bus ride, the
student athletes performed well.
girls team under Coach Kristin McElroy placed
fourth out of
19 teams in a highly competitive meet.
Emily Golden (fourth) and
Ainsley Toews (21st) both made the
Top 25 podium.
young boys team finished
14th out of
Bryce Stephens leading the way in 67th.
cross country meet is
Saturday at the
Jekyll Island Invitational.
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
THE TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION PRESENTS THE
Dinner-Dance Fundraiser for the Public Library
Thursday, Sept. 13
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
Get Your Tickets Today at the
Call 478-227-7126 for information
AREA STUDENTS GRADUATE DURING ABAC'S SUMMER TERM
A total of 59 students completed the requirements for graduation from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College at the end of the summer term. Twenty-three of those graduates received bachelor's degrees.
Area graduates, include:
Sofia Fitzgerald, Associate of Science;
Savannah Brooke King, Associate of Science with Merit;
Linda Esmeralda LeBlanc, Associate of Science in Nursing;
Dallen Lance McLemore, Associate of Science with Distinction;
Laurajane Elizabeth O'Rear, Bachelor of Science Nursing;
Jesse Michael Page, Associate of Science;
Alexandra Anne Rippy, Bachelor of Science Nursing, Magna Cum Laude;
Kaitlin L. Tucker, Associate of Science with Honors;
Brentley Temple Yamnitz, Associate of Science.
Charley Dillard, Associate of Science.
Latoya P. Office, Associate of Science.
Hadley Dean Driscoll, Bachelor of Science Business and Economic Development;
J.P. Mathis, Associate of Science;
Jaycob Hunter Whitley, Bachelor of Science Business and Economic Development.
Anna Leigh Sutton, Associate of Science with Merit.
Jahwaan Louis Miller, Associate of Science.
America Leon, Associate of Science with Merit.
Stephanie Brianne Kincaid, Bachelor of Science Nursing.
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.
AG MUSEUM GETTING 'SHEEPISH'
Handcrafted porcelain sheep, representing breeds from around the world, by Colin Richmond will greet visitors in an exhibit "Colin's Creatures: A World of Sheep," beginning Sept. 8 in The Gallery at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Georgia Museum of Agriculture.
"Colin's handcrafted creatures are made from a unique combination of materials including porcelain, cast-able stone and imported Steiff woven fur," said Museum Curator Polly Huff.
"All these materials are chosen for their quality and ability to imitate the characteristics of each animal. From developing and making his own porcelain to hand-forming every mold, all of Colin's creatures are labor intensive -- but it's a true labor of love."
A dozen years in the corporate world, an MBA, and a brief stint in consulting were enough to drive the Asheville, N.C.-based Richmond into life as an entrepreneur. Six years after starting his business in 1985 and after three fabric-related product lines, he had an idea for a collection of moiré fabric angels, although he knew nothing about porcelain or carving.
"Colin grew up in a creative family where everyone assumed you could do anything until you proved otherwise," Huff said. "He just dived in and later began designing and carving animals. Twenty-seven years later, Colin's creatures are in private collections across the country and internationally."
Huff said the artist's fascination with sheep began in 1991 when he read about some antique German sheep figures that were mixed medium as were his moire fabric angels.
"His knowledge of sheep at that time was limited to what he'd absorbed from the James Herriot series of books and programs," Huff said.
"He began his research with breeders' associations and later expanded to visiting farms and attending sheep shows in the U.S. and the U.K."
TIFTON HOSTING RESEARCH FIELD DAY FOR COTTON AND PEANUT FARMERS
Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the
University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams are co-sponsoring a
research field day on
Wednesday, Sept. 5, in
The event begins at
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center
then moves on to the
RDC Pivot and Ponder Farm
to view research trials. Attendees must
Friday, Aug. 31
The tour showcases
current research funded by the respective commissions. The goal is to provide an
educational environment for cotton and peanut farmers and give them the opportunity to directly question
Chairmen of the
Armond Morris and
Bart Davis, respectively, say the event gives
farmers the opportunity to
interact with other farmers and industry representatives while
observing research programs which they help fund.
PUT A RING ON IT!
has barely begun,
Tiftarea Academy juniors
class rings on
Tuesday. The students are excited about the school year and look forward to a productive term.
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