SEPT. 23, 2016
DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL AID
Tifton's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is implementing a
Facade Improvement Grant (FIG) program
to enhance the exterior facades of older buildings in the historic downtown district.
The program encourages
reinvestment in downtown Tifton
matching 50-50 grant
-- for one-half of the total proposed facade
up to $5,000
The FIG program applies to buildings that are more than 50 years old within the downtown historic district. The DDA is encouraging the preservation of historic structures through renovation and restoration of commercial and mixed-used buildings' facades.
Facade Improvement Grants will serve as reimbursement for approved projects; information and documentation
be submitted to a review panel for approval.
Along with applications,
will be available by Nov. 1, accompanying documentation, photos and proposed improvements are encouraged.
business owners have
inquired about technical assistance for design improvements, says Lequrica Gaskins, downtown development director.
"There is great news," Gaskins says. "Our Main Street program does have a great relationship with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and their Office of Downtown Development, who has the capability of providing affordable, professional design services."
For questions about the FIG program or design assistance, contact Gaskins at 229-391-3977.
La Fiesta del Pueblo Celebrates 20th Year Saturday
South Georgia's largest festival celebrating Hispanic culture marks two decades when it gets underway Saturday morning at Tifton's Fulwood Park.
Beginning at 10 a.m. and going until 9 p.m., La Fiesta del Pueblo offers nonstop entertainment, authentic Hispanic food, vendor booths, children's area and health/education booths.
First held in Omega, the festival moved to Downtown Tifton in 1999, where it stayed until it outgrew the environs around City Hall and was relocated to Fulwood Park in 2003.
The festival's purpose is to:
The festival attracted an estimated crowd of 13,000 last year. It ends Saturday evening with its traditional street dance to live music from 6-9 p.m.
- strengthen the network of Hispanic area residents;
- promote cultural awareness among South Georgians;
- provide opportunities for Hispanics to get visibility in the community;
- promote a sense of pride and unity among Hispanics; and
- share information on health, education, community activities, youth organizations and social services.
10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Traditional foods, nonstop performances from La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance, Children's Area with Rides and Face Painting, Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
The Howard Women's Health Center
Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Quality Produce, LLC
First Community Bank
South Georgia Banking
City of Tifton, Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department
* Mariachi Espuelas de America
* Nuestro Folklore - Dancer's Pointe Dance Company- Cultura Latina ABAC
* Tifton County High School Spanish Club - Grupo Ninas Panderitas
* Grupo Gran Comision - Grupo de Danza Mexica Azteca Tonacuauhtl
* Street Dance with Quique Fuentes Radio Rumba from Atlanta
Children's Carnival/Carnaval para ninos
by Philgood Entertainment
Typical Foods/Comidas Tipicas
Health & Educational Activities/Actividades Educativas y de Salud
Art Exhibit/Exhibicion de Arte
Tiftarea Academy Headmaster
Bell, aka "Mickey," along with some of his staff and students dress up to celebrate Homecoming Week at the school.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY MARKS SPECIAL WEEK
This has been
, and students and staff
have had a different fun
"Disney Day;" Tuesday, "Hollywood Day;" Wednesday, "Time Travel Day;" Thursday, "America Day;" and today, Friday, is "Spirit Day."
Tiftarea Academy staff and students have already shown a lot of spirit this week.
The school has been filled with princesses and pirates and superheroes and rock stars and Disney characters -- and more -- as the
prepare to face
7:30 p.m. today
Tiftarea Academy students show some American spirit!
EASTER SEALS HONORS ROY RANKIN
Royal F. Rankin of Tifton received the highest volunteer honor bestowed by Easter Seals Southern Georgia at its recent annual awards dinner at Doublegate Country Club in Albany.
Former state Sen. Michael Meyer von Bremen presented the award, which is named for his mother, Bobbie. She was a long-time volunteer of the organization, and it was her volunteer service that had a positive affect on the lives of Michael and his brother.
Accompanying the surprised Roy Rankin was his wife, Debra. Rankin's service to Easter Seals spans almost 25 years, said Executive Director Beth English.
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'DRIVE-THRU' FLU CLINIC THIS MORNING
TIFT HEALTH DEPT. OFFERING FLU SHOTS
Tift County Health Department
drive-thru flu clinic
Friday, Sept. 23
"Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu vaccine each year; however, we can only give the vaccine to those 18 years and older in the drive-thru clinic," says Mecca Reeves, RN, county nurse manager. "We try to make it easy and efficient for our residents to get their flu shot each year."
The flu shot is $33. High-dose vaccine will also be available to persons 65 and older for $51. Cash, check, debit/credit card, Medicare, Medicaid, Cigna, Aetna, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare will be accepted.
For information, call Tift County Health Department, 229-386-8373.
ABAC SETS 'FAMILY WEEKEND'
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will welcome family and friends to campus
Oct. 7-9 during the college's sixth annual
There is a
Among activities available are ABAC Fillies softball games; the AET Club Truck and Tractor Pull; tour of the J.G.
Woodroof Farm; discussions with administration, faculty and staff; tours of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village; and a chili super at the museum with the ABAC jazz band.
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G.O. BAILEY PRIMARY EARNS FUNDS FOR LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence recently presented a check to
G.O. Bailey Primary School for its
Accelerated Reader points amassed this summer during the foundation's
Summer Reading Program. Pictured from left are Principal Dr.
Jamie Dawson, media specialist
Emy Aultman, top student reader
Tyce Thompson, top staff reader
Lisa Culpepper and
Lori Rowe, the f
oundation's liaison to the school.
TIFT THEATRE SITE OF
'RED VELVET CAKE WAR'
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
is presenting a live play,
"The Red Velvet Cake War"
opened Thursday night and continues at
7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, and at
3 p.m Sunday,
"Southern-fried comedy," the three Verdeen cousins could not have picked a worse time to throw their family reunion as events
spin hilariously out of control.
Adult, $10; students and seniors (55+), $8; available
cash/check at the door
the day of the performance.
ALUMNUS CREDITS ABAC IN LEADING HER TO EXTENSION SERVICE POSITION
ABAC alumnus has been named
the UGA Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Evans County.
Savannah Tanner, who
grew up on a livestock farm, had worked at an animal hospital
in high school, which led her to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
Tanner thought she ultimately
wanted to become a
veterinarian but her
ABAC experience helped change her mind.
"I actually started off as a vet med transfer down at
ABAC," she told
The Claxton Enterprise. "But when I got there ... I realized that instead of being involved in livestock from a veterinary perspective, I really just wanted to be involved in
agriculture as a whole."
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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
Drive-thru Flu Shots,
7:30-11:30 a.m., Tift County Health Department, 305 E. 12th St., Tifton
- "The Red Velvet Cake War," 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts
- Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Coffee County High, 7:30 p.m., Douglas
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. Southland Academy, 7:30 p.m., Chula
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
- Plains Peanut Festival, 9 a.m., Downtown Plains
- La Fiesta del Pueblo, 10 a.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton
- JG Jakes book signing, Walls of Books, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 357 Main St., Tifton
- "The Red Velvet Cake War," 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
- "The Red Velvet Cake War," 3 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
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