GrapeNew
header_autumn_leaves.jpg






SEPT. 23, 2016
Tifton, Georgia

478-227-7126
tiftongrapevine.com
FACADE GRANTS
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 through a matching 50-50 grant -- for one-half of the total proposed facade project -- 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  must  be submitted to a review panel for approval. 

Along with applications,  which  will be available by Nov. 1, accompanying  documentation, photos and proposed improvements are encouraged.

Some  downtown  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.


IT'S FIESTA TIME!
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:
  • 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.
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.

squares-yellow-header.gif

Saturday,
September 24

10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fulwood Park in Tifton
Free Admission

Traditional foods, nonstop performances from La Fiesta Stage, Street Dance, Children's Area with Rides and Face Painting, Arts, Educational and Health Exhibits
   
Sponsors
The Howard Women's Health Center
BB&T
Tifton Tift Co. Tourism Association
Tift Regional Medical Center
Coca-Cola
Tifton Aluminum
Quality Produce, LLC
First Community Bank
South Georgia Banking
City of Tifton, Tifton Police Department
Tift County Recreation Department

Performers
* 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
Activities
Children's Carnival/Carnaval para ninos
by Philgood Entertainment
Typical Foods/Comidas Tipicas
Baile/Streeet Dance
Health & Educational Activities/Actividades Educativas y de Salud
Art Exhibit/Exhibicion de Arte

Tiftarea Academy Headmaster  Stacey  Bell, aka "Mickey," along with some of his staff and students dress up to celebrate Homecoming Week at the school.
HOMECOMING FUN
TIFTAREA ACADEMY MARKS SPECIAL WEEK

This has been Homecoming Week at Tiftarea Academy, and students and staff have had a different fun theme each day.

Monday was "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 Tiftarea Panthers prepare to face Southland Academy at 7:30 p.m. today for the homecoming game in Chula .
Tiftarea Academy students show some American spirit!


Michael Meyer von Bremen, left, with Roy Rankin.
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.

DOWNTOWN TIFTON'S UNIQUE ADDRESS
HISTORIC
UNION DEPOT APARTMENTS



Unique 1 Bedroom/
1 Bath Apartment @$850
& 2 Bedroom/ 2 Bath
Loft Apartment @ $950
Now Available!

Both with Marble Countertops; 
Custom-made Cabinets;
Walk-in Closets; Hardwood Floors;
All Appliances,
including Washer & Dryer;
Secure Entry; Ample Parking

'DRIVE-THRU' FLU CLINIC THIS MORNING
TIFT HEALTH DEPT. OFFERING FLU SHOTS

Tift County Health Department  hosting a drive-thru flu clinic on Friday, Sept. 23 at the health department from 7:30-11:30 a.m.  

"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'

Students at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will welcome family and friends to campus Oct. 7-9 during the college's sixth annual Family Weekend

There is a fee to attend.

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.

For information, contact Dean of Students Bernice Hughes,  bhughes@abac.edu


"Best-Selling Truck for 39 Straight Years"
511 West 7th Street
(229) 382-1300
G.O. BAILEY PRIMARY EARNS FUNDS FOR LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

The 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'

The Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting a live play, "The Red Velvet Cake War" through Sunday.

The show opened Thursday night and continues at   7 p.m. today (Friday) and Saturday, and at 3 p.m Sunday, Sept. 25.

In this "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.

Tickets:  Adult, $10; students and seniors (55+), $8; available online at FreshTix.com  or with cash/check at the door the day of the performance.


ALUMNUS CREDITS ABAC IN LEADING HER TO EXTENSION SERVICE POSITION

An ABAC alumnus has been named  the UGA Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Evans County.
TANNER

Savannah Tanner, who  grew up on a livestock farm, had worked at an animal hospital  while  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."


GrapeNew

Tifton's Locally Owned Electronic Newspaper!

It's Free!
e-published every Tuesday & Friday / to Advertise, call
478-227-7126
YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

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

In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

SEPT. 16
Larry Dramon Hood, 65, Tifton
Lester Eugene "Gene" Malcom Jr., 70, Lake Blackshear
Gloria Diane Thompson, 68, Sycamore
Ernestine Cosper, 75, Tifton
Jason Earl Watson, 31, Nashville
Allen Hancock, 56, Nashville

SEPT. 17
James Fletcher Meders, 76, 
Rocky Point, N.C.
James W. Clinard, 84, Leesburg
Nancy Annie Hall, 90, Nashville

SEPT. 18
Joyce Dorminy Bowen, 84, Poulan

SEPT. 19
Mary "Margaret" Woodard Phillips, 69, Tifton
James Colones Livingston, 84, Tifton

SEPT. 20
Grace Esylena Douglas, 98, Fitzgerald
Michael E. Frazier, 59, Fitzgerald
M. Ward Bailey, 55, Fitzgerald

SEPT. 21
Helen Evelyn "Junie" Brown Barnes, 95, Fitzgerald
Connie W. Johnson, 63, Chula
Dianne Penelope Griner, 75, Fitzgerald


SERVING  YOU WITH PROFESSIONALISM BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE SALE  

2074 Old Ocilla Road, Tifton, GA
MLS # 126142

You've got to see this: 125.97 acres of farmland located in an excellent area.

                               Visit Us Online:
Dwana
Dwana  Coleman

It's a Great Time to Sell Your Home!
Call Us for Details!
Call us TODAY!   229-386-4222

Blue Skies & 
Sunshine Through Each & Every 
Real Estate  Transaction!
Grapelogo
  www.tiftongrapevine.com

FRANK SAYLES JR.
Editor & Publisher

iheardit@tiftongrapevine.com

A Service of Sayles Unlimited Marketing LLC

478-227-7126