JAN. 16, 2018
Tifton, Georgia


Just two weeks after snow dusted the Tiftarea and a week after temperatures rose to the mid 70s, the local region is again under a winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service. The advisory means periods of light snow Wednesday may cause travel difficulties.

The weather service says snow is likely Wednesday morning, possibly mixed with rain, becoming all snow after 7 a.m., then gradually ending with gradual clearing and cold; temperatures are expected to be about 35 degrees. Snow accumulation of less than a half inch is expected. 

Because of the threat of icy roads, Tiftarea Academy and Worth County schools are closed Wednesday. However, Tift County schools remain open.

"We REALLY are having school tomorrow," Tift schools noted on social media Tuesday. "We promise to have access to heat, food and shelter, and, as always, our drivers will take good care of your children. Just bundle them up to keep them warm while they are between your door and ours."

The c hance of precipitation is 60 percent Wednesday morning. A very cold night is forecast Wednesday evening in the Tiftarea with lows around 19 degrees and wind gusts up to 20 mph.

Dan Royal says goodbye one last time at his pharmacy in Tifton.


After more than 48 years, Dan Royal, the pharmacist and owner of Royal Pharmacy in Tifton,
Dan Royal and crew at the pharmacy last week.
closed his business last Friday.

Royal isn't exactly retiring; he said he is merely looking for the next chapter in his life.

The building on John Orr Drive has been sold to Tift Regional Health System; Royal's customer prescriptions have been moved to CVS Pharmacy on 20th Street.

Royal and his team have received a lot of plaudits in the past few days. As one customer said on Facebook: "Our favorite pharmacist and staff. Royal Pharmacy is one of the few businesses that truly knew the value of  'customer service!' Thank you Dan, Kay (Goodman), and the entire staff at Royal Pharmacy."

We're Seeking a
Church Pianist

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a part-time church pianist.
The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with 
the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble every Wednesday evening for about two hours and for playing at Sunday 
traditional services  at  9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Angie Carr at 
or call   229-382-6100 .


Tifton observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a full day of activities, beginning with a celebration breakfast at the county recreation department.

The Rev. Shirley A. Strawter, left, was the featured speaker and noted Dr. King's "king-sized dream."

Melissa Burks, at bottom right, received the Spirit of Service Award from Jadonna Johnson, president of PLIGHT, or  "Proud Loving Individuals Giving a Hand to Teens," which sponsored the breakfast.

Emily Dawson, in foreground, with children and residents in Mexico.

Emily Dawson, a senior at Tift County High School, has recently returned from working at an orphanage and school in Mexico during Christmas break. 
Dawson with local children.

Throughout her eight-day missions trip, Dawson was involved in inner-city street ministry, vacation Bible school, community service projects, shopping for supplies and various paint/repair projects at the orphanage and school. 

A highlight of the trip was the Disney-themed Christmas party for all of the orphanage's children. This was Dawson's seventh trip to the orphanage in Poza Rica, Vera Cruz, Mexico

She is involved in the drama and theater department at TCHS, takes academic courses at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, and is an active member in Avenue United youth group at Tift Avenue Church of God

Dawson plans to attend Lee University in the fall and major in education and Spanish.


"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever," or "SELF," have a dance Friday night, Jan. 19, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring  their favorite dish of food to share.

The event is open to all Tift County seniors.


Members of the Tifton Kiwanis Club invite you to join us for a "Get to Know Kiwanis" event on Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m. at The Local in downtown Tifton. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.

The Tifton Kiwanis Club supports a wide range of community service activities to positively affect the lives of children and youth. The club welcomes potential members of all ages who share our desire to change the world, one community and one child at a time. 

For information and to RSVP, contact Kiwanis President Deidre Martin at or 229-391-4907.

The Faithful Servants, local Southern Gospel singers, are celebrating their decade of singing together with a 10th Anniversary Sing at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Victory Baptist Church, 3917 U.S. Highway 319 South in Tifton.

An appreciation meal will be served in the church's social hall immediately following the sing.

The Faithful Servants group features three-part harmony and has been singing in churches, auditoriums and outdoor festivals throughout the region during the past decade.

Members are Pam Purvis, Brenda Saunders, Gary Graham and Steve King.


Tifton's Plough Gallery hosts artist Lauren Michelle Peterson from 5-8 p.m. Jan. 20 for an exhibit entitled "Mouth Water in Elbow Grease." 

Peterson works with found objects and materials to create sculptures, sometimes blending the
materials with video projections. She will create original work for Plough Gallery using found materials in the Tiftarea

"From certain angles, her sculptures appear to be chaotic piles of things, as if found in the basement of an estate sale. But then, like the basement of an estate sale, they demand a closer look. Soon, they blossom into organized forms, full of crackling energy," wrote  E.C. Flamming in "Controlled Chaos: Lauren Peterson & Krista Clark at Kibbee" for Burnaway.

Plough Gallery co-owner Mark Errol said the show is unlike anything they have ever had. On her website, Peterson writes, "what we discard or sweep up alludes to fundamental limitations of our own human faculties." 

She will attend the opening reception to discuss her work with attendees. 

Peterson graduated with a master's of fine arts in drawing, painting, printmaking from Georgia State University and has had multiple exhibits receiving critical acclaim across Atlanta

Plough Gallery is located at 216 West Eighth St.


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