Sept. 26, 2014
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For one night only -- this Saturday night -- "The Beatles" will return to the stage in Tifton

Well, actually it's "The Return," one of the world's top Beatles tribute bands, who will take the stage Saturday night, Sept. 27, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center -- and it's the next best thing.

Hosted by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, the gala evening highlights the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America. While it's too late now to purchase dinner tickets, you can still buy show-only tickets for $35 each. Proceeds support the public library in Downtown Tifton.
'THE RETURN' Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation Event - WALB-TV
VIDEO: 'THE RETURN' Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation Event - WALB-TV

Tickets are available at the public library, at Ameris Bank on Second Street in Tifton and online at . You may also purchase them at the door.

For those who already have dinner tickets, the dinner begins at 7 p.m. and The Return takes the stage at 8 p.m. They will do two sets: The Beatles early years circa the Ed Sullivan Show, and the Sgt. Pepper years and beyond. The tribute band has performed all over the world, including at Abbey Road studios in London, the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and at venues large and small.

"They are outstanding! Absolutely the best thing next to the originals," says Pete Beaudraultpresident and CEO of the Hard Rock Cafe.


The library foundation event is black tie-optional, or you may dress in your best '60s attire. For more information about the library foundation fundraiser, call Dr. Hal Henderson, foundation president, at 229-386-2237.


The 18th Annual La Fiesta del Pueblo, the biggest celebration of Hispanic Culture in South Georgia, is this Saturday, Sept. 27, at Tifton's Fulwood Park from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The festival includes music, food, children's games and information booths.

La Fiesta del Pueblo is free and open to the public. In past years, the festival has attracted more than 6,000 people from 33 counties and five states.

Its purpose is to strengthen the network of Hispanic area residents, to promote cultural awareness, to provide opportunities for Hispanics to gain visibility in the community and promote a sense of pride, and to share information on health, education, community activities, youth organizations and social services.



The Annual "Jog for Jake" benefitting Toys for Tots begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Tift County High School.

Registration and the Silent Auction begin at 4:30 p.m.; the 5K begins at 6 p.m., and the one-mile fun run and walk begins at 6:45. The event includes a bouncy house for children to enjoy and music by Adam Smith.









Free Lunch-and-Learn Lectures in Fitzgerald, Ashburn and Sylvester

Breast Cancer - Can it Happen to Me?

Presented by Debra Hardeman Prince, RN

Tift Regional Medical Center Women's Health Navigator


Thursday, October 2, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm                                  Tuesday, October 7, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College                                            First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall

Charles Harris Learning Center                                                      302 McLendon Street, Ashburn

667 Perry House Road, Fitzgerald                                                  


Thursday, October 16, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Worth County Community Center

1212 North Monroe Street, Sylvester


Each lecture includes a complimentary meal. Seating is limited and registration is required. Please call 229-353-6316 or visit the 
Calendar of Events at to register.

A Day for Divas 

Saturday, October 18, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Cook Medical Center

706 North Parrish Avenue, Adel


8:00 am: Registration begins

(first 200 registrants receive a free swag bag and t-shirt)


9:00 am:  One-mile wellness walk


11:30 am: Fashion show featuring local cancer survivors, little divas and teens modeling local fashions


Also on-hand: Local retail, educational and health vendors; free health screenings; free mini-manicures; discounted digital mammograms; refreshments and a live DJ. Call 353-6313 for more information.


Women's Health Day

Saturday, October 25, 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Tift Regional Community Events Center

1657 S. Carpenter Road, Tifton

Adjoining the Tiftarea YMCA


8:00 am - 10:00 am:  Free cholesterol screenings (appointments required)


10:00 am - 11:00 am:  Free seminar titled What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer presented by Dr. Geri Justice, obstetrician/gynecologist with South Georgia Physicians for Women


Also on-hand:  Vendor booths, health and wellness information, free refreshments and more. Please call 229-353-6316 for more information or to make an appointment for the screenings.



Austin French of Tifton, ABC-TV's "Rising Star" first runner-up, performs on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus Oct. 3 and 4. The performances begin at 7 p.m. in Howard Auditorium. The concert will benefit the Ag Business Club.


In his debut Tifton concert since his recent fame on "Rising Star," French will perform with a live band handpicked for this event. He won votes of viewers during his 10-week run on the show and finished as the first runner-up. The Cordele native resides in Tifton with his new wife, Joscelyn, and serves as the worship pastor for Tifton's Journey Church.


Proceeds from the concert will help fund travel for the ABAC Ag Business Club.


"We are so excited to have Austin perform at ABAC to play all of his hits from the show as well as his personal favorites," said Ag Business Club President Bailey Sharp. "We are so appreciative to him for agreeing to help us raise money for our club."


Tickets available online through For information, call 229-391-5068 or



The fall edition of the Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull rolls into town today and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 27, at the American Legion Fairgrounds.


Sponsored by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and the Southern Pullers Association, truck and tractor pullers from all across the Southeast will compete for Southern Pullers Association championship points and prize money.


The Tifton Truck and Tractor Pull is coordinated by the Ag Equipment Technology Club at ABAC with proceeds going to their pulling tractors, Altered Allis and Cracker Jack, as well as Club activities.


For information, contact Tyron Spearman, 229-386-0216,

Annie Belle Clark Primary School students enjoyed their lunch with a cold carton of milk on National Milk Day earlier this week. Pictured at the front are first-graders Xantavian Hill, DyShon Kelly and Brawn Newbern.

                                      At a Glance.... 



  • Tifton Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton.
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football at Deerfield-Windsor, 7:30 p.m., Albany.
  • Downtown Tifton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture Tifton.
  • Coach Abbott Dedication, 9:30 a.m., Friendly City Park, Tifton. 
  • La Fiesta del Pueblo, 10 a.m., Fulwood Park, Tifton.
  • Jog for Jake, 4:30 p.m., Tift County High School, Tifton.
  • Tifton Truck & Tractor Pull, 7 p.m., American Legion Fairgrounds, Tifton.
  • The Return: Beatles Tribute Band, 7 p.m. dinner; 8 p.m. show, UGA Conference Center, Tifton.

In Memoriam


Sept. 18

 Donna Rae Turner, 79, Fitzgerald

Miriam Deloria Wynn, 69, Rebecca


Sept. 19

Dr. Ronald L. Schaffer, 77, Irwin County

Gilbert J. P. Farris Jr., 68, Poulan

Ernest Claude Sumner, 87, West Berrien

Jean Daniel, 78, Ashburn

Wallace Edge Sr., Ashburn

Billy Frank Giddens, 71, Daytona Beach, Fla.


Sept. 20

Betty Baird Bulmer, 86, Tifton 

Nettie Folsom Lawrence, 89, Valdosta

Bobby Gene Franklin, 55, Ty Ty  


Sept. 21

Walter Laverne "Coochie" Kilpatrick, 74, Nashville 

Marion Gunter Hendricks, 87, Sylvester

Clare B. Fussell, 83, Fitzgerald 


Sept. 22

Bobby Junior McDonald, 83, Sylvester

Andrew "Andy" Wayne Griffin, 50, Ocilla 


Sept. 23

Samuel Lem Culpepper, infant, Tifton

Mildred Griffin Griner, 92, Ocilla 


Sept. 24

Anthony David Pollock, 39, Chula

James Richard Bennett, 74, Nashville

James Allen Purvis, 68, Fitzgerald

Irene Hall, Sylvester


Sept. 25

Dr. John Libby Campbell Jr., 74, Tifton

Patricia "Patsy" Pope, 76, Rebecca



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