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AUG. 25, 2017
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STORE CLERK SHOT
IN TIFT ARMED ROBBERY
INCIDENT AT 9 P.M. THURSDAY, SHERIFF SAYS

A convenience store clerk was shot during an armed robbery Thursday night on Short Street, says Tift County Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.

The robbery and shooting occurred at approximately 9 p.m. at the Short Stop Food Mart at 607 Short St., Scarbrough said. The clerk's injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, the sheriff added.

Authorities were on the scene investigating late Thursday and were seeking the gunman. Scarbrough told the Tifton Grapevine late Thursday night that no additional details were available at that time.

CITY, COUNTY MEET JOINTLY
TIFTON CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY COMMISSION AGREE TO MEET AGAIN TODAY
TO ADDRESS PLACING SPLOST REFERENDUM ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

Following months of an ongoing war of words between the Tift County Commission and the Tifton City Council, both elected governmental bodies sat down together Tuesday night at the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce to begin addressing joint issues.
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith and County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson at the joint meeting Tuesday.

Moderated by Gordon Maner of the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the elected officials discussed improving communication and trust among each other.

They agreed to work toward getting the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum on the November ballot. After sharing proposed SPLOST initiatives, the officials said they were within about 1 percent of each other on the projects.

County Manager Jim Carter and City Manager Pete Pyrzenski were tasked with ironing out details, and the two governmental bodies agreed to meet again at 4 p.m. today (Friday) to address the proposed SPLOST referendum.

Mayor Julie Smith assured county commissioners that after SPLOST is scheduled, the city will work with them on service-delivery issues, including water matters. Today's public meeting will also be held in the civic room at the Chamber of Commerce.


Church Pianist
Position

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, GA

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist. This is a part time position.

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 at special services at Christmas, Easter, etc.  

Interested persons should contact Debbie Minton, church executive  secretary, at 229-382-6100.

NEW UGA TIFTON WEATHER STATION OFFERS DATA

The University of Georgia Tifton campus now has its very own weather station.
 
The UGA Tifton WeatherSTEM unit sends real-time, local weather information to the Internet, keeps a record of all data collected and provides a STEM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum for instructors use in the classroom.  

Anyone may access up-to-date weather  developments through the UGA  Tifton WeatherSTEM -- and there are daily "cloud cam"  time-lapse videos from the Tifton campus.

Tifton is the latest UGA site with the new technology. UGA already had installed the weather stations in Athens at Sanford Stadium, at the 
UGA Tifton at sunset Thursday shown in this WeatherSTEM photo when it was 85.7 degrees.

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State Botanical Garden and in two other locations on the main Athens campus. 

The stations link to the web and provide tools such as text alerts for changing weather conditions and forecasts. Users also can replay time-lapse videos from attached webcams.

The WeatherSTEM systems can be  useful for research, teaching and for promoting emergency preparedness.

For the UGA Tifton's WeatherSTEM Facebook page Click Here!

For the local web site Click Here!
USDA'S SONNY PERDUE
IN TIFTON TODAY

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Secretary  Sonny Perdue will participate in two  events  today (Aug. 25) in  Tifton .

Perdue, the former Georgia governor, will convene a listening session at 10:30 a.m. as part of his Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity created by President Trump .

While in town, Perdue will also address members of the Georgia Farm Bureau at noon to discuss issues important to agriculture producers.

Both events will be at the University of Georgia's Tifton Campus  Conference Center.


TIFT CHAMBER HOSTS GA LEGISLATORS

The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of  Commerce held its annual Legislative Appreciation Breakfast on Thursday morning at the State Chamber of Commerce regional office on Love Avenue in Tifton

Members of the Tift County legislative delegation in the General Assembly -- state Sen. Greg Kirk, R-Americus; state Reps. Penny Houston, R-Nashville; Clay Pirkle, R-Ashburn; and Sam Watson, R-Moultrie -- met with Tiftarea business leaders and local elected officials.

In photo above, from left, Dr. Joe West, assistant dean for the UGA Tifton campus, chats with Rep. Sam Watson.
TIFTAREA ACADEMY HAS 'GOLD OUT' NIGHT

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Tiftarea Academy is getting started early.

At tonight's varsity football game against Southwest Georgia Academy, which kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Panther Pit in Chula, TA is sponsoring a "Gold Out" theme. The cause for Childhood Cancer Awareness is marked by a gold ribbon, and Tiftarea Academy will be selling gold balloons to be released at the beginning of the football game.

Survivors of childhood cancer are encouraged to attend the game. A survivor and two caregivers will be given free admission and a gold balloon to release. Varsity Cheerleading Coach Felise Harris said the cheerleaders will also be selling face tattoos and collecting money for the cause. 

All funds raised will be donated to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Although childhood cancer is not common, it is the leading cause of death among children in the United States. 

TA's varsity cheerleaders and football players are aiming to bring awareness and encourage others to get involved to help find a cure.

NEW MEMBERS JOIN EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD

At Tuesday's meeting of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence, new board of directors members were recognized. From left is Ron Branch, incoming President Mike Davis, Meredith Rutland, Sharon Nixon, Laura Cutts, outgoing President Joe West and Executive Director Mike B rumby.

MELL BAPTIST DEDICATES NEW OFFICE

On Sunday, Aug. 13 , 32 representatives from 11 churches dedicated the new office for the Mell Baptist Association at  817 N. Central Ave. in Tifton .

The Mell Baptist Association is composed of 29 Southern Baptist churches and missions in the Tiftarea who voluntarily cooperate to promote missions and evangelism. 

Its purpose is to encourage and strengthen churches, and partner with churches to reach people with the Gospel.

The dedication service included prayers by Steve Davis, pastor of Zion Hope Baptist Church; by Rodney Owens, pastor of First Baptist Church Ty Ty; remarks from Tom Hocutt, associational missionary; and a message by Steve Tucker, pastor of Liberty Baptist Church. 

The dedicated building was purchased in April and remodeled without debt.


ABAC AWARDS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Troy Spicer, left, and Don Vickers, right, congratulate Sarah Kremin from Tifton as the newest recipient of the Christie V. Murphy Scholarship in Nursing at ABAC. .

Sarah Kremin , a nursing major from  Tifton , has been selected as the recipient of the  Christie V. Murphy Scholarship in Nursing at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

"We are honored to have a scholarship in memory of Christie on our campus," said Troy Spicer, dean of the ABAC School of Nursing and Health Sciences

"She was a special young woman and a proud graduate of our nursing program. Sarah Kremin shares Christie's passion for the nursing profession and is an excellent choice as the recipient of this scholarship."

The scholarship is named in memory of Christie Ann Vickers Murphy, who died in 2013 at the age of 27. Murphy attended Irwin County High and earned her associate degree in nursing from ABAC in 2009.

Don Vickers, Christie Murphy's father, recently came to ABAC to meet Kremin and wish her well. 

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made by contacting Deidre Martin at dmartin@abac.edu or by calling 229-391-4907.

 

ABAC HOLDS TOWN & GOWN EVENT

Representatives of local businesses and churches came out  Thursday  at Gressette Gym on the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College campus for the annual Town and Gown event. ABAC students were able to sample homemade cookies and other treats as they perused what the Tifton community has to offer. 

ABAC has more than a $329 million annual impact on the economy of Tift and surrounding counties.

REP. AUSTIN SCOTT VISITS
TIFTON ROTARY

Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton, was guest speaker Wednesday at the Rotary Club of Tifton.

Scott spoke on a variety of issues, including health care, insurance and tax reform, and threats around the world.

The congressman said he has voted for both repeal and for amending the Affordable Care Act, which he said needs immediate adjustments. It is unfair, he said, that the enrollment period is only once a year and that enrollment should at least be allowed quarterly.

Scott also said he doesn't believe there is time to approve any type of tax reform before year's end. 

In photo at left, Scott poses with Tifton Rotary President Shaundra Clark.

PEANUT ACHIEVEMENT CLUB HONORS TOP PRODUCERS
 
The Georgia Peanut Achievement Club recognized the state's top peanut producers at its club's annual meeting Aug. 18-20 at Amelia Island, Fla. The University of Georgia Peanut Team also shared its latest research findings at the meeting.

"The University of Georgia is a great resource. They're out in front of a lot of the situations we have to deal with. If something arises, they get involved really quickly. They research it and come up with answers," said Brooks County farmer Robert Davison, who won the District IV honor for 300 to 699.9 acres. He grew 5,258 pounds of peanuts per acre in 2016.

With 700-plus acres in peanuts, Eddie Miller of 4 Miller Farms in Seminole County produced the highest yield -- 6,880 pounds of peanuts per acre. Miller attributes part of his success to UGA's plant breeding program, led by Bill Branch.

During the past 25 years, Branch has developed more than 20 peanut varieties that have helped Georgia to become the No. 1 peanut-producing state. Today, approximately half of all the peanuts produced in the nation are grown in Georgia. Peanut varieties developed under Branch's leadership account for more than 90 percent of the market share of Georgia peanut production.

Fourteen Georgia growers and farms were recognized at the meeting, which salutes Georgia's best peanut producers each year for achieving the top yields in the state.  Along with the UGA Peanut Team, this year's supporters of the club include Bayer Crop Science, BASF, AMVAC, the American Peanut Shellers Association, Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Buying Points Association.

SRTC POSTS SUMMER PRESIDENT'S LIST

Southern Regional Technical College recently released the names of the 2017 Summer Semester President's List awardees.
 
At the completion of each semester, Southern Regional Technical College honors those students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement. The requirements for the President's List are being a  full-time student who has completed 12 or more semester credit hours and e arning a grade of "A" in all coursework attempted.

President's List students include:

From Tifton -- Gabrielle M. Rucker, Selene S. Belton-Allen, Steven W. Welsh, Cassie B. Arrington, Sarah J. Taylor, Felix T. Torres, Mossiah A. Godfrey, David Leroy Owen, Sarah H. Gibbs, Brian Ashley Handley, Donielle R. Pratt and Diana L. Stovall.

From Ty Ty -- Kay Nicole Lavender, Nicarra J. Pittman, Brandy Marie Garcia and Brittany Michelle Chambless.

From Sylvester -- Deanna L. Daniel, Cindi V. Ortega, Kendall L. Wilson and Jodine S. Adkins.

From Norman Park -- Tonya N. Huite, Danielle M. Benton, Jimmy Dean Benton, Julia J. Keigans, Brandi A. Weaver and Amanda Marie Taylor.


NOW, WHO'S THE REAL NUT HERE?

Local officials recently welcomed to Tifton the  joint  conference of the Northern Nut Growers Association and the North American Fruit Explorers.

At left is Tifton's "Mr. Peanut," Tyron Spearman, and at right is Mayor Julie B. Smith.

In the middle is Bob Stehli, the current holder of the "Big Nut" award. Each year, the necklace and crown are given at the annual banquet by the past year's Big Nut to another recipient for outstanding service to the Northern Nut Growers Association.

"Wearing the necklace and crown on a daily basis, however, is not obligatory," says Jerry Henkin, the conference chairman.

YOUR WEEKEND  Blue Devil football
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, AUG. 25
  • USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's Agriculture & Rural Prosperity Listening Session,  10:30 a.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
  • USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue speaks to Georgia Farm Bureau, Noon, UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
  • GO Georgia Baptist Leadership Event, 1:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Tifton
  • ABAC Horsemen's Association Jackpot Barrel Race, 6 p.m. exhibition; 8 p.m. show; rodeo arena, ABAC, Tifton
  • Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Cook County High, 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football vs. South Georgia Academy, 8 p.m., Panther Pit, Chula
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
  • GO Georgia Baptist Leadership Event, 8 a.m., First Baptist Church, Tifton
  • Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
  • Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester

 

In Memoriam
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AUG. 17
Charles E. Balkcom, 81, Sumner
John Warren, 73, Quitman
Betty Kitchens, 85, Fitzgerald
George Maddox, 66, Sylvester
Margie Goff Carter, 77, Sycamore
 Franklin Smith, 84, Adel

AUG. 18
Debra Yvonne Wilkerson, 64, Rebecca
Nell Owen, 85, Crestview
Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Carney, 53, Nashville
Luther Ivey Walker, 92, Jacksonville, Fla.
Margaret Flowers, 85, Adel

AUG. 20
Earl "Bruce" Riner, 66, Tifton
Mike V. Walters, 72, Sylvester
Laura Ruth Strohauer, 56, Fitzgerald
Jesse Lloyd Hall, 59, Nashville
Helen Ruby Sheehan, 93, Adel
Dorothy Rowe Warwick, 84, Nashville
Ira Lavinsky, 73, Adel
Wayne Smith, 71, Fitzgerald

AUG. 21
William James Henderson "Willy" Baldree, 60, Sycamore
Tommy Vann Alderman, 74, Adel
Elmer Dale, 76, Fitzgerald

AUG. 22
Lillie White Hall, 90, Lilburn

AUG. 23
Robert Lynn "Bob" Swails, 64, Enigma
Joyce Ida Gunter, 91, Fitzgerald
George Scaff, 98, Adel

AUG. 24
Barbara Ann Webb Davis, 67, Enigma
Evelyn Whitley Clement, 87, Tifton
MGySgt. Douglas Elmy, 66, Sylvester
Deborah Wiggins, Ashburn
Johnny Danforth, 66, Leesburg
 Arthell Brown, Sylvester

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