OCT. 13, 2017
SUNBELT AG EXPO
MARKING 40TH YEAR WITH OPENING TUESDAY
"North America's Premier Farm Show," the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition, opens Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Moultrie, unveiling more than 4,000 product lines from 1,211 exhibitors during the three-day event. More than 100 new exhibitors are participating as they showcase the latest in farming technology, research and equipment.
"We offer something for everyone involved in, or interested in,
, expo executive director. "We're celebrating our 40th anniversary. In 1978, we had 410 exhibitors on 25 acres. Today, we will host 1,200 exhibitors encompassing 100 acres of exhibit space and a 600-acre research farm. Twenty-three of our exhibitors have participated in all 40 shows, and we thank them for supporting the Expo and its mission to provide the latest and greatest ag technology and educational information to the American farmer."
Tennessee is the 2017 Spotlight State promoting the theme, "The Soundtrack of America -- Made in Tennessee." The exhibit will showcase Tennessee's cultural diversity, agricultural history and the sounds of Tennessee, such as the blues and the King of Rock 'n Roll in Memphis to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Get a taste of the iconic Moon Pie, made in Tennessee and turning 100 this year.
On Tuesday, the Swisher Sweets Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year will be announced, selected from the 10 Southeastern farming states.
, some of the South's leading
will do daily
11 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.
Chefs include Georgia's own
Zac Brown's Southern Ground
of the Georgia Department of Agriculture will tout the
campaign, and Chef
is cooking up ideas at the
Time Inc. Food Studio
A farmer favorite is the field demonstrations, depicting the harvesting of cotton, peanuts, corn, soybeans and hay by various machines side by side.
Other Expo favorites are the American Grand Finals stock dog competition and horse riding demonstrations. Renowned horse trainer Cal Middleton of Kansas City provides a clinic on how horse owners can get top performance from their animals. At the Livestock Pavilion, see beef presentations, poultry exhibits, sheep and goat exhibits, and stop by the aquaculture exhibit to taste farm-raised catfish.
New this year is a
transporting visitors around the outside of the 100-acre exhibit area.
Show hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10 per person per day. Children under 10 are admitted free with a parent. A multi-day admission ticket is $20. Credit cards and personal checks will not be accepted at the ticket booths during show days.
The Sunbelt Expo is located four miles southeast of U.S. Highway 319 on Ga. Highway 133 near Moultrie.
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TIFT GETS ADDITIONAL STORM AID
State and local
government agencies, along with
some non-profit groups in
four newly declared counties -- including
Tift -- will be receiving
additional aid in the
Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irma.
had previously approved
Public Assistance Grant
temporary emergency work
159 Georgia counties
, and had okayed
Wednesday, Oct. 11
, authorizes the
Tift, Lowndes, Echols and Effingham.
federal reimbursement for
eligible projects to
repair or replace damaged
public facilities such as hospitals, schools, fire and police stations, public parks, roads and bridges, utilities and other infrastructure
damaged by the recent storm.
Public Assistance Grant Program is a
reimbursement program paid to state and local
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA ), which was created by
President Carter in
1979, pays at least
75 percent of the cost of
disaster-related expenses, such as
infrastructure repairs, overtime and debris removal. Typically, the remaining
25 percent is split between state and local governments at
12.5 percent each.
SRTC AWARDED FOR GED TESTING INCREASES
Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) received two awards
recently during Georgia's annual GED Awards Luncheon in Atlanta.
The event, sponsored by the
Technical College System of Georgia's (TCSG)
Office of Adult Education, was held during the Georgia Adult Education Fall Conference in front of nearly
700 attendees who gathered to celebrate the
GED recipients and honor the
SRTC was awarded for the
Largest Percentage Increase in GED Tests taken by centers serving 200-400 students and for having the
Highest GED Completion Percentage in a medium program.
proud of our
students for this achievement. These awards exemplify the
quality instruction that SRTC students receive. Research shows that students attending the
adult education program have a higher passage rate on the
GED test, and
SRTC is no exception. Not only are our students prepared for the GED test, but they perform well on the college entrance exam when matriculating into credit programs," said
Melissa Burtle, SRTC adult education director.
In the past
GED testing program has awarded
Georgia was the first state to offer the
GED test on a
December 2011 and was the
first to implement a complete
transition of the
GED mobile computer-based testing in
corrections facilities in
66 GED testing centers and
63 mobile testing sites, providing testing for
three Youth Challenge Academies,
three Job Corps centers, more than
83 correctional institutions and
11 youth detention centers.
Southwest Regional Certified Literate Program, part of the State's Certified Literate Community Program (CLCP), received
two additional awards:
Advocacy Award, GED Testing Scholarships (multiple county CLCP); and
Advocacy Award, Tutor Hours (multiple county CLCP).
TIFTONITE AMONG U.S. TEAM COMPETING IN INDUSTRIAL SKILLS IN ABU DHABI
Corey Cleghorn of Tifton is among 11 members of a team representing ithe United States during the biennial WorldSkills Competition
in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Cleghorn is competing in mechatronics as a member of the SkillsUSA WorldTeam. The mechatronics contest is a two-person event. The other team member competing alongside Cleghorn is Joshua Whittington of Hogansville. The 44th international event
SkillsUSA WorldTeam members are among more than
1,300 competitors in the
international competition. The competitors in the WorldSkills
mechatronics contest are judged on their
mechatronic systems in programming equipment control systems for a design circuit.
Cleghorn won the right to compete by earning a
college/postsecondary silver medal in the
2015 SkillsUSA Championships. He has also successfully
qualifying prerequisites prior to being chosen for the team.
"Being chosen to
United States in the WorldSkills Competition means I'm being given a chance to
knowledge in my field on the
biggest stage possible,"
Cleghorn said. "It took
practice, training and dedication to get to this point, but I've been willing because I love what I do."
Moultrie Technical College (now
Southern Regional Technical College) in
Cleghorn and his teammate
industrial systems technology classes.
"Corey was an excellent student, and we always encouraged him to study what interested him. He loved building things and spent a lot of time building with magnets, blocks and Legos. He also loved electronics. He was introduced to mechatronics when he entered Tift County High School," said his mother, Amie Cleghorn.
"He immediately began to research and study anything and everything he could find regarding mechatronics. He watched video after video, read websites and fell more in love with it every day. He has been dedicated since day one and applies 100 percent of his efforts to being the best," Cleghorn's mother said.
In the WorldSkills
Mechatronics contest, working under time constraints, competitors are judged on their
knowledge of mechatronic systems. In the competition, a
design circuit is
built and tested, and the competitor
Every two years, hundreds of young people from more than
77 countries and regions compete in the
WorldSkills is a not-for-profit membership association open to agencies or bodies that have a responsibility for promoting vocational education and training
. WorldSkills provides a means of exchange and comparison of world-class competency standards in the industrial trades and service sectors of the global economy.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force.
SURF & TURF FOR EDUCATION
A large crowd attended the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence's lobster and steak dinner fundraiser Thursday night at Black Shank Pond. Besides dinner and music, guests also had the opportunity to bid on several auction items, including a week at a beach house on St. George Island, a stay at a condo in Ponte Vedre Beach and a private guided fishing excursion.
The Tift County High Blue Devils face the Lowndes High Vikings tonight at The Brodie in Tifton for a region matchup of undefeated teams.
On Wednesday night, a crowd of Blue Devil supporters came together for a bonfire-pep rally outside the Elks Club, as seen in the photo.
For those without tickets to tonight's game, a table will be set up at the student entrance in the Commons at the high school today between 11:35 a.m.-1:40 p.m. Tickets will also be sold at the visitors' side ticket booth at Brodie Field today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Presale tickets are $7.
A TOP DAWG AT THE FAIR
Students representing the
University of Georgia's Tifton Campus said it was a
"dawggone" good day at the
Georgia National Fair in
Perry recently when the
U.S. secretary of agriculture came by their booth.
Sonny Perdue, former Georgia
governor and a
Perry native, posed with the
VELLIDIS SETTLING INTO NEW UGA POSITION
Dr. George Vellidis always wanted to
teach but he never anticipated he would be
director of academic programs for the
University of Georgia's Tifton campus.
"The previous director left this position in excellent condition. I would like to continue his legacy and to contribute by expanding the graduate offerings on the Tifton campus," Vellidis said.
80 students enrolled in the
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at
UGA Tifton. Of those students,
55 are undergraduates studying in one of four majors: agribusiness, agricultural education, agriscience and environmental systems, and biological science. The rest of the
UGA Tifton student population are graduate students pursuing master's degrees in either agricultural and environmental education or plant protection and pest management.
Additionally, up to 40 master's and doctoral students who are enrolled in majors offered on the UGA Athens campus conduct research with faculty on the Tifton campus. These students split their time between the Athens and Tifton campuses and take most of their courses on the Athens campus.
To make earning a graduate degree more convenient,
Vellidis hopes to make more
graduate courses available in
He also wants to make prospective students aware of the new Double Dawgs Program that provides students the opportunity to earn both bachelors and master's degrees in five years when it usually takes six or more.
"The University of Georgia is the state's flagship university and is ranked the 16th best public university in the country. We want to provide students in Southern Georgia access to the university and offer them as many educational opportunities as possible," Vellidis said. "The Double Dawgs Program is a unique opportunity that no other college in Southern Georgia is able to offer."
..at a Glance
Tift County High Blue Devils football vs. Lowndes High Vikings,
p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Tiftarea Academy Panthers football @ Westfield Hornets, 7:30 p.m., Perry
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Social Bike Ride hosted by Tift Area Greenways Association, 5 p.m., Lamplighter Pub, Tifton
Thomas "Tommy" "Jitterbug" Elize Williams Jr., 77, Sycamore
Clara Mae Walker, 88, Sylvester
Johnny Lee Redding, 65, Sparks
Sally Ruth Bennett, 81, Lenox
"Jerry" Gillespie, 88, Adel
Sue Wilkes, 70, Adel
Marsha Chatting, 64, Adel
Ernestine Steedley Oliver, 74, Tifton
Sam Adams Sr., 63, Adel
Darrell Wayne Handley, 60, Nashville
Katie Tucker Gray, 25, Mystic
Lee Jackson Fant Jr., 79,
Thedocia Edwards, 101, Tifton
Dorothy Carter Reddick, 79, Cook County
Albert Timmons "A.T." Bragdon, 77, West Berrien
The Rev. Huey Nichols, 83, Douglas
Geoffrey L. Kent, 51, Sylvester
Carolyn Hullett Young, 69, Sylvester
Rita Rose Mary Dye, 79, Ocilla
Charles Winslow Futch, 79, Sparks
Bennie Joe Tyson, 72, Macon
Thomas "Elbert" McBrayer, 89, Tifton
John W. Griffin, 97, Sylvester
Danny P. Smith, 69, West Berrien
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