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JULY 13, 2018
Tifton, Georgia

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STATE SWIM MEET
BRINGS HUNDREDS

Hotels and restaurants in Tifton may be be a little more crowded this weekend as more than 715 athletes, along with  their  family and friends, come to town for the state swim meet.

The Georgia Recreation and Park Association's (GRPA) B/C State Swim Meet involves 28 teams from seven GRPA districts  across the state. The event gets underway at 9 a.m. today (Friday) at the Tift County Recreation Department pool on Baldwin Drive and continues through Saturday.

Local officials will welcome the athletes as the swim meet gets underway.

Last weekend, the host team Tift Area Tidal Wave won the GRPA's district championship.

 
IN SEARCH OF BETTER MELONS

University of Georgia scientists are assisting in a study to find a cantaloupe variety with less netting on the rind in the hopes that the fruit will be less susceptible to  salmonella and other pathogens that settle in the netting on the outside of the fruit.

Since the early 1990s, numerous nationwide outbreaks of salmonella have been linked to fresh, whole cantaloupes.

The UGA project is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant, with UGA's part of part of it totaling about $20,000 spread over two years. 

UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong is conducting the research on the Tifton campus.

"Some of the food safety issues that happened several years ago have put food safety at the forefront of cantaloupe production," Coolong said. "Hopefully, the research generated through this study will help us take another positive step toward developing a more sustainable cantaloupe for growers to produce."

Coolong, who also serves as an associate professor of horticulture at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of several scientists from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas who are conducting cantaloupe research with the goal of producing a quality melon with a different rind netting. Scientists in each of the participating states are studying different cantaloupe varieties.

This is a small part of a large research study led by Texas A&M University.

Cantaloupes generated more than $24.2 million in Georgia during 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development's Farm Gate Value Report.



TOURISM GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR EVENTS ATTRACTING VISITORS TO TIFT COUNTY

The Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association is accepting grant proposals under the Community Partners Program to financially assist projects, events and programs that bring visitors to Tifton and Tift County. 

Proposals are limited to two typed pages with a maximum of five pages of supporting materials. 
During the past 25 years, the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association has granted more than $850,000 toward assisting organizations to expand and grow their events. 

"We believe that one of the best ways to utilize the tourism funds provided and increase visitors to Tifton is to assist the volunteers who have successful events and programs and to help them grow and expand," said  Kathleen Moore, Tourism Board chairman,
 
Tyron Spearman, tourism Coordinator, said  projects must actively promote more visitors from outside of Tift County and not be a project for local citizens that simply improves quality of life. Funds must be used to promote Tifton and the event through marketing and advertising. 

Deadline for proposals is noon Friday, Aug. 3. Requests for funds will not be considered throughout the year unless a new event is organized. All grant funds must be requested at this time. 

Proposals may be mailed to the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association, P. O. Box 273, Tifton, GA 31793, delivered to the Spearman Agency at 115 West 2 nd Street, emailed to spearmanagency@friendlycity.net or faxed to 229-386-8757

Questions and proposals should be directed to Spearman at 229-386-0216


UGA PLANT PROFESSOR TO BE HONORED FOR WORK IN 
FRUIT & VEGETABLE INDUSTRY

Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable plant pathologist, has been named to the first class of Fruit + Vegetable 40 Under 40 Award winners.

Great American Media Services, publishers of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News, give the awards to outstanding young professionals in the nation's fruit and vegetable industry who are making their marks through innovation and leadership. 

Dutta will be honored at the Great Lakes  Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO on Dec. 4 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dutta has been part of research projects that have helped Georgia vegetable producers.
"This recognition means a lot to me, moreso to my vegetable extension and research program. I consider this achievement a collective effort of my team of field and lab personnel, county extension agents, industry cooperators and my collaborators from UGA and other institutions," said Dutta.

He also serves as an assistant professor of plant pathology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

In just a short time working on the UGA Tifton campus, Dutta has been part of several research projects that have affected Georgia vegetable producers. By demonstrating that growth stage-based, targeted, protective copper applications can reduce the number of sprays in a season, Dutta and county extension agents who focus on the onion industry helped Georgia onion farmers improve their management of center rot in onions. They recommended management practices with the potential to save growers $350 per acre.

Dutta has also been instrumental in providing watermelon growers with management options for Fusarium wilt disease



HUNDREDS REUNITE AT 'TIFWILAR'

Alumni and friends of the former Tift County Industrial School and Wilson High School got together last week for their 24th reunion in Tifton.

The alumni from the former traditionally black schools reunite every two years. The tradition began in 1990.



TIFTAREA ACADEMY CHEERLEADERS
WORK WITH KIDS AT TIFTAREA YMCA

The Tiftarea Academy junior varsity and junior pro cheerleaders visited the Tiftarea YMCA this week and helped serve children in our community while making a lot of new friends.



TIFT SENIORS TO DANCE TONIGHT

"Seniors Enjoying Life Forever," or "SELF," have a big dance scheduled today,  Friday, July 13, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center in Tifton, featuring music of the 1950s, '60s and '70s.

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.


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         . ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, JULY 13
  • GRPA State Swim Meet, 9 a.m., Tift County Recreation Pool, Baldwin Drive, Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 14
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m,-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • GRPA State Swim Meet, 9 a.m., Tift County Recreation Pool, Baldwin Drive, Tifton
  • "Water Day At The Farm," 4-7 p.m., General Coffee State Park, Douglas
  • "Farm to Flight Tour" - Kolt Barber and The Mercy Mountain Boys, 7 p.m.,  Grand Theatre, Fitzgerald
  • Movie Under the Stars, 9 p.m., General Coffee State Park, Douglas 

In Memoriam
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JULY 4
Mary Frances Adams, 62, Omega
Sandra "Joyce" Collier, 51, Omega
Hester Griffin Whiddon, 97, Ashburn
Reba Wynell Day, 79, Sylvester
Bonnie Gale Hancock, 63, Fitzgerald
Phillip Bowman, 63, Albany
Addie Perry Durden,  Sebring, Fla.
Carolyn Barber, 85, Sparks

JULY 6
Bernice Inez Hatcher Cromer, 91, Sylvester
Delbert Simmons, 56, Nashville
Linda Griffin, 68, Nashville

JULY 7
Pat M. Smith, 84, Valdosta

JULY 8
Robert D. "Bob" McGirt, 80, Albany
Tony Bennett, 47, Adel
Dorothy Stone Gibbs Turner, 93, Tampa, Fla.

JULY 10
Floye Elizabeth Sangster, 91, Odum
Fay Duke Brown, 92, Valdosta

JULY 11
James Allen "Jimmy" Paulk, 77, Ocilla

JULY 12
Katy Ruth Branch, 87, Fitzgerald



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