Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
The Tift County High School athletics program has been awarded the 2019 Director's Cup presented by the Georgia Athletic Director's Association (GADA) for excellence and superior performance .

Tift County received the highest number of points in both boys ' and girls' sports and received the overall No. 1 ranking for Region 1-7A .

Twenty-five Georgia High School Association sports are counted in the standings each school year. Each school’s eight highest scoring sports for each gender are tallied in the Directors Cup standings.
For the past school year, Tift County edged out Colquitt County and Lowndes County in points to receive the Director's Cup. Tift ended with 667 points to Colquitt's 585 , and Lowndes' 558 .

Since the 1999-2000 school year, GADA has presented this award annually. Award-winning schools receive a trophy and a wall banner. The award is presented to the top male program, top female program, and top overall program in each classification .
Coach David Haire, Cader Lawrence, Mabel Scott, Dalton Billings, Carter Stone, Dalton Leger, Melvin Hines and Coach Tracy Homer as the Tift County 4-H SharpShooters team is introduced during the opening ceremony in Rogers, Ark.
The  Tift County 4-H SharpShooters, one of the  top 64 BB gun teams  in the  nation, has just returned from its  11th trip  to the  Daisy Nationals  in  Rogers, Ark.  The team members did well , and Coach David Haire received special recognition .

Daisy Outdoor Products and the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match , known as the  Daisy Nationals, during the competition on July 4, presented Haire with a special plaque "in recognition of more than 20 years of service and support of youth shooting sports. "

"I would like to thank Daisy for this surprise recognition ," Haire said. "I really enjoy working with the Tift County 4-H Shooting Sports program . There’s nothing better than watching a child succeed ."

During four days in Arkansas , teams of junior shooters from across the country competed in the five-meter, four-position National Championship match. This year, the Pierre (S.D.) Junior Shooters edged the team from Walton County, Ga., to take home the Gold Medal and traveling trophy .

The  Tift County team  was among teams from  17  states.  Each competitor  was required to  complete  an  extensive written test  that comprised  20 percent  of their  final  match  score . The  test  covered  gun safety, technique  and  match rules .
Destination Ag students explored the world of bees at the new observation beehive this year at ABAC’s Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village.
The buzz of children’s excited voices easily matched that of the bees inside the observation hive at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Georgia Museum of Agriculture recently.

The observation beehive is one of the newer additions to the Destination Ag program at the museum. It has also been one of the favorite stations for the record 10,980 students who participated in the program in its third year of existence. 

Destination Ag had a great year,” Museum Director Garrett Boone said. “We have the nuts and bolts of the program in place, and now we’re concentrating on minute details that will provide the best possible fun, educational experience .”

Destination Ag allows school children an up-close look at where their food, fiber and shelter originate. This year, students from school systems in Brooks, Irwin and Lowndes counties, as well as the Valdosta city school system, participated in the program for the first time. They joined pre-kindergarten through third-grade students from Tift, Colquitt, Cook and Berrien counties.

With an initial gift of $250,000 from the Harley Langdale Jr. Foundation to the ABAC Foundation , Destination Ag began educating students in September 2016 . In 2017 , the Langdale Foundation committed $1 million during four years to continue the program.
Tifton First United Methodist Church
is in search of a Financial Secretary who will maintain all general accounting and payroll functions of the church. 

General duties will include: record and deposit all contributions, prepare payroll and associated withholdings for church employees, maintain record of sick leave and vacation for employees, pay accounts payable bills and prepare monthly financial reports for Finance Committee and Church Council as part of annual budget process. 
This position is currently available as a part-time position with the possibility of being full-time depending on the experience, expertise and interest of the candidate. 

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

The Financial Secretary will report to the Senior Pastor and the Finance Committee Chairperson to provide financial accounting and payroll for all church activities.

Service attendance averages 100+ at 9 a.m., 200+ at 11 a.m. 
and 65+ at 10:42 a.m.  

Tifton, Georgia, is located on I-75 north of Valdosta and south of Macon.
 The population of Tifton is approximately 17,000
with an additional 23,000 living in the surrounding county.

Please mail resume and contact information for three references to:
Tifton First United Methodist Church 
107 West 12   th  Street
Tifton, GA 31794
The Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT) has begun work at the intersection of Southwell Boulevard and U.S. 41/S.R. 7 in Tift County .

As of today, all lanes of Southwell Boulevard are open, but drivers can't go beyond where U.S. 41 crosses , GDOT says. Caution is needed as U.S. 41 traffic is being affected because of traffic shifting and lane closures .

The lane closures will change depending on which approach is under construction . Also, large trucks are having to make tight turns so drivers are asked to leave them a little more room when pulling up to the stop bar.

The contractor is removing the asphalt and replacing it with concrete on each approach to the intersection, which will hold up better under the weight of heavy trucks . The work could take a couple of weeks to complete, and rainy weather will affect the schedule , GDOT says.
Tifton was among 36 cities to receive re-certification as a City of Ethics at the recent Georgia Municipal Association ’s annual convention in Savannah .

Receiving re-certification were the cities of Acworth, Barnesville, Brunswick, Buford, Centerville, Clarkston, Dawsonville, Donalsonville, Dublin, Dunwoody, Grantville, Helen, Hinesville, Hiram, Lakeland, Luthersville, Madison, Maysville, Meansville, Midway, Moultrie, Mount Airy, Mount Vernon, Newnan, Nicholson, Powder Springs, Reynolds, Sandersville, Savannah, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, Swainsboro, Sylvester, Tifton, Trion and Vienna.

The city of Crawfordville was recognized as the most recently certified City of Ethics.

The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance .

GMA requires cities with the designation to re-certify for the program, ensuring that ordinances maintain the standards of the program and city officials are regularly reminded of their ethical obligations as individuals and as a governing body. Each city is required to apply for recertification every four years .

A panel of attorneys reviewed the ordinances to determine if they comply with the criteria.
Front row, from left: Megan Cooper, Josh Fargnoli, Lead Skills USA Advisor- Tifton campus Tammy Barnes, Instructor-Moultrie IDC Ken Robison, and Skills USA Advisor-Tifton campus Brad Simmons. Back row from left: Jace Tison, Jake Rice, Felipe Rodriguez, Tim Minter, Logan Paramore, Skills USA Advisor-Moultrie IDC campus Stephen Mathis.
Southern Regional Technical College’ s competitors placed in the top 20 nationwide at the SkillsUSA Championships recently in Louisville, Ky.

SRTC's Josh Fargnoli placed fourth in his field during the competition , part of the SkillsUSA 55th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference , a showcase of career and technical education students.

The SRTC SkillsUSA chapter was represented by Megan Cooper of Norman Park , who competed in architectural drafting; Logan Paramore of Sylvester , who competed in cabinetmaking; Josh Fargnoli of Moultrie , electrical construction wiring; and the welding fabrication team of Jake Rice of Ashburn , Felipe Rodriguez of Tifton , Jace Tison of Doles and Tim Minter of Tifton .

During the championship , more than 6,800 career and technical education state winners competed in 103 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students worked against the clock and each other , proving their expertise in occupations such as welding and automotive service technology.

Josh Fargnoli of Moultrie and Logan Paramore of Sylvester each received Skill Point Certificates in their fields, signifying that they achieved technical competencies and proficiency on the national level .
The Family Promise of Tift Area meeting has been cancelled for July .

The next meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Dayspring Inspirational Church , 620 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr ive in Tifton .

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