Aug. 19, 2016
           Tifton, Georgia

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Local high school football programs are doing more than teaching gridiron techniques and seeking to win games; they are also working to develop local youths. 

That's the message the  head coaches of Tiftarea Academy and Tift County High gave Thursday to Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce members.

"We try to instill lifelong lessons," Tiftarea Coach Tully Payne said. "We understand that academics come first."

Tift County High Coach Ashley Anders said his staff tells the football team, "We're going to develop you physically, academically and socially."

At the Chamber's monthly membership meeting, Anders also said that "South Georgia football is as good as it is anywhere else in the country."

Anders said the Tift County High Blue Devils have 104 varsity players on its roster, with 23 seniors and 45 juniors.

"We have a great tough schedule," the Blue Devils coach said. "We're looking forward to a a long and great season."

Payne noted that Tiftarea Academy has 28 players on its roster with four seniors and three juniors. "Our season outlook is: We're young," he said.

"When your football season goes good, your school year goes good," the Tiftarea coach said. "Everybody wants results now. Well, hang on; it's coming. We've got a great freshman class."


Symphonies, jazz, and dramatic performances are all included in the seven events of this year's "ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series" at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.   

ABAC Arts Connection Director Wayne Jones said the 2016-17 series kicks off with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 11 at 3 p.m. at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center. The symphony features pianist Martha Thomas.

Guitarist Shaun Hopper will play in ABAC's Howard Auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Hopper is one of the finest acoustic-fingerstyle guitar players in America. Born and raised in Adel, he merges complex
Derek Evans transforms into Teddy Roosevelt on Nov. 6 as part of the "ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series."
melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a mix of percussive elements that include covers from Chet Atkins, Queen and The Beatles.

Derek Evans brings his one-man show on Teddy Roosevelt, "The Man in the Arena," to Howard Auditorium at 3 p.m. Nov. 6.  Evans transforms into America's 26th president

Evans brings the American icon alive, showing Roosevelt's courage, honesty, character, energy and vision for this country.

The Olney Theatre Center's National Players will stage John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" as part of the company's 68th national tour at 7 p.m. Feb. 2, 2017. The Olney Theatre Center is located in Montgomery County, Md.

Noted pianist Read Gainsford performs at 7 p.m. Feb. 23, 2017.  Known as "Pianist of the People" his international career has taken him to theatres and concert halls on four continents.

The Albany Symphony Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. March 26, 2017, at the TCHS Performing Arts Center. The orchestra will perform with choirs from ABAC, Southwest Civic Chorus of Americus, Georgia Southwestern State University, Middle Georgia State University, the Albany Chorale and Albany State University.

Trumpet player Terell Stafford will be guest performer for the annual ABAC Jazz Festival at 7 p.m. April 20. Based in New York, he will be the featured soloist with the ABAC Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas Heflin.

For information, call 229-391-4895.

Tickets Available at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center and at 
the Tifton-Tift County Public Library

$80 per person for Dinner & Show; $35 for Show Only

For information, call 229-848-7043

Operation Injured & Disabled Soldiers, or "OIDS," a  Tifton nonprofit group, is organizing a
motorcycle ride Saturday, Aug. 20, to benefit local injured veterans.

The poker run involves  motorcyclists who collect playing cards at several stops, with the best poker hand shown at the last stop.

The ride begins at 10 a.m. at Tifton's Harley Davidson. There follows stops  in Warwick, Lake Blackshear and then back in Tifton.

The best poker hand wins a prize at end.

For more information about the Poker Run and the Operation Injured & Disabled Soldiers group, email


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Executive Chef David Scarbrough of Tifton's The Local Kitchen + Bar restaurant on Main Street is competing against other chefs for an exclusive spot in the professional cooking competition at the annual Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival.
By voting for The Local Kitchen + Bar under the "Plantation Trace" state tourism region, you can help the Tifton restaurant get one step closer to showcasing its shrimp and grits recipe in the cooking finals to determine "Georgia's Best Shrimp & Grits."
Voting ends at 5 p.m. today, Friday, Aug. 19. You may vote by Clicking Here!
In each region, the restaurant with the most votes will be named regional champion, with one of its top chefs then heading to the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival to compete against the other regional winners in the professional cooking competition on Sunday, Sept. 18. Only nine chefs will be chosen.

A dish at The Local Kitchen + Bar was recently named "100 Plates that Locals Love" by Georgia Department of Economic Development's Tourism division and featured in the state's new culinary guide, "Georgia Eats." 


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Georgia's top peanut producers celebrated their accomplishments and thanked the University of Georgia's Peanut Team for their assistance during the Georgia Peanut Achievement Club meeting Aug. 12-14 on Jekyll Island.

"Having UGA's input really helps out because they give us good recommendations. They tell us what's working as far as chemicals and what's not, and show us what we need to be looking out for as far as certain diseases and certain pests," said Tift County farmer Andrew Grimes.

Grimes, one of 12 farmers recognized at the event for achieving the top yields in the state, produced 6,233.1 pounds per acre on 285.5 acres last year. 

He was recognized as the District IV winner for the 100-299.9-acre category.

UGA Cooperative Extension peanut agronomist Scott Monfort said the 12 winning farmers averaged around 6,500 pounds of peanuts per acre. Compared to the state average of 4,470 pounds per acre, Georgia's top farmers grew almost a ton above the state average.

"We are very pleased that not only the state faculty, but extension agents in each county work very much hand in hand with all these growers," Monfort said. "Producers are using our recommendations, but they're also providing us with feedback on problematic things going on in their farms. That, in turn, guides some of the research for us."

The state's overall winner was Eddie Miller Jr., representing Miller Farms in Seminole County. In the statewide category of farms with 300 or more acres, Miller Farms produced 7,063.1 pounds per acre on 918 acres. In the statewide 100-299-acre category, John Gaines Jr., of Baker County was the overall winner with 6,935.5 pounds per acre on 138 acres.

Other local winners included Hulin Reeves Jr. of Ben Hill County with 6,237.7 pounds per acre on 581.8 acres;  Art Dorminy of Irwin County, with 6,558.4 pounds per acre on 303 acres; and  Sayer Farms of Irwin County with 5,614.9 pounds per acre on 797.5 acres.


The 16th Annual Ag Classic Golf Tournament at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will be held Sept. 26 at ABAC's Forest Lakes Golf Course. There will be an 8 a.m. flight and a 1 p.m. flight. A lunch will be served between flights.

The tournament is hosted by the ABAC Ag Alumni Council and the School of Agriculture and Natural golf5.jpg Resources to generate scholarship funds for students in that area of study. The student scholarship money is raised by tournament sponsorships and player registration fees.

Open to the first 100 golfers, the tournament will be a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Prizes will be awarded to the first and second place teams in each flight. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drive, hole-in-one, and closest shot to the pin on designated holes.

The Ag Classic's ball drop event will be back for its third year. Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls for a small fee for a chance to win.

For information, contact Vonda Fenn, 229-391-5067, or

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Honor those who are fighting cancer and remember those whose battle was lost by donating to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with your purchase of a Lights of Hope luminary bag. 

Your donation of $10 or more per bag will help the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urge lawmakers to make the fight against cancer a national priority. 

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  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers football @ Georgia Christian, 8 p.m., Dasher
  • Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
  • Community Cookout, 9 a.m.-Noon, Mott-Litman Park, Emerson O Bynes Ave., Tifton
  • Poker Run, 10 a.m., Harley-Davidson, Tifton
  • A Night of Southern Gospel, 6 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton

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Carnell Bloodworth , 67, Tifton
Ruth Taylor Harris, 76, West Berrien
Matthew Clifton Solomon, infant, Nashville
Janet Hobby Cooper, 84, Ashburn

AUG. 13
Ouidafa Conner Smith, 88, Ashburn

AUG. 14
J.C. Livingston, 96, Tifton
Laverne Bishop Kerr, 82, Tifton
Henry Clark Smith, 73, Tifton

AUG. 15
Hurshell Pope, 80, Enigma
Alma Lois Price Godbee, 90, Duluth
Jackie Lee Black, 47, Tifton
Charles Ray Hon Sr., 97, Lakeland
Ronald Wayne "Ronnie" Wallace, 63, Ray City

AUG. 16
Rollie Bryant "R.B." Delk, 88, Tifton
Emmett "Harvey" Hatcher, 76, Tifton

AUG. 17
James E. "Judge" Su mner, 89, Enigma
Harry T. Cornwall, 83, Tifton
William "Bill" Everett Dean Jr., Tifton

AUG. 18
Christopher Milton Rousey, 40, Tifton
John Wade Chapman, 75, Cocoa, Fla.
Mary Frances "Frankie" Dix Wynn, 91, Tifton
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