Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
Tifton, Georgia
Teacher Lisa Forshee is surprised and speechless as Education Foundation representatives appear in her classroom Monday to announce her selection as a recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Award.
Ten  Tift County public school teachers  were tapped Monday as  recipients  of the  2018 Excellence in Teaching Award  by the  Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence .  

Foundation representatives, school officials and recipients' family members surprised the educators with the honor at their schools. Students in the classrooms joined in to congratulate their teachers.

The teachers honored Monday are: Lisa Forshee , eighth-grade math teacher at Eighth Street Middle School ; Mandy Barksdale , fourth-grade teacher, Charles Spencer Elementary ; Marisol Griffis , fourth grade, G.O. Bailey Elementary ; Jake Alley , ELM, drama, Tift County High School ; Danielle Hunt , second grade, Len Lastinger Elementary ; Gwen Robinson , third grade, Len Lastinger Elementary ; Tori Bennett , kindergarten, Annie Belle Clark Elementary ; Laura Pritchett , third grade, Annie Belle Clark Elementary ; Wren Davis , kindergarten, Omega Elementary ; and Amanda Lee , first grade, Omega Elementary.

The teachers are  nominated  by a student, parent, peer or administrator. In  February , the  Rotary Club of Tifton  will honor the recipients with an  awards banquet , and the  Foundation for Educational Excellence  will present the teachers with an  honorarium and a plaque

This is the  28th  year that the foundation has been recognizing  teachers of excellence  in  Tift County public schools , bringing the total number of educator honorees to  293 .
Gwen Robinson is shocked at Len Lastinger Elementary School.
Wren Davis with students at Omega Elementary.
Marisol Griffis, right, at G.O. Bailey Elementary School.
Danielle Hunt is swarmed by students at Len Lastinger Elementary.
Amanda Lee is overcome with emotion at Omega Elementary.
Jake Alley, left, Tift County High, is congratulated by Mike Brumby, director of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Tori Bennett is surprised at Annie Belle Clark Elementary.
Laura Pritchett gets kudos at Annie Belle Clark Elementary.
UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association President Van McCall, left, and UGA President Jere Morehead congratulate former President Jimmy Carter after his induction into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame Nov. 9 at UGA.
He’s easily the most famous peanut farmer in history, and he is now the first president of the United States to be inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

President Jimmy Carter was inducted into the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame, housed at the University of Georgia , last Friday, Nov. 9, at the 64th UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Alumni Association Awards.

“This has been the highlight of my life in agriculture , my induction tonight,” Carter told the audience.

“It’s my honor to join all of my friends who are here, and those who are not here, as a member of Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame. I’m very thankful to everybody here.” 

The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize individuals who have made unusual and extraordinary contributions to the state's agriculture and agribusiness industries.

“When you think of notable Georgia farmers, you can’t help but think about President Carter ,” said CAES Alumni Association President Van McCall . “But what most people are surprised to find out is how involved he was with Georgia agriculture before he ran for governor . He wasn’t just a farmer ; he was a community and agribusiness leader in Southwest Georgia and really worked to develop agriculture in that region.”

Carter’s agricultural background helped shape his public service ethic and drove him to help people, said Abit Massey , former head of the Ga. Poultry Federation and a friend of Carter's. Having Carter run for statewide office and then his national post made the nation take notice of what was happening in rural Georgia

“His symbol when he ran for president was the peanut , which people wore on their lapels ,” Massey said. “That was an example of what he thought about agriculture . It also indicated to people all over the nation that agriculture was important , and that Georgia was an important agriculture state.”
Collins is a historic grocery store in Tifton that was revamped to be a premier event space. Wisham Jellies crafts handmade, delicious pepper jellies in South Georgia, and their products are sold in grocery stores around the United States.

The concept of the Grocery Music Festival came after Milton Hall Jr. of Collins and Eric Wisham of Wisham Jellies recognized how much diversity is tied to food and groceries. These two owners recognize that when a person enters a grocery store, they enter a space filled with a chance to create dishes from various diverse communities which can ultimately result in an opportunity to experience a new culture.

The Grocery Music Festival is the recognition that we all, no matter our background, love two things: food and music. This festival is an opportunity to bring all our worlds together for a day filled with food, fellowship, laughter and music.

World War I was described as “the war to end all wars .” The conflict, which cost the lives of an estimated 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians, ended on Nov. 11, 1918 .

Dr. J ames Galt-Brown will examine “The Great War” on Nov. 19 in an Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College lecture entitled “Lasting Impacts: 100 Years After WWI.”

The 7 p.m. lecture in Howard Auditorium on the ABAC campus is a part of the new ABAC History Lecture Series which began in September.
Galt-Brown said the ABAC History Lecture Series touches on how the events and decisions of the past resonate in every aspect of our lives. Each event in the series is open to the public at no charge.

“This series explores issues both past and present and how those issues affect us each day,” said Galt-Brown , a professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences .

The timing of Galt-Brown’s address almost coincides with Armistice Day , which signaled the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month . Nov. 11 is recognized each year as Veterans Day .

“We have arrived at the centennial of World War I, a conflict so incredibly destructive that it remains difficult to comprehend ,” Galt-Brown said. “The enormity of World War I was such that it often masks its own aftermath.

“This lecture will examine some of those consequences on the proposition that World War I served as a foundation for much of the modern world in ways both obvious and obscure.”

Two other lectures in the series include Dr. Hans Schmeisser on “Henry Clay and the Making of America” on Feb. 28 , and Dr. Wendy Harrison on “The Georgia Chautauqua in Albany” on March 12 .
Fifty-one eighth-grade students took part in the recent kickoff luncheon for the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's "Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders: Kids," or "TALK" program at Colquitt EMC .

The group, comprised of eighth graders from Eighth Street Middle School , Northeast Middle School and Tiftarea Academy , will participate in a series of events during the school year, culminating with the group's graduation in May .

The TALK program is sponsored this year by AT&T, Colquitt EMC, Georgia Power, Heatcraft Refrigeration, South Georgia Bank, Synovus and Tift Regional Health Systems.
Jennifer Barfield 's fifth-grade class at Northside Elementary School in Tifton recently conducted an enrichment activity in which they created bracelets with their initials using binary codes

Here, the students show off their "binary bracelets."
To avoid losing their farms following Hurricane Michael , Georgia farmers need financial relief as soon as possible, says Jeff Dorfman , a professor and agricultural economist in the University of Georgia Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

South Georgia growers are still picking up the pieces after the hurricane hit Oct. 10-11 , destroying homes and agricultural commodities . The storm’s timing could not have been worse for the producers who were affected, as cotton, pecans, peanuts and vegetables were ready to be harvested.

“The timing of this was not good,” Dorfman said. “ Farmers have already spent most of, if not all, their money growing their crop. If you lose a crop at the start of the growing season, at least you didn’t put any of those extra inputs into it.”
Dorfman believes growers, who normally would have sold their crops by now and had revenue to pay off production loans, are not going to be able to cover those costs this year.

“We have at most three months, maybe as little as one month, to sort that out, but this definitely could put a lot of farmers out of business ,” Dorfman said.

Hurricane Michael caused more than $2.5 billion in losses to Georgia’s agricultural sector, the state’s leading industry , according to estimates from the UGA Cooperative Extension agents and agricultural economists.

“Until we know how much insurance relief we get, how much insurance is going to cover, how much disaster relief payments are going to cover, we won’t know how bad the bite on the broader economy is going to be,” he said.

Cotton and pecans are the Georgia crops impacted most by the storm. Pecans suffered $100 million in direct losses to this year’s crop, $260 million in losses from lost trees , and $200 million in direct losses for future income .

“It’s going to take pecans 15 years to recover ; that’s a pretty hard hit. And Georgia’s got a bunch of businesses that depend on pecans , especially during the holidays. We’ve got fewer pecans to use in other businesses now,” Dorfman said.

Georgia’s cotton crop suffered between $550 million and $600 million in direct losses. Poultry , the leading agricultural industry in Georgia, suffered $20 million in direct losses to houses and $8 million in losses to birds .

Georgia’s vegetables suffered $480 million in direct losses , while timber was dealt $763 million in losses.


The Keep Tift Beautiful organization is recognizing Martha and Vermon Bearden 's property at 311 24th St. , pictured above, as the residential "Beauty Spot of the Month."

Panera Bread , located at 1211 U.S. Highway 82 and pictured here, is named as the commercial "Beauty Spot of the Month."

Operating out of a temporary facility at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College does not deter Dr. Laura Clark as she takes on her new position as the director of ABAC Libraries.

“I am very passionate about libraries and their function in meeting the needs of faculty and students,” Clark said. “ABAC provides a high-quality education to a rural area that is embedded in the agricultural industry.”

The Baldwin Library on ABAC’s Tifton campus is now located in J. Lamar Branch Hall while the former home of the library in the Carlton Center is undergoing renovation . ABAC also has instructional sites in Moultrie, Bainbridge, Blakely, and Donalsonville .

Clark graduated from the University of South Alabama and earned a master’s degree in library and information science with a concentration in information architecture from Florida State University . She then earned her doctorate from FSU .

Before beginning her ABAC career, Clark worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture , the Leon County Public Library System , the Florida State University Library , and the University of West Florida .
The Tifton Junior Woman's Club holds it Fifth Annual Glow Run beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16.

The family event will be held at Northside Baptist Church on Murray Avenue .

The Glow Run includes a 5K and a one-mile fun run with participants wearing glow necklaces and bracelets .

All proceeds go toward the Junior Woman's Club scholarship fund as well as aiding the club's other community projects .

Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, overall male and female masters , and top three finishers in each age group. Ages 12 and under will receive a medal . Separate awards all be given for most creative team and best costume .
This is the second year that the Tift County Animal Shelter will be at the race with adoptable pets .

Participants may register here or at the event Friday.

The Tifton Grapevine is now publishing yard sales in Friday editions . The yard sales are text only, no photos , and is part of a list linked from the Grapevine edition to our web page .

The cost is $1 per word , and yard sales must be paid in advance via credit card or PayPal .

For information , email yardsales@tiftongrapevine.com
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