MAY 11, 2018
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Thursday had the largest number of graduates to participate in an ABAC commencement ceremony in the 110-year history of the college.
A total of 304 graduates crossed the stage to receive their degrees.
Ginger Orton from Ellaville and Matthew Fisher from Tifton received the top awards presented by the ABAC Alumni Association during the spring commencement.
Orton, an agricultural communication major, received the ABAC
Alumni Association Award going to the
top bachelor's degree graduate in the ceremony.
Fisher, an engineering major, received the George P. Donaldson Award as the top associate degree graduate participating in the ceremony.
During her time at ABAC,
Orton served as vice president of the
Student Government Association and as SGA president. She served as president of the
ABAC Young Farmers. Orton served as reporter/anchor for
Stallion TV, copy editor for the
student newspaper and president/COO of the
"Pegasus" literary magazine. She was active in
The daughter of
Bob and Laura Orton, Orton was a
distinguished honor student. She received the James and Joyce Kirk
scholarship, the Carlton Smith
scholarship and the Student Leadership
scholarship. Her service-oriented activities included volunteering at the
Ga. Museum of Agriculture and
Wiregrass Farmers Market, Baton Rouge Flood Relief and as
a Carry the Load leg captain.
Fisher was a member of the ABAC Ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa honors program, Baptist Collegiate Ministries and Bee Keepers Association. He served as vice president of the Student Alumni Association. Fisher was active in intramural sports, was a math and science tutor in the Academic Achievement Center and was employed by the Ga. Museum of Agriculture.
The son of
Richard and Lynda Fisher, Fisher made the
President's List, Dean's List and Distinguished List and received the
HOPE scholarship and the Zell & Shirley Miller ABAC Foundation s
cholarship. Fisher is active at
Northside Baptist Church and served as a
Vacation Bible School worship leader,
Winshape Camp counselor,
Worship Camp leader and
"One Starry Night" performer/volunteer. He also volunteered for the
Peach State Invitational.
State Sen. Tyler Harper, R-Ocilla, an ABAC graduate from the Class of 2008, was guest speaker at commencement.
"Your degree will get your
foot in the door, but it's the
skills you learned in and out of the academic setting while at ABAC that will
earn you employment," he said.
"Keep learning, keep refining your skills, and above all never give up. When that dream job becomes available I have no doubt that you will be more than prepared to take that new challenge head on."
TIFTAREA ACADEMY COMMENCEMENT TODAY
Tiftarea Academy will graduate
43 students beginning at
6 p.m. today (Friday) at First Baptist Church in TIfton.
Class of 2018 has been offered more than
$1.6 million in
merit scholarships, excluding HOPE, and plan to attend a variety of
colleges across the
seniors took a lap around campus in their caps and gowns to celebrate as they were cheered by the student body.
Before the cap-and-gown walk, teacher
Jill Taylor was able to snap a quick photo with her former "kindergarten babies." Taylor taught the graduating seniors pictured below as they began their journey at Tiftarea Academy in kindergarten during the fall of 2005.
MOORE HIGHWAY SEGMENT
CLOSES FOR WIDENING
A portion of Moore Highway in front of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College from RDC Road to Zion Hope Road is scheduled to close beginning today for the expansion of that portion of the road to three lanes.
The road segment is expected to be closed for about
||Moore Highway in front of ABAC will be three lanes.
Paul Willis, ABAC vice president for finance and operations, said plans have been underway for awhile to
widen Moore Highway in
front of the ABAC campus, changing it to a
three-lane road from RDC Road, going
north to Zion Hope Road.
"The construction project will kick into high gear on
Friday, May 11, when Moore Highway will be
all traffic from RDC Road to Zion Hope Road," Willis said. "This will constitute the entire length of the Moore Highway widening project and
close the ABAC
parking lots behind the
Health Sciences Building,
Gaines Hall and the
Yow Forestry-Wildlife Building for the duration of the project."
Willis said the ABAC
north parking lot will only be
Perimeter Road from Davis Road during the construction.
"The contractor believes the entire project will be
completed prior to the beginning of
fall semester classes on
Aug. 15," Willis said.
'STAMP OUT HUNGER' FOOD DRIVE IS SATURDAY; VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The National Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger"
food drive is this
May 12 --
the largest one-day food drive in the country.
Residents are asked to leave items of nonperishable food out by their mailboxes, using bags
previously delivered by letter carriers or other bags they may have available. Nonperishable food means food in
unopened, non-breakable containers, such as peanut butter, pasta, tuna, rice, beans, cereal, canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups and other items.
The drive is always held the second Saturday in May, the day before Mother's Day.
The United Way of South Central Georgia is seeking volunteers to
show up at the U.S. Post Office loading dock, behind the Post Office building in Tifton, to help with the food collected.
"We need help when the mail trucks come back from their routes. The time frame would be approximately 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. or so. You can work as little as an hour or as much as five or six hours; it is up to you," says Pat McKinnon, local United Way executive director.
Help is needed unloading the food from the mail trucks and then reloading the food onto trucks of various agencies,
including the Salvation Army, the Tiftarea Soup Kitchen, the Tiftarea Food Bank and the
Coastal Plain Area Economic Opportunity Authority
OCILLA'S PRATER FESTIVAL HAS
NAMES IRWIN HIGH SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Ocilla's 4th Annual Dave "Soul Man" Prater Music Festival wraps up tonight (Friday) with a street dance and live music.
The dance is 6-10 p.m. on Cherry Street
, and features the Irwin County High Jazz Band, and Jerry Moss and the Southern Soul Band.
On Thursday night, during
a dinner at Irwin County High School, a
trumpet player who sings and acts was named the 2018 Dave Prater Music Scholarship winner.
Reid Griffin received the
This is the second year scholarships were awarded in honor of the late Ocilla native and R&B singer from the group Sam & Dave. The duo won a Grammy Award in 1967 for their biggest hit "Soul Man."
Ocilla began honoring
Dave Prater in
2015, and proceeds from the dinner, T-shirt sales and sponsors go toward
Irwin County High seniors interested in
pursuing careers in
Griffin told scholarship judges that "Music, theater and the performing arts are literally my entire life."
Griffin has been involved in Irwin County's band program for seven years. It is his rendition of "Taps" that has sounded over the Irwin County Veteran's Day service the past four years. He counts those performances as his greatest achievements because they help him give back to his community and veterans.
He said winning the
Prater scholarship was less about the money and more about the name.
Dave Prater and I share the
same hometown. I have kept that knowledge with me every single step of the way. It has been one of the
most important factors in my
success. It has been the
fire beneath me, keeping me moving
Griffin wrote in his application.
"I was told so many times that someone like me, who comes from a school like me, who grew up in a town like me, could never achieve the
goals that I have pursued. If someone like
Dave Prater could make it, well, someone like
Tifton Mayor Julie Smith, at left of proclamation, is surrounded by TRMC nurses.
TIFTON, ADEL MAYORS PROCLAIM NATIONAL NURSES WEEK
Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) is celebrating National Nurses' Week with mayoral proclamations in Tifton and Adel.
TRHS saluted its more than 875 nurses during the week-long observance May 6-12. On May 7, a nurses' celebration lunch was held at Cook Medical Center in Adel. Mayor Buddy Duke of Adel read and signed a mayoral proclamation in honor of the week.
On May 9, a nurses' celebration breakfast was held in Tifton at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), and Tifton Mayor Julie Smith read and signed a mayoral proclamation as well. The observance also included career day school tours for fifth and eighth graders at TRMC May 9.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RIBBON CUTTING
Bird's Nest Thrift Store
5 Old Brookfield Road
|Ruth's Cottage Nancy Bryan with donated items collected by GFWC Tifton 20th Century Library Club.
TIFTON 20th CENTURY LIBRARY CLUB AIDS
RUTH'S COTTAGE, AWARDS ABAC SCHOLARSHIP
GFWC Tifton 20th Century Library Club presented
1,013 donated items to
Nancy Bryan, executive director of
Ruth's Cottage and
Patticake House, during the third annual "
Fashion with a Passion" fashion show
||Scholarship recipient Nykia Griggs with club President Shirene Daniell.
Members of the club
April 28 at
Tifton Walmart as part of the
General Federation of Women's Clubs Georgia Statewide Day of Service in support of
domestic violence shelters.
Bryan told the group how much it meant to get
donated items so the shelter workers don't have to spend the shelter's funds on supplies such as
paper towels, bathroom tissue, trash bags, shampoo and other
Shirene Daniell expressed the club's
Tifton residents, especially the many
young men who took shopping lists and returned with donated items. "We were so impressed," she said. "You're raising your boys right."
Daniell also recognized this year's
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College scholarship award winner
Nykia Griggs. The club gives a
$1,000 scholarship annually to an exceptional graduating senior. The
fashion show features women and girls who support
community involvement. Many of the
volunteers in their
TIFTON'S BEAUTY SPOTS
Keep Tift Beautiful is recognizing Astro Exterminating Services at 103 12th St. E., left, as the Commercial Beauty Spot of the Month, and Dot Wilson at 2014 Central Ave., below, as the recipient of the Residential Beauty Spot of the Month for May.
CHAMBER MEMBERS SEE 'CUTTING-EDGE'
SURGICAL LAB AT SRTC'S TIFTON CAMPUS
By BONNIE SAYLES
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce members
Thursday learned about a
surgical lab at
Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) in
Tifton that is the
only one like it in
Georgia and is one of only
three in the
15 people toured the
Economic Development Department of SRTC's
Tifton Campus. Part of their tour included the
Surgical Tech Academy where
surgeons learn to use the
like this across the
, director for economic development at
, physicians are able to learn how to
newest medical devices
, such as knee replacements, without traveling to another state, region or country. Recently,
were able to learn a
for replacing a jaw to treat TMJ.
Certified surgical technicians are needed all over the nation, and the certificate program provided at SRTC is a
nationally based certification, Daniell said.
Katrina Bohannon, a clinical instructor in the program, explained how students are taught to count every instrument and piece of gauze before a
procedure begins and after to ensure no objects are left inside a patient.
Sherry King, the program chair, discussed how
surgery has progressed from open procedures to
robotic. She said that
telemedicine is already in place and that
telesurgery using robotics
long distance is the next step. She said
SRTC is adding an associate degree effective in
2021 to replace the diploma-level certification.
King said SRTC's
surgical tech lab in
Tifton is the
only one in the state of
Georgia. She said a local physician
compared it favorably to one in which he trained in
Las Vegas, with the benefit of being here in his own community. "He can be in his own bed at night instead of traveling across the country," she said.
FOUNDATION, PARTNERS AID TIFT PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence met
Tuesday and received a matching gift totaling
Prince Automotive. The
Foundation also made a
$5,000 donation to the
playground concept of
"Play, Learn, Grow" at
Len Lastinger Primary School.
In the left photo are, from left: Foundation Executive Director
Mike Brumby, Heather Prince Stripling and
Heidi Prince Massey of
Prince Automative, and Foundation President
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FRIDAY, MAY 11
- Tiftarea Academy Graduation, 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, Tifton
- Dave Prater Music Festival Street Dance, 6-10 p.m., Cherry Street, Ocilla
- Professional Cowboy Assoc. Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Paulk Park, Fitzgerald
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
5-7 p.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
- Professional Cowboy Assoc. Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Paulk Park, Fitzgerald
Ernie Kelley Sr., 71, Ocilla
Amelia Jane Griner Williams, 84, Ocilla
Lillian Murray Martin, 89, Thomasville
Rachel Juanita "Nita" Coleman, 70, Tifton
Nancy Carolyn Dorman Chappell, 64, Tifton
Gwynette Barber Powell, 83, Nashville
Willie Manus, 90, Sparks
Anita Jenkins, 87, Quitman
May Joy Miller (Joyce Jones), 84, Quitman
Donald Cleveland "Don" Dove Sr., 68, Tifton
Henry Lamar Hill, 72, Tifton
Bobby Wayne Tomlinson Sr., 66, Adel
Charles M. "Jack" Hanks, 87, Adel
Everlena Fulmore, 87, Sylvester
Gary Wrinkle, 76, Poulan
Jeanette Brogdon, 88, Nashville
Here at D Coleman Realty,
we would like to say "Congratulations!"
Tift County High School
and Tiftarea Academy!
FRANK SAYLES JR.
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