RITE OF PASSAGE
TIFT COUNTY HIGH SENIORS GRADUATE ON SATURDAY
Tift County High School will
485 seniors on Saturday, the school's largest
graduating class, according to the school system.
Graduation is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Brodie Field. The processional begins at 8:45 a.m. Family and friends are asked to be in stadium by 8:30 a.m.
As of early Friday, there is about a 65 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9 a.m. on Saturday. The morning is forecast to be cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny later Saturday with a high near 84, according to the National Weather Service.
"We are actively
watching the weather to make a decision about graduation," says schools spokesman
updates for the arrangements,
text @tift2016 to 81010 (on your
smartphone) to be added to the
Remind 101 service. By doing this, you will receive
The final notification will be sent out no later than 7:30 a.m. Saturday, school officials say.
If there is
inclement weather, Beckham says, "We
don't want to relocate it (from Brodie Field) because then we have to limit the number of
people who can attend. We
may have to move
it to (later)
Saturday or Sunday
If the ceremony is delayed by weather and rescheduled for later Saturday, then the
processional will begin at 6:45 p.m. and the ceremony at 7 p.m. Graduates would need to report at 6 p.m. Notification of Saturday evening graduation plans will be sent out via Remind101 no later than 5:30 p.m.
The graduation ceremony will be moved to 7 p.m. Sunday at Brodie Field if there is inclement weather on Saturday night.
In addition to the text service, "we will post the decision to Facebook on the high school's and district's pages," Beckham says.
By the way,
umbrellas and balloons are not allowed in the stadium.
Kaycee Altman is this year's valedictorian, and Jacob Del
is the graduating class's salutatorian.
School officials request that family members in attendance
stand quietly to be recognized when their
graduate's name is
called. The audience is asked to
hold applause until
all graduates on a row are called.
EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY
Early voting for the Tuesday, May 24, primary
ends today, Friday, May 20.
Registered Tift County voters may visit the early voting location at the old high school gymnasium building at Fourth Street and Chesnutt Avenue until 5 p.m. today.
The polls are closed on Monday. On Tuesday, May 24, Election Day, polls are open 7 a.m until 7 p.m.
is a new congregation of believers in Tifton.
What makes us different? We have two pastors, Matt Strevel and Jason Jones.
We don't have a building; we meet in the Leroy Rogers Center.
We are aiming to
keep it slim and trim to focus our resources on the kingdom.
We have no
cliques, no long-standing traditions, no automatic programs.
We do have a
strong commitment to biblical teaching and practice; so we're not
contemporary and we are not traditional.
We just look to honor Christ.
have a place for you!
Join Us at 10 a.m. Sundays at Tifton's Leroy Rogers Center!
Our mission is:
FOR HIS GLORY
We are passionate about God's glory. In all that we do from meeting for
worship on Sunday mornings, to raising our families through the week, or to
going across the world on mission trips, our aim is to display the glory of
God's grace! Our main hope and goal is that God would be glorified
life of our Church family.
FOR HIS GOSPEL
At the heart of the Christian faith is a man suffering in the place of
people for their sins and then rising from the dead after three days.
who trust in Jesus are raised to new life with Him. We are a community of
faith that has been transformed by the gospel. In response we want to
proclaim that good news through every opportunity we have. We believe that
the whole of the Christian life should be centered on and driven by
news of God's grace.
FOR HIS GOODNESS
The goodness of God's grace has been poured out on us in so many ways!
now we want to share His goodness to the world around us. In love, Jesus
freely gave himself to us. In turn, we want to freely share His love to
others. We make it a priority to carry the gospel to places where people
need it most. We support and partner, locally and overseas, with
organizations which minister to the needs of hurting people.
Come learn more
about ways you can help us share the love
to the world around us.
MUSICIAN BUDDY GREENE PERFORMING
FREE TIFTON CONCERT JUNE 9
On Thursday, June 9, musician Buddy Greene, best known for co-writing the
Christmas favorite, "Mary, Did You Know?" and for touring with gospel greats Gloria and
Bill Gaither, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.
This free event is open to the community.
The "Evening of Entertainment" will be held during the South Georgia Conference of
The United Methodist Church's Annual Conference session
, which is June 8-11 in Tifton. The concert will honor Episcopal leader Bishop James King and wife, Rose, for their eight years of ministry to the South Georgia Annual Conference.
Born and raised in Macon, Greene brings a variety of Southern Americana influences to his music to create a hybrid of country, bluegrass, folk, gospel and traditional blues. In addition to his reputation as a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Greene has established himself as one of Nashville's finest harmonica stylists. His live concerts are equal parts hymn sing, jam session, revival and journey through his own musical history.
Greene collaborated with Mark Lowry to write "Mary, Did You Know?," which
quickly became a modern-
day Christmas standard, recorded by many of today's top
recording artists, including Pentatonix, Clay Aiken, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, Natalie Cole and Glen Campbell.
This concert is co-sponsored by the UMC South Georgia Conference and the Tifton-Tift County Tourism Association.
GA NATIONAL GUARD WILL 'BIKE 2 READ'
AT READ ALOUD EVENT SATURDAY
"Bike 2 Read," a community event this Saturday,
Georgia National Guard soldiers driving their motorcycles
from Atlanta to Tifton to support literacy.
The soldier-bikers will read aloud to children, along with the wife of Gen. Joseph Jarrad, who is commander of the Georgia Army and the Georgia Air Guard. The
Georgia National Guard's youth director will also be speaking about the book, "The 7
Habits of Happy Kids."
The free event is open to all
and goes from noon-2 p.m. at the Tiftarea YMCA's Hunt Park campus off Westover Road.
The children will get a special tour of the motorcycles and will get photos with the soldiers and their bikes. A lunch of hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and drinks will be available of the kids.
For information, call 229-516-3665.
COVERIS' TIFTON PLANT WINS 2 AWARDS
Coveris Performance Packaging's Tifton plant on
Southwell Boulevard recently won
two awards --
With the Supplier of the Year Award are, from left, Dwayne Outlaw, Active Mineral;
Gerald Zorn, Coveris;
David Nyberg, Coveris
Terry Norman, Coveris; Gloria
Kansler, Active Mineral; and
Supplier of the Year and
Supplier of the Year was presented to the
Tifton plant by
Active Mineral's International for going above and beyond to help them make sure any changes to designs, order sizes and shipping dates were made as quickly as possible, even on short notice.
Safety Award was presented to
Coveris by the
Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers' Association (PSSMA) and is given to plants that achieve the best annual safety experience based on the lowest total incidence rate in each annual man-hour category, with the
Tifton plant winning the
250,000 to 350,000 man-hour division.
These awards were
announced to the industry and presented to winners at the recent
PSSMA Production Managers' Conference in
Coveris is one of the leading
global plastics packaging companies, offering both flexible and rigid packaging.
Since its formation in
2013 through the
combination of five packaging manufacturing companies,
Coveris has continued to grow through acquisitions and operates more than
65 facilities in more than
20 countries. Its
Georgia plants include
Albany, Griffin and
Dick Storat, p
resident of the PSSMA, presents the safety award to
Jack Lee, Coveris' Tifton p
BIG LITTLE RIVER PADDLE RACE TAKES OFF ON SATURDAY
If you enjoy
kayaking or you care about
South Georgia's blackwater rivers, then you may wish to participate in the
Fourth Annual BIG Little River Paddle Race on
Saturday, May 21.
It can be done as a
race ($100 to first boat across finish line) or as a
leisurely paddle (scenic three- to four-mile course).
On-site registration is available on
event day from 8-9 a.m. The mass start is at 9:30 a.m. at Red Roberts Landing on Roundtree Bridge Road just north of Reed Bingham State Park in Adel.
The finish is about three miles downstream at the
park's lake. The
event is limited to the first 50 boats.
$30 per boat plus
$5 park entrance fee.
This is the year's only
organized fundraiser event for the
WWALS Watershed Coalition, a non-profit organization advocating for local rivers. It also helps support the
Friends of Reed Bingham State Park.
FOLKS CAN KEEP VOTING FOR
IN NATIONAL CONTEST
The national small business movement, "Independent We Stand," named the
Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton as a
quarterfinalist for the 2016 Independent We Stand "
America's Main Streets
" contest --
one step closer to winning the grand prize of $25,000 for downtown.
This current round of voting is
dependent upon the number of votes collected online for each community.
through May 29
. You may vote once every 24 hours.
"The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand 'America's Main Streets' contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive," said Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle.
Please note: Only one vote is allowed from the same computer network or wifi every 24 hours; for example, if an office of several people are on the same computer network, the contest will allow only one vote from that office network every 24 hours.
FARMERS FOR FOOTBALL CAMP OPENS MAY 26
A free, youth Blue Devil f
ootball camp for boys in g
6 is scheduled
9 to 11:30 a.m. May 26 and 27 at E.B. Hamilton Park, says Tift County High Head Football Coach Ashley Anders.
"Farmers for Football" is made possible by the generosity and support of Tift County agricultural businesses, Anders says.
The camp is
free to all boys entering the
first through sixth grade this
The camp is intended to teach
fundamental football skills
and is divided into two divisions -- grades 1, 2, 3 and grades 4, 5, 6.
Instruction will come from
Tift County High coaches
Team competitions will conclude each day of camp.
will be available.
Registration is required
for all participants.
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FRIDAY, MAY 20
- Last Day of Early Voting for May 24 Primary, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Old Gym, Fourth Street & Chesnutt Avenue, Tifton
- Last Day of School for Tift County, Tifton
SATURDAY, MAY 21
- Tift County High School Graduation, 9 a.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Big Little River Paddle Race, 9:30 a.m., Roundtree Bridge Road, near Reed Bingham State Park, Adel
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