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      OCT. 28, 2016
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CALLING ALL GHOSTS & GHOULS

A spooky weekend is forecast in Tifton

As we know, All Hallow's Eve is this Monday, Oct. 31, and that's the evening that children will be trick-or-treating door-to-door in Tifton. But there are other Halloween-type events scheduled leading up to the scary night.

Among them:

Friday, Oct. 28

"Haunted Theatre"
7-11 p.m.
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton
Annual scarefest at the historic theatre, which has a resident ghost.
Admission: $7; or $5 with a canned good

"Haunted Tunnels"
7-11 p.m.
Bell Plantation, 7902 Magnolia Industrial Blvd, Tifton
Take a frightening walk through the tunnels, and prepare to be scared.
Admission: $5 

Saturday, Oct. 29

"Trick or Treat in the Village" 
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village, Tifton
C ostume contests, trick-or-treating, f ace painting, apple bobbing, hay rides, pumpkin patch, train-shaped corn maze and "Pumpkin Chunker" exhibition.
Admission: $7, adults; $6, seniors; $4, children 5-16 years old; free, age four & under

"Haunted Tunnels"
7-11 p.m.
Bell Plantation, 7902 Magnolia Industrial Blvd, Tifton
Admission: $5 

"Haunted Theatre"
7-11 p.m.
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton
Admission: $7; or $5 with a canned good

Sunday, Oct. 30

"Fall Festival"
4:30-6:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Tifton
Bounce Houses, concessions, train, hay ride, music and much more.
Admission: One canned food item and one bag of candy per family

"Haunted Theatre"
7-10 p.m.
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton
Admission: $7; or $5 with a canned good

Monday, Oct. 31

"Halloween Carnival"
4:30 p.m.
Tifton-Tift County Public Library, Tifton
Annual children's carnival with games, stores and treats.

"Downtown Tifton Safe Trick-or-Treating"
5-6 p.m.
Main Street, Downtown Tifton
A Tifton tradition: Visit the merchants and Trick or Treat along Main Street.

"Tifton Mall Halloween Stroll"
5-7 p.m.
Tifton Mall, Virginia Avenue, Tifton
Costumed children, accompanied by adults, go Trick or Treating from store to store.

"Trunk or Treat"
6-8 p.m.
Eighth Street Middle School Track, Tifton
Bouncy house, slides, games and candy. Children must be accompanied by adults. 
Sponsored by Union Grove Church of God

"Haunted Theatre"
7-10 p.m.
Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Downtown Tifton
Admission: $7; or $5 with a canned good

"Haunted Tunnels"
7-11 p.m.
Bell Plantation, 7902 Magnolia Industrial Blvd, Tifton
Admission: $5

POLLS OPEN SATURDAY
FOR EARLY VOTING
TIFT ALREADY CASTS MORE THAN 4,000 VOTES

Polls in Tifton are busy as early voting continues around Georgia, with polls open this Saturday, Oct. 29, for early voting in the Nov. 8 election.

More than 4,000 Tift countians have voted as of Thursday afternoon, say local poll officials. The polls are open for early voting from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 4.

This Saturday, the polls are open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. In Tifton, early voting is at the old gym on Chestnut Avenue.

On election day, Nov. 8, polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A driver's license or state-issued ID card is necessary to vote.

In recent presidential elections, Tift County has voted overwhelmingly Republican. In 2012, Tift countians cast 13,893 votes in the presidential election, with 66 percent going for GOP candidate Mitt Romney, 33 percent for Democrat Barack Obama, and 1 percent for Libertarian Gary Johnson.

TIFT COUNTY SCHOOLS
GET 'GOLDEN RADISH'

Tift County Schools has received the state "Golden Radish Award" for farm-to-school accomplishments during the 2015-2016 school year

The Golden Radish Award recognizes school districts for all aspects of farm to school, including local food usage and student gardeningDistricts were evaluated for 10 activities and is awarded at Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorary Levels.
From left, Public Health Commissioner Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, State School Superintendent Richard Woods, Tift Schools Superintendent Patrick Atwater, Tift School Nutrition Director Vanessa Hayes, Tift Schools Human Resources Director Kevin Dobard, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Georgia Organics Executive Director Alice Rolls at the Golden Radish presentation at the state capitol.

Tift County Schools is recognized for:

* Including local food on the school menu daily, totaling more than 1.4 million meals featuring at least one local item. 

Students consumed produce from school gardens and other items produced locally, including romaine lettuce, squash, tomatoes, broccoli and beans.

* Having edible gardens at 11 schools, including a 15-acre district-owned farm.
 
* Promoting student interaction with farmers at least 13 times during the year, including a district-wide Children's Farm Day when third-grade students planted, harvested and prepared food with farmers.

"Teaching our students about different foods through farm to school gives them exposure to fresh produce prior to introducing them to it in cafeteria, making them much more likely to try it. This program also helps them make the connection to where foods comes from and who grows it. Farm to school is also a great way to put dollars back into our local economy," said Vanessa Hayes, nutrition director for Tift County Schools.

The Award is presented by the Georgia Department of Education, state Department of Agriculture, state Department of Public Health and by Georgia Organics .



SURF, TURF & MIRTH
On Thursday, Oct. 20, approximately 170 local guests gathered for a special lobster and steak dinner -- and spirited conversation -- at UGA's Black Shank Pond pavilion in support of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence

The fundraiser helps the foundation support educational programs in the public schools and recognize local educators.

Singer-guitarist Stan Smith provided entertainment for the evening.

KIDS VISIT GA PEANUT COMMISSION FOR EARLY HALLOWEEN EVENT


The Georgia Peanut Commission (GPC) hosted a "Trick or Peanut" event Wednesday at the GPC's Tifton office.

Children received peanut-related treats as the Peanut Commission promoted the healthy benefits of peanuts as well as the creative ways they can used in in a wide variety of holiday treats.



Ms. ABAC contestants, from left, are (front row) Elizabeth Stalvey, Laurel Bell, Anna  Marie Pugh, Marisa Palmer; (second row) Misty King, Shelby Mumma, Delaney Foster, Kayla Brinckmann; (third row) Meredith McGlamory, Jordan Lowery,  Sarah Hughes, Rebecca Bailey; (fourth row) Shannon Kehoe, Samantha Humphrey, Ashton Lovett, Billie Ann Birchall. Not pictured are Jessica Casaday, Savannah Hartley and Madison Williams.     

MS. ABAC TO BE CROWNED NOV. 3

Nineteen contestants compete in the 48th annual Ms. ABAC contest at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Howard Auditorium. 

Sponsored by the Agribusiness Club, the theme of this year's pageant is "Through the Looking Glass...."  The winner receives a $500 academic scholarship.

Contestants compete in casual and evening wear, and will be judged on a written essay and an interview with judges.  

Mike Chason, public relations director emeritus, serves as master of ceremonies.

Proceeds from the Ms. ABAC pageant benefit ABAC scholarships, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and ABAC's 2017 National Agri-Marketing Association Team.


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'THE BIRDS' ROOST AT ABAC

"The Birds" have roosted at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the form of a Greek comedy. ABAC's Baldwin Players presents their fall semester production of "The Birds" in Howard Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29.  

Admission is free to ABAC faculty, staff and students. Tickets are $10 for others. Because of the themes and language, the play may not be suitable for persons under age 17.

Written by Greek comic playwright Aristophanes, 'The Birds" has been recognized by today's critics as a masterful work of fantasy.

For information, contact Baldwin Players' Director Dr. Brian Ray, 229-391-4969, or email  bray@abac.edu


TIFT CHAMBER'S LEADERSHIP TIFTON TOURS LEWIS TAYLOR FARMS

Bill Brim and his staff at Lewis Taylor Farms on Tuesday hosted the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Tifton class.

The Leadership Tifton class meets monthly to learn about different aspects of Tift County; this month's focus is agriculture

Lewis Taylor began farming operations in Tifton during the 1930s as a transplant producer for the Southeastern United States. In  1985, Bill Brim and Ed Walker purchased the farm. 

Today, Lewis Taylor Farms, located off Ty Ty-Omega Road, is one of the largest privately owned vegetable and greenhouse operations in the Southeast. It has been honored with national agriculture awards.

REP. SCOTT'S OFFICE HOSTING
LOCAL WORKSHOPS FOR SENIORS
ON MEDICARE PART D

The staff of U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., will host Medicare Part D workshops throughout the congressional district, including in Tifton and Ocilla, during the Medicare open enrollment period.

The workshops will provide seniors with one-one-one assistance. Medicare Part D plans can change each year and reviewing options during this period will ensure
 beneficiaries are enrolled in the plan that best suits their needs.
 
At these workshops, staff and volunteers will be able to personally answer questions and help compare available options. The Medicare open enrollment period lasts until Dec. 7 and is the only time beneficiaries can make changes to Medicare prescription drug benefits. 

Local workshops include:  Ocilla on  Tuesday, Nov. 15,  9 a.m.-noon at the  Ocilla Senior Center on  4th Street in Ocilla; and Tifton later that day from 2-4 p.m. at Scott's  District Office on  Central Avenue in Tifton.

To expedite the process during the workshops, seniors are asked to fill out the Medicare Part D enrollment worksheet available here. For information,  call Scott's Tifton Office, 229-396-5175.



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YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, OCT. 28
  • "Haunted Theatre," 7-11 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
  • "Haunted Tunnels," 7-11 p.m., Bell Plantation, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Panthers footballJohn Milledge Academy, 7:30 p.m., GISA playoff, Milledgeville
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
  • Walk to End Alzheimer's, 8 a.m., Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Georgia Sweet Potato Festival, 9 a.m., Irwin Avenue, Ocilla
  • "Trick or Treat in the Village," 9 a.m., Ga, Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
  •  Polls Open for Early Voting, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Chestnut Avenue, Tifton
  • "Haunted Theatre," 7-11 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing  Arts, Tifton
  • "Haunted Tunnels," 7-11 p.m., Bell Plantation, Tifton

In Memoriam

OCT. 20
Jack Clarence "JC" Howell, 86, Enigma
Doris Ann Laws, 83, Hahira

OCT. 21
Ryan Maurice Osman, 35, Enigma
A. W. "Broken Bow" Wilson, 80, Tifton
Thelma Parker Cooper, 77, Ty Ty 
Delores Downs Little, 74, Sycamore

OCT. 23
Dorothy Mae "Dot" Portwood Hall, 84, Midville
Leslie Alexander, 91, Fitzgerald
Sarah Marie Wilson McCard, 83, Ashburn
Guy Mastrario, 56, Ashburn
Glynn Eldridge Cook, 79, Ashburn
Ottis Dean Jr., 80, East Dublin

OCT. 24
Shirley Mae Thacker Skaggs, 78, Tifton
Geraldine Sumner Pritchett Stephens, 83, Ty Ty
Sarah Ann Tucker Ponder, 92, Omega
William Curtis Stinchcomb, 90, Fitzgerald

OCT. 25
David Richard Hathorn, 73, Tifton
Donna Marie Hill Green, 52, Conyers
Hazel Honeycutt, 86, Ocilla
Leacedric Hayes, Cordele
Billy Carroll Cornelius, 78, Nashville

OCT. 26
Lenazelle "Lena" York Brooks, 86, Tifton
Wayne Gibbs, 83, Adel

OCT. 27
Betty Hill, 79, Tifton


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