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JULY 28, 2017
Tifton, Georgia


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IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL
TIFT COUNTY OPENS DOORS ON TUESDAY

By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine

Autumn may be weeks away, and the steamy summer  continues to melt South Georgia relentlessly; nevertheless, it is time for the school year to begin again in Tift County .

Public schools open the doors to students on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The Tift County School System anticipates more than 7,700 students and has hired 65 new teachers for the 2017-18 school year. 

On Wednesday, a group of citizens and current teachers joined to  welcome the new teachers to Tift  County schools with an emoji-filled banner reading "Express Yourself in Tift Co."

For the second consecutive year, parents and business professionals in work attire are asked to gather at Matt Wilson Elementary at 7 a.m. Tuesday to welcome back students with cheers and high-fives.

New this year are "school uniforms" required for students in the county's  primary and elementary schools, adopted by the  School Governance Teams in those schools. Students in primary and elementary schools are required  to wear solid
Residents and current teachers welcome new teachers to the school system.
white, gray or Navy/dark blue collared shirts, and khaki or Navy/dark blue bottoms; jeans will not be allowed. Shorts and skirts  are allowed, but all uniforms must adhere to current dress-code standards relating to length, condition, etc., the school system says.

"We wanted to stick with school colors for the shirts --  dark blue, gray and white," says Stacey Beckham, school system communications director.

As in the past seven years, the community is invited to gather at any Tift County school from 9-9:30 a.m. this Saturday, July 29, for the " Annual Day of Prayer for Schools."Folks are encouraged to pray for "protection, provision and productivity" of our schools, their students, teachers and staff.

Motorists are asked to be extra alert next week as schools open and students will be walking along roads, crossing streets and getting on and off buses. Police remind motorists to obey speed limits in designated school zones.

"We are so excited to have our students back," Stacey Beckham says. "Please be patient as  we all adjust to new routines."

CONTINUING SPLOST
TIFTON CITY COUNCIL PREPARING PROJECT LIST WHILE AWAITING
TIFT COUNTY COMMISSION TO SCHEDULE REFERENDUM

Tifton City Council decided in special session Wednesday to move forward with listing projects to be included in the continuation of the current Special Local Option Sales Tax, or SPLOST, even though the Tift County Commission has yet to call for the public referendum.

Under state law, the county is tasked with scheduling the referendum for the  SPLOST, which has generated more than $60 million for local capital projects. Approximately 65 percent of the current penny SPLOST is paid by people who live outside
Mayor Julie Smith with Manager Pete Pyrzenski at left.
Tift County, said City Manager Pete Pyrzenski.

"Why would you want to jeopardize that?" Pyrzenski said.

County Commission Chairman Grady Thompson had initially told Tifton Mayor Julie Smith he wasn't going to call for the SPLOST vote at this time. But Thompson later said the commission will schedule it. However, when it was discussed at the last Tift County Commission meeting, commissioners delayed any action.

"We don't have much time," Pyrzenski told City Council on Wednesday. "We're up against the wall."

The city is hoping that the continuation of the SPLOST can be placed on the ballot this November.

City Attorney Rob Wilmot said the county is supposed to schedule a meeting with municipalities -- Tifton, Ty Ty and Omega -- 30 days before the county formally calls for the SPLOST referendum.

"I personally think we need to move forward as if it is going to be on the ballot," Mayor Smith said.


MOULTRIE GALLERY TO SHOWCASE TIFTON ARTIST VINCENT KEESEE

Tifton artist Vincent Keesee will have a one-man show of his works at the Colquitt County Arts Center Vereen Gallery in Moultrie.

"Dr. Vincent Keesee: A Southerner's Perspective" has its o pening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, with Keesee talking about his works at  7 p.m.
 
The exhibition opening and reception, hosted by the Moultrie Service League, will be at the Arts Center,  401 7th Ave. S.W. in Moultrie.

Keesee's show continues through Sept. 21. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

Keesee, a retired art professor at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College,
was born in Campbell County, Va. He studied art at Richmond Professional Institute (Virginia Commonwealth University).

He worked in Atlanta in graphic art and design, attending evening classes in painting at the High Museum of Art. 

Keesee then obtained a master's degree in fine art and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Georgia.



TIFTON'S DANIELLE HICKS
RELEASES ORIGINAL ALBUM

Tifton native Danielle Hicks has just released an all original 10-song blues-rock album, "Honey," recorded live at Plyrz Studio in Valencia, Calif., with seven-time Grammy-winning producer and engineer Jim Scott.

" 'Honey' is a dream come true for me. Before working with Jim Scott, I spent a lot of money recording at another studio, but I was never quite satisfied with the quality of the production. Now, I have a record that I am truly proud of, and that is priceless to me," Hicks says.
To hear one of the tracks on Hicks' album, click image.

"Jim selected some of the finest musicians in the industry so that we could create a record that is memorable and timeless. I hope you'll add this blues-rock/indie album to your music collection; I put a lot of love into it."

Scott has produced the rock band Wilco and has worked as an engineer with a variety of bands including the Rolling Stones,  Dixie ChicksTom PettyStingRoger DaltreyCrowded House7 Worlds CollideRed Hot Chili Peppers, Santana, Styx and Matchbox Twenty.

Hicks, a daughter of John and Jessica Hicks, is currently based in Savannah and has been performing since she was seven years old, singing with her father's local Southern rock band, "Mood Doc." She now performs throughout the greater Savannah area and the Southeast with her band, "The Resistance."

After high school, Hicks had moved to New York City to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and continue her career as a performer. She later came back south to Savannah and  has become one of the most sought-out and celebrated singer-songwriters along the Georgia-South Carolina coast. She is nominated to be on the cover of Savannah's South magazine, which will be chosen based upon online voting. To vote for Hicks, Click Here! and then click on her cover proof "E"  and name her and cover "E" in the comments section.

And to get Danielle Hicks' new album "Honey,"  Click Here!

EASTERSEALS HONORS BETH ENGLISH FOR 25 YEARS

Easterseals Southern Georgia spent the past week honoring and surprising its executive director, Tifton native  Beth English, for her 25th anniversary with Easterseals.

"Thank you, Beth, for the past 25 years! You have changed the world for individuals with disabilities and their families," the organization posted on its Facebook page.

Easterseals provides services, education, outreach and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play within their community.

English, who has a master's degree in  psychology from  Valdosta State, has also served on the  Vienna City Council for  20 years. She is a graduate of  Tift County High School.



THEATRE KIDS CAMP PERFORMS MUSICAL

The Summer Kids Camp at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts culminates with this week's kids' production of "Seussical Jr."

The live production musical opened Thursday and continues Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. nightly, and at 3 p.m. this Sunday, July 30. It includes elements from more than a dozen Dr. Seuss books. The "Cat in the Hat'' serves as the narrator.

Tickets will be available at the theatre box office 45 minutes before each performance and online at Freshtix.com

REP. AUSTIN SCOTT WORKING ON NAFTA
VIDEO: Rep. Scott speaks at NAFTA hearing

The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture on  Wednesday held a  hearing on  renegotiating the  North American Free Trade Agreement , or  NAFTA .

Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton, a member of the committee, said, "One of the biggest concerns I have while we renegotiate the NAFTA is the adjustment of existing frameworks to improve our nation's trade, in particular when it comes to achieving greater opportunities for poultry in Canada and specialty crops in Mexico without disrupting our current market access."

Scott said he looks forward to "working with my colleagues to craft an agreement that will work on behalf of our nation's producers and not against them" to make it the best deal possible for farmers and ranchers.


AG & ENGINEERING DISCUSSION AT UGA TIFTON

"The Interface of Agriculture ad Engineering," an open discussion, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton.

Because a  growing number of challenges in agriculture may require engineering-based solutions, the discussion will focus on how agriculture and engineering will converge in the years ahead.

The event is hosted by the University of Georgia's 
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the  College of Engineering.

LARGE CROWD ATTENDS RESOURCE FAIR
AND SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY

This year's Community Resource Fair & School Supply Giveaway attracted the largest crowd ever to attend the annual event, estimated at more than 700 people.

The fair at the Tift County Recreation Department provided information, free school supplies and a limited number of free school uniforms, which are required in lower grades this year.

This was the seventh year of the event coordinated by the Tift County Commission on Children & Youth.

 
TIFTON FIRE DEPARTMENT VISITS YMCA SUMMER CAMP

Members of the City of Tifton Fire Department this week met with kids and brought a fire truck to the Tiftarea YMCA's summer camp, which ended this week.

YOUR WEEKEND 
. ..at a Glance

FRIDAY, JULY 28
  • 'Stuff the Bus' with school supplies, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, Tifton
  • 'Seussical Jr.,' 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, JULY 29
  • Kickoff to Men's Health, 8-11:30 a.m., Tift Regional Community Events Center, Carpenter Road, Tifton
  • Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
  • 'Annual Day of Prayer for Schools,' 9-9:30 a.m., various Tift County public schools
  • City of Tifton Surplus Property Auction, 10 a.m., Walker Complex, 1000 Armour Road, Tifton
  • Stay in School Rally, Noon-3 p.m., Tift County Recreation Department, Victory Drive, Tifton
  • Rock the Block Beach Party, 6-10 p.m., First Street, Downtown Tifton
  • SRTC Foundation's 'Dueling Pianos: A Southern Soiree,' 6 p.m., Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie
  • 'Seussical Jr.,' 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SUNDAY, JULY 30
  • 'Seussical Jr.,' 3 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
In Memoriam
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JULY 21
Dorothy "Dot" Jordan, 85, Tifton
Judith Pearl "Judy" Parrish, 80, Brunswick
Jannigje "Jeanne" Hardeman Morris, 68, Ocilla
Peggy Sue Stone, 59, Nashville

JULY 22
Verna Copeland King, 88, Tifton
Mary Watson Nelms, 81, Fitzgerald
Helen Milligan Dunn, 77, Fitzgerald
Dennis Delaney, 77, Adel

JULY 23
Jacquelyn Marie "Jackie" Connell, 65, Lake City, Fla.

JULY 24
Dr. Ronald Watson Faircloth, 76, Tifton
Frances Mae Celinski, 70, Sylvester
Mavis Hooton Harrell, 94, Nashville
Kimberly McClellan, 46, Nashville

JULY 25
Sara Mae Steadman Roberts, 62, Tifton
Dorothy Rowland Tucker, 86, Quitman

JULY 26
Elizabeth Dukes Ferguson, 81, Lake City, Fla.

JULY 27
Eve Tyson Longstreet, 68, Tifton
Marie Allbritton, 66, Sylvester

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