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   May 6, 2016
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STATE BOE APPROVES TIFT 
AS CHARTER SCHOOL SYSTEM
LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HAVE MORE FLEXIBILITY

By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tifton Grapevine

The State Board of Education on Thursday approved the Tift County School System as a Georgia Charter System

According to the State BOE, a  charter system is a local school district that operates under the terms of a charter between the State Board of Education and the local district, which receives flexibility from certain state rules and regulations in exchange for greater accountability. There is an emphasis on school-based leadership and decision-making.

"It's my understanding our board has to approve it in our board meeting on Tuesday," Tift County Schools' spokesman Stacey Beckham told the Tifton Grapevine on Thursday following the state approval. 

"A primary impetus for our seeking charter system status is to improve student performance significantly through the implementation of strategies that are currently constrained by state statute and/or State Board of Education rule," the Tift School System wrote in its application to the state.

As part of a five-year charter plan, the Tift School System intends to implement numerous programs designed to increase student achievement; among them:
  • alternative student groupings and instructional strategies;
  • a restructured school day and possible extended school day or year;
  • learner profiles and personalized learning plans to ensure that the educational needs, skills and interests of students are incorporated into the instructional program; and
  • creation of a competency and project-based curriculum that is flexibly paced, emphasizing 21st century skills and accommodating students' individual needs
"This new development signifies great strides in educational innovation for every student in the Tift County School District," said Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on Thursday

"Our charter systems nurture an environment that allows students to pursue a career path that is intellectually stimulating while giving them the tools to gain employment in their desired field upon graduation," Cagle said.  "This is an exciting time for Tift County , and I look forward to the great opportunities that the teachers, students, parents and community are sure to experience thanks to this charter approval ."

GAYLE COOPER RECEIVING 
GEORGE A. WRIGHT AWARD
NAMED A TIFT COUNTY SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

The Tift County Older Americans Month committee plans to formally present local volunteer Gayle Cooper with the George A. Wright Award for community service, designating her as a
COOPER
Tift 
County Senior Citizen of the Year.

At Monday's kickoff luncheon for Older Americans  Month, Cooper was said to be ill and out of town. Her sister-in-law, Carla Cooper, accepted the honor on her behalf. Tift County Recreation Director Craig Sowell said a formal presentation will be made to Gayle Cooper once she returns and details are worked out.

Leon and Caroline Benefield of Tifton also received the George A. Wright Award at the luncheon and were named Tift County Senior Citizens of the Year.

Cooper  i s a member of ACS -CAN (Cancer Action Network ) and has been a tireless volunteer for  the American Cancer Society and has held leadership positions with the Tift County Relay for Life Committee. She has  volunteered as a Pink Lady at Tift  Regional  Medical Center for the past six years and is an active member of  New River Baptist Church.

Cooper was  awarded the Georgia  Commendation Medal  -- the highest civilian award -- for service to military  families  during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Older Americans Month activities continue in the coming week with a "Blaze A Trail Luncheon" at noon Thursday, May 12, in the Leroy Rogers Senior Center  with an inspirational talk by  Bonnie Sayles of Sayles Unlimited Health Promotions and music by the Singing Samaritans.

Other activities are planned throughout Older Americans Month in Tift  County.

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SHENANDOAH PERFORMS TO LARGE CROWD AT THE TIFT

Multi-platinum country group Shenandoah  played  to a large audience Thursday night at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

The group's original members  -- lead singer Marty Raybon, pictured at left, and drummer Mike McGuire, right -- pose with Tifton's Austin McAlpin of McAlpin Entertainment.

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SGBC AWARDS SCHOLARSHIP TO TIFTAREA ACADEMY STUDENT

Elizah Huff of Tifton is the 2016 top winner of the $500 Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship from South Georgia Banking Co.

Huff was chosen by a regional panel of judges for her academic performance at Tiftarea Academy as
From left are Zachery Willis, SGBC's Ashburn City President Chris McCard and Elizah Huff
well as her long list of extracurricular and civic activities. Huff started her own business when she was 14 -- making and selling handmade soaps and scrubs -- and also bought and restored (along with her father) a vintage VW.

As STAR student of her senior class, Huff is dual-enrolled at ABAC and Brewton Parker College, and will attend Young Harris College in the fall.

She now competes for one of four Hester Memorial $1,000 scholarships chosen by the Community Bankers Association (CBA).
 
The Julian & Jan Hester Memorial Scholarship programs awards $1,000 annually to four deserving high school seniors planning to attend a Georgia college/university/technical school beginning the fall semester after graduation from high school, along with with local scholarship recipients.  

Zachery Willis of Tifton, the local runner up, is also a candidate for the CBA scholarship award. Willis, who also attends Tiftarea Academy, has maintained top grade point average while dual-enrolled at ABAC and Brewton-Parker College. Willis' academic record and extracurricular activities, some of which include wrestling team, Beta Club and cross country, contributed to him being chosen to compete for the scholarship. He will continue his education at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in the fall.


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CAITLIN SINGS ADELE

Tifton native Caitlin Carmichael, award-winning TV and film actress -- and budding singer -- was back in the recording studio a couple of weeks ago in California.

She loves singing Adele's songs, says her mom, Cathy Carmichael.

By the way, her accompanying guitarist in the video, Luke Colombo, did a movie with Caitlin last summer: "Operation: Neighborhood Watch!" that was released OnDemand, on iTunes and on Amazon on April 26.

Click the image above to see the music video of Caitlin covering an Adele song.

 
DOWNTOWN TIFTON A QUARTERFINALIST 
IN NATIONAL MAIN STREET CONTEST

The national small business movement, "Independent We Stand," announces that the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Tifton has been named 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.

Of 150,000 votes and 253 cities who were nominated, Tifton's Downtown was selected as one of 25  quarterfinalists. This next round of voting is  totally  dependent upon the number of votes collected online for each community.  

The voting continues 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

To vote for Tifton's Main Street, Click Here!


ABAC's TOP GRADS HONORED AT CEREMONY

Xiomara "Cici" Arriaga of Macon and Jacob Vagott from Centerville were selected for the top awards presented by the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Alumni Association during the spring commencement ceremony at ABAC on Thursday.

Arriaga, a rural studies-writing and communication major, was named winner of the ABAC Alumni Association Award for the top bachelor's degree graduate, and Vagott, an engineering major, received
ABAC Alumni Association President Chuck Scarborough, left, and College President David Bridges, far right, with Cici Arriaga and Jacob Vagott during commencement Thursday.
the George P. Donaldson Award for the top associate degree graduate.

Arriaga has been involved with the ABAC Ambassadors, where she held roles as both vice president and secretary.

Active in a number of campus clubs, Arriaga has a grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in 2016.

As a dual-enrolled student in both high school and college, Vagott received his college degree before getting his Northside High School diploma in Warner Robins later this month. He was living on the ABAC campus at 16 years old and quickly adapted to college life. 

"My experience at ABAC has been a unique one," Vagott said. "When I got accepted to ABAC, I had to convince my family that it was best for me to go ahead and go to college, even though I would be the only dual-enrolled student living on campus. Getting accepted into the Honors Program helped tremendously in convincing my family."

In his two years at ABAC, Vagott has been a member of the Honors Program, was named senator for the School of Science and Mathematics for the Student Government Association, and was a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club.  Academically, Vagott is an Honors Program graduate who made the Dean's List three times. He graduated with a GPA of 3.80.

A total of 289 graduates received their diplomas in the Gressette Gymnasium ceremony.


FAMILY PROMISE MEETS MONDAY

The next meeting of Tift Area Family Promise will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church's  Ministry Center 2411 Central Ave.

Family Promise is a 501(c)3 non-denominational organization for families in transition. These families are facing a desperate time in their lives, having children and not knowing where the next meal comes from or where their children will lay their heads that night. 

The public is invited to the meeting.



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The Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club is hosting the "Fashion with a Passion" fashion show at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, at Leroy Rogers. It will feature models representing the club's areas of work, for instance, Mayor Julie Smith and County Commissioner Melissa Hughes, public issues; and Angela Stewart, teacher of the year, education. The event includes a catered dinner, and proceeds benefit ABAC scholarships and Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County. Tickets may be purchased at Leroy Rogers Senior Center, Aero Boutique, Julie's Closet, Alphabet Soup or by calling 229-382-7525.

From left, Rotary Assistant Gov. Lee Massee, Jan Nestmann of Hildesheim, Franziska Walter of Hannover, Thomas Bochmann of Saltzgitter-Wolfenbuttel, Anne Ewert of Saxony, and Kevin Klausnitzer of Sechsohamburg stand with Tifton Rotary Club President Mike Davis. 

GERMAN EXCHANGE TEAM VISITS TIFTON ROTARY

A Group Study Exchange Team from Germany's Rotary District 1200 visited the Tifton Rotary Club on Wednesday during the group's tour of Georgia's Rotary District 6920. Each member of the team told about his or her hometown and their employment, family and hobbies. Their district is in the center of Germany and contains part of old East Germany and old West Germany. The country has 1,000 Rotary clubs and 14 Rotary districts. The clubs exchanged banners with the Tifton club.

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                 ...at a Glance

SATURDAY, MAY 7
  • Tiftarea House of Hope Yard Sale, 7 a.m., 502 9th St. E., Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • An Artist's Passion Passed On," 7 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
SUNDAY, MAY 8
  • HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
In Memoriam
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APRIL 28
Frances Barrineau, 70, Sumner
Mary Zelda "Jack" Griffin, 97, Alapaha

APRIL 29
Sylvia Brady Bryan, 69, Sparks
William "Buddy" Bryant Gaskins, 72, Nashville
Wanda Joyce Gray, 52, Nashville
Gene "Pa" F. Walker, 82, Thomasville

APRIL 30
Eugene F. "Buddy" Bailey, 74, Sylvester
Steven "Stick" Mancuso Sr. 65, Adel
Dorothy Alton Cumby, 93, O cilla
Shirley Gibbs Vassey, 65, Irwin County

MAY 1
Cecil Warren Hutchinson Sr., 85, Tifton
Charles Wilson Harbin, 88, Tifton
W.T. "Chuck" Sumner, 85, Lenox
Nathel "Nate" Jones, Tifton
Velma Iris Jefferson, 94, Ray City
Samantha Noel Guthrie, 24, Adel

MAY 2
George A. "Buck" Hitson, 72, Tifton
Darla "Sue" Hancock, 72, Irwin County
Dave Harper, 83, Berrien County

MAY 3
Eddie Lee Hall, 69, Sparks
Woodrow Wilson Kearce, 84, Adel
Ruby D. Daniels, 92, Huntsville, Ala.

MAY 4
Terry Randall Courtoy, 72, Tifton
Hansel George Steedley, 85, Tifton
Sarah Ann Hendley, 86, O cilla
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