APRIL 11, 2017
TIFT TEACHER PREPARES FOR
HIS 40th BOSTON MARATHON
IT'S A 'MINOR MIRACLE,' SAYS MIKE BEEMAN
By FRANK SAYLES JR.
Tift County High School teacher
Mike Beeman will be among the
Monday, April 17, at the 121st
Boston Marathon, which will be Beeman's
40th consecutive appearance in the
the world's oldest annual marathon.
"I am thanking the
Lord for giving me the
strength to do this for
40 years, which is a
Beeman told the
Tifton Grapevine. "I am taking both of my
Melanie, 20, and
milestone. Reaching it
for me is
special because only
seven other people have done it."
on the list of runners with the
most consecutive participation since the Boston Marathon began in 1897.
"I intend to
keep going as long as my
health allows me to. It is been fun training this year because I have
Tifton who I
every Saturday," Beeman said.
"That, in some ways, makes it
easier. It only becomes
difficult if it is
Boston. This year the temps are supposed to be
40 years, the
races "get blended together," Beeman said, except for 2013 when the terrorist bombing occurred.
"When I look back, it is hard to
fathom that as a
college, I decided to do this and have
"I appreciate the
support I get from the
Tifton community, the
schools and my
The Boston Marathon is one of the world's most prestigious 26.2-mile runs. It is always held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday in April. It was
inspired by the success of the first maratho
n competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics.
DOWNTOWN TIFTON NAMED
'EXCEPTIONAL MAIN STREET'
Tifton is one of eight cities being added to Georgia's Exceptional Main Street Program as a "proven leader in downtown development," the state
Department of Community Affairs (DCA) says.
Tifton joins a total of 16 cities "carefully selected due to the overwhelmingly positive impact that the Main Street Program has had on its local historic district." the DCA said. "From new businesses and job creation, to rehabilitation projects and downtown housing, these communities have set themselves apart with their annual economic impact numbers and focus on historic preservation."
Other cities in the program are Columbus, Rome, Thomasville, Valdosta, Tybee Island, Milledgeville, Bainbridge, Dahlonega, Madison, Greensboro, Moultrie, Statesboro, Newnan, Toccoa and Brunswick.
"These communities are united by common attributes that help make them the strongest commercial historic districts in the state -- a strong commitment to historic preservation and planning, stable leadership and active municipal support," said Jessica Reynolds, director of the DCA's Downtown Development office.
As part of the Exceptional Main Street Program, Tifton gets access to special one-on-one technical services offered by the Office of Downtown Development, such as strategic planning sessions, board retreats and work plan development, along with scholarship opportunities and discounted rates for training and design services.
Of 94 Main Street programs that participated in the competitive annual assessment process, the 16 cities "stood out amongst the rest," the DCA said. Collectively, they represent 473,200 citizens and eight service delivery regions.
COTTON PRODUCTION DROPS BUT
STILL COMPETES WELL, STUDY FINDS
University of Georgia student's survey of the
cotton industry finds that the
crop, once king in Georgia, can
synthetic fibers and will
continue to be economically and environmentally
feasible into the future.
For her master's degree thesis,
Shannon Parrish, a former
graduate student on the
UGA Tifton campus, set out to gauge the status of
cotton production and whether growers can improve the crop and minimize its impact on the environment. She studied how the
Georgia cotton crop compares nationwide.
is a major commodity crop in the U.S.," said Parrish, who studied under
, a professor in the crop and soil sciences department in UGA's
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
"I don't really ever see
cotton not being grown here."
The research study was prompted by global consumer concern over cotton's environmental sustainability, said
Don Shurley, UGA Cooperative Extension
cotton economist, who worked with Parrish on the project.
"Over the past
10 years or more, we've lost market share in cotton to man-made fibers," Shurley said. "Some people believe that loss in market share is, in part, due to the fact that there are consumers out there who think
cotton production is not environmentally friendly."
With funding from the
Georgia Cotton Commission, Parrish met with cotton producers across the state and studied their practices. She calculated data in the Field to Market Fieldprint Calculator, which
assigns a sustainability rating for a specific field based on seven metrics.
"Based on the numbers we have, I don't feel like you could necessarily say cotton is not sustainable," Parrish said. "Cotton is competing with synthetic fibers, so what's to say production of synthetic fibers is 100-percent sustainable?"
Cotton production in the United States has
dropped in recent years. Cotton was planted on
8.56 million acres in
22.5 percent from
2014 and the lowest level in
33 years, according to the
UGA Extension 2016 Georgia Cotton Production Guide.
UGA Extension also reported
Georgia's cotton acreage dropped
19 percent in
2015. Georgia cotton was worth
$713.1 million in farm gate value in
2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16
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Special extended hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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5 Springhill Drive E. (off
U.S. Highway 82)
Springhill Country Club,
AS MEMBER OF ABAC's '64 STATE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM
Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Tyron Spearman, left, was honored Friday night during homecoming festivities as a member of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's 1964 Stallion state championship basketball team,
which was inducted into the college's Athletic Hall of Fame.
At right is Chamber Vice President Chris Beckham congratulating Spearman.
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CHARLES SPENCER STUDENTS SCORE WELL
GEORGIA 'ECON GAMES'
Charles Spencer Elementary students recently took top honors at the
Econ Games presented by the
Georgia Council on Economic Education. This was the first time the games were held in
Georgia and were based on competitions held in
Fourth- and fifth-graders from around the state were invited.
Charles Spencer's two fifth-grade teams took first and second place
in their division, while the school's
in its division.
The event consisted of three rounds: An assembly-line activity efficiently producing Thank You cards according to a set of instructions; a test on the economics standards for their grade level.; and development of an idea for goods or a service that could be used to help blueberry farmers save their crops from unexpected freezes. The teams then presented their ideas to a panel of judges in a "Shark Tank" style.
"We are incredibly proud of our students," said Principal Tammy Corbin at Charles Spencer Elementary. "They showed great teamwork to be able to take home these awards."
The mission of the Georgia Council on Economic Education is to help teachers teach economics, including hosting competitions that teachers can use to help get students excited about learning economics.
AG MUSEUM HOSTING TRADITIONAL
JAPANESE TEA CEREMONY
A traditional Japanese tea ceremony will be observed at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in the Peanut Museum at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture.
The ceremony will be presented by the Japanese Consulate and the Japan-America Cultural Society of Georgia.
The Japanese tea ceremony celebrates the traditional rite of tea that has been part of Japanese culture for more than 1,000 years. The chawan, or tea bowl, is the vessel used for preparing and drinking tea. Historically from China, the Japanese adopted the form to recognize and elevate their culture through the centuries.
The Ag Museum is joining with Tifton's Plough Gallery on College Avenue which, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, will have on display, juried tea bowls and teapots from across the United States and from Japan and Thailand.
Admission to the gallery exhibit and tea ceremony are
free and open to the community.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Chance Veazey State Farm Insurance
1601 Highway 41 North, Tifton
Miss Rita's School Mobile
This Summer, Take Only Six Weeks to a Better Grade!
Private Tutoring - 401 N. Ridge Ave., Tifton
CALL OR TEXT
FOR SESSIONS BEGINNING
JUNE 12 - JULY 21
Miss Rita will be in Tifton
on Tuesday, May 30
Call or Text to Register and
Make an Appointment
to see Miss Rita for Student Testing and to Obtain Materials
Patience * Persistence
GA & FL Certified Reading Specialist
References available upon request
Pool party on June 24
for registered students
at Tift County Rec Pool!
Miss Rita's Tutor Room has been operating in Manatee and Sarasota counties in Florida for the past 40-plus years.
She brings to Tifton her teaching talents as a Reading Specialist through Miss Rita's School Mobile, and is eager to build a strong foundation in the youths who are struggling readers.
Other areas of expertise include math, language arts and violin.
Serving the Tiftarea since 2009
Tift County 4-H members wear blue to show their support for child abuse prevention.
TIFTON WEARS BLUE TO SUPPORT CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Tiftarea residents wore
Friday to show a commitment to
keep kids safe.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Individuals and organizations across Georgia were asked to make a "visible commitment to preventing child abuse and supporting strong families and healthy children throughout the state."
ABAC ALUMNI GROUP NAMES WILLIAM BOWEN OUTSTANDING BUSINESS LEADER
William Bowen Jr. of Tifton received the Outstanding Business Leader Award from the ABAC Alumni Association Friday night at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Bowen is the fourth-generation owner of Bowen-Donaldson Home for Funerals and the fifth-generation owner of Bowen Farms. He is also a managing partner in Fulwood Family Partnership, which is involved in real estate and farming.
The Outstanding Business Leader Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional achievement, community service and service to the College.
Bowen has served as chair of the ABAC Foundation Board of Trustees, president of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce and on the board of Tift Regional Health Systems. He is a 1985 ABAC graduate.
Bowen was named the Outstanding Young Alumnus of ABAC in 1988. He is a Paul Harris Fellow in the Tifton Rotary Club and has been selected for the Georgia Trend Magazine 40 Under 40. He also has received the Outstanding Forest Steward Certified Forest Stewardship Award and the Georgia Agri-Leaders Circle of Leadership Award.
The Chamber of Commerce presented Bowen with the DeNean Stafford Distinguished Service Award in 2005. He also received the 2006 Natural Resources Conservation Society Conservationist of the Year Award. He is a former president of the Georgia Funeral Directors Association and a graduate of the Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum. He is a graduate of Leadership Tifton and Leadership Georgia.
Bowen served on the 2001 ABAC Presidential Search Committee and was the chair of the 2006 Presidential Search Committee. He holds an undergraduate degree in management from the University of Georgia and an associate degree in Mortuary Science from Gupton-Jones.
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