Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Tifton, Georgia
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COVID-19
FIRST DEATH OF
TIFT COUNTY RESIDENT
The South Health District of the Ga. Department of Public Health (DPH) on Tuesday confirmed the first COVID-19-related death of a Tift County resident .

The individual was a 62-year-old female with underlying medical conditions who was hospitalized at Tift Regional Medical Center , the DPH reported.

“We are saddened to hear of the passing of another resident of our district,” said Dr. William R. Grow , district health director. “Our hearts go out to her family and loved ones during this awful time .”

This is the second confirmed COVID-19- related death in South Health District . Although there were a total of five virus-related deaths reported at Tift Regional Medical Center before Tuesday , only the one announced midday Tuesday involved a resident of Tift County .

As of the DPH's Tuesday evening COVID-19 report , there have been a total of 45 confirmed cases in Tift County . In Georgia , there were 9,156 confirmed cases as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with 348 deaths.

Albany/Dougherty County continues to lead the state in deaths with 56 . Fulton County has the next highest death rate at 39 . Lee County has 204 confirmed cases and 15 deaths. Moultrie/Colquitt County has 70 cases and five deaths. Sylvester/Worth County has 60 cases and three deaths.

Valdosta/Lowndes County mirrors Tifton/Tift County with 45 cases and one death. Among other local counties with cases and reporting no deaths are Turner , 19 cases; Irwin , nine cases; Ben Hill , six cases; Berrien and Cook counties, four cases each .
Second Harvest staff and volunteers distribute food boxes at Thomas County Central High School on Friday, April 3.  Second Harvest of South Georgia, a member of Feeding America, has been striving to combat hunger for more than two decades.
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK TO HOST TIFT
FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Second Harvest of South Georgia is hosting a mobile food distribution at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 9 , at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture , 1392 Whiddon Mill Road in Tifton .

“Typically, they give out 1,200 to 2,000 boxes of nonperishables along with fresh fruits and veggies ,” said community volunteer Jane F. Osborn . “ No proof of eligibility is required. Come in your car . Trunks will be opened for food no contact .”

Boxes will be distributed on a first-come/first-serve basis while supplies last.  Second Harvest of South Georgia , a member of Feeding America , has been working to combat hunger in the region for more than two decades .

The organization gets food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture , grocery stores and manufacturers , said Eliza McCall , chief marketing officer. Funding comes from the Georgia Nutrition Assistance Program , private contributions and grants , she said.
RED CROSS SETS BLOOD DRIVES
As the state and nation face critical blood supply shortages during the pandemic, the American Red Cross is hosting two blood drives in Tifton in the coming weeks.

On  Friday, April 17 , a blood drive will be held from  12:30-5:30 p.m. at  Tift Regional Medical Center's Events Center  at  1657 S. Carpenter Road. 

On  Monday, April 20 , a drive will be held from  3-7 p.m. at  Northside Baptist Church,   4605 Murray Ave.  

Click here  to make an appointment at either blood drive .
TIFTON EXCHANGE CLUB SEEKING GOLDEN DEEDS NOMINATIONS
The Exchange Club of Tifton is seeking nominees for its 67th annual awarding of the Book of Golden Deeds .

This longest running project of the Exchange Club of Tifton and the National Exchange Club recognizes community volunteers who give endless hours toward making their communities better .

“This is quite a big honor for a Tiftonite ,” said Betty Cromer , program chairperson. “They will join an elite group of individuals that have helped to make Tifton what it is today.”  

Nomination letters by friends, family or coworkers are needed. It is best when the letter is from an individual instead of a group. Letters should include information about how the nominated individual is helping people and programs in the community. It is important to illustrate a person's sincerity about helping their community with an exceptional track record of continued , unselfish giving .

The deadline for sending letters of nomination is April 20 . Mail letters to the Exchange Club of Tifton, P.O. Box 1621, Tifton, GA 31793 or email to spearmanagency@friendlycity.net  with the subject "Exchange Club Golden Deeds." 

For information , call Angela Elder at 229-386-0216 .
SRTC EASES REQUIREMENTS
FOR SUMMER SEMESTER
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) is suspending the placement exam requirement for college admission for its summer semester.

SRTC is also suspending the requirement that applicants provide an official high school or high-school equivalency transcript for admission to the semester beginning May 21

All 22 of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) colleges will be relaxing their admissions requirements to create a smoother path to admission during this time of upheaval.  

“As we navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times , we want to do everything we can to help our fellow Georgians pursue higher education without barriers,” said TCSG Commissioner Greg Dozier .

“By suspending the placement exam and official high school or high school equivalency transcript requirements, we are removing obstacles for people who otherwise would enroll at one of our colleges.”

In the interim , students may submit unofficial transcripts until the college resumes normal business operations . The students will then have the ability to submit official documents without affecting their current enrollment.

Though all campuses are physically closed , SRTC’s online application process reopened on April 6 . Prospective students may apply online at southernregional.edu/apply
UGA TIFTON CAMPUS STUDENT RECEIVES RESEARCH AWARD

Lorena Lacerda , a Ph.D. student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia Tifton campus , is the 2020 recipient of the E. Broadus Browne Award for Outstanding Graduate Research .

The award is to encourage research creativity and effective communication in students seeking master’s and doctoral degrees.

Lacerda received the award in the doctoral-level competition with her presentation, "Using Remote Sensing to Delineate Dynamic Irrigation Management Zones." 

A native of Brazil , she began her Ph.D. program at UGA in 2017 . Her interdisciplinary and international research project is a collaboration between UGA and the Israeli Agricultural Research Organization.

It is funded by the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund and the Georgia Cotton Commission . Lacerda's research project focuses on using remote sensing to improve irrigation scheduling in Georgia's irrigated cotton fields .
TIFT COUNTIANS WEAR BLUE
FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION
Many local residents responded to the Tift County Commission on Children & Youth's request that the community  wear blue last Friday to show commitment to preventing child abuse .

Audrey Williams and Maria Bueno , from left in photo, advocates for Ruth's Cottage and the Patticake House , wear blue while working on site to keep their emergency domestic violence shelter operating.

The pair also exhibit "social distancing" while at work.

 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month .
TIFTON GRAPEVINE'S PETS OF THE WEEK
The  dogs   pictured here are among several animals recently  rescued   by  Tift County Animal Control . If this is your pet, please call the  animal shelter   to claim,  229-382-PETS (7387).
Pets of the Week are sponsored by:
Branch's Veterinary Clinic
205 Belmont Ave., Tifton, 229-382-6055
GSP HANDLES 44 WRECKS DURING MARCH
State troopers from Tifton Post 13 of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) investigated 44 traffic wrecks during March in Tift County , the GSP said.

Traffic crashes resulted in 31 injuries and no fatalities, said Sgt. 1st Class Peter Lukas .
He said troopers issued 232 traffic citations in Tift County during March , including five arrests for driving under the influence, 81 citations for speeding, 41 seatbelt violations and 10 child-restraint violations. Troopers also issued 249 warnings.
TIFT COUNTY CONSIDERS BOND ISSUE
TO BUILD A COUNTY COURTHOUSE
– APRIL 5, 1912
Based upon a " mass meeting of Tift County citizens ," Tift County commissioners decided on April 5, 1912 , to order a public referendum on a $60,000 bond issue in order to construct a county courthouse . The commissioners said the courthouse will be built through "direct taxation" if the bond issue is not approved by voters .
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