NOV. 18, 2016
Tifton, Georgia

Colandra Copeland is overwhelmed by the news that she is receiving an Excellence in Teaching Award. She was "tapped" in her classroom at Eighth Street Middle School.

A dozen Tift County public school teachers were tapped this week as recipients of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Molly Turner, right, gets a hug from foundation board member Tammy Griffin at Charles Spencer Elementary. 

Foundation representatives, school officials and recipients' family members surprised the teachers with the honor at their schools. Students in the classrooms joined in to congratulate their teachers.

The recipients tapped on Tuesday are:  Patti Dean, kindergarten, Annie Belle Clark Primary;  Stephanie Kimbrell, second grade, Len Lastinger Primary;  Tanesha Dotson, first grade, Omega School;  Lauren Duncan, ILC coach, Omega School;  Molly Turner, special education, Charles Spencer Elementary;  Kisha Rowe, social studies, J.T. Reddick School;   Colandra Copeland, ELA, Eighth Street Middle School;  Sherrye Chambers, science, Tift County High Northeast Campus;  Chanon Collins, 11th & 12th grade AP,  Language and Literature, Tift County High;  Jeremy M oore, AP & honors physics,  Tift County High.

Two other recipients of the award were not at school during the "tapping" and will benotified today of their recognition.

The teachers are  nominated by a student, parent, peer or administrator In February, the Rotary Club of Tifton will honor the recipients with an awards banquet, and the Foundation for Educational Excellence with present the teachers with an honorarium.  

This is the 26th year that the foundation has been recognizing teachers of excellence in Tift County public schools.
Lauren Duncan is surrounded by well-wishers at Omega School.

Local U.S. Rep. Austin Scott is one of two congressman in Washington from Tifton;   Democrat Dina Titus, a former Tift County High cheerleader, has been re-elected to Nevada's 1st Congressional District.

Titus, who grew up in Tifton, easily won her election last week with  62 percent of the vote.

Currently in her third term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Titus' district encompasses the Las Vegas Strip and downtown area. 

She previously served in the Nevada State Senate for 20 years and also taught American and Nevada government classes for more than 30 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  In 2007, she came  within four percentage points of being elected Nevada's first female governor. 

In a previous interview, Titus told this writer that her Tifton upbringing serves her well in Nevada politics. "Growing up in a small town where you know people" taught her to work with all types of folks, she said, "because you'll see them at dinner or around town."

Titus is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, holds a master's degree from the University of Georgia and earned her doctorate at Florida State University.

Her late father, Joe Titus, had once run for Tifton City Council, and her uncle, Theo Titus of Thomasville, served in the Georgia House of Representatives for many years.
~ Frank Sayles Jr., Tifton Grapevine

Thursday, November 24

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Reservations are suggested, and walk-ins are  welcome. 

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Official statistics from the University System of Georgia (USG) show that enrollment at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College has increased for the third time in four years. 

Recently released USG figures show that ABAC recorded an enrollment of 3,475 students this fall, representing a 2.4 per cent increase from the 2015 number of 3,393.  Fall 2016 enrollment in the 29 colleges and universities in the USG totaled 321,551
students, an increase of 1.1 percent above fall 2015.

"It looks as if the enrollment from Florida, South Carolina and Alabama has pushed us past last year," ABAC President 
David Bridges said.  

"ABAC is a destination college for most of those students since the majority of them are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs in agriculture. I think our neighbor waivers certainly played a role in those students' decisions to attend ABAC."

The USG in 2015 began allowing some colleges to waive out-of-state tuition for students from bordering states. ABAC used its neighbor waivers as an incentive, resulting in 259 out-of-state students, up from 203 in 2015. The college attracted students from 21 states, 26 countries and 154 of Georgia's 159 counties during the fall term.

The ABAC out-of-state enrollment is second highest among the 11 state colleges in the USG. The number of students from other countries also increased at ABAC from 33 to 49 this semester, representing the fourth highest among state colleges.

The USG report shows that ABAC is 53.1 per cent female. At 46.9 per cent, ABAC has the highest male population of any state college. The average age of ABAC students is 21.1 years.


The Iron Horse Singers and Dancers will offer a program of native American Indian songs and dances from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday  Nov. 19, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College .
GoNativeNow, a Native American tour company, will be back for a fifth visit to the museum. The company travels the United States conducting reenactments, providing demonstrations, hosting campouts and spotlighting The Iron Horse Singers and Dancers, who perform in native American regalia.

Museum visitors during the event may explore native American culture through viewing GoNativeNow's encampment. They will see a comparison between Eastern and Western tribes from both the male and female perspective. Little Big Mountain and Laura Alcorn will take guests on a journey through time from primitive lifestyles through the 1880s.
For information, contact the museum at 229-391-5205.

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Dunn, left, receives Ambassador award from Chamber Chairman Morris Tankersley.

Ronnie Dunn, a Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, was honored as the Ambassador of the Month for October at the annual ambassador's luncheon recently. 

Dunn was also honored as the top fundraiser of the chamber's annual golf tournament, also held in October. 

He is a local Realtor and a longtime chamber volunteer.


Members of the Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's 2016-2017 TAL:K (Tomorrow's Aspiring Leaders: Kids) Leadership class attended its kickoff luncheon recently at Colquitt EMC.

The class is comprised of eighth graders from Eighth Street Middle School and Tiftarea Academy and will participate in a variety of community service projects during the school year. The program's sponsors are South Georgia Bank, Tift Regional Health Systems, Colquitt EMC, Georgia Power Co. and Heatcraft.


The Tifton Optimist Club and the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence co-sponsored the annual Geography Decathlon for local high school students on Tuesday night, Nov. 15, at the Tifton-Tift County Public Library

This academic competition requires students to take a written qualifying exam testing their knowledge in 10 categories of geography. The 12 students achieving the highest exam scores then compete in a quiz bowl-style competition for monetary scholarship prizes.

This year's winners and their teachers are, from left in photo: Coach Jon Koran, Wyatt Thompson (2nd Place), and Ethan McBrayer (1st Place), all from Tiftarea Academy; and Jake Moore (3rd Place) and Dr. Shelley Fandel from Tift County High School.

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The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in October, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 5.1 percent in September.
The jobless rate in individual counties has not yet been released for October. In
September, Tift County's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.

Georgia's jobless rate "increased slightly as our labor force grew by 27,795 as more job-seekers began looking for work in October," said state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler. 

"Since some new jobseekers won't land a job immediately, they are counted as unemployed, which can result in a rate increase. But, our employers continue to create jobs, so there are a lot of good opportunities for work." 

The labor force consists of people who are employed and those actively searching for a job. In October, it increased to 4,945,950. The number of employed grew by 21,473 to 4,691,161, while the number of unemployed increased by 6,322 to 254,789. The labor force has grown by 161,527 since the first of this year. 

The number of jobs increased by 6,700, or 0.2 percent, to 4,410,300 in October. Most of the gains came in professional and business services, 4,400; financial activities, 1,800; information services, 1,700; and education and health services, 1,000. The gains were offset somewhat by losses in leisure and hospitality, 1,600, and other services, 1,100.


Want a Boston Butt?

Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County has Boston Butts available for donations of $25 during the Cookie Walk, 9 a.m. to noon, this Saturday, Nov. 19at Peace Lutheran Church, 604 Tennessee Drive in Tifton

November is Family Literacy Month, and donations for the Boston Butts enable Literacy Volunteers to help adults improve their reading, writing and math skills, and, ultimately, their quality of life. 

For information, call 229-391-2527.


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. a Glance

  • TA Turkey Trot & Family Fun Day, 8-11 a.m., Tiftarea Academy, Chula
  • Cookie Walk, 9 a.m.-Noon, Peace Lutheran Church, Tennessee Drive, Tifton
  • Native American Experience, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village, Tifton
  • Holiday Market - Wiregrass Farmers Market, 3-7 p.m., Ga. Museum of Agriculture's Peanut Museum, Tifton

  • The Christmas Tree Farm opens, 1 p.m., Chula-Brookfield Road, Chula

In Memoriam

NOV. 10
Clara Belle Hayes Cribb, 91, Willacoochee
Shirley Dees Eason, 82, Leesburg

NOV. 11
William Shelton "Billy" Stone, 54, Nashville
Dora "Bernice" Andrews Fender, 94, Forest, Va.
Tony Donald Lewis Spires, 68, Lenox
Janice Jarrell Cumbie, 70, Leesburg
Mary Sue Bussell, 57, Branson West, Mo.
Richard Erin Gray, 31, Houston, Texas

NOV. 12
Jason Strickland, 42, Sylvester
Reuben M. McCranie Jr., 81, Adel
Samuel Lee Richardson Sr., Ashburn
Stephen Jerome Evans, 58, Albany
Linda Gail Gillis, 70, Ray City
Samuel W. "Sam" Lokey, 42, Fitzgerald
Jean Ann Remington, 68, Ray City

NOV. 13
James Monroe Watson Jr., 55, Enigma
Cliff Boutwell, 42, Dallas

NOV. 14
Ann Duckworth, 78, Poulan
George G. Goodwin, 74, Sylvester
Dillard Dewey Ensley Jr., 77, Sparks
Jewell Watson Eldridge, 86, Fitzgerald
Mary Lou Wright, 88, Valdosta
Era S. Addison, 83, Jacksonville, Fla.

NOV. 15
Opal "Pat" Elizabeth Owens Gibbs, 86, Tifton
Clyde Pete Hollingsworth, 73, Doerun
Myrtle Lee Warren, 95, Rochelle

NOV. 16
Bobby Lassiter, 80, Tifton
Clinton Franklin Downs Sr., 77, Fitzgerald

NOV. 17
Tommy "Pittman" Barfield, 85, Tifton
Kenny Wood, 60, Ray City


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