FEB. 16, 2018
Tifton, Georgia


Ten Tift County public school teachers were honored Thursday night as recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award by the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence (TCFEE).  
Tift County teachers pose with their awards of excellence Thursday night, joined by representatives of the school system and the Tifton Rotary Club.
The teachers were recognized at a dinner sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tifton and received an honorarium from the TCFEE.

Teachers honored were:  Laural Mullen, Eighth Street Middle School;  Amy Marshall, Tift County Pre-K;  Jodi Roberts, Northside Primary;  Scott Rains, Tift County High School;  Jennifer Johnson, former math teacher at J.T. Reddick and now assistant principal at TCHS;  Tammy King, G.O. Bailey Primary;  Jimmy Cargle, J.T. Reddick School;  Donna Hobby, J.T. Reddick School;  Sherry Coarsey, Annie Belle Clark Primary; and Lacy Cargle, Omega School.

The teachers were nominated by a student, parent, peer or administrator.  This is the 27th year that the foundation has been recognizing teachers of excellence in Tift County public schools, bringing the total number of educator honorees to 283.


Part of U.S. Highway 82 in Downtown Tifton will be closed overnight beginning Monday for up to two weeks as highway crews repair ruts and cracks in the road.

Heavy trucks braking and stopping at a downtown intersection have damaged the asphalt, a problem about to be solved with the addition of concrete on U.S. 82/State Route 520.

Ruts in the wheel paths and cracks in the asphalt have repeatedly formed at the traffic signal at Highway 82 and U.S. Highway 41/SR 7 -- South Main Street, according to the Ga. Department of Transportation (GDOT).
Ruts and cracks on U.S. Highway 82 eastbound caused by semis braking and stopping at the intersection of U.S. 41/South Main Street.
Highway crews resurfaced the area four years ago, but it needs repair again, GDOT said.

Concrete, which holds up longer than asphalt under these conditions, is going to be used to top the pavement immediately east and west of the South Main Street intersection. GDOT has awarded an $817,827 maintenance service contract to Reeves Construction Co. for pavement preservation.

Reeves expects to begin work Monday, provided the weather remains warm and it doesn't rain. The work will require lane closures, but will be done between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to avoid interfering with daytime traffic. It is expected to take one to two weeks to complete, depending on weather and the contractor's schedule.

The area affected will be between the intersections of Commerce Way and Tift Avenue. The contractor will be putting four inches of concrete pavement on the two through lanes and the left turn lane of U.S. 82 going westbound. Concrete pavement will be put on the two eastbound through lanes.

The other lanes between Commerce Way and Tift Avenue will be milled and resurfaced with asphalt, including the intersection. Milling is the removal of the top layer of asphalt prior to resurfacing.

Traffic loop installation and striping will also be done, GDOT said. Traffic loops, sensors buried in the road, detect the presence of traffic waiting at the signal, which can reduce the length of time a green signal is given to an empty road.

The most recent statistics available show the annual average daily traffic count was 18,800 on Highway 82 near Tift Avenue. About 11 percent was truck traffic, but that was in 2016. It is expected that the numbers have since increased since. 

The annual average daily traffic count is the total volume of vehicle traffic for a year divided by 365 days. 


Local officials are receiving more complaints lately about panhandling in the city and county.

Tifton City Council discussed the matter last week and were told that governments must tread a fine legal line when considering restrictions on panhandlers. City Attorney Rob Wilmot said recent court cases around the country have resulted in rulings that panhandling is protected by  the First Amendment.
Wilmot said that holding signs seeking help and money has been ruled as freedom of speech. He said there are legal impediments in drafting an ordinance regulating panhandling that could pass "constitutional muster."

Council members asked Wilmot to research the matter. He said the city currently has laws prohibiting "aggressive begging" and loiteringAccording to the Tifton city code , aggressive begging is outlawed in public places and is defined as " begging with the intent to intimidate another person into giving money or goods." 

The city code also states that "i t shall be unlawful for any person to loiter, loaf, wander, stand or remain idle either along and/or in consort with others in a public place in such manner so as to ... o bstruct any public street, public highway, public sidewalk or any other public place or building by hindering or impeding or tending to hinder or impede the free and uninterrupted passage of vehicles, traffic or pedestrians."


Gov.  Nathan Deal is pushing  House Bill 918 which  amends the  Georgia tax code in light of 
recent federal tax reforms.

The proposed bill would allow Georgia taxpayers to take the increased standard deduction at the federal level while providing flexibility to take either standard or itemized deductions at the state level

Another component of the legislation would enhance personal exemptions by 25 percent
"This legislation provides more flexibility and fairness to Georgians to decide what's best for their families," said Deal

"It will allow taxpayers to take full advantage of federal reforms while ensuring the fiscal health of our state long-term. This legislation will keep more hard-earned money in Georgians' pockets and is an important step forward in modernizing state law to conform with federal reforms."

Sheriff Gene Scarbrough, center, stands with newly promoted Lt. Eddie Smith, left, and Sgt. Chris Spires.


Two Tift County sheriff's deputies have been promoted this week -- Chris Spires and Eddie Smith.

"It is my honor and privilege to announce that I have promoted two of our outstanding deputies," said Sheriff Gene Scarbrough.
"Deputy Chris Spires is being promoted to sergeant, and Sgt. Eddie Smith is being promoted to lieutenant," the sheriff said.

"I'm totally convinced that Sgt. Spires and Lt. Smith will continue to uphold the values and professionalism of the Tift County Sheriff's Office as they continue their dedicated service in protecting the lives and property of the citizens of Tift County."

Tifton First United 
Methodist Church

107 W 12th St., Tifton, Ga.

Tifton First United Methodist Church has an opening for a church pianist.
This is a part-time position.

The pianist is responsible for preparing for and practicing with  the chancel choir, orchestra and ensemble on Wednesday evenings  for about two hours and for playing at Sunday traditional services  at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., as well as at special services.  

Interested persons should contact Angie Carr at or call



The 2018-2020 officers of the GFWC Tifton Twentieth Century Library Club were installed by longtime member Peggy Tucker at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center

Tucker said President Shirene Daniell's theme for her presidency is the three C's: " Caring for the Children in our Community." 

The officers, pictured above from left, are Corresponding Secretary Sandi Newman, Second Vice President Melanie Hasty, Treasurer and Recording Secretary Susan Saye, First Vice President Genie McCook and President Shirene Daniell with Tucker.

For a hands-on project, club members put together baggies of new socks for children, with Valentine cards from club members. Shown assembling bags at right are Pat Doss, Irene Blalock and Peggy Tucker

The Arts Community Service Program hosted the meeting, and Arts Chair Bonnie Sayles and Susan Saye discussed the Impressionists artists, in light of an upcoming film to be shown at the Museum of Arts and Heritage at 6:30 p.m. March 8, "Exhibits on Screen: The Impressionists." 

For information about the club, call Daniell at 229-392-4060, or McCook at 229-386-9990. The next meeting will be at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.    


Georgia State Patrol troopers in Tifton GSP Post 13 during January investigated 38 traffic crashes  in Tift County  resulting in 19 injuries and one fatality.

Also in January, the GSP said, troopers from the post issued 304 traffic citations including 11 arrests for driving under the influence, 135 citations for speeding, 44 seatbelt violations and seven child restraint violations.

There were also 436 traffic warnings issued, the GSP said.


Pruning young pecan trees is a necessity and, if done properly, can save farmers the hassle of pruning older, much larger trees, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells.

Pruning should be done in the first three or four years of a tree's life to train the tree to grow with one central "leader," or trunk. If farmers don't prune early, it can prove to be "a mess" later, Wells said.

Growers want pecan trees to have a central leader, one main trunk going up the tree from
Lenny Wells advises to prune young trees.
which the lateral limbs or main branches grow. A lot of trees naturally develop two or more main trunks. Pruning allows growers to prevent or correct that, he said.

"By training the tree, you're keeping that tree more vigorous and keeping the tree's growth more vigorous. You're also getting rid of limbs that will be in your way if you try to come by with tractors and equipment in the next few years," Wells said.

Young trees try to put on multiple shoots, which grow from buds on the trunk or branches. Many of these may develop at poor angles. If the angles are too narrow, those limbs would most likely break off during storms, so they would need to be cut off, Wells said.

The tip of the developing trunk should be pruned so the bud will continue growing the central leader. Farmers should remove buds that are spaced out as opposed to those clustered close together. Wells advises farmers to cut about an inch or so above the bud.

If a grower waits eight to 10 years to prune their trees, limbs that are producing nuts will need to be pruned off, he said.

Pruning is meant to remove excess growth that may not be needed or may be in the way of normal operations. It also removes limbs that are growing the wrong way on the tree.

Pruning can be done at any time of year, but most pecan farmers prune in the winter because fewer tasks need to be accomplished in the orchard this time of year. Pruning should begin when trees enter their second year in the field.

This practice benefits the tree by bringing it back to what the root system can support.


The cast has been selected for "I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!," the Baldwin Players' upcoming spring dinner theatre production at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Dr. Brian Ray, theatre troupe director, said the performance  will be staged at ABAC's Georgia Museum of Agriculture on March 8-10

"I Do! I Do! I Do! I Do!" is a musical about marriage. The play follows the lives of a married couple, Agnes and Michael Snow, from their wedding day in 1895 to 1945

Cast members are Reese Johnson, an agriculture major from Nashville, as Michael age 20 and age 70; Jannah Zinkler, a core curriculum major from Sumner, as Agnes age 20; Jeffrey Murray, a core curriculum major from Pelham, as Michael age 40; Hannah Exum, an agriculture major from Nashville, as Agnes age 40; Patrick Ireland, an ABAC alumnus, as Michael age 55; Hannah Moseley, a rural studies major from Cochran, as Agnes age 55; and Mikayla Crenshaw, an agricultural education major from Milton, as Agnes age 70.

For information, contact Ray at 229-391-4969 or e-mail at


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. a Glance

  • Men's Sixth Annual Wild Game Supper, 7 p.m., Salem Baptist  Church, Sylvester
  • Spring Potters on the Porch, 10 a.m., Plough Gallery, Tifton
  • The Big Daddy Weave Jesus I Believe Tour, 7 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton
  • Rally for Reading tennis education fundraiser, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Red Hill Tennis Center, ABAC, Tifton

In Memoriam

FEB. 8
The Rev. Billy Morris Dawson, 86, Tifton
Nelda Jane Blount Conger, 82, Tifton
Jeffrey Alan "Jeff" Davis, 78, Enigma
Herbert "Herb" Grady Hendrix, 82, Tifton

FEB. 9
Teresa "Lynn" Gibbs, 56, Hahira
Marvin G. Bowen, 51, Pinehurst
Madeline M. Spires, 95, Fitzgerald
Clarence Harmon Saylor, 79, Ashburn
Victor King, 54, Valdosta
Larry Schalitzky, 65, Quitman
Josephine Gloria Bissell, 91, Quitman

FEB. 10
Wiley David Fulks, 56, Enigma
James Aaron Ryan, 59, Tifton
Lottie Haydon Greer, 89, Fitzgerald
Angela Diane Paige, 53, Ashburn
Tommy Collier, 68, Abbeville

FEB. 11
Leotis Scoggins Camp, 96, Turner County
Sherry Lynn Deen Lashley, 60, Tifton
Paul Brooks, 85, Worth County
Madeline Pless Spillers, 101, Alpharetta
Doris Harnage, 77, Nashville

FEB. 12
Dorothy Lee McCoy Goff, 91, Tifton
Geneva McClelland Page Ramos, 67, Tifton
Cecil Nick Barnes, 79, Enigma
Albert "Al" Price Jr., 83, Sylvester
Frances Powell Watson, 72, Tifton
Derry O'Quinn, 76, Adel
John Alvin Engelmann, 79, Fitzgerald
Margaret Fountain Zorn, Rocky Mount, N.C., formerly of Fitzgerald

FEB. 13
Wilma Wallace Jackson, 80, Tifton
Gladys Sargent Wells, 80, Sylvester
Jacquelyn Kollock Roberts, 78, Fitzgerald

FEB. 15
Christine Bryan Hardy, 75, Tifton
Bill Denny, 77, Tifton
Ella Mae Jones, Sylvester


533 West Road, Poulan, GA
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Farm with mixed hard wood, long leaf pines; woods are loaded with turkey, birds and a large pond with migratory ducks.


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