GrapeNew

      

             



                      April 17, 2015
                                Tifton, Georgia
                           www.tiftongrapevine.com           
                       (478) 227-7126

 

RESTORING MEANING OF MEMORIAL DAY

'PINKY' DURHAM TO BE HONORED

ABAC TO 'CARRY LOAD'

Next Thursday, April 23, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will again host a "Carry The Load Step-Off Rally" -- a two-mile relay through the campus that culminates with a ceremony and a send-off of ABAC's participants in this year's national "Carry the Load" relay.

 

 
  "Carry The Load" is a nationwide effort designed to restore the true meaning to Memorial Day by connecting Americans  to the sacrifices of the military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel.

 

 

ABAC's rally is from  noon until 6 p.m. Thursday . Both two-mile and quarter-mile walking routes throughout the afternoon will begin and end at Lewis Hall on the front campus. At 6 p.m., a ceremony on Lewis Hall's front steps includes  tribute videos, r ecognition of special guests and the  send-off of ABAC's national relay team. 

DURHAM
Dr.  David Bridges , ABAC  president , says the family of  Harold B. "Pinky" Durham Jr. , Tifton's only  Medal of Honor winner , have been invited; Bridges hinted that there 
will also  be a special announcement.

Durham was awarded the nation's highest decoration posthumously for his heroism in battle in Vietnam during October 1967. Although mortally wounded, Durham continued fighting and helped save the lives of some of his fellow soldiers.

Anyone may join the rally walk at ABAC on Thursday, and may also join the national relay at any point along its route. Participants do not have to carry a weight or a pack but are encouraged to carry something, even if it is a photograph. The point is to make an emotional connection with the person whom one is "carrying."

 

For information, contact the ABAC Public Relations Office at 229-391-5055 or email tifton@carrytheload.org 

 

MARATHON MAN
TIFTON'S BEEMAN READY FOR 
HIS 38th BOSTON MARATHON

Mike Beeman, Tift County High School teacher and assistant track and field coach, is in Boston for his 38th consecutive Boston Marathon.

The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is on Monday "I started in 1978 as a senior at Merrimack College," he says.

The race is 26.2 miles, and Beeman has likened it to running from Tifton to Ashburn and back. 

He has said the first half of the race is all downhill and the second half consists of hills, known as "Heart Break Hill," with nothing but hills between miles 16 and 20.

"That's why they call it the 'Heart Break Hill,' " Beeman has said. "It'll break your heart."

He is one of only about a dozen active runners with his consecutive record in the Boston Marathon.

 

Before he left Tifton, Beeman told WALB-TV: "When you get to the finish of the Boston Marathon you say, 'Yeah, that was worth it, that was OK. When you tell children, as a role model, you say,'You've got to work hard to achieve something,' you can back it up."
SENIOR CENTER IN TEMPORARY HOME

 

KINCHEN

Tifton's Leroy Rogers Senior Center has a new temporary home, says Director Fran Kinchen.

 

The senior center is now located downtown at 508 S Main St., next to the Tifton Welcome Station, in the former Troy University building

 

Parking is beside the building. 

 

The senior center was forced to temporarily relocate from its building on Second Street because of construction as the center is being expanded. The construction is expected to take several months. 

 

To contact the senior center, call 229-326-8151 or 391-3956.

 

It's a 

HUGE, MEGA COMMUNITY-WIDE YARD SALE!

 

This Saturday, April 18 ~ from 8 a.m.-Noon

Forest Lakes Neighborhood

 

32 Homes are Participating!


Lots of items: Tools, furniture, fishing &  hunting gear, toys -- and much more! 
 
  Directions from Tift Regional Medical Center: North on Old Ocilla Road; first entrance is 3.5 miles; turn right on Sutton Road; go 0.5 miles and left into Forest Lake Drive. The second entrance, 4.5 miles, turn right into E. Forest Lake Drive. Maps to participating houses distributed at 7:45 a.m. at each entrance. Please, no early birds.

 
IT'S TIME TO 'E-CYCLE'

Keep Tift Beautiful's  annual e-cycle event is Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Cato Knight Parking Lot in Downtown Tifton.

This is an  opportunity  to recycle old electronic items. All electronics will be accepted except television sets and large-screen computer monitors; however, flat screen monitors are acceptable.

This year's  event is part of Georgia Cities Week.



RAIN POSTPONES SOCCER FOR LITERACY

 

The Soccer for Literacy event scheduled for this Sunday at the Tiftarea YMCA has been postponed until further notice because of inclement weather.


"We will announce the rescheduled date as soon as that is determined," said Soccer Event Chair Dr. John Hamm, board member for Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift CountyThe annual tournament had been moved to April to avoid the heat of July. 

"With the two weeks of rain the Tiftarea has been having the fields are just too wet for tournament play, and the forecast is for more rain on Sunday," Hamm said.

Planned and coordinated by Literacy Volunteers, the Hispanic Soccer League and the Tiftarea YMCA, the tournament is a key fundraiser for the English language instruction programs of Literacy Volunteers. It will feature adult competition among men and women and children ages 6-8 and 8-10. Family fun events include a bouncy house and Mexican food. 

Sponsors are  Bell Plantation, Lewis Taylor Farms, Alan Parrish Farms, Quality Employment Service, Inc., Southeastern Federal Credit Union and  Tift Regional Medical Center Sponsorships are still available. 

"A full sponsorship is $200, but we appreciate any and all donations to help our English language classes," said Bonnie Sayles. Literacy Volunteers director. Call 229-391-2527 or email  tiftlv@gmail.com  for information.   


 
Francisco "Pajaro" Perez with the Hispanic Soccer League is recruiting soccer teams and organizing logistics of the event. He can be reached at 229-256-9541. The YMCA is providing the fields and a bouncy house. LVTTC is recruiting sponsors, promoting the event and providing books for participants.

 


RICKY FLETCHER NAMED VOLUNTEER OF YEAR 
AT SOUTHERN CARE ASSISTED LIVING

Southern Care Assisted Living  of  Tifton held its  Volunteer Appreciation  Banquet  on Thursday night . All volunteers were recognized and given certificates of appreciation following a special dinner. Ricky Fletcher , whose mother is a longtime resident of Southern Care , was named Volunteer of the Year and awarded a plaque. He regularly conducts Sunday church services at Tifton's only state-lic ensed assisted living facility. Fletcher is seen at left, above, with Kim Blackstock, Southern Care's  activities director

   
Wonder What's Going On 
       in the Tiftarea?
         Then Subscribe to the
GrapeNew
Tifton, Georgia

YOUR WEEKEND
...at a Glance 

FRIDAY, APRIL 17
  • "The Ever After," play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
  • Sporting Clays Tournament, benefitting Ruth's Cottage & Patticake House, 7:30 a.m., Green Lakes Hunting Club, Ocilla
  • ABAC Horseman's Barrel Race, 8 a.m., ABAC arena, Tifton
  • Community-wide Yard Sales, 8 a.m.-noon, Forest Lakes neighborhood, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Bark in the Park, 9 a.m., Ag Pavilion, Sylvester
  • "The Ever After," play, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton


In Memoriam
BowenDonaldson

       

APRIL 9

Shirley Cook, 59, Nashville

Alex Tyler McCorvey, 16, Nashville

Elizabeth "Lou" Robinson Strange, 78, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
 
 

APRIL 10

Blake Daniel Drawdy, 77, Lenox

Audrey Bradford, 92, Nashville

Rose Mary Harp, 80, Lakeland

Mary Mildred Smith, 92, Ashburn

Ruth Madelene Smith Morris, 88, Ashburn 


 
APRIL 11

Rufus Edward Gandy, 70, Sylvester

Robert Paul "Bob" Jolley Jr., 67, Nashville
 Ledeane White Cooper, 73, Ocilla

Charles Frank DeCourcy, 84, Dothan, Ala.

 

APRIL 12

The Rev. O.L. "Toby" Stokes, 85, Tifton 

Linda Grace Wilson, 74, Worth County 

Bobby Gene Bradford, 76, Nashville 

 

APRIL 13

James Willis "Will" Cox Jr., 32, Tifton

Martha Skinner, 66, Nashville

Donald Garvitte, 68, Lenox

 

APRIL 14

Glenn Edward King, 57, Fitzgerald

Brenda Ann Wilhelm, 47, Fitzgerald

Lavonda Denise Ewing, 41, Ashburn 

 

APRIL 15

Mary Maxine West McKee, 71, Tifton

Wayne Griner, 50, Sylvester

Billy "Pa Bill" Smith, 75, Sylvester
 

 

DColeman   
SERVING YOU WITH PROFESSIONALISM
BEFORE, DURING & AFTER THE SALE

$159,900
Located in one of Tifton's most desirable neighborhoods, this home has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Master BR has large walk-in closet. Home has large kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a breakfast area. It features a large Great Room with fireplace, separate Dining Room and a large Deck. Laundry room is complete with cabinets and laundry sink. Floors are Ceramic tile and laminate. Front yard has sprinkler system.
Dwana
Dwana Coleman

Visit Us Online: colemanrealtytifton.com

Call Us Today!   229-386-4222

Blue Skies & Sunshine Through Each & Every
Real Estate Transaction!
        www.tiftongrapevine.com    

 Frank Sayles Jr. 
Editor & Publisher
                       
             Call (478) 227-7126
 
          Sayles Unlimited Marketing