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
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.
, says the family of
Harold B. "Pinky" Durham Jr.
, Tifton's only
Medal of Honor winner
, have been invited; Bridges hinted that there
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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
to recycle old electronic items. All electronics will be accepted except television sets and large-screen computer monitors; however, flat screen monitors are acceptable.
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.
, board member for
Literacy Volunteers of Tifton-Tift County
The 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.
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
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
. All volunteers were recognized and given certificates of appreciation following a special dinner.
, whose mother is a longtime resident of
, 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.
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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
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Alex Tyler McCorvey, 16, Nashville
Elizabeth "Lou" Robinson Strange, 78, Atlantic Beach, Fla.
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
Rufus Edward Gandy, 70, Sylvester
Robert Paul "Bob" Jolley Jr., 67, Nashville
Ledeane White Cooper, 73, Ocilla
Charles Frank DeCourcy, 84, Dothan, Ala.
The Rev. O.L. "Toby" Stokes, 85, Tifton
Linda Grace Wilson, 74, Worth County
Bobby Gene Bradford, 76, Nashville
James Willis "Will" Cox Jr., 32, Tifton
Martha Skinner, 66, Nashville
Donald Garvitte, 68, Lenox
Glenn Edward King, 57, Fitzgerald
Brenda Ann Wilhelm, 47, Fitzgerald
Lavonda Denise Ewing, 41, Ashburn
Mary Maxine West McKee, 71, Tifton
Wayne Griner, 50, Sylvester
Billy "Pa Bill" Smith, 75, Sylvester
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