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June 26, 2015
                       Tifton, Georgia


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CURBSIDE PICKUPS RETURNING

TIFTON 'RECYCLING' 

CITY RECYCLE INITIATIVE


Eleven years ago this July 1, the City of Tifton stopped  picking  up recyclable waste at homes and businesses in the city because of cost considerations.  Residents  instead were instructed to take their recyclables to several specified locations. 
This move sparked criticism among some Tiftonites, especially older ones who said it was difficult for them to get out to the designated recycle sites.

But this summer, curbside pickup of recyclables is returning to the city. Since January, Tifton has contracted with Golden Environmental for city garbage pickup, and Golden will begin picking up recyclables in early August. Recyclables will be picked up every two weeks, on the same day as customers' garbage is collected.

New recycling bins will be delivered to city customers during July in   anticipation of the August start-up. 

At a recent Tifton City Council meeting, City Attorney Rob Wilmot said the recycling plant in the industrial park is owned 50-50 by the city and county, and a lease agreement is being developed for Golden Environmental to take over its operation.

Residents with questions about the recycling initiative may call Golden Environmental at 229-382-0309.

HOW SWEET IT IS!

GA WATERMELON CROP 

SHOULD BE A GOOD ONE 


Watermelons are a summertime tradition, especially popular for July 4 celebrations. The Georgia Farm Monitor reports that watermelon growers in South Georgia are ready for the harvest, and the crop should be good and sweet.



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229-396-5243
1810 U.S. Highway 41 N., Suite B
Tifton, GA 31794

GET YOUR BIKE READY TO ROLL THROUGH 

THE COUNTRYSIDE ON SATURDAY

 

The Tiftarea Greenways Association is partnering with the Wiregrass Farmers Market and the Tift CountyRecreation Department for the third annual Wiregrass Bike to Farm Tour on Saturday, June 27.

 

The cycling event celebrates local agriculture and promotes cycling in the community. Participants ride up to seven sites of agricultural interest in Tifton and Tift County, where they tour some aspect of food production or sustainable agriculture. A light local lunch will be provided at the end.

 

13-mile loop visits a neighborhood/community garden, an organic watermelon production test plot, a futuristic farmstead featuring the latest in green building technologies and innovative growing techniques, a meat rabbit facility, a quaint farmers market, and the Georgia Peanut Commission. For those riders wanting a longer ride, there is a 3-mile additional spur (one way) route that will take cyclists to a large commercial vegetable farm specializing in Southern beans and field peas. Participants will get brief tours of each site before moving on to the next.

 

Registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. at the Tift County Recreation Department on N. Victory Drive. There will be a mass start of all riders at 8 a.m.  Online registration is also available at Active.com 

 

For information, go to the Facebook event page for the Wiregrass Bike to Farm Tour or call 229-392-5513. 


 

SUMMER 2015 SESSION DATES

Only 3 weeks left!

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     June 29  - July 2          July 6 - July 9           July 13 - July 16


 

Beginners and Advanced Beginners

Classes are from 8-9 a.m. and 9-10 a.m. divided by age group and skill level.

Groups meet Monday - Thursday at the Brumby Tennis Courts, 3602 Fulwood Rd.

Group instruction focuses on the basics of tennis and having fun.

Intermediate classes will have more competitive games and scoring.

        Weekly session fee: $40                 

 

Make-ups will be held in the event of rain (or whatever).

Call AHEAD OF TIME to reserve your place in a group!

 

Top Middle School/JV Players - Mondays, 6-8 p.m.

For those who played at the top of their Middle School team and/or plan to play JV or Varsity tennis. Mondays through July 20. We will plan instruction specifically to the group's needs/skill level with emphasis on match play (singles and doubles) for your TEAM.

Weekly session fee: $20

 

Varsity Level Players - Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m.

through July 14

 

Middle School team - Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.

through July 16

For those who played on a Middle School team and hope to move UP on the roster

and those hoping to make a team.

Weekly session fee: $20

 

Intermediate to advanced players may also participate in the Friday at ABAC tournaments. 

Work your way UP the tennis ladder.

Friday mornings through July 17 (rain-out date July 24)


  

Private lessons also available with Coach Brumby,

scheduled at your convenience.

 

AND ... ABAC Tennis Camp is July 20-23 for a great week of intensive tennis!

 

Call or email us to sign up or ask questions: 229-382-7515 or mbrumby@friendlycity.net

 

ABAC CAMPUS HOUSING STILL AVAILABLE 


Students who want to take advantage of living on campus may apply now for rooms that are still available for the fall semester at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

 

Dr. Chris Kinsey, residence life director, said ABAC Lakeside and ABAC Place are at 86 percent occupancy for the fall term which begins on Aug. 12. The two complexes, which house almost 1,300 students, have been filled to capacity for the past two years when ABAC was the only college or university south of Macon in the University System of Georgia to see back-to-back fall term increases in enrollment.

 

"Signing up for housing early gives students the best opportunity to get the room type and roommate of their choice," Kinsey said. "Even when the student does not request a specific roommate, signing up early allows the student and Residence Life the best opportunity to make a successful roommate match."

 

Kinsey said ABAC Place is an apartment style facility designed to provide upperclassmen a comfortable home while encouraging academic excellence. The units are mainly four-bedroom, two-bathroom apartments.  There are a limited number of three-bedroom and Terrace Level apartments. Every student has a private bedroom in ABAC Place, which opened on Jan. 9, 2004.

 

ABAC Lakeside opened as a home for ABAC's living and learning communities on Aug. 20, 2007. It provides an opportunity for freshmen to start their college careers with a home and a program specifically designed for their needs. Lakeside units are divided into two private bedrooms and a shared bathroom or two shared bedrooms with two shared bathrooms.

 

All rooms at ABAC Place and ABAC Lakeside are furnished. Students supply only the basics such as bedding and bath supplies.  Students add to their rooms with throw pillows, photos, and other accessories to help with the transition of living away from home.  Kinsey said students will begin moving in on Aug. 8.

 

For information, contact the Office of Student Life and Housing at 229-391-5140.

 

'JERSEY BOYS' TRIBUTE BAND COMING FOR LIBRARY BENEFIT DINNER & DANCE

 

"Let's Hang On!" -- the Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons tribute group -- is coming to Tifton on Thursday, Sept 17, for a gala night of fine food, fine music and dancing to the many hits from the iconic group that inspired the smash Broadway musical "The Jersey Boys."

 

Sponsored by the Tifton-Tift County Public Library Foundation, the dinner and show at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center is the foundation's annual fundraiser for the public library, aiding the library in providing children's and community programming, and in providing materials and other programs.

 

The tickets for the show only go on sale Aug. 15. Prices are $35 for SHOW ONLY and DINNER/SHOW is $70. Sponsorships are available from $500 to $3,000 and, depending on sponsor level, include one or more tables for eight for dinner and show at this black-tie optional event. 

 

The tribute band "Let's Hang On!" includes seasoned entertainers who are preserving the music and style of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, capturing the trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies and crisp choreography that made The Four Seasons one of the greatest vocal groups of all time.

 

The show pays tribute to their many classic songs, such as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like A Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," "December '63 (Oh, What a Night)," "Rag Doll," "Let's Hang On (to What We've Got)," and many more mega hits of the '60s, all presented in a high-energy and polished production.

 


Early voting is already underway 
in District 155. 

Election Day is July 14.

I appreciate your support!

Sherry Miley
BE SMART UNDER THE HOT GEORGIA SUN, 
HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY

 

With temperatures already in the mid 90's, the Ga. Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat-related illnesses.

 

"Extreme heat can lead to very high body temperatures, brain and organ damage, even death," said DPH Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald. "It's important to stay cool and hydrated in extreme temperatures to avoid serious health effects like heat exhaustion and heat stroke."

 

Heat stroke is a serious illness characterized by a body temperature greater than 105 degrees. Symptoms may include dry red skin, convulsions, disorientation, delirium and coma. Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat stroke that may develop from a combination of several days with high temperatures and dehydration. Signs of heat

exhaustion include extreme weakness, muscle cramps, nausea or headache.

 

To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high:

  • Drink more fluids, regardless of your activity level.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave infants, children, older adults or pets in a parked car.
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Protect yourself from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

 

 
TIFTON ROTARY CLUB
RECOGNIZES OFFICERS

Outgoing Tifton Rotary Club President Jonathan Jones, at right, receives his past-president pin from former Rotary District Gov. Gary Smith at Wednesday's Rotary Club meeting at the Tiftarea Conference Center on U.S. Highway 82 in Tifton.

 Also recognized were incoming Tifton Rotary President Mike Davis and President-Elect Jeremy Campbell.

The Rotary Club of Tifton meets at noon on Wednesdays at the Tiftarea Conference Center next to Applebee's restaurant. 

The Rotary Club luncheons are catered by B.J. Smith and her crew.
   
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YOUR WEEKEND
                      ...at a Glance 

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
  • South Georgia Photography Exhibit, 1-5 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Tifton
  • "Annie Kids" musical, 7 p.m., Tifton Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
  • Wiregrass Bike to Farm Tour, 8 a.m., Tift County Recreation Department, Tifton
  • Downtown Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Train Depot Platform, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • "Annie Kids" musical, 7 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
  • South Georgia Photography Exhibit, 1-3 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Tifton
  • "Annie Kids" musical, 3 p.m., Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts, Tifton
  • Among the Thirsty concert, 6:30 p.m., Northside Baptist Church, Tifton


In Memoriam
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JUNE 18

Carmen M. Zubricky, 77,  Adel

Eunice Robin Montgomery, 77, Naylor

Luther J. Griner, 90, Jasper, Fla. 

Eula Mae Pratt, 85, Adel
 

JUNE 19

Eunice Robin Montgomery, 77, Naylor 

Sarah Geraldine "Gerry" Price McMahan, 84, Grovetown

 Rosa Mae Smothers, 96, Ashburn

 

JUNE 20

Martha Jacque Haman Wynn, 84, Tifton 

Randall Lanier Brady, 73, Adel 

 

JUNE 21

Hollis E. (Gene) Shaw, 66, Chula

Marcus F. "M.F." Roberts, 88, Alapaha 

 

JUNE 22

Lois Myhan Davis, 77, Tifton 

Joseph Daniel "Joey" Brady, 49, Nashville 

 

JUNE 23

Terrie Wright, 34, Nashville 

 

JUNE 24

Dianne Marie Ghigna Vasi, 75, Ocilla

Johnny Eugene Hullett, 69, Tifton

 

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