June 20, 2014
       Tifton Georgia

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It's almost officially summer. The summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year, arrives on Saturday, June 21, at 6:51 a.m.


The occasion generates celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere, from Swedes who wear wreaths and dance around maypoles to modern-day Druids who flock to Stonehenge. Even the Alzheimer's Association

has adopted a "Longest Day" theme every summer solstice, encouraging volunteers to hold activities to raise funds for and awareness of the efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease.


But what's the summer solstice all about in celestial terms?


As Earth orbits the sun, it tilts 23.5 degrees on its axis. Our summer solstice occurs when Earth's northern hemisphere faces toward the sun most directly.


Solstice comes from the Latin words "sol" and "sistere," meaning "sun stands still" -- a reference to how, when seen from Earth, the sun appears to pause before its position in the sky reverses direction.


Here in South Georgia, it has already felt like summer for some time -- and there's little reprieve in sight. Temperatures are forecast to rise to 96 today and to 95 on Saturday, with daily highs in the 90s for the foreseeable future.



Last week, an 80-year-old Lowndes County woman was reported missing, driving away from home in a red Jeep Liberty. She was stopped the next morning in Worth County, having driven all night. 


The message about her disappearance was sent out quickly, and she was found safe and sound by a Georgia Highway Patrol officer and reunited with her family.


This could be a case in which the early signs of dementia may be difficult for family members to recognize. If anyone has any suspicions about if whether a family member may or may not have Alzheimer's or dementia, he or she may call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline 1-800-272-3900. This Helpline is staffed with trained counselors and the local office in Tifton will follow up.


"When my mother began exhibiting the early signs of dementia, I dismissed it as normal signs of aging," said Bonnie Sayles, the South Georgia regional director of programs and services. "Now, I know there is a difference."


Learn the difference between normal signs of aging and true dementia through the Alzheimer's Association's Know the 10 Signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Confusion with time or place.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships -- For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer's. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  • Changes in mood and personality.

What do you do if you suspect dementia and need your loved one to stop driving? Click Here!


The Alzheimer's Association, Georgia Chapter, can help you learn how to have conversations about not driving with your loved ones with early dementia. Call 1-800-272-3900.


The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce's next "Sunset Tifton" / Business After Hours event is open to the pubic.


Sponsored by Horse Creek Winery, the event will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at the Tiftarea Conference Center. 


An evening of wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres and networking with local businesses is planned.



Once again, Fox 31 WFXL-TV in Albany is holding a local audition to find undiscovered talent between the ages of 15-28 years old who could represent Southwest Georgia at American Idol auditions in Atlanta.


American Idol logo

Auditions will be held Saturday, July 12, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.


Now through 9 a.m. Friday, July 11, interested artists may pre-register online to guarantee an audition, or they can register at the event on July 12 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.


The winner(s) will receive a guaranteed audition with accommodations to the American Idol auditions in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 4 to audition in front of show producers for a chance to become the next singing superstar. 


The runner-up will go to the road show in Tallahassee.


More information will be announced on Fox 31's website:




"The Return," the ultimate Beatles experience, will headline the Tift County Public Library Foundation's annual fundraising dinner and show on Saturday, Sept. 27at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center.


The reception begins at 6 p.m. with a catered dinner to follow. The Beatles tribute band takes the stage at 8 p.m.


This year is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America.


The Return has performed all over the world and is in high demand. They perform in character and are guaranteed to get the audience up on their feet.


Tickets and table sponsorships will go on sale soon. For information, call 229-386-2237. 

                                      At a Glance.... 
  • TGIF -- Enjoy your Friday!


  • Downtown Tifton Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Platform, Tifton.
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m-Noon, Georgia Museum of Agriculture, Tifton.
  • Home Free concert, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton.

  • Happy Sunday!

In Memoriam


June 13

David LeRoy Freeland II, 37, Tifton

Hilda Holden Dykes, 84, Sylvester

James J. "Jimmy" Wiley Jr., 81, Irwin County  


June 14

Johnny Allen Holley, 58, Ashburn 

Ruby Battle, 86, Ashburn  


June 15

Michael Gene Grimes, 61, Tifton

 Myrtle Ann Eldridge, 83, Sylvester

Marie Fletcher Bryan Cranford, 87, Tifton  


June 16

Bobby Eugene Rogers, Sr., 71, Worth County

David Harper, 59, Osierfield

Tondra Denham, 46, Sycamore  


June 17

Betty Pless Vickers, 70, Fitzgerald

Dr. Freddie Ford "Fred"Lamb Jr., 68, Nashville

Earl Richard "Dick" Reed, 65, Nashville  


June 18

Faye Maye Bryan, 80, Tifton

Joyce Parramore, 79, Adel 

 Lavada Willis Bush, 93, Omega


June 19

Lt. Col. Ret. USAF Kenneth C. Fowler, 82, Tifton

 Linda Mercer Gandy, 62, Sparks

This beautiful 3 BR, 2.5 bath, 2,340-square-foot home in Tifton is not just a place to live, but a place to sit back and enjoy. It is move-in ready for you. This Craftsman-style home is completely refurbished from light switch to shoe molding. Family Room with fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Large Kitchen with new cabinets -- and don't miss the spacious island and new appliances. Powder room adjoins Laundry room, conveniently located near the kitchen. Bonus room, office, playroom -- all just waiting for your personal touches. Travertine tile is located in the Kitchen, laundry, bonus and powder rooms. Hardwood floors in living room and all bedrooms. Custom-built marble vanities in both baths. Back entry with handicap accessible custom-built concrete ramp. Also includes new custom awnings and landscaped with various annuals and perennials. Conveniently located just minutes from Tift Regional, I-75, Highway 41 North, schools and shopping.


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