CITY OPENS NEW FIRE STATION
WESTSIDE SITE SERVING GROWING AREA
The City of Tifton's Westside Fire Station's grand opening was Thursday on Carpenter Road next to the
YMCA's sports complex.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony,
City Fire Chief Michael Coleman thanked city leaders for their foresight in realizing the need for the station years before that area experienced much development.
The station primarily serves the area west of Interstate 75 and is one of three fire stations in the city. It was built with SPLOST III funds at a cost of $474,885.
Although the building was completed in 2012, paving and drainage work were not finished until recently as funds became available.
After the ribbon cutting, firefighters showed off the facility as a new video played showcasing the
Tifton Fire Department.
Guests were then invited to a
cookout at the station.
LONGTIME TIFTON BUSINESSES CHANGE OWNERS
TIFTON MALL, HAWK-EYE BBQ, LAMPLIGHTER PUB
Tifton's business scene is undergoing many changes, among them:
New owners at the
Tifton Mall, at
Hawk-Eye BBQ and at the
Lamplighter Pub -- all iconic local establishments.
- Tifton Mall: Florida-based In-Rel Properties has purchased the 220,165-square-foot retail center on Virginia Avenue for $11.3 million. The previous owner is RCG Ventures of Atlanta.
The mall currently has a
95 percent occupancy rate.
"We are pleased to complete this acquisition and look forward to serving the needs of this fine community. This property complements our holdings in nearby Bainbridge and strengthens our management presence in South Georgia," said
Jim Hurlock, In-Rel's vice president of operations.
- Hawk-Eye BBQ: The 41 and Main restaurant in Downtown Tifton has acquired Hawk-Eye BBQ restaurant on 12th Sreet.
"All of the staff and the menu will remain in place, but many upgrades will be added in the near future," says a 41 and Main representative. The new owner says it will retain the home cooking for which Hawk-Eye is known while making some improvements.
Kenny Hawkins, who has had some recent health issues, previously owned and operated Hawk-Eye BBQ for more than 15 years. Before the restaurant became Hawk-Eye, it was Billy's, which is still fondly remembered by many Tiftonites.
- Lamplighter Pub: A part of Tifton's restaurant and music scene since 1975, "The Pub" is known for its sandwiches, its pizza -- especially its own creation "The Stallion" -- and as a place for local bands to perform.
, the new owner, has corporate chef experience and is a son of Winkie Wright of Tifton. He
to reopen the Pub this fall following some renovations.
U.S. Highway 41 North
had been owned and operated by
On Facebook recently,
Saying goodbye to my business is proving to be more difficult than I thought it would be. The relationships that I have created with my customers and others who have contributed to my success are forever in my heart. For me it has been more than bottom-line profit; if that was the case I probably would have gone high tech or franchised years ago!
"To some extent, The
has played a big role in the formation of my personal identity, and I'm dealing with emotions as I begin the process of separating from my company."
LIFE'S BETTER AT ABAC, BRIDGES SAYS
11th fall conference address to faculty and staff,
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College President
David Bridges assured the audience
"life is better at ABAC."
University System of Georgia
true to its mission
since its founding as Tifton's
Second District Agricultural and Mechanical
"Making the lives of young people better was the mission in
1908, and we're still doing that today," Bridges said. "We offer only one product but it is a very valuable product; we offer the
opportunity for a life-changing educational experience to every student who walks on our campus. The value of the ABAC experience is absolutely priceless," he said.
In his first address to the ABAC faculty and staff after he was
10th president in ABAC history on
July 1, 2006, Bridges said the college's
not as a two-year institution, a role that ABAC had excelled at since
1933. He predicted that ABAC's best days were ahead as a
bachelor's degree-granting institution. Ten years later, his words proved prophetic.
2008, we had
41 students in baccalaureate degree programs," Bridges said Thursday. "When classes start next week, we will have about
1,500 students studying for bachelor's degrees. That is a stark contrast to most of the state colleges in the university system. Our vision is to be a destination college; and because of our affordability, I believe that will happen.
"Our enrollment has increased or it has been stable for the past four years. We are hiring faculty, not firing faculty. I will put the quality of the ABAC faculty up against any state or regional university in the system. Life for faculty is better at ABAC."
Bridges noted improved faculty teaching loads and a progressive pay scale implemented last year. He also said
ABAC will begin a
year-long process to transition the
six existing schools of study into
four schools: the
School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the
School of Arts and Sciences, the
School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the
Stafford School of Business. This will permit
reallocation of funds currently spent on administration to be invested in faculty.
"Whether we like it or not,
change is the way to prosper," Bridges said. "Prosperity for ABAC is defined by producing more graduates who have experienced the life-changing potential that goes along with the ABAC experience."
ABAC's fall semester begins Aug. 10.
TOUR TO VISIT TIFT, SURROUNDING AREA
The 30th annual Georgia Peanut Tour will be held Sept. 13-15 in Tifton and surrounding areas.
The tour brings the latest information on peanuts while giving a first-hand view of industry infrastructure including production, handling, processing and utilization. Tour stops will be made in several peanut producing counties including Tift, Irwin, Coffee and Ben Hill.
The University of Georgia, along with the Georgia Peanut Commission and the USDA coordinate the three-day tour, which allows participants to visit farms and processing sites in Southwest Georgia, home of the top peanut producers in the state.
The tour, which includes farmers, industry personnel and visitors from out of state, educates participants about all aspects of peanut production.
This year's tour stops will include on-farm harvest demonstrations and clinics, peanut processing facilities and several special highlights: Research at the UGA Tifton Campus and visits to Premium Peanut LLC, and American Blanching Co.
We've Got Spirit;
Shop Annie's Place in Tifton for all your children's cheerleading outfits and jerseys.
Dress in style to show your spirit for the
Tift County Blue Devils and Tiftarea Panthers.
In stock sizes 2T to size 12. Smaller sizes for babies
can also be customed ordered.
We carry blank cheerleading uniforms that we can custom monogram for that special little cheerleader.
Stop in and see
We hope to see you at the games!
We are located at 1019 Love Avenue, Tifton, GA.
CITY EXTENDS WATER-PIPE FLUSHING
flushing of water pipes in the area near/around
Whiddon Mill Road between
Interstate 75 and Carpenter Road has been
extended for two more weeks, scheduled to be completed by the end of the day
Aug. 19, the
City of Tifton announced
should expect rusty water
throughout the course of this time-frame. The city asks customers to
keep in mind that the amount of
rusty water should decrease
as the flushing continues.
The flushing of water pipes is a continued part of the city's preventative maintenance program. The flushing around
Whiddon Mill Road was initially expected to take about a week.
Water lines in other areas of the city will be flushed in the future.
Customers with questions may contact the city at
"Thank you in advance for your patience. We will continue to update you as this process continues," the city tells customers.
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AUDITION FOR 'THE BIRDS' AT ABAC
Auditions for the
Baldwin Players' fall production of
"The Birds" by
Aristophanes will be held
Aug. 22-23 at
6:30 p.m. in
Howard Auditorium at
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
, director of the
ABAC theatre group
, said this
classic Greek comedy
Auditions are open to ABAC students, faculty, staff, and to the community. No
advance preparation is needed, and those who audition do not need to be enrolled in a theatre class. Roles are available for 18-20 people. The play will have several specific characters and a chorus of 12-15 people with small speaking parts.
Those interested in helping with the production from the technical side may attend the auditions and talk with Ray about
For information, contact Ray at
PERFORMING ARTS PREVIEW
SET AT AGRICULTURE MUSEUM
The Office of College Advancement at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College will host the 2016-2017 ABAC Performing Arts Season Preview at 6 p.m. Aug. 11 to spotlight the ABAC Presents! Performing Arts Series, the First Tuesday concerts, An Evening for ABAC, the Baldwin Players' productions, and all other musical performances at the college.
The preview will be held in the conference center of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village. The community is invited, but attendees should RSVP by phone at 229-391-4895. The preview includes a look at many free events as well as events which require admission.
The preview will include registration, recognition of sponsors and a video highlighting all the performing arts events available to the community. Refreshments will be provided by Dave's Bread and Coffee House in the atrium following the video. Sponsors will also have tables set up with information regarding their services.
Those attending the preview will have the option of purchasing ABAC Presents! tickets. Season tickets are $75 for adults or $25 for students under 18. To purchase individual event tickets, the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students under 18. Patrons of the series may take the tickets with them or have them mailed closer to the event date.
Honor those who are ﬁghting cancer and remember those whose battle was lost by donating to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network with your purchase of a Lights of Hope luminary bag.
Your donation of $10 or more per bag will help the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network urge lawmakers to make the ﬁght against cancer a national priority.
Lee Turner of Tifton will take the local luminary bags to Washington, D.C.
NATIONAL AGING STUDY SHOWS PROTANDIM EXTENDS LIFE
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Aging Cell found what developers and users of LifeVantage have held to be true for a long time.
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The result: Protandim was proven to "significantly increase the lifespan of male mice, with a 7 percent increase in median survival." The findings on female mice were less dramatically conclusive, showing an increase in lifespan of 3 percent.
Since the NIA ITP program's inception in 1999, Protandim is the only nutritional supplement tested that has been proven to increase the median survival in mice, thus delaying the aging process.
Protandim was chosen for testing based on positive indications on its ability to suppress tumor-promoting oxidative stress, cell proliferation and inflammation, and the ability to protect the heart from oxidative stress and fibrosis in studies published prior to 2010. Some of the other recognized nutritional substances tested included fish oil, curcumin, green tea and resveratrol. None of these individual ingredients were shown to increase the lifespan of mice.
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...at a Glance
- Back to School Bash, 9 a.m.-noon, Tiftarea YMCA sports complex, Westover Road, Tifton
- Downtown Tifton Farmer's Market, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Old Train Depot Platform, Tifton
- Book Bag/School Supply Giveaway, 10 a.m., Everette Temple CME Church, 719 S. Ridge, Ave., Tifton
- Dream It Gymnastics Open House, 10 a.m.-noon, 2123 Yank Lamb Drive, Tifton
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