Friday, Nov. 8, 2019
Tifton, Georgia
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TIFTON TRIBUTE SET MONDAY MORNING
Monday is Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the armed forces, and Tifton will hold its annual observance at 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park downtown.

"It's always on the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month," said local businessman Jack Stone, who organizes the event.

This year's keynote speaker will be state Rep. Penny Houston, R-Nashville, who represents a portion of Tift County. The Tifton Fire Department will present the colors, and local singer Brenda Saunders will sing the national anthem as well as "God Bless the USA."

A version of "Stars & Stripes" written by Jay Short will be performed by Steven Williams. Megan DuBose will play "Taps."

The observance will last about an hour.

Beforehand, at 9 a.m., the Veterans Museum at 120 S. Tift Ave., will have a ribbon cutting. The Veterans and Train Museum will be open for tours on Monday until about 3 p.m.
TIFT VOLLEYBALL COACH, SENIOR PLAYER RECEIVE
TOP REGION HONORS
The Tift County High School volleyball team continues to be honored .

Caleb Dawson , Tift County High's volleyball coach , has been named Region 1-7A Volleyball Coach of the Year; and senior Chayla Lopez is the region's Player of the Year .

Tift County High is ranked second in the region with a 7-4 region record, but has a 23-8 overall season record, which is the best in the region and is the best in TCHS history . The Blue Devils went to the first round of the state playoffs this year.

Dawson took over as Tift County’s head volleyball coach in 2018 . He previously began Tift's middle school volleyball program four years ago . He also has been assistant soccer coach .

Dawson is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.

Lopez was named a first team all-region volleyball player last year and again this year. She also plays soccer for Tift County High .
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MOST WORK TO BE DONE BEFORE AND AFTER TIFTAREA CELEBRATION WITH GRAHAM
Bob Hickling with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association told the Rotary Club of Tifton on Wednesday that most of the work of the upcoming Tiftarea Celebration with Will Graham will be done before and after the three-day event , which will be March 20-22. 

“We’ve got a lot to focus on before that event,” Hickling said. “ Prayer is No. 1. The second thing is training .” He said all interested people may attend an Evangelism & Follow Up seminar this month to learn how to reach out to those who accept Christ during the March event .

Options to attend are 7-9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 , at Tifton First Assembly , the same time Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Victory Baptist Church, or the same time Thursday, Nov. 21, at CrossView Baptist Church .

People only need to attend one of these meetings, Hickling said. “Don’t wait until March 23 to work on your follow-up plan .”

After the first of the year, Christian Life and Witness courses will be held for t hree weeks , one night a week in 11 locations. “We encourage every single church member to attend these classes,” Hickling said. “This training will change the life of the church in the Tiftarea . It will encourage people to share their faith and help them to disciple new believers . All training is free .”

He said a Kids Fest event for pre-K through elementary -aged kids is the Saturday morning of the celebration weekend . “We will have the largest response at this event.”

One of the best things he saw in the Tiftarea is the unity among the churches . “This is a win for Tiftarea ,” he said. “We just need to build on the unity that’s already existent.”

“We established a local leadership team made up of 15 awesome people. We want to engage as many pastors and churches as we can. We’d love for everybody to be a part of this," he said.

The idea of the Celebration coming to Tifton started with prayer , Hickling said. 

Pastors and community leaders have been praying for several years for God to move in the Tiftarea ,” he said. “ Tom Hocutt , association minister for the Mell Baptist Association , had been involved with three Billy Graham Evangelistic Association evangelism crusades in the past and suggested contacting the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association about five years ago."
OMEGA RE-ELECTS MAYOR, COUNCILMAN IN ELECTION
In Tuesday's municipal election in the City of Omega , both incumbents on the ballot were re-elected .

Mayor Ray Hunt Jr. was re-elected to another term. Hunt received 45 votes to challenger Chuck White's 30 votes .

In the other race on Omega City Council , incumbent Councilman Ernest Harris was re-elected with 55 votes over challenger Delonda Holley Allen , who received 17 votes for the City Council Post 5 seat.
ABAC JAZZ ENSEMBLE TO SWING NOV. 21
Dixieland jazz, Cole Porter classics and more will be heard when the Jazz Ensemble at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College presents its annual fall jazz concert Nov. 21 .

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in ABAC’s Howard Auditorium and is free and open to the community .
Kicking off the show will be the Stallion Stomp Dixieland Jazz Band with the “1919 Rag” and “Here Comes the Hot Tamale Man.” The ABAC Jazz Choir will take the stage with “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail,” “Let’s Fall in Love: A Tribute to Cole Porter,” and “Moon River.”
GEORGIA POWER DONATES
TO EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Georgia Power Regional Director Lynn Lovett recently presented a donation to the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence (TCFEE).

Georgia Power has been a TCFEE patron since the foundation's inception . A succession of Georgia Power executives ( Jack Perry, Ronnie Noble and Lovett ) have served on the  TCFEE board of directors.

In the photo , Lovett , at right, gives a check to TCFEE President Paige Keith , middle, along with TCFEE Executive Director Mike Brumby.
TIFT THEATRE ORNAMENT AVAILABLE
FOR MAKING A DONATION
The Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts is offering a limited edition, keepsake Christmas ornament for a contribution of at least $25, which help purchase new decorations for the theatre .

If you make a donation of $25 before Nov. 26 , you will receive the Tift Theatre ornament . A $75 donation will get you an ornament and a wreath dedicated to you or a loved one this Christmas inside the theatre .

Visit  www.purplepass.com/decorate  to see complete details , view additional donation levels , and to make a contribution online.

Ornaments will be available for pickup at the Tift Theatre during Hometown Holidays on Dec. 7 . For questions, call us at 229-326-1982 .
THEY'RE READY FOR ADOPTION AT
TIFT COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER
Visit us at the Tift County Animal Shelter, 1-6 p.m., Mondays-Fridays, 
at 278 Ga. Highway 125 South in Tifton.
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YOUR WEEKEND
...at a Glance

FRIDAY, NOV. 8

  • Tift County High Football Blue Devils vs. Camden County (Senior Night), 7:30 p.m., Brodie Field, Tifton
  • Tiftarea Academy Football Panthers @ Southland Academy, 7:30 p.m., Americus

SATURDAY, NOV. 9

  • Stallion Day, 8 a.m., Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Tifton
  • Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
  • Celebrate Creativity! Arts ShowOFF & Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
  • Take Control of Your Health: Tiftarea Health Information & Support (T.H.I.S.) meet-up, 11:30 a.m., 41 & Main restaurant, Tifton

SUNDAY, NOV. 10

  • Celebrate Creativity! Arts ShowOFF & Sale, 1-4 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts & Heritage, Tifton
  • A Colony City Christmas, 1 p.m., Downtown Fitzgerald

MONDAY, NOV. 11 – Veterans Day

  • Veterans Museum Ribbon Cutting, 9 a.m., 120 S. Tift Ave., Tifton
  • Veterans Day Ceremony, 11 a.m., Veterans Park, Downtown Tifton
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OCT. 31
Infant Dayton Scott Gray, Enigma
Robbie Ragan, Sylvester
Mary Nell Deariso Thompson, 88, Sylvester
Bradley J. Berisford, 85, Leesburg
Elneita Smith Simmons, 85, Tifton

NOV. 1
Kent Guske, 79, Tifton
Marshall Chael Tyson, 44, West Berrien
Linda Oden Adkisson, 70, Ben Hill County
JoAnn Sue Shinholster, 71, Rebecca
Tru'ee Powell, 3 months, Ray City
 Elminnie S. Law, Sylvester

NOV. 2
David Goode, 63, Tifton
Zane G. Stubbs, 71, Shellman
William Daniel “Danny” Alexander III, 73, Tifton

NOV. 3
Ann Moore, 86, Adel

NOV. 4
Billy Mainor, 57, Lenox
Anna Maria Bailey, 79, Ray City 
Mary Atkinson, 90, Sparks

NOV. 5
Joan Elaine Hayes Ziegler, 64, Tifton
Mary Hall Mullis, 82, Tifton
Thomas “Tommy” Walstine Johnson, 75, Tifton
Alan Bruce Franks, 56, Florida

NOV. 7
Alvin M. Snow, 73, Tifton
Edwin Adolph "Ed" Gerisch, 84, Nashville  

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